Sleep, or at least good quality sleep, can be elusive for many people and one of the most frustrating issues for them. During sleep your body repairs and heals. It's an essential part of good health. For example, lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of weight management issues, poor immunity, Alzheimer's, dementia and depression.
Ensuring my patients have good sleep is an important part of their program of care. It can be a good idea to take a look at your sleep hygiene practices. Are you doing all you can to sleep well?
Statistics on breast cancer can be pretty frightening. In fact, according to recent figures one in 8 women up to age 75 are likely to develop breast cancer within their lifetime, with the risk increasing with age.
About two-thirds of breast cancers are hormone receptor positive. This means that the cancer growth is driven by the level of female hormones. Poor detoxification of your hormones and having an imbalance in your hormones, such as oestrogen excess, can make your risk of developing the disease higher. Other factors that contribute to an increased risk in breast cancer include: ...
Many people see me for weight loss and for some of these people it is a simple case of improving their diet, reducing kilojoule intake and exercising a little more. However, for many there are underlying factors that makes reducing body fat almost impossible. My job as their practitioner is to discover what has turned off fat burning.
It can be so frustrating and challenging for people to reduce body fat when certain body processes have gone a little haywire for them. This in turn switches off their body's ability to release fat from fat cells.
I usually refer my patients for blood tests, saliva hormone testing, live blood analysis and sometimes digestion function tests. I look for signs of and causes of:
Many of people believe they have a food allergy because they react to a food in some way. However, most of the time it’s not an actual allergy but sensitivity to the food they are experiencing. A “true” allergy is where there is an IgE mediated immune reaction within the body. These allergies affect about two to three percent of the population only.
An IgE allergy reaction can result in symptoms such as a rash or hives and can also be as drastic as anaphylaxis which is where the mouth and tongue swell along with constriction of the airways. People diagnosed with this type of allergy carry an EpiPen with them in case of exposure as extreme reactions are life threatening. An IgE reaction is usually noticed very soon after consuming the food.
The most common allergy foods are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy beans and soy products, dairy, wheat, oranges, shellfish and fish.
Food intolerance or sensitivity is where the body has developed an IgG mediated immune reaction to a food. This is where IgG antibodies are created in the body after it recognises the protein in that food as an allergen or “enemy”.
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