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Toxins and your hormones – Phthalates & Parabens

Many of your household products can be harmful to you and your hormones. Synthetic chemicals can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues. Today we are talking about phthalates and parabens. Phthalates ❌ Phthalates are found in many household items and personal care products such as hairsprays, aftershave, perfumes, shampoos as plastisizers. The toxic molecules will often find their way into our body. A few to watch out for dibutyl phthalate (nail polish), Di -2 -ethylhexylphthalate, diethyl phthalate. There is also a significant amount in building materials, furniture, air fresheners, shower curtains, polyvinyl flooring, plastic coated wallpaper. Phthalates have various mechanisms of action including mitochondrial and...

Traditional Chinese Medicine & the microbiome

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. In that time, TCM has observed the importance of the gut in relation to a person’s overall health, even so far as recognising the relationship between the gut and the mind. This relationship has become well known in the conventional medical world over the last few years as the gut-brain axis or the mind-gut connection or the gut as the second brain. As TCM has known the importance of gut health for so long, they have used a number of different tools to help with gut health including acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. The Research A number of different...

Wellbeing Weekend: Yoga & hormones

Stress management is key factor that needs to be addressed when tackling hormonal imbalances of any sort. Our stress response can occur within seconds of encountering a stressful situation. When this happens, our hypothalamus secretes corticotropin releasing hormone. This then tells the anterior pituitary to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone which then gives the adrenals a little nudge to produce cortisol. Cortisol and melotonin play a crucial role in regulating your sleep and the quality of sleep. At night cortisol is lower and melatonin peaks, as the morning comes the cortisol should spike and awaken you to feel fresh to take on the day. With chronic stress this becomes all out of whack...

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....