Blogs: Ask A Naturopath

Nasal Hygiene

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Here in the Southern hemisphere Christmas falls in summer and for many people the season brings more than good wishes. For people who suffer from Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis, summer can turn into a nightmare.  New Zealand with its long grass pollen season stretching from September to March can test the patience of many sufferers. Continue reading »

Creating a Healthier Family

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If you or your children are spending lots of time sitting, you are all at risk of becoming a “couch potato”.  Nearly one in three kiwis is overweight – including children.  Weight gain occurs when the energy consumed (food) is more than the energy that is used (exercise). Continue reading »

Growing great families – with great nutrition

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Every day there is a new report of yet another study telling us what we should or shouldn’t eat.  Deciding what is right for you and your family can be confusing – there are such a lot of different models for “healthy nutrition” or “healthy eating guidelines” – such as the Food Pyramid – all supposedly to guide us make the right choices.  But even the well-established Food Pyramid keeps changing, so how can you make sure you get the right balance of quality nutrients for growing your great family? Continue reading »

All about Gut Dysbiosis

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Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said ‘All disease begins in the gut’. This is as true today as it was then. When our digestion is less than optimal it can cause all manner of discomfort and suffering. Read on to find out more about Gut Dysbiosis.  Continue reading »

Nutrition guidelines for preconception and healthy pregnancy

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For many women, preconception nutrition is not considered unless they have a related health issue or are consciously planning for a healthy pregnancy.    Once pregnant, focus is altered to planning for arrival of baby, so post-conception nutrition can be an afterthought, yet remains vitally important throughout pregnancy. Continue reading »

Be prepared and get your family through winter illnesses

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The autumn sun is still caressing us with its warming rays but the chill in the early mornings and the nights lets us know that winter is on its way. With it comes winter bugs and viruses that seem to be everywhere – especially in places like buses, trains, day-care centres, schools or offices. So it’s time to think about stocking up on tissues to be ready for the first winter cold? Well, maybe you won’t need to prepare yourself quite like this! The trick is to boost the immune system of you  and your loved ones to help increase the body’s resistance to infection and to improve recuperation. Continue reading »

Hair loss in women

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A common complaint we hear in the naturopathic clinic is hair loss. Do you think that hair loss is a condition that only affects older men or a few women as they hit menopause? Think again. Continue reading »

Burn out

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Hotels and restaurants, and education lead the field in burn-out. One in ten workers suffer from burn-out. In the hotel and restaurant sector the proportion of people suffering from burn-out has increased substantially. Continue reading »

Weight management and diets

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Many people are desperate to lose weight to look “hot”, and some actually even want to become healthier! It is unfortunate that we live in an age where it is all about appearances – and it is this reason I believe that many are desperate to lose weight fast, at just about any cost. Liposuction clinics are the extreme end of weight loss, but are getting to be surprisingly more common and acceptable in society. Continue reading »

Great reasons to lose weight

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If you know that you are overweight, there are some great reasons to consider losing weight.  Continue reading »