How to keep you Heart Healthy.

Heart Attack.  Stroke.  Angina.  Arrhythmia. Coronary Heart Disease. We’ve heard all these terms before and chances are we may know someone who has suffered from one or more of these illnesses.  Heart Disease is a modern illness – skyrocketing in numbers since 1910 with the advent of processed foods.  Heart disease is the number #1…

Smokey Pulled Lamb, Brussels with Bacon Bits & Roast Pumpkin

Yummo – pulled lamb!  Like some magical animal – pulled lamb can be used for everything and is a delicious protein to have on hand.   I like to cook up a large lamb shoulder in the slow cooker, and then use it for various meals throughout the week.  It goes particularly well with a chunky…

SIBO Part #3 – Diet & Fermentable Carbohydrates

Anyone dealing with a SIBO diagnosis will know treating SIBO isn’t straightforward.  It can be a long and drawn-out process, with many people experiencing relapse or struggling to eradicate the bacteria in the first place. After being diagnosed with SIBO, I was relieved to find a specialist in the area, Dr. Natalie Cruttenden, who put…

Gut Health & Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases are fast on the rise in our modern society.  In fact, at least 5% of Australians are thought to be suffering with some form of an autoimmune disease (1).  While some of these may be little more than an annoyance, some autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and rheumatoid arthritis can be chronic and…

Chronically elevated cortisol & the Endocrine System.

  Elevated cortisol is hugely significant in disrupting the delicate balance of our Endocrine System. Cortisol definition. First, let’s define cortisol.  Cortisol is known as the ‘fight-or-flight’ hormone, and is released by the adrenal glands in times of high stress and/or emergency.  It is actually released in small amounts throughout the day to assist in…

Sugar.

Sugar is a Big Deal.  Everywhere you look people are talking about it, quitting it, praising it and ‘eating it in moderation’. But what started our obsession with sugar?  And when did quitting sugar become so mainstream? Well, if we hark back to the dim dark distant past of the 80’s, 90’s and even Naughties,…

Hydration 101.

Are you drinking enough water?  Is a question we often get asked, but; Are you drinking clean water?   Is probably a better question, or even; What are you eating and drinking that may be affecting your absorption of water? As always the answers are complicated, so first let’s look at some background on the body…

Are you getting enough Calcium?

Calcium.  That oh so important for bone health mineral. It makes up approximately 2% of our bodyweight; is found in bones, teeth, tissues and in blood circulation; and works to regulate heart and muscle contraction and nerve conduction. Yet despite the fact that we as a Nation are consuming more milk products than ever before…

What’s the big fuss about Digestion?

We need our Digestion system working well to support almost all our body functions.  If we’re not digesting our food, we’re not gaining the nutrients, minerals, vitamins and energy that our cells need to function. Recently, research has even demonstrated a clear connection between the gut and the brain – meaning what’s happening (or not happening) down…

SIBO- Part #2

It’s been about 3 weeks since I received my SIBO diagnosis – you can read my original post on SIBO here.  Since then, I was referred to a gastroenterologist, but couldn’t get an appointment for over 6 weeks   In the meantime, I’ve done a ton of research, and read all of the articles I could…

What is Inflammation?

What is inflammation?  How does the body control inflammation?  What inhibits an anti-inflammatory response?  And should you be concerned about it? Inflammation is the body’s response to pain, injury and illness.  It is a natural process that the body uses to heal.  This could be a scraped knee, a headache or something more serious like…

What is SIBO?

Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth. Never heard of it?  Me neither until just a few months ago; and more recently yesterday, when I was diagnosed with it.  So what exactly is SIBO?  And what do you do if you think you might have SIBO?  Read on… Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth is a chronic bacterial infection of the…