Top ten myths to losing weight

WeightLossThere are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to weight loss. Unfortunately, there is no single diet that works for all, and no magic pill that can help you lose weight! It takes motivation and dedication to get the weight down. Extremely restrictive diets can damage your health.

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Children’s immunity for winter

sick_childChildhood can be difficult on the immune system. As kids socialise with other children and often start childcare or school, it may seem like they are constantly sick. It is considered ‘normal’ for a child for suffer from 6-8 colds every year. However, each infection should last no longer than 3-5 days. If your child is suffering from infections that last longer than this, or seems to never fully recover between infections then it’s a good sign that their immune system could do with some support. Read more

Crohn’s disease – Naturopathic treatment

The reason that I love treating Crohn’s disease is because there are so many natural and dietary treatment options available. These make a huge difference, can improve the symptoms and heal the ulceration without the need for medication.With a good nutritional plan you have the power to control Crohn’s and remain symptom free for life. Read more

Children’s immunity for winter – Better Health Naturopath Hayley Stockbridge discusses

Children’s immunity is always something that comes up in the winter. Childhood can be difficult on the immune system. As children socialise with other children and often start childcare or school, it may seem like they are constantly sick. It is considered ‘normal’ for a child for suffer from 6-8 colds every year. However, each infection should last no longer than 3-5 days. If your child is suffering from infections that last longer than this, or seems to never fully recover between infections then it’s a good sign that their immune system could do with some support.

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Adrenal fatigue – Is this why you feel so tired all the time?

fatigueAdrenal fatigue is a condition that many people don’t know about, however,  I find myself discussing it with patients almost every day.

Adrenal fatigue is the consequence of chronic mental, biochemical and/or physical stress.

‘Stress’ refers to a bunch of biochemical, hormonal, neurological and physical changes that take place in the body when the going gets tough. When we are under increased pressure our adrenal glands (which sit on top of our kidneys) produce cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are responsible for our fight or flight response and ensure that if we are caught in a life or death situation our systems are primed for the effort required. This is all well and good if we are in a life threatening situation but more often than not, we are experiencing non-life threatening stressors daily that have exactly the same effect. Waking up late and rushing to work, getting stuck in traffic, having too much work, running around with kids after school then rushing home to do dinners, washing etc. Read more

Leaky Gut – do you have one?

leaky gutLeaky 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 inflammation of the digestive tract. Having a ‘leaky gut’ occurs when the lining of our digestive tract, primarily the small and large intestines, become inflamed and damaged. This causes the ‘pores’ through which our food and nutrients are absorbed through to become larger in size, therefore undigested food molecules, toxins, antigens and other molecules that would not normally be able to be absorbed end up circulating in our blood stream. Read more

Eczema- leading Sydney naturopath Hayley Stockbridge discusses

princ_rm_photo_of_eczema_on_back_of_legsEczema

 I have decided to write this week’s article on eczema. Unfortunately most of the people a naturopath will see come in as a last resort. Over the last 6 months I have seen a huge influx of patients with eczema in my clinic. All skin conditions are notoriously difficult to treat naturally, primarily because results can take a few months to become visible. However with the medical treatment being long term use of steroid based anti-inflammatory cream, tackling eczema from the perspective of a naturopath is a much better long term strategy. This is because the steroid creams will temporarily mask the eczema, but as soon as you stop using the cream the rash will come back. They also thin the skin when used long term. However, I have seen some amazing improvements in my eczema patients over the last few months and wanted to share with you a different perspective on treatment of all skin conditions. I have had a few children go from being covered in eczema head to toe to absolutely none within 3 months. I have had adults who have had stubborn eczema their whole lives for it to have disappeared. So below lists some of the things I have found work best when tackling eczema. Read more

Abdominal bloating – the top 12 causes

Digestive systemAbdominal bloating is one of the most common complaints that I get from my patients. Many people seem to feel that discomfort, sluggish and bloating is a normal part of everyday life. However, this is definitely not the case. Bloating is a sign that something is wrong and that your digestive tract is not coping well. Read more

Naturopathy for abdominal bloating

women_stomach_ache_compressedFeeling bloated? Common food based triggers for abdominal bloating

Bloating is one of the most common complaints I see in my practice. Abdominal bloat can cause not only severe discomfort, pains and stomach cramping, but is often causes a lot of self esteem issues. I find a lot of my patients who suffer from bloating feel self-conscious and even wear clothes that will hide their bloated stomach.

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Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Join our study?

What is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome?)women_stomach_ache_compressed

IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is the name given to describe a set of symptoms that affect the digestive tract, such as:

–          Bloating and abdominal distension

–          Abdominal discomfort

–          Stomach pains and/or cramping

–          Diarrhoea

–          Constipation

It is not a disease in itself, more a label for a set of unexplained symptoms. Read more