The Gut-Brain axis is a constant two-way communication which happens via the microbiome, vagus nerve and neurotransmitters, and understanding this connection helps to better assess and treat mental health issues and digestion. With depression and anxiety at an all time high, understanding how these conditions may be linked with imbalances in the gut gives better treatment options by addressing the bigger picture and underlying cause of disease.Read More
As a naturopath, I recommend using food as medicine as a part of an overall treatment plan to manage the transition to menopause to balance hormonal fluctuations and support heart and bone health.Read More
With the change in the weather, it’s time to look after your immune system, as we seem to be more susceptible to colds and flu with the cooler temperatures. Naturopathic medicine can offer nutritional advice, as well as supplements and herbal medicines to support the immune system to prevent infection, as well as assist when you are feeling under the weather. There are also a multitude of things you can do to support your immune health and enjoy the winter months without battling the cough and sniffles.Read More
Anyone who has ever struggled with depression understands the sense of hopelessness that comes with it. We all have days when we’re feeling a bit down, sad or not in the mood to be social. However people with depression experience these feelings constantly, for long periods of time, and sometimes without any apparent reason.Read More
So many people I speak with are struggling with a sleep disorder which impacts their day to day functioning. Insomnia affects up to 30% of the population and is defined as a chronic or acute sleep disorder characterized by a complaint of difficulty initiating, and/or maintaining sleep, as well as a subjective complaint of poor sleep quality that results in daytime impairment.
Anyone who has had bouts of insomnia (or young babies in the house) knows that lack of sleep has a huge effect on mood as well as physical impairment, resulting in mental and physical exhaustion, and lowered cognitive function. Pharmaceutical medications might get you to sleep, but they come with a range of side-effects including grogginess, potential for overdose, tolerance, and addiction.Read More