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Weight Loss & Pregnancy

In a world where there are more weight loss products, diet-programs and TV shows than you can shake a stick at, we are all becoming more and more aware of the importance of looking after ourselves, our health and our weight. There are many reasons why people are turning to weight loss products and diets such as Keto but there are some people who are looking to lose weight so they can increase their chances of hearing the pitta-patter of tiny feet reverberate around their homes! We all know the obvious health reasons to losing weight and getting fitter, but weight loss and pregnancy isn’t always talked about or discussed as a reason to lose those stubborn kilos. Recent studies in the United States and Australia have shown that losing as little as 5% of your body weight can increase your chances of conceiving.

Why Does Weight Loss Matter In Pregnancy?

For Women
Weight loss can increase your chances of becoming pregnant, but we really must explore why being over-weight can affect pregnancy and the chances of falling pregnant.
Losing fat makes you healthier, helps your liver detoxify your body and process hormones that need to be in perfect balance to fall pregnant. Losing weight and having a strong, healthy body creates a healthier environment for the baby to grow in and receive all the nutrients it needs, which in turn will help sustain pregnancy and create a healthier child. By helping clients lose weight and cleaning up their bodies we have helped many woman conceive who had previously been unable too.

For Men
Being a man is 50% of the process of creating a child. Strong, healthy sperm is needed to fertilise the egg and losing weight will help increase sperm counts, raise testosterone levels and lower estrogen levels. Zinc levels are important for good quality sperm along with other vitamins and minerals. Studies have suggested that for men to increase their chances of fathering children they should reach a healthier weight at least three months prior to conception. For men, reaching this target three months prior, is incredibly important as recent studies have determined it takes around three-months for sperm to develop and getting in shape assists with healthy sperm.

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Is Your Skin Condition Due To A Digestive Issue?

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Is Your Skin Condition Due To A Digestive Issue?

Have you ever stopped to wonder what is the cause of your skin condition? Eczema, psoriasis, Hives, dermatitis and more can all be due to poor digestion, food intolerances and gastrointestinal upsets. For instance, psoriasis is strongly linked to inflammatory bowel disease. By reducing inflammation in the body, you may be able to break free of chronic skin conditions…

The Link Between Food, Your Gut, and Your Skin

Many people underestimate the effects that poor digestion and bowels can have on their lifestyle, often causing boating, pain, discomfort, fatigue, but also playing a leading role in your skin’s health. At Capalaba Natural Health, we aim to identify the underlying drivers of the symptoms so we can implement a healthy eating plan and provide prescriptions or natural medicines to help improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, starting with your gut.

The gastrointestinal region of the body includes organs such as the liver, pancreas, and gall bladder, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum, leaving you open to many types of digestive issues. Because skin is an elimination organ, anything that happens in your gut, such as the build-up of toxins, is sometimes cleared through your skin. However, if there’s no release through the skin, these toxins can affect your body and stay underneath the surface of your skin, resulting in chronic skin conditions.

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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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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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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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The Top 3 Reasons why people don’t lose weight

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Are you watching what you eat, or exercising madly, but you are still struggling to lose weight?

I have been a Naturopath for over 10 years now, specializing in weight loss and fatigue. I find that there are consistently a few main reasons why people don’t lose weight. The article below highlights the 3 Top reasons why people don’t lose weight and fail to reach their health goals.

Here are the Top 3 reasons why people don’t lose weight.top-3-reasons-why-you don't lose weight

Exercising too much

Exercise is excellent for your overall health and has been proven to reduce cardiovascular risk factors, improve strength, reduce stress and improve how well we feel.

We all feel excellent after a run, gym session, yoga or pilates class … but in terms of weight loss exercise doesn’t deliver the results that you can achieve from a good weight loss diet. I commonly hear of clients who have been to the gym 3 – 4 times per week for 6 months and have only lost 3-4 kgs of weight. On the HcG diet for example you should typically lose around 1kg of fat per week and therefore over a 6 month period you should lose between 20 – 25kg of fat.

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