embrace the sweat
It’s that time of year in Australia when the temperature starts to soar; we’ve unfortunately had a hot, dry spring and we are definitely in for a long, hot summer. During these warm months of the year, many of us spend a significant amount of our days indoors with the air conditioner on and avoid being out in the heat as much as we can. And, of course while this is often necessary in the heat of an Australian summer, don’t forget the importance of a healthy (well-hydrated) sweat session! Perspiring is important and beneficial for good health, and whilst...
Rest and relaxation
As the year end approaches, I would like to say thank you to all our wonderful patients who have shared their stories and have entrusted us with their health challenges throughout this year. Many of my patients have shared with me that 2019 has been a year peppered by difficulties and have expressed that they are looking forward to a more positive and hopeful 2020. And during this time and through the festive season it can be a meaningful time to connect with some of the pillars of health and longevity found to be echoed amongst the “Blue Zone” communities...
shepherds pie recipe
In need of a new recipe that contains loads of veggie goodness and tastes great too? This light but hearty pie is a quirky twist on the ol' traditional shepherd's or cottage pie and is packed with nutrients and flavour. It's loaded with fibre which we all know is good is important for digestive health and helps prevent certain diseases, and, even the kids will love it. We also find it to be one of those dishes that can be whipped up quickly and for any season, which is a bonus. Ingredients 1 brown onion finely diced½ cup diced mushrooms½...
conception journey
It’s an exciting time when you decide to try for a baby. Growing your family and bringing a new little person into the world is a magical journey and one that many couples look forward to. Unfortunately however, falling pregnant does not come easily to some. The rate of infertility is climbing rapidly and can be attributed to a multitude of factors from environmental toxins, chemicals and pesticides in our food and water to poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, absent periods and thyroid conditions can all contribute to an inability to conceive...
LH and FSH hormones
For women, luteinising hormone (LH) plays an important role within your menstrual cycle. Together it works with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is another gonadotropin made in the pituitary gland.  During puberty the pituitary gland increases the production of luteinising hormone (LH), stimulating more oestrogen and progesterone production. For women, this hormonal pathway triggers sexual maturity and with that comes breast development, additional hair growth, pelvic widening, as well as an increase in height, fat storage and oil within the skin. For men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone and in turn, stimulates sperm production. This helps accentuate the more masculine characteristics like voice deepening or...