A parasite is an organism that lives on, or in, a host organism and gets its food from, or at, the expense of its host. But are they as common as TikTok and other social media realms would have us believe?
As we are very much in the midst of Spring, we thought it would be useful to highlight the food varieties that are currently in season.
Dry skin brushing is another simple yet powerful form of movement, remembering the intricate link between this and our wellbeing.
Movement and wellbeing are so intricately linked. Our bodies are always experiencing some kind of motion that supports our health, whether this be our hearts consistent beat, our lungs expanding with each breath or more outwardly dynamic movements such as walking, running or swimming.
An overthinker will flourish when surrounded by people who love to over-clarify, in fact they need this.
Just like everything is repairable, and everything is negotiable.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common complaints we hear about in our clinic from our female patients.
Yet another reason to drink enough water - for healthy, pain-free periods.
Water is a simple but powerful gift of life, and we want everyone to know how beneficial it is to every system and process of the body.
Constipation is one of the most common concerns that our patients present with when visiting our space.
To our community of existing patients, and to those new who enquire about our services - thank you.
This week we welcome Jedda as part of her Work Experience Programme.
Prebiotics and probiotics get thrown around interchangeably on social media, in conversation, even website articles but they are actually two very different things. Whilst they are both very beneficial to our health, in certain cases, one may be more important than the other.
Most of us have tried a probiotic at some point in our lives, whether this be a therapeutic dose - in the form of a capsule, or via fermented or cultured foods. A probiotic is a live strain of carefully selected microbes, utilised for their health benefits.
The human body is home to a great number of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast. The number of these microorganisms actually out-number the quantity of our own human cells, playing a crucial role in the maintenance of our wellbeing.
A chronic dis-ease that many children are presenting with - a dis-ease that is commonly misdiagnosed as a psychiatric disorder.
Recent research indicates when working directly with the liver, coffee infusions aid in overcoming the inflammatory aches and pains of cancer and other chronic dis-ease in our body.
What ages us are the beliefs and subconscious information programs that we have generated around this magnitude; part of that information is inherited, another is self-generated and the remaining comes from the outside (food, supplements, habits).
Surprisingly, women can start experiencing signs of perimenopause as early as 35 years. Whilst we often associate menopause with beautiful silver-fox women, the hormonal fluctuations and changes that lead to the end of our menstrual cycle typically begin in a woman’s early 40’s.
Glutathione recycling is essential for combatting oxidative stress and inflammation and is often called the body’s master antioxidant.
When working with our respiratory patients, we recommend taking slow, deep, wide breaths in our salt therapy cabins. This allows the micron size salt particles to reach the deep recesses of the lungs, enabling them to receive the maximum benefits from their experience.
Commonly mistaken as a psychological condition with symptoms including crankiness, the need to play golf and spend hours tinkering in the man cave …
There are no real villains in life, there are no real heroes either, everyone is great, everyone is terrible and everyone is flawed and there are no exceptions to that.
A nutrition free of salicylates looks at restricting or removing foods high in salicylates. This often provides instant relief for those who are intolerant and can identify if salicylates are a problem.
Salicylates are a type of natural chemical found in many plants that are part of their ‘immune system’ and are supposed to be ingested by humans without problem.
When we judge we are constantly evaluating, analysing and trying to classify between right and wrong, good and bad - this creates turbulence with our internal dialogue and restricts the flow in our energy and healing.
Recently, we have been talking about this butterfly shaped gland sitting on the front of our throat that is responsible for our metabolism. Our metabolism is not only how we utilise food and energy - our metabolism controls every single chemical reaction in our entire body to ensure everything runs...
Acid reflux, also known as acid indigestion, is extremely common. It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t close properly.
Have you heard of this or Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto Thyroiditis? Hashimoto’s is one of the most common causes of underactive thyroid or Hypothyroidism and from our experience in clinic, it is on the rise.
It’s that time of year again! Christmas is approaching fast and it’s usually this time of the year where the rituals we have created unravel and we set strict new year resolutions to make up for our downfalls.
An integral part of our space, our individual practice and rituals. Across the coming weeks we will share with you the meaning behind each symbol.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure - it can bring misery for many of us.
Healing from a diagnosis or dis-ease is challenging enough, but we often - conscious or not, self-sabotage our recovery.
The number of our young patients who are presenting with a diagnosis of ADHD and scripts for high dose medication is increasing and hard to believe.
As PCOS is really a hormonal issue, we want to find the cause of the hormone imbalance - many times PCOS is a consequence of inflammation and blood sugar levels.
