Pregnancy Nutrition

Before we dive into pregnancy nutrition, let’s look at the general nutrition status for Aussies – according to research only 4% of Aussies eat the recommended 5 serves of veggies a day, and it’s estimated that up to 80% of Aussies have a nutritional deficiency, such as iron and Vitamin D deficiencies You can seeContinue reading “Pregnancy Nutrition”

Chronic Stress: Is this the new normal?

Stress is something that we all talk about, however, I’m not sure we realise what a profound effect stress has on our health or hidden stress that we may not even consider. Stress arises when environmental demands are perceived as taxing or potentially exceeding one’s own capacity or resources to adapt to them, and thereContinue reading “Chronic Stress: Is this the new normal?”

Thyroid Health : How does it go wrong?

Last week we talked about optimal levels of the various thyroid hormones; but how does it go wrong, and what are the consequences? The Thyroid – who, what, where? A small gland at the front of the neck Produces and releases Thyroid hormones including T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) Responsible for metabolism and energy productionContinue reading “Thyroid Health : How does it go wrong?”

But my bloods are normal!!

Should we be aiming for normal or optimal? I’m sure we have all been to our GP before because we haven’t felt well, had some blood tests and been told ‘everything is normal, there is nothing wrong with you.’ This can be very frustrating and upsetting as the reason you went is because you knowContinue reading “But my bloods are normal!!”

Prebiotics

Did you know we are made up of a combination of human cells and micro-organisms? This is known as your microbiome. Just focusing on the bacterial side of our microbiome of which most are beneficial to our health and wellbeing and a small number (if allowed to heavily populate) can cause disease. However having theContinue reading “Prebiotics”

The Gut & Mental Health : Is the gut a second brain?

Did you know that some researchers consider the gut to be our second brain? While it can’t help you compose a Grammy award winning song, or do your tax return, our gut has a large role in nearly every aspect of our health – from physical health to mental health! Maybe you’ve felt “butterflies” inContinue reading “The Gut & Mental Health : Is the gut a second brain?”

Improving Gut Health At Home

This month is all about gut health. I’m sure we have all experienced issues with our gut at one time or another. Many people now suffer from food intolerances and chronic gut issues. I truly believe this is due to our high stress lifestyle and poor diet – and the research agrees3. There are manyContinue reading “Improving Gut Health At Home”

Almost Magical Mushrooms

Gotcha! You thought I was going to write about magic mushrooms……well we may not be talking Psilocybin but some of the traditional Chinese and Japanese medicinal mushrooms are pretty magical. The Chinese and Japanese have been using mushrooms as medicine for thousands of years. I had my first experience using these a few years ago.Continue reading “Almost Magical Mushrooms”

Prebiotics, Probiotics & Immune Health

Most of us have heard of antibiotics, and their role in the medical world in treating the ‘bad bacteria’ which may cause infections and serious health complications. But if ‘bad bacteria’ exist, do ‘good bacteria’ exist? The answer is YES! Our body has thousands2 of different types of good and bad bacteria (and other microflora)Continue reading “Prebiotics, Probiotics & Immune Health”

The Liver & Its Usefulness

Most of us have probably heard of the liver and how it helps breakdown any alcohol we ingest. And whilst this is true it has so many more functions to perform. Without a functioning liver a person cannot survive. This essential organ is involved in over 500 vital functions. Some of its many functions include:Continue reading “The Liver & Its Usefulness”