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What is progesterone ?

What is progesterone ?

what is progesterone ?

Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries that helps balance the menstrual cycle. It is important in fertility as it is released by the ovaries after ovulation to thicken the uterine lining to help accommodate a fertilised egg.
It is not only needed for pregnancy but also as an antidepressant, calming agent, regulate blood sugar levels and to balance out oestrogen.

 

Symptoms of low progesterone

 

  • PMS and mood swings
  • Irregular periods – Heavy bleeding, painful cramping etc.
  • Early miscarriage
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Low energy and trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • PCOS

 

There should be the right balance of oestrogen and progesterone. However, a hormonal imbalance resulting in low progesterone levels may increase oestrogen dominance.
Because of the increase in exposure to xeno “bad” estrogens such as plastics in day to day life, this type of hormonal imbalance with low progesterone is quite common.
Progesterone is also needed to protect against the negative effects of excess oestrogen which is why it is important to address hormonal imbalance.

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The Missing Links of Mental Health

Sunshine Coast Naturopath ClinicThe Missing Links of Mental Health

Author: Suzi Le Fanue

In certain circumstances there is a place for pharmaceutical intervention, however, do medications really address all facets of mental health? Mental Health is so multidimensional – there are many neurotransmitter, hormonal, biochemical imbalances, lifestyle and psychological factors that an antidepressant simply cannot address.

Nutrition & Gut Health

All neurotransmitters are made from amino acids and nutrient cofactors. Amino acids are essentially from protein in your diet. For example, the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is important for mood regulation, requires the amino acid tryptophan. This means it is incredibly important to make sure you are eating sufficient levels of protein. As well as this, over 90% of serotonin is found in the gut, and more and more research is confirming the link between the health of the gut and the health of the mind. The types and levels of bacteria in the gut have been shown to play a role in the production of serotonin.

Genes & Pyrroles

Numerous genes have been linked to mental health conditions. One that has significant supportive research is the MTHFR gene, particularly the C677T polymorphism. This gene is fundamental in the process of folate utilisation. Low serum folate can be seen in those with mental health conditions, such as depression.

Pyroluria is a genetically determined metabolic condition characterised by elevated kryptopyrroles in the urine. It is thought that around 10% of the population have “pyroluria”. When pyrroles are high it can be more difficult to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin. This is because your body requires higher amounts of nutrient cofactors needed for neurotransmitter production, such as zinc and vitamin B6. Elevated pyrroles can be seen in the urine of many people with depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism, IBS, anger, inability to cope with stress, strong fatigue and children with behavioural issues.

A Naturopathic Approach to Mental Health

We take an extremely integrated approach to treating mental health conditions. We consider all possible underlying causes, and work alongside other health professionals such as psychologists, counsellors, and GPs. Generally, treatment plans include pathology testing, nutrient analysis, improving gut health, lifestyle changes and the care of a psychologist.

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Allergy season

Most people welcome spring with open arms, embracing the warmer and longer days, flowers blossoming and summer on its way, but for others spring is a time of the year they would prefer to hide from. Seasonal allergies are often triggered at this time of the year with wood smoke from burning off, allergens in the air such as pollen and with the humidity beginning to rise, mould also becomes an aggravating factor. So what can we do to help reduce our response to these?  

You may have been told that you could benefit from using mucolytic remedies, but what does that mean? Mucolytics break up mucus and help your body then expel it and include fennel, ginger, cinnamon, aniseed, garlic and pineapple. What is also particularly beneficial about pineapple is that the whole fruit (core included) contains bromelain that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as mucolytic.   Nasal sprays can be a godsend for some, especially if they include xylitol and saline to help reduce nasal dryness and clear build up of thick mucus. Essential oils often used in nasal sprays include thyme and tea tree which also help reduce the bacteria from growing and adhering to the nasal passages.

It may seem like a distant connection from the nose to the gut; however intestinal and nasal bacteria balance is also important when treating sinusitis.  Prebiotics and probiotics help ‘keep the balance’ and disruptions to this beneficial microflora may exacerbate allergy symptoms. Over 80% of your immune system is in the gut, so keeping this nice and healthy is very important in controlling seasonal allergies.

Some of the major dietary factors that exacerbate sinus include dairy products,  salicylates, wheat, wine, sulphites , MSG (just to name a few!) and each individual may be sensitive to one and not another. The take home message of managing your allergies during spring is minimising your triggers, checking in to see that your diet is highly anti-inflammatory and free of any personal allergens, spring clean your home with chemical-free cleaning products to minimize triggering allergenic responses.

