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Endometriosis Research

Good news for Endometriosis!

Endometriosis is a common yet frequently under-recognised chronic disease. It affects one in every ten Australian women, with the average diagnosis taking between seven to ten years.

It’s a highly individualised disease, with its symptoms and impact ranging significantly from person to person. It often leads to severe chronic pain and in some cases, compromised fertility and sexual function.

Last week the Australian Government announced that they’ll be supporting women and girls with Endometriosis by investing in more than $9.5 million in research projects 👏👏👏

You can read the full media release here.

Our Naturopaths can help with Endo management. If you or someone you know struggles with Endo, PCOS, or even just painful periods please reach out and chat to us.

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Everyday Wholefoods

Over the past few decades we have really shifted away from eating foods in their most natural form – whole. Wholefoods are foods in the form that nature intended. Most people notice a dramatic difference in their energy, gut function and mood by eating this way. There are so many benefits to eating wholefoods including: increasing energy, boosting “happy hormones”, slowing the ageing process, balancing hormones, and balancing your pH levels.

Increase and Balance Energy Levels

This is done by balancing your dietary hormones. Have you noticed over the day that your energy fluctuates up and down? When you eat a high carbohydrate meal your body releases insulin, this causes your blood sugar levels to shoot up and then drop down quickly. With this you may notice your energy change. It is important to reduce insulin because too much can lead to hormone imbalance, inflammation, poor sleep, weight gain and fatigue. By eating wholefoods you usually will get a reduction in excess insulin release.

Boost Neurotransmitter Production

These are your “happy chemicals” and they are made with protein and a cocktail of nutrients. They are the chemicals that your nervous system uses to communicate. If your plate is constantly lacking sufficient protein and nutrient dense foods you may find yourself feeling more anxious, depressed, tired and unable to sleep deeply. These are all signs of a neurotransmitter imbalance. Colourful fruit and veggies is key.

Slow the Ageing Process

Every single cell ages with time, and the speed of this is increased with a lack of nutrients. Make sure your plate is colourful. You need antioxidants and nutrients. Essentially the more colourful your plate is the more nutrients you will receive. Antioxidants are what keep our cells healthy, improve our energy and stop us from ageing so quickly. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition explained the importance of increasing nutrients on your plate to prevent DNA from ageing. Vitamin C and E showed very protective properties. Think colourful fruits, vegetables and nuts and seeds.

Support the Digestive System

You are what you eat, digest and absorb! The digestive system is like a root system to a tree. It is where your body gathers its fuel to function. The food you eat can either support or hinder its function. Processed foods or foods not in the most natural form irritate the gut lining.

There are four vital functions of the gut:

1. Absorb nutrients

2. Regulate immunity – 80% of your immune system is in your gut

3. Support neurotransmitter production

4. Detoxify toxins including those made by the body example excess oestrogen Bacterias in the gut help us absorb nutrients from our food. Some bacterias have been implicated in conditions such as IBS, anxiety, skin conditions, allergies, fatigue, muscular stiffness….. and the list goes on. It is important that you eat a moderate level of carbohydrate to keep these bacteria under control.

BUT you also need plenty of cruciferous veggies (such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and especially Sauerkraut) to help the good bacterias grow. Some bacterias such as a good strain of E.Coli love protein, these bacterias are important for CoQ10 (an energy nutrient) and neurotransmitter production.

Support Hormone Balance

Eating wholefoods increases nutrient density of food, provides the building blocks to hormones and reduces inflammation. Inflammation is a potent driver of hormonal imbalance. It is a physical stress response. This response puts pressure on the antiinflammatory pathways in the body, and as a result of a cascade of events following this your hormones are more likely to go out of balance. Eating this way assists in reducing excess oestrogen in the body. Oestrogen dominance is so common in both males and females. The cause of this is multifaceted – oral contraceptive pill, HRT, inadequate detoxification, lack of exercise, poor sleep quality, over consumption of processed foods and oestrogenic foods, inflammation and excess stress. Signs of oestrogen dominance may be: fogginess, fatigue, breast tenderness and enlargement in both males and females, acne like skin conditions, irregular period for females, depression, bilateral headaches, bloating, unexplained weight gain and difficulty shifting it.