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. However, it’s not just about having multiple cysts on our ovaries, as the term might suggest. PCOS is really just an umbrella term for a collection of certain symptoms that are associated with a specific hormonal imbalance resulting from a metabolic issue.
Saunas are a no-brainer in those cold and dry winter months. But as it starts to get warmer, we want to jump into the nearest pool rather than sweating it out in an infrared sauna right?
Conveniences of modern society mean that most of us spend majority of our day indoors - in our homes, at work, and in our cars.
Many of our patients share their feelings of overwhelm or family pressure, peer pressure, and humanity at large, to do things their way, the way things have always been done.
If you’ve ever experienced an ear infection, which you very likely have, you know how agonising it can be.
Recent weeks for me have presented with the loss of loved ones, and although grief can hit many of us hard, it is often the gentle reminder that “later” is not guaranteed. Everything can change in a day, in an instant and our days become forgotten.
While the human body has an innate capacity for self-repair, the process can be aided by practitioners skilled in the art of healing. Our art rests upon core values of kindness, compassion, presence, integrity, service, practice and a desire to help others.
Those who suffer with allergies know how uncomfortable they can be. Between the constant runny nose, itchy watering eyes, and continuous cough, allergies can make us feel absolutely miserable. Nasal sprays and prescription medication may offer temporary relief.
This is a relationship to encourage, and one that has great impact on our health.
Can we do it? Yes we can - a great time to receive treatment as our body is already in a phase of deep cleansing.
One of our most popular fruits, and a great source of many important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium and iron.
We have many female patients present with iron deficiency, and constipation.
The continual practice of salt therapy can keep our immune system healthy and help prevent future infection, and or ongoing condition. The stronger our immune system, the less likely we are to become unwell.
Whether you have already caught a cold or flu, have got oncoming symptoms, or you are looking for proactive measures to prevent it.
The final step in our path to healing, and one that can be seen differently.
We usually pair assertion with the idea of someone speaking up for themselves or being confident and forceful. It is important to understand that sometimes we are just making a statement, that none of us need to be justified.
The next important step - being deeply connected with others is a lifeline to healing.
Another stage of healing is understanding the importance of self reliance or autonomy. Autonomy is simply our independent thoughts and actions, or the boundaries that make us us.
Anger can sometimes be thought of as an unwanted emotion, a “bad feeling”, something to be avoided at all costs.
AWARENESSBeing aware of what our bodies tell us is very important for our overall healing, and another step toward emotional capability.
Research indicates these three factors can universally lead to stress. This seems especially relevant in the current climate of fear and uncertainty.
Many people don’t know they have a fatty liver, leading to its reputation as a “silent killer.” It usually causes no pain or other symptoms and is often not until the dis-ease has progressed to a more serious stage, that patients are alerted to the problem.
This usually refers to a combination of muscles that work together to support your torso: the pelvic floor, the breathing diaphragm, the abdominal wall and deep spinal muscles like the multifidus. While having these muscles in good working condition is important for healthy movement, they are not the whole story...
There is simply no way to prepare for watching someone you love be slowly but mercilessly taken from you - and themselves.
Create an empowering perspective on a path from poverty consciousness to empowerment, connection and oneness.
When it comes to the festive season, our patients often share their fear of over indulging.
Light is responsible for turning on the brain and the body, entering the body through the eyes and skin. When even a single photon of light enters the eye, it lights up the entire brain. This light triggers the hypothalamus, which regulates all life-sustaining bodily functions, the autonomic nervous system,...
In the moments of something hard happening in life like struggle, disappointment, failure, heartbreak, or making a critical decision, it is not just the loss of trust in others we feel, but the loss of trust we have in ourself.
Asthma, allergies, arthritis, hypertension, depression, headaches, migraines, fatigue, diabetes, obesity, and MS.
Two simple qualities that are the foundation for any healthy relationship.
Take care of your body - it’s the only place you have to live. By taking care of our body, of course it will take care of us.
During times of discomfort, we must try not to concern ourselves with how other people respond or react (as much as possible), that is their business over which we have no say or control. Our business is who we are being.
Physical, emotional, psychosomatic - pain in our body can be our greatest teacher.
Psoriasis, rosacea, persistent acne, eczema, dermatitis, fungal skin conditions - we all know someone who is trying to manage one, if not more than one of these skin conditions. If in this situation, we sometimes find ourselves starting with switching soaps, hair products, cleaning products, removing foods we enjoy and...
When buried in non essentials we can lose track of what is truly significant. In these moments, I encourage patients to think about their values and allow these to guide them with choice.
