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Do You Have IBS?

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Do You Have IBS? Or, Could it be a Food Intolerance?

Around the world, many people suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation or diarrhoea. But what is the root cause of all this discomfort? Can it simply be put down to a poor diet, a food intolerance or perhaps even irritable bowel syndrome? From low energy levels to a poor immune system, all can be rectified by booking a consultation with your local naturopath at Capalaba Natural Health. Tony Daniel is an Award Winning Naturopath and is trained to help identify the underlying drivers of your health concerns and help rectify them using natural solutions.

So, do you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or is it just a food intolerance, perhaps even a dysregulated digestive system? Let’s explore.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you frequently endure abdominal pain, cramping or discomfort that is relieved by passing wind? Do you often find yourself experiencing an urgency to make a bowel movement or find yourself alternating between constipation and diarrhoea? Have you ever had the feeling of an ‘incomplete evacuation’?

People with IBS often rate these as the most common symptoms with some also experiencing chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sinus, eczema, poor memory, joint pain and reduced immunity leading.

At Capalaba Natural Health, our naturopathic practitioners are experts in gut and digestive health, providing natural and organic solutions to ease your pain. Once we identify the trigger of your symptoms, we can help implement a health eating plan and provide natural medicines designed to reduce digestive inflammation, and repair your gut. After just a few days, you will already start to notice your energy levels increase and a better sense of well-being. With better gut health and adequate nutrition, your body will flourish increasing your energy levels, reducing stress and improving your quality of life.

Stress or anxiety, as common as they are, are two of the biggest drivers of IBS. However, at Capalaba Natural Health, we understand that many symptoms associated with IBS are actually due to a food intolerance. Therefore, our first step is to identify any food intolerances you may have that are irritating your digestive tract.

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HcG Diet Guide

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The HcG Diet Guide: Everything you need to know

Losing those extra kilos is one of the simplest ways to restore your vitality and improve your overall well-being. In addition to leading a happier life, you can significantly reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers for a healthier life. Weight loss has also been proven to lower your blood pressure, boost your good cholesterol levels while lowering your bad and even see decreased joint pain and improved mobility. But what weight loss routines and diets actually work?

The HcG diet is the primary diet used at Capalaba Natural Health for those looking to lose weight quickly, in a safe and healthy manner. Removing the need to exercise, the HcG diet suppresses your appetite, includes a low-calorie meal plan and results losing between 1 – 2kg of weight loss per week.  We have successfully put over 3000 people on this diet and therefore have complete confidence in it’s ability to help you reach your weight loss goals.

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Differences between Dairy Intolerance and Lactose Intolerance

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What’s the difference between Dairy Intolerance and Lactose Intolerance?

Have you ever been strolling through the aisles of your local supermarket during your weekly grocery shop, heading to grab some ice cream, milk or yoghurt only to be faced with a bunch of product labels you’ve never seen before? Lactose-free, dairy-free, non-dairy – what do they all mean, what’s the difference between them all? Well that’s what we’re here to uncover.

Dairy Intolerance

To completely understand what it means to be ‘dairy-free’ or to have a dairy intolerance, it’s important to understand what dairy actually means. The term ‘dairy’ refers to milk and any part of milk that comes from cows, meaning a dairy intolerant person can’t consume milk or any products that are derived from milk such as cream, butter, sour cream, yogurt, cheese or, chocolate. It also includes products which contain traces of milk products such milk solids, casein, lactose and whey.

A dairy intolerance is when a person reacts to not just the lactose (Milk sugar) but they also react to one or more of the other components of milk such as whey or casein (Milk protein). This means that the person would still feel unwell or get symptoms if they drink lactose free milk because they are also reacting to one of the other substances present – typically casein.

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Remedial Massage

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Massage is relaxing and helps release tension, stress and relieves sore aching muscles.

Your therapist treats most soft tissues of the body including the tendons, ligaments, connective tissue and of course the muscles. Massage stretches muscles, inhibits muscle spasm and increases flexibility. Having a massage feels great! There’s nothing like the healing touch of a trained Massage Therapist. A remedial massage can be as strong or gentle as you like and can include your full body or you may decide to focus on a particular area of your body, such as your lower back, which may be causing you pain or discomfort. As a highly trained Musculoskeletal Remedial therapist, Pip can not only help to relieve your pain and stiffness but she can also help identify the underlying drivers behind your pain and help to correct these too.

