Alcohol is Hot Stuff

Good morning!

It’s a foggy Winter’s day in the Gold Coast - exactly what you’d expect for a Mid June day. Have you noticed how life throws all kinds of unexpected events just to see how you respond?

In the past weeks and despite all the best laid plans, I’ve had small postponements on getting the clinic space ready for trade on Monday - so it will be a Wednesday ‘soft’ opening instead.

I like that word soft - it allows for anything that needs to be there, to just be there. It’s given me permission to be a little less self critical for not meeting ALL the deadlines I’ve set out to achieve in the lead up.

So this week, and after 14 years of aiming at the target of working from a home based clinic, I will be operating from the new premises which I’ve been working on between my usual commitments.

There’s also been a family illness and passing in amongst all of this. I’ll drop anything and everything for my family when they need me - it’s just what I do. It’s also part of this time of my life.

Last year I hosted a seniors wellness event for one of my corporate clients and had the pleasure of introducing Costa Georgiadis from the ABC Gardening Australia show as the guest speaker.

Costa had just lost his father a few weeks before the event after years of caring for him. He spoke of the division between our seniors, their children and their grandchildren.

He said the seniors were the wise ones, their children (my age) were the workers who care for both children and senior parents, and the children who posssess the potential to lead the world.

My take home message was that this time of my life is all about putting in the hard years. It’s also a reminder to take better care of my body as this is the time it potentially ages faster under the weight of stress and lifestyle choices.

This time is also where menopausal changes begin to present in the form of flushing and my noticeing of this in speaking with my patients is that alcohol and flushing do not go well together.

For our men, heating of the body from stress and alcohol can load up the body with unnecessary inflammation.

The problem is that most adults in the worker time of life use alcohol as a crutch which is not ideal maintenance for an ageing hard working body.

My recommendations are to moderate your alcohol intake to half of what you usually do and commit to two consecutive nights minimum of no alcohol intake at all - just to let your body cool down.

The next step along from there is to have a complete alcohol retreat and chill right out.

If ever you want to challenge yourself...now is the time to do it.

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The Hormone Party You Don’t Want An Invite To

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Good Morning

This blog comes from Melbourne this weekend as I attend the International Congress of Natural Medicine devotes this year to the topic of reproductive hormones and mast cell activation syndrome- recently found to be linked together.

Usually mast cell involvement is connected to histamine release related to allergies like hay fever and eczema. We are now seeing the release of histamine also involved in the development of reproductive diseases like endometriosis and adverse menopausal symptoms.

Hormones are chemical messengers - they deliver information to other organs and tissues that report the state of health of another part of the body.

If you have a chemical storm going on every menstrual cycle, a history of allergies and a family history of thyroid disease or imbalance - which is quite a commune combination of events - you may need to adopt a multifunctional approach to achieve a calm and predictable cycle. Let’s hafe a quick look at some stats - because these are not concerns that just hit women.

PCOS - 20% of women are considered to have poly cystic ovarian syndrome
70% of these women are currently still undiagnosed

1:20 Australian men are infertile from biological causes linked back to the endocrine health of their grandmothers and mothers

BPA found in plastics were found in the urine of 93% people tested - BPA and BPS are known endocrine Hormone disrupters.

1419 known endocrine disrupting chemicals are currently listed on the TEDx website - most of these are found in modern day households

Not only do we produce hormones - we are ingesting, breathing and bathing in them. Not only are hormonal problems a female exclusive health concern- our men are just as vulnerable to receiving an invitation to that party.

If you suspect you or someone you love is experiencing Hormone influenced health concerns - show them this email and invite them to make an appointment so we can navigate the labyrinth of Hormone health together.

Have a super weekend

Nicky

Are You Flu Bound This Winter?

Good Wet and Cool Saturday!

This blog comes to you as the rains fall on the Gold Coast and the familiar sound of sniffling noses, chesty coughs and aching bodies ring through my ears after a week of flu management with a higher than usual number of patients for this time of year.

The season is upon us and like each year, I watch and wait for the pattern of presentation that comes with this ailment. Some coughs are different than others - some are wet, some are dry, some change from one end of the day to the other and some are productive and some are not. Its this time of the year that my homeopathic dispensary gets a real workout due to the flexibility of applying a remedy that best fits this changeability of symptom presentation. Flu symptoms all change from person to person and season to season in their intricacies but generally - the usual gamut appear. Time at work is lost, stress levels elevate from that and if you are in a multiple person household, it is common for the virus to make tracks from one to the other.