It almost goes without saying add as many stress-reducing strategies to your day to help nurture your nervous and immune system. Stress is known to affect the inflammatory response in the body. Ensure you are looking after yourself, resting when needed and enjoying “me time”.

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Heard of SIBO ?

Have you heard of SIBO ?

 There are so many gut conditions that contribute to a range of symptoms experienced so often by many people who are otherwise “healthy”.
You may have heard of Irritable bowel syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel disease and Leaky gut syndrome just to name a few.
Diarrhoea, constipation, gas, bloating, pain, and indigestion are a few of the gut symptoms Im sure every one has experienced at one time or another.
Sometimes these symptoms may be present for weeks or months at a time and numerous doctors visits and treatments may end up with a diagnoses of IBS as nothing can be shown from tests.
SIBO
But have you heard of SIBO? or “Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth” which basically means there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut.
SIBO has been found to be an underlying condition of IBS and other diseases. You’d be interested to know that our digestive tracts contain over one kilogram of microscopic bacteria! This bacteria made up of good and bad can be detrimental to our health if the balance is out.
Patients with SIBO have less good bacteria and more bad bacteria meaning that digestion and absorption of essential nutrients is comprised and eventually damage can happen in the gut lining. Patients with SIBO experience IBS like symptoms as the food they eat is actually being consumed by the bad bacteria! This also means, less nutrients for yourself!

There are many causes of SIBO, which is one reason it is so common in everyday humans. Some of these include:

  • Diet
  • Ageing
  • Celiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Some medications
  • Injury
It is important to get SIBO under control if you do have it as complications can arise such as iron deficiency, B12 deficiency, Kidney Stones, Malnutrition, osteoporosis and damage to the intestinal lining. There are many treatment methods for SIBO such as antibacterial herbs, gluten free or FODMAPS diets and lifestyle changes.
Through a specialised diet and Naturopathic treatment SIBO can be treated and you can be back to feeling your best!
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Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Natural Remedies That Can Relieve Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ginger-Tea

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic medical condition that affects joints of your feet and hands causing severe pain, swelling and in a few cases permanent disabilities. In Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system of your body attacks joints that causes inflammation and destroys joints along with other organs of your body. There is natural relief.

Also, there are some correlations to autoimmune disease relating to toxicity from pharmaceuticals and vaccination, however hormonal, environmental and genetic factors are also of concern.  The disease makes many patients unmovable, but there are case studies on RA where patients have treated their own disease and they have successfully overcome RA. Here are top 13 natural foods that may have good impact to relieve you from this chronic health condition.

1. Coriander
According to a medical research conducted by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the coriander powder has potential to reduce swelling and inflammation. It can also be digested as green leaves.

2. Olive Oil
Olive oil, especially raw ice-pressed, has many health benefits starting from reducing your blood cholesterol to diabetes and inflammation. It can be used as cooking oil that could not only make your dish tastier but also loads with various health benefits. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil relieve you from arthritis joints pain.

3. Green tea
Green tea is a wonder drink that is loaded with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. Along with relieving you from severe arthritis pain, green tea has many health benefits from lowering your LDL cholesterol to minimizing the risk of bladder cancer.

4. Turmeric
Turmeric is a popular herb that is frequently used in Indian dishes. It is a rich source of curcumin that can even minimize chronic inflammation at cellular levels.

5. Pineapple
The stems of pineapples are rich in a protein called bromelain. It acts as a digestive enzyme that relieves from arthritis inflammation.

6. Blueberries
Blueberries are rich in various minerals and they are considered to be the potential sources of antioxidants. However, always go for organically grown berries because they have higher amounts of polyphenols than the non-organically grown. These polyphenols and antioxidants prevent cell damage and reduce inflammation.

7. Ginger
Ginger is a very popular herb that has anti-inflammatory properties. It acts as a blood thinner that improves flow of blood in arteries. In a study organized by researchers of japan, it was found that ginger has positive effect in curing arthritis of any type.

8. Sweet potatoes
They are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A and these two elements can fight with RA inflammation.

9. A diet full of whole grains
Our body needs dietary fibers to eliminate unwanted fat from blood. Also, a diet rich in dietary fiber can control RA and do weight management. Buckwheat, oatmeal, barley and quinoa (although that’s a seed) are your best choices.

10. Parsley
In a research conducted by JNR (Journal of Natural Remedies) on rats, it was found that extract made of fresh leaves of parsley had reduced inflammation in their paws. Therefore, using it as a home remedy to relieve you from your arthritis pain can have positive impact.

11. Carrots
Carrots have abundance amount of Vitamin C and beta carotene. Beta-carotene and Vitamin C both have antioxidant properties that kill free radicals which are responsible for arthritis inflammation.