Musculoskeletal Therapy

Some people may know it as Myotherapy, is technically defined as the evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.  What does that mean? It means that your therapist is highly trained to apply the latest in scientific research to thoroughly assess your condition, give you accurate information about what’s going on, treat your condition from a holistic perspective and, where necessary, rehabilitate, based on your individual circumstances.

Musculoskeletal therapy is a branch of functional medicine, so your therapist is trained to look beyond just the symptoms, to uncover the reason the symptoms became problematic. A detailed history and thorough initial assessment means your therapist gains an in depth understanding about the factors that may be impacting on your body, causing your pain and/or dysfunction. The aim of treatment is always to reduce or eliminate pain and improve functional movement and wellbeing.

woman with Chronic fatigue

So what can a musculoskeletal therapist can help you with?

– Acute pain & injury

– Chronic pain

– Nerve pain/neuropathy/radiculopathy– Chronic inflammation/sensitisation

– Arthritis

– Back pain

– Neck pain

– Shoulder pain

– Knee pain

– Ankle/foot pain

– Migraine and Headaches

– Jaw pain/TMJ dysfuction/Trigeminal neuralgia

– Depression/anxiety

– Pre/post surgery

– Allergies & Autoimmune conditions

– Gut health/digestive issues/IBS

– Stress/cognitive function/memory

For more detailed information on musculoskeletal therapy click here.
Health fund rebates available!

Book your appointment and find out how musculoskeletal therapy can help you! Contact one of our friendly staff today on (07) 3823 3103

Overcome Seasonal Allergies, Sinus and Hayfever.

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Tony’s Proven Approach To Overcoming Seasonal Allergies, Sinus or Hayfever

For most of us, Spring is a lovely time of the year. The winter chills have stopped, the weather is warming up and everything is starting to bloom and regenerate. For me, it’s my favourite time of the year. For some, unfortunately, it’s horrible. Their nose starts to run, their ears and eyes get itchy and they feel tired and worn out. It’s a seasonal allergy season.

We all have a tolerance level to substances such as pollen, dust, grasses, animal dander etc… Unfortunately, some people’s levels are set lower than others or their diet and lifestyle mean that these levels lower over time. The good news is that we can raise our tolerance levels and reset our immune system so that you no longer need to suffer during Spring.
I have used the following approach hundreds of time to excellent effect.

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Holistic Health Kinesiology FAQ

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What is Holistic Health Kinesiology?

‘Kinesiology’ serves as an overarching-term for a suite of specialised modalities. What ties the different modalities together is a reliance on muscle monitoring as the basic feedback mechanism into the human brain. This feedback is based on the principle of the body communicating with itself. The body communicates messages through a range of systems in order to function. The Kinesiologist uses gentle muscle monitoring to access the underlying stress in a person’s system that may be blocking the body’s natural healing systems, so the treatment can be more efficient and effective. (That’s the info that your kinesiologist is tapping into when they are pressing on your arm)

How long is each Holistic Health Kinesiology session?

Your first session should be 1½ hours, and after that sessions are usually 60min but can be between 45min and 1½ hours according to your individual needs.

How many sessions will I need to have?

This really depends on you and the aim of treatment. Kinesiology treats you as an individual. Some people require one session to deal with a single issue, others require a series of sessions. A plan of treatment will be discussed in the initial consultation. Generally, Sinead likes to work with someone for 4-5 sessions, spacing a few weeks or months apart, as this allows time to get to the true cause of the presenting issue and help you to move on effectively with new learned skills. However, each person is unique you may need more or fewer sessions.

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Breaking the shackles of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other Digestive Disorders

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the most common chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Did you know that being a syndrome means that IBS is not a disease but a collection of symptoms. This is great news for suffers of IBS because it is considerably easier treating and correcting an imbalance or a symptom than it is treating a chronic, maybe genetic, disease.

The main symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:Pain, Bloating and Diahorrea symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, brain fog, increased flatulence, diarrhoea and / or constipation.

I have seen IBS symptoms range from minor bloating and discomfort to hospitalization. Often sufferers of IBS become weary of going out socially in fear of an attack or fear that they may need a toilet urgently. This is no way to live a full and fun life.

