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Articles to inspire and support you through your hormone balancing, fertility, pregnancy and motherhood journey. 

Your Guide to Pesticides in Food (Dirty Dozen vs Clean 15)

Your Guide to Pesticides in Food (Dirty Dozen vs Clean 15)

You are probably more than aware of the recent Organic produce movement by now.

Conventional farming practises often use toxic chemicals, which can enter our foods through means of fertilisers, sewage sludge, pesticides and herbicides.

As much as we are told otherwise, these toxins are absorbed into the farmed foods and therefore enter the body (of you and your loved ones) when they are consumed.

Washing your produce can help to decrease some of these toxins, but majority of pesticides are absorbed into the food and cannot be removed before consuming.

Generally organic produce is more expensive, so if you are not in a position to afford all organic at this stage, this ‘Shoppers Guide To Pesticides in Food’ list will help.

It has been developed by the ‘Environmental Working Group’ in the US, in order to make people aware of those fruits and vegetables which are the highest contaminated by...

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What Really Happens Throughout Your Menstrual Cycle

What Really Happens Throughout Your Menstrual Cycle

Hormones have the significant job in your body of delivering important chemical messages to your tissues and organs. Ultimately this controls functions such as your metabolism, hunger, cravings, sexual function, physiology, reproduction, moods and energy levels as well as skin and hair health. Your hormones are produced from a group of cells called endocrine glands and these include the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands in your brain, thymus gland, adrenal and thyroid glands, your pancreas and ovaries (in men, ovaries are replaced with testes).

It’s heartbreaking to learn that young women are going through high school and into their early adulthood, without gaining a sound knowledge and understanding of their hormones and precious reproductive cycle.

I was no different! To be honest, throughout my teens I didn’t know when and how ovulation took place. I was equipped with the basics – knowing I...

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The Hormone Imbalance Causing Energy & Weight Challenges

The Hormone Imbalance Causing Energy & Weight Challenges

Hormones have the significant job in your body of delivering important chemical messages to your tissues and organs. Ultimately this controls functions such as your metabolism, hunger, cravings, sexual function, physiology, reproduction, moods and energy levels as well as skin and hair health.

Did your ears prick up when I mentioned energy and metabolism? If this is an area you’re struggling with then it might be time to address your thyroid gland health. Thyroid gland conditions are 4-5 times more likely to develop in women than in men and will contribute to issues with weight gain and fatigue, among much more.

WHAT IS YOUR THYROID GLAND?

Your thyroid gland is a crucial part of your body’s endocrine system and is found in prime position, at the front of your neck. Just like your menstrual cycle, thyroid function is also a brain driven event via a feedback loop between your hypothalamus and pituitary gland...

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Lifestyle Hacks To Sleep Soundly

Lifestyle Hacks To Sleep Soundly

 

Far too often we often forget the major role which lifestyle factors play in regulating our sleep- wake cycle. While trying to overcome my past sleep disturbances, I found addressing lifestyle is just as important. You can read about the importance of sleep, causes of insomnia and my top herbs and diet recommendations to support healthy sleep patterns, here. Today I want to share more tips for you to gain regular, restful shut eye.

 

LIFESTYLE FACTORS FOR RESTFUL SLEEP:

SMART EXERCISE

To gain a good night sleep, avoid vigorous exercise late at night. If you are limited to after work movement, instead undertake relaxing exercises and activities such as walking, yoga, stretching, gardening and pilates.

Exercising in the  morning, however is an effective natural sleep aid. Naturally increase your Cortisol to support energy production in the morning, by following short but sweet high intensity, short duration movement.

If you...

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Now Is The Time For YOU

Now Is The Time For YOU

You’ve almost reached the end of the week. Amongst the busyness each day brings, it is easy to ride the wave of life without truely experiencing and appreciating the little things. The things that warm your heart, fill up your happiness cup and allow you to glow from the inside out.

Don’t accept being run down, stressed, tired, or gaining those few extra kilos, just because life ‘gets in the way’. It’s time to return to your health and happiness goals. I have put together the simple reminders below specifically to help you take a step back, and make sure you are making daily contributions to help ground and nurture yourself, all year round!

