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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....

Christmas inspired recipes

Festive tomato salad This salad is simple but very festive looking. The addition of the optional editions (especially watermelon) make it super kid friendly too! Ingredients  1kg of Heirloom tomatoes diced, quartered or sliced OR 4 punnets of mixed cherry tomatoes halved ½ cup of Basil leaves chopped ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Himalayan salt to taste Optional additions Crumbled feta or grilled cubed haloumi Watermelon cubed Red onion sliced All of the above Method Mix all together and present using a bowl or plate (super simple 😊)   Christmas Bliss Balls Ingredients 1 cup natural almonds 10 dates pitted 1/4 cup currants 1/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 1 tablespoon...

Healthy tips for the festive season

If you are having lunch or dinner, skip the snacks beforehand and focus on the main meal Try to stick to one plate of food and avoid seconds Balance is good - Load your plate with veggies and salad. Try for half veggies/ salad + ¼ protein + ¼ carbs You can have your cake (or pudding) – but try to stick to a small serve and eat it mindfully so you enjoy it 😊 If you are drinking alcohol, alternate with water between drinks Swap soft drink for sparkling water, and add some fruit like lemon or berries Incorporate exercise into your plans. Even a...

Breastfeeding and hormones

1 – 7 August is World Breastfeeding Week. We have put together a 3 part series on breastfeeding and hormones, nutrition for breastfeeding, and weaning and hormones. Breastfeeding and Hormones Breastfeeding sounds simple enough right?!… That is until you actually have to do it! Breastfeeding can be difficult and stressful no matter if it’s your first of fourth baby. There are so many factors that come into play before breastfeeding works. There may be supply issues (too much or too little), pain and discomfort, mastitis, let down issues, hormonal issues, issues with latching, rooting, suckling and swallowing, tongue tie, mental health and lack of support/ education on breastfeeding techniques....