Prebiotic food

Everything you need to know about prebiotics and probiotics

I’ve previously written about the human microbiome and the important role it plays in our health, so how can you create a healthy microbiome? Well, it all begins before you’re born….. A human is first ‘seeded’ with microbiota (bacteria and other microscopic organisms such as yeast and fungi) in utero, meaning your mum’s microbial environment … Read more

What you need to know about your microbiome

Your microbiome is your very own personal ecosystem made up primarily of bacteria, but also includes archaea (primitive single celled organisms), nonliving viruses, fungi and protozoa. The human microbiome refers to the genes these microbial cells harbour and is estimated to be 75 – 200 trillion cells, considerably more than the number of cells in … Read more

Boost your health with these 8 easy tips for a spring clean

At last it’s spring. The days are slowly getting longer and the temperatures are gradually creeping up. I don’t know about you but at this time of year I start to think about revitalisation in all aspects of my life. The house gets a bit of a spruce up, the garden gets some much-needed attention … Read more

Why is good health so hard to achieve?

The cornerstones of good health are diet, lifestyle and environment (plus a little bit of genetics but that’s for another blog). This is why, in my naturopathic practice I place a great deal of emphasis on understanding your diet, lifestyle and environment; analysing how they might be contributing to your symptoms. Is there something you … Read more

The importance of a good appetite and how you can improve it

Good digestion starts with a good appetite. Feeling hungry indicates your stomach and pancreas are producing hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes (sometimes referred to as gastric acid or juices) that are ready to break down the food you consume, and absorb the all-important protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep healthy. … Read more

How to enjoy the “silly season” AND preserve your health

The festive season is starting to rev up. For many of us, this time of year seems like one endless dinner, lunch or party. If we aren’t careful, it can be a time of overindulging, late nights and added stress. The result is that instead of gracefully sailing into the New Year we can slide … Read more

Fibre! How to ensure you get enough in your daily diet

It is easy to forget the importance of dietary fibre when you are inundated with information about important vitamins and minerals, or the latest ‘superfood’ on the market. And whilst quinoa porridge with nuts and fruit is not a very exciting subject (unless you’re a naturopath), dietary fibre is certainly vital to your ongoing good … Read more

How acid-base balance affects your health

What you need to know about acid-base balance for good health

Acid-base balance (sometimes called acid-alkaline balance) can be a complex and confusing topic. Today, I want to explain the topic in simple terms and give you the essential info you need to consider when you are looking to improve your health. So stick with me and I’ll take you through it from a naturopath’s perspective. … Read more