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.
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 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
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
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.
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
It is not a disease in itself, more a label for a set of unexplained symptoms. Read more
Bloating is one of the most common complaints that I get from my patients. For many people being bloated and uncomfortable is part of everyday life. This is not normal. Bloating is a sign that something is wrong and that your digestive system is not coping well.
There is usually 2 different forms of bloating that can be experienced.
1) Painful bloating that leaves you feeling full, sluggish, tender and swollen in the abdomen.
2) Painless bloating. Often described as an abdomen that is sticking out like being pregnant. Read more
Fatigue and low energy research results- Why are you so tired?
Thanks to everyone who participated in our study. It was great to have so many people involved and I found the results fascinating. So what was the number one cause of fatigue? The response was overwhelmingly STRESS. And going into this a bit more it was the stress of trying to balance work and family life that came up time and time again. Read more
We know just how many programs, pills, shakes, bars and celebrity fad diets are out there. It is hard to know what will work and even harder to maintain your weight once you reach your goal. The truth is, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to weight maintenance and healthy eating (literally!). Every body is different, everyone has different stories and reasons for why they have reached an unhealthy weight. Read more