6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety and Worry in a Post-pandemic World
At the start of COVID more than two years ago, our accustomed way of life changed dramatically for many of us – we were told to stay home and physically distance ourselves from others to help reduce COVID transmission. Many of us felt comfortable with these new arrangements and took the chance to practice more […]
This year’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
This year’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 has just been released! The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 is an easy-to-use shopper’s guide to high pesticide versus low pesticide fruits and vegetables. In simple terms, the “dirty dozen” details some of the most highly sprayed crops, whereas the “clean 15” are less likely to be sprayed […]
To Keto or Not to Keto?
The ketogenic diet (keto diet) is a low-carbohydrate, moderate-protein and high-fat diet that aims to burn fat over carbohydrates. It is used in specific instances, for example, people wanting to reach certain weight-loss goals. A ketogenic diet can help you to gain metabolic flexibility. By making our body use fat for energy rather than carbohydrates, […]
Dietary Iron – An Important Nutrient
Dietary iron is a fundamental mineral that is needed for particular functions in the body, including oxygen transportation in the blood. It is found in both animal and plant sources, as well as some iron-fortified foods. Animal-based iron sources contain heme and non-heme iron, whereas plant-based iron sources only contain non-heme iron. Wait, what are […]
Cruciferous Vegetables for Women’s Health
What are Cruciferous Vegetables? Cruciferous vegetables are from the Brassica genus of plants and include: broccoli cauliflower brussel sprouts cabbage kale radish turnip bok choi pak choi tatsoi choi sum watercress, and rocket. Some vitamins and minerals found in these vegetables include folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, selenium, and calcium. In addition, cruciferous vegetables […]
Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 is a shopper’s guide to high pesticide versus low pesticide fruits and vegetables. Basically, the “dirty dozen” details some of the most highly sprayed crops, whereas the “clean 15” are less likely to be sprayed due to various reasons. This was established to help shoppers to budget for buying […]
Are you not speaking your truth?
Are you not speaking your truth? Feeling frustrated? Struggling to find your voice? Feeling like you can’t express what’s going on inside, and worse, you don’t have the right to say what you need to say because it’s full of resentment, bitterness, and anger? What about feeling guilty about the words that you do say […]
This Can Turn Off Your Enzyme Production
To digest our food, we require… Stomach (hydrochloric) acid to break down protein and help us absorb minerals Pancreatic enzymes help us break down protein, fat, and carbohydrates Bile to break down fat Whenever you eat, you trigger the release of these three compounds, so that the food to come can be broken down. If […]
5 Signs That You Are Not Grounded (and what to do about it)
Being grounded is something that we all need. When we’re grounded we feel present in our bodies, calm and certain of what we need to do. We’re in touch with ourselves and are able to tackle the day with a certain grace and ease. But more often than not, the busyness and craziness of our […]
The Importance of Prevention for Health
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is an OLD saying but its a saying that has become even more relevant than ever before in prevention for a healthy, happy life. We are now enjoying longer life expectancies than ever before but there are many of us who suffer from chronic […]
Is your thyroid affecting your mood?
Have you been experiencing unexplained anxiety, depression, mood swings or sleeplessness? Read on – it may be your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland situated at the base of our neck just below the Adam’s Apple. Its main function is to regulate our metabolism. The butterfly shape is pretty but when thyroid […]
The Serious Consequences of a Leaky Gut
You might have heard the term ‘leaky gut’ thrown around lately. It’s something that’s happening more and more and it should absolutely be taken seriously. The technical term is intestinal hyper-permeability if you want to get serious, but for now, we’ll use leaky gut to keep it simple. Your intestinal wall has to be leaky […]
Do you listen as much as you talk?
Who remembers that giddy time at the beginning of a relationship – when all the happy hormones are in play, when you are constantly in the throes of lust, desire and attraction and you just can’t keep your hands off one another! Do you remember?… talking late into the night, missing each other terribly when you’re […]
Why do I get acid reflux?
