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Benefits Of Improving Your Gut Health

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Benefits Of Improving Your Gut Health

Over the last few years, the topic of gut health and how significantly it impacts our physical and mental health has erupted in the medical and health industries but also in common communities. Almost everyone has heard that the gut is now being dubbed the second brain.

With studies showing correlations between gut health and our brain, sleep, immune system, mental health, and even cancer, it is certainly an important subject of which all of us should be aware. Capalaba Natural Health professionals are well-versed on the concerns that come with imbalanced gut health and can help you improve your gut flora for a healthier and happier life.

Signs of Poor Gut Health

Having poor gut health typically means that your microbiome or bacteria that live in your intestines are lacking or imbalanced. A healthy gut will usually have about 100 trillion bacteria of around 500 different species – the more the merrier! The top three signs that your gut bacteria is in poor shape and in need of some assistance include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Digestive discomfort

    If you experience frequent digestive upsets or discomfort like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, excess or malodorous gas, indigestion or heartburn, this is very likely due to poor gut health. While some of these symptoms can also be caused by medical conditions such as diverticulitis or Crohn’s disease, it’s very common for people to experience severe stomach discomfort simply due to an unhealthy gut. Research also suggests that imbalanced gut bacteria can induce the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). No matter the cause, our health professionals can help to alleviate your symptoms and manage your digestive issues by focusing on improving your gut health.

  • Fatigue and sleep disturbance

    Our gut is constantly communicating with the brain and central nervous system, so many of the chemical messengers that send signals between the body and the brain are produced and regulated by our gut microbiome. This includes sleep hormones such as serotonin and tryptophan, which are responsible for balancing and lifting mood and promoting sleep via it’s conversion to melatonin. When these hormones are not being produced or regulated properly, your depression increases, cravings for sugar increase and your sleep quality decreases meaning you are more likely to feel fatigued during the day.

  • Food cravings and weight gain

    The bacteria in our gut survives on the food we eat, so the more diverse our diet, the more diverse our gut bacteria become. Poor gut health commonly indicates that we are not eating a diet that is diverse enough to feed the varying bacteria in our gut. Commonly, people who eat a diet high in sugar and processed foods have a less diverse microbiome which, in fact, causes them to experience cravings for sugar and simple carbohydrates. It can also affect the production of hormones that make us feel full and satiated, resulting in overeating and weight gain. Try some of our healthy and delicious recipes for good gut health here. Tony Daniel our Award Winning Naturopath specialises in helping people lose weight and feeling great. Click here for information on our successful weight loss programs.

How We Can Help You Improve Your Gut Health

These are three common signs of poor gut health, but you may be feeling other symptoms such as mood instability, inflammation of allergies, migraines, skin irritations, and more. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is very likely that you can alleviate them and prevent the development of more severe conditions with the help of one of our specialists here at Capalaba Natural Health.

Our practitioners are experts in gut health and naturopathy, so we can ease your pain naturally and proactively. We take a holistic approach, looking at all elements of your health including diet, environment, activity levels, stress, and more. Our priority is to treat the origin of your symptoms to improve your physical and mental health for vitality and better quality of life.

Call us on (07) 3823 3103 to secure an appointment or book your Naturopathic digestive health consultation online now and regain your vitality.

Constipation

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How to Eliminate Constipation and Feel Great.

Constipation is defined as having hard, dry bowel movements or going to the toilet less than three times a week. It is one of the most common digestive issues and affects around 2.5 million people.

Constipation

What causes constipation?

Your colon’s main job is to absorb water from residual food as it’s passing through your digestive system. It then creates stool (waste).

The colon’s muscles eventually propel the waste out through the rectum to be eliminated. If your stool remains in the colon too long, it can become hard and difficult to pass.

Poor diet frequently causes constipation. Dietary fibre is necessary to provide bulk to your stool to help it pass easily. Adequate water intake is necessary to help keep stools soft. Additionally if you don’t drink enough water, around 2L per day, then your colon will suck as much water from your waste as it can  … contributing to a harder stool.

