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Is Wine Making You Wince? It Could Be HISTAMINE

At this time of year, histamine springs to mind quite often, especially for those suffering with hay fever and seasonal allergies. While histamine is well-known for causing itching, sneezing and scratching, it can also be responsible for a host of other effects in the body. If you have digestive upsets, multiple food intolerances or migraines, … Continued

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Staying Strong This Summer: Iron

When you hear the word IRON do you think of an iron bar? Strong and unbreakable and undeniable? Or if the Beef and Lamb marketing campaigns have been successful, maybe you’ll think of a juicy plump piece of steak. I’d like today to talk about both of these images: the iron bar and the steak, … Continued

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Is SIBO Driving Your IBS?

There is a growing awareness among naturopathic and medical experts alike that many people presenting with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have a bacterial imbalance in their digestive tract known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). It is thought that approximately 50% of people with IBS have SIBO.   What is SIBO? We all know now … Continued

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Breastfeeding: Common Foods to Upset Baby’s Digestion

Many a breastfeeding mother has asked herself: “Could what I’m eating be affecting my baby’s digestion?”. The answer, quite simply is YES.   New-born babies have sensitive digestive systems that take time to mature and strengthen. Some babies will of course be more reactive than others, and more prone to digestive upsets of all kinds. … Continued

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What’s the Difference Between Wheat and Gluten?

This isn’t a question that clients usually ask me. It’s a question I usually ask them– “do you understand the difference between wheat and gluten?”. Clarifying this is so important as we all seek to understand how our food choices affect our health- everything from our digestion through to our mood.   While there is … Continued

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Walking the Copper Wire, a Fine Balance

Like most metals, we know what copper looks like, but most of us have very little understanding of what it does in our bodies. Our bodies exist in a state of dynamic balance all the time, and the balance of copper is a particularly fine one. Too much isn’t good. Too little isn’t good either! … Continued

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Fertility Focus Part 2: Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients for Optimal Fertility

The beauty of natural approaches to enhancing fertility is that the steps you take to encourage conception also have the potential to improve your pregnancy, your child’s birth, a mother’s ability to breastfeed, the health of your baby and of yourselves. In Part 1 we looked at all the many ways couples can enhance their … Continued

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Iodine- A Salty Story

Iodised salt is one of the most common ‘fortified foods’ that we consume, and one of the main ways people get their daily iodine. But why was it added in the first place? What does iodine do? What about using sea salt and rock salt? And why is New Zealand facing another emergence of iodine … Continued

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Fertility Focus part 1: Natural Approaches to Making Healthy Babies

  Are there some magic tricks to getting pregnant?   A client asked me this via text last week, and I had to tell her- Yes, there are HEAPS! Come in and let’s talk about it. It’s a BIG conversation.   There are multitude of small and large things couples can do to increase their … Continued

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Are Chemicals Making You Fat? Facts About Obesogens

Obesogens: chemicals which can increase your chances of obesity. If you’re wondering why you can’t shift that weight, here is another piece of the puzzle. It’s not just what you put in your mouth or how much you move your body, it also could be the chemicals in your environment, or even the ones your … Continued

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Making Sense of Salicylates

If dried fruits make you itchy, berries make you wheezy, or tomatoes hurt your tummy, you could be sensitive to salicylates.   Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring compound found in many plants and foods, and has been synthesised also to be used as an ingredient in medicines (most notably aspirin), shampoos, personal care products, … Continued

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What the FODMAP?

FODMAP– you’re either completely bewildered by this word or you know that its an acronym for a group of food compounds that commonly trigger digestive discomfort. For many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a low FODMAP diet can provide huge relief.   FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These compounds are … Continued

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