Acid reflux, also known as GORD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition that is commonly seen in naturopathic practice. GORD occurs when stomach contents reflux upwards into the oesophagus, and cause symptoms such as a burning sensation, irritation and discomfort. There are a number of reasons why GORD might be occurring. Quite often, patients will […]
Stress and Your Gut
Stress and emotions have an enormous impact on your gut health. If you need a practical example of this, think about this – when you are nervous, where do you feel it? The answer is usually in your stomach or gut. Butterflies in your tummy are just one example of how a thought or emotion […]
Healing Bloating Naturally
There are many ways to naturally address bloating. By supporting your natural digestive process and eliminating foods, you can begin your healing journey to beat your bloating for good. First, you need to determine what the cause is. Read up on the causes of bloating here if you haven’t already because it will help you […]
There’s a lot that needs to happen to digest your food. First, you need to chew it properly, then you rely on the acid in your stomach, the enzymes from your pancreas and the bile made in the liver to break it down. A deficiency in stomach acid, bile or pancreatic enzymes can lead to […]
Food Allergy or Intolerance?
Food reactions can sometimes be glaringly obvious. But for many of us, they are more subtle and hard to figure out. The biggest thing that will impact your gut is the food that you eat. But how do you know what the right thing is? THE VARIOUS TYPES OF FOOD REACTIONS There are many different […]
Your Microbiome and You
Your microbiome is the 2-3kg of bacteria, yeasts, viruses and archaea (ach-what??) that live inside of you. We have known that our bodies are co-inhabited by these microbes for some time, however, every day more and more research is published showing us just how vital this part of our body is. Most of the research […]
The Cause of Your Bloating
Why am I bloated? Bloating is the most common digestive symptom that people experience and also the thing that bothers people the most. It can range from a feeling of fullness or discomfort, to visible distension of the abdomen that has often been described by our patients as ‘looking like you are 20 weeks pregnant’. […]
Self-care is about creating a life that you don’t need to escape from At a recent health retreat, I attended an intimate workshop all about self-care. The first thing we were asked to do was share with the group our perfect day. I found myself wistfully remembering elements of perfect days from the past – […]
In lockdown? Here are 5 positive things you can gain for your health.
There’s no doubt about it, living in a pandemic world is not the same. Lockdowns across the world have led to us spending far more time indoors and we’ve lost a lot of self-care routines that we relied on for health. This could easily be a health detriment, but what if we flipped it for […]
COVID 19 – UPDATE on the response from Shift
At Shift, we live and breathe healthily. So of course, with the increased risk of the Coronavirus, we want to ensure we can support you the best that we can. One of the biggest challenges with this virus is the unpredictability of it. The numbers we are seeing in Australia are still very low, however, […]
Nature Medicine – A Simple Tool For Healing
You may be taking your supplements, eating whole food and going to the gym, but have you considered the amount of time your spend in nature as part of your health routine? We are from nature, of nature and in tune with nature. But due to modern technology and advancements, we’re becoming more and more […]
5 Reasons You’re Stuck In A Health Rut (and how to get out of it)
We all know the story – you don’t feel well, you get motivated. You start that new thing. You’re going great, but then something derails you. You give up and are right back where you started again. So what’s the problem? Why is it so easy to start something, yet so hard to follow through […]
Bloating, The Most Common Gastrointestinal Issue
Bloating is the most common gastrointestinal symptom that health care professionals come across. From a practitioner’s stance, pinpointing the cause of someone’s bloating isn’t as easy as you think. Symptoms can come and go without warning, regardless of whether you’re eating certain inflammatory foods or not. What is bloating and how does it occur? Bloating is […]
Ingredients: 1.5-2kg organic or grass-fed bones such as chicken bones, beef bones, lamb bones, fish bones 1 onion, peeled and quartered 1 large carrot, cut into chunks 2 sticks celery with leaves, cut into chunks Splash of apple cider vinegar Filtered water Method: Add bones and vegetables into a slow cooker (ensure there is plenty […]
If You’re Still Stressed, You’re Going to Have a Hard Time Healing Your Gut
Have you ever had the feeling of butterflies in your stomach or a lack of appetite when you’re under stress? Then you’ve felt the gut-wrenching effects of stress playing out on your digestive system. Soothing your gut in times of distress isn’t always easy, but there are ways you can take control and get things […]
Your anxiety is impacting your gut, and what to do about it
With everyone in lockdown all over the world, many of us are feeling stressed or anxious. Uncertainty at this level is hard to deal with, so it is no wonder people are feeling on edge. Add this to the fact that our normal routines and support networks are disrupted, and you have a recipe for […]
Fermented Foods, Are They Your Secret Gut Booster?
