Bowel Movements – something we all have experience with; good, bad or ugly! How do we know what’s normal, what’s not and what’s worth worrying about? There are a few aspects of your own bowel function you can assess and note – observing every movement you have can be a great way to gain insight […]
Ah, bloating. One of the most common digestive symptoms that can negatively impact our lives. Waking up feeling like a beach ball is inside your abdomen is no way to start the day!
Leaky gut is the very unflattering name given to a digestive disorder that can cause a lot of health issues for its sufferers. I prefer to refer to it as ‘digestive hyper-permeability’ and explain that it is an inflammation of the digestive tract. It is a condition I find often in many of my patients, […]
Food intolerances are prevalent in today’s society. Everyone knows someone with a gluten, wheat, nut, soy or dairy intolerance. As some of you may already know, I frequently test for food intolerances in my patients. This is because, time and time again, food intolerances play such a huge role in people’s health and symptoms- I […]
‘IBS’ (irritable bowel syndrome) is one of the most common complaints that I see in my clinic. I would estimate that around 80% of my patients suffer from some type of digestive complaint or discomfort. In fact, it is so common, that many people seem to believe that suffering bloating and frequent trips to the […]
So let’s jump straight into our second article for ‘Better Bellies’ month with a topic that is sure to spike your interest (and freak you out at the same time!). As Naturopaths, we find ourselves talking about ‘poo’, ‘bowel movements’, ‘number two’s’ or ‘stools’ very frequently. While causing some awkwardness for our poor patients, we […]
Welcome to a whole month of “Better Belly’s” I am very excited to be focusing on GUT health this month. Of all the issues I have seen in practice digestive related problems are of the most common and the research is showing more and more that underlying gut dysfunction can be at the root of […]
What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism occurs when thyroid hormones are being over produced by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and therefore hyperthyroidism will affect all bodily functions.
The thyroid itself is a butterfly shaped gland that is located below the larynx- in the throat. It is the only endocrine organ that stores it’s hormones in large quantities. The thyroid hormones include TSH (thyrotrophin) which is produced by the anterior pituitary, T3 (triidothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). Hyperthyroidism usually presents with low TSH and high T3/T4.
Acne vulgaris is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.