Stress, changes in routine, and conditions that slow muscle contractions of the colon or delay your urge to go may also lead to constipation.

Holding on to emotions can be another factor with constipation and our resident kinesiologist Sinead can help unblock those emotions and in turn unblock your colon. You can check out what Sinead does by clicking here:

Food Intolerances are also major contributor to constipation. By eliminating the food that you are intolerant to you’ll improve your digestive health, reduce bloating, pain, discomfort and help to pass your stool normally. Click here for more information on our in-house test which will test the 59 Foods most people are intolerant to … helping you regain your digestive health.

 

Constipation

How to treat and prevent constipation

  • Changing your diet and increasing your physical activity level are the easiest and fastest ways to treat and prevent constipation.
  • Add fibre rich foods to your diet, such as raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, prunes, or bran cereal. Your daily intake of fibre should be between 20 and 35 grams.
  • Drink at least two litres of water per day to keep your bowels flushed clean and lubricated.
  • Reduce diuretics which remove water from your system
  • Cut down on low-fibre foods, such as meat, milk, cheese and processed foods.
  • Add fibre supplements to your diet if needed. Just remember to drink plenty of fluids because fluids help fibre work more efficiently.
  • Remove the foods that you are intolerant to.

High fibre food to help redduce constipation

 

Click here for more information on Naturopathy or how our Naturopath can help you improve your health and wellbeing. You can Call the clinic today to see Our Award Winning Naturopath Tony to see how he can help. You can also book online here.

Capalaba Natural Health Ranked As One Of The Top 3 Naturopaths In Brisbane

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Recently, Capalaba Natural Health was recognised as one of the top 3 Naturopaths in Brisbane by Three Best Rated – threebestrated.com.au

We’re very excited to be named in the top 3 Brisbane Naturopaths, as we really care about our clients and their outcomes. Being recognised as a highly skilled and reputable Naturopath is an amazing compliment, and we couldn’t be more proud.

The judging process for determining the top 3 naturopaths in Brisbane is a complex and thorough process. All clinics considered face a rigorous 50-point inspection, which includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost through to general excellence. 

Capalaba Natural Health has been helping people since 2004 and is run by Award Winning Naturopath Tony Daniel.

So if you’re looking for a highly skilled and trusted Naturopath in Brisbane, South Brisbane or the Redlands Coast, Capalaba Natural Health is here to help! 

We specialise in a number of different areas including:

  • Naturopath
  • HCG Diet
  • Weight Loss Assessment
  • Food Intolerances
  • Digestive Issues
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diverticulitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Reiki
  • Detoxification
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Much More

Book your appointment online or contact us to find out how we can help you today.

Could I have Celiac Disease??

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Do I have Celiac Disease?

Is Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease the same?

Gluten Intolerance and suffering from Celiac Disease are quite different. This article will explain the difference and help you understand the steps needed to improve your digestive health.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is the name given to the protein found in cereals such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a hybrid of wheat & rye).  A person with a gluten intolerance or sensitivity may experience bloating, pain, discomfort or changes to their bowl motions after eating foods that contain gluten.

Gluten acts like a glue to help hold food together and is found in a wide range of foods including:

  • Breads
  • Soups
  • Pasta
  • Cereals
  • Sauces
  • Salad Dressings
  • Malt
  • Food Colouring
  • Beer

What is Celiac disease?

The most severe form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune condition that damages the digestive system which left untreated can lead to serious health problems. When celiac disease is ruled out in people experiencing symptoms, they are often diagnosed with either wheat allergy or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).

Celiac disease is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. If one of your parents is celiac you should definitely get tested. Although many people live with celiac without even knowing they have it, once diagnosed they often enjoy a better quality of life.

If a Celiac consumes gluten their bodies create an immune response which attacks the villi in the small intestine. These villi look like sea anemonies and increase the surface area of your gut to increase absorption. When the villi are damaged the body cannot properly absorb nutrients which can lead to deficiencies and malnutrition.

