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How to deal with bloating

Bloating is one of those health problems that can be hard to get to the bottom of. Some people only have bloating occasionally, while some it occurs all of the time. Lots of different things can cause bloating – diet, lifestyle, food intolerances, constipation and conditions like endometriosis. So what can you do to help? Here are 5 things that may help to treat your bloating: • Exercise – it can help pass trapped gas from your bowels. Studies also show light exercise can help to relieve fullness and bloating after meals. • Eat smaller portions of food and eat fruit before the main meal not after – Smaller portions allow your...

Top 5 nutrition tips to prepare for pregnancy

Wanting to get pregnant?* Here are our top 5 nutrition tips that may help. Eat a 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 and whole grains is one of the first steps to support fertility. Avoid Caffeine Excessive intake of caffeine could make you feel restless, anxious and irritable and may also cause you to experience heartburn. Decaffeinated coffee is always a better option to consider when...

Top 5 ways to improve sleep

For something we need to do every day, sleeping can be really hard for some.   Read below for our top 5 ways to improve sleep   😴 Try to avoid any stimulants like coffee from around midday onwards. Did you know that alcohol also acts as a stimulant after a few hours? So, while it may help get you to sleep, your sleep will not be restful. Try to limit alcohol intake to one to two glasses a day and avoid in the 3 hours before bed. 😴 Avoid screens just before bed. Try to switch off devices and read or meditate in the hour before bed. 😴 Set up a...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 ...