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ADHD and Gut Health

ADHD and Gut Health – A Study Review

Human gut microbiome changes during a 10-week Randomised Control Trial for micronutrient supplementation in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

It has been found that your diet impacts your microbiome (gut health) and plays an important role in the regulation of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) behaviour. There is growing evidence suggesting nutritional supplements and your diet affects both mental and physical health.

ADHD and Gut Health
ADHD & the Gut Brain Axis

A 10-week study was conducted to investigate the effects of vitamins, minerals and amino acids (building blocks of muscle, skin and all tissues in the body) impact on gut health and overall ADHD symptoms. 17 boys took part in this study between the ages of 7 to 12 diagnosed with ADHD. There was both a treatment group who received the treatment and placebo (control) that did not receive the treatment.

It is believed that the diet can have an impact on what is called the gut-brain axis which influences neural, immune system and hormones which affects be behaviour overall.

The impact that our diet and nutrients have on the microbiome has been shown with anxiety in animals and in humans with irritable bowel syndrome. There is growing evidence that suggests nutrition plays an important role in ADHD behaviour with long term studies showing early malnutrition may be a risk factor.

Future long-term studies are required with a larger population base however the results do show possible changes occur in the short term with increasing nutrients.

ADHD and gut health
Good and Bad Bacterial Flora

Bacteria Present

For both the treatment group and placebo (no treatment), the types of bacteria in the gut shifted from Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes although Firmicutes remained consistent. Actinobacteria decreased significantly in the treatment group with an increase in Bacteroidetes with Proteobacteria having a slight increase. In the Actinobacteria consisting of Bifidobacteria (B.longum, B.adolescentis were the two major species of Bifidobacterium found). 

There is a general trend in this study that suggests increased Actinobacteria may be associated with ADHD. Several studies have found Bifidobacterium including B. longum appeared to have a protective effect against developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including ADHD, whereas Aarts et al. report a higher abundance of Bifidobacterium in ADHD cases compared to controls.

The findings in this study suggest that small non-specific changes involving many different bacteria are likely to have contributed towards a minor shit in the microbiome.


This is a small study and was conducted over a short period of time however still provides some valuable insights into gut health and the changes that are possible.

Simply Put

Increase fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet daily.

Quality protein is important for the development of all tissues, organs and hormones of the body and is exceptionally important in the developing growing child and teenager.

Increasing home made meals at home increases the potential for healthy eating.

Sugar and processed meals are meant as a treat and are not meant for daily consumption. Eat fresh fruits, nuts and seeds for those sweet cravings.

Increase prebiotics (specific fibres that can help to populate the nutrients necessary for probiotics to establish.

Seek the help of an experienced professional who can recommend stool analysis to determine types of bacteria present and to assist in re-balancing the gut microbiome. This study suggests that perhaps B.longum may assist ADHD. Flower essences may also assist.

Stress impacts your health overall including gut health. Finding ways to de-stress is super important.

ADHD and Gut Health
Increase the variety and choose colourful fruits and vegetables


Aaron J. Stevens, A., Purcell, R., Darling, K., Eggleston, M., Kennedy, M., and Rucklidge, J. (2019). Human gut microbiome changes during a 10-week Randomised Control Trial for micronutrient supplementation in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, 9:10128 |

Ian White, Bush Flower Essences, 1991 Bantam Books.

Contact Karen Green on 0400836254 or for an appointment today. Karen is a member of NHAA –

Bottlebrush for Spring

Bottlebrush for Spring

Bottlebrush for Spring and it means Spring has sprung! It is used for clearing and cleansing. Whilst studying and learning from my amazing teachers at “Balance for Life” I was taught an old Chinese way of healing; “We heal with what surrounds us”. Although we have a fast paced life a little different from Ancient Chinese ways I couldn’t help noticing the beautiful bottle-brushes blooming profusely here in Melbourne at the moment.

Bottlebrush, from the genus Callistemon, is also a Flower Essence used to heal the physical, mental, intellectual & spiritual aspects. It is used for clearing and cleansing away the old and for us to deal with change easily nd effortlessly.

