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Men Need Healthy Fats to Lower their Risk of Infertility

It’s not just women who need the healthy omega 3 fats to increase their fertility – latest research says that it’s men too! This study was very interesting and the results were clear – men who had higher levels of omega 3’s had healthier sperm.
82 men with clinically diagnosed infertility due to oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (low sperm count with a high percentage of slow moving and abnormal sperm) were compared to 78 fertile men. Sperm and blood samples were analysed according to WHO standards. The fertile men had higher levels of omega 3’s in their blood and semen than infertile men. Also, the infertile men had a higher ratio of omega 6’s: omega 3’s than fertile men.
Omega 6 fatty acids tend to be plentiful in our diet, coming from sources such as avocado, eggs, grains and cereals while omega 3s are not as common. Omega 3’s are found in high amounts in cold water fish and seeds such as flaxseed. In Western diets the ratio of omega 6’s: omega 3’s tend to favour the omega 6’s. So what we really need to focus on is increasing our omega 3’s.
The easiest way to do this is by taking a high-quality practitioner brand of fish oils. These are guaranteed to be sourced from small fish such as sardines and mackerel, are batch tested for heavy metals such as methylmercury and are also screened for impurities. These are the only type of fish oils supplements that I recommend and use.
So, for all men who are trying to have a baby, taking additional omega 3’s will improve sperm parameters. Don’t forget, Omega 3’s also have strong anti-inflammatory properties and have clinically proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, […]

Brand Ambassador Announcment

The Australian based Pharmaceutical company Zifam Pinnacle, announces Australian based Naturopath, Emma Sutherland as its health and wellness brand Ambassador

Australian owned and operated pharmaceutical company Zifam Pinnacle is excited to announce the appointment of me, as their health and wellness Brand Ambassador!

I will be joining the Zifam team to help promote the health and wellness division of Zifam Pinnacle, following its recent launch of six new health and wellness supplement ranges which landed on Australian shelves, in April this year.

Zifam Pinnacle spokesperson, Adam Mortley, General Manager of Marketing says “Emma is a great fit for Zifam Pinnacle; she encompasses the ideals of health and wellbeing which aligns directly with the Zifam Pinnacle’s overarching vision.”

I am a fully qualified naturopath with over 15 years working within the industry and am thrilled to come on board to work with Zifam Pinnacle in promoting their health and wellness division. Nutrition and wellbeing resonate deeply with me and the products have real benefits for consumers, which I love. I can’t wait to work on some exciting projects with the company.

Earlier this year, Zifam Pinnacle, launched six new product ranges across wellbeing, family, women, men, children and a naturally better line; using ingredients derived from credible sources around the world.

Adam Mortley, says “We are excited with the growth of Zifam Pinnacle and having Emma Sutherland on board – with her approach to living a healthy life – is a natural fit for us and we are excited for the future”

For all clients – I remain available for bookings at the clinic from Thursday to Saturday and will continue supporting your nutrition and wellbeing.

 

Emma’s Favorite cough remedies

I would love to share with you some of my favourite herbs that I am using at the moment for this awful flu season. I am seeing many of my patients relapsing with acute infections not just once but up to three times!
I would encourage you to have a bottle of my flu tonic on hand and start dosing acutely as soon as you feel a sore throat or headache coming on.I have noticed clinically that there are 3 viral strains circulating at the moment and this is the summary of how the symptoms;

Gastro pre sensation with resolution within 48 hours
Sore throat, aching upper arms, seems to persist for a quite a while
Headache, dry cough with vomiting at the end of a coughing fit

Also, don’t forget about the relevance of having optimal vitamin D levels during the flu season – ask your GP to check your levels ASAP and supplement if necessary!
Herbal extracts can be highly effective for treating an acute cough and other common symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract infections such as a runny nose, sore throat, and headache. They also have an excellent safety profile. It’s ironic that many pharmacy cough mixtures contain active principles that were originally of botanical origin, obvious examples being codeine (opium poppy), guaifenesin (the guaiacum plant) and pseudoephedrine (from ephedra).
And whilst the isolation and synthesis of these active principles have given us some very powerful medicines, it has also created a new set of problems: powerful effects matched by equally powerful and negative side effects. When high-quality botanical extracts are used there is less likelihood of these problems occurring.
In the treatment of coughs and colds, herbal extracts do exert anti-tussive, expectorant and mucolytic […]

Missing Your Mojo? Welcome it back with Studio You Cleanse!