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Depression
  • Infertility

Wheat Allergy

Wheat allergy is an immune response to any of the proteins found in wheat which includes gluten:

  • albumin
  • globulin
  • gliadin
  • glutenin, or gluten

The range of symptoms is incredibly wide from mild to severe discomfort to life threatening, with severe difficulty breathing, known as anaphylaxis. Those with a life-threatening reaction to wheat (known as anaphylactic), will usually carry EpiPen with them at all times.

Symptoms:

  • Nausea, vomiting & diarrhea
  • Nasal congestion or allergic rhinitis
  • Watery, itchy or irritated eyes
  • Mouth or throat swelling, itching or irritation
  • Hives, rash or eczema
  • Difficulty breathing, asthma or anaphylaxis
  • Headache
  • Bloated stomach

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)

Gluten sensitivity is sometimes referred to as gluten intolerance. Individuals with gluten sensitivity cannot tolerate gluten but they do not show the same intestinal damage as people diagnosed with celiac disease. Intolerances are not life threatening and don’t cause anaphylaxis. These individuals share many of the same symptoms, however usually not as severe. People living with NCGS can often have symptoms outside of the intestinal organs.

Symptoms:

  • Foggy mind
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness in the arms, legs or fingers
  • Fatigue
  • Other symptoms of non-coeliac gluten intolerance include:
  • Bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation

How We Can Help

While an intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods including proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale may not be life threatening, they can still be quite debilitating and leave you feeling unwell most of the time.

As most of the conditions discussed above have very similar symptoms, it can be challenging to know which foods or food products you are reacting to. That’s where we can help! Tony our Award Winning Naturopath is qualified to carry out food intolerance tests and help you to interpret the results. With over 60% of your immune system in your gut and it being the seat of your health … improving your digestive function can have a dramatic impact on your health and can help correct many health conditions.

Many digestive issues can be resolves by removing the offending food intolerance.

Take the first step toward a healthier you, contact one of our friendly staff today on (07) 3823 3103 to book a consultation with a health professional at Capalaba Natural Health!

 

Can A Naturopath Help Me Lose Weight?

Can A Naturopath Help Me Lose Weight?

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Maintaining a healthy weight is not only important for your physical health and longevity, but also for your self esteem, energy levels, and mental health. While there is a great deal of conflicting information and ‘fad’ diets on the internet that provide only temporary weight reductions, there are plenty of weight loss methods that can be successful and sustainable. Capalaba Natural Health can – and does every day – help people shed those extra kilos and improve overall health and wellness. We have helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off.

How can Naturopathy help me lose weight?

Naturopathy takes a natural and holistic outlook on health and vitality, focusing on not one, but all elements of living a healthy lifestyle. The basis of naturopathy is in the value of eating a healthy diet, staying well-hydrated, establishing good gut health for digestion and managing stress for better quality of life.

  • Eating a healthy diet

    Eating a healthy diet is arguably the most important factor when it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance. There are a number of diets specific to weight loss that can be successful, and we can assess which method will be the best for you.

    One of the diets we recommend the most often is the HcG diet as it’s easy to follow, doesn’t require any special diet products, makes people feel great during and after and delivers weight loss results quickly. Most people lose between 1 – 2 kg of Fat per week. Click here to see some of our great results. The best part is that the diet doesn’t require a rigorous exercise program to see results! For more information on the HcG diet, you can read our article here.

  • Hydration

    There are a million and one reasons to drink water, and weight loss is one of them. In fact, hydration plays a key role in losing weight and improving overall health naturally. Drinking enough water for your body each day promotes waste removal, boosts fat and carbohydrate burning, and acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Drinking 2L per day is a great guide though if you drink tea or coffee you may need to increase to compensate for the caffeine and subsequent fluid loss caused by its diuretic effect.