So how do we prevent the virus from invading and if it gets a hold, how can we alleviate the duration and severity of symptoms? Many would suggest to get a flu vaccination and all is covered, however that is not the case for the wide population - if your immune system is lax, it is likely the vax won't help much at all.

A number of factors must come together for you to contract a flu virus - these are:

1. Exposure via droplet infection through sneezing or coughing, saliva transferance from kissing or sharing items like cups and toothbrushes (who does that anyway!).
2. Lowered immune response from stress, repeated infections, low microbiome strength, poor nutritional status, high toxicity levels and dehydration.
3. Compromised immune systems such as in cancer and chemotherapy treatments, intensive care patients, new born babies and chronically ill people - such as in the elderly.

Some of the best ways to prevent the flu from catching you include:
1. Keep active and exercise regularly to keep your lymphatic system from getting congested and sluggish.
2. Eat a wide variety vegetables and fruits high in vitamin C - capsicum, citrus, custard apples, potatoes, broccoli, kakadu plum, berries and parsely
3. Support your microbiome with an immune focused probiotic strain and foods that feed the good bacteria like - garlic, onion, legumes, berries, wholegrain cereals
4. Find your happiness centre - despite stressful times - try to rise above the downward spiral of emotion the cooler months can bring due to lowered Vitamin D promoting UVB rays in the sun's light. This can contribute to shifts in your mood, and your hormones that hold up your immune system can drop accordingly.
5. Stay well hydrated all the day - hot water, cool water, low or zero caffeination and clear broths and soups are ideal.
6. Consider a herbal preventative - I can create a great tonic for you and the family to sip on throughout winter that will bring a great deal of immune support to your body.

Flu prevention homeopathic kits are also available in the clinic so get started now and stay well protected!

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Where is My Fatigue Coming From?

Good Morning!

How are you feeling today? Is your energy and focus on point this weekend or are you exhausted from a draining week?

We feel fatigue from a number of different of possible causes however the problem with fatigue and a drop in our focus and concentration is that it gets in the way of the energy required to fix it! Somewhere in there though, lies the solution. To cut the sleepy cycle with some action.

Let's first investigate where this drop in energy and swing away from focus is coming from.

Emotional

When something is not going so well in our personal lives, the drain on your energy is somewhat immediate - especially if you are trying to ignore or put these feelings aside. The energy drain there is quite palpable. It's amazing what happens to our energy once we allow the free flow of our emotions vs trying to hold them back. Its also incredible what happens to our focus and concentration when we have released the emotional plug and can get back into the work at hand. Emotional fatigue is not always adrenal fatigue - however the level of stress output we chemically engage in during emotional fatigue can impact on our adrenal hormones quite profoundly. This type of fatigue is best remedied by a commitment to 'drop resisting it and go with it'.

Nutritional

Nutrition is usually the first place we look at when we are looking for reasons why our bodies are slowing down and not performing. Quite easy to remedy when identified, the main nutritional reasons why we can fall into fatigue and a lack of focus include but not limited to:

Iron deficiencies
Zinc deficiencies
B Vitamin deficiencies
Magnesium deficiencies
Poor hydration
Poor gluten metabolism
Fluctuations in blood glucose
Excess of alcohol and sugar
Sluggish digestive absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins

Not everyone will be affected the same way with these kinds of fatigue faux pas but it is a good place to check in on across the usual lifestyle of a tired person. When in doubt, check this out - but if its fine, check the emotional line too.

Viral

In our approach to supporting someone who is fatigued consistently, we mustn't over look the impact of past viral infections. Viruses have a particularly effective way of creating an ongoing level of low grade fatigue where the body just never feels like it is the same as before the virus hits. Addressing post viral fatigue syndrome is important soon after the initial symptoms have passed. To leave it longer than 6 months is to elongate the overall recovery to almost as good as before. Herbal medicine, Co Enzyme Q10, medicinal mushrooms and rest are optimal here.

Social

Social fatigue covers everything from partying too hard too often, to being over crowds and constant flow of visitors to just simply needing 'own space' to ground and come back to yourself in.
Like our friend here in the picture, sometimes we just need to hibernate.

Enjoy your time and take care of the many areas that fatigue can spring from...

What Is The Easter Bunny Bringing You?

Good morning and welcome to the last weekend in March, inching closer to another annual milestone - Easter.

We have those blocks of holidays and breaks that herald adventure, celebration and a variety of changes in food and alcohol intake, that also potentially set us up for a constant year in, year out cycle of poor eating habits.

The Easter time is particularly fraught with danger as it is the first celebration after Christmas and New Year that we mark in the calendar of things to do for fun, in the name of letting the hair down. Come the March/April time of year, we have endured the first quarter of the year, and its about now the that the new year shine is well and truly worn off, making way for our stress management defaults to take over.