12. Rosemary
Rosemary has a polyphenol called rosmarinic acid which is a potent antioxidant and inflammation reliever.

13. Kale
Kale is a vegetable that is a rich source of anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and beta-carotene that can reverse arthritis inflammation.

Article originally published on PreventDisease.com republished with permission

If you are tired of your current health status and you are ready to take the next step contact us to make a FREE Introductory appointment with one of our Naturopath’s (07) 5458 4800 .

Our Naturopaths have patients locally, interstate and overseas, we can help by offering phone or skype consultations. 

 

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What is Sanum therapy?

Our Naturopath Kim Carolan is qualified in Sanum therapy. What is Sanum therapy?

Dr Gunther Enderlein (1872-1968) proved that every organism contains a primal plant germ within

its blood cells, which can change in form subject to outside or environmental influences. Enderlein

called the simple forms of non-pathogenic microorganisms “chondritins”, and discovered that these

microorganisms live symbiotically within a body when the host lives a healthy lifestyle that is in

balance with nature.

 

This symbiotic relationship is hugely weakened by unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet, environmental

toxins, constant infections, and psychological issues (stress) because it leads to changes in the

acid/alkaline environment of our body causing healthy microorganisms to develop via pleomorphism

into pathogenic forms of bacterium and fungus, who’s metabolic processes are highly toxic and

harmful for our bodily fluids and organs. What this means is that the microorganisms naturally

occurring within our body can spontaneously change from non-pathogenic (friendly bacteria) into

potentially pathogenic (harmful) forms that can lead to disease.

 

Enderlein also believed that the form of the microorganism determined the disease that would

develop, so there is a specific association with certain types of microorganisms and certain diseases.

In the beginning when pathogenic microorganisms are present symptoms may include: headaches,

high or low blood pressure, feeling poorly, fatigue, tiredness, poor appetite, dull complexion, coated

tongue, ulcers in the mouth, pimples, sores, hoarseness, catarrhs, ear noises, diarrhoea, reduced

vision and/or hearing, depression, anxiety, weakness, poor concentration and memory. Long term

these symptoms can develop into diseases including vascular changes, pathological changes in blood

coagulation, rheumatism, arthritis, spondylosis, tonsillitis, lymphogranulomatosis, diabetes, gout,

tumors, anaemia, leukemia, cerebral sclerosis and paralyses.

 

With this knowledge Enderlein developed Isopathic Therapy with its specific biological remedies. The

isopathic remedies are not focused against the disease or it’s symptoms but focus on the body’s own

healing capabilities for regeneration, where genuine healing processes can occur. The remedies aim

to normalise the symbiotic relationship between the microorganism and the host on the basis of

species identical microorganisms. Specific remedies help our body to recognise pathogenic

microorganisms so that they can be broken down and eliminated, heal specific tissues and organs of

the body, and normalise the body’s ph levels.

 

Along with dietary and lifestyle changes Sanum Therapy has had huge success in many health

conditions.

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Anxiety or Depression a part of your life? Could Bacteria be the answer?

Can bacteria cause Anxiety or Depression? Suzi Le Fanue from Integrated Wellness Clinic reports the research.

We all know how bacteria can affect us when we are sick. But what about the seemingly harmless bacteria that colonise our gut every day?               Naturopath Suzi Le Fanue Reports.

Are you finding yourself frustrated, thinking negatively, unmotivated and overwhelmed? Are you tired of taking medication that is not offering you the relief you would like?  Have you ever wondered why all this happens? Could Bacteria be the answer?

Are you anxious when you wake up, find it hard to fall asleep, tired all the time and irritable?

There is always a cause.

A survey of 8,841 people aged 16 to 85 was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and they found that a staggering 7.3 million (45%) of the respondents reported a lifetime mental disorder. You have to wonder, why this is becoming more frequent?

Research shows us some promising answers. Often part of the problem is not in the brain, it is further south… your digestive system to be exact. After all, for years Scientist’s have been called it your “second brain”.

The digestive system is like the roots of a tree; it absorbs your nutrients and helps you to flourish. But what if you carried a pathogenic infection that released neuro-toxins, affecting the way your brain works and at the same time robbed you of your nutrients?

Researchers at McMaster University have supportive evidence that bacteria residing in the gut influence brain chemistry and behaviour. When there was a change in the gut flora of the test subject’s increased anxiety and behaviour change was noted. For years these bacteria’s have been seen to be harmless, but the negative impact of specific strains of bacteria on the brain are documented.

The pathogenic bacteria have the potential to cause havoc on your digestive system and indirectly can cause Serotonin to drop. Serotonin is your happy, chirpy, relaxing neurotransmitter. Not many people are aware that it is predominantly made in the gut. So viewing depression or anxiety as a one organ “disease” is clearly not the only way it should be treated.