Bottlebrush – Callistemon linearis

Bottlebrush for Spring

As it clears away (like a brush) bottlebrush helps us to let go and move through change with greater ease. It helps to brush away the past and allows a person to move on to new beginnings and experiences. Life is full of endings and beginnings, bringing constant change. In fact, we know there is constant climate change that is impacting many Australians as I write this. Bottlebrush helps with major life changes or turning points including starting school, getting a job, marriage, divorce, moving house, retirement and even transitioning to the afterlife (death).

If we resist change, we block the flow of life. Today more than ever we need to be flexible, adaptable and develop resilience.

Bottlebrush for Spring

The negative side of Bottlebrush

Overwhelmed by major life changes including in adolescence, parenthood, pregnancy, menopause, old age and in approaching death. These are all times when bottlebrush is called for.

Positive outcomes

  • Serenity and calmness
  • Coping with ease
  • Ability to move on

Note: Bottlebrush flower essences is not advisable for children under 12 years as we need to allow them to have their life experiences without interference.

Bottlebrush for Spring

Bottlebrush can be used for

Addictions, constipation (the need to let go along with boronia), arteriosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries), Back pain (particularly in the thoracic region – between the shoulders), blood disorders (cleansing and clearing), cellulite and swelling (clearing lymph), muscle cramps (can benefit), viruses, foot problems (the need to move forward), haemorrhoids (clearing and cleansing), skin issues,

The positive overall aspect of this essence allows a person to flow through life and its changes, being able to let go of the past and move ahead into the new.

When you see bottlebrush today, know that it has come into your life to help heal you! Take on bottlebrush energy and order your essence today!

Bottlebrush for Spring
picture from the Australian National Herbarium –

Bottlebrush Affirmations for Spring

I, your name, now allow myself to move easily and effortlessly with life’s changes.

I, your name, welcome new change and the responsibility of pregnancy/adolescence.

I, your name, let go of the past, breaking the bonds that bind, so I can move forward with grace and gratitude.


Australian National Herbarium –

Ian White – Australian Bush Flower Essences, 1991, Bantam Books

I have so much gratitude to my teachers past, present and future including Glenys Rochford, Marshall Lever & life! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Make a booking with Karen today for your unique flower essence to be made including Bottlebrush on or call 0400836254 or head to for more information.

Heal your GUT, Heal your BODY

In the ”heal your gut, heal your body” online workshop you learn everything you need to know about healing your gut and gut microbiome. Your gut health is crucial to your overall physical and mental well-being. Gut health issues can lead to autoimmunity, mental health problems, skin issues and digestive problems including lack of appetite, diarrhea and or constipation. It may be that you even have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Hippocrates stated, “All disease begins in the gut” and natural health practitioners work closely to heal your gut issues as the start of disease. Even scientists are catching on to this as more research show this too be true!

In a series of videos, audios and handouts the ”heal your body, heal your body” workshop, helps you to dive easily into the world of healing your gastrointestinal system. Listen in the comfort of your home or perhaps the audio of your car. This workshop is for both the general public and practitioners. Handouts are provided to help you along the way!

gut healing

What’s covered:

  • How and what to do to heal your gut – Leaky gut (Intestinal Hyper-permeability), SIBO & parasites
  • What to do when parasites are present & understand if you really need to eradicate them
  • Holistic healing of your gut through the Microbiome Diet
  • The Microbiome Make-over Protocol
  • The benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
  • Easy tips & information on hpw to heal your gut
  • How antibiotics affect your gut
  • Testing options – CDSA, Lactulose/Mannitol, Zonulin, Parasites. 
Heal your gut

Have you had a gastrointestinal issue for a long time and don’t know what to do? The ”heal your gut, heal your body” workshop helps you on the road to better health. Whether you are a practitioner or have general interest in healing your gastrointestinal tract there is something for everyone in this workshop. Need a guiding light into your health or business?

About Karen’s Courses

Karen designs practical & insightful workshops for those who are starting out in clinic & for the general public who want to embrace all things ‘’natural’’. It can be difficult to wade through the vast amount of health information available today. Trust a fully trained health professional who will take the confusion out of it for you. Embrace learning how to make your own beauty products, setting up your clinic, histamine, rotational eating & much more…

Why not sign up today and at your leisure learn about your most important aspect of your health, your gut microbiome and YOU! New Launch Discount includes 20% OFF until end of December 2019. Click here to sign up.

