• IS STRESS MAKING YOU SICK?

    IS STRESS MAKING YOU SICK?

    In a world where many things seem out of our control, there is a lot to be said for keeping our stress under control because of the impact it can have on our health and longevity. In holistic practices we recognise that prolonged stress can be precursor to chronic disease; Stress suppresses the immune system leaving you more vulnerable to illness Stress shuts down...
  • Menopause and Bladder Control

    Menopause and Bladder Control

    Oh No!  I’m going to sneeze. At that first intake of breath – before the achoo is released – do you cross your legs and tightly clamp all the muscles in your pelvic area? Me too!!!! And millions of menopausal women around the world also. You are not alone. “But why?” you cry. Some will tell you it is because you birthed babies, and the...
  • Perimenopause Symptoms

    Perimenopause Symptoms

    20 Signs Perimenopause Symptoms Perimenopause Symptoms Perimenopause is the transition a woman makes into menopause. Perimenopause commonly starts about your mid-forties, but some women experience the change earlier than normal in their thirties. Hormone levels can be tested in your blood to determine if you are perimenopausal. Irregular or abnormal periods can be the first sign. You may start having night sweats. Little rivers of...
  • What is Thermography?

    What is Thermography?

    ‘Why don’t I know that?’ is a common reaction from women when we begin to share information about health conditions and preventative health strategies.  Of course, we can’t possibly know everything, but it is a problem when doctors don’t fully inform women of the options available to them when looking for solutions to long standing health problems. So, we thought it was about time...
  • Menopause Skin Care

    Menopause Skin Care

    Did you just have one of those days when you looked in the mirror and thought you saw a different face staring back at you? Most menopausal women will nod and wryly smile. As you age, the fat and bone in your face loses its volume and shifts downward, changing your facial features. That youthful smooth skin gets loose and saggy, while other parts...
  • What Does a Pap Smear Check For?

    What Does a Pap Smear Check For?

    Pap Smears Q & A Did you know that on 1 December 2017, the Australia government changed the cervical screening program and replaced it with the new Cervical Screening Test (CST). This is the test conducted to check your cervix cells at the neck of your womb. It is particularly imperative for menopausal women. Question 1: How was the old pap test conducted? Cells from...
  • 10 Common Bladder Questions

    10 Common Bladder Questions

    Menopause and Bladder Issues A common and embarrassing issue many women experience during menopause is that it may become more difficult to control your bladder. Here are the 10 common question women ask about bladder issues. Question 1. What is incontinence? Incontinence is the inability to control your urine flow voluntarily. It affects 1 in 3 women with menopausal and pregnant women most at...
  • Why Do Women Feel Depressed During Menopause?

    Why Do Women Feel Depressed During Menopause?

    Compared to men, twice as many women suffer from depression, with perimenopause the tipping point between your usual smiley, happy self, becoming a moody, sad individual. And typically, you know it is happening, but you can’t put a finger on the cause. You recognise the anxiety and stress in your life and start searching for remedies to ease the stressors. It could be that...
  • Gwyneth Paltrow Embraces Menopause

    Gwyneth Paltrow Embraces Menopause

    Gwyneth Paltrow certainly knows how to raise eyebrows and is well known for her sometimes-controversial opinions on women’s health, but credit must go to her for starting conversations many celebrities steer away from. She has been candid about her lead up to menopause, confirming that she is ‘solidly in perimenopause’, ‘that everything is totally irregular and a surprise all the time’. These are the...
  • Dawn French: Is Menopause Something to Laugh About?

    Dawn French: Is Menopause Something to Laugh About?

    Comedian Dawn French has spoken about the importance of remaining resilient in the face of challenging menopause symptoms. "You can't pretend it's not happening, accept it and if you need help, go get it" she said. If there is one thing that ageing teaches us, it’s to not suffer in silence. If something doesn’t feel right, we need to raise our hands and ask...
  • 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...
  • Low Iron Levels

    Low Iron Levels

    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...
  • Anti Ageing Supplements

    Anti Ageing Supplements

    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,...
  • Natural Sleep Remedy

    Natural Sleep Remedy

    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...
  • What Causes Brain Fog and Forgetfulness?

    What Causes Brain Fog and Forgetfulness?

    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

    Top 50 Foods Healthy Women Eat

    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...
  • Weight Gain During Menopause

    Weight Gain During Menopause

    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...
  • How to Boost Your Immune System

    How to Boost Your Immune System

    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 anxiety during menopause

    How to cope with stress and anxiety 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...
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