Supporting different types of Arthritis
October 19, 2017
As we age people expect they will start to develop aches and pains, however all arthritis is not the same and may need to be managed differently.
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Urinary Tract Infections
June 12, 2017
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can happen anywhere along the urinary tract and on average 1 in 4 women will suffer from UTI's in their lifetime.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
October 19, 2017
IBS seems quite generic diagnosis for any gastric disorder with no obvious solution…
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Perimenopause to Menopause
October 19, 2017
For many women hormones can start to fluctuate in their late 30’s through to their 40’s…
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Insomnia and Stress
October 19, 2017
Lack of sleep can make you feel tired, grumpy, short tempered and unable to think.
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Search all the conditions I have experience with...
Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
There are ways to lessen those Spring allergies without resorting to antihistamines...
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
If we don’t manage stress we eventually burn out and are left with adrenal fatigue...
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
Stress is the secret cause behind many of our health problems, literally ruining some people’s health and lives...
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
Apart from Christmas, birthdays etc, when many of us know we have overdone it, most of are not aware of when we need to detox...
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DNA Profiling Tests
June 12, 2017
Personalised genetic profiling offers an insight in to how your body responds to diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle at a cellular level.
DNA Profiling Tests
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Corporate Wellness
June 12, 2017
I have spent many years in the corporate world dealing with stress and keeping a work/life balance. Now as a naturopath I enthusiastically work with Corporate Wellness.
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Metagenics Detox
June 12, 2017
Metagenics' natural detoxification program can rapidly improve the state of your health.
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Allergy Hair Tests
June 12, 2017
This test is great for identifying food and non-food related allergies.
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Health/History Wellbeing Questionnaire
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Mood and Stress Questionnaire
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Conditions
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Supporting different types of Arthritis
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Perimenopause to Menopause
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Urinary Tract Infections
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Blog and Articles
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Can I Get Off the Meds?
July 13, 2016
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
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Boosting Winter Immunity
June 29, 2016
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Menopause
September 18, 2016
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
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Iodine - Running your Metabolism
November 9, 2016
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Tests and Services
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Genetic Profiling for Personalised Health
DNA Profiling Tests
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Metagenics Detox Programme
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Corporate Wellness and Services
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Allergy Hair Tests
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Questionnaires
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Health/History Wellbeing Questionnaire
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Mood and Stress Questionnaire
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Healing the Gut
Preparing for the Allergy Season
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Preparing for the Allergy Season
Your gut can help with allergies, but how can this be? Certainly when thinking about supporting seasonal and all year round allergies, working with the digestive system is not the first thing that might spring to mind.

However, a well-functioning digestive system is very important for good immune balance and when in balance the immune system is less likely to react to substances that should normally be harmless to the body.

Allergic rhinitis or hay fever occurs when the body over-reacts to natural substances like pollen and spores. For some people allergies are a nightmare all year round where they react to pets, dust mites or certain plants and trees. Still, given that all symptoms occur in the respiratory system such as sneezing, wheezing, itchy nose, throat and eyes, how is the digestive system involved?

The lining of the intestines is designed to be a strong barrier against those things passing through the digestive system. It keeps out toxins, parasites and large food particles until they have been properly broken down. Once food is broken down there are special proteins that transport our essential nutrients across the cell membrane into the blood stream. The cells are tightly packed together and are held by what are called tight junctions. These prevent things that should not be absorbed from sneaking through the gaps in the cells.

They do, however, allow small water soluble nutritional substances to pass through selectively, for example glucose. The problem occurs when the digestive barriers get damaged leading to a condition called leaky gut. There are many factors that can lead to compromised gut barriers a few of which are listed below.

Alcohol and caffeine - These irritate the gut wall.

Food intolerance

Yeasts and bad bacteria imbalances

Prescription medicine use such as antibiotics, NSAID's (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), the oral contraceptive, antacids, pain medication like aspirin and ibuprofen.

A diet high in refined carbohydrate or junk food.

Environmental contaminants

Insufficient digestive enzymes or weak stomach acid

Chronic stress - Stress reduces blood flow to the gut leaving it unable to repair itself.

Other gastrointestinal disease.

When our strict border control is compromised it means that things that should not get through the digestive system do. This can be food that is not properly broken down, toxins, yeast, bacteria and parasites.

Once in the blood stream the immune system removes these foreign invaders. However as time goes on and more particles get through the immune system becomes over-taxed, but also over-reactive, making it more likely to react to other foreign matter that it comes into contact, namely pollen. Hence the connection to increased reactions when they are inhaled. Also the congestion can lead to general inflammation which does not help the body to respond well.  Also with your body responding to allergens you may also find digestion is affected, resulting in gas and bloating. 

So from a natural health point of view it is good to tune up the digestive system before the pollen season starts, balance the immune system and even provide some support for the liver before the body becomes too burdened.

Contact me today to work on a balanced digestion system
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