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How To Lose Christmas Weight

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How To Lose Christmas Weight

For many of us, the Christmas holidays are a time to unwind, celebrate with family and enjoy incredible holiday food. To that end, it’s no surprise that on average people gain between 1-3kg of additional weight over the holiday season! This is usually caused by the combination of increased food and alcohol consumption, coupled with putting your feet up and letting your diet and exercise commitments go a little.

While you shouldn’t feel guilty about celebrating the end of a difficult year, it’s important that we take care of ourselves to ensure a happy and healthy new year. If you’ve changed your diet over the holidays and you’ve been experiencing digestive issues (such as bloating, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea and more), you may also be seeing the effect of a food intolerance on your digestion.

If you’re looking to shed some holiday weight or you’ve begun to experience digestive issues, read on to find out how to get back on track and feel healthier in the new year.

Losing Christmas Weight

Losing weight can be a bit of a daunting task. There are so many different types of diets and exercise regimes – it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin and what’s right for you! Many individuals struggle to feel motivated by this and put off beginning their weight loss journey or fall off the wagon shortly after starting.

However, weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult and scary! Starting with small steps and introducing little but important changes to your diet is a great way to not only lose weight, but also receive all of your nutritional requirements. Coupled with simple lifestyle changes such as cutting down on alcohol, losing weight and feeling healthy doesn’t have to be hard! Some great ways to begin losing your Christmas weight include:

  1. Drink More Water

    Water is necessary for digestion, to absorb important nutrients from food, to get rid of waste, regulate body temperature and much more. Many people also confuse thirst with hunger and therefore snack when they should be drinking water or herbal tea instead. Being well hydrated ensures your body is functioning optimally and keep hunger at arm’s length.

  2. Eat Regular Meals

    Eating at regular times and ensuring you don’t skip breakfast helps you burn calories more effectively around the clock. It also stops you from feeling hungry throughout the day and opting for a quick, unhealthy snack.

  3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption

    Alcohol contains a large number of calories, it stops the burning of fat, can lead to poor food choices and can damage your liver, heart and more. Cutting down on alcohol is a really great way to keep healthy and lose weight.

  4. Eat More Fruit & Veggies

    Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and high in fibre. Fruit and veggies also contain many of the important minerals and vitamins that our bodies need to function. Adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet or trying out some different, healthier recipes are great ways to lose weight and shake things up in the kitchen.

  5. Plan Your Meals

    It can be easy to reach for unhealthy foods when you’re not sure what you’re having for your next meal, especially if you don’t have time to prepare something then and there. Planning your meals and preparing them in advance is a great way to ensure you’re never left hungry.

  6. Don’t Buy Junk Food/Unhealthy Snacks

    When you don’t have junk food or unhealthy snacks in your cupboard/fridge, it’s a lot easier to ignore the cravings. If you still feel snackish between meals, try eating healthy snacks in moderation such as fruit, vegetables, nuts or low-fat yoghurt.

  7. Do More Exercise

    Exercise doesn’t have to be intense work-outs at the gym (unless that’s what you like!). This works for some people, but for many it can lead them to quickly feel burnt out or unmotivated. Increasing your exercise in any way you can is beneficial for losing weight. This can include walking, running, yoga, cycling, playing sports and much more.

Combining these lifestyle and diet changes is a surefire way to lose some of that extra weight gained over Christmas without drastically changing up your life and schedule. With that said, it can be difficult to get started and sometimes a bit of extra help can really go a long way. At Capalaba Natural Health, we can help you reach your weight loss goals by listening to you, understanding your body and creating a personalised weight loss plan tailored specifically for you. We provide a free weight loss assessment to help you get started. Book an appointment online with award winning weight loss specialist Tony Daniel and begin your weight loss journey today!

Typically most woman lose between 1-1.5kg of weight per week and men lose between 1.5-2kg. Losing weight is the quickest and most effective way to improve your health and reduce your risk of some serious illnesses.

Food Intolerances

Over the holiday period, we usually eat a lot of food. Many of these foods that are eaten in moderation throughout the year become diet staples (including chocolate, cured meats, deserts, alcohol, snacks and more). We also eat a number of different foods that we don’t ever regularly have when at gatherings with friends and family. While these foods are delicious, these excessive (and usually unhealthy) diet changes can leave you feeling bloated, digestive discomfort or pain, nauseous or in digestive distress. If you’ve been feeling nauseous, uncomfortable, pain, bloated or have IBS type symptoms since the holiday period (even when returning to your normal diet), you may be exhibiting signs of a food intolerance.

If we don’t eat a food for a while and then we add it into our diet, if we are Intolerant to the food, our body really lets us know it is unhappy and IBS type symptoms occur.

A food intolerance is the inability to digest particular food items, usually due to lack of enzymes or overconsumption of a specific food. Symptoms include stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and feeling gassy. Food intolerances are different to food allergies because they do not cause an immune response, a food intolerance means your body has difficulty digesting a specific food. Common food intolerances include dairy, eggs, almonds, wheat, yeast and gluten. Reducing or eliminating the food that you are intolerant or sensitive to can alleviate your IBS type symptoms and allow your body to repair itself.