  • Digestion

    Gut health is one of the most undervalued aspects of wellness, and influences everything from your mental health and sleep quality through to your digestion and metabolism. Gut bacteria can also affect how your body produces ghrelin (the hormone that makes you hungry) and leptin (the hormone that makes you feel satiated and full). This means that simply diversifying your microbiome could help solve a number of widely common digestive issues.

  • Stress management

    Stress is often a culprit when it comes to weight gain, so managing your stress levels is hugely important for losing or maintaining a healthy weight and improving quality of life. The stress hormone known as cortisol is produced in greater quantities during stressful times. Cortisol can also increase your insulin levels, leaving you craving sugary, fatty foods. Higher levels of cortisol is usually the reason we choose ‘comfort foods’ when we’re stressed, so lowering and managing our stress is crucial for maintaining a healthy diet and losing weight.

Benefits of a Naturopathic approach to weight loss

Our expert Naturopaths will create a custom program that is not only tailored individually for your body and lifestyle, but is also a natural, affordable, and safe way to shed the kilos you’ve been wanting to lose. We also focus on maintaining vitality so that you feel good throughout the whole process. Capalaba Natural Health currently offers free weight loss assessments with award-winning naturopath and weight loss specialist Tony Daniel. This assessment includes everything you need to know about how to effectively lose weight for your body, as well as a report that will show you how much you need to lose, your hydration levels, biological age and more. Tony will discuss how you can lose weight and how to keep the weight off … maintaining a healthy lifestyle that works for you. Contact us for more information or book your appointment online.

How Do You Know If You’re Lactose Intolerant?

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Lactose Intolerance

What is lactose and how do we process it?

Lactose is a type of sugar found in dairy products. To break down this sugar our bodies use an enzyme called lactase which allows us to absorb the lactose. Lactase is produced in the small intestine and only a small amount is required to break down lactose. Lactase creates two simple sugars, glucose and galactose from the lactose. These simple sugars are then absorbed into the bloodstream via the lining of the intestines.

What foods contain lactose?

Foods that are high in lactose include:

  • Milk (all types including low fat, buttermilk, goats milk, etc.)
  • Cheese (both hard and soft cheeses)
  • Yoghurt
  • Ice-cream
  • Cream
  • Milk powder
  • Protein shakes which are Whey based

Foods that contain lower amounts of lactose include:

  • Condensed milk
  • Sour cream
  • Aged & processed cheese

Some non dairy foods and also some medicines contain lactose.

What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance?

It is estimated that close to 70% of the world’s population suffers from some amount of lactose intolerance. The symptoms of lactose intolerance can begin from 30 minutes to 120 minutes after eating or drinking foods which contain lactose.

The most common signs of lactose intolerance are:

  • Irritable bowel type symptoms (IBS)
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pain or discomfort

Are there different types of lactose intolerance?

There are three different types of lactose intolerance which are caused by lactase deficiency.

Primary lactose intolerance

This is the most common type of lactose intolerance, experienced by people who began life producing enough lactase. Over time, the amount of lactase produced by the small intestine lessens, leading to minor or major lactose intolerance.

Secondary lactose intolerance

This type of intolerance is experienced after injury or illness of the small intestine. Sometimes also beginning after surgery. There is evidence that treatment of the underlying disorder may improve lactase levels and decrease symptoms.

Congenital or developmental lactose intolerance

In rare cases a baby is born with a lack of lactase leading to lactose intolerance from birth. This disorder can be genetic and passed down through generations, however premature birth can also be a cause.

What is the best way to test for lactose intolerance?

Testing for lactose intolerance begins with a quick skin prick test. This allows us to diagnose if you have a dairy intolerance or another food intolerance, as gluten intolerance. If you have a dairy intolerance then we do a simple elimination / challenge dietary protocol to determine if you are full dairy or just lactose intolerant.

Food intolerances are not related to your immune system, they are related to your digestive system. Most food intolerances won’t be diagnosed by a general food allergy test or by your General Practitioner.

