Detailed information on how you can improve your health conditions, including anxiety / stress, auto immune, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, thyroid, weight loss - just to name a few.
Chronic Inflammation: The Silent Killer
Is poorly managed pain and inflammation slowing you down and impairing your quality of life? The feeling of pain is your body’s way of telling you that there is inflammation present. Inflammation is associated with the classic symptoms of pain, redness, heat and swelling. It frequently accompanies injury and tissue trauma, such as sprains, strains, cuts, bites and stings. However, what you may not realise, is that inflammation can be a contributing factor to many health conditions and is a key component in the joint pain of arthritis, headaches, migraine, back pain and muscular aches, digestive disorders such inflammatory bowel disease, period pain, autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves disease and cancers.
Sleep is Not a Luxury!
Are You Waking Up Feeling Refreshed?
Staring at the ceiling at 2:30 am, unable to sleep, is usually low on people’s list of favourite pastimes. Affecting anyone at any age, insomnia (difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep) and or waking unrefreshed can be some people’s reality. Research shows that adults who get fewer than seven hours of sleep (whether for just one night or over the course of days, weeks, or months) experience daytime consequences such as irritability, fatigue, and poor memory.
Goals are like a roadmap to success – they show you where you want to be, help you plan your way there, and show you when you are off track. Before you embark on any weight loss program choose SMART goals. These are goals which are:
have a Timeframe.
The warmth of spring brings with it an increase in hay fever and allergy symptoms like sneezing, nasal discharge, itchy throat and eyes, sinus or asthma symptoms.
What to Do to Strengthen Your Immune Defences?
A healthy diet is essential for healthy immunity:
Many of you may not have even heard of the vagus nerve. It is one of our cranial nerves and is in fact the longest cranial nerve in the body that regulates the gastrointestinal tract and also affects the cardiovascular, immune, endocrine and respiratory systems. As a result it is a significant nerve in the human body like a superhighway communicating between our brain and organs. Like muscles, nerves need constant stimulation to be healthy. Ninety percent of the brain’s output goes through the brainstem. If a poorly functioning brain does not stimulate the vagus nerve, the result is reduced activation of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular, immune and respiratory systems. So when that nerve is dysfunctional, you can imagine it can have some serious side effects.
Whilst a healthy diet, nutrients and herbs are a key part of managing stress it is important to consider lifestyle factors which may be contributing to your stress load. In this issue we explore recommendations to help you cope with the demands of daily life in our ever increasingly busy world.
We have two branches to our nervous system our “Fight or Flight” sympathetic branch which is mediated by adrenaline and cortisol from our adrenal glands and our “Rest and Digest” parasympathetic branch which is where we should be when we are consuming meals and winding down at night in preparation for sleep.
In our last newsletter we looked at key nutrients that can support our nervous system in times of stress. In this edition we explore these in more detail.
Remember, when we are under stress, our adrenal glands (which sit above our kidneys) secrete more of the stress hormones cortisol, adrenalin and noradrenalin. This increase in stress hormones requires even more nutrients than usual. This is because our body needs vitamins and minerals to produce these hormones and neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers) required to adapt to the stress and bring the body back into balance.
Living in this day and age, stress is a normal part of modern life. I’m sure you have encountered some (if not all) of the following stresses on a daily/weekly basis:
Waking up to an alarm
Driving in traffic
Standing in queues
Running the kids to school and after school activities
Endless housework and home duties
Endless emails, phone calls or messages to respond to
With our fast paced modern lifestyles it is difficult to achieve balance and more importantly to prioritise the things we need to do to keep us healthy. Often we find ourselves reaching for quick and easy take away or comfort foods and don’t get around to regular exercise. This can result in weight gain especially around the abdominal area, bloating, reflux, sluggishness mood changes, anxiety and fatigue and if left unchecked can lead to chronic health problems like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and autoimmune conditions.
The Microscopic Army in Your Gut
If you experience digestive symptoms such as constipation, reflux, indigestion, bloating and gas, frequent colds and flus, yeast infections or urinary tract infections or even headaches, you may be feeling the effects of imbalances within your gut microbiome. Describing the trillions of bacteria, yeasts and other microorganisms that colonise your digestive tract; these mini soldiers support health and wellness by regulating your digestive processes, bowel function and immune health. They also affect our body’s ability to lose weight. Restoring balance in the microbiome can help you get on top of your health again!
Winter is the peak season for colds and flu, so it is important to stay healthy this winter, especially with the current pandemic. I thought I would share with you some of my top tips to keep you and your family healthy this winter.
