Women’s health & hormones

Spotlight: Hashimoto’s Disease

This is the first mini-blog in a series on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The goal is to highlight the causes, risk factors and symptoms, and discuss common approaches to treatment and how Naturopathic care can support patients to alleviate symptoms and improve their quality of life.  Hashimoto’s Disease Hashimoto’s disease is the most common type of thyroid condition in Australia. It is also the number one autoimmune disease I see in clinic, with patients who have been diagnosed or who…

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How to break a bad habit (and make a new one) and get what you want.

How to break a bad habit (and make a new one) and get what you want. It’s January. The holidays are over, there are no more Christmas leftovers in the fridge (including my famous pudding – thank goodness, I was starting to look like one!) and we have welcomed in the new year with friends or family and possibly a few too many alcoholic beverages (no judgement here). For many of us we are back to work and school is…

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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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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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Thyroid Madness

Thyroid Madness Every second person who comes into my clinic has some sort of thyroid dysfunction (or so it seems – I might be exaggerating slightly, but you get my point).  Sadly, most of these women (it does affect men too) have been dismissed by a GP as ‘fine’ when they know they are ‘not fine’.  Why?  Because standard thyroid testing gives an incomplete picture of thyroid health and honestly, in most cases, it’s completely inaccurate.  I call it “thyroid…

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