Figuring out which food you are intolerant to can be difficult due to how long symptoms can persist even after stopping the problematic food. Food intolerance testing can quickly identify which foods are causing you problems. At Capalaba Natural Health, we provide food intolerance testing in Brisbane that is fast and reliable. We can help you come up with a diet that will alleviate your symptoms and get you back to feeling like yourself. Book a food intolerance test online and get started today.

Drop The Christmas Weight And Manage Food Intolerances

Using the information above, you can quickly and easily lose excess Christmas weight and get on top of food intolerances – leading to a happy and healthy new year. If you have more questions or would like to chat to a weight loss and food intolerance expert, give the team at Capalaba Natural Health a call on 07 3823 3103.

How You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Through Weight Loss

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What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which your body is unable to adequately process glucose, leading to high blood sugar levels which damage the body over time. Your major source of energy is blood glucose and is extracted from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, aids glucose absorption into cells for use as energy. Your body may not be able to produce enough (or any) insulin, or you may have built up a tolerance. This causes your cells to absorb little to no glucose, leaving it remaining in your blood.

Having too much glucose in your blood can cause a number of major health issues, the most common being damage to your blood vessels leading to poor circulation and major organ damage. Other possible complications from frequent high blood sugar include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision issues (such as glaucoma or cataracts)
  • Digestive issues (such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain)
  • Much more.

What Is Type 2 Diabetes, And How Does It Differ From Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is caused by an autoimmune condition, where your immune system targets and kills the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas – causing the body to produce little or no insulin. The exact reason why the immune system targets these insulin producing cells specifically is unknown, however it is thought that genetics play a role. Type 1 Diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults (sometimes called Juvenile Diabetes) although it can strike anybody at any age. As there isn’t a cure for the disease, people with Type 1 Diabetes must regularly take insulin for the rest of their lives. Around 10-15% of all diabetics are Type 1.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is developed when your body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin, causing your pancreas to work harder and harder to produce more insulin. Over time, your pancreas may not be able to produce enough insulin to overcome the body’s built up resistance, leading to high blood sugar levels. The insulin producing cells in the pancreas can also become overused, leading to the death of these cells. Type 2 Diabetes typically develops in adults over 45 (sometimes called Adult Onset Diabetes), however it can affect people of any age including children. Hereditary factors can cause a strong genetic disposition to Type 2 Diabetes, however risk of Type 2 Diabetes is greatly increased if people have high blood pressure, are overweight/obese or do not regularly exercise. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form, with 85 – 90% of all cases being Type 2.

How A Naturopath Can Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Although there is no cure for Type 2 Diabetes, research shows that people can achieve remission and maintain normal blood sugar levels without medication. This is done by making intensive dietary adjustments, losing weight and supporting your liver and it’s ability to process fats.

Losing weight will not only help reverse diabetes but will reduce cardiovascular disease, chronic illness will also increasing energy levels.

Additionally, research shows that people with poor liver function or those who have a fatty liver have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes. The same research also shows that improving liver function helps to reverse type 2 diabetes.

Naturopathically we have many ways to improve liver function and reverse a fatty liver.

Remission does not mean that you are entirely cured from Diabetes. As Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic illness, there’s always a potential that symptoms can return even if you’re in remission. With that said, some people can spend years without having to worry about their glucose levels or the health issues that come with Diabetes as long as a healthy diet and regular exercise routine is upheld.

As Diabetes is a progressive disease, catching it early is the best way to stop it from developing further. Changing your diet and lifestyle within 10 years of insulin resistance beginning to form (and ideally within 4 years) provides a good chance you can experience measurable benefits to your lifestyle. As such, it’s important to get a blood test if you notice any of the symptoms including:

  • Increased thirst (to a point of excess)
  • Increased urination
  • Lethargy and feeling tired
  • Always being hungry
  • Having cuts that heal slowly
  • Itching
  • Skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Gradually weight increase
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy

Get Started Managing Your Diabetes

Improving liver function, weight loss and diet can be your strongest weapons when managing Type 2 Diabetes, however it can be difficult to lose weight and develop/maintain a healthy anti-Diabetes diet. Our team at Capalaba Natural Health can work with you to develop a diet and lifestyle to help you get on top of your Type 2 Diabetes. Give us a call on (07) 3823 3103 to chat to our Award Winning Naturopath Tony Daniel and get started on your Diabetes management journey today and start feeling healthy!

Intermittent Fasting to Maintain Weight

How To Maintain Weight With Diet Structure

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Have you recently lost weight and you are wondering how you can maintain your results? You don’t need to rigorously diet or starve yourself in order to maintain a healthy weight. It is important to avoid “yo-yo dieting” and make sure you are still enjoying a balanced diet in order to manage your weight sustainably. In order to stave off cravings and still give you the nourishment you need, we recommend considering your diet structure.

Best Diet Structures For Weight Maintenance

There are a number of diet structures that you can follow that will help you stay on track and maintain a healthy weight. In this article we share our top recommendations for ways to structure your diet that can help you keep the weight off while also preventing feelings of deprivation.

