Nutrition & depression

Every year, on 7 April, World Health Day commemorates the establishment of the World Health Organisation and focuses on a particular health issue. This year, 2017, the issue is depression. We all know it is a condition that has debilitating and sometimes devastating consequences. The symptoms range from sleep disturbances, poor concentration and general apathy to pervasive feelings of worthlessness …

Nurturing Gut Health

As we’ve written about previously, gut health and virtually all other systems of the body are intrinsically linked. This evidently contributes to our overall wellbeing. There have been numerous studies conducted to highlight the relationship between gut health and brain function/mood. For more information about these studies feel free to read our article ‘The Brain and The Micobiome’. With modern …

Detox the mind in 2017

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor Frankl New Year comes with the all the promise usually associated with new beginnings of any kind… with hope and optimism, a determination to change things that are not working in …

Gluten free: it’s not just for Coeliacs

Following on from our last EWB issue, relating to the popularity of the gluten free trend and ensuing criticism, we now explore other reasons gluten may not be an ideal food choice, particularly in quantities consumed, for a number of people, not just those with Coeliac Disease. Another less known autoimmune response to gluten is known as Gluten Ataxia.  In …

The Gluten-free Backlash

Given the popularity of the gluten free diet and paleo diets, we thought it was time we dedicated a post to this controversial protein. Gluten is the collective name for proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. The name is latin in origin and means ‘glue’, aptly describing it’s characteristic properties. One only needs to think of …

Understanding the limitations of nutrition panels

Nutritional panels are compulsory on all packaged foods, although legislation varies between countries.  Generally, required information includes calories and a break down of macro nutrients, being protein, fats (saturated and unsaturated) and carbohydrates.  More recently, there has been a further requirement or recommendation to break down some categories further.  For example, it is recommended that transfats be disclosed within fat …

The Brain and the Microbiome

Very early in my naturopathic studies, now over 20 years ago, I was introduced to the notion that “all disease begins in the gut”, attributed to the writings of well known Greek physician, Hippocrates. Although this was widely thought of as a very strange concept then, scientific research has increasingly demonstrated strong links between the gut (specifically the microbiome) and …

Detox and nourish

Although we also began 2015 with the subject of detoxification, we thought it was a topic worth revisiting as it is the time of year people are most receptive and motivated to make lifestyle changes that lead to improved health and happiness.  It is also a time when many of us return to work, refreshed in some ways after a …

Protect the largest organ in your body

The skin is often an under estimated organ.  We do care about how it looks though as it so overtly transmits information about us.  People can make instant assumptions about where we come from, how old we are and how healthy we might be, just to begin. People who experience problem skin, such as acne, psoriasis and allergies are particularly …

Time to pretox?

As we head into December, a time notorious for over-indulgence, and to pick up on a point made in Hannah’s blog in October, the idea of ‘pre-tox’ is worth considering…. Some people think they will ‘make the most’ of the festive season, ahead of a punishing detox they intend to embark upon in January.  The more toxic we are, the …

Why am I always so tired?

..or Chronic Fatigue and the Nervous System / Adrenal connection Following on from last month’s stress feature, we thought we would focus this month’s issue on one of the well known consequences of long term stress…. burnout or fatigue. It is important though to remember that fatigue can result from multiple causes, and that a combination of stresses, both physical …

Stress and our nervous system

We hear about stress every day. It comes in many forms…. physical, emotional, mental, environmental, workplace, financial, and relationship stress… with many more sub categories within and overlapping this broad overview. There are also varying degrees and timeframes of stress with wide ranging consequences to our individual health and well being. There can be significant impact on relationships, our communities, …

How did so much sugar end up in our food?

Just how did so much sugar end up in our food? A growing collection of documentaries depict the epidemic of obesity and chronic disease as a result of our food choices. For example, there is Supersize Me; Super Juice Me; The Men Who Made Us Fat; Food Matters; and most recently That Sugar Film. Some of these are criticised due …

What you need to know about popular diets

It is no wonder people are confused about what to eat or not eat. Following on from our ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ article last month, we explore some of the current popular diets and provide a snapshot into each. Some advocate quite different strategies, for example GAPS diet is mostly cooked, whereas raw food diet is never cooked. Another …

Why one size does not fit all

In our introductory page to our nutritional blog, we talk about balance and refer to the fact that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’. This point is key to our philosophy and we believe that the better we understand our individual selves, the better our physical and emotional health will be. Whilst the internet is a wonderful resource, we can easily …

What else is in our food?

As a sequel to last month’s article encouraging us to make more conscious choices regarding our foods, we have this month expanded the topic to include the ways in which our foods are potentially compromised, through the use of pesticides and herbicides, and the consequences that may ensue with regard to our health. Some of us may remember the controversy …

Do you know where your food comes from?

In recent months we have had two major food contamination issues in Australia, leading to severe food poisoning and Hepatitis. One was linked to tinned fish from Thailand, the other, berries from China. When we try to find alternatives however, we find very few. Most tinned tuna comes from Thailand and a great proportion of frozen berries are packed, and sometimes grown in …

Why New Year Resolutions Fail – and what we can do about it

January is the time many of us make resolutions and consider ways to improve our health and our lives. Unfortunately though, the enthusiastic convictions of the new year wane quickly and goals we set for ourselves often don’t eventuate. It is already late February, and with time marching on at an extraordinary pace, our resolutions may seem like a distant …

Starting a detox routine – what you need to know

January is the time many of us make resolutions and consider ways to improve our health and our lives. A ‘Detox’ regime is a common way in which people choose to begin the year. Even with mostly healthy lifestyles, our bodies can gradually accumulate toxins, before we have even begun to take into consideration the various indulgences we (or many …

Sugars and natural sweeteners – beyond the marketing hype

Sugar in its many forms is now widely considered to be detrimental to health, especially in the quantities in which it is being consumed today. Researching sugars, however, is a minefield. Information can be confusing, conflicting and often inaccurate. There are all sorts of claims being made about good and bad sugars and customers’ increasing awareness has led to a flood …