• 10 Functions of the Thyroid Gland

    10 Functions of the Thyroid Gland

      1. Located at the base of your neck, the thyroid gland is a butterfly shape, about 4cm long, with two fibrous lobes either side of the trachea that store thyroid hormones. The two lobes are connected by a piece of tissue known as the isthmus. The outer capsule connects to voice box muscles, vessels, and nerves.   2. The thyroid gland secretes 2...
  • Should I take birth control during menopause?

    Should I take birth control during menopause?

    Have you gone 12 consecutive months without your period? Then you are officially experiencing menopause – that natural part of aging associated with the diminished functioning of your ovaries, resulting in lower hormones. Previous generations of women rarely discussed the topic, but the 21stC woman is confronting the subject and assessing their health. These are 6 FAQ’s.   1. Why are my hot flushes...
  • Sex and Menopause

    Sex and Menopause

    Losing your libido can be a point of contention and understandably some anxiety for many couples. The decrease in sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone can change a woman’s sex drive and desire as well as contribute to vaginal dryness and lack of confidence when it comes to intimacy with our partners. So, how do we bring the sexy back? Communication between couples...
  • WHY AM I SO TIRED ALL THE TIME?

    WHY AM I SO TIRED ALL THE TIME?

    Lack of energy, fatigue and low mood is a state of being that many women just put up with.  It seems that we are always out of gas and running on empty. By the time we look after everyone else in our life, our needs tend to be left on the back burner and by the time we actually seek help, the effort can...
  • THE BEST ANTI-AGEING SECRET REVEALED!

    THE BEST ANTI-AGEING SECRET REVEALED!

    One of the most googled questions by women is how to retain their youthful looks.  Ageing is inevitable, but some women just seem to do it better than others.  So, what is their secret and does it come in a bottle? The elusive elixir of youth may be closer than you think with the emergence of research on NAD.  Short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide,...
  • CAN'T SLEEP?  WE HAVE THE ANSWER!

    CAN'T SLEEP? WE HAVE THE ANSWER!

    If people truly understood the power of sleep and its ability to affect all aspects of your life and health, then maybe more people would sit up and take notice.  Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorise and make logical decisions.  It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite.  We literally heal while...
  • AM I LOSING MY MIND?

    AM I LOSING MY MIND?

    Ask any woman of middle age, and I guarantee she will recall a time when she thought she was losing her mind! Do you find yourself using words like ‘thingamejiggy’ or ‘’whatsherface’? It could be that you forgot where you put your keys, why you walked into a room, mixed up the kids names, or the very common complete confusion about where you parked...
  • TOP 50 FOODS HEALTHY WOMEN EAT EVERY DAY!

    TOP 50 FOODS HEALTHY WOMEN EAT EVERY DAY!

    There are many reasons women need to take notice of what they eat because there are several risk factors that make women more vulnerable to disease than men. Making sure you include superfoods every day can improve your immune system, lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, improve digestion, maintain healthy hair, skin and nails and sustained energy for life. As women age, we need to...
  • The Secret to a Flat Stomach

    The Secret to a Flat Stomach

    Let’s talk about the belly bulge, love handles, hippo hips and wobbly bits that have made their home where my once reasonably taut abs used to be.  How the hell did that happen and what the hell can I do about it? From listening to ladies everywhere, it’s a common and frustrating symptom of menopause and not one we want to have hanging around,...
  • How to Stop Hot Flushes

    How to Stop Hot Flushes

    There is a secret sign language that ladies recognise in each other, accompanied by a sympathetic nod, anytime we see a fellow menopausal woman fanning herself to relieve the rising heat. It can happen anywhere at any time, and it usually begins with a slight tingle or prickly sensation that quickly demands our full attention to the incoming flush.  As hard as we try...
  • Dealing with Anxiety and Depession During Menopause

    Dealing with Anxiety and Depession During Menopause

    Humanity as a collective may like to believe they are compassionate, empathetic, and tolerant, but when we look at how society is quick to judge anyone who may show signs of emotional vulnerability, the treatment of choice tends to be pharmaceutical anti-depressants with an assumption the matter is now dealt with and they are fine to get on with their life. What we really...
  • 10 Steps to a Holistic Life

    10 Steps to a Holistic Life

      Never before has it been more important to take notice of our health! It’s a word that gets bandied around a lot these days, but what does it actually mean to be healthy and to live a holistic life? True purists live as close to and in nature as possible, breathing unpolluted air, drinking unpolluted water, and consuming only organic produce provided by...
  • The Power of Movement

    The Power of Movement

    Many years ago, I attended a class where the trainer quite proudly bellowed that his goal was to push people so hard that they literally threw up. Needless to say, I never went back. That sort of behaviour does not inspire me, or I imagine most women to want to participate in traditional exercise classes, so this is where we need to start thinking...
  • IS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM READY FOR COVID?

