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The Benefits of Daily Walks for Reducing Hormonal Acne and Stress

You may have heard the saying “The best things in life are free” and this is more than true when it comes to taking a daily walk. The benefits of walking are immeasurable, and we think it must be close to the best form of self-care there is. Walking reduces stress hormones, strengthens the immune system, boosts serotonin levels to …

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Can Hormones Affect Your Weight Loss?

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers and are made by the various glands (pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries or testicles and pancreas) in your body and direct how it functions. Stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, speed up your heart rate, raise your blood pressure and mobilise stored energy to help you adapt to a stress. This hormone response enables you to …

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The Top 5 Natural Alternatives to Isotretinoin for Hormonal Acne

Isotretinoin, aka Accutane and Roaccutane, is a vitamin A medication and a favoured acne treatment of dermatologists. But it is a strong hormonal acne medication with many possible side effects and its acne-clearing effects are often not permanent. Because of this we have found that many hormonal acne sufferers now want something less toxic, with fewer side effects (headaches, depression, …

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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Chronic Fatigue

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if chronic fatigue could be fixed with one lifestyle change, one dietary change, or one supplement? However, as anyone with chronic fatigue has discovered, there is no one solution. The treatment for chronic fatigue needs to be holistic. Optimising your lifestyle is the secret sauce for boosting energy. Factors that must be addressed are: Do you …

Tackling Hormonal Acne Triggered by Contraceptives

The birth control pill is the go-to acne treatment favoured by doctors, especially GPs, primary care physicians, and dermatologists. And without a doubt, it is effective at eliminating all types of pimples from whiteheads to inflamed cystic acne. But there is a catch. Once you stop, your acne usually returns, often worse than it was before. But it’s probably because …

Hormone Testing: A Key to Balancing Your Wellbeing

Hormonal imbalances can impact you physically in many different ways. These include acne, PMS, period problems, peri-menopause symptoms, fatigue, anxiety, and weight gain. Mentally, hormone imbalances can affect mood and overall well-being. Imbalances in cortisol levels (stress hormone) can lead to anxiety, depression, and difficulty coping with stress management. Hormonal imbalances relating to estrogen and progesterone can cause mood changes …

The Connection Between Gut Health & The Skin

The link between gut health and skin health has been understood in naturopathic medicine for centuries and can be traced right back to the ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates, who reportedly said… “All disease begins in the gut”. Modern-day science is now validating what those in the natural medicine field have long known and what I was taught during my naturopathic …

The Relationship Between Thyroid Health & Weight Management

The human body is an intricate system of interrelated components, each playing a vital role in maintaining overall health and well-being. Among these, the thyroid gland stands out as a tiny yet mighty regulator of metabolism, influencing everything from energy levels to weight management. The thyroid gland is the master controller of the process by which your body converts food …

Weight Loss and Gut Bacteria: What’s the Relationship?

The gut microbiome, an intricate community of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes residing in the gastrointestinal tract, has garnered significant attention in recent years regarding its impact on weight management. Studies have revealed that imbalances in the gut microbiome correlate with inflammation, a key factor in the development of metabolic disorders like obesity and insulin resistance. This …

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What if it’s not Hormonal Acne?

While we know that hormones play a big part in the development of acne for some, for others, even working on their hormonal imbalances has no impact on their skin. From a naturopathic perspective, it’s important to look at our bodies, lifestyle and diet as a whole. Treating things holistically means taking everything into account rather than treating each symptom …

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How Can I Tell If My Gut Issues Are Being Caused By a Parasite?

It’s the middle of the night and you can’t sleep because you’ve got stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, you feel exhausted and your skin is hot and itchy. You’re feeling the worst you’ve ever felt and worry gets the better of you, so you summon Dr Google. Feverishly, you type: ‘diarrhea causes’ or ‘causes of gastroenteritis’ and as the …

Top 10 Best Healthy Restaurants in Sydney

Deciding where to eat out when you’re a healthy eater can sometimes be challenging. I’m a bit of a foodie, so I love to try new, exciting, and exotic foods. But I’m also particular about the healthiness of the ingredients used. So, I have compiled a list of the 10 best “healthy” restaurants in Sydney. They are in no particular …