By Alison Maunder naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist
Valentine's Day is a very old tradition. Some believe it originated from a pagan festival called Lupercalia held at the start of spring. In a sacred cave, priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. Following the feast, the goat’s hide was made into strips, dipped into the sacrificial blood and taken to the streets to anoint the women. Those touched by the hide were believed to become more fertile in the coming year. Thankfully, the tradition has changed over hundreds of years! Valentine’s Day is now a time to celebrate our loved ones and a wonderful reminder to support your fertility. At Northern Beaches Health & Fertility, we see many opportunities to boost your chances of conceiving a healthy child. Here are my 10 recommendations to get you started:-
If you have Australian private health extras cover you might already know about the federal government changes to health insurance. The change means that for naturopathy, western herbalism and another 14 natural therapies (alexander technique, aromatherapy, bowen therapy, Buteyko, feldenkrais, homeopathy, iridology, shiatsu, reflexology, kinesiology, pilates, relexology, rolfing, tai chi and yoga) you will no longer be able to make a claim through HICAPs or directly with your health fund. This change will be made on the 1st April.
Northern beaches health & fertility and the 5 practitioners who practice from the clinic have been working as naturopaths for a collective 40 + years.
As holistic practitioners we're well equipped to support you on all levels of health. By nurturing your mental, physical and emotional needs we will guide you on your quest to reach your 2019 health care objectives!
Turns out January may well be the best time to lose weight… Don’t miss your chance Here’s the science of why.
Fifty-two percent of weight gained throughout the year occurs during the festive holiday period. But if we act now before our body gets accustomed to its new more rotund self we stand a chance of shedding the excess more easily now than if we wait until later.
Losing weight is so darn hard at the best of times. That’s because unbeknownst to many of us our body weight is under unconscious homeostatic control. Just like our blood pressure, core body temperature and the acidity (pH) of our blood – our body weight is working to keep itself stable within tightly controlled parameters. This is known as the body weight set-point
Sleep is the elixir of life. Inadequate sleep is a major stressor on the body and has been implicated in obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, impaired cognitive function, reduced testosterone in men and numerous other health complaints.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Make sleep a priority by following these nine tips that will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
As we are in the second half of the year, it’s likely that many of you are feeling worn out and tired. This is a common trend I see in my patients this time of year as people begin to get worn out from a busy home and work life. Fatigue, tiredness, recurrent infections, brain fog, poor concentration and headaches are common as it starts to become difficult making it through each working week. While this level of burn out is common in people with busy lives, it’s not normal and it sign that your body needs some rest and recuperation! Pushing through the fatigue with multiple coffees won’t help your energy levels in the long run. It’s time to listen to your body and rest up.
A typical man in his 40s has only 33% to 50% of the level of testosterone that he had during his 20s. This gradual decline in testosterone as men age is called Andropause, usually occurring between the ages of 48-70 years. To first understand the effect of declining testosterone, we must first take a closer look at its role within the body. Testosterone is essential for:-
Healthy libido and erections
Fertility - development and maturation of sperm
Red blood cell production
Maintaining muscle mass and bone density
Cardiovascular and metabolic health – influences fat distribution
Leaky gut is the very unflattering name given to a digestive disorder that can cause a lot of health issues for its sufferers. I prefer to refer to it as ‘digestive hyper-permeability’ and explain that it is an inflammation of the digestive tract. It is a condition I find often in many of my patients, and can lead to many other health issues if left undetected. Most often, by the time a patient makes their way to my office they have a long list of symptoms and complaints that they want help addressing. To most these symptoms can seem unrelated. It’s not until we look deeper at your health and WHY these symptoms have appeared that I can often find a common link- leaky gut. This is because it affects how your whole body is balanced. So what is leaky gut?
The preconception period continues to gain recognition as an ideal opportunity to optimise the health of the prospective parents. It is well understood that a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition influences the quality of egg and sperm and thereby increases the chances of a successful pregnancy. Likewise, nutritional support is essential during IVF cycles to ensure healthy embryonic development. Recent data from national health surveys indicate that the general population’s nutritional intake is suboptimal and virtually everyone suffers to some extent from deficiencies of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements.