Nourishing your Adrenals for the New Year

impiegata annoiataThe silly season has ended and the New Year has begun. There was plenty of festivities as the weather heated up. Our calendars were filled with social engagements and our quiet days were filled with Christmas shopping and cheeky lunch time gatherings.

Why not… it was Christmas! But have you ever wondered how our body felt about this? Have you seen the new Disney movie called ‘Inside Out’? Well Disney has cleverly created a movie about the emotions we feel and made them into adorable characters as if they lived in our head. Let me add to this theme, the character ‘stress’. Now even though stress is not a definitive emotion, it is definitely something that plays a role not only on our emotions but on our wellbeing.  So let’s picture the adult version of ‘Inside Out’, add the character stress and we have an emotional nightmare.  Anger is easily triggered, sadness doesn’t get a break, fear is everywhere and well disgust is hanging around like a bad smell. But where is joy? (now if you haven’t seen the movie this might not make any sense to you so let’s get to the facts).

Read more

Barriers to weight loss. Why can’t you lose weight? Hayley Stockbridge – Naturopath

 

WeightLossSometimes it can seem like you are doing everything right but still not losing weight. There is nothing more frustrating and I do see a lot of patients who are not necessarily eating poorly and are doing adequate exercise but just not seeing good weight loss results. This usually will mean that there are some imbalances within the body that are inhibiting fat loss. Read more

Boosting Children’s Immunity

Being a healthy child is adult’s work, so when the little people in our lives are unwell we want them to feel better pretty quickly. The toddler years can be pretty difficult on the immune system:  an average of 6-8 colds every year is considered normal, with infections lasting between 3-5 days. As they get older their immune system matures, reducing the frequency of colds and flu’s per year. Read more

The top 10 causes of bloating – Hayley Stockbridge (Naturopath)

Bloating is one of the most common complaints that I hear from my patients. Many people seem to think that discomfort, feeling sluggish and bloating is a normal part of everyday life. However, this is definitely not the case. Bloating is a sign that your digestive tract is not functioning optimally and would benefit from some support. Read more

Does your child have food intolerances? Hayley Stockbridge – Naturopath

Food intolerances are one of the most common causes of health complaints that bring kids into our clinic. Intolerances can cause an array of symptoms that can affect your child’s health and often go undiagnosed in the medical industry. This is largely because food intolerances can be difficult to diagnose without the right testing. Read more

Tips for staying away from sugary snacks! – Hayley Stockbridge Naturopath

 

Three apples with engraved hearts on wood backgroundSugar cravings can be a big problem on a busy day at work! Our bodies will crave sugar when we are overworked, bored, tired or need to feel rewarded. It can be very easy to reach for that 3pm sugar hit only to suffer a sugar crash shortly after. Sugar intake can affect your weight, your energy levels, anxiety and stress levels and increase your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease in the long run.

Read more

Magnesium the great!

Products containing magnesiumIf I could run my clinic on one mineral it would be magnesium. Almost everybody no matter what their history, could do with a good dose of magnesium, and would feel better for it.

So why is this mineral so special? Magnesium is an essential mineral for over 300 enzyme reactions and has pages of therapeutic applications. Most naturopaths label this mineral as our calming/relaxing mineral and there is a good reason for that. Not only is this mineral essential for energy production it affects the conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and normal heart rhythm. Read more

Top ten foods to consider when trying to conceive

Detox, food, heart.

If trying to conceive is a struggle, or if you suffer from some form of infertility or another, or if you are simply planning to get pregnant, you might want to take a closer look at the foods you aren’t eating.

Here we list 10 fertility superfoods that could better your chances to conceive. We are constantly learning more about the healing power of these foods and their effect on both the male and female reproductive system. Read more

Why everyone should have Apple Cider vinegar in their pantry…

Apple cider vinegar and fresh apple on a wooden backgroundApple cider vinegar is something that I find myself discussing with patients on a daily basis as it has so many health benefits. Primarily I prescribe it as a digestive and liver aid in patients with digestive issues but it can be used for so many more reasons than this. It is a cost effective and useful remedy that everyone should have in their pantry. It is also handy to have on hand as a cleaning agent to be used around the house, and can be used on the skin directly for things like warts, skin breakouts, smelly feet or as a hair wash. Read more

The truth about margarine and why you should avoid it!

ButterMargarine is marketed as being a healthier choice than butter, when in actual fact it is much worse for our health. Not only does butter taste much better, but it is a natural product made only from milk while margarine is a completely man-made product loaded with chemicals and additives in such a way to resemble butter. Read more