At Capalaba Natural Health, our team of naturopaths are uniquely skilled in identifying food intolerances. We provide advice and diet plans to minimise the impact of your intolerance on your day to day life. Food intolerances are rarely life threatening, however they can drastically reduce your quality of life. To find out more or get started managing your food intolerance, book an appointment with us online.

What treatments are available for lactose intolerance?

Most people who find they are lactose intolerant can modify their diet to reduce the amount of lactose they consume without cutting out all dairy and foods or medications that contain lactose.

Ways to minimise symptoms of lactose intolerance include:

  • Substituting lactose-reduced or lactose free products
  • Choosing smaller servings of dairy (approx 100 millilitres) at a time
  • Only have dairy at mealtimes with other foods to slow the digestion process
  • Experiment with different dairy products to find ones that produce less symptoms eg. Swiss or cheddar cheese
  • Using lactase enzyme tablets or drops to help you digest dairy products
  • Full elimination of all dairy containing products.

If you’re suffering from the symptoms of lactose intolerance and you would like to talk to an expert. Make a booking today and let us help you to improve your day to day life and enjoy food without feeling unwell.

The benefits of Turmeric

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Is Turmeric worth taking?

Like many spices, turmeric has a long history of use in traditional medicine. This flavour-filled spice is primarily cultivated from the rhizomes, or roots, of a flowering plant in India and other parts of Southeast Asia, and aside from giving curry its vibrant yellow colour, turmeric is also known for having potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Turmeric latte

The primary active component of turmeric — and the one that gives the spice its characteristic yellow colour — is curcumin. Curcumin is a natural antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as [possible] benefits related to slowing the aging process and preventing Alzheimer’s disease and potentially depression.

Turmeric (and curcumin on its own) doesn’t absorb well into the bloodstream, but it is improved by adding black pepper anytime you use turmeric, and/or taking a turmeric supplement that incorporates black pepper. The Naturopathic practitioner Turmeric supplements used in the clinic have special delivery methods so that you maximise the amount curcumin absorbed.

Having a curry once a month will be fun and delicious and offers some benefits but not be sufficient to reap the true benefits of curcumin. Taking a supplement is your best bet for reaping all the benefits that this superfood has to offer.

Turmeric Root

What can Turmeric do for you:

Treating inflammation

One of turmeric’s main claims to fame is that it’s commonly used to fight inflammation, in the right dose, curcumin may be a more effective anti-inflammatory treatment than common inflammation-fighting medications such as Advil/Nurofen and aspirin, according to a past study. Inflammation is the root cause of every illness so reducing inflammation is a great way to be healthier and combat disease.

Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process.

The main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels.

It’s well known that endothelial dysfunction, and endothelial inflammation, is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of your endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors.

May be useful in treating and preveting Alzheimers

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia.

It’s known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, and curcumin has beneficial effects on both.

Turmeric DrinkArthritis

There are several different types of arthritis, most of which involve inflammation of the connective tissues around the joints.

Given that curcumin is a a potent anti-inflammatory compound, it makes sense that it may help with arthritis.

In a study in people with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug.

Benefits against depression

Thanks to turmeric’s ability to boost levels of BDNF, the spice shows promise as an effective antidepressant.

In a study in humans, researchers randomly assigned 60 patients with major depressive disorder to one of three groups: one group received daily 20 mg of fluoxetine (Prozac is a common brand name), another received 1,000 mg of curcumin, and a third received a combination of the two. By the end of six weeks, the three groups saw comparable improvements, leading researchers to suggest that curcumin may be a safe and effective treatment for major depressive disorder.

Turmeric Powder

Here are Capalaba Natural Health we have a professional grade Turmeric supplement called Inflavanoid Intensive Care that is a therapeutic dose to help you battle all the above ailments.

Call the clinic today on 3823 3103 and book an appointment with Tony the Naturopath to see how we can help you.

 

By Award Winning Naturopath Tony Daniel of Capalaba Natural Health.