Low Carb Wellness or Mediterranean Diet

Diets that are low in carbohydrates are popular and effective for weight loss, but they are not all equal. When you are actively reducing one of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, and protein) in your diet, you need to increase one of the other macronutrients in order to maintain a balanced diet. You will likely need to increase your protein intake a little bit and your fat intake even more. However, the right ratio of carbs to fat to protein will vary for each individual depending on body type, age, and activity levels.
A really popular low carb diet structure that has helped many people both lose and maintain weight while also ensuring proper nutrition is the Mediterranean diet. It is one of the most healthy diet structures and also one of the most sustainable. It is usually low in carbohydrates but its main focus is on consumption of nutrient-rich whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats (mostly unsaturated), and some meats such as poultry and seafood. There have been many clinical trials on the effectiveness of the Mediterranean Diet to lose weight but to also keep it off. It is also an anti-inflammatory diet so helps with long term health issues such as Arthritis and reduces auto-immune associated signs and symptoms. Ask our weight loss specialist Tony about how you can implement the Mediterranean diet structure.

5:2 Lifestyle Diet

The 5:2 diet is also called the “fast diet” – if you prefer to lose and maintain weight with diet structure rather than following a strict menu plan, this is perfect for you. It allows you to eat a normal, balanced diet 5 days of the week, and restricts your calories to 500 per day for the other 2 days of the week. This pattern of eating allows you to enjoy a wide variety of foods as it does not cut out any particular food group or macronutrient. Its simplicity and flexibility makes it one of the most popular and sustainable diet structures. However, it is important to note that overindulging or binge-eating during the 5 days of “normal eating” does reduce the effectiveness of the diet. It is a great idea to obtain an estimate of how many calories you should consume for your body type, age, and activity levels during these 5 days. To find out how many calories you need daily, book your free 30min weight loss assessment with Tony at Capalaba Natural Health.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a popular method of weight loss and weight maintenance, and there are a number of ways you can do it. All methods have produced great results, so it is all about working out which one suits you and your lifestyle the most. You want it to be a sustainable solution rather than a band-aid fix. Essentially, intermittent fasting is a way to structure your eating pattern so that you are consuming food within a certain window of time during the day, and fasting for the rest of it. One of the most popular variations is the 16:8 method, wherein you restrict your eating window to about 8 hours of the day, and fast for the other 16 hours. This is the structure that Tony our Naturopath does. Intermittent fasting has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve brain and nervous system function, improve your immune system and also stimulates your bodies healing mechanism called autophagy. This is the process of your body breaking down and consuming older or damages cells.

If you are considering intermittent fasting, this is a great way to start out because you can still fit two or three meals in during the 8 hours, so it doesn’t feel like a drastic diet.

2-3 Day Juicing Diet

Completing a 2-3 day juice cleanse every 4-6 weeks can have a number of health benefits including:

  • Resetting your digestive system
  • Rehydrating your body
  • Regulating blood sugars
  • Reducing chronic inflammation
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Improving energy levels

It is important to note that when we say “juice” we are not referring to fruit juice concentrate. A juice cleanse is only beneficial if you are drinking fresh juice from fruits and vegetables to ensure your body receives enough nutrients. If you are considering completing a juicing diet, talk to our friendly team about how to do it properly – we can even provide you with juice recipes!

Seasonal HcG Diet

The HcG diet is a proven weight loss diet that is not only effective but also easy to do. A great option for weight maintenance is to consider using this diet seasonally. Going on the HcG diet each January and springtime if necessary for 3 weeks can help to reset your body and lose 3-4kg. It is a great way to manage your weight and get back into the habit of healthy eating if you have strayed away over the holidays! If your weight is increasing, you might consider doing HcG more strictly for a longer period of time. It is a flexible diet which offers reduced inflammation, improved energy levels, and effective fat loss. Learn more about the HcG diet here.

Do you want to lose and maintain weight with diet structure?

Are you reading about all the different weight loss diets and aren’t sure which one will work for you? Our weight loss specialist Tony can help you lose the weight and keep it off with effective and flexible diet structures that will suit you and your lifestyle. Find out more by calling us on 07 3823 3103 or contacting us here.

Maintain Weight Loss After HcG

Maintain Weight Loss After HcG: Keep The Weight Off!

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Maintain Weight Loss Results After HcG

Many people see great weight loss results from the HcG diet. It is an easy and effective way to lose weight quickly, and it sets you in good stead for a healthy lifestyle going forward. If you’re looking for a great way to lose weight and keep it off, learn more about the HcG diet.

Our Top Tips For Maintaining Weight Loss After HcG

Losing weight is one thing. Oftentimes the challenge is in keeping the weight off once you have lost it. We understand – life gets in the way, you get busy, and it can be easy to slip back into the same patterns you were in before you lost the weight. To avoid this, we have put together a list of recommendations that will help you maintain weight loss after HcG.

Continue eating with a structure

If you have used the HcG diet and are no longer taking the HcG drops, you should still continue to structure your meals to maintain your body weight. Even if you have lost weight through any other method and you are looking to avoid gaining it back, eating with a structure is a great idea. Planning a few meals ahead, understanding what is going into your body, and avoiding eating late at night will help you to stay on track with your weight loss or maintenance goals.