Probiotics for gut health

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Vitamin K for Health

Vitamin K for Health

Vitamin K is an important fat-soluble vitamin for health. It consists of two main subfamilies: vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone).  Naturally occurring forms of phylloquinone (K1) are found in green plants and vitamin K2 is synthesized from bacteria with the intestine. Vitamin K1 has an important function in blood clotting and vitamin K2 moves calcium from soft tissue into bone.

Vitamin K is:

  • Essential calcium metabolism and maintenance of bone health
  • Assists normal healthy blood coagulation
  • Reduces bone mineral density loss in health post-menopausal women

Calcium, vitamin D & A, and estrogen are necessary to maintain bone health and even people with adequate calcium, sunlight and vitamins A & D can struggle to maintain bone health particularly in the latter years when estrogen is also lost. Vitamin D increases the need for vitamin K2 as well as increasing its benefits. Mega-dosing of vitamin D is not recommended as this can increase the risk of calcium deposits in soft tissues, another reason for more is not better! Quality of calcium and the correct nutrients is however important.

Vitamin K content in Foods

Evidence has emerged of the crucial role of vitamin K2 in maintaining health tissues. Vitamin K2 has been shown to assist calcium from blood vessels into bones and in doing so protects against cardiovascular disease whilst depositing calcium in bone and teeth. Vitamin K2 deficiency can occur within 7 days of a vitamin K2 deficient diet. Those that are considered at greater risk are those with:

  • Impaired gastrointestinal absorption
  • Chronically treated with antibiotics (minimising the ability of favourable gut bacteria to produce K2)
  • Newborns with immature gastrointestinal systems
  • Diets low in vitamin K
  • Fat malabsorption disorders
  • Intestinal bypass surgery
  • Liver disease and pancreatitis

Vitamin K2 and Bone Health

Vitamin K2 activates certain proteins (i.e. osteocalcin) which then allows them to bind to calcium. Vitamin D is dependent on vitamin K2, and together with vitamin A stimulate the production of osteocalcin (bone forming protein) and inhibits the production of osteoclast cells which break down bone tissue. Estrogen assists vitamin D to form bone and when estrogen levels drop in menopause this activity potentially increases bone loss. It is important to supplement with K2 along with vitamin D in menopause, in the prevention of osteoporosis, although it is equally important to check vitamin D levels (vitamin D 1,25-OH2-D3) before supplementing. Although unclear osteocalcin appears to be involved in bone remodelling or calcium mobilization. Even though vitamin A assists the production of osteocalcin, more is not better. Vitamin A and E excess has been shown to antagonise vitamin K uptake (i.e. prevent absorption and metabolism). It is always about a balance with nutrients!

Health Benefits of Vitamin K

As vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin it is best absorbed with dietary fat. People who have difficulty absorbing fat generally have difficulty absorbing fat-soluble vitamins.

Menaquinones are classified according to their side chains. The longer the side chain the longer it potentially resides in the body (i.e. MK-7), which determines the uptake within the intestine and its distribution throughout the body.

The menaquinones produced by bacteria are predominantly found in animal products such as meat, egg yolk, butter, cheeses and legumes. The most well-known MK-4 is a short chain structure predominantly found in eggs, meat and liver whilst MK-7 is found in higher concentrations within fermented cheeses and in the traditional Japanese food natto (produced by Bacillus subtilis from fermented soy beans.

Cardiovascular Disease and vitamin K2

As calcium is one of the causes of hardening of the arteries, a high arterial calcium score can be measured as a potential risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that adding vitamin K2 to the diet can reduce the arterial content and increase flexibility of the arterial wall.

Interestingly in the northern hemisphere calcification is highest in the Winter months and lowest in August (Summer), due to the animal sources of vitamin K. Grass fed however not grain fed animals have higher K2 in the fat of the animal.  Chickens must be fed inopen pasture to have K2 present int he yolk, conventional grain feed reduces vitamin K2 content. Processed (hydrogenated) margarine and other oils that contain cheaper versions of fats have synthetic forms of vitamin K (DHP) which studies have found contain lower amounts of K2.

