HOW DOES LACK OF SLEEP AFFECT MY HORMONES?  

Sleep is one of the most important functions we perform each day. Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep is thought to disrupt the circadian rhythms of the body. These rhythms provide physical, mental and behavioural changes over a 24-hour period. Our daily exposure to light and dark are crucial for regulation. However, stress, exercise and diet can also play a role in either regulating or disrupting our rhythms.Continue Reading

DO YOU ALWAYS FEEL TIRED?

Did you know that fatigue is the most common unexplained complaint presented to GPs? The reason the cause of fatigue is often poorly diagnosed is because it originates from multiple areas. Some of these include: nutrient deficiencies, chronic stress, poor sleep quality, infections, immune exhaustion, inflammation, blood sugar dysregulation, thyroid, inadequate physical activity, over-exercising, lifestyle factors, drug and alcohol use, and medication. Continue Reading

WHY WE ALL NEED SOME DISTANCE FROM TECHNOLOGY 

Most of us would agree that the advancement of technology has brought about numerous benefits and efficiencies. However, it’s important for us to disconnect from it when we can. Here’s a few reasons why:Continue Reading

OVERCOMING THE SHADOWS: MY JOURNEY THROUGH CHRONIC FATIGUE

As a 12-year-old, although I was getting plenty of sleep, I was always feeling tired and struggled to get out of bed. Like many kids, I was very active, playing football during the winter and cricket during the summer. When I wasn’t training or playing sport, I was in the backyard with my twin brother kicking balls, practicing bowling, hitting balls suspended from the rafters and riding bikes. I never liked to sit still for too long. I just loved being outside and active. Continue Reading

WHAT’S IN SEASON AT THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN?

FRUITS apples, bananas, custard apples, feijoas, figs, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges (valencia), papaya, passionfruit, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates and quinces.Continue Reading

UNDERSTANDING BLOOD PRESSURE

Has your blood pressure (BP) been increasing with time? Or have you been told that you have high BP? Do you know what’s healthy for you? In Australia, twice as many men experience heart attacks compared to females (The Heart Foundation). It’s time for us to change this by better prioritising our health.Continue Reading

ROB’S FAVOURITE READS IN 2023

Welcome to 2024. I hope you were all able to get time to recharge during the break and have had a positive start to the year. One of the things that I use to recharge is reading. But this does not involve the scientific journals, naturopathic texts or personal development books which I’m obliged to read all year round. It’s through fiction. Novels born from a place of imagination and observation. Works that stretch your mind and your senses. With all of this said, here are my best reads for 2023.Continue Reading

THE BLUE ZONES: WHERE HEALTH POTENTIAL THRIVES!

Many of you know that I’ve been interested in Michel Poulain and Giovanni Mario Pes’s research on the Blue Zones since they first published their findings back in 2004. Continue Reading

KEY ELEMENTS FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHILD

Like you, your special little (or big) child is trying to find their way in a hectic world...Continue Reading

CORTISOL – FRIEND OR FOE?

A common conversation I have with clients is around whether cortisol is a good or a bad thing in their life. Let’s face it, cortisol gets a bad wrap.Continue Reading

MY LUNCH BOX

The other day I inadvertently left my lunch box on my desk which prompted one of my clients to ask: ‘What does a Naturopath eat for lunch?’Continue Reading

MOVEMBER

November is well known as ‘Movember’, the month we stop shaving the ‘MO’ to create conversation about the health issues affecting Australian men...Continue Reading

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

October is Mental Health Awareness Month in Australia.  A time to reflect on the profound impact of mental health on society. With all that is happening in our complex world, we are seeing diverse emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and physical effects such as:Continue Reading

COLLAGEN – DOES IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

I’m sure by now, you will have come across advertising and influencers advocating for the benefits of collagen. Some of you may have been wowed by the information, some of you may be sceptical. Allow me to explain what collagen is, the importance of collagen production, and its benefits.Continue Reading

CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOUR AND FOOD ADDITIVES

Children’s behaviour and behavioural symptoms are often caused and aggravated by food additives. Studies show that symptoms of behavioural issues can be reduced and sometimes eliminated by avoiding the following foods and food additives.Continue Reading

FOCUSING ON HEALTH CAN ENHANCE A CANCER PATIENT’S POTENTIAL OUTCOME

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to both attend and speak at a national forum on cancer. It encompassed two full days of education, motivation and networking with some of the most important players in integrative oncology in Australia.Continue Reading

OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS

I am sure, like me, you have said or heard others say; “There are so many bugs going around at the moment! Everyone seems to be getting sick!” It’s no wonder when you consider that pathogen-bearing droplets can be suspended in the air for not just seconds, but minutes, and can travel up to 8 metres! (1)Continue Reading

HOW IRON LEVELS CAN AFFECT YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Do you often have extreme fatigue or feel out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs? Perhaps you have put it down to not being fit, but have you ever considered if this also could be due to low iron levels?Continue Reading

WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK

World Breastfeeding Week is from Tuesday 1st August – Monday 7th August 2023. This global campaign aims to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages. If you are breastfeeding or have in the past, below is some guidance on how you can enable yourself and your child to obtain the most out of your breastfeeding experience.Continue Reading

INSIGHTS FROM THE METAGENICS CONGRESS- THE WELL WOMAN (part 3)

The Metagenics congress- The Well Woman focused on Women’s wellness. Here are some of my insights on Perimenopause, the second puberty.Continue Reading

STRUCTURE GOVERNS FUNCTION

At Claridge Naturopathics, we started stocking Gelpro Peptipro collagen in our Nurture Healthy Living store seven years ago after observing exciting findings in the scientific research. Continue Reading