I use detox as a clinical tool. I find it makes a huge improvement in my patients, especially for (but not limited to) those suffering fatigue, endocrine issues, digestive disorders and adrenal burnout.
Detoxing is also fantastic for pre-conception care.
I always spend time chatting with my clients and really getting a sense of what is realistic and what they can manage. Aspirations can be admirable. But you must know what you’re getting in to, be invested in the benefits and be up for it.
It can either be pleasurable coming home to your optimal health or it can be a total struggle. Preparation is what makes the difference. (more…)
Hay fever. Grrrr, it’s sooo annoying.
What Causes Hay Fever?
Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system misidentifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. An inflammatory reaction takes place in an attempt to eject this substance from the system, resulting in a variety of symptoms.
Common allergens (substances that produce allergic reactions) are foods, pollen, animal dander, mould, insect venom, drugs and dust mites.
There are other insidious factors that can set you up to be much more reactive as your immune system is already on alert and trigger happy.
Broth Broth Broth Broth.. sick of hearing about it already? Thought you learnt all there is to know about it, starting to think it could be a diet fad to rival green smoothies? Should kale and quinoa get nervous? Things may be blowing up in the media and people touting all sorts of claims, but really, but it’s a very normal part of diets occurring across the globe . It is especially present in cultures where they need to utilise as much as they can from their produce and livestock in an effort to have enough to nourish and strengthen the tribe.
Not only that, it’s easy to make, nutrient dense, easily absorbable by the body, warming and welcome in the colder months and suitable for all ages.
More specifically, adding medicinals to your soup stock is way old grandmothers medicine in China. The synergistic effect of combining both food and medicine in Chinese culture has been understood and utilised for a long time. It has a beneficial effect on vitality, energy, immunity and fertility.
WOOT WOOT! Summer has arrived!
Most of the Cloud Gate detoxers are finishing up their detox program. As the Christmas season approaches, detoxing is the LAST thing that people are thinking about.
Instead, peeps be gearing up to CELEBRATE.
Having a strong-willed inner hedonist myself, I have crafted a summer and Christmas party survival guide (based on experience) so that you can coast through this time, still releasing, connecting and celebrating but not abusing your body along the way.
The seasonal change is upon us yet again. Been out and smelled the flowers lately? Turned your head to bask in the sunlight? We are emerging from those long dark nights. Yang times are approaching. Things are going to pick up. Especially socially. Especially outside.
What does spring mean to you? To me it means luxuriating in the sun without getting too hot or burnt. It means stopping to smell the flowers as my nose picks up new full body milky scents of jasmine, gardenia and daphne. Spring is so damn optimistic, I love it.
It also heralds the beginning of about 3 months of sinus & energy hell for my partner and many of you guys, my patients.
I just returned from a quasi-spontaneous 3-week working holiday in Japan. We went so as my son could meet his grandparents – my Japanese in-laws – for the first time.
Travel has always been one of my greatest teachers. It shifts perspective like nothing else.
It was our first international trip as a family and I knew it would be very different from my life-before-kid travels, that’s for sure (ie NOT snowboard, hot spring, sake, party, repeat). We spent more time in one place, moved slowly and integrated into Japanese family life. This allowed me to understand more aspects of the Japanese culture.
I was happy to discover lots of deeply echoed Chinese Medicine lifestyle advice and health promotion in Japan. Japanese daily life is rich in these guiding principles.
So here are 8 lessons I learnt from my Japanese in-laws during our stay. I hope you find these relevant and helpful.
The seasonal change is upon us, we are emerging from those last long glorious days of late summer. A few days past the Autumn Equinox now, the light and the dark of day and night stood equal for a day and now the pivot has swung. I feel the transition, the sweet departing of the summer warmth & light, in the beautiful glow of the autumn sun setting. We are starting to feel the chill at night and thinking about cosy warming things is still novel. The Yin is approaching. How you going to handle it? Will you thrive? or curl up under your rock and sniffle and cough? If your tempted to do the latter, underneath is for you..