Ask A Naturopath

Meet our qualified and experienced naturopaths who are able to help with your health questions and give the best nutritional advice, so you can live a happy, healthy life.

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RACHEL DAWSON

NUTRITIONIST AND MEDICAL HERBALIST

Rachel began studying and working within the natural health industry ten years ago whilst living in Australia. On returning to New Zealand in 2007 Rachel completed her Diploma of Nutrition. A love of herbs encouraged her to complete a Diploma of Herbal Medicine in 2010.Rachel has a special interest in reducing the physical and psychological impacts that stress has on the body using dietary strategies, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicines. Being a mum, Rachel also has a great appreciation for the immense value that good nutrition and complementary therapies offer in maintaining the ever important health and happiness of the littlest members of the family.

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LORELLE O’HALLORAN

NATUROPATH

Lorelle has had a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing.  She achieved a Bachelor of Health Science (Comp Med) and a Diploma of Herbal Medicine in 2004 and has been involved in the Natural Health industry for the past 12 years.  Lorelle has experience as a clinical practitioner as well as with education and practicing standards within natural health professions, and more recently has moved her focus to the retail sector.  Lorelle ensures that her husband and two children stay healthy through the simple principles of living well  – good nutrition, lots of physical activity and supplementation and complementary therapies when they’re needed.  Lorelle uses these principles to support her love of endurance triathlon and all things outdoors.

Ask a Naturopath

Radiance have a qualified naturopath ready to answer any questions you may have. Whether it be about picking the right supplement for your needs or constant ills and chills, itchy scratchy skin or irritable tummies we can help provide the dietary supplement and nutritional advice you need!

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Recent Questions and Answers…

Q. I am struggling to sleep at the moment, is there anything I can do?

A.  A good nights sleep can do wonders, try to ‘switch off’ at least 30mins before you go to bed by turning off your phone/TV/computer to help your brain start to calm down and try to sleep in a room with no light – this also helps the brain to calm down and gets ready for sleep.  If this still isn’t working, try a natural product that contains Zizyphus or Montmorency Tart Cherry.  These herbs support relaxation and may help with a good nights sleep.

Recommended products: Tart Cherry Sleep, Tart Cherry Sleep PLUS or Tart Cherry Sleep Medi Jubes.

Q. I do this every time, we have lots of events to go to and I always seem to over eat, how can I enjoy the food without feeling stuffed?

A. There are many things you can do to ensure you enjoy yourself while minimising the repercussions! Starting the day on the right foot can help your blood sugars to be balanced througout the day so you may only feel the need to nibble. A high fibre, protein & good fat breakfast can help set you up.  A good choice is: oats with sprinkled nuts, seeds & almond milk (a smoothie would be perfect!)  Also pay attention to chewing your food well and enjoy every mouthful. For extra support have digestive enzymes on hand activated charcoal for any gas and gastrointestinal discomfort that may occur – and most importantly, everything in moderation!

 

Recommended products: Digest Ezyme and Activated Charcoal

Q. I have heard that DIM (diindolmethane) is very difficult to absorb and needs to be a particular kind of DIM to actually have any kind of benefit. Is your Radiance® DIM able to be absorbed by the body?

Scientists now acknowledge that there are numerous physiological and molecular mechanisms which make it difficult for some people to manage their weight, despite good intentions. Many weight management products don’t take this into consideration, and that is precisely why they are often ineffective. A lot of diet pills and supplements are thermogenics that work by attempting to support the optimal rate at which our body burns fat (thermogenesis). These products can be problematic as they can cause anxiety, heart palpitations and sleeplessness. Fibrous bulking agents, a common alternative to thermogenics, can help to give a feeling of fullness, but on their own are rarely a successful weight management solution and can cause gastrointestinal upset. A 2009 scientific study into a novel patented African Mango extract Irvingia gabonensis extract named IGOB131 versus placebo showed significant support for weight management, body composition, lipid levels, and heart health. This wowed researchers as these are all far too common risk factors to be addressed for the maintenance of a healthy heart After investigating these groundbreaking results, researchers ascertained that unlike most weight management products, this novel African mango extract (IGOB131) produced these amazing outcomes via not one, but multiple different biological mechanisms. It is thought that IGOB131:

 

• May support a balancing effect on the enzyme which converts ingested starches to sugars in the digestive tract, thereby supporting balanced blood sugar levels.

• May support a balancing effect on another enzyme named glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, the pesky enzyme that turns blood sugar into the lipids that bloat fat cells, thus supporting balanced fat levels.

• Helps manage appetite by supporting the healthy activity of leptin, an appetite and weight managing hormone.

• May support the healthy action of apidonectin. This hormone is intrinsically involved in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, supporting healthy heart function, and may even support healthy fat balance.

Q. Hello, I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and get excessive flatulence and cramping pains in my intestines. What product you would recommend. I heard that probiotics can help?

A. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that affects many people worldwide. Whilst currently the causes of IBS are not completely understood, there are certainly things you can do to improve your symptoms.

It is known that those with IBS seem to have more sensitive enteric nervous systems – this is the part of the nervous system that lives in the lining of the intestines. These people are more sensitive to certain foods. It has recently come to light that a group of foods collectively called FODMAPS may be primary triggers for IBS. By avoiding foods that contains FODMAPS (short for Fermentable, Oligo, Di and Monosaccharides and Polyols – but you don’t need to memorise that!) you may find relief from many of your symptoms. Learn more about FODMAPS here.

As well as dietary changes, certain supplements can assist with IBS.

Peppermint oil is a traditional herbal medicine that has been used for thousands of years for intestinal discomfort due to it’s to quell spasms in the gut. Radiance® DigestEze combines peppermint oil with ginger and fennel in an easy to swallow softgel, to ease digestive discomfort.

Probiotics are another essential supplement for those with IBS. These ‘friendly’ bacteria have many regulating jobs in our digestive system. Many clinical trials have shown probiotic supplements can help improve symptoms of abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, reduce pain and help to normalise stool frequency and consistency. Choose a trusted brand such as Nature’s Way® Primadophilus who guarantee the numbers in their products are live and viable ‘Colony Forming Unit’s’ because it is important the probiotics are alive, to confer their health benefits to you.