Use proven lifestyle diets to maintain weight loss

Lifestyle diets help to provide a structured way of eating which help maintain a healthy weight, reduce inflammation, reduce cardiovascular disease and increase energy levels through food and healthy eating.
Some proven lifestyle diets you could consider include:

  • Intermittent Fasting such as The 5:2 Diet or 16:8 Diet
  • The Blood Type Diet
  • The Paleo Diet
  • The Mediterranean Diet
  • Vegetarian / Vegan Diet

There are many lifestyle diets. The best diet is generally the one that suits your body best and which allows you to stick to the structure most of the time so that you reap its benefits.

Introduce variety into your diet

Enjoying your food is so important! If you are eating a plain diet that isn’t satisfying or enjoyable, you will inevitably get bored and begin to crave sugary and fatty foods more often and more intensely. Introducing variety into your day-to-day intake ensures that your healthy diet is sustainable and enjoyable. This includes having a variety of colours, flavours, and cuisines.

Exercise

Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym or running 10kms each day. This works for some people, but not everyone, and it’s important to find a way to move your body that you enjoy. Look at ways to increase movement in your everyday life. Take the stairs instead of taking the lift. Hop off your bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way. Drink enough water so that you have to get up from your desk to walk to and from the bathroom several times a day. These are just a few ways to increase movement – anything you can do to move your body more will help to lose weight and keep the weight off!

Manage stress and other emotional triggers

It’s no secret that stress wreaks havoc on our bodies. Stress and emotional upheaval can make us crave sugary and fatty foods because they temporarily stimulate our brain’s pleasure sensors – they are called comfort foods for this exact reason! Unfortunately this can lead to a vicious cycle because higher consumption of these kinds of foods (ie. lollies, chocolate, deep-fried foods etc) makes us feel more stressed and lethargic once our bodies start trying to process the fat or come down from the blood sugar spike. Managing your stress and other emotional triggers not only looks after your mental health but also helps you stay on top of your physical health as well. There are many naturopathic herbs and supplements to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and increase energy levels.

Eliminating food intolerances

Food intolerances are extremely common, yet often go undiagnosed because many people do not realise that their problems are stemming from foods and they don’t know how to identify what is causing their symptoms. By taking a food intolerance test you can understand what food or foods are causing problems for you and start feeling better. Eliminating food intolerances improves your overall health and can lead to a reduction in weight. We recently had one client lose 10kg of weight just by eliminating the foods that she was intolerant to.

Keep a food diary

Writing down what kind of foods you are eating on a day-to-day basis brings greater consciousness to your diet and nutrition. It allows you to observe if certain events or times of day/night trigger certain eating patterns, and can also help you recognise a food intolerance. Once you are aware of what you are eating and when, and how it is making you feel, you can take control of your diet and your weight.

Use the HcG Diet strategically to maintain your weight

Many clients who have lost weight using the HcG like to use it strategically to help them maintain their weight loss. Many like to do the HcG diet every January just for 3 weeks. If, like most of us, you have overindulged over the Christmas period then doing the HcG Diet in January lets you reset your mind to eating healthy. You can lose 3-5kg and start the year off in a health-conscious and positive way. Some clients also like to do this at spring time too by way of a clean up, detox and weight management program. Book a free weight loss assessment with our specialist Tony to start you off right!

Are You Concerned About Maintaining Your Weight Loss?

These are all great tips if you want to keep the weight off and continue feeling and looking amazing. However, we understand it isn’t always easy or possible to do this by yourself each day. At Capalaba Natural Health, we specialise in weight loss and helping people keep the weight off that they have already lost. We support you to achieve your goals not just now but also in the future. Contact us today on 07 3823 3103.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Many people confuse rheumatoid arthritis with osteoarthritis. Whereas osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints and connective tissues around the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects more than just your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also impact multiple other parts of the body including the eyes, skin, lungs, heart, blood vessels, and nerves. Around 2% of Australians suffer from this autoimmune disease, and it can manifest in different ways. That’s why it is important to know the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis so that you can look for treatment early on and prevent worsening of the condition.

Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

A healthy immune system typically fights off viruses, bacteria, and other bodily intruders. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system starts attacking the tissues of your body, mistaking your cells for foreign and potentially harmful invaders. It can cause quite a lot of pain and inflammation in the body, resulting in the following symptoms:

  • Pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints
  • Stiffness in the joints that is worsened by inactivity (in the mornings and after being seated or still)
  • Weakness especially on the fingers and hands
  • Multiple joints affected
  • Fatigue
  • Fevers
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry and sensitive eyes
  • Dry and irritated mouth
  • Lumps under skin around joints (rheumatoid nodules)

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can vary greatly person to person. Some experience only mild symptoms, and others suffer quite intense discomfort or pain. During flare-ups, symptoms are worse as your immune system attacks your own cells and discharges inflammatory chemicals that target the fluid around your joints.