STRESS MANAGEMENT DEFAULTS COMMONLY SEEN

The regular pattern you employ on your usual week of work, that helps you cope with the events of your life, will set you up for either a great deal of stamina and endurance (physical, mental and emotional) for the year, or rob you of it.

If you employ any of the following stress management defaults and are less than satisfied with your level of calm and vitality, it may be time to set a new default:

Drinking coffee in search for energy - coffee will not supply true energy, in fact it can often rob you of solid grounded energy used to make great decisions

Consuming alcohol for the purposes of relaxation and relieving tension from the working week - there are many other more healthy ways to achieve this. I recommend you limit your intake if you are particularly stressed and instead, bring in more exercise to combat tension

Sitting in front of a screen and dumbing down when you haven't incorporated any exercise that day at all - sitting is inflammatory - so is depression and anxiety so it is not surprise to see that exercise can relieve the two conditions

Tolerating poor sleep patterns and low energy as your new 'normal' - neither of these phenomenon are acceptable healthy practices to adapt to - maybe its time to do put into place a 'Better Sleep/More Energy' program for a few weeks to help hit the reset button!

DON'T BLOW OUT

We have an opportunity to moderate or blow out at this time of the year - so this year what is the Easter Bunny bringing you?

For those of us who don't have a handle on our sugar cravings, this is a tricky time of the year - where sugar intake is particularly high. As we age, our bodies don't get any more efficient at processing insulin in response to glucose as it enters the blood stream after ingestion. Couple that with unchecked alcohol consumption and there is a recipe for ongoing inflammatory disease process, energy swings and cranky pants.

When you don't give yourself the gift of alcohol free days and regular exercise at this time of the year, by the time it takes to get back to work, your body is already spent. In stark contrast to the rest and rejuvenation on offer with a long weekend, public holiday, Easter getaway - this can often leave us heading into the next quarter of the year (where the financial year concludes and the end of year rush that requires you to be on your game takes its toll) in a state of foggy grumpiness.

Who wants any of that? I certainly don't.

EASTER SURVIVAL TIPS

Here are my top Easter Survival Tips for 2018:

1. Make sure you factor some lazy rest days in that are not only due to recovery from the night before - a morning walk, healthy breakfast followed by a lay down or book reading session is a great way to reset the adrenal glands from the stress response - especially if your legs are elevated!

2. Moderate your alcohol intake and drink water between each beverage - I often suggest using the herbal formulas for liver support along with a good probiotic to help keep things from detoxifying poorly.

3. Keep active and do something recreational - Easter is a great time of year to bush walk, paddle something, cycle or play beach and park ball games. This incidental exercise is fantastic way to regenerate your youthfulness

4. Factor in some meditation - especially if you are in an outdoor setting near the beach or bush. This break could be a great opportunity to kick off a great meditation habit by committing to sitting in stillness for 30 minutes each day.

Remember - this time of the year is a gateway to how you will coast through the rest of the year - whilst it is a wonderful time to party and play, you could also choose it to be a mini retreat opportunity too. Happy Easter and stay Safe!

Are You Arresting an Allergy or Silencing a Sensitivity?

Good Morning

This piece comes following some recently released research on things that make us go itch, bloat and blart!

Determining whether or not you are allergic or just sensitive to an environmental factor or food item comes down to what part of your immune system is triggered and how fast and furious that trigger is in its response.

Many often use the word "allergic"loosely when the correct description is intolerance or sensitive. The danger here is that an avoidance of a food you are sensitive to vs allergic to can create a gradual nutrient loss and leave unchecked the possibility that something else is contributing to the problem from an inflammatory perspective. A sensitivity often engages the immunoglobulins IgG and IgA whereas an allergy calls up IgE and is commonly a rapid onset and intense presentation of symptoms - sometimes life threatening. If you are avoiding foods and substances that you know you are allergic to (and believe me you will know) - then that is highly recommended.

If however, you experience sensitivities to a variety of foods and this is transient or semi permanent - or non life threatening - then the opportunity to turn this around and return to enjoying those foods is still possible. Sensitivities and intolerances always creep up on us but will become a potential issue when other factors are also in play - such as a viral infection. Even some popular dietary fads are being reviewed for the efficacy and potential harm when avoiding foods unnecessarily.

For example, in a recent study on self diagnosed gluten sensitive patients in the trial, only 16% of those patients were reproducing the signs and symptoms of their sensitivity as reported before the trial started, when they were introduced to gluten during the trial. Only 1% of the population are Coeliac and therefore should avoid all gluten in their diet.

