10 tips to improve weight loss

10 tips to improve your weight loss results

Natural-Weight1Weight loss is all about putting your body in the best possible state to burn excess stores of energy which your body puts away as fat. There are simple and time proven ways in which you can be sure that your body will access those stores as fuel to help you lose weight. Read more

Naturopathy- intermittent fasting?

fastingIntermittent fasting, or the “5:2” diet

 

Intermittent fasting or the ‘5:2’ diet has become popular over the last 6 months and I am asked about it regularly. While there are a few variations of this diet plan, most involve having two non-consecutive days a week fasting (consuming just 500 calories). You can spread your meals and food intake however you like on the fasting days, as long as you stick to under 500 calories. The other 5 days involve eating a balanced healthy diet. The reported benefits include weight loss, reduced cardiovascular disease, lowered blood pressure and better blood sugar regulation. There is also a lot of research that shows that caloric restriction in any form followed long term extends lifespan by as much as 10-15 years. 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

Calcium – if not from dairy where do I get it from?

hayleyAs I sat down to write this week’s newsletter on ‘calcium’ what should pop into my inbox but an article written by a colleague of mine on just that topic. Naturopath Lisa Costa-Bir from www.thefoodcoach.com.au has written a fantastic article on the problems with calcium sources from dairy and plant based alternatives. As I couldn’t have written it better myself, she has allowed me to forward it to you all. Keen to hear your thoughts, happy reading!

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Hayley’s top 5 Superfoods

‘Superfoods’ are all the rage at the moment. It has become trendy to fill the cupboards with superfood supplements and products. Superfoods such as spirulina, acai and Noni juice have become household items. While I don’t think that superfoods are the be all and end all for health, they can be a great addition to your daily diet. They provide a range of nutrients and health benefits and (as long as they don’t replace a balance meal) can be thought of a simple way of boosting your daily nutrition.

Here are my favourite superfoods that I use at home on a regular basis: Read more

A Naturopaths view on dairy consumption

Naturopath-Cows milkWhy is it that so many people are instructed by Naturopaths to limit dairy consumption? The problem with cows milk is not the fat. And the lactose ( a milk sugar) is only part of the problem. The problem with cow’s milk has to do with the protein it contains- particularly the casein.

Our digestive and immune systems are not designed to deal with the amount of dairy products found in the standard western diet. Cow’s milk is designed for a baby cow’s digestive system, not a human’s. Think about it. Would you ever see an elephant drinking the milk of a giraffe in the wild? Of course not! 

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Juicing or Blending – which is better?

Juicing or blending- which is better?

 Untitled-3There are a lot of opinions out there on whether juicing or blending is better, which fruits and veggies should be used for each option and which method is healthier. While at the end of the day both methods are a great way to increase your daily nutritional intake, there are a few points to remember for each: Read more

Bloating – the top 10 causes

women_stomach_ache_compressedBloating 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