The great news is that naturopathically we get great results treating IBS and other digestive disorders including Crohn’s Disease, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative colitis etc…

How I treat the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

We’ve already discussed that IBS is a collection of symptoms and not a disease. This means that if we identify the trigger to each symptom then we can treat and clear each symptom and therefore effectively get rid of IBS.

In other words, if you are symptom free then the syndrome doesn’t exist as it’s really only a collection of symptoms.

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Are Hot Flushes driving you Crazzzy!!!!

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Are Hot Flushes driving you Crazzzy!!!

This week I have been getting a stream of woman coming into the clinic complaining of severe Hot Flushes. This run of hot weather we are having certainly doesn’t help. I also think that the stresses of Christmas, juggling kids, work and family life is a major contributor.

Hang on!!! Are you saying that my hot flushes and night sweats are not just about my hormones and that stress could play a role too?

Woman with hot flushes

That’s correct. As the oestrogen produced in the ovaries reduces your body asks your adrenal glands to produce small amounts of oestrogen. This is important for helping maintain hormonal equilibrium. For various reasons if the adrenal glands are unable to produce this amount of oestrogen then your menopause symptoms will increase.

Most woman have had a stressful life working, raising children etc… and therefore by the age of 45 yo their adrenal glands are often very tired or may even be suffering from adrenal fatigue. When the adrenal glands are asked to do yet another job, and produce more oestrogen, they can’t and the menopause symptoms are the result.

How I treat Hot Flushes and Night sweat.

Treating the adrenal glands is the most beneficial way of reducing menopause symptoms.

Nourishing and strengthening the adrenal glands allows them to function correctly and produce enough oestrogen to alleviate the symptoms of Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Additionally most woman will experience a significant increase in their energy levels and their ability to cope with the everyday stresses of life. Improved adrenal function will also help reduce anxiety, depression, stress, improve sleep patterns and reduce aches & pains.

If you also suffer from vaginal dryness then try taking a teaspoon of flaxseed daily. These contain phyto oestrogens and have been shown to reduce dryness significantly.

Pretty cool eh … no flushes or sweats, better sleeps and more energy.

Written by Award Winning Naturopath Tony Daniel from Capalaba Natural Health.

Find out which Weight Loss diet will best help you reach your Weight Loss goals.

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I commonly get asked which Weight Loss Diet will be best for me and which will best suit my Weight Loss goals.

At Capalaba Natural Health I typically use 3 main diets for Weight Loss. Each are excellent but they also have their own unique strengths and weaknesses and suit peoples goals differently.which-is-the-best-weight-loss-diet-for-me

Below I have briefly summarized each diet for you, given you it’s strengths and weaknesses plus given a few examples of which diet I feel is best considering different weight loss goals.

The HcG Diet

The HcG diet is the main Weight Loss diet that I use in the clinic. Personally I think it is an awesome diet which consistently delivers great results week in week out for my clients. Most people on the diet feel energized, reduce their pain levels due to it’s anti-inflammatory effects and typically lose 1kg of fat per week.

The HcG Diet is a mechanism based diet. We raise HcG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) in the body using homeopathic drops. Once raised over a few days we reduce your calories to 500 calories per day. Now I know that this sounds very low, and it is, but you will be surprised how much you get to eat. It’s a really clever and successful diet.

The structure enables you to eat 5 – 6 times per day. The main benefit of increasing HcG in conjunction with a low calorie diet is that it suppresses your appetite and then makes your body burn fat for energy instead of food. You are essentially eating yourself. Remember that fat is just stored energy and that this diet is excellent at burning your fat stores for energy. It’s the equivalent of you doing 5-6 hours of cross training at the gym every single day … without you doing any. How cool is that.

This is the diet that I recommend most of my client to do as it delivers the most fat loss per week of any diet I have worked with and I have found very few people who it doesn’t work well for.

The only weakness of this diet is that you can’t do much exercise while on this diet due to the low levels of sugars in your muscles. If you do too much exercise you will get tired quickly and start craving sugars … and then break your diet. My recommendation is to use the diet to lose weight and then exercise afterwards to help keep the weight off and to increase muscle strength and tone.

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