Vitamin K in Food

Content of Vitamin K in selected Foods

Phylloquinone content ug/100g of food

<10 10-50 >100 >200
Milk Asparagus Cabbage Broccoli
Butter Celery Lettuce Kale
Eggs Green beans Brussel sprouts Swiss chard
Cheese Avocado Mustard greens Turnip
Red Meat Kiwi fruit   Watercress
Fish Peas   Collards
Corn Peanut butter   Spinach
Cauliflower Lentils   Salad greens
Grains Kidney beans    
Fruits (most) Soybeans    
Tea (brewed) Coffee (brewed)    

Cautions and Warnings

Pregnancy and lactation – all forms of vitamin K supplementation needs to be used with caution and under supervision only.

Using vitamin K in conjunction with anticoagulant medication ie. warfarin is not recommended and needs to be under supervision only.

See Karen Green your professional naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist for further support and guidance at and information here: Karen Green or information calcium read here


Gropper, S., Smith, J., and Groff, J. (2009). Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism, 5th ed. . CA, USA. : Cengage Learning.

K2 for Bone Health. (2016). Australia:

Calcium, vital mineral & when not?

Calcium, vital mineral & when not?

Calcium, vital mineral and when not? Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, mostly found in bones and teeth, 99%, (1% in blood and soft tissues). Lets go on a journey to explore the why, how and when of calcium supplementation. Too much of a good thing is not always a good thing!

Calcium levels in the blood need to be maintained within a narrow concentration range for normal muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction.  Calcium functions are so vital to survival that the body will demineralize bone to maintain normal blood calcium levels when calcium intake is inadequate. In response to low blood calcium, parathyroid hormone (PTH) is secreted with the aim to restore blood calcium concentration. It does this through activating vitamin D, filters calcium is retained by the kidney and bone resorption is initiated. It is critical to obtain enough daily dietary calcium to maintain the balance.

Several randomized, placebo -controlled trials (RCTs) have tested whether calcium supplementation reduces age-related bone loss and fracture incidence in postmenopausal women. Menopausal women are at greatest risk due to estrogen loss. In the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), 36,282 healthy, postmenopausal women (aged 50 to 79 years; mean age 62 years) were randomly assigned to receive placebo or 1,000 mg calcium carbonate and 400 IU vitamin D3 daily. After a mean of seven years of follow-up, the supplement group had significantly less bone loss at the hip. It needs to be noted in this study that the best most bioavailable form of Calcium was not used as supplementation. A 12% reduction in the incidence of hip fracture in the supplement group did not reach statistical significance, possibly due to the low rates of absolute hip fracture in the 50 to 60 year age range.

Overall, the majority of calcium supplementation trials (and meta-analyses thereof) show a positive effect on bone mineral density (BMD), although the size of the effect is modest.  Why the presence of other nutrients and ratios is crucial for calcium maintenance with calcium primarily being laid in bones in early adulthood. Post this it is about maintenance.

8 Common forms and types that are best

  1. Calcium Carbonate
    A common form of calcium supplement, calcium carbonate is an alkaline-based compound found in rocks, limestone, shells of marine animals, pearls, eggshells and snails. It holds one of the highest concentrations of elemental calcium (35-40%), but is not high in bioavailability and requires the production of extra stomach acid to be absorbed. Bioavailability refers to the amount of calcium in the supplement that can be assimilated by the digestive system, and ultimately used for cellular activity and health benefits. Calcium Carbonate is currently one of the cheapest and most prevalent forms of calcium supplements sold today. Its best to avoid this form and check all of your multivitamin and mineral supplement labels.
  2. Calcium Citrate
    Differing from the alkaline qualities of calcium carbonate, calcium citrate has an acidic base. This acidity requires less production of natural stomach acids, allowing this type of calcium to be better absorbed than the carbonate form. It does, however, have less elemental calcium concentration (20%), and again, low bioavailability.
  3. Oyster Shell Calcium
    While it may seem like a more natural form of calcium, and thus higher in absorbable content, oyster shell calcium, as well as dolomite and bone meal, are difficult to quality-control and have been found to show levels of lead toxins. In general, these “natural forms” of calcium should be avoided.
  4. Calcium Gluconate
    A form of calcium with very low levels of actual calcium concentration. You would need to take very large amounts of the supplement to reach calcium requirements, and the bioavailability is still not certain.
  5. Calcium Lactate
    The form of calcium found in foods such as aged cheese and baking powder. It has a medium bioavailability in the body because it can be absorbed at various pH levels.
  6. Calcium Phosphate
    The main form of calcium coming from cow’s milk. Tooth enamel and bones are very high in calcium phosphate, although supplemental forms have not shown to be readily bioavailable.
  7. Calcium Citrate Malate
    A water-soluble form of calcium. It is created through mixing the calcium salt found in citric acid with malic acid. This combination has higher levels of bioavailability than other forms, as it is water-soluble and does show some evidence of being dissolved into cell membranes. More bioavailable than many.
  8. Calcium Orotate
    One of the most effective forms of calcium supplement, created through the use of the mineral salts of orotic acid is calcium orotate. They are found in small amounts in all living beings. It is a primary mineral for the creation of bones and teeth, and fosters cellular communications. Both plants and animals use orotates to create DNA and RNA. Extensive scientific research done by Hans A. Nieper, (M.D) has found that orotates can penetrate cell membranes, enabling the effective delivery of the calcium ion to the inner-most layers of the cellular mitochondria and nucleus.

