gut microbiome and your health

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. It is estimated to be … Read more

the importance of a god appetite and how to improve it

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). This means your body is ready to break down the food you consume and absorb … Read more

What's causing your irregular menstrual cycle?

What you need to know about irregular periods

Irregular menstrual cycles are a common problem I see in my clinic especially when a woman is trying to conceive. 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. Using artificial hormones to “regulate” your cycle does nothing to … Read more

The underappreciated value of “stop therapy”

The simple definition of stop therapy is: stop doing the thing that is not serving your physical or mental health Just stop doing bad stuff. It sounds obvious really. I think I can safely assume you don’t go around literally hitting your head against a brick wall. You know it’s not good for you, you … Read more

stress, relaxation and toning your vagus nerve

Feeling stressed? Working on your vagus nerve will help.

The vagus nerve is one of twelve nerves originating in the brain passing through the neck to the abdomen.  It plays a key role in both the sympathetic nervous system (our stress response) and the parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest response). It is a two-directional pathway linking your gut to your brain as … Read more

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

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 or the fridge, looking for … 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. A good holiday is great for reducing … Read more

What you need to do to stay happy and healthy

Clients come to me for naturopathic advice and help for their symptoms or their diagnosed complaint. It’s my job to work backwards with the goal of identifying the factor or factors that may have caused their symptoms in the first place and anything that might still be contributing to or exacerbating their problems. Often, but … Read more