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Bowel health & period problems

No one gets out of a consult with me, without being asked about their bowel habits.  As naturopaths, we are a little obsessed with poop – but for good reason!  It tells us so much about various elements of health, and contributes to many commonly seen symptoms.  Period health is...

Liver health & its role in hormone balance

If you sense your hormones are out of whack, it may be because you frequently suffer with symptoms that worsen close to your period.  Things like crankiness, fluid retention & clothes feeling tighter, fuzzy head, sleeping poorly & breast tenderness can all stem from hormone imbalances. It can be useful...

How to manage period pain

In theory, period pain should improve considerably with some simple changes to lifestyle & diet.  I frequently see women coming into clinic suffering unnecessarily with pain each month, along with premenstrual symptoms that are debilitating & interfere with their life.  By taking a case history, looking at food intake &...

Nutrition for sporty kids

Healthy kids have great reserves of energy, heat and circulation, which creates an efficient body when it comes to the healing process.  Whether its post-sport recovery, a sprain, strain or broken bone, the immune system has the building blocks for repair.  However, there are some key food groups & nutrients...

PMS and period pain in teens

PMS is common for many women, particularly the first 2 years of a girl’s cycles as her body goes through intense hormonal shifts.  Often the body is simply finding its new rhythm, though many girls suffer unnecessarily with painful heavy periods and distressing PMS. Inflammation is a key piece of...

Sleep – Part II

In last month’s article, I discussed some fundamental food types that can support and improve sleep, and the reasons sleep is so important for our overall health. It is also important to note that there are different types of insomnia or sleep issues, and are governed by different mechanisms and...

Sleep – Part I

Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, and soon effects many areas of our life when we are lacking in it.  Research shows that we need at least 7-8 hours per night to function optimally, and any less than this can cause up to...

How Naturopathy can support Chiropractic care

You may be having regular visits with your chiropractor to maintain a healthy spine and  nervous system, and as you will know, these are the fundamentals of overall health and wellbeing.  But have you thought about using supplements that support all the efforts made by both you and your practitioner?...

Salt – is it good for us?

Salt is a topic I often discuss in clinic, as there are many different salts on the market, and conflicting ideas around safe consumption levels. Firstly, it is important to remember there is a world of difference between table salt (the regular salt found on supermarket shelves, and added to...

Bee products for winter wellness

We all want to stay well during the winter months, and reduce our exposure to common cold and flu viruses that do the rounds at this time of year.  We also know that in keeping our bodies strong and healthy, we not only strengthen our defences, but increase our chances...

Hydration – are you drinking enough?

Water is our most important life source, and good quality fresh water is vital in adequate amounts on a daily basis. Not only does water nourish every cell in our body and encourage effective flushing of toxins via our kidneys, bowels and skin, it effects the firing of nerve signals,...

Why detox for fertility?

We are surrounded by toxic substances – the air we breathe, food we eat and water we drink all potentially contain chemicals that accumulate in the body over time.  In addition, toiletries, laundry products and cleaning chemicals can contribute to creating an overload.  The knock on effects can include digestive...

Kombucha – what is all the hype?

These past few months I have been exploring the world of fermenting in a big way, and one of my favourite findings has been kombucha. You may have heard of this health drink, it has been fairly popular with celebrities and health gurus.  But the truth is, kombucha is an...

Concentration, learning or behaviour issues in children

Many children face difficulties when it comes to cognition, focus and retaining information. At times these issues may be coupled with hyperactivity, sleeping problems and eating or digestive complaints. The degree of these problems can range from very mild, up to extremely disruptive and distressing for both the child and...

The minefield of choosing the right milk

It can be really difficult to choose which type of milk to buy, but here is the lowdown on the different categories, to help you choose what’s best for you and the family. I advocate always using organic milk if possible, to avoid the hormone element of dairy products. Remember...

Improving bowel regularity

If you are struggling with sluggish bowels, it is important to address potential issues with things such as food sensitivities, lack of exercise, and stress. However, there are easy ways you can try, to support your gut and see if you improve. WATER! – aim to drink at least 2L...

Sprouting for health

Sprouting your own seeds and grains is an easy and inexpensive way of boosting your intake of protein and essential nutrients.  Known as ‘superfoods’,  they contain live enzymes that aid digestion, and can be added to a variety of dishes such as salads, soups and snacks. By sprouting a seed...

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is surprisingly common amongst Australians, and the problem is on the rise.  Despite a mainly sunny climate, we are increasingly reducing our sun exposure by the application of sunscreens, the use of tinted windows or shades, and working indoors to a higher degree than our ancestors. Vitamin...

Detox!

New year, post holidays, or pre-summer are often the times that we start to think about having a cleanse – whether we have over-indulged with foods, alcohol or even late nights, we are motivated to detox if our overall health (or waistline) is suffering. Does detoxing have to be painful?...

Infant reflux

Most newborn and young babies experience digestive issues  in their early life, which can be a source of considerable stress and upset for both child and parent.  There are many theories on why colic and other complaints occur at all, and the exact cause is unknown.   Firstly it is...

Kidney Health

Our kidneys are important for our wellbeing, not least that they are one of the five organs that work on our detox mechanisms (alongside the bowels, lungs, liver and skin). The kidneys excrete wastes and foreign substances from the body via the urine, which helps to maintain our blood osmolarity....