FIND OUT HOW TO WIN THE WEIGHT BATTLE DURING PERI MENOPAUSE/MENOPAUSE!

FIND OUT HOW TO WIN THE WEIGHT BATTLE DURING PERI MENOPAUSE/MENOPAUSE!

ARE YOU GAINING BODY FAT AND FINDING IT HARDER TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Abdominal Weight Gain Occurs Because Of A Drop In Oestrogen Levels, Low-Quality Sleep & Reductions In Metabolism And Muscle Tone.

LEARN MORE about HOW YOU CAN ‘HARNESS YOUR HORMONES’ 

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE GAINED WEIGHT, AROUND THE MIDDLE, BUM AND HIPS?

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE GAINED WEIGHT, AROUND THE MIDDLE, BUM AND HIPS?

AND EVEN WITH A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET WITH EXERCISE, THE WEIGHT STILL PERSISTS.

Unbalanced Hormones and Stress Can Change How The Body Digests Food, Slow Metabolism, And Make Your Body Hold Onto Fat And Fluid.

IF YOU ANSWERED YES! FIND OUT HOW MY  ‘Harness Your Hormones’ Program CAN HELP YOU.

BUSY LIFE! DO YOU WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING?

BUSY LIFE! DO YOU WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING?

Are The Kids Ok? Am I Giving Them Everything They Need? I Can’t Deal With The Stress Any More. I Wish I Had More Time In The Day. I Don’t Like The Way I Look!

FOR MANY WOMEN, THIS CHRONIC STRESS RESPONSE IS NEVER SWITCHED OFF, AND THEY FIND IT HARD TO FIND THE JOY IN SIMPLE THINGS.

FIND OUT NOW HOW YOU CAN REBALANCE YOUR STRESS HORMONES AND SUPPORT YOUR BODY’S OWN UNIQUE NEEDS.

 

I HELP ADRENAL FATIGUED STRESSED WOMEN TO RENEW THEIR ENERGY, REDEFINE THEIR HEALTH AND RECLAIM THEIR LIFE.

I HELP ADRENAL FATIGUED STRESSED WOMEN TO RENEW THEIR ENERGY, REDEFINE THEIR HEALTH AND RECLAIM THEIR LIFE.

Learn How You Can Conquer Constant Stress, Anxiety, Fatigue, Brain Fog, Low Mood, Moodiness, Weight Gain, Digestive Issues, Thyroid Metabolic Issues, And Hormonal Imbalances.

COME BACK TO YOUR TRUE SELF.

BRAIN FOG, POOR MEMORY or FORGETFULNESS?

BRAIN FOG, POOR MEMORY or FORGETFULNESS?

ARE YOU FINDING IT HARD TO CONCENTRATE OR MUSTERING THE MOTIVATION?

Kristen arrived in my office, like so many women before her, almost completely worn down. COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED AND BINGING ON SUGAR AND ALCOHOL EVERY NIGHT. She told me she simply had no energy to “do life.”

LEARN HOW YOU CAN RENEW YOUR VITALITY AND FEEL AMAZING AGAIN.

FEELING REALLY TIRED ALL THE TIME?

FEELING REALLY TIRED ALL THE TIME?

AFTER A SLEEPLESS NIGHT, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY YOU WANT COFFEE AND A SWEET MUFFIN FOR BREAKFAST?

Are You Having Trouble Concentrating, Constantly Feeling Dissatisfied, Extremely Fatigued Mentally and Physically Or Mustering Motivation?

LEARN HOW I CAN HELP YOU FIND OUT HOW TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES TO SUPPORT YOUR ADRENAL AND THYROID HEALTH.

DO YOU HAVE GUT ISSUES?

DO YOU HAVE GUT ISSUES?

Have You Been Wondering How Your Unique Gut And Microbiome Play A Role In Your Health?

Common signs and symptoms of Gut Barrier Function Issues may include Weight Gain/Loss, Bloating, Nausea, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Abdominal Pain, Sugar Cravings, Gas, Immunity Issues, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Unbalanced Hormones, Recurrent Immune Infections or sense that something isn’t quite right…

DISCOVER THE CAUSE AND CORRECT THE IMBALANCE!

ARE YOU FEELING LIKE YOUR FLUCTUATING BETWEEN SAD, HAPPY, IRRITABLE, CALM, ANGRY, DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, MOTIVATED AND TIRED?

ARE YOU FEELING LIKE YOUR FLUCTUATING BETWEEN SAD, HAPPY, IRRITABLE, CALM, ANGRY, DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, MOTIVATED AND TIRED?

ARE YOU WONDERING IF YOUR HORMONES ARE THE CULPRIT AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH?

