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Diet and Mental Health

Did you know that your mental health is directly associated with your gut health? Around 80-90% of your neurotransmitters are produced by your gut microbiome and poor gut health can affect their production. Neurotransmitter depletion can affect your mood and even lead...

Salt Cravings and Adrenal Fatigue

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

Hormones and Headaches

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

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...

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...

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 and cortisol are released from the...

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy It is a requirement that you provide me with a minimum 24 hour notice of cancellation or change of appointment. Last minute cancellations of a pre-booked appointment unfortunately causes significant problems running the practice. Being a small...

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Sleep and Sleep Dysfunction

Sleep and Sleep Dysfunction

Sleep dysfunction Cortisol and Melatonin are two hormones that regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.  Melatonin is conversely related to Cortisol (the stress hormone) as it peaks at night when Cortisol is low and is lowest upon waking when Cortisol is at its highest...
Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Stress, Cortisol and Adrenal Fatigue During periods of stress  cortisol levels are increased, which in turn increases the metabolism of fatty acids to provide the body with enough glucose to respond to the fight or flight activation of the sympathetic nervous system....