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Sleeping Soundly: The Science of Getting Restful Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep can seem elusive in our modern lives of frenzy and stress. Yet none of us can afford to compromise it if we want to stay healthy. In this article, we’ll talk about the science of sleep, and look at ways to establish a sound sleep routine for optimal sleep and health.
When it comes to health, prevention is better than cure, and resilience is your best protection against colds, viruses and flus this winter. Strengthening your immune system will help you build the inner resources to reduce your chances of getting sick, and to minimise the severity and duration of an infection. In this article, we’ll show you how to adopt a few simple daily habits leading up to, and throughout winter, to help fuel your immune system and strengthen your resilience.
Functional medicine strategies for stimulating the vagus nerve
The Vagus Nerve is perhaps one of the most significant yet underappreciated contributors to health and wellbeing. In fact, there’s a chance you might not have even heard of it before.
How to break your sugar addiction (and why you’d want to!)
You likely know that a high intake of refined sugar causes problems like weight gain, brain fog, and fatigue, and can lead to diabetes, depression, heart disease, and more. So it goes without saying that one of the best things you can do for your health is to quit sugar.
Relieve stress, improve sleep and more with mindfulness
Mindfulness is more than just another buzzword, trend, or way to idle away your spare time. Using mindfulness and mindset practices can help us be more present and purposeful in our day to day life.
2020 Fatigue: 5 ways to feel better at the end of a tough year
Experiencing end of year fatigue under normal circumstances is not uncommon, but throw a global pandemic into the mix that led to enduring months of lockdown and uncertainty, and it would be pretty safe to assume that you’re experiencing fatigue on a whole new level.
FODMAPS – What Are They And What Do They Mean For Your Health?
The acronym FODMAP has, in the last few years, worked its way into the Australian health and food vernacular. You can now find processed food and ready-to-go meals that identify themselves as ‘FODMAP friendly’. So what are FODMAPs and how do they fit into your health puzzle?
Environmental toxins in your home: where they’re lurking and how to remove them
Many of us are aware of the health effects of food and exercise. What you might not consider are the products you use in your home every day.
The underlying cause of most chronic health conditions – inflammation
What do acne, fatigue, depression and IBS have in common? Most people think of these and other chronic health conditions as separate and unrelated illnesses. But they share one underlying factor, and that is - inflammation.
How to maintain your mental health during a pandemic
Melbourne in August 2020 has been tough for many people. So far, we’ve experienced lock downs for nearly 5 months, wearing masks is now mandatory, and people have lost their freedom, livelihoods and physical connection with those they love.
Health and the coronavirus: how you can protect your health
No doubt you and your loved ones are concerned about the situation regarding the Coronavirus. As the current international response and the research has been ever-moving, we've been watching the situation unfold, and have taken some time to put together the latest research to give you current information on the virus, and what you can do about protecting your health and the health of those around you.
Tech and your health – changing behaviour changes your health
Today I want to spend just a few minutes sharing some insights and tips into technology - specifically how and what to change in order to upgrade your well-being. Let's call this a brief lesson in how to improve your presence in your own life (and reduce stress - let's not forget stress).
Energy credit – how an energy credit can help you
Recently I did something that felt amazing. I sat at my kitchen table and wanted to squeal with delight – you know, that feeling when you’re so excited you can’t contain yourself? But I was alone and that felt weird so instead I just enjoyed the buzz.
Emotional intelligence – it’s ok to feel sad (or angry)
“Don’t cry, it’ll be OK”, “calm down, there’s no need to be upset”, “chill out/get over it”. Did you hear these and similar sentiments growing up? As parents, we discourage our children from tantrums, sadness and anger. I can’t tell you how much time my daughter spent in the naughty corner (thanks to the powerful influence of the Super Nanny). Did she stay on it? No. Was it frustrating for both of us? Yes.
Why mindful eating matters
When it comes to healthy digestion, what do your environment, mindset, and the way that you perceive and consume your food have to do with it? A lot, it turns out.
How to use tech for your health
Have you ever thought about how you can use technology to support your health journey? We’re now living in a time when pretty much all of us own some sort of mobile device. They’re here, and it seems they’re here to stay. So, whilst we know that EMFs are problematic and there are social issues with the overuse of mobile phones, taking us away from essential human connection and interaction, perhaps we can find ways to let this technology support us in our health.
A workout for your emotions
When we experience pain or discomfort, over time, we create and attach emotions to those sensations. Your physical experience might be a cramp in your tummy, but the emotional story might be one of fear (“what is this pain – have I got cancer?”), uncertainty (“why am I the only one who gets this pain”), frustration (“I can’t do anything because of this pain”), sadness (“why me???”), guilt (“I’m always messing up our plans because I’m sick”) and so whilst we experience a physical sensation, the thing that can actually be most overwhelming maybe the emotion attached to the pain – particularly in chronic pain.
