April 1, 2018

You may have heard the term "leaky gut" before, but what does it actually mean? What's leaking? Where's everything going? Maria Harpas, Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and Director of Natural Health Medicine explains below.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

‘Leaky-Gut-Syndrome’, also known as intestinal permeability, is a condition of the gastrointestinal tract which has claimed quite a bit of attention in recent years. In fac...

January 8, 2017

So you’ve heard that ‘going gluten free’ is good for you and like most people do, you feel great by keeping it off your plate. With all the controversy plastered across the media however, you’re not really sure why you’re following this health movement. 

I can understand if you’re a bit confused right now. You’ve got the ‘4 star ratings’ on cereal packets grabbing your attention down the supermarket aisle and ads on the telly...

March 6, 2016

It’s the number one recommendation by health professionals, the benefits are plastered all over health magazines and its something that all my patients self confess they need to improve on... the consumption of clean water.

 

 

Ok, so you’ve been told to get your 8 glasses in a day to support your body’s hydration levels, but does your water really give you something to splash about? There is a catch... your water source must be...

February 21, 2016

The vibrant colours, appetite enhancing aromas and mouth-watering flavours, often comes to mind with spices.

 

Did you know that spices also offer many medicinal functions in the body? Just like herbs, spices provide many incredible healing properties and my most favourite is the golden coloured Turmeric.

 

How Turmeric Can Aid Your Health?

 

Also known as Indian Saffron, Turmeric is from the Ginger family and is a warming spice fo...

February 13, 2016

Does grabbing a shake with protein powder classify as a healthy daily dose of protein for you?

 

Delivering protein through your food is a must. Your body can make proteins from substances called amino acids. There are 22 of these in total, but 8 of the amino acids (called essential amino acids), must be supplied through your diet in order to be used for protein synthesis.

Once formed in the body, proteins help to build importan...

December 17, 2015

 

I love to spend time with friends and family. It is so much fun being able to celebrate together, however often these special occasions come at a cost to our health!

 

Organic Raw Raspberry Ripples from Nutrition Republic

 

 

Over indulgences in the typical deep fried, processed, sugar laden food options, coupled with the 1 too many wines, beers or cocktails, often contribute to a growing waist line, digestive upsets, headaches,...

November 29, 2015

If you’re like me, your shopping expedition includes the detective work of reading food labels.

 

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Where and how you source your food shopping is such an important factor in gaining and maintaining optimal health for you and your family. With clever marketers working their magic to entice us to buy their products, buying healthy is tricky business. You must learn to look through the pretty pictures and misle...

October 31, 2015

If you’ve heard me talk, read my blog or seen me in clinic, you know I’m a fan of supporting gut health :-)

 

.. Why is gut health so important? 

 

You’re made up of around 1.5kg of bacteria! That is a whopping 10 times as many bacteria than cells in our body.  Having healthy beneficial bacteria levels is therefore crucial for supporting your gut health.  Among digestive health, good bacteria contribute to a well functioning brai...

September 1, 2015

 

 

 

 

A word of warning about soy.

 

When patients present to me with hormonal imbalance symptoms, I will focus on the importance of optimising their diet, together with lifestyle changes and supplementation support.

 

Among the dietary spring clean from gluten, artificial sweeteners and sugar, soy products are one of the first foods I recommend to leave off of the plate (and glass).  Let                                        me e...

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