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What stress is actually doing to your body

What stress is actually doing to your body. I have three patients who have been on my mind a lot lately. All three have quite different stories, experiences and symptoms, but they all share one common thread that is impacting on their ability to really thrive – and that common denominator is STRESS. Let’s face it, 2020 has been stressful. I saw a Facebook post recently that said “2020 is what happens when you mix your tarot deck with cards…

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How Metabolic Disease Begins In The Gut.

How Metabolic Disease Begins In The Gut. Are you overweight? Struggling with high blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure? Wanting to avoid medication at all costs? Then this blog is for you my friend. Let’s start with a definition: Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term that includes a cluster of symptoms such as excess weight/obesity, increased blood pressure, fatty liver, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides and blood sugar.  It is a major risk factor in the development of hypertension, type 2…

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Ovulation as a marker of health and wellbeing.

Ovulation as a marker of health and wellbeing. “Did you know that being more ‘fertile’ can actually improve your health and wellbeing?” Dr Nat Kringoudis Ovulation is a sign of health. Ovulation is how we make oestrogen and progesterone, both of which have amazing health benefits. So let’s dive right in and see what all the fuss is about! Oestrogen. Oestrogen is needed to stimulate luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), both of which work together to trigger…

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Weight issues: a heavy burden to bear (pun intended)

Weight issues: a heavy burden to bear (pun intended) Are you carrying a bit (or maybe a lot) of extra weight that you just can’t shift? Perhaps you used to lose weight easily before with dieting and exercise, but that isn’t working for you now? My story. I have struggled with weight issues since I was child, so I know what it’s like.  I have probably tried every ‘diet’ you can think of and have lost weight and then regained…

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Understanding Endometriosis

Understanding Endometriosis I am seeing more and more women with endometriosis in clinic. Statistically it is thought to affect 1 in 10 women, however many of those women remain undiagnosed (read my blog on living with an invisible illness here). Diagnosis can be challenging. Firstly, because doctors don’t always understand the degree of pain that women experience. Sadly I see many of my patients dismissed from the doctor’s office, leaving them feeling deflated, misunderstood and unheard. A diagnosis can only…

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Are you living with an invisible illness?

Are you living with an invisible illness? I see a lot of patients in clinic who have been let down by standard medical care because they don’t fit neatly into a box for a diagnosis.  Patients present with a list of symptoms, sometimes diverse and apparently unlinked, and often their blood work will come back as “normal.”  So the doctor tells them they are fine (or worse – that it’s all in their head) and sends them home.  Except they…

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Putting Your Health On Hold.

Putting Your Health On Hold. Across the entire health care sector, we are currently seeing many patients deferring treatment, including seeing their GP for regular check ups and monitoring of chronic health conditions. It makes sense though doesn’t it? Nobody wants to leave the house at the moment. Nobody wants to place any unnecessary burdens on our already overwhelmed health care system either. So they are putting off getting those blood tests, getting their blood sugar or blood pressure checked,…

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Choline Under The Spotlight.

Choline Under The Spotlight. Almost as famous (nutritionally) as the lesser known Hemsworth brother. (If you were about to Google it I’ll save you the trouble – his name is Luke). Choline has recently stepped forward from the shadows and into the spotlight. It has become the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle for many of my complex cases and when I talk about choline with my patients, I usually get blank stares in return. So this blog post is…

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Is It Getting Hot In Here?

Welcome to peri-menopause. For most women, they won’t even really know they are going into peri-menopause. Peri-menopause is roughly the 2-10 years leading up to menopause (and menopause is said to have occurred 12 months after your period stops). For many women though, the symptoms are significant. Common symptoms of peri-menopause include: Anxiety Insomnia Weight gain Night sweats Low libido, vaginal dryness Heavy periods Fatigue Reduced ability to cope with stress Most people assume that oestrogen is to blame, however…

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OH MY GORD…Are you taking medication for reflux or heartburn? Then you need to read this.

Today I want to tell you a story. It’s actually the reason I eventually became a Naturopath. When I was a teenager, I was terribly unhealthy. I was a heavy smoker, I liked to drink, I ate crap and lived on coke. It’s not really a surprise to learn that I was grossly overweight and suffered from depression and anxiety at the time. At age 19, I moved to Bendigo to start university. I took this opportunity to quit smoking,…

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