How to support your lungs this bushfire season

Our lungs are part of our detoxification system.  Like our liver, bowel, kidneys, lymphatic system and skin, our lungs filter out toxins.  At the moment, with the bushfires across Australia our lungs are being exposed to some pretty nasty toxins and they are working overtime. We can do our best to minimise our exposure to … Read more

What you need to know about your microbiome

Are your digestive problems or other symptoms a result of an unhealthy gut 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 … Read more

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

A poor appetite may be the source of your health concerns 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, … Read more

8 smart tips to prevent premature aging

Have you ever stopped to consider what sort of “old age” you want? You might have plans for your retirement such as holidays and hobbies and you hopefully have a savings/superannuation plan in place to provide for those. But what about your health? What are you doing about your health NOW to provide for good … Read more

The underappreciated value of “stop therapy”

I can’t lay claim to the term “stop therapy”. It comes from one of my naturopathic lecturers when I was completing my degree. But I recommend it frequently when I am working with my naturopathy clients here in clinic. Stop therapy is a simple but valuable concept to practise. I believe it is something most … Read more

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

These spring fruit and veg will bring you out of hibernation

Spring is definitely on our door step now.  I can see the green returning to the trees along the Yarra. Do you enjoy eating with the seasons? It can be a challenge sometimes, especially as the major supermarkets work hard to keep their shelves stocked with our favourite fruits and vegetables all year round….sometimes to … Read more

Six reasons why you eat even when you don’t really need to

If you are trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight or perhaps improve your health through the foods you eat but are struggling with those sneaky snacks that creep into your diet, there may be an explanation in the following tips. Most of us (including this naturopath) have been there at some stage. Standing … Read more