Causes For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Unfortunately, the cause for development of rheumatoid arthritis has not been confirmed. Researchers and doctors suspect that there may be a genetic component that makes some people more susceptible to certain viruses and bacteria that could trigger the onset of the disease. Endurance of emotional or physical stress may also contribute to its progression. There are some factors that have been linked to increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, such as:

  • Gender – women have been found to be more likely to develop the disease
  • Age – while the disease is seen across all ages, it develops more frequently in middle-aged people
  • Weight – being overweight is suggested to pose a greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you are experiencing the above symptoms, it is crucial to seek diagnosis as soon as possible so that you can begin treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. There are a few tests to obtain an accurate diagnosis. These tests can include:

  • Blood tests – Especially for inflammation and rheumatoid factor markers
  • Physical examinations
  • MRIs
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasounds

Once you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the main objective for treatment is to alleviate symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.

Natural Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis

As with any autoimmune disease, there is unfortunately no established cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are a number of treatments available that can reduce symptoms, flare-ups, inflammation, and damage to your joints and organs.

Research shows that naturopathy can be an effective natural treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, focusing on reducing and preventing inflammation. There are many herbs which have potent pain relieving properties as well as being naturally anti-inflammatory. Taking natural anti-inflammatories are a low risk, low side effect solutions o managing pain. They can also be used in conjunction with medicine from your doctor. There are also many nutritional substances such as Fish Oils, Glucosamine, MSM, Bovine Cartilage etc. which can help reduce joint pain, stiffness and improve mobility.

Did you know that over 60% of your immune system is located in or associated to your gut? Focusing on gut health can directly impact your autoimmune condition. Eliminating foods that you may be intolerant to can also have a significant impact on your inflammation and pain levels. We recommend focusing on improving your microbiome health to reduce inflammation. Visit our gut health blog post to learn more. There are also probiotics available that help to regulate the gut and reduce autoimmune flare ups.

Losing weight can significantly health reduce pain, inflammation and pressure on your joints. If you are overweight, weight loss can be a quick and easy way to improve your health. For example, losing 10kg will reduce 50kg of pressure off your knees. Capalaba Natural Health has helped thousands of people lose weight and one of the most significant benefits is their reduced pain, reduce inflammation and improved quality of life. We can offer both in-house food intolerance testing and we specialise in weight loss. Addressing both of these areas will have a quick and immediate impact on your overall health and your symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Finding a health professional who you trust to develop a personalised treatment plan for you, should be your first step. At Capalaba Natural Health, we take your needs, lifestyle, diet, and history into consideration when developing your treatment plan. To book your naturopathy consultation and learn more about how naturopathy can treat rheumatoid arthritis naturally, contact us here or call us on 07 3823 3103.

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How To Treat Eczema Naturally

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Itchy Eczema Flare

Eczema is a skin condition that causes inflammation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common kind of eczema which affects around 1 in 3 babies and 16% of Australians. For babies presenting with eczema, it is often only temporary and is outgrown as their skin develops. However, it is not uncommon for the skin condition to carry on into adulthood. Flare-ups of eczema can cause a lot of discomfort, itching, and inflammation. In this article we explore how to treat eczema naturally.

What Are The Signs Of Eczema?

Eczema can affect any area of your body, and symptoms can come and go. A flare-up of eczema is when the condition becomes particularly inflamed, which can present symptoms such as:

  • Red or brown patches of skin
  • Severe itching
  • Scaly skin
  • Small bumps which can seep fluid
  • Brittle patches of dried pus-like fluid

Aside from these uncomfortable and frustrating physical symptoms, eczema can also cause social anxiety and self-consciousness particularly for teens and adults as it often manifests in easily visible areas like the hands, arms, behind the knees, and cheeks. Eczema is not contagious, so if you think you have contracted eczema from someone else, it’s more likely that you have another skin condition.

What Causes Eczema?

While the root cause for eczema has not been confirmed, there are several culprits that researchers and doctors suspect, involving the following three factors.

Immune System

Our immune systems are responsible for fighting off foreign bodies that they detect as potentially harmful like bacteria, viruses and infection. If your immune system is overworking itself in response to being exposed to mild triggers, it causes excess inflammation which can manifest itself as skin rashes like those seen in eczema.

Eosinophils are a part of your white blood cells which when they raise, they cause tissue irritation, inflammation and can drives eczema, asthma, dermatitis etc…

Gut Health

Gut health can influence many different components of your overall health, including your immune system, brain function, and hormone production. If you have a poor diet lacking in enough probiotics, prebiotics, micronutrients, and hydration, the chances are that you may have poor gut health. Ensuring you are looking after your gut by drinking enough water and maintaining a balanced diet may improve your immune response and prevent flare-ups. You can read more about the importance of gut health on our blog.

If you have too much bad bacteria or not enough good bacteria this can lead to leaky gut which in turn drives inflammation in your digestive tract. This inflammation can directly drive eczema. Naturopathically we often heal the gut to clear eczema and other skin conditions.

Liver Health

One of the main jobs of your liver is to clear toxins from your body. If your liver is struggling to effectively clear toxins it can often use the skin to help with toxin elimination. (The skin is our biggest elimination organ in our body.) If the skin is struggling to clear these toxins it can often cause irritations which will manifest in eczema. Supporting your liver function through improving gut health, eliminating food intolerances and nutritional liver support can result is elimination of eczema.

