Category Archives for Womens Health

What is Nutrigenomics?

Nutrigenomics is a researched science based application of  nutritional medicine to modify genetic expression.

DNA testing will analyse which genetic SNP’s you have and as a result how the biochemistry of your body may be working less efficiently and to what degree.  We can then establish where the other factors of your life and health have affected or been effected and what nutrients and dietary interventions will offset these polymorphisms.

The food we eat not only  provides nutrition and fuel for the body, but food components such as also have the ability to switch genes on and off. Specific dietary interventions can be used to improve outcomes for your health.

The benefit of approaching it in this way is that we are addressing the specific issues from the “root cause” and by improving the gene expression, rather than “symptomatically” with the band-aid approach.

DNA testing looks at genes, specifically those  that have been specifically associated with Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Methylation, Detoxification and Vitamin receptors.

What is the process?

Nutrigenomics testing is so easy to do. A saliva sample from a home cheek swab is all that is needed to get enough DNA.  DNA kits can be posted anywhere with easy to follow instructions.

Once received by the lab, results are returned to the clinic in 2 weeks. You can then book a consultation to explain your DNA results and implement the nutritional and lifestyle interventions to change gene expression for the better, better, best.

Consultations can be in clinic on the Gold Coast or Brisbane, or via skype for interstate, overseas or time poor clients.

 

What is Microbiome Testing?

We have billions of bacteria living in our gut that produce chemicals, hormones, amino acids, vitamins and other components which are utilised by the body to maintain health every second of the day and night.

Alterations to the distribution, types and ratios within the microflora in the gut, can lead to multiple health problems and produce symptoms in many different body organs. As more and more research is done it becomes clear that the state of the microbiome is the base underlying instigator and the fall guy when things are not ideal elsewhere.  It’s can be a  vicious circle … we need to address the microbiome as an integral part of the whole picture.

We can now perform microbiome testing of the gut to establish a clear picture of the environment of the gut, being the gut microbiome. From there we can alter your diet and treatment to re-establish balance or maintain balance.

So what is microbiome testing …. and how does the testing work?

The extended Faecal microbiology performed by Bioscreen is far more comprehensive and useful than the CDSA or other tests used by most GP’s which only looks for abnormal bacteria and parasites that should not be found in the gut.

The testing we used is a specialist test that cultures and counts the bacteria that would normally be found in the gut – but most importantly it also looks at the ration that are needed  for a healthy gut microbiome.

Your body needs a variety of microbial metabolites to function effectively. When these metabolites are scarce, or alternatively, in excessive supply, body functions and processes are impacted and symptoms likely surface.

The test is an extensive investigation of the microbiome of the lower intestines/Gastrointestinal Tract, collected from a faecal sample. Microbes from your sample are grown and the presence and exact quantities of faecal bacteria, both aerobes and anaerobes, gram negative and gram positive bacteria and yeasts are identified.

If these individual sets of microbes are significantly outside the normal percentiles, representing an imbalance of the intestinal ecosystem, they can be specifically identified and then addressed. This imbalance has been evidenced in many disorders including Depresssion, Fibromyalgia, Parkinsons, Dementia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and inflammatory Bowel disease, as well as immune, mood and neurological disorders.

Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) for Weight Loss

No matter what I do, I cannot lose weight?

I have tried everything including emotional punishment to shed it (oops, maybe that is part of the problem)

Is there some reason other then the “logical/scientific” why it won’t damn well move?

Carrying the weight of your emotions? Maybe other peoples as well ? Do you take on too much of other people’s “stuff”

Do you need to release the emotional baggage for your body to release the weight?

How frustrating has it been to help solve other people’s health issues whether than be chronic illness, weight or emotionally related conditions and I mostly work with complex, complicated health conditions …… only not to be able to solve your own, even with outside help.

How frustrating as someone who walks the talk, to be looking like maybe they don’t … I would be the first to admit that I have been critical of practitioners in the past that don’t “appear” like they walk the talk  … and here I have found myself.

As many would know, I have been through a few years of intense stress, so during the worst of it I started to gain weight and though the period went for longer than I believed it would, I convinced myself to be kind to myself and that the weight would fall off when the battle was over … yet it has not and I found that it has been frustrating the hell out of me….. and it was embarrassment central in my head.

What now?  Is there anything else I can try?

So, as you know, I went and did training in EFT, a proven technique for losing weight.  At first though, it was all based on reducing cravings (I don’t have any) or cutting out a food that is not good for you, like chocolate or the like (ok,  nothing there either) or tapping on something healthy you should eat more of ( yep, I’ve got nothing) and no, I am not perfect but my diet is clean and 90% according to what I teach … I do advocate the 90:10 rule so really it is in line with that.

So, I tapped on the WHAT THE!!!!????

And here is what I found trapped in those love handles … well it wasn’t love.  It was a lot of holding on to old “stuff”, mine and other peoples, a few buckets of self sabotage, a large dose of wanting to blend in and not stand out and a fair dose of self abuse in the form of self talk.

So, going to tap the hell out of those suckers and move on to the healthiest version of me whatever form it takes and learn to love this girl.  She, as my mum and dad so aptly put it,  “has been to hell and back and come out stronger” ….. She is overdue for love in abundance xo

Want to find out how you can tap away your long held beliefs? Book a tapping session and discover this amazing technique for yourself as I guide you through the process.