Health Articles — Cravings

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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Insulin Resistance & PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

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PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome This is the most common condition affecting women of reproductive age. It is present in 12-21% of women but it is believed that up to 70% of women who actually have the condition remain undiagnosed. As many women go through life undiagnosed it is important to see if you can relate to the signs and symptoms.  So, let us talk about PCOS What is it? This is a tricky question to answer because it is a syndrome, which means that there are many categories grouped together under one umbrella. This also makes it difficult to...

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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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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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Insulin Resistance

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

  Insulin Resistance What is insulin resistance? It is a condition where the liver, muscle, and fat cells stop responding to instructions from a hormone called insulin to take glucose from the blood and use it for energy. The result is excess levels of glucose stay in the blood causing inflammation and damage.What is glucose?Glucose is sugar, a blood sugar. When carbohydrates are eaten, they are broken down into their simplest form and sent to the liver for processing. Some of the glucose is sent to the blood while the rest gets stored away in the liver and muscles to...

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