The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, and conserve our strength.
In my Sydney naturopath practice I often highlight to my patients, the importance of managing their autoimmune condition. There are many beneficial dietary and lifestyle changes as well as supplements which can help them. It is important to note the following:
The importance of their diet,
What foods to avoid, and
What foods to eat.
I come across many people who are suffering from autoimmune disorders, (many being my Sydney naturopath patients), who are looking for ways to overcome their autoimmune disorder. Have you ever asked yourself these questions:
What is an autoimmune condition?
How do autoimmune conditions occur?
What are the causes?
This article will help you to better understand autoimmune conditions.
Our digestive process is highly dependent on the balance of beneficial bacteria throughout the digestive tract. Probiotics enhance digestive system function and overall wellbeing, as well as regulate immune function through interacting with the large proportion of immune cells located in our digestive system.
One Size Does Not Fit All
When selecting a probiotic supplement, it is important to choose the right probiotic strain for the right condition, as not all are created equal. Probiotics are made up of a genus, species and a strain; for example, Lactobacillus (genus) plantarum (species) 299v (strain). Scientific evidence has shown that particular strains exert different effects within the body, making them beneficial in helping with specific health concerns.
With the festive season upon us yet again and as a Sydney based naturopath, I thought it would be useful to provide some healthy tips to help get you through the silly season. During the festive season we are more likely to be indulging in alcohol and rich, sweet and fatty foods, increasing the toxic load for our poor livers to process. The liver is responsible for processing these nutrients and determines whether they are to be used as energy, stored as fat tissue or eliminated from the body.
More than Calcium Supplements
As a Sydney Naturopath, I believe that building healthy bones is important, as your bones reflect the total health of your body.
Unfortunately, Osteoporosis is an ever-increasing problem in Western societies. This debilitating problem is only set to get worse as people continue to live longer. The general consensus is that calcium is the principle nutrient required for healthy bones. Whilst it is true that calcium is the primary mineral contained in bone, there are many other minerals, vitamins, dietary and lifestyle factors which affect the health of our bones. This article will discuss these in detail.
Spring is seen as a time of renewal with the birth of new life and energy after the cold of winter. It is a time when many people do spring cleaning. It is a good time to clear out any unwanted items and give your living environment a good clean out.
Here are my top Spring Cleaning Tips to create a happier healthier home as a healthy home is vital for a healthy you.
There is mounting evidence that exposure to blue light and radiation from wireless devices like TVs, mobile phones, modems and tablets as well as from fluorescent lights and new style LED lights is contributing to significant declines in our health by causing our mitochondria to dysfunction.
Unfortunately obesity and excess weight are occurring in epidemic proportions in western societies like Australia. Nearly two-thirds of Australian adults and over a quarter of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese in 2015.
Carrying excess weight not only increases the risk of a range of chronic health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancers, but often comes with self-esteem issues and may lead to depression, anxiety and eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia which affect quality of life. Despite all this doom and gloom, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The Secrets to Healthy Ageing Revealed
Although many of us are leading longer lives for many the quality of life is less than optimal. In the past it was thought that good health was due to your “good genes”. However, recent research shows us there is more to a healthy body than what we inherited from our forefathers. Our environment and attitude play a very important part in how we age. Fortunately, there are many beneficial dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as supplements to add, which may assist us to achieve and maintain health, wellness and longevity.
Healthy Ageing Secrets Revealed
As mentioned in our previous article, nutrient deficiencies are a contributing factor to the aging process. As a result, it is a good idea to take supplements to correct these deficiencies. Many people over the age of 40 are on some type of medication to improve mood or reduce anxiety and stress, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar or reduce reflux and digestive symptoms. Unfortunately many of these medications also deplete key nutrients required for good health so it is a good idea to consult a qualified health practitioner like myself to evaluate your individual deficiencies and nutrient requirements.
My Top Cold & Flu Busting Tips!
Seasonal changes affect the body's environment and with the wind, rain, and snow (not such an issue in Sydney) comes the colds, flu, aches, and pains. According to TCM, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can work together to throw your immune system off, allowing pathogens to affect your body.
Here are my top cold and flu busting tips to help you to stay healthy this winter:
Solutions for Inflammation
Safe & Natural Solutions
Fortunately there are many safe and effective options to reduce inflammation and pain. One such option which many people may be aware of is fish and krill oil. There are also a number of herbal medicines that offer safe and effective anti-inflammatory support. Some of my favourites include:
Boswellia is an Ayurvedic herb with a long history of use for pain relief and rheumatic and anti-inflammatory conditions. Boswellia can be used for all types of pain, but particularly arthritic or traumatic pain associated with inflammation. It has also been found to be effective for inflammatory bowel disease.
