Thinking about a Spring Detox?
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Thinking about a Spring Detox?

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We’re getting excited as summer makes its way to Melbourne and it’s a great time to focus on health, especially if you need to shed any winter layers. A detox is a popular kick start to a healthier looking you but what exactly does it mean? With promises of weight loss, increased energy and glowing skin it’s easy to understand why they’re a marketeers dream……however juice fasts, lemon detox and over the counter liver cleanse packs are NOT on my list of recommended things to do. However in general I agree, doing a good detox programme can be an enlightening experience and beneficial to both short term and long term health. As always, there’s never a one size fits all protocol and you should approach anything that seems too extreme with hesitation because there are times when detoxing and using the wrong programme could be detrimental for your health or

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Gut Reaction

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I work a lot with digestive health including all kinds of symptoms from bloating to severe pain and nausea. It’s amazing what many people (and medical professionals) think is normal or just the way things are. Let me warn you, like most naturopaths I’m very comfortable talking about toilet habits so if you’re perturbed by the topic maybe skip this post (or the final paragraphs). However I’ve been inspired to write about digestive health since it’s a very common treatment area for us and I recently watched an ABC programme, Catalyst, which was investigating the association between diet and gut health. They opened with ‘Could what you eat be affecting your health?’ Ah duh, I almost switched off in protest. But the programme was actually much more insightful since it was reporting research from the last decade which links the health of your gut flora (good and bad bacteria) to

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Why Should I Eat Organic?

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It’s a common question and I do advise my clients to eat as much organic food as possible, for good reason…. Firstly I have to admit I wasn’t a quick convert as I thought it was so expensive, especially here in Australia where groceries are already costly as compared to my native UK. I’d also seen the studies which showed there wasn’t a significant difference between the nutritional content of selected non organic and organic vegetables. I was eating a good balanced diet high in plant foods, quality protein and otherwise looking after myself as any good nutritionist/naturopath would do. So surely that would be enough…well, unfortunately not and one big health scare later and I started to embrace the organic way. Here are my top three reasons to go organic: It’s not all about the ‘nutrients’. There are little things in fruit and vegetables called phytochemicals, which is a

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Feeling cold and tired this winter – is it your Thyroid?

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Yes, a common complaint at this time of year in wintry Melbourne. But have you considered that it may be more than just the weather that’s making you cold? This is a topic that is of great personal interest to me as I’ve suffered from sub-clinical thyroid issues for around 10 years. My symptoms weren’t too bad which is why my steadily rising TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone, the clinical marker for thyroid function) and the fact I wasn’t presenting the other major signs of underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism) such as weight gain, depression, hair loss or dry skin, didn’t cause concern for my GP. My main issues were cold intolerance (I’d complain a lot!) and hibernate until warmer weather appeared, my morning temperature would often sit around 35 degrees, that’s almost 2 degrees lower than normal body temperature. It doesn’t sound like much but I now realise it was making me

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Find Your Winter Glow!

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Part of the reason I live in Melbourne is to enjoy the seasonal changes. I love the start of winter with the refreshingly crisp mornings, sunny days and the occasional grey days which make it feel more acceptable to stay indoors and catch up on your favourite TV shows. It can be harder to stay motivated to exercise and eat well but this is the time when it becomes even more important since your body may be more prone to infection from cold and flu viruses. Stay away from stodgy, rich and processed foods which burden your digestion and liver making you feel tried and sluggish. Vegetable rich soups are ideal foods as they retain nutrients in the broth, however since heat will destroy some nutrients limit the cooking time to the point when the vegetables have just softened. And don’t forget to add some protein rich foods such as

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Welcome to my Wellness Blog!

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How are you feeling today? Do you remember a time when you felt better – perhaps when you last had a holiday or was it when you were a carefree teenager and could stay up until 2am, eat junk food and your body wouldn’t hate you for it the next day. What happened – well we all got things like jobs, social lives, houses, mortgages, partners, kids, gym memberships and pets. There’s nothing wrong with all this but too often it leaves us little time to look after ourselves and nourish our bodies with good food, daily exercise, relaxation and sleep. As a qualified naturopath and nutritionist I want to provide you with credible information which stems from my 7 years of degree level education, 4 years of clinical practice and passion for healthy food and living well! Let’s face as the internet is an amazing resource but there’s also

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