Detoxing – what is it and why should we do it?
We are all familiar with the idea of doing a ‘detox,’ and yet while it is often poo-pooed, there is legitimacy to it. At its most basic, detoxification is the process of transforming, neutralising, and eliminating toxins and by-products that the body finds to be unhealthful or unnecessary, a constant, ongoing, natural process to clean up the rubbish. In order to understand what a ‘detox’ is and should look like, we need to dig-in to what is actually going on during the process of detoxification that is unavoidably happening inside all of us in every moment.
The functional future of medicine
Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, no longer are we keeling over in droves from acute infectious diseases. Instead, we of the modern world, are rapidly becoming ridden with conditions of a more chronic nature, and not for lack of attention and effort. With spending on healthcare in the USA being greater than 17% of GDP (https://www.commonwealthfund.org/), we have declared war on ‘disease’ of all kinds, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer. With the incidence of chronic conditions increasing at a rapid clip, these are wars we are losing convincingly, despite the decades-old, and the perpetually alluring promise of technology that will ‘save us’.
The way of sleep
The only person who knows exactly how much sleep you need is you. We find that around eight hours is the magic number for most people. Evidence suggests that too little (less than 6.5 hours), and too much (more than 8.5 hours) sleep can have negative health implications. We have a ball-park for what constitutes an optimal amount of sleep, but as with nutrition, movement - and pretty much everything health - so too, sleep is an individual experience.
The why of sleep
If there is a word that personifies modern life, it would be: ‘busy’. Busy is something we pride ourselves on; no matter the arena. To be the first to arrive at work, and the last to leave is glorified. A mum who manages to hold the family together, while doing all the home-life stuff, including multiple extra-curricular activities for the kids, while putting herself last, is said to be exhausted a ‘Super-Mum’; doubly so if she is single. The cost that is almost always paid for busyness is sleep.
Fluoridation – how safe is your drinking water?
Today let’s get a little controversial and talk about water. Are you aware that your water is medicated? Although there are many water treatment processes, fluoride is unusual in that it doesn’t treat the water itself, but rather the person consuming it.
Floatation tanks – a novel way to calm a busy mind
I’ve recently started tracking my time – taking note of what I get up to and for how long. The goal is to become more effective and efficient by figuring out where the gaps are. Where am I losing valuable time by being sidetracked? What jobs can I combine and in which environment am I most productive?
Top healthy eating spots in Melbourne
Are you like me when it comes to eating out? I'll go out and have an amazing meal and thoroughly enjoy it and the next time I'm trying to think of somewhere to go....blank. Nothing! I'm the same with movies - I'll get excited to watch a movie and then halfway through realise that I've already seen it (twice). Eeeeek!
Adrenal fatigue – a modern woman’s war cry
When it comes to adrenal fatigue, have you simply earned your exhaustion (or is it something more)?
If you are into health, then you may have heard about MTHFR, and if you’ve dared to dig into it, you are probably thoroughly confused. Let’s break it down simplistically.
Organic food…is it worth it? – do the health benefits outweigh the cost?
Organic produce is often seen to be relatively expensive, less accessible and goes ‘off’ quickly, so why would you eat organic? For many, the choice to eat organic produce has less to do with the improved nutrient density (which may be not in fact be all that significant) but instead on what is NOT in the food. Let’s explore.
Change – strategies for success and staying on track
Whenever you want a different outcome, you need to do something different. Fact - that means change. We know that change can be one of the most challenging and confronting elements of the healing process, but without it, everything will either stay the same or slowly degrade even further.
How to create goals that stick (a revolt against new year’s resolutions)
To be resolute means to be “admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering” and a resolution is something that you make a firm decision to do, or not to do. We think it’s fair to say that we all understand the premise behind a New Year’s Resolution – we identify an area (or two) of our lives where we’d like to make improvement and see positive change.
What is your food made from?
Modern food just ain’t what it used to be. This statement should be read quite literally. Many of the packaged products available, should more accurately be described as ‘food-like products’, than food in the true sense, you know, the kind that provides you with valuable nutrition; the stuff of life.
Resoleomics, stress, and ‘the self’.
Leo Pruimboom writes on resoleomics in his article entitled: ‘The evolutionary origins of inflammation’, which I summarise here:
Paleo a simple truth Melbourne Functional Medicine
You, dear reader, really are an amazing organism; a work of art, say some; a beautiful machine prefer others. Either way, the problem is that your body is now outdated. We have simply not had enough evolutionary time for our DNA to adapt to the current modern lifestyle.