Balance Your pH

pH is a measurement of assessing alkalinity (high pH and acidity low pH). If you have a fish tank you know that you need to keep the water a certain pH for the fish and plants to remain healthy – it is the same in our body. Blood pH has a very fine window and doesn’t change dramatically as your body knows how important that is. But some tissue pH, particularly the gut, can alter outside of the optimal range. This is a result of poor dietary choices. Friendly bacteria cannot live in an acidic environment in the gut, but unfortunately the “nasty” bacteria can. The body as a whole works better in an alkaline environment as opposed to an acidic environment. An alkaline diet is more anti-ageing. When they body is acidic it is harder for the antiageing “cell protection” process to occur.

Foods that are beneficial for promoting alkalinity include:

  • Green leaves: Spinach, kale, beetroot green tops, lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Alfalfa and other sprouts
  • Coconut
  • Water chestnuts
  • Almonds and hazelnuts
  • Asparagus
  • Lime and lemon
  • Brussel sprouts and cabbage
  • Spirulina and sea vegetables 7 7 St

 

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What does your poo say about you?

If Loo Troubles are Plaguing You…

Nobody wants to talk about it, but your toilet habits can actually say a lot about your overall health. Do you spend way too much time in the loo or experience constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating or flatulence? These symptoms can be a sign you may have a functional gut disorder. It is important to ensure your digestive function is top notch, as it impacts the health of your whole body and how you feel each day. Your Practitioner can help you get your gut health back on track. Simple additions to your daily routine such as taking probiotics and/or prebiotics can help return your gut to full health.

The Lowdown on Functional Gut Issues

How often you move your bowels can be an indicator of how well your gut is functioning. While daily bowel motions are ideal, having a slow transit time of less than three poos a
week is considered clinical constipation, while frequent, loose stools may indicate diarrhoea. Follow on symptoms such as pain, bloating, flatulence, and straining, feelings of incomplete emptying, or even seeing undigested food, blood or mucus in the toilet can all indicate a potential functional gut disorder, and this needs to be managed effectively.

Why Do I Suffer This Way?

Diet, stress, and your past health history may all play a part
in the development of functional gut disorders. An imbalance in the gut microbiota (bacteria and other organisms in the
gut), and irritation and inflammation from dietary or immune triggers may lead to increased permeability in the gut lining (leaky gut), exacerbating symptoms. You may even fit the criteria for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). See your natural healthcare Practitioner to map out your symptoms, identify your likely triggers, and assess whether a strain specific probiotic or prebiotic is suited to your needs.

Probiotics and Prebiotics to the Rescue

Strain specific probiotics and prebiotic fibre can help promote a healthy gut microbiota and relieve functional gut issues. Probiotic, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, and partially hydrolysed guar gum (PHGG) help improve constipation, bloating, pain and flatulence. These two ingredients have been shown to improve motility (make it easier to poo) and ease the associated symptoms of functional gut issues.

  • PHGG: is a wonder fibre will help feed all of the health- promoting friendly bacteria in your gut and increase short chain fatty acid production to support good bowel health.
  • Lactobacillus plantarum 299v: If you have been

diagnosed with IBS, then you may benefit from this specific strain that has been clinically trialled to relieve symptoms such as alternating diarrhoea and constipation, and severe abdominal pain.

Simple Ways to Improve Your Poo

Get your digestive system back on track with these easy tips:

  1. Include two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables in your daily diet, plus wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds. This ensures you get adequate fibre to feed the gut bacteria and help keep you regular.
  2. Consume fermented foods e.g. yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi or kombucha to provide additional gut friendly bacteria.
  3. Drink 2L of water daily. If you’re constipated, it helps moisten the stool, or can replace fluid lost with diarrhoea.
  4. Exercise regularly; movement improves circulation to your digestive tract to support healthy bowel function and keep you regular.

The Strain is Over

There is no need to struggle with annoying gut symptoms anymore. Reach out to your Practitioner to discuss how probiotics and prebiotics can help you and ensure your body runs like clockwork.

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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

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

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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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