Good mood food
When you feel tired, depressed, stressed or anxious, the chances are you wouldn't consider your digestive system or a food you have eaten to have anything to do with it. Clinical studies into the gut-brain connection have revealed a complex communication system that ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis and is also likely to have multiple effects on cognitive functions like mood. The complexity of these interactions is via the pathways of the gut-brain axis. Scientists have discovered that the digestive system acts like a 'second brain' producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin - a contributor to feelings of well-being...
laughter medicine
Gelotology. Yes, this is the study of laughter. Research shows that laughing is more than just a person's voice and movement, it requires the coordination of many muscles throughout the body. Even Freud mentioned laughing as a way to release excess nervous or negative energy. Now let's take a look at breathing, it is the only function of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that is consciously regulated. These days we often hear how deep diaphragmatic breathing can really help with stress. But how? Well, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), aka the relaxing, calming part of the nervous system...

Many people are concerned about the negative impacts that chemicals and toxins present in our environment have on their health, and scientific research is backing up these fears. It’s not just the the chemicals found in food, water or even the air we breathe, but the toxins in our personal care products, our household cleaners, kids […]

Immune Health Talk

A complimentary event is coming your way this May as part of our clinic series for 2019. Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist Carmen Cooper will be speaking first on immune support for your family during this seasonal change. Nutrition plays a vital role in the health and wellbeing of our children’s immune health. Heading into the cooler […]

Herbal Medicine for Men
Did you read our recent blog post all about "Manopause"? Stress, poor nutrition, environmental exposures and lifestyle habits can all adversely affect men's health, especially when it comes to their hormone levels and fertility. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, however we're seeing men of reproductive age with testosterone levels much lower than they should be with a direct effect on reproductive outcome. Even if conception is not in the picture for men, herbal medicine can work wonders on supporting health testosterone levels necessary for optimal hormonal health, as well as assisting with stress response, inflammation, lack of physical and...