Food Intolerance

Eczema may also be triggered by food intolerances. Consuming certain foods may be causing irritation or inflammation by provoking an immune reaction. Aside from eczema, food intolerances can often cause other immune reactions like allergies, asthma, and arthritis. If you notice your symptoms becoming worse after consuming certain foods, it may be worth having a food intolerance test. In our experience food intolerances are a major driver of eczema and one which is often not considered by GPs.

How To Treat Eczema Naturally With Naturopathy

There are numerous treatments for eczema available. Applying hydrocortisone creams topically to the affected skin or taking prescription medication are both common methods that people use to try to manage their physical symptoms. Unfortunately, these kind of creams and medications often come with side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Skin irritation

These topical treatments also do not treat the root cause of the symptoms, which is the irritants, immune response, and overall health.

A naturopathic approach considers all of these possible causes and develops a personalised treatment plan that focuses not only on alleviating symptoms but also on preventing flare-ups. We would look at how your gut, immune system, liver, stress and food intolerances combine to drive your eczema. We look at ways to correct the underlying drivers of your eczema so that you correct the problem and not just mask it with steroids.

At Capalaba Natural Health, we offer food intolerance tests as well as naturopathy consultations in order to discover the trigger for your eczema. To find out more about how to treat eczema naturally with naturopathy, contact us here or call us on 07 3823 3103.

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Why Am I Always So Tired?

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Why Am I Always So Tired?

Whether you’re working long hours, juggling study and work, or have become a new parent, you’ve more than likely felt the effects of a poor night’s sleep. No matter what the cause, sleep deprivation (especially when it’s prolonged over days, weeks, or months) can wreak havoc on your body and cause more than just grogginess the following morning. You’re not alone. Many clients visit us at Capalaba Natural Health with the same question: “Why am I always so tired?” The answer is different for everyone, but we can help you to find the cause and work with you to manage your stress, lifestyle, and diet to get your sleeping pattern back on track.

Reasons You’re Always Tired

There are a wide range of possible reasons that you’re feeling tired all the time, so it’s important to discuss the problem with a health professional. However, the most common reasons we see in our patients for ongoing fatigue are:

  • Diet

    Your diet has a huge impact on the way you feel and the way your body functions. When you are eating too much of something or too little of another, all sorts of imbalances and problems can occur.

    One example is the consumption of too many carbohydrates, especially refined carbs, which your body quickly processes into glucose. The glucose causes a sudden spike in your blood sugar and a subsequent ‘crash’. This not only makes you feel exhausted, but also produces cravings for another quick hit of energy, leading to a destructive cycle of eating more and more refined carbohydrates and feeling more fatigued.

    You could be consuming too much: sugar, caffeine, refined carbohydrates.
    Similarly, you could be consuming too little: water, protein, iron, calories.

    Eating food that you are intolerant to can also cause fatigue, brain fog and drive inflammation which increased aches and pain and in turn make you feel tired. Eliminating Food Intolerances can be a great starting point for overcoming fatigue especially if you also experience some digestive disturbances.

    There are numerous vitamin, mineral and dietary imbalances that can cause you to feel constantly fatigued, so it’s best to consult one of our naturopaths to help you investigate your diet.

  • Activity levels

    If you live a more sedentary lifestyle, inactivity could be prompting your ongoing tiredness. Although the most common reason for a sedentary behaviour or lifestyle is being too tired or too busy, exercising for just 30 minutes a day can boost energy levels and drastically reduce feelings of fatigue.

    Even small alterations to your behaviours can make a difference. If you have a desk job you can increase movement and burn more energy by standing rather than sitting at your desk when possible. Walking or cycling to work instead of driving, taking walks on the weekend or joining a yoga class are all great ways to increase your activity levels. Any addition of movement to your lifestyle can help to alleviate your constant feelings of exhaustion.

  • Stress

    Ongoing or heightened levels of stress can severely impact your energy levels and your sleep. When you have a busy work schedule, university obligations and/or family commitments, you can become burnt out without realising it. This causes constant fatigue and low energy. Stress can also lead to undersleeping or oversleeping, which can both cause you to feel more tired than if you were getting the recommended 8 hours a night.

    Stress also affects the adrenal glands which play a large role in stress management and our energy levels. With constant ongoing stress our adrenals often become tired and this can cause increased anxiety, depression and fatigue.

    While it is not always easy to just reduce your workload or busy schedule, there are certainly ways to manage your stress so that you aren’t feeling exhausted all the time. Our naturopath, Tony Daniel, can help you with stress management strategies and to nourish your body and adrenal glands so that you can cope with life’s stresses better and that your busy lifestyle is more sustainable.

Do You Have Chronic Fatigue?