Whilst we are on the topic of gluten, the foods that are rich in gluten may also contain some important nutrients that your gut microbiota use to fuel themselves to make butyrate - an important food for immune sustaining cells. By avoiding unnecessarily all gluten rich foods - especially the cooked grains like oats and barley - you potentially rob yourself of vital nutrients. It is important to know exactly what it is you are sensitive to and work towards desensitization for a broader acceptance by your digestive system. Gluten is not digested well by the body in any of us and it does contribute to creating gut permeability - but so does alcohol intake, stress, medications, inflammation, viruses and many other factors.

Having an awareness of the down to earth reality of whether or not this or that food fits well with you also takes and understanding of the following"

Is the food organic or genetically modified?
Is the food well preserved, stored or potentially bacteria compromised?
Am I also under a lot of stress or have been unwell, exposed to a toxin or feeling less 'powerful' in my digestive system?
Could the food contain a number of possible sensitive factors such as histamine stimulating chemicals, proteins or undigested carbohydrates?
Will I be able to test successfully to find out exactly what I am reacting to so I can get more focused on the foods to include or avoid? (the answer to this one is yes you can)
Could I be influenced by fad diets, media or close friends who are also having some issues that may sound like mine?

These are important factors to keep in mind when considering an elimination and reintroduction of foods. The rotation out and then back in of some foods need to be done under supervision and with accurate recording so that a successful desensitization program can be implemented - and get you back on the way with enjoying those foods that recently may have caused you some havoc!

Bon Appetit!

When You’re Under Par and Under Pressure To Perform

Good morning and welcome to a gloomy and oppressive humid day on the Gold Coast.

HUMID TIMES

The recent spate of thick and heavy weather patterns that have bought steamy days and nights, have also delivered restless sleep, sluggish movement and a derangement in vitality. Some patients in my clinic have reported challenges in staying in top of health routines, falling prey to the drop in energy experienced by heat exhaustion and more recently an upsurge in viral infections.

Keeping cool, calm and collected has been a challenge for some whilst others seem to Coast through the heady heat to continue thriving in their usual way. So what is it with those people who are making the most of this time of year?

PERFORMANCE PRESSURE RESISTANCE

Trying to perform at your usual output when you are feeling less than vital, is a common trap we sometimes fall into. Pushing past our current state of energy and zip is a recipe for long term exhaustion and leaves us open to succumbing to infections that are doing the rounds.

If you notice your usual sparky self is a little dull after an event, a heavy week of emotional upheaval, decision making or travel - you owe it to yourself to take some rest on your down days. This may mean rethinking your social calendar to allow for an extra hour totally devoted to taking it easy.

Strike off unnecessary jobs, delay renovations, shorten up party attendances and make a date with your mattress so you can achieve deep rest and rejuvenation. Resisting the urge to push yourself will take energy, holding back that desire to clean up, organise or attend to another untouched project during this precious hour granted for rest will challenge you. However, I implore you to heed your body's needs, and it will repay you handsomely later with a new wave of energy and vigour. If it didn't - you need more rest.

REST CAN BE AS GOOD AS SLEEP

Due to the environmental factors out of our control ie the weather, if your sleep is suffering (and this is applicable to menopausal women experiencing night flushing), aim to carve out rest for the following day. Although you may not be sleeping to catch up on lost hours, resting can still serve to reset your system for a few more hours, buying you time for those held off activities.

Closing your eyes, following your in and out breath, permitting your mind to aimlessly wander vs focusing on definitive tasks will allow you to push the reset button and get on with things again.

Remember - if you are the kind of personality that likes to set yourself challenges, this is the mother of all challenges to you. Take it on with the usual gusto and determination you apply to all your other tasks, and excel...I dare you!

Digestive Comfort For Days

Good morning!

It is the calm before the cyclonic storm as Gita starts to bear down on the Gold Coast. Whilst the ocean and the weather in general appear to be unsettled and unstable, this can be the perfect time to reflect on the status of our digestive systems. Its a topic that few of us discuss openly but most of us are all too aware of the uncomfortable rumblings of a digestive storm going on inside our bodies.

Common Culprits

Of the most common causes of gut symptoms such as bloating, cramping, constipation or irregular toilet habits the one that we are most in control of is the pace at which we eat our food. Due to the requirements of enzymes and acids produced by your stomach pouch, your digestive system needs time to move portions of food from the oesophagus to your stomach and from your stomach to your small intestine (where the magic of nutrient absorption really happens).

