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Top 5 supplements for immune health

Over the last 2 weeks we have discussed immune health. This week we will talk about 5 supplements that may help to boost or support your immune system. ⭐️ Medicinal Mushrooms especially Reishi and Chaga are high in beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are polysaccharides that may modulate and enhance the immune system. ⭐️ Astragalus contains compounds that may help to boost your immune system. It is thought that it increases immune cells to prevent illness and can also kill bacteria and viruses. ⭐️ NAC or N-acetylcysteine can boost the immune system by improving the immune systems Natural Killer cells. It is a precursor to the antioxidant glutathione which helps to remove free radicals...

Fertility Friday – Myth # 3

Myth #3: You can get pregnant at any time of the month If you are trying to fall pregnant, this would be great! But the reality is very different. The female egg is released once a cycle and has a lifespan of 12 - 24 hours. Male sperm can survive for around 5 days once in the females reproductive tract given the right conditions. So putting that together, the fertile window is about 5 - 6 days of the month maximum where you can potentially fall pregnant. If you are wanting to fall pregnant, it is best to try at least every second day in the lead up to ovulation. And at least...

The immune response

Following on from last week, let's talk about the basics of what happens when your immune system comes across a pathogen. The immune response can be broken down into 4 stages. Stage 1: Innate immune response This occurs in the first 4 hours after being exposed to a pathogen. The first response is not specific. This stage involves a response by cells called phagocytes and natural killer cells to try and stop the pathogen by ingesting it, as well as a chemical response called the complement response which activates acute inflammation. Stage 2: Inflammatory response The inflammatory response begins with the complement response. It lasts for between 4 - 96 hours and is...

Fertility Friday – Myth # 2

Myth #2: Fertility issues only affect women This is a myth! In fact, male fertility issues account for 40% of infertility cases. Male fertility issues can stem from issues with sperm, hormonal problems, health issues like past infections, obstructions in the testes, genetic conditions, functional problems and lifestyle choices. Of course, similar to women, there are also unexplained reasons causing male fertility. The first step in addressing any fertility issues is diagnosis. This will lead to a treatment plan. Part of your treatment plan may include changes to diet, lifestyle – for example stress reduction and reduced chemical exposure, acupuncture and supplementation. Our practitioners see both males and females to help address any fertility issues. If...

The immune system

The immune system is very important in protecting us from pathogens. A pathogen is something that can cause disease like a virus, bacterium or parasite. If our body comes into contact with a pathogen, our immune system kicks in to try stop it in it's tracks. There are 3 types of immunity: 🦠 Innate - this is the immunity we are all born with. It includes the skin and mucous membranes - the first line of defence. It leads to a general and non-specific immune response. 🦠 Adaptive - this type of immunity develops as we get older. Pathogens have antigens - substances that cause an immune response. When we come into contact with...

Fertility Friday – Myth vs. reality #1

Today is the first day of Fertility Friday: Myth vs. Reality, where we talk about common fertility myths and discuss the real story! Myth #1: Fertility issues only start once you turn 35 If you are trying to conceive, you can have fertility issues. It doesn't matter how old you are. It is true that a woman's fertility does peak in the twenties and starts to decline in the mid-thirties. However, age is only a small factor in conceiving a baby. There are many factors that can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, uterine issues, cycle issues & hormonal imbalances, infections and genetic factors are just a few (and...

Christmas Babies

Did you know that having a baby on Christmas Day is really uncommon? It is actually the least common day for a baby to be born! This could in part be because medical inductions are not generally scheduled for Christmas Day. But the only other day that is as uncommon is the 29th of February, and that is because we only get this day every 4 years! And this isn’t just in Australia. December the 25th is the least common birthday in the USA and New Zealand too. Even the dates around Christmas and New Years are not as common as the rest of the year. The most common birthday’s fall...

Weird Period Symptoms – Clumsy and forgetful

Did you know that you are clumsier and more forgetful during your period? This is our last weird period symptom and could help in explaining why we get to the shops and get everything except for what we came for, or we trip over our own feet! It is thought that the fall in progesterone just before your period affects production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to stabilise our mood and helps us retain information. Research has shown that the production of serotonin decreases meaning that our memory (and our mood) can be impacted. Cortisol, the stress hormone also increases just before the period which can lead...

Back health – How can Chiropractic Care help?

Over the last few Mondays, we have talked about the spine and issues that can affect it. Today let's discuss how a Chiropractor can help you. If you are experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort in you spine, a Chiropractor may be the perfect person to see. A Chiropractor will assess your presentation before treating you. This will include taking a full case history to find out how, what and when. It may include the Chiropractor viewing your posture while asking you to move to assess your range of motion. Depending on what the Chiropractor finds, you may be sent for further testing in the form of blood tests,...

Weird Period Symptoms – Voice changes

This week we are talking about a menstrual cycle symptom that is a little bit weird. Now we all know that the voice changes in puberty, but did you know that your voice changes weekly throughout your cycle? For some the change may be more subtle, but for others it can be very noticeable if only to themselves. In the first week of your cycle, your voice tends to start off deep and husky. But by the end of your period, it becomes higher pitched. In the week leading up to your period, your voice will stay higher pitched and is thought to be more attractive. After ovulation, your voice...