Supporting different types of Arthritis
October 19, 2017
As we age people expect they will start to develop aches and pains, however all arthritis is not the same and may need to be managed differently.
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Urinary Tract Infections
June 12, 2017
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can happen anywhere along the urinary tract and on average 1 in 4 women will suffer from UTI's in their lifetime.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
October 19, 2017
IBS seems quite generic diagnosis for any gastric disorder with no obvious solution…
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Perimenopause to Menopause
October 19, 2017
For many women hormones can start to fluctuate in their late 30’s through to their 40’s…
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Insomnia and Stress
October 19, 2017
Lack of sleep can make you feel tired, grumpy, short tempered and unable to think.
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
There are ways to lessen those Spring allergies without resorting to antihistamines...
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
If we don’t manage stress we eventually burn out and are left with adrenal fatigue...
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
Stress is the secret cause behind many of our health problems, literally ruining some people’s health and lives...
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
Apart from Christmas, birthdays etc, when many of us know we have overdone it, most of are not aware of when we need to detox...
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See all my latest blogs and articles
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DNA Profiling Tests
June 12, 2017
Personalised genetic profiling offers an insight in to how your body responds to diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle at a cellular level.
DNA Profiling Tests
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Corporate Wellness
June 12, 2017
I have spent many years in the corporate world dealing with stress and keeping a work/life balance. Now as a naturopath I enthusiastically work with Corporate Wellness.
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Metagenics Detox
June 12, 2017
Metagenics' natural detoxification program can rapidly improve the state of your health.
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Allergy Hair Tests
June 12, 2017
This test is great for identifying food and non-food related allergies.
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Health/History Wellbeing Questionnaire
This is the questionnaire I ask all my clients to fill out before the first visit.
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Mood and Stress Questionnaire
This questionnaire can help you gain an insight into your present mood and stress.
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Conditions
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Supporting different types of Arthritis
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Perimenopause to Menopause
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Urinary Tract Infections
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Blog and Articles
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Can I Get Off the Meds?
July 13, 2016
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
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Boosting Winter Immunity
June 29, 2016
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Menopause
September 18, 2016
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
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Iodine - Running your Metabolism
November 9, 2016
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Tests and Services
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Genetic Profiling for Personalised Health
DNA Profiling Tests
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Metagenics Detox Programme
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Corporate Wellness and Services
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Allergy Hair Tests
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Questionnaires
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Health/History Wellbeing Questionnaire
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Mood and Stress Questionnaire
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Stomach Acid - Too much or too little?
When indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux become a regular occurrence it needs to be addressed.
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When indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux become a regular occurrence it needs to be addressed.
Why is stomach acid important? Stomach acid is an important substance for protection and the proper digestion of our food.

Its low pH or acidity provides a natural immunity by killing invading bugs ingested through food or contact with the outside world. This stops many things like bacteria and parasites from proceeding further into our digestive system where they can do more harm.

The acid in the stomach is also the first substance to start breaking down our foods, especially protein and fats. This digestive process is important as here food is broken into smaller components to release nutrients and help absorption later in the digestive system. For example, stomach acid triggers the conversion of the enzyme pepsinogen to pepsin, which begins the breakdown of proteins. It is also essential to activate the creation of Vitamin B12.

What can go out of balance?

When stomach acid and structures of the stomach become out of balance our digestive system is impacted in many ways. For instance if stomach acid becomes too weak this can lead to poorly digested food, poor vitamin and mineral absorption, low vitamin B12, indigestion and susceptibility to bacterial and parasitic invasion. Lower stomach acid can occur as we age, but also through:

drinking too much water with meals

regular use of antacids

long term use of medicines that inhibit stomach acid production

Excess stomach acid can also lead to discomfort such as reflux and can be caused by many factors such as stress, alcohol, excess caffeine, over eating and sometimes from food that you may be intolerant to. I also find that food intolerances can be a causative factor in acid reflux, burping, belching or stomach discomfort.

Further problems can occur if the protective mucosal layer of the stomach is damaged. This protective substance creates a barrier to stop the highly acid contents of the stomach coming into contain with the walls of the stomach. When this occurs it can cause painful stomach ulcers. One of the main culprits of damaged stomach mucosa is the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which has a tendency to attack the stomach lining, although aspirin and alcohol can be damaging too. Reflux can also occur when the opening to the stomach does not work well, allowing acid to go up into the oesophagus.

Signs of imbalanced stomach acid  

Gas, bloating, acid reflux, belching, abdominal discomfort

If you look at your finger nails at the bottom of the nail attachment you will see a pale semi-circle called a half moon. These should be on all nails, but often in the case of low stomach acid they may be missing except on the thumb

Since many of the symptoms of low and excess stomach acid are similar you can do this simple stomach acid self-test. If you have indigestion take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on its own or with a little warm water. If symptoms improve stomach acid may be low, if they worsen its likely to be too high.

What could we consider to bring the stomach back into balance?

Of course everyone is different and underlying causes have to be addressed. Here are some factors that I would consider when working in this area.

Increase Low HCL (Hydrochloric Acid)

Lemon juice in water in the mornings or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before meals are easy things to introduce into your diet that can help keep a strong digestive system into your old age

Increase consumption of sour foods and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi or culinary vinegars is dressings

Avoid milk or water with meals

If on long-term use of protein pump inhibitors or antacid tablets address the underlying factors so they are no longer needed to reduce stomach acid

Betaine Hydrochloride can be supplemented in cases where levels are very low

Decrease high HCL

Change diet to cut out alcohol, caffeine, fatty and processed foods

Use herbs or techniques to manage stress

Identify foods that may cause aggravation or intolerance

General stomach improvements

Cooling (peppermint) or warming digestive herbs (ginger, cinnamon, fennel) can ease symptoms

Taking digestive enzymes can help the breakdown of foods

Improve the mucosal layer using herbs such as aloe vera, slippery elm, marshmallow, chamomile and liquorice - be aware different herbs will suit different people

If you do have stomach pain and ulcers see your GP and they can test you for Helicobacter pylori

Toning the sphincters of the stomach so acid does not come up and food goes down

Calcium or magnesium can be helpful depending on whether the valves of the stomach are too tight or too weak

If you have issues with acidity or heartburn why not book an appointment today.
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Please remember when you receive your booking confirmation to fill in your Health, History and Wellness form and send to me. You can find the form here

Thank you! Your Booking Request has been sent! I’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss dates and times available. If you have not received a response within 24 hours please ring me on 021 819 064.

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