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What are your gut microbes doing?

Want to find out what your gut microbes are really up to? Book an appointment with our Qualified Naturopath Melanie. She can guide you through how to optimise the good guys and also offers a full microbiome analysis which is an accurate assessment of bacterial species and their metabolites. This will give you more understanding of: which bacteria are in sufficient levels which of the nasty ones may be taking over and identify changes needed to optimise your health. Our Naturopath Mel creates personalised treatment plans to enhance health for each individual. To find out more or to book an appointment, please call us on 8296 4333 or via our Contact...

The importance of 40 different colours

The foods you eat daily may play a part in controlling or guiding which metabolites your gut produces. A diverse diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish have shown over a longer period to modulate the gut microbiota for the better. These foods provide fibre and plant chemicals known as phytochemicals which turn into short chain fatty acids such as butyrate and propionate. These  metabolites may potentially decrease the inflammatory process, regulate appetite, stabilise blood glucose levels and help protect the gut barrier. Colourful phytonutrients, fibre and omega 3 help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. A diet high in plant based foods, fibre, low in processed foods is...

The Microbiome – Research

Research has shown that diversity in the microbes of the microbiome play an important role in promoting good health by the production of metabolites such as short chain fatty acids.  These metabolites are involved in: regulating the immune system maintaining glucose stability reducing inflammation influencing overall wellbeing. There are many factors that may throw your good bacteria out of balance including: stress antibiotics physical exhaustion a diet high in sugar processed foods. What are your gut microbes doing? Maker an appointment with our Naturopath Melanie to find out more....

Weekend Wellness: Sunlight

We all know that sunlight helps us to get enough Vitamin D. But did you know that sunlight can also affect our mood? Research shows that we produce more serotonin - the happy hormone - on sunny days than we do on cloudy days. The temperature didn't seem to have an affect. Therefore, a sunny day in any season can boost a person's mood and make them calm and focused. Sunlight may be especially beneficial for anyone suffering anxiety and depression, including pregnancy and postnatal depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). So what does this mean? Try to make sure you get some sun for at least a few minutes on any...

Avocado – The fertility fruit

Did you know that avocados are great for fertility? They are high in lots of nutrients including folate, potassium and Vitamin C which are beneficial for general health and fertility. More specifically, avocados have a high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). Studies show that IVF may be more successful in people with a diet high in MUFAs. They also have 20% of our daily Vitamin E requirements. Vitamin E has been shown  to help with the lining of the uterus. When cut in half, they even look like a uterus 🥑 If you want to know more facts like this, tune in each week in Instagram and Facebook for #fertilityfriday....

Questions & Answers – Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a stream of Chinese Medicine in which fine (disposable) needles are inserted into various acupuncture points along meridians. The treatment works by balancing the flow of Qi along the energy pathways known as meridians. This enables the body to return to a state of wellness over time. How can Acupuncture help me to get pregnant? Acupuncture may help to support reproductive health for women and men. Treatment is focused on improving blood supply to the ovaries, and to the uterus to improve endothelial lining, increase blood perfusion and receptivity. It can also support your nervous system focusing on stress and anxiety reduction, which can be...

Questions & Answers – Physiotherapy & Pregnancy Massage

What can a pregnancy massage help with? A pregnancy massage may help to: Relieve aches and pains Improve sleep Reduce stress and anxiety Improve blood and lymph flow Prepare for labour And if you book a massage for after 37 weeks of pregnancy, your therapist can include acupressure points to help induce labour. Our pregnancy massages are performed by our Physiotherapist Kim and are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays....

The Microbiome

What is the microbiome? The microbiome are the collective of over 10 million microbes including bacteria, fungi and viruses that naturally live on and in our bodies. A large proportion reside in the gut where they function intricately to help digest food, fight infections, produce certain hormones and synthesize certain vitamins. There is now significant research that indicates the importance of the gut microbiome and its impact on health. Signs that your microbiome may be out of balance or have low diversity include but not limiting to Constipation Bloating Diarrhoea IBS Sugar cravings Food intolerances Mood instability Skin conditions Reflux Fatigue Candida ...

Christmas inspired recipes

Festive tomato salad This salad is simple but very festive looking. The addition of the optional editions (especially watermelon) make it super kid friendly too! Ingredients  1kg of Heirloom tomatoes diced, quartered or sliced OR 4 punnets of mixed cherry tomatoes halved ½ cup of Basil leaves chopped ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Himalayan salt to taste Optional additions Crumbled feta or grilled cubed haloumi Watermelon cubed Red onion sliced All of the above Method Mix all together and present using a bowl or plate (super simple 😊)   Christmas Bliss Balls Ingredients 1 cup natural almonds 10 dates pitted 1/4 cup currants 1/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 1 tablespoon...