Discover Why Your Hormones Are Important In Balancing Your Moods And Natural Ways To Make Your Hormones Happy.

Inflammation: The Hidden Cause of Depression.😴🔥

Think back to the last time you injured yourself. Perhaps you fell over and hurt your knee, or sprained your ankle playing sport. Along with the pain, you can probably recall how swollen, red and hot the area became. These changes were a sign of your body’s protective inflammatory response springing into action.

Although uncomfortable, inflammation enabled you to heal by forcing you to rest the affected limb and avoid injuring yourself further; protecting the area from infection, and clearing away damaged tissue. As healing occurred, the swelling and redness resolved, and your ankle went back to normal.

If a sprained ankle is what you think of when you hear the word ‘inflammation’, you are probably wondering what a simple injury and depression could possibly have in common. The answer is, more than you think.

Burn, Baby, Burn

There is a type of inflammation you can’t see as it may not be localised to a particular area, or have an obvious trigger, such as an injury. Instead, it’s systemic (affecting multiple areas throughout the body), and occurs on a microscopic scale.

However, just like the inflammation of a sprained ankle, systemic inflammation begins as a protective response to a trigger, such as infection or cell damage, and is designed to help you heal. Unfortunately, if the trigger is persistent, as in the case of chronic disease or infection, environmental exposure to irritants (e.g. pollution, smoking), or even chronic stress, then the inflammation remains constant. This creates a chronic, low-grade inflammatory state, which may damage healthy tissue and disrupt the functioning of many-body systems and organs – including your brain.

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Sick, Tired, and Depressed

To understand how chronic inflammation can affect mood, let’s consider something called ‘sickness behaviour’. Think back to a time when you had a significant infection – perhaps it was influenza or a bad bout of bronchitis. How did you feel?

If you’re like most people, you were exhausted; struggled to think; lost your appetite, your sense of pleasure, and your desire to spend time with others; and you probably felt very down. Rather than purely being caused by illness, these feelings were also a consequence of inflammation and, again, were designed to help you heal. How? By creating ‘sickness behaviours’, such as resting and keeping away from other people, which give you the best chance to recover without spreading the infection to others.

If you’re one of the 1.16 million Australians struggling with depression,1 you will have noticed the similarities between the feelings described above – such as a low mood, anhedonia (loss of pleasure) and fatigue – and how you feel when you’re depressed.

So, if inflammation can create depression-like feelings and behaviours in the context of being sick, can it cause depression in an otherwise healthy person?

Brain on Fire

Although inflammation and depression are definitely linked, researchers are still trying to establish which comes first, inflammation or depression. Here is what we know so far:

  • Otherwise healthy people with depression have higher levels of markers of inflammation in their blood compared with non-depressed, healthy individuals, including the systemic inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein (CRP)2
  • Children with elevated levels of CRP in their blood are more likely to develop depression 5 to 10 years later as young adults3
  • People who have been depressed for a long time show 30% more brain inflammation than those who are depressed for a shorter amount of time4
  • Depression is significantly more likely to develop in people with other inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease5
  • Anti-inflammatory medications have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms of depression6

Grab the Fire Extinguisher

The good news is that reducing your level of inflammation (also called your ‘inflammatory load’) could help with your mood. You can influence your inflammatory load by tweaking your daily diet, exercise and supplements. Here are some tips to get you started (for more tips, click here):

Anti-inflammatory foods

Your diet can either promote or reduce inflammation. In fact, people who end up developing depression often have higher intakes of pro-inflammatory foods such as sugar, unhealthy fats, and carbohydrates.7 Swap these foods for anti-inflammatory choices, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fatty fish. It can be as easy as starting with a bowl of lightly steamed vegetables, a tin of salmon, and some brown rice for lunch.

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Exercise

Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, dancing, gardening or gentle cycling, has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation.8 Additionally, exercise provides well-known mood-boosting benefits, such as an increase in endorphins (feel-good brain chemicals). Start with whatever you can commit to doing at least three times a week, and build from there.

Supplements

Turmeric is one of the most well-researched anti-inflammatory supplements. It significantly improves symptoms of depression when taken for at least four to six weeks, and also reduces anxiety in depressed people, without causing any unwanted side effects.9 In fact, a specific turmeric extract, known as BCM-95™, combined with saffron has shown similar benefits to antidepressant medication.10 Click here to find out more about how turmeric reduces inflammation.

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Put Out the Fire for a Better Mood

Inflammation and depression are inextricably linked. Regardless of which comes first, reducing your inflammatory load is vital in the fight against depression, enabling you to put out the fire of inflammation and achieve a healthy mood. For help changing your diet and exercise habits, or to help you choose the supplements that will be the best fit for you please contact me.