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Stress and Your Body

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist ‘If stress burned calories, I'd be a supermodel’ - Anonymous Stress was very important in prehistoric times where a stressor, such as an approaching sabretooth tiger, triggered a number of bodily responses allowing our ancestors to stay and fight, or run away. This is known as the fight-or-flight response and enabled our ancestors to survive. The way our body reacts to stress hasn’t changed from prehistoric times. The only problem is our stressors look a little different. Imagine seeing the sink about to overflow because you left the tap on. In the short term, stress is really important. The brain triggers the body to send out...

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress Naturally

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist Exercise Exercise helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins otherwise known as the ‘happy hormone’. Regular exercise helps you to tolerate stress better. Any kind of exercise is good if you enjoy it and can see yourself doing it regularly. Breathing Breathing is very important at controlling our body’s response to stress. Focussing on breathing deeply can help in moments of stress, but also to build up tolerance to stress. Not sure if you are breathing deeply enough? Try this technique. Lay down with one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Slowly breathe in through your nose and feel the hand on...

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10 Fertility Tips

Sandra Sapio, Acupuncturist and Naturopath Healthy Diet Making the right food choices before you conceive can support fertility and your baby’s growth and development. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet which is rich in healthy fats, plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours, leafy greens rich in folate, nuts, good quality protein rich foods (organic free range meats and eggs, legumes, pulses) and whole grains is one of the first steps to support fertility. Blood Glucose & Insulin Resistance Avoid high sugar foods to help keep glucose and insulin balanced. Maintaining balanced Insulin and glucose levels helps the body send out the right messages to your endocrine system, which...

IVF & Fertility Support

Welcome to our new and updated website!

Welcome to our new and updated website, which now features a blog and newsletter. Future blogs will be posted both on our website and our Facebook page. If you’re not linked in with us on Facebook or Instagram, we invite you to like our page and join our newsletter to stay updated with all the latest info on, IVF and Natural Fertility, Nutrition and Recipes and all things Health and Wellbeing. All our links to join are below! Essence of Health has gone through some HUGE changes in the last year and new health services, such as Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture for general health and muscle and joint pain...