Do I have Celiac Disease?

Gluten Intolerance: Is Gluten Making Me Sick?

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Gluten Intolerance

What Are The Most Common Signs Of Gluten Intolerance?

Adverse reactions to gluten are a fairly common problem. Let’s begin with an explanation of what gluten is and then we’ll discuss the different types of gluten intolerance.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and also triticale (a cross between wheat & rye). As its name suggests, gluten acts like a glue to help hold food together. Gluten is found in a wide range of foods including:

  • Breads
  • Soups
  • Pasta
  • Cereals
  • Sauces
  • Salad Dressings
  • Malt
  • Food Colouring
  • Beer

Types Of Gluten Intolerance

The most severe form of gluten intolerance is coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease which damages the digestive system. Left untreated coeliac disease can lead to serious health problems. When coeliac disease is ruled out in people experiencing symptoms, they are often diagnosed with either wheat allergy or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).

Keep reading to learn about the symptoms and causes of these different conditions.

What Is Coeliac Disease And What Are The Symptoms?

Celiac disease is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. There is a genetic predisposition (meaning that it runs in families) to coeliac disease, which means that if one of your parents is coeliac, you should be tested. Although many people live with coeliac, without even knowing they have it, once diagnosed, they often enjoy a better quality of life.

When people with coeliac disease eat gluten, their bodies create an immune response which attacks the villi in the small intestine. When the villi are damaged the body cannot properly absorb nutrients which can lead to deficiencies and malnutrition.

The symptoms of coeliac disease are:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Depression

What Is Wheat Allergy And What Are The Symptoms?

Wheat allergy is an immune response to any of the proteins found in wheat (below), which includes gluten:

  • albumin
  • globulin
  • gliadin
  • glutenin, or gluten

Wheat allergy is most common in children who will often outgrow the condition by the time they reach their teens.

Symptoms of wheat allergy can begin within a few minutes of eating food containing wheat or even up to a few hours after. The range of symptoms is incredibly wide from discomfort all the way to life threatening, with severe difficulty breathing, known as anaphylaxis. People with a life threatening reaction to wheat will usually carry a medical device called an EpiPen, which can be used to inject a life saving dose of epinephrine to someone who has accidentally ingested wheat.

Symptoms of wheat allergy include:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Nasal congestion or allergic rhinitis
  • Watery, itchy or irritated eyes
  • Mouth or throat swelling, itching or irritation
  • Hives, rash or eczema
  • Difficulty breathing, asthma or anaphylaxis
  • Headache
  • Bloated stomach

What Is Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) And What Are The Symptoms?

Gluten sensitivity is sometimes referred to as gluten intolerance. Individuals with gluten sensitivity can’t tolerate gluten but they do not show the same intestinal damage as people diagnosed with coeliac disease. These individuals share many of the same symptoms, however usually not as severe.

People living with NCGS often have more symptoms outside of the intestinal organs. These types of symptoms include:

  • Foggy mind
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness in the arms, legs or fingers
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms of non-coeliac gluten intolerance include:

  • Bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea or constipation

How We Can Help

While an intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods including proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale may not be life threatening, they can still be quite debilitating and leave you feeling unwell most of the time.

As most of the conditions discussed above have very similar symptoms, it can be challenging to know which foods or food products you are reacting to. That’s where we can help! Tony our Award Winning Naturopath is qualified to carry out food intolerance tests and help you to interpret the results. With over 60% of your immune system in your gut and it being the seat of your health … improving your digestive function can have a dramatic impact on your health and can help correct many health conditions.

Take the first step toward a healthier you, contact one of our friendly staff today on (07) 3823 3103 to book a consultation with a health professional at Capalaba Natural Health!

How Naturopathy can improve your Skin Health

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Skin is the body’s largest organ and one of your body’s elimination organs. When healthy, its layers work hard to protect us. But when it’s compromised, the skin’s ability to work as an effective barrier is impaired.

