Food Allergy Versus Intolerance: What Is The Difference?

image showing food types that may cause food allergy or intolerance

While the terms food allergy, intolerance and sensitivity are often used interchangeably, it is useful to understand the differences. Food sensitivities fall into two groups – primary and secondary. Primary means the reaction is directly caused by food, secondary means the reaction is directly caused by something other than food, such as gut disorders, drug…

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What Is Endometriosis, What Causes It and What Are The Treatment Options?

woman suffering symptoms of endometriosis holding hot water bottle on stomach

In 2017 I struggled with severe dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain), acne, and fatigue due to stage 4 endometriosis. This experience drove me to research and broaden my understanding of the topic, which I now use in practice to help other women with similar experiences. Alongside dietary and lifestyle changes, I have evaluated numerous nutritional and herbal…

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Understanding ADHD and the role of the Naturopath

ADHD with the words hyperactivity and attention deficit in the background

Our practitioners recently attended a day-long seminar focussing on ADHD. This is a presentation that we are seeing so much more commonly now in clinic, and we particularly have noticed a sudden rise in Adults presenting with Late-Diagnosed ADHD. ADHD has previously been thought of as a childhood condition, however awareness around adult ADHD is…

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Stress Belly: How Does Stress Cause Belly Fat?

stress belly can cause excess belly fat to accumulate

Have you recently gained weight around your belly and it’s really hard to lose? Stress and fat stored around the belly can often be a cycle of weight gain, inflammation and difficulty losing weight that is more complex than you might realise.  Stress belly is a term that describes the extra abdominal fat that accumulates as…

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What Is Your Body Trying To Tell You?

woman's hands held to neck feeling body signals

When organs and processes in our bodies aren’t working optimally – such as your thyroid, pancreas, brain, gut, liver, kidneys, adrenals, sex organs, heart and lungs – our bodies send us signals to say something is wrong. At first we might ignore these signals, until they get so extreme that we can’t ignore them anymore.…

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Tips For Better Sleep

woman sleeping: tips for better sleep

“Sleep dispenses a multitude of health-ensuring benefit, yours to pick up in repeat prescription every 24 hrs should you choose” – Matthew Walker This is my new favourite topic – a patient of mine put me onto a book called:  Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker:  what a cracker of a book it is! By…

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What Are Essential Fatty Acids?

sources of essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids or EFAs are polyunsaturated fatty acids that cannot be made in the body which is why it is essential that we ingest them through the diet or supplementation. There are two families of EFA’s omega-3 and omega-6. Incidentally Omega 9 fatty acids can be produced by the body so dietary ingestion is…

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