What’s a self-care ritual you ask? It’s something you do regularly to take care of yourself. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, in fact, I’ve put together 6 things we can all do to take care of ourselves, they will easy-peasy fit into our busy lives. Are you ready? Let’s dive in.
Get out into the garden.
If not your own, how about a local park? Take time to smell the flowers, take your shoes off and feel the grass under your toes! Maybe you could start a little veggie or herb garden to tend? The options are endless & it’s so rewarding.
How often do you treat yourself to a lazy, long morning sleep in? Or how about an afternoon nanna nap? Go on, give yourself an extra little bit of time to recharge by sneaking in a little bit of a snooze…… and make it even better by treating yourself to a new eye pillow.!
O.K. how long has it been since you treated yourself to a little bit of pampering? How about booking...
Are you on the brink of exhaustion? You're too busy to make time for yourself? Life is just too damn busy for you to juggle?
We know the feeling, but don't worry, we are here to help! This blog will run you through some strategies to help relieve this overwhelming stress that you are experiencing.
Stress, also known as the fight or flight response, is actually a good thing, in small doses (much like an evil mother in law). Stress causes a hormone known as cortisol, to travel around the body, keeping your body alert and prepared for the stress at hand.
However, the modern world has us living very highly strung lifestyles. We are always hustling to ensure we are getting as much done as we can in 24 hours. This daily grind can have a devastating impact on our health and it can manifest into poor wellbeing.
Have you noticed that you're having trouble with your sleeping patterns, your energy levels, your mood, your blood pressure or even your digestive system? If so, this...
If you've been the women curling up into a ball, scrunching up your face in so much pain because of your period. You NEED to keep reading!
Menstrual pain is commonly associated with inflammation and hormone imbalances. These issues not only cause the sharp pains that you are feeling, but did you know they can also affect your ovulation?
We know that for some of you, the pain is too much to tolerate. So, we are here to help you understand and manage potential contributing factors in your life.
Inflammation can occur due to the overproduction of a certain type of prostaglandins (PGE2). These lipid (fat) molecules aren't always our enemy, but when they outweigh the good prostaglandins (PGE1), they in fact are!
The good prostaglandins function as anti-inflammatories, helping to reduce the inflammation and therefore pain from your uterus. These good guys are sourced from omega 3 fatty acids.
Then there are the bad guys, the bad prostaglandins, these contrarily act as an...
Are you suffering from acne in the days leading up to your monthly menstruation? Or maybe you are you approaching your menopausal years and experiencing breakouts? If so, this is just the right blog for you!
We will cover everything from skincare ingredients, skin hygiene, the gut and skin connection, where you can seek help, as well as the hormones involved!
Did you know that our skin is our largest body organ? It has various functions in protection, regulation, excretion and sensation and therefore, it is important that we take care of it.
How skin health fluctuates with hormones
First, we will give you the low down on why you're breaking out pre menstruation or just prior to experiencing menopause.
Oil is a factor that may play a role in these reoccurring breakouts. The skin secretes oil, referred to as sebum, through sebaceous glands of the skin. Hormones, genetics, skincare habits and the outside environment can all have an effect on how much oil our...
Brrr, we are now well and truly into the winter season, facing the cold mornings and the cold nights.
It's a sure thing that no one likes a sniffly nose, a husky cough or anything similar. So, to help you strengthen your immune system, we have put together some information about how you can support your immune system this winter! (There might even be a recipe snuck in there).
A weakened immune system can have many health implications. In a weakened state, your immune system can fail to defend off bacteria and infection that can lead to cold and flu like symptoms.
It is important that you keep on top of our immunity (especially in the current climate of an epidemic) in effort to avoid any of these nasty colds.
Your immune system acts as an army of white blood cells that work to defend your health and dismiss potential illness. Supporting your immune system means that it is able to work effectively in inactivating pathogens and therefore...
Is it coming up to that time of the month and you’re feeling the intense mood swings that make you want to scream one minute and cry the next? Or maybe it’s the headaches, the acne or the bloating?
Well, us women have all been there (in fact about 90% of us)! And although this is the case, we all know experiencing these symptoms is not much fun! In some instances where your daily routine or activity is disrupted, these symptoms can be a sign of having Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
PMS can present on a physical and or emotional level and in extreme cases is known to be premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It is super important that we monitor these feelings of PMS, because PMDD cases need to be taken care of. That is why we are here to educate and make you aware that you don’t have to simply just push through it! And I am sure you will be happy to hear that there are things that can help!
But firstly, know that there is multiple causes for PMS and PMDD. One cause...
We have been speaking to so many of you recently about our DUTCH hormone testing. So, I thought it was time I jumped on in and gave you some info.
Where it all began:
Right back at the beginning of my Naturopath journey I relied on blood or saliva testing to better understand my clients underlying hormone imbalance. And although that definitely helped me start I often found there was missing information – or that even though I treated the person based on their results we were not getting the outcome we desired. Fast-forwards 5 years into my journey and I discovered a whole new world. The world of the DUTCH Plus - now this was like nothing I had seen before. It was what I had been searching for!
Let me explain:
What is DUTCH testing:
DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones. It is a way we can see the whole picture of what hormones your body is making and excreting through your urine metabolites. These metabolites allow us to look deeper into HOW your...
Have you ever stopped and wondered what this rollercoaster lifestyle is doing to us?
When I talk to women in clinic about their stress levels and how they are coping many women tell me they are “fine”. As we delve deeper into their health it becomes clear to me that there is no way that their stress levels are “fine”, even if they feel that way. What we need to remember is often with stress we start adjusting and somewhat coping with this new level of intensity. So theoretically someone could be under huge amounts of stress, but functionally not be feeling too bad. But underneath it all there are a lot of chemical changes taking place. These are developing and waiting to be tipped that little bit too much to finally appear.
Unfortunately many women are so far into this rollercoaster of life that they forget what it was like before. This rollercoaster may have a few sharp turns and mountains to climb. Or it might be one long steady ride up to the top and then...