Switch Off Sunday

By on 1 October 2016 click here to comment

What can you not do with a smart phone? I've seen apps for just about everything. From social interaction, to searching the worlds almost infinite databases of information, navigation, gaming, photography, time keeping, note taking, organisers, menstrual cycle charting and more. Did you know you can even make phone calls on them!? These wonderful little gizmos have found there way with alarming speed into just about every nook and cranny of our lives. It is rare for many people to be found without a phone any more. We are connected 24/7 to the world. News on demand, access to friends and vast social networks waiting to entertain us at any time of the day. It feels great to be connected, always in touch, never on our own. But what are the consequences of living in this cyber city which neve... continue reading

Vitamin D Goodness

By on 5 September 2016 click here to comment

Vitamin D Goodness This wonderful vitamin is really just beginning to receive the recognition it deserves for its years of hard work. Research is now showing that there are vitamin D receptors to be found throughout many areas of our body. These are like switches which only vitamin D can turn on and off. Where ever a receptor is found, it indicates that vitamin D most likely has a role to play. Vitamin D's biggest claim to fame to date is its important role in bone health and modelling, however evidence is rapidly emerging that vitamin D may also have important roles in prevention and management of diabetes, improved fertility outcomes, immune system modulation, cancer prevention, balance and reduced falls in the elderly, muscle health, brain health and proliferative conditions like... continue reading

The Dreaded Lurgy

By on 22 April 2016 click here to comment

The Dreaded Lurgy As the colder weather is beginning to slowly set in and we are all uttering our first “brrrrssss” for the year, my mind turns to runny noses and those coughs and colds that can begin to appear. With the changes in weather comes a need for our body to change and adjust to new outside pressures. Sometimes, for a diversity of different reasons this transition doesn't go so smoothly and we find ourselves literally feeling a little under the weather. So what can we do to support ourselves so we can all stay healthy and happy this winter? The first and very un-Australian is to actually acknowledge that it is winter and dress accordingly. Warm clothes and shoes prevent cold from seeping inand draining needed vitality. This drop in v... continue reading

The Benefits of Healthy Food

By on 15 July 2015 click here to comment

One of my personal passions when it comes to healthcare is helping people to achieve optimal nutrition through their day to day diets eating simple, delicious wholefoods. I am blessed in my part of the country to have a diversity of climates within 100km ranging from coastal through sub-tropical to the more temperate areas. This means that we are also blessed with a wonderful diversity of food choices from freshly caught seafood and bananas through to delicious apples, blueberries, macadamia nuts and pecans. What we eat everyday is so important. It is our fuel for movement and function, contains the catalysts for hundreds of miraculous chemical reactions inside us happening each second, provides the integral building blocks we need for growth and repair and my favourite, also provides us with a... continue reading

The Home Herbal

By on 17 March 2015 click here to comment

A few weeks ago I took a quick look at some of the amazing medicinal herbs that can be found masquerading as weeds in and around our homes. Over the coming weeks I would like to take some time to introduce and explore more of our local and common backyard plants. What are they useful for as medicines and to keep my aspiring chef happy, perhaps a few culinary uses too! I think it is one of the most exciting and empowering feelings to be able to meet at least some of our own needs from the garden and wilds. Firstly, to start us off, I'd like to explore a few of the cornerstones of naturopathy/herbalism. These create the framework that then means these herbs can be best utilised. Some are common sense and perhaps you've never thought of some in that way before. ... continue reading

Natural Remedies

By on 1 October 2014 click here to comment

Welcome! This section of the site contains a range of information from our local naturopath. We hope you find the information useful. Comments and suggestions for future articles is always welcome :-)... continue reading

Micro-organisms - An Introduction

By on 4 June 2014 click here to comment

From Little Things.... There has been a lot of focus and interest of late around the world of microorganisms. My father in law has dubbed 2014, for the second year running, the year of the microbiology. I think that it is about time that we acknowledged the huge role that these tiny creatures play in our world. Recent attention has been focused primarily around our digestive health and how important gut bacteria are for our health and wellbeing. However, the realm of the microbe does not stop there. We are surrounded by them and have contact with them on many different levels. Just as a healthy population are so important for our inner health, so are certain bacterial populations for the health of our skin and in protecting and maintaining balance in areas such as our nose and mouth. Recent research has shown that not only do bacterial populations change from person to person, there are also certain bacteria that... continue reading

