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9 ways to improve your sleep

A good night’s sleep is vital for so many aspects of a healthy life. More daytime energy, less fatigue, better concentration and ability to think, fresher skin and appearance are just some of the more obvious things we associate with good sleep. However, good quality sleep is also associated with

signs that you need more sleep

Do you know how much sleep your body needs to function at its best? It’s not a trick question. Some people function perfectly on 5 hours a night while others struggle on anything less than eight. The answer is “whatever is right for you”. You need to work out a

Are you trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight or perhaps improve your health via your diet? Despite your best efforts, are you struggling with those sneaky snacks that creep into your diet? Most of us (including this naturopath) have been there at some stage. Standing at the cupboard

Holidays are one of life’s great pleasures and absolutely essential for your health. They are an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, to stimulate your senses with new sights, sounds, smells and flavours. They are a change of routine and a much-needed opportunity to spend some essential time outdoors. A good

Many of us, at some stage or other, want to lose weight. Maybe just a couple of kilos that have crept on over winter or perhaps it’s quite a few kilos that have accumulated over years. Perhaps you have struggled with your weight your entire life (or it seems that

Do those sneaky kilos appear over the winter months? Maintaining your healthy weight can be a bit of a challenge over winter. The weather is cold, it requires more motivation than you might have to get outside and exercise (or even just go about your day). You just want to

thyroid symptoms and treatment

Thyroid problems come up all too often in my naturopathic practice. I believe they are becoming more common and are often underdiagnosed or not diagnosed until actual damage to the thyroid gland has occurred. In part one of this two-part series of blogs, I talked about the role of the

the role of your thyroid

Weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, constipation, depression, menstrual issues, loss of libido, insomnia, diarrhoea, poor concentration, heart palpitations, high cholesterol, joint or muscle pain. What do these troubling symptoms have in common? They are all potential symptoms of some form of thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid disorders make a regular appearance in my

nutrition for improved exercise results

Perhaps you are exercising to help manage your weight. Or maybe you exercise for your mental health or for strength and fitness or even just for fun. Have you ever given any thought to the role of your nutrition in how you perform and how you recover? You have likely

When we think of fatigue, one of the first things we think about is iron. What does your iron status look like? Has it been tested (thoroughly)? Iron is an important mineral required for a diverse range of body processes including; energy production, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, DNA synthesis, and

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