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ANXIETY- What is the message and what can a Naturopath do?

Anxiety influences 1 in 5 Adults. Whether anxiety is new to you or whether it is something you have experienced for years, your body is trying to tell you something… Anxiety is a huge umbrella term because it can manifest in so many different ways and for so many different reasons. The first and most important step in addressing anxiety is recognition. Some of the psychological symptoms of anxiety include: Feeing tense, nervous or irritable/ unable to relax Difficulty concentrating Feelings of constant worry Obsessive thinking Feeling disconnected Feeling self-conscious and doubt Panicking Avoidance Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety include: Shortness of breath Increased heart rate Sh

ZUCCHINI CORN FRITTERS

Ingredients 4-5 small zucchinis – grated into 4 cups 1 can of corn kernels 1 cup of spring onions finely chopped 1 teaspoon of minced garlic 1 ¼ cup of besan (chickpea) flour 1 tsp of cumin ½ tsp of curry powder 1 tsp thyme Salt and pepper Avocado to serve To Serve: - Amazing with cashew dip or a dairy-free dill sauce with avocado - Eggs and your favourite breakfast foods. Method 1. Combined the grated zucchinis in a large bowl (don’t worry if the mixture is wet, the flour will soak it up) with the onions, garlic, spices, flour salt and pepper. 2. Stir through and allow to sit for a few minutes to allow it to soak through to create the batter 3. Warm a non-stick frypan to

LIFESTYLE MEASURES FOR MENTAL HEALTH

If you’re someone who has struggled with their mental health before, I’m sure you’ll agree that it is an every day job to work on. Our health as a whole needs to become a long term lifestyle to live by rather than a chore or doing things just because we know we should. This I think comes from being educated in your own health and feeling worthy enough of maximising your health potential; which is what I believe a lot of mental health stems from. Here are my top tips for mental health lifestyle measures: Breath work When you’re feeling anxious, the body subconsciously creates short quick breaths that aren’t actually productive breaths. Short, quick breathing means less oxygen around the bod

Fatigued, sugar cravings, unmotivated… your dopamine might be out of whack.

Dopamine is a chemical brain messenger (neurotransmitter) that is involved in control of emotional responses like reward, addiction, pain, pleasure and motivation, as well as memory and concentration. A dominant condition affected by low dopamine levels is Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine is released by receptors in the brain, but there are many lifestyle and dietary factors that can affect this. Sleep routine Melatonin and dopamine work synergistically together to control our sleep-wake cycle, also known as our ‘circadian rhythm’. So in people whose sleep is inconsistent, night shift workers or jet lagged, over time this will affect dopamine release and hence many other symptoms along with i

Impacts of Hormonal Contraception on your Mental Health

Rates of anxiety disorders and depression are continuing to rise- world-wide, with greater prevalence in women compared to men. The prevalence of anxiety and depression in females is usually twice as great in those aged 14-25 years, yet prior to puberty rates of anxiety and depression are similar among boys and girls. What tends to happen around this age? Although there are other considerations to take into each and every individual case we cannot ignore that fact that during our peak reproductive years, mental health disorders are at an all-time high. Now, two thirds of women in Australia use some form of hormonal contraception, for various reasons such as PMS, period pain, contraception, a

Sweet Potato Brownie

Ingredients 500g of sweet potatoes, chopped roughly 12 medjool dates, pitted 5 tablespoons of 100% maple syrup 1 cup of ground almond meal 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil ½ cup of walnuts, chopped a pinch of salt 1 cup of rolled oats 8 tablespoons of raw cacao powder 2 tablespoons of nut butter 3/4 cup of coconut oil, melted Blueberries or raspberries for the top (optional) Directions 1. Begin by placing the sweet potato on 180oC oven tray and bake for 25 mins or until soft and can be broken apart. 2. In the meantime, place the rolled oats into a nutribullet or food processor, and blitz until fine. 3. Add the ground oats into a large bowel with almond meal, salt, walnuts and 6 t

SIBO could be the reason for your digestive symptoms

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a phenonomon that as naturopaths we have been treating for years, but in more recent years the diagnosis of SIBO and it's related digestive conditions like IBS has really been able to bring the science to what we have always spoken about to our clients. SIBO is just as it suggests, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine that causes digestive symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and every symptom that goes in between. SIBO can be a tricky one to diagnose, and many of our patients undergo many years of test, diets, investigations all to be told that 'they are fine'. But experiencing digestive symptoms to the point of pain an

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