Micro-organisms - Fermented Foods

By on 4 June 2014 click here to comment

From Little Things.... Once an age old tradition and way of preserving foods, fermented or living foods are back on the menu. More people are becoming aware of how important the world of the micro-organisms are for our digestive health and overall well being. Living foods are a way of increasing our exposure to healthy, helpful bacterial populations and commonly taste good too. Its a funny concept that encouraging bacteria into food you can actually prevent spoiling and usually extend a foods life. In fact there are those who have made an art form out of this process, controlling bacteria to create new and delicious products like cheese, wine, beer, breads, salami, miso and fish sauce to name a few. Outside of these more commercial products most people are familiar with traditional sauerkraut. I grew up with sauerkraut from the can. An interesting experience. Salty, sour and with a very intri... continue reading

Micro-organisms - Our Internal Flora

By on 4 June 2014 click here to comment

Carrying on from last week's article introducing the amazing world of microbiology, this week I would like to focus more on the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Imagine your GIT being a complete ecosystem. The food comes in which provides nourishment, the pH is perfect for these little micro-organisms to thrive and keep the balance so that they prevent harmful bacteria from colonising. The diversity of bacteria help support your immune system, feed the GIT cells so that there is energy for digesting and help absorb nutrients from food, as well as preparing the waste for elimination. The health and balance of this ecosystem is incredibly important. More and more research is showing that the health of our GIT bacteria not only effect local digestive health but can also have further reaching connections with our mental and emotional wellbeing. So where does it all begin? Your entrance to the world is where your first c... continue reading

Micro-organisms - the connection between gut and brain

By on 4 June 2014 click here to comment

Our second brain? Last week we had a little exploration of fermented or living foods, delicious and wonderful for our digestive health. This week I'd like to take a look at one of the major areas of research at the moment in the world of the micro-organism and the gastro intestinal tract. The connection between the GIT and our minds. A great place to start is the connection that we all understand. At some stage most of us would have experienced 'butterflies' in our stomach before an exam or big event. Likewise, during times of high stress or significant change experiencing diarrhoea or constipation is not an uncommon side effect. On an anatomical level our GIT functions very much like a second brain. Our digestive tract contains approx 100 million neurons in a system known as the enteric nervous system. Most of the chemicals which control the brain are also found functioning within this... continue reading

Natural Remedies for Insomnia

By on 9 April 2014 click here to comment

So many of us have difficulty sleeping. Falling asleep, staying asleep, night terrors/stressful dreams, or waking during the night, unable to return to that oh so wonderful land of nod. A lot of things can have an impact on our sleep. Some common causes include little children and babies, a snoring or restless partner and emotional reasons such as stress, anxiety or worry. Other reasons include overstimulation before bed from music, television, computer or or phone screens or eating certain or too much food close to bedtime. For those who are having trouble sleeping, one of the best places to start is creating a ritual around sleep time, to slowly prepare yourself for a calm and restful sleep. This is called sleep hygiene. This starts wit... continue reading

Ahhh! Burnout!

By on 1 April 2014 click here to comment

Ahhh! Burnout! Constant stress, large workloads, unmanageable lists of tasks piling up in front of you and complete overwhelm. Slowly but surely these pressures can wear you down, draining your zest for life, effecting relationships and damaging mental, emotional and physical health. But with help and support, making time for yourself and reassessing priorities, burnout can be healed. Burnout can stem from all sorts of causes. A job without clear boundaries, acknowledgement or appreciation, boredom from a lack of stimulation and challenge, or complete overwhelm from looking after several small children while running a household. Lifestyle factors such as poor sleep, a lack of close and supportive friends and poor boundaries can all be contribut... continue reading