From acne breakouts during your teenage years to the radiant glow of pregnancy and the sunspots of aging, both your age and your health are reflected in your skin.

Lets talk about ways to keep your skin healthy and free from ailments:

Eating a healthy diet

We all know that you are what you eat. What you put in your mouth gets digested and used by the body so naturally you want to stick to foods that are full of life giving properties like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy proteins. Good fats is essential for keeping your skin moisturised and looking it’s best.

Some skin healthy foods include :

Mangoes for their antioxidant properties which protect the skin and improve collagen.

Tomatoes have skin cancer prevention benefits. One study in mice revealed that daily consumption of tomatoes decreased skin cancer tumors by up to 50 percent after UV light exposure. Tomatoes can also protect you from sunburn.

Omega-3 found in oily fish, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds or oils such as linseed oil and corn oil may prevent dryness and scaling of the skin.

Cocoa flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the structure and function of skin. Scientists discovered that cocoa flavanoids decreased roughness and scaling on skin, increased skin hydration, and helped to support the skin’s defenses against damage from UV rays.

Olive oil is associated with a lower risk of severe facial photo-aging — that is, cumulative damage to the skin that includes wrinkles, dark spots, and discoloration, which result from long-term sunlight exposure.

Hydration

Hydration is a key factor in keeping the skin young, supple and wrinkle free. Not only does it plump up the skin it also flushes toxins out of the body and gives your skin a healthy glow. Drinking 2 litres of water per day will keep you looking and feeling amazing. It can also help with other health concerns like constipation, lubricates the joints, regulates body temperature and maintains blood pressure.

Hormones

Your skin is covered in small glands, called sebaceous glands — these secrete an essential oil called sebum which helps keeps your skin healthy. These glands have receptors on them which respond to your hormones, including oestrogen and testosterone.

Acne is one of the most common skin problems today — and it can happen at any age. It’s estimated that about 5% of women and 1% of men over the age of 25 suffer from acne. Forms of hormonal acne include:

pimples

blackheads

whiteheads

cysts

Things that can cause acne include food intolerances and a toxic liver. If you are having any kind of skin issues like acne, eczema, hives etc then it is more than like that your liver is suffering. If your liver is struggling to detoxify toxins then it can often use the skin to assist in the elimination process … But this can often result in toxic overload to the skin glands and acne etc… can result.

Digestion/Food Intolerances

The gut is the cornerstone of good health. In fact, it’s where 70 to 80 per cent of the immune system lies. When your gut is functioning optimally, you will notice better energy, skin, mood and immune function.

If your digestive system is sluggish, you may experience constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain, hormonal imbalance, skin issues and more.

Certain food intolerances can wreak havoc on the skin too. If you are intolerant to dairy or eggs for example, which a lot of people are, then it could be showing up as acne, eczema, psoriasis and hives. Getting a food intolerance test could end years of suffering from these skin conditions. For more information on Food Intolerance click here

The Liver

The liver is the primary detoxification organ in your body. Everything you eat, drink, smell, touch and put on your skin must be detoxified by your liver. A congested liver is less able to break down toxins efficiently, causing them to build up. As a result, your body will try to flush these toxins out in other ways, such as through your sweat. When those harmful substances are expelled through your pores, they can irritate and inflame the skin. That’s where breakouts can occur.

Ways to improve liver function include:

Milk thistle’s seeds contain a powerful flavonoid called silymarin. Silymarin is an important antioxidant and one of the most potent liver purifiers in nature. It supports and protects the liver by optimizing liver function and detoxification. It works by binding to the outside of the liver cell fending off toxins by blocking their entry to the liver cell.

NAC stands for N-acetyl cysteine. If taken regularly, NAC can even help to restore a liver that has been damaged by drugs or poisoning. This makes NAC a very beneficial addition to a liver cleanse program, when your liver may be suffering extra wear and tear due to the amount of toxins being moved out of your cells. A healthier, more efficient liver means better skin.

