Detox your life for a healthy 2018!

Detox your life for a healthy 2018! by Belle McCaleb Every day we are confronted with toxic material that we must deal with effectively in order to stay healthy. Toxic material is naturally produced in the physical body as a by-product of many metabolic processes and we are also exposed to many toxins in our external environment such as pesticides and electronic magnetic radiation (EMR). In the psychological and/or spiritual sense many experiences both within ourselves and with others can be considered “toxic.” For example harmful thought patterns, stress full interactions, emotional turmoil and a sense of spiritual separation can
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Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow

 Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow   Sadness is a response to loss and, as with all our emotions, is a vital aspect of our self.  It allows us to honour our losses. Sadness, when allowed to flow freely is self-limiting – running its course and finally diminishing, finding a natural balance with our other emotions.   If we fail to be open to and honour our sadness, we risk it becoming “stuck”.  Once obstructed, pushed away or ignored sadness can solidify into a pervasive state of mind called depression. Depression is often characterized by feelings of hopelessness & despair fueled by
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Heavy period problems? Natural medicine can help!

Heavy period problems?  Natural medicine can help! Heavy period problems can have a variety of causes or contributing factors but a common underlying issue is that of estrogen dominance.  This refers to the relative excess of estrogen to progesterone during the menstrual cycle.  As estrogen causes proliferation of the endometrial lining and progesterone “stabilises” the endometrial lining, a relative excess of estrogen or relative lack of progesterone results in the lining coming away in a less than coordinated fashion.  This results in heavy periods, often associated with clots and pain.  In younger women this is often a true excess of
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Diet to De-Stress your Body and Mind!

  What and how we eat has a huge impact on our health and well-being and can either increase or decrease our stress levels, both physically, emotionally and mentally. Stress on any level affects our hormonal balances and can lead to poor energy, poor sleep, weight gain (less frequently weight loss) and emotional lability.  Life circumstances are often already stressful and difficult to cope with when our stress coping system is strained to the max.  Our resilience to stress is lowered so we are more reactive, more tired and more likely to go for food choices that give us a
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Natural Remedies for Menopause Misery

Natural Remedies for Menopause Misery (originally published Innerself Magazine)   Are you in the peri-menopausal years or in menopause suffering from flushing, sweating, sleeplessness, anxiety and a foggy brain or any combination of these symptoms?  Are you looking for a natural solution rather than taking synthetic hormone replacement or a more recent medical approach – taking anti-depressants for these symptoms?  If so I can tell you from my own personal experience as well as my professional clinical experience that there are natural remedies for menopause misery that do work!   For some women it is a simple matter of estrogenic
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Unexplained Infertility – Herbal Medicine Approaches

Unexplained Infertility – Herbal Medicine Approaches (originally published in Innerself Magazine)   Infertility can have many causes but as often as 20% of the time no specific cause is determined and the diagnosis of “unexplained” infertility is made. A very frustrating diagnosis in many ways as there is nothing specific to “fix” and often the recommendation is to “keep trying” or “try IVF” and related procedures.  But is there another option?  Can fertility be improved by natural means? Absolutely!   The first step is to optimise general health and well-being starting with gut and liver health. Estrogen production and elimination
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Endometriosis Natural Medicine Support

Endometriosis Natural Medicine Support Originally published in Innerself Magazine www.innerself.com.au Endometriosis, or growth of the endometrial lining outside of the uterus, affects approximately 10% of women of childbearing age.  The condition is associated with painful periods, heavy periods and infertility.  The degree of symptoms varies greatly from severe, debilitating symptoms to mild or none at all.  Although the cause of endometriosis remains unclear, several of the proposed causative factors are amenable to natural medicine support including oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, lymphatic flow dysfunction and hormonal imbalance (particularly relative estrogen to progesterone excess). Lifestyle and other factors that are associated include
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Diet for Health and Wellness – 5 simple steps

Diet for Health and Wellness – 5 simple steps   Number 1: Plant Based Diet This does not mean you are a strict vegetarian/vegan.  It simply means plants make up the majority of your food.  The more brightly coloured and fresh the plants the better. The benefits of a plant based diet include high antioxidant, high fibre, many anti-cancer nutrients, alkalinizing which helps deter diseases such as cancer, best for the planet, best for your karma :0) See Food as Medicine article below for more info on phytonutrients and cancer prevention/support.  It is very important to source low contaminant if
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Is a sluggish thyroid making you sick, fat and tired?

Is a sluggish thyroid making you sick, fat and tired? (originally published in InnerSelf Newspaper)   As women age the incidence a “sluggish” or non-optimal thyroid function is prevalent quite despite what is termed a “normal” thyroid hormone test.  The most common screening test for hypothyroidism is the TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone.  Often in women in their 30’s and beyond the TSH starts to creep up – an indication of sluggish response by the thyroid.  Even though the range of normal TSH goes up to 4, many women have signs of poor thyroid function or cellular response to thyroid hormones
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Running on empty? It might be adrenal fatigue!

Are you “running on empty”? It might be adrenal fatigue!  (orginally published in InnerSelf Newspaper) Been under long term stress?  Feeling ratty, teary, fragile?  Perhaps having temper flares? Find your energy “crashes” in an unpredictable fashion?  Is your weight fluctuating, sleep affected?  Waking up “exhausted?” All of these symptoms can be a sign of adrenal fatigue or insufficiency – a subtle, chronic depletion of your ability to cope effectively with stress.  Adrenal fatigue may not be apparent on routine blood tests yet adrenal fatigue, insufficiency or “burn-out” is a common debilitating condition. Luckily adrenal fatigue responds beautifully to a range of
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