If you have suffered from feelings of exhaustion for a long time, are always tired for no reason and have tried to eat right, exercise and lower your stress levels, you may have chronic fatigue. Unlike simply being tired, chronic fatigue is an illness that impacts your nervous system and often results in having no energy for simple daily activities and feeling under the weather when going out or simply moving around.
Chronic fatigue is a complex illness, and there are a wide range of possible symptoms including:

  • Inability to concentrate and poor memory
  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia
  • Headaches as well as pain in muscles and joints
  • Increased heart rate and shortness of breath
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort including bloating, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Anxiety or depression

Chronic fatigue has many different causes and manifestations. Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to your treatment. Our qualified naturopath will address all elements of your lifestyle to identify the root cause and develop an individual treatment plan to naturally remedy the issue.

Tony Daniel, our Award Winning Naturopath, has helped hundreds of people increase their energy levels and overcome chronic fatigue’ So if you are tired of feeling tired all the time, let us help you get back on the path to wellness. Call us on (07) 3823 3103 to secure an appointment and regain your energy, vitality, and quality of life.

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Do I Have A Dairy Allergy or Lactose Intolerance?

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Do I Have A Dairy Allergy or Lactose Intolerance?

Experiencing digestive discomfort after drinking milk, eating cheese, yoghurt, and even ice cream is unfortunately fairly common. A lot of people typically put this down to lactose intolerance, which is a widespread issue and often the culprit of upset bellies following the consumption of dairy products.

Although Dairy Allergy can cause similar symptoms in some people. Dairy Allergy is usually more severe, with allergic reactions beginning within minutes or sometimes delayed for several hours.

Lactose intolerance is caused by the absence or deficiency of a certain digestive enzyme (lactase) that breaks down the sugar in milk (lactose), whereas a dairy allergy is your immune system’s response to the proteins found in foods containing dairy.

Signs and Symptoms of Dairy Issues

About 65 percent of people worldwide are lactose intolerant, of which, about 5 percent are allergic to dairy. Both afflictions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get tested if you are experiencing any of the following after consuming dairy products:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Swelling
  • Asthma-like wheezing
  • Tightness in the throat and trouble swallowing

At Capalaba Natural Health, our experts can assist you with an elimination diet to identify the root cause of your digestive issue, with food intolerance testing to recognise what foods are causing problems.

What’s the difference between Dairy Allergy & Lactose Intolerance?

  • Dairy Allergy

    Dairy allergy is normally related to the consumption of cow’s milk but people can be allergic to other types of dairy. Many people still buy and consume dairy even despite having adverse reactions to it. Reactions can be mild, in the form of rashes or quite severe, including trouble breathing and loss of consciousness.

  • Lactose Intolerance

    You are likely lactose intolerant if your symptoms occur within 30 minutes to 2 hours following the consumption of dairy products, particularly those higher in lactose.

    Lactose, which is the sugar that is naturally present in dairy products, requires the enzyme lactase to break it down and turn it into glucose for easy digestion. If your body lacks this enzyme, it cannot be broken down and must carry on through to the large intestine, where it is fermented by your gut bacteria, causing inflammation and triggering the symptoms listed above. For more information on lactose intolerance, check out our blog how to know if you’re lactose intolerant.

How To Minimise Intolerances

Most people find that making small changes to their diet and reducing their consumption of dairy products alleviates symptoms immediately. However, it can be difficult to implement an elimination diet on your own, especially if you experience symptoms sporadically.

If you’re suffering from digestive issues and you suspect they are related to a dairy intolerance, we recommend consulting a specialist. Call Capalaba Natural Health on (07) 3823 3103 to secure an appointment or book your Naturopathic digestive health consultation online. Understand your symptoms and begin to enjoy food without experiencing discomfort.

Diverticulitis and IBS foods

What is the difference between Diverticulitis and IBS?

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Diverticulitis and IBS
Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) share many similarities in terms of symptoms, so the two can often be confused. If you have been experiencing digestive disturbances and discomfort, you may be wondering if one of these conditions is the cause of your digestive issues.

It’s important to know the similarities and differences between diverticulitis and IBS because they are two distinctly different afflictions. Diverticulitis is a disease, whereas IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder or syndrome. We’ll explore the similarities and differences in terms of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment, so that you can assess your situation and get the help you need.

Symptoms of Diverticulitis and IBS

The thing about digestive issues is that the symptoms can come and go. Sometimes people with diverticular disease and or IBS may have no symptoms at all for a period of time. However, it is important to be aware of and manage the condition properly as symptoms can become severe.

Both diverticulosis and IBS can present with the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation and or diarrhoea
  • Flatulence

However, a flare-up of diverticulitis can produce much more severe symptoms such as:

  • Blood in stool or rectal bleeding
  • Acute abdominal pain (typically in lower left side)
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation or (sometimes) diarrhoea
  • Hospitalisation

IBS can also manifest in two typical forms:

  • IBS-D: This type of IBS causes diarrhoea symptoms like loose and frequent stools.
  • IBS-C: This type of IBS causes constipation symptoms like hard, lumpy, and infrequent stools.

Causes for Diverticulitis and IBS

As discussed, the distinction between diverticulitis and IBS is that diverticulitis is a disease and IBS is a syndrome, and as such the cause for each is different. It is thought that both diverticulitis and IBS may be inflamed by low fibre diets.
Diverticulitis arises when small pockets known as diverticula develop in the intestinal wall and become inflamed or infected. A low fibre diet is the main suspect for this because constipation and firmer stools puts excess pressure on the intestines. Some studies also suggest that genetics, lack of exercise, and smoking may also be involved in the development of diverticulitis.