The expressions “gut wrenching” and “butterflies in my belly” are used for a reason, and we have all experienced them. So we know there is a connection between the gut and brain.

Most research around the connection of the gut to brain has been focused on early childhood mental health such as autism, with only recently emerging studies on adult onset mental health conditions. It is exciting to see the medical world of research extend beyond just looking at one organ. Let’s hope this area of research continues to grow.

Written by Suzi Le Fanue

Integrated Wellness Clinic

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Magnesium might be missing of the important used minerals? If you are stressed or tense, you probably are!

Magnesium. A naturally occuring macro-nutrient essential during times of stress.

Magnesium, one of my FAVOURITE nutrients. It is a ‘macro-mineral’, meaning it is needed in huge amounts. It is used in about 300 pathways in the body, but is sadly deficient in many people. It is used to support you in times of stress and inflammation, it is also cardio-protective, helping to regulate blood pressure and balance your mood… the list can go on and on. SEO Company in Goa

Did you know that 99% of magnesium is stored in your bones, muscles and non-muscular soft tissue? Osteoporosis is often treated by just a calcium supplement (and usually not an ideal form of calcium- another story!), calcium and magnesium are BOTH what keep bones and teeth strong. It is like the concrete maker for bones.

Magnesium is a co-factor and cell regulator. Your body cannot function 100% without sufficient magnesium.

Why is it low in so many people?  
Stress and lack of magnesium rich foods in the diet. At times of stress your bodies requirements for magnesium are higher, and the diet often doesn’t provide enough as it is. Not long ago our food was very magnesium dense, but not any more. With the increase in consumption of processed foods this also reduces how much magnesium you take in. Factoring this with possibility of reduced nutrient absorption because of SEO Service in Goa allergies or bacteria and stress, and you now have a deficiency. It really isn’t that hard to become magnesium deficient.

What happens if magnesium is deficient?
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to: high blood pressure, muscular tension, restless legs, neurotransmitter reduction, fatigue, headaches and migraines, asthma, diabetes, PMS, insomnia, mood imbalance, bone degeneration, decrease liver detoxification, fibromyalgia, inflammation.

Should I take a supplement?
You could take a supplement, but the problem with supplements is they are not all created equally. So I never suggest just going and buying any old magnesium supplement, unless under the guidance of a Practitioner. Some magnesiums can actually be harmful if taken for too long a period of time. And some are absorbed better than others. And some forms are better for certain conditions.

What foods are high in magnesium?
Dark green leafy vegies, nuts (especially brazil nuts) , seeds, raw cacao powder (not milk chocolate ;)).

Reduce soft drinks, sugar and processed grains as these all reduce magnesium levels in the body.

Enjoy! 🙂

Suzi Le Fanue
www.integratedwellnessclinic.com.au
[email protected]

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Vitamin C found to reduce Depression

A study published in the Nutrition Journal done demonstrated that 1000mg Vitamin C used alongside fluoxetine (an antidepressant aka Prozac) reduced symptoms of depression. They suggest that this may be the result of the anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C (since there may be oxidative side effects from fluoxetine). Your brain loves Vitamin C. It was really interesting reading their discussion, they cite many papers that link vitamin C to a reduction in all sorts of psychological issues. Promising area of research. Vitamin C is one of my favourite vitamins. This is the sort of research I love!

I will also add that vitamin C is also needed for dopamine production. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is often forgotten about, it is vital for mental clarity and motivation. I like to explain dopamine as being the controller of the filing system in your brain. It ensures you are able to focus, absorb and store the right information.

Best sources of vitamin C: Kale (and pretty much all greens), Broccoli, Peppers, Berries.

www.nutritionj.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-12-31.pdf

 

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Is Depression in your family? Could it be from DNA? ( 5-HTT gene)

Can your mental health be in your DNA? Sunshine Coast Integrated Wellness Clinic. Suzi Le Fanue.

Anxiety, Depression: Could it be in the DNA?

The 5-HTT gene has been found to have an area that “changes” this affects the re uptake of serotonin (our happy neurotransmitter) in the brain. This is called a polymorphism. These polymorphisms are seen to be higher in those with major depression. Watersports in Goa In the future, I would love to see that screening of 5-HTT gene is done in those with depression. Knowing whats happening doesn’t treat it, but knowing what your dealing with makes it that much easier to deal with. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684780/

Let’s hope the study of genetics and mental health continues!

Yours in Health,

Suzi Le Fanue Naturopath at Sunshine Coast Integrated Wellness Clinic

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