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Are Hot Flushes driving you Crazzzy!!!!

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Are Hot Flushes driving you Crazzzy!!!

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

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

Woman with hot flushes

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

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

How I treat Hot Flushes and Night sweat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The HcG Diet

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

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

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

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

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

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The Top 3 Reasons why people don’t lose weight

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

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

Here are the Top 3 reasons why people don’t lose don't lose weight

Exercising too much

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

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

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Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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What are the main symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency?


  • Numbness, tingling or burning sensations
  • Weakness in legs, arm or trunk
  • Balance issues
  • Falls
  • Unsteady or abnormal gait
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss or dementia
  • Restless legs
  • Tremors
  • Cramping in legs and arms
  • Impotence

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Up to 40% of people’s symptoms may be associated to a Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

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What do these patients all have in common that their GP failed to diagnose?

  • A 10 year old boy with autistic spectrum disorder symptoms such as anxiety, anger issues and difficulty concentrating.
  • A senior citizen whose repeated falls and balance issues are attributed to mini strokes.
  • A 40 year old mother of 3 who is too tired and depressed to care fully for her kids.
  • The loving father diagnosed with dementia who now can’t even remember the names of his own children.
  • A 35 year old man who starts wetting himself and who can no longer walk or grip things with his hands.
  • A young woman unable to conceive a baby or who has had multiple miscarriages.
  • A 78 year old with foot and leg numbness who has been diagnosed with incurable diabetic neuropathy.

All of these patients, presenting with vastly different symptoms, have one thing in common. They have all been labeled with a dozen different disorders but in reality they all suffer from the same medical condition – Vitamin B12 Deficiency.

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Spring Cleaning for the Body … Not just your House

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Spring Cleaning for the BodyDetox Now to Look & Feel Great

With the arrival of spring, we always think about spring-cleaning our house, but what about our bodies? Spring is the time to detox and feel great.

The health and condition of our body should be just as important as our house, if not more important. With the pressures of modern life, stress increases and we are exposed to numerous toxins.

Our bodies have to do a lot of hard work to keep us alive and feeling healthy and we should think about cleaning all the toxins out of them to keep us feeling happy and healthy.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, or simply wanting to better your health, spring is the perfect time to start a detox.

As the weather warms up, we all want to look good for summer and rather than leaving things to the last minute, why not make it easier by starting immediately?

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Is Food Intolerance Testing the answer to your health concerns?

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Food Intolerance Testing

If you are suffering from any of the following conditions you may have food intolerances which are the underlying causes of your symptoms.

Food Intolerances can cause the following:

Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Auto-Immune conditions

Bed wetting, Bloating, Blood Sugar Issues, Brain Fog, BronchitisFood Intolerance time bomb consider Food Intolerance testing

Coeliac, Chronic Fatigue, Constipation

Depression, Diarrhoea, Fibromyalgia, Fluid Retention

Gastritis, Headaches, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Insomnia, IBS, Migraines, Pain

Sleep disturbances,  Weight Control

Eliminating foods that you are intolerant too has been clinically proven to reduce these symptoms.

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Keep Weight Off after a Successful Weight Loss Diet

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How to Keep Weight Off after a Successful Weight Loss Diet

One of the most common questions I get asked by people during their weight loss journey is ‘How to keep weight off after a successful weight loss diet’. Let’s face it … you don’t want to lose weight only to put it all back on within weeks or months. That’s demoralizing.

As part of our weight loss program we show people how to lose weight as well as how to keep it off afterwards. Throughout your diet your relationship with food will also change allowing you not to crave sugars or eat so emotionally.

During our weight loss program most people typically lose around 1kg per week on the HcG Diet and about 1/2 kg per week on the Shake It Diet. Each diet has its pro’s and con’s and the diet you chose will largely depend on the amount of fat you need to lose and your personality type.

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DNA rebalancing with the Physiospect

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Have you been told you have a hereditary health condition or disease?

DNA TreeIf so, Then a DNA Rebalancing with the Physiospect may be able to help you.

Have you been told your family genes increase your risk of developing diabetes, heart conditions, thyroid disorders, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer or some other health condition?

Did you know … your state of health is not limited by a diagnosis that identifies a family history or a particular gene expression?

Why not have your DNA rebalanced and harmonized so you can perform at YOUR very best.

Your DNA holds all the instructions on how to create new cells, where to go in the body and how to function as a particular tissue, organ or gland.

Scientific studies have confirmed that we are exposed on a daily basis to many environmental and technological toxins which damage our DNA. Our ultimate ‘’set of instructions’’ are corrupted by these exposures which creates dysfunction within our body that increases from generation to generation.

You may be doing lots of things to help yourself with regards to your health, but if each new cell you create is equally corrupted with damaged DNA, then you will only reproduce more of the same thing.

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I have Insomnia and I can’t sleep!!!

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I have Insomnia and I can’t Sleep !!!

If you suffer from some form of Insomnia then you are not alone. Around 30% of Australians have some form of Insomnia ranging from a disturbed restless sleep to full blown Insomnia or the inability to sleep. People with insomnia often have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep as long as desired.Insomnia ... Counting Sheep

Why is Sleep Important?

It is during sleep that most of the body’s repair happens. The body is in an anabolic (Building) state and it is during this time that we build muscles, repair injuries, strengthen our immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems. A large proportion of the body’s detoxification also happens during sleep as does a large amount of our emotional processing. Following a good sleep not only do we feel more energized and refreshed but we often have less aches and pains and have an increased ability to tackle the daily stressors of life.


Studies have shown that if you get on average less than 6 hours of sleep per night you function the same as if you have a blood alcohol reading of 0.10. Studies also indicate that an adult should sleep on average 7.9 hours per night, a teen 8.5 – 9 hours and school age children between 10 – 11 hours per night. But what happens if we don’t get enough sleep?

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