How to beat the holiday season bloat

bloatingOverindulging goes hand in hand with the holiday season as we are bombarded with social events, dinners and family functions. And while this is what makes the holiday season so much fun, many of my patients spend the time feeling bloated and uncomfortable due to eating too much. It is easy to feel like we have lost control over our food intake. Increased alcohol, larger portions than what we are used to, multiple courses and sugary desserts can all combine to create digestive hell! Read more

Nutritional treatment for Rosacea

face(1)Rosacea is a type of skin condition that affects the face and appears as a constant flush or redness. This ’24 hour’ flush can make you look as though you are blushing… all the time! It can be mistaken for eczema, acne or sometimes a skin allergy. The severity of the condition differs from person to person and affects both men and women. Read more

Nutritional treatment for Candida

stomach-acheCandida is a very common yeast infection of which most women will have at least one episode during their life. There are more than 100 different types of candida, the most common variety being candida albicans, which lives in the mucous membranes. Candida is found in the environment, and in the skin and mucous membranes of people. It thrives in warm, moist, alkaline areas. Small amounts exist in the mouth and intestines of everyone, and it has a very important job in aiding nutrient absorption. However, when overpopulated with candida, it can inflame and break down the wall of the intestine and penetrate the bloodstream. This pathogen often takes advantage and overgrows when you are low in the good bacteria naturally occurring in the gut. Read more

Nutritional treatment for poor sleep and insomnia

insomniaMost men and women experience poor sleep or disturbed sleep in their life time. About one third of adults do not get as much sleep as they would like. Poor sleep might mean you have trouble trying to fall asleep, waking up too early, waking up for long periods in the night or not feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep. There can be many different causes that influence the way we sleep. Also called insomnia, poor sleep can affect your physical and mental health in many ways. Lack of sleep can cause you to have trouble concentrating during the day, make you feel tired and irritable, or give you frequent headaches or dizziness. Read more

Nutritional Treatment for Iron Deficiency Anemia

iron-deficiency-anemia-2Iron deficiency anemia is a very common condition that I see in my clinic that can be very effectively managed with the right nutritional advice. It leads to fatigue, tiredness and dizziness which can have a huge impact on your daily health and wellbeing. With the right nutritional treatment, anemia can be managed for life. Read more

‘Why nutrition is vital for your Health’

heartFirst question I like to ask someone who debates the importance of nutrition is- ‘what exactly do you think your body is made up of?”. Proteins, sugars, fats, vitamins and minerals (i.e the food that you eat) is what makes all of the cells in your body. Without adequate nutrition, it is physically impossible for your body to function the way it should. You will never have as much energy, feel as happy, digest food as well, sleep well or feel as good as you should be able to without proper nutritional intake. Read more

Nutritional treatment for fatigue

Tired of being tired? Everyone experiences tiredness and fatigue at some point. As a Nutritionist, I have patients frequently being fatigued and commenting, “This is normal right?” I find that people just put up with their ongoing feeling of lethargy because we live such busy lifestyles. One thing is certain, people are becoming more tired […]

What causes IBS?

tummyIBS is one of the most common complaints that I see in my clinic. I would estimate that around 80% of my patients suffer from some type of digestive complaint. IBS can include many different types of digestive symptoms such as bloating or discomfort, abdominal pains, cramping and episodes of diarrhoea and/or constipation.  IBS is not a ‘disease’ in itself, more of a label for a set of symptoms. It is said that IBS affects about 20% of the population. Being diagnosed with IBS can be very frustrating, as the cause is often unknown and there is no real medical treatment. It is often put down to stress or anxiety and while this is the case for some, there are many, many other causes that are often overlooked in the medical world. Read more

Nutritional Treatment For Acne

can_popping_pimples_kill_youWhat is acne?

Many people, both men and women, have issues with acne and breakouts. For some it can be hormonal, for others it can be simply due to congestion in the skin glands or it could be due to digestive issues. Acne can be sore, embarrassing and cause you to feel self-conscious but it is not something that you have to put up with as luckily nutritional medicine has a lot to offer to control acne. Read more

Nutritional Treatment of Hayfever

Hayfever season has arrived with spring and over the last few weeks I have seen an increase in hayfever in my patients. For most, hayfever is seasonal because spring time means an increase in pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. In some people prone to allergies, their immune system believes pollen is a harmful invader, triggering production of the antibody immunoglobulin E. This encourages the release of histamine, causing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages, sinus, throat and eyes.  Other symptoms of hay fever include excessive mucus production, sneezing, itching nose and throat, watery eyes and a clear, runny nose. Hay fever (sometimes called allergic rhinitis) is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in this country, affecting around three million Australians. Read more