Your skin is your body’s largest living organ and it certainly has a lot to cope with. What you may not realise, however, is that your skin’s health is intimately is linked to your gut.👅
When your skin reacts, it can be one of the first signs that something’s up with your gut. Just like the gut-brain axis, whereby your gut and brain communicate with one another via the vagus nerve, your gut and skin enjoy a regular dialogue too, mainly via the microbiome. This powerful pathway is known as the gut-skin axis.🧠
Take a moment to reflect – is your skin sending you a big red flag? When it comes to skin health, it’s essential to turn your attention inwards and nurture the relationship with your microbiome through gut-friendly supplements, food and even meditation.🙏
Please contact me if you would like more advice on how to support your health from the inside outand enjoy a healthy gut, glowing skin and a radiant health mindset.😇
While it is common, it’s not inevitable, and it’s not untreatable if you know how to heal from it.
You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if you’re experiencing any of the following: >> Brain fog that’s hard to shake >> Exhaustion that doesn’t go away even after a good night’s sleep >>Waking up tired >> Anxiety and feelings of overwhelm, even over minor concerns >> Unexplained weight gain that you can’t lose even with diet and exercise >> Lowered libido
Even if you’re doing “all the right things” according to mainstream information, you may still be struggling to beat adrenal fatigue.
That’s because once burnout sets in, general healthy lifestyle changes like exercise and more sleep aren’t enough to repair your body and get your hormone levels back in order.
Fortunately, healing from adrenal fatigue can be much easier when you know exactly what to do.
To find out the exact steps and lifestyle changes you need to make in order to heal from adrenal fatigue please contact me. 🌱🥰Xo
The Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP) will include an appropriate mix of subject matter experts in complementary medicine research – a core requirement of any legitimate and rigorous scientific review process, and one of the key factors differentiating it from the previous review. Details of the panel members which includes Prof Alan Bensoussen from NICM, and Naturopathic Practitioner and Associate Professor at University of Technology Sydney Prof Jon Wardle, can be found here <https://www.health.gov.au/committees-and-groups/natural-therapies-review-expert-advisory-panel>
Chronic sneezing? Itchy, watery eyes? Is your nose running like a tap? Before you reach for your antihistamines to help (temporarily) reduce your hay fever symptoms, let me ask you – do you know there are effective, natural strategies that can provide you lasting relief?
Always On Guard
As we go about our daily lives, we are exposed to an abundance of
foreign substances, and it is our immune system’s job to detect which of
these are harmful and mount an appropriate immune response. When you
experience hay fever symptoms however, your immune system has mounted an
inappropriate response to a harmless substance (e.g. pollen) and has
become hyper-reactive. This causes specialised immune cells, known as
mast cells, to migrate to your nose and throat, where they release
This chemical triggers an explosion of inflammation, which forces
foreign particles out of your body. It is the swelling and irritation
that inflammation causes which leads to the miserable symptoms of hay
Antihistamines – Paper Over the Cracks
By blocking the effects of
histamine, antihistamines reduce or suppress hay fever symptoms; however, they do
not address the underlying hyper-reactive immune response that causes histamine
release in the first place. This is why you only experience temporary relief of
your symptoms, which return once you stop taking the medication. Alternatively,
an approach that builds immune tolerance, which is the ability of the immune
system to resist reacting to harmless substances, can treat the underlying
cause of hay fever.
Fix the Wall
There are two key ways to help
improve immune tolerance. The first is to boost your body’s production of specific
immune cells known as T regulatory (Treg) cells. Put simply, the more Treg cells
you have, the more balanced your immune system is, and the less likely you are
to react to harmless substances.
The second way is to support the health of your gut and its
microbiota (the 38 trillion microorganisms that live in your
intestines), as there is a strong connection between the microbiome and
If there is an imbalance of good and bad microorganisms in your gut,
your immune system can become hyper-reactive and as a result less
tolerant to harmless substances (click here to
find out what can cause an unhealthy microbiome). A healthy microbiome
also requires a healthy gut lining (and vice versa!). If the lining of
the gut is inflamed or damaged, perhaps due to a poor diet or digestive
illness, this can also disrupt your microbiome, increasing immune
reactivity and allergic symptoms.
Case Study: Rebuilding Tolerance to Manage Allergy
The Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program, which can be
provided by your Natural Healthcare Practitioner, addresses both immune
reactivity and gut health. This program uses herbs and nutrients,
specific dietary changes, and lifestyle recommendations to rebalance
your microbiome, promote the health of the gut lining, and build immune
tolerance – lowering your likelihood of experiencing hay fever. To find
out more about correcting allergies, listen to The Allergy Series of the Your Health Guide podcast.
Let’s look at a
specific case as an example.
Kate, a 25-year-old female who suffered from hay fever, experienced
significant benefit from following the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction
Program. She suffered from sneezing, watery eyes and an itchy throat
when she was exposed to pollens. She also experienced daily headaches
triggered by perfume and strong smells.
As part of the program, Kate was
given the following:
An immune-building/gut repair formula including medicinal mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) and Lentinula edodes (shiitake), and herbs Scutellaria baicalensis (baical skullcap) and Perilla frutescens (perilla).
allergy symptom relief formula including nutrients quercetin and
bromelain, and a herbal complex, which work together to reduce histamine
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®) and Lactobacillus paracasei (LP-33®), two probiotic strains that help regulate a hyper-reactive immune response and improve the health of the microbiome.
High strength, purified fish oil to reduce inflammation and support healthy immune function.
A custom elimination diet to identify any food triggers.
After 10 weeks following the program, Kate had experienced a
significant reduction in her sneezing, watery eyes and headaches, with
the added bonus of feeling less anxious (see Figure 1 below).
A Holistic Approach
for Long-Term Gain
The symptoms of hay fever can not only be frustrating but also debilitating. Whilst antihistamines may provide a quick fix, increasing your immune tolerance is the key to resolving your symptoms in the long term. By improving gut and immune function, the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program can help address the cause of hay fever symptoms, allowing you to get the most out of life. For a tailored solution and more information about the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program, speak to me today.
Did you know that if a person has irritable bowel syndrome, they are also likely to have psychiatric illness?
A simple conversation could change a life – mental health is NOT just linked to IBS and vice versa but is, in fact, a complex interplay of many lifestyles and genetic factors of various causes and environmental interactions.
A simple question – Are you okay? – could see your colleague, family member, friend, customer, Uber driver, waiter, flight attendant, banker, receptionist, team mate, sports coach, business manager, teacher, child open up to you about a whole host of difficult life challenges they are struggling to cope with by themselves.
By opening the conversation about their thoughts & feelings, or even simply respecting that they don’t want to talk and reapproaching them at a more suitable time for them, may be the best thing you can do to help. It could be the very thing that puts them on the right road to save their life.
Remember if you are personally struggling, it is NOT a weakness to talk about why. No one should suffer silently. We live in a world of 7 billion people, it’s time we had life-changing and life-saving conversations 🤒😵😰🤬😧😊😫 •