Naturopaths have long used dandelion root to improve liver health and function. Dandelion root tea is often recommended as part of a liver cleansing program and as part of our weight loss program to aid weight loss.  Dandelion Root helps to regenerate the liver, cleanse the liver and improve gallbladder function.

Naturopathy and Skin Health

Naturopath’s have many ways that they can improve your skin health from food intolerance testing, using herbs to cleanse your skin, or herbs for inflammatory skin conditions plus minerals such as Silica to improve the skins integrity.

If you are having issues with skin be it hormonal acnes, eczema, pimples, hives or psoriasis why not come into the clinic and have a consultation with our Award Winning Naturopath Tony Daniel.

You can book online here or by calling the clinic on 3823 3103. Click here for more information on Naturopathy or how our Naturopath can help you with your skin health.

Tips to keep your joints healthy

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A joint is the connection between two bones. Joints and their surrounding structures allow you to bend your elbows and knees, wiggle your hips, bend your back, turn your head, and wave your fingers to say bye-bye. Smooth tissue called cartilage and a lubricant called synovial fluid cushion the joints so bones do not rub together. But increasing age, injury, or carrying too much weight can wear and tear your cartilage. This can lead to a reaction that can damage your joints and lead to arthritis which is an inflammation of the tissue in the joints.

Woman with flexible joints

It’s the golden rule of joint health: The more you move, the less stiffness you’ll have. Whether you’re reading, working, or watching TV, change positions often. Take breaks from your desk or your chair and get active.

Your size affects some of the strain on your hips, knees, and back. Even a little weight loss can help. Every kilo you lose takes 5 kilo’s of pressure off the knees. So imagine if you lose 20 kg then you are taking 100 kgs of pressure off your knees.

Exercise can help you lose extra kilo’s and maintain a healthy weight. Some research suggests that aerobic exercise – activities that get your heart rate up can reduce joint swelling. If your joints bother you, opt for exercises that won’t give your joints a pounding. Instead of step aerobics, try low-impact exercises such as swimming or bicycling.

Woman doing exercise

Eating a healthy diet is good for your joints, because it helps build strong bones and muscles.

For your bones, make sure you get enough calcium every day. You can do this by eating foods such as milk, yogurt, broccoli, kale, figs, and fortified foods like soy or almond milk.

Did you know that 1 teaspoon of tahini (Sesame seeds) will give you the base level of calcium your body needs daily.

For your muscles, you need to get enough protein. Exactly how much you need depends on your age, sex, and how active you are. Good sources include lean meats, seafood, beans, legumes, soy products, and nuts.

You also need vitamin D to keep your bones and joints in good health. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium from the foods you eat. Dairy products. many cereals, soy milk, and almond milk are fortified with vitamin D. 30 minute of morning or afternoon sun will also significantly help support your vitamin D levels.

Oranges may also give your joints a healthy boost. Some studies suggest that Vitamin C and other antioxidants can help keep your joints healthy.

Glucosamine is natural component of cartilage, a substance that prevents bones from rubbing against each other and causing pain and inflammation. It might also help prevent the cartilage breakdown that can happen with arthritis.

Turmeric is one of the most popular supplements for treating pain, including joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. Its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects are attributed to a chemical compound in turmeric called Curcumin.

Fish Oils also help reduce inflammation in joints and other areas of the body. Fish Oils contain the anti-inflammatory omega 3 oils which reduce joint pain but also reduce inflamation in the cells membranes plus improves cognition. Taking a high dose quality fish oil can have significant benefits across many areas of your health.

Fish oil help with joint health

 

Reducing muscle tightness and stiffness through stretching or massages can also help take pressure off the joints.

If you are suffering from joint pain and arthritis why not make an appointment today with our Award Winning Naturopath Tony who can help you get rid of your pain and discomfort. You can book online here or by calling the clinic on 3823 3103.

Click here for more information about how our Naturopath can help you with joint care.

 

 

 

 

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