Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Natural Treatment

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD for short, is a condition characterised by repetitive, uncontrollable and unwanted thoughts (obsession) coupled with a need to perform repetitive and habitual actions that are irrational,...

Sleep and Sleep Dysfunction

Sleep and sleep dysfunction involve two hormones – Cortisol and Melatonin. They are the two hormones that regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.  Melatonin is conversely related to Cortisol (the stress hormone). It peaks at night when Cortisol is low and is...

How Stress Affects the Body

Stress and your body When faced with the real threat of danger, a stress response elicits a fight or flight response for a matter of minutes that is designed to save your life. This is called the Fight or Flight response. Adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Did you know that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) was originally called Chronic Epstein Barr Syndrome?  It is also commonly referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis. If you have CFS, it’s likely that at some point, you have has glandular fever...

Hormones and Autoimmune Disease

Can hormones affect autoimmune disease? There is a strong connection between the state of our Hormones and Autoimmune Disease. When we think of hormones, we generally think of female reproductive issues which may explain why women are 10 times more likely than men to...

Hormones and Headaches

Are your hormones causing your headaches? In women, headaches and migraines are often brought about by fluctuations in hormones, particularly oestrogen fluctuations. Consequently, many women experience headaches around menstruation and perimenopause when oestrogen...

Salt Cravings and Adrenal Fatigue

Salt Cravings and Adrenal Fatigue Salt cravings could be a sign of Adrenal Fatigue. The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and secrete several hormones including…  Cortisol – a hormone to help you cope with stress  Adrenalin – associated with fear, stress and...

Diet and Mental Health

Diet and Mental Health, what’s the connection? Your gut microbiome produces around 80-90% of your neurotransmitters and poor gut health can affect their production. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin are produced in the gut and used in the brain and are a part...

Food and Anxiety. What’s the connection?

Mediterranean Diet Food and anxiety, what’s the connection? Many years ago, I suffered from undiagnosed anxiety and depression. I survived this period on cigarettes and coffee and lots of junk food and takeaways. I couldn’t be bothered to cook or eat well and...

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety

Signs and symptoms of Anxiety What is anxiety? We all encounter stress and anxiety from time to time. The body responds to stress as a life-threatening situation and releases hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol to respond to the threat. The thing...