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Perth-based Naturopath, practicing from Refresh Yoga in Clarkson, Western Australia

Special interest in Stress Support, Anxiety, Mood, and Gut Health

Other conditions supported include:
• Menstrual irregularities (heavy, irregular, painful, or missing periods)
• Skin issues (skin breakouts, acne, eczema, rosacea)
• Urinary (recurrent and chronic UTI’s)
• Brain function (memory, concentration, and mental clarity)
• Thyroid Health (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s & Graves disease)
• Sleep issues (difficulty falling asleep, restless sleep)
• Women's, Men's, & Children’s Health

 
Stress

Stress itself is not bad. Stress is anything that challenges our homeostasis (internal balance) and places a demand on our body to adapt. This can be temperature changes, dehydration, high blood sugar, work deadlines, personal growth, toxins, exercise, etc.

What most people are actually referring to when talking about ‘stress’ is ‘distress’. Distress is when stress becomes prolonged or too intense, and exceeds our mental, emotional, and physical resources, which reduces our ability to cope or adjust.

Too much stress and a resulting unhealthy lifestyle leads to wear and tear on the system, known as ‘allostatic load’, which can damage our organs and body systems.

Nutritional and herbal medicine can play a large role in supporting the body’s natural stress response and building resilience to stress. Being really present and grounded through mindfulness and meditative practices can also play a major role. Addressing environmental, dietary and lifestyle factors is also key.


Anxiety

Anxiety can be a result/combination of many things - constant/prolonged stress, poor sleep, poor gut health, parasites, hormonal imbalances, food intolerances, nutritional deficiencies, being ungrounded, suppressed/internalised emotions, trauma, and much more. Referrals to holistic counsellors and psychologists are made when necessary.


Sleep

Sleep is the primary anabolic state (where growth and rebuilding occurs) of the human body and therefore extremely important for healing and recovery. Many important functions occur during sleep:

• The glymphatic system (lymphatic system for the brain) clears out cellular waste and disease causing plaque
• The brain stores memories, make associations and solve problems
• New neural pathways are created for improved understanding, memory and concentration
• Growth hormone and testosterone are produced helping with muscle repair and enhancing neural growth
• Enhances adrenal gland function
• Enhances liver detoxification
• Enhances Immune system function
• And much more!

A lot of factors can impact our sleep, such as our habits, temperature, light exposure and timing, the food we eat and the timing of which we eat, caffeine, alcohol, medications, stress, and our activity level. A good night’s sleep can make all the difference!


Gut Health

Gut health has a significant impact on our overall health . Our gut accounts for two thirds of our immune system, extracts nutrients from our food, produces neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, and produces more than 20 unique hormones. It is also the home to trillions of symbiotic bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi, and viruses. These microbes aren’t here to make us sick, quite the opposite. When in balance, they help us digest our food, keep our immune system running, remove toxins, produce some of our essentials vitamins and chemicals, and communicate with the rest of the body. The diversity or balance of our bacteria is the key for optimal health. When there is an imbalance is when issues can arise.

Gut imbalances can impact nearly every aspect of your body. Headaches, migraines, allergies, acne, skin rashes, rosacea, autoimmunity, poor immune function, yeast infection, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, fatigue, stress, depression, and anxiety are all conditions that can be related back to the gut. Bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, and abdominal cramping are all signs of poor gut health.