11 Simple Ways To De-Stress Your Life

11 Simple Ways To De-Stress Your Life

“Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” – Terri Guillmets

In cave man times, stress meant being stalked by sabre tooth tigers and outwitting or fleeing them to survive.

Today, we don’t have these physical threat, rather stress generated through our thoughts, perceptions and stories that we continuously replay in our heads.

Most days in my naturopathic clinic at Mt Martha, the number one hormone disruptor of your thyroid, blood sugar, adrenals, sex hormones is STRESS. Chronic, unrelenting, destructive and disempowering.

I’ve always said you can’t medicate out of a bad lifestyle long term. Lasting results are based on changing your patterns of how you show up every day.

Here’s 11 simple ways to de-stress your life and balance your hormones –

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Are Hormones Causing Your Fatigue, Weight Gain Or Moodiness?

Are Hormones Causing Your Fatigue, Weight Gain Or Moodiness?

Feel like your hormones are a little out of whack?

Here’s a few tips to steer you in the right direction.

Hormones are chemical messengers in your body. They send constant messages to every organ and alters things like energy levels, mood, weight, digestion, temperature and much more. Hormone producing organs include your brain (hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands), thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenals, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive glands (ovaries and testes).

As it is in life, we never truly appreciating the effects of something, until it’s not working as it should. This imbalance can be from, too much or too little or not the right ratio of this to that. In hormone land, there are loads of negative & positive feedback loops, so one anomaly can cause a cascade of effects.

In Naturopathic or integrative medicine, we aim to find the root cause and rectify and support your natural hormonal balance and keep you symptom free. This is why we often use salivary hormone testing. It’s more sensitive and measures the unbound or free portion of hormones that acts on your tissues. So it’s easier to titrate doses of natural hormones, herbs, nutrients and the like and correlates better with symptoms.

Mainstream medicine however tends to favour serum blood tests, which measure total blood levels, so bound and unbound. So, it’s hard to see what’s working and what’s not to fine tune it. You’re often given high doses of synthetic tablets or creams, to replace a deficiency and often result in an array of side effects and potentially hazardous long term outcomes. Otherwise, if your symptoms don’t correlate with abnormal blood results you’re told you’re just getting old, offered antidepressants or told to lose weight. When really the testing wasn’t sensitive enough to pick up the problem.

Here’s some common hormonal symptoms I see and you may be experiencing right now.

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7 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight No Matter How Hard You Try

7 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight No Matter How Hard You Try

You’re getting dressed you walk past the scales…. it’s time to check in to see how if you’re losing weight.
You’re holding your breath and have one eye shut…..you’re not sure you want to look!
It’s been a tough week of eating less and moving more, especially, after all the mouth-watering delights of summer and the festive season.

Ahhhh….those damn number haven’t shifted down?
Why? What’s going wrong? You say to yourself. This needs to change I’m not buying fat clothes….no way!

Here’s 7 possible reasons you’re not losing weight.

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8 Steps To Resetting Your Appetite

8 Steps To Resetting Your Appetite

Are all the chocolates, mince pies and left over delights from xmas in your house calling your name?

Like when you put your feet up after dinner? When you sit at computer mid- afternoon? Or is it all day every day?

Feeling starving, stomach grumbling? Yet you’re eating loads more than usual. Waistband is tightening and you’re starting to feel a bit spongy everywhere, especially those butt and thighs.

It’s like you’ve turned the food indulgence knob to high and you’re finding it hard to switch it down again. You know it’s got to happen, but you’re still gathering the willpower.

You may even be attempting a reset as we speak.

How do I know? Well, don’t worry I’ve been there many times.

And no matter how I try to justify it….you can overdose on organic Dark chocolate. Damn it!

How do you reset back to simplicity after being tantalised by the heavenly tastes and delights of the festive season?

Here are 7 tips to resetting your appetite and making those numbers on your scales go down:

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