For some of us the past can be intoxicating, it can draw us in, create the illusion that things were better, that we were happier, or experiences were richer back then - we romanticise it.
Our immune system's ability to distinguish self from non self can be negatively impacted by both genetic factors and environmental triggers. Although genetics may be the source, it normally takes a very long time for the human genetic pattern to change enough on a worldwide scale.
Some of us get caught in the belief that if we are not doing anything or achieving something, we are wasting our time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although we might not be working, learning, burning calories or building muscle.
Our kidneys are responsible for managing many things including our body's pH, regulating our electrolyte balance, and of course detoxification - acting as a filtration system.
Most patients that come into our space will cry. They feel embarrassed, shame, guilt and sometimes even apologise for doing so.
Truthfully, I cringe a little when using the word detox, precisely because of the overuse and misuse of it in the media. Medically speaking, detoxification is a very important function in our body. The correct medical name for detoxification is biotransformation and elimination – which immediately sounds less catchy right?...
When working holistically with symptoms of chronic discomfort or dis-ease in our bodies they disappear in definite order, going in reverse and generally take one month for every year the symptoms have been present.
This is a scientific fact - whether we struggle with anger, fear, trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorder or any other physical or mental health challenge.
Stomach bloating is when our belly becomes stretched, puffy and uncomfortable. It usually happens as a result of stress, excess wind, constipation, or swallowing air from talking while eating.
1 in 5 Australians live with a disability of some sort. - it is far more common than we realise. The most common in children is sensory, speech or intellectual disability, while for others it might be an injury through sport or work, sight or hearing impairment or a chronic condition.
Our digestive tract is designed to digest and absorb all nutrients necessary for our body to work properly and stay healthy. Healthy digestion is something to be learned and practiced. The gut is connected to both the nervous system, immune system and endocrine system.
Our bodies respond to consistency, and this is the only place I’ve ever seen results come from.
Whether it be for the new year, our bowels, our body, our mind, our soul, our heart or chronic dis-ease.
As we move through life and its many interruptions or as we age - we may not recognise the need for accomplishments, yet they are so crucial in keeping our mental and physical health at its optimum as well as aiding us on our road to recovery.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley and lately it seems to have become hip to go gluten free. Based on little or no evidence, we have been switching to gluten-free diets to lose weight, boost energy, treat autism, or generally feel healthier.
Did you know that the health of our gut has a serious impact on our hormonal health?
We commonly hear the frustration in our patients as they move between different medications over time trying to find the one that works for their body - one with manageable side effects. Despite all their efforts and those of their specialists, the conditions often still present themselves and remain uncontrolled...
Whether the change be through our own choice or through circumstance - it can be painful.
Whether it be drugs, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine need not matter - stimulus is stimulus, it is detrimental to our brains and the driver of foolish energy. While most may suggest the portal opens through trauma in our life, particularly childhood - it is not always the case.
Unfortunately, the answer is a big, fat 'yes'! Just because something is labelled as good doesn't mean we need to overindulge in it. While 'healthy fats' are a better alternative to artery-clogging saturated and trans fats, overdoing it can still lead to weight gain and health issues.
Success including creation of wealth has always been considered to many a process that requires hard work and often at the expense of others. What if we made it about the progression in happiness?
When healing ourselves or a child from an insecure attachment style or from an Attachment Disorder, the effects of the trauma on our brain and body need to be considered. By repairing those effects along the way, the healing process goes faster as our body gains more resources that will...
Trust is a valued thing - it needs to be earned. Relationships with trust are worth having. This includes personal relationships with those we share our time with and the relationship we have with our bodies.
Maybe one of the most controversial macronutrients but under rated when it comes to eating for the health of our gut. There are many low carbohydrates or no carbohydrate fads around that all are essentially getting rid of this macronutrient.
Imagine stuffing a jar with playdough. The more playdough we put in, the less space there is for anything to move.
A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in our body. It can cause a range of symptoms and in some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening.
It is so often the case that we want or need somebody else to tell us what we want to hear - that everything is going to be okay. That the pain and suffering will one day go away. Our dreams will one day become reality.
Sympathetic dominance is one of the most important and most interesting patterns that we see in our patients. Often referred to as the pusher pattern years ago, as it was noticed in people that tended to push themselves.
Herbs and spices are medicinal for our blood. They reduce damage to our body's cells, contain some of the highest quantities of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-microbial properties, and the great thing is they are inexpensive and easily accessible.