Should You Detox Your Home Environment
Most of you are familiar with the concept of detoxifying your body to improve and maintain optimal health and wellness. I believe it is also essential to detox our home environment as you may not be aware that your home is one of the greatest sources of toxins.
Tips for a Healthier Environment
With all the harmful chemicals in our environment, it is important to ensure that you are doing what you can to eliminate as many of them as you can.
Here are some top tips for a healthier home or office.
Ensure your home has good ventilation and air it regularly.
Clean air conditioning and gas heating vents regularly.
Unlock Your Child's Potential
Children are amazing little beings! Think about all that they achieve on a day to day basis and the development they undergo from the time they are born. Childhood achievements and developments largely contribute to their lifetime potential so it all begins now! We all hope for the best in our children, so they can be the happiest and healthiest possible. We also wish for them to get the most from their education and allow their developing brains the opportunity to soak up and retain an expanding wealth of knowledge and information in this world.
Prepare Your Body for the Cold Change Ahead
Autumn is a time of nurturing, building and supporting your organs for the cold change ahead. It is time to clear the heat of summer from your body in order to prepare our immune system for the Winter ahead. In traditional Chinese medicine Autumn affects the lung and large intestine meridian and the element metal. At this time the air tends to dry out and with this may bring symptoms like constipation. This season also affects our nasal passages leading to an increase in sinus, allergy and congestion ailments. The predominant emotion for Autumn is grief and sadness.
Cholesterol Essential for Life
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is vital for life. It is a building block for many metabolic processes in the body including making hormones, supporting cell structure and making bile and essential vitamins such as vitamin D. Cholesterol can be found in certain foods (e.g. meats, dairy products, eggs, seafood especially crustaceans), and is also made by your liver.
Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally
Is your cholesterol levels a problem? It is never too late to improve your health!
Outlined below are 5 simple steps you can take to help lower your cholesterol naturally. Some simple dietary and lifestyle modifications, along with appropriate supplementation, can add years to your life.
Secrets to Healthy Glowing Skin Revealed
Skin is an external reflection of how your body is functioning internally. A key consideration to ensure healthy, radiant skin is minimising the build up of toxins and wastes within the body by supporting their removal. There are various organs within the body that are responsible for eliminating waste, including the skin. However, if any of these channels of elimination are not functioning optimally, skin problems may occur as toxins and waste products accumulate within the body and place additional stress on the skin.
Tips to Healthy Glowing Skin
To help you on your way to a better skin, there are some simple dietary and lifestyle changes you can implement. Remember herbal supplements may support eliminatory function, but also following these simple changes can further improve your skin.
Healthy Belly = Healthy Body
The term probiotic is derived from the Latin and Greek language with the literal meaning “for life” - and when you look at their many health promoting effects it’s easy to see why. The digestive process is highly dependent on the balance of beneficial bacteria throughout the digestive tract. Probiotics enhance digestive system function and overall wellbeing, as well as regulate immune function through interacting with the large proportion of immune cells located in our digestive system.
Reducing Chronic Inflammation
Putting Out the Fire
For optimal health, it is important to dampen down the inflammatory response and put out this fire. Pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are commonly used to help relieve pain and inflammation, however many of these carry risks such as stroke and damage to your digestive tract. Fortunately there are some safe and effective natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief solutions available:
Turmeric: has been used traditionally for the treatment of traumatic injury, and to reduce swelling and pain in arthritic conditions.
Winter Cold & Flu Blues
Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired This Winter?
Do you dread the winter months when you and your family easily succumb to coughs and colds, sneezing and sniffly noses, headaches, sore throats, or muscular aches and fevers from the flu? These symptoms, whilst normally mild, are the leading causes of days off work and school, and can leave many people feeling sick and tired.
Top Tips for a Healthier You
Most of us spend our days rushing around, stuck in traffic, waiting in lines, swamped at work and forget one of the most important things for life – adequate tissue oxygenation.
Here are some top tips to help make you a Healthier person.
Hidden Dangers in Our Food
Every week I receive countless information on the dangers of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and chemicals in our food. In particular the amount of antibiotics used in food production in Australia is greater than that prescribed by doctors. I thought it would be useful to share some of this information in the hope you can make healthier food choices.