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Gut bacteria may be the cause of weight gain

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    Gut bacteria may be the cause of weight gain There are 100 trillion bacteria in our microbiome with 1000 different species and thousands upon thousands of different strains.   The number of bacteria in our body even outweighs the number of cells we have.  The gut bacteria line your entire digestive tract and can easily live there in harmony with viruses, parasites, fungi and yeast.  What do they do?  The answer to this is both positive and negative. The positive side of things is that they support your immune system, they affect your metabolism, and even your mood (gut-brain axis)....

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Hormone Imbalance in Men as well as Women

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  Hormone Imbalance in Men as well as Women There are many indications of hormone imbalance and the difficult part about making the assessment about whether the hormones are out of balance or not is that a lot of the signs and symptoms can also be signs and symptoms of other conditions in the body.  That's where seeing a Naturopath comes in handy rather than a google search.  Naturopath's are trained detectives when it comes to imbalances, we look for the underlying cause rather than focusing on the symptom. Hormone imbalance is at an all time high.   The obvious...

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Subclinical Hypothyroidism - Blood test results are good but symptoms are still there!!!

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Subclinical Hypothyroidism As a Naturopath I feel that it a very important for everyone to have an understanding of what all of the thyroid hormones are doing not just TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Further testing may be required to gain an understanding of this, if these tests haven't already been done in the past.  Often is the case that testing has been done for thyroid and you have been told everything is normal, this usually means that what has been tested is within the "reference range".  There is a big difference between reference range and optimal range.  Quite often only...

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5 Reasons why I always feel sick

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Peri menopause - the impact of Insulin and Cortisol

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Things have changed. The lifestyle you have been living for years is no longer working. Always thought the candle could be burnt at both ends forever.  It was always so easy to go out to dinner all the time and have a few drinks and not worry about the impact that it has on the body. But now, you can't so much as even look at a slice of bread and you put on 10 kgs. Tried every new diet known to man and little bits of success but it just doesn't fit into your lifestyle, can't sustain it or...

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