Calcium supplementation can be beneficial in:

  • Preventing osteoporosis
  • Reduction of muscle cramps
  • Reduction in pain associated with spinal problems
  • Maintaining bone health
  • Maintaining teeth health
  • Alleviation of sleep disorders like insomnia
  • Increasing the body’s ability to metabolize iron
  • Overall stress reduction and mental alertness

When to supplement and when not to supplement?

As the name suggests the word ‘’supplement – means the addition of an extra element or amount to something” and in the nutritional sense of a nutrient, food or herb to be used for a period of time. If your body is body is in need of repair or stress or when recommendations have been made by your nutritionist or naturopath then that is the time for supplementation. The aim for all of us is to maintain a healthy body through fresh whole & nutrient dense foods with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds and protein foods. If you are not digesting and therefore absorbing or assimilating well due to hyperpermeability (leaky gut), dysbiosis (bacterial over growth) or for other reasons short burst of nutrient and herbal supplementation is supportive to healing.

Prescription Caution

Calcium supplements can interact with many prescription medicines, including antibiotics, bisphosphonates and high blood pressure medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible interactions between calcium supplements and your medications.

When not to supplement your daily dose?

It’s also a good idea to take your calcium supplements at a different time from your multivitamin or an iron-rich meal. Calcium may not be absorbed as well if it’s taken at the same time as iron, zinc or magnesium.

A large study of 24,000 men and women aged 35–64 years published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2012, found that those who used calcium supplements had a 139% greater risk of heart attack during the 11-year study period, while intake of calcium from food did not increase the risk.

To increase calcium concentrations in the body, consume healthy levels of calcium rich foods like dairy products, sardines, salmon, dark leafy greens and bone broths. Healthy bone formation also dependent on Vitamin D and K with both assist in regulating calcium metabolism. The ratio of calcium to other electrolytes (magnesium and potassium) along with silica support bone health along with regular weight bearing exercise.

In summary, I would not recommend taking calcium on a long term daily supplement basis, (unless prescribed for a medical condition whereby you have consulted a professional), due to its potential unwanted effects.

Hair Mineral Analysis Testing (HTMA) is extremely useful in determining needs and ratios  of the body and therefore the amounts needed for short term supplementation along with other trace minerals and heavy metals.

For more information on HTMA testing and consultations contact Karen 0400 836254 or email:



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The Quirky Nature of B12

The Quirky Nature of B12

Vitamin B12

The quirky nature of B12, requires you to check your levels regularly. If you have poor digestion, what naturopaths call leaky gut (hyperpermeability), low hydrochloric (HCI) stomach acid, poor uptake in the small intestines then you could have low B12. Hippocrates coined the phrase – “All disease begins in the gut’’, and this couldn’t be more true than for vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 Absorption

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin as it is known scientifically) is a power house nutrient obtained mostly from animal protein foods in the diet. It relies on gastric acid in the stomach to liberate (release) the proteins that bind to it, which help to protect it from being destroyed in the stomach, as it makes it way to the small intestine.  Once it reaches the small intestine, it is utilised through pancreatic enzymes which release it to intrinsic factor, the cells that help absorption. From here it is transported to cells where its functions are carried out and it ends up in the liver where it is stored.  Vitamin B12 absorption requires many processes, nutrients and enzymes along the way.  As you have probably gathered it can be a bit tricky to obtain in the body especially if your digestion is not optimal (ie often with chronic conditions).


What it does?