    IS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM READY FOR COVID?

    Covid has been one of the greatest wake-up calls of all time! It has exposed our personal weaknesses and just maybe given us the motivation to do something about our health! COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases and are...
  • RECIPE - Summer Salsa Salad

    RECIPE - Summer Salsa Salad

    One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fruit and how easy it is to incorporate more of them into our daily diets.  Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and they are packed with fibre.  Fruits boast high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids which can reduce a persons risk of heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and cancer. This...
  • RECIPE - Zucchini & Corn Fritters

    RECIPE - Zucchini & Corn Fritters

      The best meals are quick meals. No one likes to spend hours slaving over the stove and this recipe is sure to satisfy those short on time as well as the hungry bellies waiting to be fed. These delicious little fritters are bursting with natural flavour and are a great source of dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The Quinoa flour used to bind...
  • The pivotal role in vitamin D3, vitamin C and zinc in self care

    The pivotal role in vitamin D3, vitamin C and zinc in self care

    Your immune system is a glorious feat of engineering spread throughout the human body. A healthy immune system is essential for survival. The key players are the white blood cells. They launch the attack on bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, with the lymphocytes controlling the immune response to infections and inflammation. T cells and B cells are the two main types of lymphocytes. Distinguishing...
  • Dinner for one

    Dinner for one

    Statistics are telling us that more middle-aged women are living alone, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after yourself. Nourishing your mind and body begins with what you put in your mouth, it reflects in your gut health, your physical health and it directly affects your mental health too! Shopping, cooking, and meal prepping for one can seem like a monumental waste of...
  • How to reduce hot flushes naturally

    How to reduce hot flushes naturally

    There is a secret sign language that ladies recognise in each other, accompanied by a sympathetic nod, anytime we see a fellow menopausal woman fanning herself to relieve the rising heat. It can happen anywhere at any time, and it usually begins with a slight tingle or prickly sensation that quickly demands our full attention to the incoming flush.  As hard as we try...
  • Is this menopause?

    Is this menopause?

    There is no definitive moment when menopause occurs other than the cessation of your menstrual cycle, but as many of us know, the symptoms can creep up on us much earlier and the best indicator of change is your sense of wellbeing. Women’s intuition is a powerful tool that we really should listen to more often.  It is a sense of knowing that gifts...
  • Quercetin - The extraordinary benefits!

    Quercetin - The extraordinary benefits!

    Quercetin is a very interesting substance made by a large number of plants, and notably by fruits, vegetables and herbs. It is one of a class of compounds termed Flavonoids. Flavonoids are pigments produced by plants to protect themselves against injury, deter insects, prevent infections, and to reflect away sunlight. As powerful antioxidants, flavonoids protect a plant’s leaves against oxygen free radicals released during...
  • How to cope with stress and axiety during menopause

    How to cope with stress and axiety during menopause

    It is very clear that we need to change the way we treat  emotional states and not just apply band aid fixes with drugs that can and often do have more detrimental effects on gut health.  
  • The meaning of Christmas

    The meaning of Christmas

    2021 will go down in history as one of the most challenging years we have ever faced, and most of us will be quite happy to see the back of it.  With Christmas only weeks away it’s the perfect time to pause and think about how we can get through the rest of this year with a renewed sense of hope while still making...
  • Cortisol chaos!

    Cortisol chaos!

