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

A Foundation For Gut & Immune Health

 

By now, you you’ve heard me repeat the importance of good gut health as the foundation of you and your family's health. 

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. For little one's- the nourishment they receive and environment they are placed in for their first 2-3 years post birth, plays a crucial role in allowing their microbiome and gut health to establish and therefore set up their long term immune health.

What Can Go Wrong With Gut Health

When your body is exposed to factors such as stress, medications (particularly antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and the oral contraceptive pill) and inflammatory food and drinks on a regular basis, inflammation and 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...

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Optimise This Mineral For Optimal Energy Levels.

Optimise This Mineral For Optimal Energy Levels

As a Naturopath, I often request patients to have functional testing, plus regular blood tests. This is to accurately determine imbalances in the body and where to therefore focus treatment.

One of the most common imbalances which present is related to iron levels in the body. When iron and the carrier molecule of iron, called ferritin, become too high, this can contribute to metabolic problems such as insulin resistance and more chronic issues with organ damage. On the other hand, when iron levels hit rock bottom, complications of low oxygen occur.

It is important to know where your iron levels sit, to know what individualised dietary changes can support you back to optimal health.

WHY IS IRON IMPORTANT

Iron is required for proteins in the body.  Haemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs, to the body tissues. Here the oxygen is exchanged for Carbon...

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Why You May Be Feeling Sooo Tired & Wired

Why You May Be Feeling Sooo Tired & Wired

The new working year is well under way and I hear you, you’re hanging out for some time out. With busyness being the status quo these days, unfortunately the vulnerable adrenal glands often take a hit. If pushed enough throughout the year your adrenal function is firstly overstimulated (in a typical tired, but wired state) and eventually can be followed by a state of adrenal gland fatigue (exhaustion).

In my previous post on thyroid gland health, I introduced the important connection and support required from the adrenal and thyroid glands for optimal function of one another in the body.  As adrenal and thyroid health play an important role in supporting balanced sex hormones, this is an area that I am particularly passionate about and delve right into in my latest book: Balanced, The Natural Way To Healthy Hormones.

Read on to find out if your energy, sleep, skin, weight and moods are being affected by...

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Simple Ways To Control Parasites

Simple Ways To Control Parasites

The full moon is a time which typically brings out the crazy in you…but also your parasites. At this time of the lunar cycle, parasites come out to play, breed and particularly when the sun goes down, they love to have a party!

When overgrown in your body, parasites are linked to numerous acute and chronic health conditions, can contribute to a leaky gut, leech nutrients away from the body and leave you in a depleted state.  If you’ve suspected parasites as the underlying cause to your health challenges, or you’re keen to prevent parasites getting the better of you, read on for diet and lifestyle guidance, for kicking parasites to the curb.

WHAT ARE PARASITES?

The definition of a parasite is

  1. an organism which lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense.

Intestinal parasites, range in size from microscopic, to several feet long (in the...

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Embrace Your Inner Child

Embrace Your Inner Child

Yesterday I could not keep the smile off of my face, giggling to myself (and with work colleagues) about my little morning incident

For those of you who missed it, after enjoying a shower post hot yoga class, I proceeded to change into my work clothes… only to realise I had left my skirt at home. Oh S**t! For those of you who have been to a hot yoga class appreciate the fact that wearing my sweaty shorts was not an option. So off to work it was (with a wet towel wrapped around me) to start my first consultation of the day (slightly awkward to say the least).

Luckily my friend saved the day and delivered me a skirt to work, so the drama didn’t last too long. Phew!

As I reflected on this incident over the day (with more smirking involved), I realised how easily life gets too serious. I am, along with many others guilty of going through the day stressed abut meeting deadlines, finishing jobs , paying bills, worrying about what we have to do...

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Our Story Of Pregnancy Loss

Our Story Of Pregnancy Loss

Where Our Journey Began

Now a distant memory, I think back to the moment we discovered the two pink lines on the pregnancy test. I had waited all week for hubby to arrive home from working away so we could find out if this was ‘our time’. The nervous wait was replaced with joy when we discovered a positive reading. We were over the moon to be become parents to another little soul.

Fast forward to eleven weeks gestation, past the dreaded nausea, daily napping and ultra-sensitive nose. I had just started experiencing relief of my symptoms and we’d begun our camping adventure along the Gibb River Road from Darwin, to Broome. There was so much to be grateful for being out in nature, amongst the warming sunshine and spending quality time with good friends. We had just started sharing our exciting news with loved ones, so what happened next hit us for six.

We reached the NT & WA border and it was time for a toilet stop. Instead, what I...

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How to Overcome Overwhelm

How to Overcome Overwhelm

 

Being blessed with a type A personality, I can attest to spiralling into a state of overwhelm, many times over. My high expectations, pleasing nature, together with the ever increasing work load of a small business owner, lead me to the development of regular states of high cortisol driven overwhelm and anxiety. Tightening of my throat, a fuzzy drunk-like feeling in my head and a nervous tummy would manifest as I scrambled through my multi-tasking to get my daily jobs done. Tick.

Over the years however, I’ve learnt to embrace mindfulness and go with the flow…just a little. I’ll always be an organised planner (I’m a virgo), but I have developed to live simply, be present and follow self care rituals to enable me to say goodbye to these icky overwhelming experiences.

Here I want to share some of the ways you can stay on top of your game, without winding up with frazzled feelings of fight or flight.

MAKE YOUR MOST...

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

How to Beat the Winter Blues

It’s the middle of a typical South Aussie winter… temperatures are low, the wind is chilly and for majority of the day, the sunshine is hiding behind rain clouds. As winter progresses, the feeling of frozen hands and feet are presenting to me in clinic, together low moods of the winter blues.

Whats the driving force behind seasonal changes in moods? I’ll give you a hint… it’s free, warming and has the incredible power to brighten your day. Sunshine it is! Or in the case of winter, the lack there of.

Many of you are aware of being sun smart, with the intention of preventing skin cancer. However you don’t realise that being too protective from the sun, or the chronic lack of exposure throughout the winter, can lead to a deficiency in a crucial nutrient called Vitamin D.

HOW THE SUN PROVIDES VITAMIN D

Vitamin D3, also known as Colecalciferol, is produced naturally when the suns UVB rays touch your skin. Vitamin...

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How To Source Cheap Organic Produce

How To Source Cheap Organic Produce

The most common objection I receive when encouraging patients to eat organic produce, is the price. There is no denying the fact that buying fresh, organic produce adds to your total shopping bill. I get this.

Personally, food is always my priority. I would prefer to spend more on quality food and miss out on the latest ‘boyfriend’ jeans. I’m even loving my sister’s hand me downs at the moment

Over the years, I’ve shopped organic at the supermarket, local markets, delivery businesses and LOVE dining out at organic cafes (you can check out my fav’s here). I feel good about spending my dollar where I know it will support the organic industry. More demand leads to greater availability and I trust prices will eventually come down.

Until then, you don’t have to sacrifice your personal luxuries. Try my most favourite way to source organic produce and improve your hormone health, for...

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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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