MY 25 SIMPLE REMINDERS

  1. Let your loved ones know how special they are to you.
  2. Take an Epsom salt bath.
  3. Practise meditation and deep breathing.
  4. Ground yourself by walking barefoot on the grass or sand.
  5. Be proud of the little things.
  6. Plan ahead.
  7. Enjoy...
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5 Common Causes of Acne

5 Common Causes of Acne

When patients present to me with dreaded skin breakouts of acne, with the self confidence issues that stem from the condition, I can feel their misery. When I hit my teens, out popped the painful, red and angry looking pimples. There were times I would dread looking into the mirror, cringe at photos of myself and felt self conscious about my inflamed face.

I listened to adverts and followed regimens to cleanse, tone, and moisturise daily, using harsh chemical laden products that promised ‘clean & clear’ skin. It didn’t help.

Little did I know at the time, that it had nothing to do with what I was applying to my skin, but all to do with what was I was shovelling into my mouth… cereal & toast for brekkie, sandwhich for lunch, cheese on toast after school, malted milk drinks along with the packaged chips and biscuits for snacks. Not to mention the sugar laden alcoholic drinks I guzzled on-when I hit the party girl scene.

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How I Heal My Gut

How I Heal My Gut

 

By now, you you’ve heard me repeat the importance of good gut health for your overall health and happiness.

The gut houses around 70% of your immune system, controls your nervous system, allows adequate detoxing to occur and it needs to be in tip top shape for promoting balanced moods and hormone health.

When your body is exposed to factors such as stress, medications (particularly antibiotics), oral contraceptive pill and inflammatory food and drinks on a regular basis, a ‘leaky gut’ can develop. To paint a picture of what leaky gut is like, imagine a fly screen with holes in it. This is what your small intestinal lining would look like in a case of leaky gut- allowing undigested food particles and toxins into the bloodstream, creating an inflammatory cascade and subsequently will over work your liver (to clean up the mess).

Healing leaky gut is a complex process. The overall aim is to address and overcome the culprit cause,...

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Recipes To Entertain Healthily

Recipes To Entertain Healthily

Last weekend bubs and I were showered with love and (mostly) nourishing delights thanks to our beautiful friends and family. If you missed it, you can see a little piccie across on instagram.

I understand that times of celebrations and entertaining can pose a difficult task when aiming to create tasty dishes that won’t compromise your health, so here I have included some naturopath approved recipes to help with your next social gathering.

BEETROOT DIP

What you’ll need:

400gm fresh beetroot

2 litres water

500ml apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup boiling water

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp almond meal

Pinch Himalayan, Celtic or Peruvian Pink salt (I use one from here with added seaweed, for thyroid health)

What to do:

Boil the beetroot whole in water and vinegar for 30-40 minutes, or until easily pierced by a skewer

Leave to cool in the water...

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Our Second Trimester Experience

I sit in the warm morning sun, I am truly thankful for being provided with Vitamin D rich rays this far into the 2018 Autumn season. The Naturopath in me is smiling as I run through the long list of benefits the sunshine vitamin is having on my bubs, who is 29 weeks into his (or her) journey hanging out in the cosy comfort of my womb. Immunity (tick), neurodevelopment (tick), bone health (tick)….

Officially now in our third and final trimester, I wanted to share with you the highs and lows of my second tri experience, informed decisions we have made and ways that I have holistically supported my body for a healthy pregnancy and bubs to be. If you missed it, you can catch up on my first trimester over here.

Keeping It Real- My Second Tri Experience

Hallelujah, I started to feel normal again with the constant motion-sickness-like feeling eventually fading around 14 weeks. I was proud of myself for not splurging on refined carbs during the first trimester and now that I was...

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5 Tips For A Healthy Easter

5 Tips For A Healthy Easter

Easter is just around the corner! Before you assume your long weekend will be filled with sugary binges and consequently an addition to your waistline, try a few of my tips below. I challenge you to make it a healthy and happy one.

1. START YOUR DAY LIGHTLY:

If you are having a large Easter lunch or dinner, then there is no need to stuff yourself silly from when you first wake up. Some healthy options include a fresh vegetable juice or smoothie.

If you are still hungry 20 minutes later, try some protein rich eggs, nuts or seeds.

2. HELP OUT YOUR DIGESTION:

It is hard work breaking down large amounts and varieties of food over the day. Give your stomach a kick start, by starting each meal with juice ½ lemon, or 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, in warm water.

3. WORK IT OFF:

Keep active through the day, to help burn off any larger food portions consumed. Hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing, skiing and other water sports as...

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