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Back health – Issues affecting the spine

There are a number of issues that can affect the spine. Some of them are more severe and/ or chronic than others. Some of the more common issues that cause back pain are: Sprains and strains Herniated discs Degenerative disc disease Scoliosis Osteoporosis Arthritis Sciatica Compression fractures Cervicogenic headaches Aside from pain, all of these issues can lead to other problems or cause other symptoms such as tingling and numbness in extremities, headaches/ migraines, dizziness and reduced mobility. These issues can also contribute to digestive issues, bowel and urinary problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression. If you would like to discuss your spine health, please contact us on 8296 4333 and make an appointment with our Chiropractor Dr Sophie Dean....

Back Health – What is the spine?

Over the next few Mondays, we will be talking about back health, why it is important, what problems can occur and things you can do to look after it. So lets start at the beginning. What is the spine? Your spine supports your whole body. Therefore, any problems can affect the whole body. For this reason, it is really important to look after it! The spine is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae. These bones form a tunnel called the spinal canal through which your spinal cord and nerves travel. The nerves relay messages from the brain to other areas of the body. Between the articular processes of the vertebrae...

Weird Period Symptoms – Period Flu

Period flu. It's not really the flu, but it certainly feels like it. Sore throat, headache, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, temperature, night sweats and generally feeling blah. Some women actually experience what feels like the onset of the flu in the few days leading up to their period. What causes these symptoms? Once again, there is no agreed upon reason. It could be hormones. Some say the drop in oestrogen and progesterone in the luteal phase before your period begins could cause symptoms similar to the flu. Oestrogen is thought to be the main culprit. It could be inflammation. When we get our periods, a chemical called prostaglandin is released. These hormones are...

Beef & lentil meatballs on spinach & garlic butter rice

This recipe can be tailored to your children and their preference (or not!) for veggies 😊 Full of the good stuff - zinc, vitamin D, vitamin C, glutathione and Vitamin A Ingredients 🍝 Meatballs 500g Beef mince 1 tin of lentils 1 egg 2 tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs (swap for Orgran Premium Panko Style Crispi Breadcrumbs for Gluten Free option) 🍚 Rice 1 cup of Basmati rice 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter, ghee or dairy-free alternative 4 cloves of garlic 1 cup of spinach leaves finely chopped or 1 cup of frozen spinach 🍅 Sauce 2 cups of passata 1 cup water 1 carrots finely grated 1 celery finely grated 1 zucchini finely grated 2 tbsp Chicken bone broth concentrate Himilayan sea salt to taste Method 🍝 Meatballs 1. Rinse lentils thoroughly 2. Mix lentils, lamb...

Weird Period Symptoms – Mittelschmerz

Periods! That monthly (or less regularly, or missing) friend In an ideal world, your period would turn up without the fanfare of PMS Symptoms. It would be not too heavy and not too light. And definitely would not bring with it any pain. After 5 days it would disappear, not to be seen again for another 21 days. Unfortunately, only a lucky few experience cycles like this. Most of us have a number of symptoms which range from mild to extreme. And some of these symptoms are a little weird! Over the next few Fridays, we are going to delve into these weird and somewhat annoying cycle symptoms. Mittelschmerz - Ovulation...

Our Top 5 nutrients for kids

Wanting to boost your children's immune system? Check out our top 5 nutrients to include in their diet. *Zinc - One of the most important minerals in supporting the immune system is Zinc. With even small deficiencies impairing the immune system by reducing macrophage function, decreasing T- lymphocytes, including zinc rich foods is important. Some good food sources include Pumpkin seeds, Beans, Grassfed Beef / Lamb, Sesame seeds, Lentils, Cashews, Eggs, Organic Poultry, Shellfish. *Vitamin C - Stimulates leukocytes and phagocytes and one of the most significant antioxidants go clean up those free radicals. Good food sources include – Papaya, Citrus Fruits, Berries, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Mangos, Pineapple, Asparagus. *Vitamin D – Vitamin D...

Mushroom and noodle hotpot

The powers of Fungi- rich in b vitamins, beta glucans, selenium and immune regulating properties Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Small knob ginger, thinly sliced 1L filtered water 500g swiss brown mushrooms thinly sliced 3 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced 1-2 tbsp white miso paste 1 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) 1 long red chilli thinly sliced (or ¼ - ½ tsp red pepper flakes – adjust depending on heat preference) 3 spring onions thinly sliced 200g buckwheat soba noodles, cooked (or noodles of your choice) Small handful coriander, to serve Nori seaweed, to serve Optional add-ons 1-2 tbsp bone broth (powder or concentrate) 1-2 tbsp marine collagen 225g organic firm silken tofu, to serve (or steamed white fish,...

Support your child’s immune system naturally

Your child’s immune system undergoes a massive amount of change in the first few years of life and is sensitive to both internal and external factors. Helping to support your child’s immune system so they are resilient and can bounce back rapidly and become stronger. How can we do this naturally? Through proper diet and lifestyle and targeted nutritional support. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the basis of a healthy immune system. This is where real food, connection to people and our environment, moving our bodies daily and getting good quality sleep plays a crucial role. Daily habits Colours – eat as many as possible every day. Fruit and vegetables that...

Simple tips to reduce toxins in your home

Many chemicals in fragrances, cleaning products and endotoxins may disrupt the endocrine system and have an impact on our bodies hormone functioning. This is because their chemical composition is structurally similar therefore may have an affinity for the receptor site. Eliminating these toxins with a few simple tricks may help decrease the toxic load and give your body a rest. Simple tips to reduce toxins in your home: *Indoor plants – natural detoxifiers great for reducing VOC’s and carbon dioxide 👟 Take your shoes off when entering the home- reducing the risk of bringing pesticides and other chemicals into your home. 🧽 Multi purpose spray 250 ml white vinegar 250ml water ½ tsp eucalyptus of...

Toxins & Your Hormones – Endotoxins

Many things in your household can be harmful to you and your hormones. Today we are talking about endotoxins or mould, which can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues. Endotoxins Endotoxins are widely present in our environment- one of the most well known one is mold. The primary sources include airborne endotoxins from water damaged buildings, dust, animal waste this can lead to inflammation in the respiratory tract. These chemicals may enter the body through the skin or inhalation this may have serious adverse health consequences such as shortness of breath, lung conditions, headaches, fatigue, nausea, impaired memory, skin reactions, dermatitis, irritation to the nose,...