    Ageing and menopause can have a really profound effect on our metabolism. Everything just starts to slow down a little and the first sign is usually a few extra kilos on the hips and tummy area. At first, it’s not too much of an issue and we may be able to get on top of it by going for an extra walk or being...
  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis

    The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus and every month the tissues thicken in preparation for pregnancy. If no conception takes place, then the endometrium sheds the linings and women have their monthly menstrual cycle. Sometimes the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grow outside of the uterus and become a painful condition called endometriosis. It is an issue affecting...
  • Why take supplements

    Why take supplements

    A common question that many people ask is ‘why take supplements, do they even work and am I wasting my money?  All good questions that begin with explaining the difference between pharmaceutical medication and supplementation. Prescription medication, while absolutely essential in some instances, is designed to take over the function of a particular activity performed by a specific organ.   In the case of organ...
  • The elusive elixir of youth NAD

    The elusive elixir of youth NAD

    The elusive elixir of youth may be closer than you think with the emergence of research on NAD. Short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, this little magic ingredient might be something you will be hearing a lot more about. NAD is a crucial enzyme that regulates energy, metabolism, repairing damaged DNA and most importantly resetting the body’s internal clock. Elevated levels of NAD may slow...
  • RECIPE: Smoothie goodness

    RECIPE: Smoothie goodness

    Smoothies are one of the very best ways to pack nutrients into your day! There are endless combinations and flavours for you to experiment with. Begin with your base: Coconut Water or any Nut Milk will do Pick your flavour: Banana, Berries, Spinach, or any fruit & veggie combo Add nutrition: Hemp Seeds, Maca Powder, Cacao, Slippery Elm, Collagen, Protein Top up with spice:...
  • Don't waste time

    Don't waste time

    It seems like only yesterday I was packing the kids lunches for school.  Remember those crazy days and busy mornings when we understood the true meaning of ‘multi tasking’? But suddenly I find myself with time to spare, no longer with the demands of motherhood, instead idle time to do as I please, linger with my morning coffee and simply enjoy the serenity.  It...
  • RECIPE: Healthy Pancakes

    RECIPE: Healthy Pancakes

    This is a super tasty and simple pancake recipe without the bloat or guilt!Eggs provide great protein content and bananas are packed with essential vitamins, fibre and energy to keep you moving. Cinnamon helps with blood sugar regulation and is totally delicious. INGREDIENTS • 1 banana• 2 eggs• Pinch of cinnamon• 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup METHOD Peel and mash banana, add 2 eggs and cinnamon...
  • Why am I so bloated?

    Why am I so bloated?

    One of the most common complaints from women is about bloating. Some women swear they bloat from just looking at food and it can set off a trigger of negativity that can actually manifest into weight gain, the very thing you are trying to avoid. As we age our digestive function changes too, it slows down, and from time to time will need some...
  • RECIPE: Red Lentil Dip

    RECIPE: Red Lentil Dip

    This is the most fabulous recipe loved by young and old alike. Not only is it good for you, packed with protein, complex carbs, resistant starch and calcium, it’s super versatile as you can add a variety of vegetables and leftovers to create the base for a delicious soup too! INGREDIENTS • 1 ½ cups Red Lentils (rinsed) • 750ml liquid (water, stock, tomato puree)...
  • Change Phases of Life

    Change Phases of Life

      As woman, we experience a diverse range of stages throughout our life. Each of these stages is highlighted by significant events and bodily changes. Scientifically these stages are categorised by considerable hormonal changes and are generally divided into; infancy, puberty, reproductive age, climacteric period, and elderly years. More often than not, in western culture, ageing is seen in a negative light. Therefore, it...
  • Zone Technique Therapy

    Zone Technique Therapy

      When you think of neck and back pain, is it the chiropractor that springs to your mind? The term chiropractic was taken from two Greek words. Cheir meaning ‘hand’ and Praxis meaning ‘practice’, thus ‘Done by hand’. The chiropractor founder, D.D Palmer, (1845-1913) taught that altered nerve flow was the core cause of disease and that misaligned spinal vertebrae has a negative affect...
  • Menopause and sex - PART 3

    Menopause and sex - PART 3

      And here we are, part three of our three-part article series where we're discussing a topic many people may consider taboo; menopause and sex! Both menopause and sex are becoming more openly discussed and portrayed in the media; however, they are rarely discussed together. Part one of this series was about how menopause affects sex drive and desire; you can find it here....
  • Menopause and sex - PART 2

    Menopause and sex - PART 2

      This is part two of a three-part series of articles discussing a topic many people may consider taboo; menopause and sex! Both menopause and sex are becoming more openly discussed and portrayed in the media; however, they are rarely discussed together. Part one of this series was about how menopause affects sex drive and desire; you can find it here. Today in part...
  • Menopause and sex - PART 1