When it comes to your gut, fermented foods are one of the most beneficial things you can eat. A wide body of research has shown that incorporating portions of probiotic, or fermented foods, could provide significant health benefits. Fermented foods have been around longer than books Humans have been using fermentation as a means […]
Are You Suffering From Allergies Because Of Your Gut?
Allergies can impact our lives and people in different ways. While one person suffers from the onslaught of seasonal pollen, another has to avoid certain foods because they break out in hives. Let’s look at how allergies develop, while also investigating their connection with our environment and gut. Environmental factors on allergies There are multiple […]
Ingredients: ½ large head of cabbage 1 carrot 1 heaped tbsp sea salt Optional – other flavours such as dried dill, grated ginger, grated turmeric, finely sliced red chilli. Even grated sweet potato is a lovely addition. Method: Finely slice the cabbage and carrot. Add to a large glass bowl. Sprinkle the salt and […]
The burning issue of stomach acid (understanding a crucial element of digestion)
Stomach acid is the unsung hero in the digestive process. It’s a fundamental component in breaking down our food and developing new cells that help build us from the inside out. This incredible process has some extra benefits to our bodies that not a lot of people are aware of. So, what is stomach […]
5 Things that are impacting your gut (that you really should know)
Hippocrates wisely stated, “All Disease Begins in The Gut,” considering he was a physician circa 460 BC, his pioneering views pretty much hit the nail on the head. Why is gut health so important? Okay, so not all disease stems from within our gut, but it is important to understand that a significant amount do, […]
5 Home Remedies for an Upset Tummy
We all get an upset tummy from time to time and for some people, this can be a regular occurrence. By an upset tummy, we mean feeling bloated, yukky or even pain around your abdomen after eating. If this is happening regularly for you, then you may want to see someone to get a diagnostic […]
Is your oral contraceptive impacting your gut?
The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) is one of the medicines great breakthroughs. Since its introduction in the 1960s, it has liberated women and helped with many issues without a doubt. The OCP is generally regarded as safe and women who are prescribed it are seldom told of any potential risks as a result of taking […]
7 Ways to Break Habits
That latte you have every morning. The chocolate at 2 pm. The wine after work. The snacks with TV after dinner. Reading emails when you don’t need to be. Why do you do these things? We all have certain behaviours, but when we do something repetitively it becomes a habit. Habits are automatic processes […]
5 Things that you don’t know are toxic (but you should)
Every day we’re learning more about toxins – chemicals in our environment that are having an adverse effect on our health. You may be trying to eat organic produce, buying hormone-free meat and avoiding sugar. But what if you’re still exposing yourself to high levels of toxins every day? Let’s check out 5 key things […]
How Environmental Toxins Can Affect Your Health And What You Can Do to Reduce Their Impact
From the air we breathe to the foods we eat, even the homes we live in –harmful chemicals are literally everywhere You may already be trying to reduce the environmental toxins that come into your life, but what if you’re still exposing yourself to high levels of toxins every day that could affect your health? […]
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