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

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

How to have a healthy holiday and avoid gaining weight

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. Just wonderful for your mental health … Read more

Men’s health – what you need to consider now

More and more I am seeing men in my naturopathic clinic. It’s just wonderful to see men showing an interest in their health and particularly an interest in taking care of themselves through the food they eat and the lifestyles they adopt (and even taking advantage of our yoga classes). In other words showing an … 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

What you need to know about irregular periods

Irregular menstrual cycles are a common complaint we see in clinic especially when a woman has decided it’s time to try for a baby. Prior to this, it is not unusual for women to ‘manage’ their irregular cycles with some form of contraception such as the oral contraceptive pill. Unfortunately using artificial hormones to “regulate” … Read more