    Menopause and sex - PART 1

      This is part one of a three-part series of articles discussing a topic many people may consider taboo; menopause and sex! Both menopause and sex are becoming more openly discussed and portrayed in the media; however, they are rarely discussed together. Part one of this series is all about how menopause affects sex and desire. Part two will be about sex AFTER menopause,...
  • Joint Pain

    Joint Pain

    Joint pain affects millions of people every day and can be caused by a myriad of reasons. It can affect any joint in your body, from your knee to your elbow, your hip to your big toe and with discomfort and pain ranging from mild to chronic, joint pain is a horrible ailment to experience. Joints are the connections between our bones and structure...
  • Natural ways to support your body during menopause

    Natural ways to support your body during menopause

    Menopause can be a daunting and confusing time in a woman’s life. Although every biological woman will go through this phase, it is still only discussed behind closed doors in whispers. Our goal is to normalise women coming together to share their experiences and support each other. This blog will discuss five natural ways to support you as you navigate the change phase. Diet...
  • Hormone replacement therapy

    Hormone replacement therapy

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is medication that contains female hormones, taken because your body stops producing estrogen during menopause. As a general rule of thumb, as you approach 50, your reproductive cycle shuts down. Your body may start experiencing classic symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbance, lowered sex drive, mood swings, hair loss, fatigue, thinning skin and dry eyes. Websites will...
  • CBD and Menopause: Can it really help?

    CBD and Menopause: Can it really help?

    Menopause was a big secret amongst Victorian age women and taboo to even speak of it. Probably because men used the mood swings to incarcerate their wayward wives in asylums and the fear associated with that. Previous generations of women never spoke about personal or sexual ailments; not with their family, friends or reluctantly even with their Doctor. The 21st century is the enlightened...
  • Causes of Early Menopause

    Causes of Early Menopause

    When a woman’s reproductive organs change, this signals the ovaries to stop producing eggs. Typically, this occurs at around age 50. Officially the end of the menstrual cycle indicates menopause and is diagnosed after a year with no periods. Women can no longer get pregnant. It is a natural life event that affects about 80% of women with differing degrees of symptoms. However, this...
  • 35 Symptoms of Menopause

    35 Symptoms of Menopause

    Menopause is a natural phase of change all women experience. It officially marks the end of fertility and menstruation as the ovaries reduce production of the sex hormones; estrogen and progesterone. There are a range of symptoms women may experience during this phase, and although this change happens to us all, no two women will have the exact same experience. IntroductionThere are three stages...
  • Amyloid Plaque and Bile Salts Connection to Alzheimer’s

    Amyloid Plaque and Bile Salts Connection to Alzheimer’s

    The body’s richest blood supply circulates in the brain. There are tens of billions of neurons in a healthy human brain. Apart from being the fundamental units of the brain and nervous system, neurons transmit information via electrical and chemical signals from the brain to the body organs. When this communication is disrupted, Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. The neurons constantly maintain and repair...
  • 40 Things that happen after you turn 40

    40 Things that happen after you turn 40

      Welcome to being a middle-aged woman!You've probably started to notice a few changes, physically, mentally, emotionally… So this is it, ladies, this is THE CHANGE! But being in our 40's and 50's are undoubtedly our prime years. We are fit, healthy, energetic, appreciative, confident and experienced. We are wearing activewear and couldn't care less about being seen with no make-up on. We know...
  • What is happening to me?

    What is happening to me?

    I can’t remember where I put my car keys. I’m stressing about the deadline at work for a report presentation. The kids are driving me nuts. I don’t feel like sex. My mum isn’t well. I was wide awake at 3am. I barked at my partner yesterday for no good reason. The fridge is empty. I have another chin whisker. The scales say I’ve...
  • IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

    IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

      Did you know that Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) effects as many at 1 in 5 Australians at some point in their lives? It is twice as likely to effect females than males and it often develops in late teens or early 20s. In earlier years it was referred to as a “spastic colon” or “nervous bowel”. IBS is a gut disorder characterised by...
  • Arthritis

    Arthritis

    Genetic and environmental factors can cause the immune system to trigger an unnecessary inflammatory response. Rheumatoid arthritis suffers will often experience 'flare-ups' which over time can cause permanent damage to the joints.
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