Vitamin B12 is essential for the normal functioning of all cells. It affects cell growth and replication, metabolism of carbohydrates (grains & cereals), fats and lipids (butter & oils), and protein (meats, fish & dairy). It is found in DNA (genetic material), and importantly is involved in making red blood cells (in bone marrow). It is involved in methylation processes, (conversion of homocysteine to methionine by methionine synthase), transferring a methyl group from methylfolate.

It helps to make myelin sheath and nerve cells with a deficiency possibly resulting in peripheral nerve damage and pain. B12 helps to regulate immunity and has antioxidant ability. It is important for healthy skin, mucous membranes, bones and blood vessels.

If you suffer from any of theses symptoms you may be low in B12

  • Low energy, fatigue or lethargy
  • Methylation issues
  • Anaemia and pernicious anaemia (an autoimmune condition)
  • Psychological disturbances including depression, irritability
  • Impaired memory, brain fog and dementia
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances such as loss of appetite, intermittent constipation and diarrhea, abdominal pain, atrophic gastritis
  • Folic acid supplementation can mask an underlying B12 deficiency

B12 Deficiency Symptoms

Vegetarians are at risk of low B12 due to it being found in animal sources of food only.  Plants do not process or make B12 because they have no cobalamin-dependent enzymes. Most microorganisms, including bacteria and algae, can make B12 which then makes its way into the food chain.

B12 Food sources

Vital Food Sources

  • Lamb’s liver
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Oysters
  • Egg yolk
  • Fish
  • Beef
  • Kidney
  • Cheese and milk


Serum B12 is usually tested through your GP. Red Blood Cell B12 is a sometimes recommended by Naturopaths.  An important point is that once you have been tested a certain way it is recommended to retest the same way enabling consistency to check changes in levels.


B12 supplementation is usually taken orally (or as a lozenge to bypass the small intestine), and intravenously.


Check your vitamin B12 levels yearly to ensure no deficiency. Consult your clinical naturopath-nutritionist to ensure these levels are optimal. High B12 levels can indicate absorption and/or possible methylation issues. It is important to check with your health professional who understands optimal levels and your requirements.

Products available to support digestion through consultation with Karen in Nov 18

  • Digest Forte – 50% discount
  • Herbal Tincture – 30% discount
  • Sublingual B12 – 30% discount (all only available in consultation).

To book with Karen Green – email  or call 0400836254. Karen consults Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Saturdays (on occasions). By appointment only. consultations available via phone, internet and in person.


Hi to Hemp! That is the edible kind!

Hi to Hemp! That is the edible kind! 

Hi to Hemp! That is the edible kind as it is now legal in Australia.  It’s been battled for decades but finally changes in the Food Standards Code mean it’s now legal to purchase edible hemp products in Australia!

WHAT IS HEMP? Hi to Hemp! That is the edible kind!

Hemp is a cannabis plant species. Unlike the drug cannabis, hemp has low concentrations, if any, of THC –  the psychoactive chemical – which means its effects are minimal. Instead what you have is nutritious hemp seeds, oil, protein powder and flour. The seeds can be enjoyed raw, sprouted, ground as flour or blended to make hemp milk. Along with the protein powder, they’re an easy and nutritious addition sprinkled over your morning muesli, mixed into smoothies, or on yoghurt. Hemp oil is loved for its subtle nutty flavour, particularly drizzled over salads.

You may have seen hemp products in Australia before; however, these were previously not for human consumption but rather for external use only.

You can now purchase great hemp products from me!


Growing hemp has a low environmental impact compared to many other grain and seed crops. Very few producers, if any, use pesticides or synthetic chemicals while the crops also require less water; meaning it’s better for you and the environment.

Hi to Hemp, hemp oil cuppa

Hemp ticks a lot of nutritional boxes, including being packed with essential omega -3 and -6 fatty acids, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. It’s ow in sugar, carbohydrates and saturated fat. Hemp is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, and as mentioned above is free of gluten.

It’s easily digestible, low histamine, contains great proteins unlike any other plant. The oil tastes nutty, its a great anti-inflammatory so why not pop into your favourite drinks to sustain & keep you full throughout the morning. Great for dry hair and skin, the seeds can also be used as an exfoliant scrub. Please note the oil is low histamine and oxalate. The powder is moderate to high oxalate and the depends on how much you use and whether you have an oxalate problem.

