Health Articles — Stress

Gut bacteria may be the cause of weight gain

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

    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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Kids get stressed too!!!

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

Stress is all about perception. What one person considers to be a stressful event, for another it’s like a walk in the park. Whether it be recovering from a busy year of school or preparing for the hard work next year, NOW is always the right time for getting stress levels under control. Many adults update their status saying ‘I don’t feel like adulting today!!’ There are often thoughts of returning to childhood the land of no bills or adult responsibilities but we forget that childhood can actually be quite stressful. It is often the case that children suffer in silence. As...

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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

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

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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Infertility - finding the cause is the first step

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

The environment needs to be just right for the egg to be fertilised otherwise it becomes extremely difficult and stressful which makes it harder to conceive. This is where a Naturopath comes in. Some reasons for infertility in women include Genetic mutation - Stress - Anxiety - Depression - Absence of menstruation - coeliac disease - poorly controlled diabetes - some autoimmune diseases - tobacco use - alcohol use - PCOS - Endometriosis - oestrogen dominance - low progesterone - fibroids - A lot of the problems mentioned above are a consequence of a genetic mutation. Finding out if there...

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