Swallowing your food in chunks vs semi fluid portions aided by adequate chewing and not drinking fluids, is the key. We are always in a rush to move from one mouthful to another, to chew the food and the fat with heated discussions and mind boggling thoughts - when all our tummies need is a little time out and a focused attempt on mindful eating.

Other Offenders

Eating slowly is the first thing we can take care of when aiming for digestive comfort that lasts a lifetime, here are some others that you may be caught up practicing and that you may need a break from if you are constantly getting digestive symptoms that feel other than comfortable:

1. Flooding our mouths with fluids whilst or just after we swallow - this can dilute the enzyme output and therefore the chemical breakdown of wholefoods into nutrients.
2. Eating a combination of foods that don't work well together - for example starchy carbohydrates and proteins (potato and meat), dried fruits and nuts, melon fruits and fatty foods
3. Starting a meal in a heated manner - if you are angry, sad or otherwise upset - don't eat. It is time to calm down, reset and eat small body friendly foods that are easy to digest.
4. Putting up with constant constipation or diarrhoea, pain or low grade nausea - these are signs you are settling for a less than optimal digestive function which can have far reaching affects on your entire health
5. Serving portions that are too big for your body to digest - reduce your portion sizes by 20%, eat with chopsticks or blindfold yourself and see how much food your body really needs to eat.

Remember - all disease starts in the gut - this is the core tenet of Natural Medicine and modern medical research has finally caught up.
For personalised digestive coaching, please contact us by reply to this email. Have a beautiful day

Become Your Own Commentator

Good morning all

I was having a very deep and intelligent conversation with a friend the other day and we were talking about the job positions we have held, the training we have done and the work experiences that have formulated our current careers and passions.

During the course of the conversation my friend revealed that one of the courses undertaken was a driving commentary education. This is where during the drive - much like learning how to drive without the dual controls, the instructor is monitoring how you commentate on everything that happens on the road around you, your actions within the car and anything else you notice about your drive.

By speaking out to yourself about your actions and observations it raises your awareness to the decisions you make on the road.

It came to me that this is much like the effect I am aiming for when I recommend to my patients to record their food and beverage intake.

Two Fold Benefit

It has a two fold benefit. One is that I get to see patterns in lifestyle choices that are likely to contribute to body reactions and health outcomes.

Secondarily it has a deeper message to the scribe - to be more mindful of the choices you make in eating and drinking, sleeping and exercising.

If you are at a loss at the expense of your subconscious habits, write down, voice record or video log everything you eat, drink, your sleep patterns, your daily routine and your exercise choices as well as the decisions you are making about doing those things.

Health commentary can be very useful as a self correcting tool and it just takes 24 hours of recording to highlight your chosen habits.

It’s just a small piece of time for a great start on your health journey.

If you would like for me to critique your recording for health advice, reply to this blog mail and we can dissect it together for a focused outcome for you!

Are You Addicted Yet?

Good wet weekend to you all!

Well month one of 2018 is behind us and let me say this has been a roller coaster for yours truly. One particular moment in the month that has been poignant is the realisation of my own mortality following the passing of two lovely girlfriends - under differing circumstances.

One of these circumstances tragically involved a lethal addiction to alcohol which highlighted to me the relationship we build as adults to substances vs experiences to get us through the harsh reality of our sometimes difficult lives.

Substance Addiction is a Trap

There is no doubt about that. The direct hit on our brains that most substances achieve; to soothe a troubled mind, is potent and fast. Its no wonder we get attached to the feel good sensation of numbing out when things get tough.

For some this addicted brain is a genetic hand me down - for others its a starting point. For all of us - its a choice. Some will say they have no choice - it takes over before they know it and are at a loss at how to arrest it. Many more, however, will deny there is an underlying problem, and suffer along with their loved ones through the denial and further into destruction.

Common Thread

The common thread though amongst all substance addicted sufferers is an ever growing depletion of vital nutrients that feed a healthy brain so it can make healthy chemistry to support healthy choices on whether or not to go for the easy way through, or grow into a more life sustaining habit.

So are you addicted yet? To being the healthier version of yourself, or the substance supported version of yourself. To a freedom of choice or a restriction of decision making. To a vitality that only being substance free can give, or a sluggishness that addiction will offer? If you are living from one day to the next requiring something to pick you up, or slow you down - and it has no nutritional basis to supporting you - its time to review your health plan before you can't see life without it.

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I am offering full nutritional and drug testing, repletion programs, Clinical EFT techniques and meditation sessions as a fully comprehensive approach to turning the addicted brain around. Whether it is sugar and caffeine, alcohol or cocaine, ICE or prescription medications - these techniques are well researched and have a strong foundation in life changing turn arounds. Let's talk about how we can support you and your family.

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