Naturopathic Treatment of High Cholesterol

The craze for treating cholesterol has led to pharmaceutical companies flooding the medical world with cholesterol lowering medications. In fact, statins are now the number one selling class of drugs, with new cholesterol lowering drugs being manufactured every day. Read more

Menopause – Hayley Stockbridge (Naturopath)

Menopause is a time of big change for most women. The physical and emotional changes can be overwhelming, debilitating and frustrating. It occurs naturally in women usually between the ages of 45-55 when the ovaries cease to function, you no longer ovulate and your body will reduce its oestrogen production. In the few years before your final period (called perimenopause), hormone levels fluctuate as oestrogen production reduces. Eventually oestrogen levels decrease to such a point that menstruation stops completely. Once you have not had a period for 12 months you are officially menopausal. Read more

Vitamin D- In a sunburnt country how are we deficient

Vitamin D is essential for our health. It has many functions within the human body, such as helping the immune system run smoothly and managing the absorption of phosphorus and calcium. Recent studies also show that Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a higher risk of heart attacks, multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal conditions, type one diabetes, arthritis, mental health conditions, leaky gut, and autoimmune conditions such as Hashimotos thyroiditis. So it’s not difficult to see why Vitamin D should be a top priority in your everyday regimen. Read more

Is Stress Ruining My Sex Life?

Picture this- it’s Friday night and your about to leave work and head home for a night of romance and relaxation with your partner. All of a sudden your boss calls and needs you to finish a project over the weekend. On the way home you catch every red light and someone in a flashy sports car cuts you off. By the time you finally arrive home you realise you left your passion somewhere between the office and those multiple red lights. As you have probably experienced in the past, sex and stress don’t really mix. To put it bluntly, stress isn’t sexy!!!! Read more

Naturopathic treatment of Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux – Hayley Stockbridge, Naturopath

Reflux, heartburn, indigestion, gastro-oesophageal reflux, GORD: these are all names for the painful sensation that occurs when the contents of the stomach back-flows into the oesophagus. Reflux is one of the most common digestive complains that Australian’s suffer from. Read more

PCOS- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome- Naturopathic Treatments – Hayley Stockbridge (Naturopath)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition affecting 1 in every 10 women in Australia and a condition that I deal with frequently in my clinic. Sufferers of PCOS will experience irregular menstrual cycles and infrequent periods as the main symptom. 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.

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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

The most common causes of infertility in Women

Fertility fitWhen it comes to couples who are suffering from Infertility, it is thought to be due to the women’s health issues approximately 50-60% of the time. There are many issues that can lead to difficulty conceiving in women, and most can be effectively managed using nutritional and herbal medicines to improve your fertility chances. Women experiencing some of the complications listed below are often advised to undergo fertility treatments such as IVF without realising that there is a whole world of very effective and clinically proven naturopathic treatment strategies available. Below we have outlined the most common causes of infertility in women, and how naturopathic treatment can help. Read more

Male Fertility

Fertility fitIt takes just one sperm to fertilise an egg and achieve healthy pregnancy and baby. But did you know that men release between 100-400 million sperm per ejaculate? So why are so many sperm released if it only takes one to fertilise the egg?  This is because sperm must travel an incredible distance from the vagina to the fallopian tubes to meet the waiting egg- which can take between 1-10 hours. Few sperm survive this trip. The few that make this journey then have to penetrate the egg which has a very thick layer making fertilization even more difficult. Sperm are also very easily damaged. Sperm are the tiniest of all cells found in humans with a very simple membrane structure and do not contain the enzymes needed to repair damage like all other cells in the body do. For this reason there are many factors than can damage or destroy sperm and reduce fertility. Experts believe this process allows for only the healthiest sperm to fertilise the egg which provides the best chances of producing a healthy baby. Male fertility can be an often over looked part of getting pregnant. Read more