Staying true to yourself and coming from an authentic place, is so important for mental health and is one of the keys to happiness. Many of us are affected adversely by trying to be something or someone we’re not. This ultimately affects our mental health and stress levels and prevents us from making true connections with people who would value you as you are.
From a mind body perspective, not being authentic is akin to not speaking your truth, which is associated with the throat. In eastern medicine, truthful speaking is associated with the throat chakra. Conditions such as recurrent throat infections, sore throat, reflux and thyroid issues can all be attributed to not speaking your truth when considering a mind body, holistic perspective. 🌿
There are many times when in spite of conventional treatment of say, hypothyroidism, we don’t actually feel any better. From a holistic perspective, this could be because the emotional and spiritual aspect of the disease isn’t being dealt with, and that is learning to speak your truth consistently.
You are enough. 💚
Gloria came into my life about 3 and half years ago. I was unhappy with my health and my self. The main reason I went to see Gloria was to treat my chronic headaches. They had started to take over my life. After a month of seeing Gloria my headaches had drastically decreased. And there were so many other health issues I didn't realise I had until they had gone away. I was also quite over weight. I have now lost about 30 kilos and have never felt better or happier. I can't thank Gloria enough for what she has done for me. And even though I don't need to see her on a regular basis anymore, she is still there for me and supports me whenever I need her.
Hello awesome clients and followers.
Just a headsup regarding my opening hours over the next few weeks.
I will be taking a break from the 22nd Dec (which also happens to be my birthday) until the 4th Jan (inclusive). Please think about your continued care over this time.
Although it is easy to get off track over Christmas with your food and exercise choices, please at least try to remember to take your supplements. Support that poor liver when you indulge in a little too much champagne and protect your gut flora from some of the less than optimal choices you might be tempted to make. Drink loads of water and try to get some gentle movement throughout the festivities. If you are due to run out of anything, please try to let me know this week so if I need to order it, there is still time for it to arrive. If you need to touch base before the break, I have very limited availability left, but please contact me and I will extend my hours if I need to accommodate my loyal clients. I will still be posting over the break and will be ready and refreshed for the new year.
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One of the more common deficiencies that I observe clinically is magnesium deficiency. If you are magnesium deficient, supplementation can be life changing.
Signs you are magnesium deficient include:
• eye tics • muscle pain, cramp and spasm
• restless legs
• low mood • anxiety
Magnesium is involved in an estimated 300 different biochemical pathways in the body, so it is easy to see that demand is high. We need magnesium to make neurotransmitters to keep us happy and balanced, to relax our muscles, to support our parasympathetic nervous system to calm down and to make energy from our food, particularly carbohydrate.
Foods high in magnesium include:
• nuts particularly cashews
• seeds particularly pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds
• greens such as spinach, chard and beet greens
Magnesium can be applied topically to support the body, but probably isn't enough to reverse a deficiency and is most effective for muscular presentations of low magnesium.
When looking to supplement with magnesium, I recommend certain types of magnesium specific to health goals. For instance, heart health may be better influenced by a magnesium orotate, whereas fatigue a diglycinate is probably best and muscle pain, as mentioned a topical application as well as a citrate/diglycinate blend in a malic acid base.
As with all supplements, you get what you pay for. More expensive brands are more expensive as they are pure and tested for stability.
While doing my honours research, I became aware of the massive issues the supplement industry has with adulteration and contamination. Cheap supplements often have lower than stated amounts of active ingredients, if any at all and are contaminated with undesirable ingredients, such as pesticides and even pharmaceuticals at times.
Yesterday I hosted a natural medicine networking group. I was incredibly grateful to all the women who attended.
We learnt some fantastic business tips from @kaceynaturopath Head over to her story to see her put me on the spot in a quick insta live about kids lunchboxes and Christmas treats for the kids. So amazing to have such an exprienced naturopath share her knowledge with us all.
We shared some amazing food! Check out @the_naturopaths_corner for her insta live clip of all the beautiful, naturopath approved shared morning tea plates.
We networked, we shared our areas of interest and expertise, we laughed, we connected. This is what tribe is all about. I had such a beautiful morning and was left feeling inspired and blessed. Thank you ladies. So grateful to have you all in my life.
Women who support each other can achieve anything.
Plus the rest if you that I can't tag in instagram! Anneke, Jo, Alfiah, Martha, Megan, Jess, Jaime. Sorry if I forgot anyone.
Love to you all xxx
Can you go to sleep soon after a cup of coffee? Well this is not such great news, unfortunately.
If you also:
Can't fall asleep or stay asleep at night?
Can't get going before your morning brew?
Crave salt, licorice, sugar or chocolate?
These are all signs that your adrenals are under functioning due to Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) suppression. Not all signs need to be present for you to be affected
This occurs as a result of chronic stress, which can be emotional stress such as high stress work environment, or physical stress such as over exercising or a chronic, lowgrade infection, as cortisol is the way your body tries to control the inflammation.
Sleeping soon after a coffee means that there is not enough of the stress hormones left in your adrenal glands to keep you awake.
What to do to help reset your adrenals:
Change your perception of the stressor - if it's not going to go away i.e. work, then you need to think differently about it. Try daily meditation and yoga.
Licorice tea is a lovely addition to the diet. It can take a load off your adrenal glands by extending the half life of cortisol. It does this by preventing the breakdown of cortisol to cortisone, which gives you more bang for your buck when it comes to cortisol, and prevents the adrenals from needing to make more. But stay away from licorice if you have high blood pressure!
Herbal adaptogens, adrenal tonics and nervines can help you calm down and gently give you more energy over time.
Immune tonics can help manage chronic infections.
Avoidance of blue light at night and getting daylight sun exposure to help set circadian rhythm which has a tonifying effect on the HPA axis.
Further to my post yesterday about pot plants improving indoor air quality, I also wanted to let you know about another reason I am obsessed with house plants.
Some researchers did a study where they measured blood pressure in response to a stressful situation. The subjects were all shown pictures of traffic jams and their blood pressure was monitored. As you can expect, all of their blood pressures raised in response to this percieved stressor.
They were then split into 3 groups and shown 1 of 3 different pictures. 1 group was shown the same picture of a traffic jam and their blood pressure remained elevated.
The 2nd group were shown a picture of a pedestrian shopping mall, and their blood pressure lowered slightly.
The last group were all shown a picture of a naturescape and their blood pressures all reduced significantly.
So what this study shows us, is that the meer act of looking at images of nature can have a stress reducing effect on us...so you can imagine what being surrounded by nature within your house will do to your stress levels. Even better, think how spending time in a beautiful natural space will positively impact our health. I know I always feel fantastic after a walk along the beautiful perth beaches.
I often tell my clients that if work is a stressful place for them, to bring in a pot plant for their workspace. If there's not enough natural light, then a picture of nature will suffice. At a stretch, even changing your computer screensavers to a naturescape should have a positive effect of stress levels.