In modern medicine, we tend to take a very mechanical view of our bodies and the physiological functions of its component organs. In other traditional medical systems, the internal organs are seen as being strongly affected by our emotions.
Constipation is a symptom - not a disease. It simply means we are having a hard time emptying our bowels. Constipation occurs when the bowel muscles are contracting too slowly or if the bowel reabsorbs too much water and hinders normal stool movement. There are different types of constipation.
We are vibrational beings. If we put anything under an intense microscope, we will see that everything is vibration - it is always moving, it is not solid. When we lift our vibration to what we want to experience - it happens first on a vibrational level and then it...
Quieter moments present opportunity to work with our self and something we are all striving for is happiness.
If we are feeling under pressure, one thing we don’t need to worry about right now is having the perfect nutrition.
Mindset - is our psychology and we can have a great psychology and strong beliefs, but if we have a toxic heart, we are going to sabotage ourselves.
It is easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.
Bloating and gas can be uncomfortable, make us irritable and make fitting into our clothes a real challenge but it can also indicate some digestive issues that are fairly easy to resolve. Constipation, food allergies and intolerances, parasites and stress can lead to bloating.
Mindfulness - being aware of ourselves, others, our choices, and actions. If we can embrace the practice of being mindful, we are able to focus on mindful acting and prevent reacting without mindful thinking.
'Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' Albert Einstein
The vagus nerve is one of the cranial nerves that connect the brain to the body. It wanders from the brain into organs in the neck, chest and abdomen. The vagus nerve has a number of different functions including:
A parasite is a life form that survives by harvesting from its host nutrients found in the food that we eat. Parasites are everywhere – they can be in the vegetables we eat (common in the seaweed used in sushi for example).
We’ve all been there: too much food, too much fizz and soon we’re feeling bloated and sluggish, on the couch and lacking in vitality. In short, a long way from our healthiest self. Sail through the festive season feeling less stressed, leaner, and more energised by looking after our gut microbiome.
If we think of addiction as a destination, a fixation with the idea that our happiness is in the next place, the next investment, the next stimulus/substance, the next partner, the next car, the next project.
The known - is often a prison of our past conditioning. Uncertainty, however, is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom. It is the same thing as tapping into the unknown in every moment of our existence.
When we can accept people, situations, circumstances, events as they occur it means we know that this moment is as it should be, and it is a combination of all moments we have experienced in the past. When we struggle against this moment we are struggling against the entire universe.
What happens when someone is unknowingly exposed to nutritional deficiencies, hormonal changes, toxins, digestive issues, side effects from medications, inflammation. Research indicates it often leads to someone feeling unmotivated, fatigued, anxious and depressed as sometimes these above triggers can mimic psychological disorders.
The gut microbiome – the community of bacteria and other organisms living in our gut – has a powerful influence on our health. This collection of microbes has been implicated in a range of health functions, from cognitive capacity and mental health, to immunity and digestion.
To choose this or that, to be involved or not involved, to act or not to act. Life can be ambiguous as we decide between what is right action for us and the needs and expectations of others. When caught in indecision, remember the laws of Reflection and Integrity.
Often, we notice our mood affects our choice in food - guilty as charged here! However, the question on many of our lips is, can food also affect our mood?
Diarrhea getting you down? Tummy pain cramping your social life? The influence of the gut microbiome on mental health could be more than symptomatic.
Anxiety, fear, depression, sadness, and control are all words that we can connect with. They each trigger an immediate emotion that we can feel and almost touch. Now amplify that 100 times and that is what your gut feels. The 'gut feeling' is direct and it knows!
Sometimes we have to let go of things that are hurting us, even if it is hurting us to let them go.
10 minutes dry skin brushing every morning is equivalent to a 30-minute jog. Who wouldn’t use a brush?!
The buzz about town is the key role our gut plays in our overall health and wellbeing, with our gut microbiome being found to influence our entire body! The gut microbiome has been linked to many disease states from Inflammatory Bowel Disease to Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease.
Colonic Irrigation - could it be a key element to assisting in the healing of Autoimmune Disease?
We often think that feeling blue is related to sadness, feeling blue is crying, feeling blue is being quiet.
The brain is involved in how we think, how we feel, how we act and how we get along with other people. It is our organ of intelligence, creativity and helps us make decisions.
I have heard an extensive list of reasons why our patients can’t be in as much pain as they say despite their test results…
In our digestive tract exist good bacteria called “flora” and bad bacteria. Candida is one of the microorganism critters in our digestive tract that can go out of control. If Candida overgrows, it begins to poison the immune system, and eventually passes to the blood stream.