Being highly nutritious and gluten free makes hemp a great option for those in need of gluten-free alternatives.


Make your cuppa in the morning from black, green or rooibos teas. Strain and use the tea for a powerful pick me up that lasts the morning.

In a blender place your cuppa, a teaspoon or glug of hemp oil or MCT oil or phosphatylcholine (prescription only as it is a methyl donor & care is needed), 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of collagen powder and 1/2 teaspoon of hydrolysed guar gum (prebiotic that builds friendly gut bacteria). If you like and can have spices I include cinnamon or cardamon and sometimes sprinkle with nutmeg! Whiz together and serve immediately. Top with a bit of extra water if you need to.

More on Hemp here from Hemp Foods Australia


I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, what can I do?

I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, what can I do?

I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), what can I do? PCOS is a multifactorial, metabolic, endocrine and reproductive disorder.  Approximately 25% of Australian women have Polycystic Ovaries however only 7-8% have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  It is usually found in women who are overweight and is caused from insulin resistance (hyperinsulineamia). It is present in 5-10% of women and is a major cause of infertility. Insulin resistance is a common finding among patients of normal weight as well as overweight patients.  Those with PCOS with no clinical features usually have normal fertility without insulin resistance (and may not progress any further).signs & symptoms of PCOS

‘Polycystic ovary’ refers to the follicles found in the ovary.  There may be multiple small follicles found and the ovary is usually enlarged in volume.

The risk factors involved include: strong family genetic history (does anyone else in your family have this?), increasing age, abdominal weight gain through insulin resistance (poor uptake of glucose into each cell which can lead to type II diabetes), lack of exercise, smoking, eating disorders according to research.  Thyroid problems may make PCOS symptoms worse and women with PCOS have a high prevalence of autoimmune thyroid conditions. It is therefore advisable to have your thyroid checked if you have this condition. Approximately 30% of women have raised liver enzymes, diabetes and insulin resistance also increase the risk of non-alcoholic liver disease. Hyperinsulinaemia may inhibit the production of SHBG in the liver.

Stress reduction important in regulating LH & FSH function (sex hormones) in the treatment of PCOS. Women with PCOS exhibit abnormalities in cortisol metabolism.  It is important in PCOS (as it is multifactorial) to focus on both the regulation of reproductive and adrenal hormones. It is also vital that any woman with this condition or polycystic ovaries seeks help.

6 Naturopathic ways to heal PCO or PCOS

  • Basal metabolic temperature needs to be taken upon rising
  • Charting menstrual cycle patterns is helpful
  • Regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day to stop cortisol surges to maintain cortisol metabolism. This is done through healthy whole fresh foods with plenty of fresh vegetables and some fruit with quality protein throughout the day
  • Ensure stress reduction through lifestyle suggestions such as meditation, walking in nature, yoga, stretching and tai chi
  • Minimise alcohol and remove smoking
  • Increasing omega-3 fatty acids in the diet along with fish, increasing fibre, phytoestrogens, eating breakfast can all assist

There are several medicinal herbs that can assist to regulate sex hormones, regulate sugar balance, reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant status and assist adrenal stress.Chaste Tree

These include Vitex agnus-castus, Cimicifuga racemose, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Cynara scolymus, Paeonia lactiflora and Serenoa repens to name a few.

If you know someone who is suffering this condition know there is much that can be done. Seeing an experienced practitioner is a great place to start.

Call Karen Green Gaining Health Naturally 0400836254 for more information.

Need Digestive Health Help?

Need Digestive Health Help?

Simple Ways to Heal your Gut

All Disease Begins in the GUT – The Father of Modern Medicine – Hippocrates

Over the last 20 years researchers have realised that we truly are what we eat, surround ourselves with and place in our bodies. Gut health is critical to our health with a ‘leaky gut’ or ‘dysbiosis’ contributing to many modern diseases including obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, fatigue (chronic), autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes (type II), and Hashimoto’s. There is some evidence that suggests autism spectrum disorder has its roots in gut health. We are only scratching the surface in understanding the imbalance that bacteria and viruses may play in a health gut and therefore healthy body. Digestive Issues? Easy steps to heal your gut!

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Gaining Health Naturally Naturopathy Brisbane, Sunshine Coast Qld

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