The definitive cause of IBS is currently unknown, however it is usually related to food intolerances. Anxiety and stress may also aggravate IBS symptoms which is why it is important to treat holistically rather than focusing purely on diet.

Diagnosis

Because diverticulitis and IBS are physically different conditions, diagnosing them involves two separate processes.

Usually a physical exam is required to diagnose diverticulosis (ie. diverticulitis), which can involve any of the following assessments:

  • Rectal examination
    Blood test
    Abdominal x-ray or CT scan
    Colonoscopy

For IBS, diagnosis usually revolves around matching a series of symptoms. For this reason IBS is often confused with Food Intolerance symptoms.

The initial treatment protocol for anyone with IBS should be to ascertain what foods you may be intolerant too. Often elimination of these foods will result in a complete resolution in your IBS symptoms. At Capalaba Natural Health, our testing for food intolerances can test the main 59 foods to which people are commonly intolerant, which provides results in less than an hour of completing your test.

Natural Treatment for Diverticulitis and IBS

Treating these conditions can vary greatly depending on the severity of the diverticulitis symptoms as well as the food intolerances identified in the test mentioned above. A high fibre diet together with regular exercise and proper hydration may be able to treat both diverticulitis and IBS.

Both conditions will benefit significantly from eliminating the foods you are intolerant to.

A naturopathic approach has assisted many people who suffer from diverticulitis as it addresses aggravators related to diet, gut health, and lifestyle to provide symptom relief. IBS can also be treated with diet alterations as well as by using naturopathy to calm the nervous system and reduce stress.

Both conditions can benefit from natural nutrients and supplements designed to reduce inflammation in your gut, repair your digestive tract and by providing anti-inflammatory pre and probiotics. We have had significant success in treatment both IBS and Diverticulitis.

To talk to our specialists at Capalaba Natural Health about your digestive concerns, please contact us here.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis symptoms

What is the difference between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis?

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Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Are you experiencing chronic gastrointestinal problems that are impacting your daily life? You should consider being tested for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These are two inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) that affect more than 80,000 people in Australia. Both conditions are becoming more widespread across all ages and increasingly impacting younger people.

Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic disorders that affect the bowels, and they share some similarities in symptoms. It is important to acknowledge your symptoms and seek professional assistance to manage your condition appropriately. In order to help you differentiate between the two, we will discuss the various symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and natural treatments for each condition.

Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common inflammatory bowel diseases, and they do share some of the same symptoms. However, ulcerative colitis is limited to the gastrointestinal tract, whereas Crohn’s disease can also affect other areas of the body including eyes, skin, liver, and joints.

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease usually worsen following a meal, and can include:

  • Persistent diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence/gas
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Inflammation of skin, joints, and eyes

Because ulcerative colitis, in contrast to Crohn’s disease, affects only the large bowel (colon), symptoms are confined to this area. Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Urgent and loose bowel movements
  • Blood and or mucus in stools
  • Loss of appetite

Causes for these IBDs

Unfortunately the exact cause of these diseases is still undetermined. Some studies suggest that poor diet and high stress could be related to the development or at least aggravation of the diseases. Others propose that they could be caused by genetics or a defective immune system are to blame.

Many people underestimate the role that diet and stress management play in the health of our digestive and gastrointestinal systems. Because Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune condition, sufferers may truly benefit from managing their stress and overall health in a natural and holistic approach in order to prevent flare-ups and aggravation of symptoms.

Diagnosis

There is no single test that can diagnose all cases of inflammatory bowel disease as results are not always independently reliable. Typically people require multiple tests to receive a conclusive diagnosis because various diseases and conditions share similar symptoms.

Common tests for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis include:

  • Blood tests
  • Examination of faeces specimen
  • Abdominal x-rays
  • Colonoscopies
  • CT scans
  • MRIs
  • Ultrasounds

Natural Treatment for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Because there is no existing ‘cure’ for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the purpose of treatment is to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, and improve your quality of life. There are various approaches you can take to treating your IBD, and it is important to do your research and choose a health professional that you trust to help manage your condition.

We believe that a natural, holistic approach can achieve remission – the absence of symptoms – and maintain this state sustainably. At Capalaba Natural Health, we focus on achieving a quality diet that reduces pain and inflammation. Removing foods that you are intolerant through a Food Intolerance Test can help reduce inflammation, pain and reduce flare ups.

There are mainly natural supplements which reduce inflammation in the gut, repair the digest tract and reduce symptoms. Specialist prebiotics and probiotics can also help to reduce signs and symptom plus balance your immune function. Balancing your immune system is extremely important as over 60% resides in your digestive tracts and plays an important role in managing both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Supporting your stress levels, improving energy and balancing your mood is also important.

If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or another form of IBD, you can talk to our gastrointestinal health specialists at Capalaba Natural Health about a Natural treatment plan by contacting us here or calling us on 07 3823 3103.

For more information on Crohn’s disease and how we can help, please click here.

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