From a diet perspective, there are a wide range of foods that can be supportive to anxiety and other mood disorders. Foods that we want to include in your diet:
- Magnesium rich foods as magnesium is beneficial for nervous system support and stress support - pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, quinoa, tofu, brown rice, spinach, dark leafy green veggies such as kale and silverbeet, cashews, almonds, chickpeas, chia seeds.
- Omega 3 fatty acids - salmon, sardines, mackerel, fis
With R U OK week last week I thought now would be the perfect time to discuss anxiety and what naturopaths can offer to assist in reducing symptoms. Anxiety or generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is described as people with an unpleasant feeling of excessive worry, nervousness, apprehension and fear that something bad is happening or about to happen. Majority of the clients I see experience or have experienced in the past some form or level of anxiety and for some this can be
Fatigue is the most common symptom that presents to Australian GP's. 1.5 million Australians every year present to their doctor with fatigue so let's find ways to prevent this from happening! But what is fatigue? Fatigue is characterised by a lessened capacity or motivation for work ... usually accompanied by a feeling of weariness, sleepiness, irritability or loss of ambition. As fatigue is a symptom, we need to find the root cause for the fatigue to assist in improving symp
Over the Christmas break I was knocked down with a chest, throat and ear infection. Unfortunately I didn’t get them all at the same time, the bugs kept moving around in my respiratory tract so it took 4 weeks to clear. I tried absolutely everything – resting, herbs, nutritional supplements, inhalations, chest rubs, throat sprays, nose sprays, paracetamol and even antibiotics. Yes naturopaths get sick also and yes sometimes we have to resort to antibiotics and over the counter
There are a multitude of ways in which we can look after ourselves. In fact, there too many to count! It can become quite confusing and very overwhelming. One week we are told to eat a “superfood” then the next week we are told this can cause disease. However health does not need to be overwhelming or confusing. We need to start listening to our bodies, acknowledging when we feel good and when we do not feel good. There are only 5 personal control factors we all have over our
We are all flat out and busy and our stress levels are mirroring these aspects of our lives. Majority of people say they have more stress in their lives than they did 5 years ago, which is more than 10 years ago. To be quite honest, it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. And the only way things are going to change is if we actively do something about it. If we are not changing our lifestyle then we cannot expect our stress levels to change either. So what can
Stress is one of those things we all experience but do we really understand the effects on our body? Well first we need to discuss your adrenal gland and it's function - your adrenal gland is an endocrine gland which produces a range of hormones including cortisol (your stress hormone), adrenaline and noradrenaline. Your adrenal gland is located just above your kidneys. Adrenal fatigue is long term perceived stress causing your adrenal gland to continually release cortisol as
Many people believe that meditation and yoga are the only ways to include relaxation in to your daily lives. Meditation and yoga are great forms of relaxation and mindfulness however there are a multitude of other ways to incorporate stress reduction practice into your routines. One way that you can do this is to sing. This is one of our favourite ways to relax and have a giggle and are usually doing this in the car or in the shower so you can really let go without judgement.
We are all becoming more aware of the importance of being mindful but we are also so very busy in our daily lives so how can we incorporate mindfulness into our routine to obtain the benefits. Mindful eating is a wonderful way to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives as we all have to eat! For majority of people, mindful eating gives you the opportunity to be mindful at least 3 times a day! So what is mindful eating? Mindful eating is sitting down and being present whe