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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...

Friday Five – 5 ways to eat healthfully

Eating a healthy diet can help a number of different issues from weight management to hormone health. Today we are discussing our top 5 tips to eat more healthfully. Eat whole foods. A whole food is any food that hasn’t been processed or refined. It is as close to finding it in nature as possible. Cook more meals at home. When you cook meals at home, you know what you are putting in. That way you can monitor salt, sugar, unhealthy fats and include all of the healthier foods. Avoid packaged foods unless necessary. They are full of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, preservatives, and colourings. Increase your fruits...

Top 5 ways to manage back pain

Back pain affects so many people at some stage in their life. The pain can be acute or chronic, and can affect quality of life.   Here are our top 5 ways to manage back pain:   🔴 See a Chiropractor. Chiropractic works to increase range of motion of joints in the back, increase strength in the back, and reduce tension and increase flexibility of back muscles. A number of studies recognise Chiropractic as an appropriate treatment method for back pain. 🟠 See a Physiotherapist. Physiotherapy aims to restore the function of poorly moving muscle joints in order to reduce muscle tension and improve muscle strength. Treatments are specific to...

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....

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 ...