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Feeling Frantic? You Could Be Fatigued…

by Leisa on April 6, 2015

It seems like a contradiction in terms, but sometimes feeling completely frantic and anxious can be a sign of fatigue. When someone is suffering from adrenal exhaustion, the hormone cortisol is not being produced in optimal amounts. Alongside the common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, such as low blood pressure (dizziness on standing up quickly), salt
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But I Don’t Eat Much!

by Leisa on February 16, 2015

It is a very interesting mind-set that we have in today’s society that equates eating less food – to good health. We have been marketed to for decades by the diet industry pushing the belief that the answer to weight loss is to ‘eat less and exercise more’. As most know, that simplistic mantra for
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Feeling Depressed? It Could Be Your Thyroid…

by Leisa on January 28, 2015

Depression is such a common disorder today, with some of the highest selling drugs on the market being anti-depressants. People are having trouble coping with life, and there is not just one factor that contributes to depression, but many angles to explore in the uncovering of what is actually going on. Certainly poor food choices
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Gut Instinct

by Leisa on November 1, 2011

I really enjoyed this article – it confirmed something I already knew, and that was that dysbiosis, or imbalances in gut bacteria, can cause problems with mood, such as depression. Knowing that many of our brain chemicals are produced in out digestive tract, it makes sense that  a disruption of the good bacteria can influence
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Exercise is Meant to be Fun!

by Leisa on July 22, 2011

When we feel fantatsic every day with boundless energy and enthusiasm for life, we naturally want to move our bodies and find joy in the expression of physical activity. But when we are tired, unmotivated, apathetic, and feeling down, exercise becomes an insurmountable challenge and drops to the bottom of our to-do list. This then becomes a viscious cycle where the
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Van Gogh is Bipolar

by Leisa on October 27, 2009

No, this isn’t an analysis of the mental status of the brilliant artist Van Gogh – but is the name of a new restaurant in the Philippines! We all know that “food can improve your  mood”, but this restaurant takes it to another level Filipinos can eat themselves happy at Van Gogh is Bipolar “It’s
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The Twinkie Defense

by Leisa on July 17, 2009

Last night I watched the movie “Milk” starring Sean Penn, and thought it was a brilliant, but sad movie, and extremely well acted. It was towards the end of the movie in the courtroom trial of Dan White who assassinated both San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk; that the “Twinkie Defense” was mentioned.  It was
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The Soul of the Thyroid

by Leisa on May 24, 2008

In one of my newsletters I reviewed a book by Charles Eisenstein called “The Yoga of Eating”, and I enjoy reading his wisdom and perspective very much. He has just released an article on issues such as chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and thyroid disorders; writing on this subject from a perspective of our own body wisdom and
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It’s now been a few months since launching my Saliva Hormone Testing service and the feedback from my very satisfied customers has been amazing. I’ve been able to identify some very important areas of concern showing up on the test results, and I have put together effective strategies from both the naturopathic and the medical world to guide these
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The Vitamin D Miracle: Is It For Real?

by Leisa on March 9, 2008

I’ve written before about the importance of Vitamin D (Blog post: Breast Cancer Prevention) in cancer prevention, and there has just been a great article published that examines whether the facts around Vitamin D stand up to the hype: The Vitamin D Miracle: Is It For Real? There are so many dangers of buying into the “slip,
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