“This is not a diet, it is a way of life! Show me the way!”

“While the meal plans and recipes alone were absolute gold, the community support was priceless. It is SO much easier to make a huge shift when you have a community that is doing the journey with you.”

 

With over 180,000 Australians currently battling symptoms of chronic stress and adrenal fatigue, millions more suffering constant tiredness, not to mention Australians leading the obesity charge, lacking mojo is a modern-day issue with far-reaching consequences.

What to do? Simple! A life of joyful abundance, mental fitness, clearer skin, less bloating, weight loss, improved concentration and digestion, better quality sleep, and best of all, a kicking mojo are all the deliverables of my Studio You Cleanse – a four week, life changing, online program.

To find all of this in just one month sounds like a big call, but my promise is this cleanse is backed by real results. With over 14 years of clinical experience with my own clients, and hundreds of happy ‘Cleanse’ participants to date, the proof is there.

The digitally delivered course includes regular live Q&A sessions so participants have all their burning questions answered. Menu plans, shopping lists and dozens of quick, delicious, wholesome recipes make your cleanse as simple and effective as possible.

There are 2 different levels to choose your cleansing capacity from;

MOTIVATE YOUR MOJO – A great introduction to re-installing your long lost Mojo (perfect for pregnant Mummas too!)
MAXIMISE YOUR MOJO – Boost your cleansing and Fast Track your results with bonus exercise videos and 3 practitioner only supplements that support liver detoxifications and optimise gut health.

You’ll have full online access to me and an enthusiastic community of supportive, engaged and inspiring fellow Cleansers 24/7. […]

We’re hiring! Virtual Assistant required for Studio You

Would you like to be a Virtual Assistant for Sydney’s newest and most progressive health clinic?
Studio You is an integrated, collaborative clinic which runs 100% online!  We’ll be one of Sydney first fully interactive clinics and therefore, require the support of a tech-savvy, reliable Virtual Assistant. 

The ideal candidate will have the desire and commitment to grow with the business and be part of our team, albeit ‘virtually’.

Starting from 10 hours per month,  the successful Virtual Assistant will receive one to one training with industry leader, The Healthy VA Founder, Joanna Mitchell.

To be successful in this role you will be someone who:

has a growth mindset and is a quick learner
has strong project management/organisational skills
values integrity and open communication
has good tech ability and can navigate their way around online systems
is a problem solver with the ability to create win-win situations
aligned to holistic health and natural therapies
experience working for the health industry (desired, but not essential)
has Office/Administration experience
is competent in Microsoft Office, WordPress, Google Docs, Google Drive, Mailchimp, Canva
is highly responsive and passionate about their role

MAIN DUTIES include but not limited to:

Marketing support, such as social media management, uploading newsletters and blog posts
Admin support, such as creating documents and spreadsheets
Creative support, such as content creation and social media graphics using Canva
Technical support, such as webinar support, website maintenance and creating processes and procedures
Customer Support – responding to customer requests about Studio You Cleanse and membership sites

Please note – a full job description will be provided to suitable candidates

HOW TO APPLY
Please only apply if you fit the above description, are looking for an on-going working relationship and are prepared to work with a passionate team who love what they do.

Send your application to Joanna Mitchell at info@thehealthyva.com and answer the following questions:

Why do you want to work with Emma Sutherland and […]

The Truth About Probiotics – Part 3

Probiotics hold the key not just for better health and a stronger immune system, but also for healing digestive issues, mental health illness, and neurological disorders.

New research is continuing to prove that probiotic benefits go far beyond what we previously thought. As our knowledge of the importance of the microbes in our bodies grows, it’s important to give our flora a helping hand. But given the myriad of probiotic strains, it is always worth checking with your Naturopath or health care practitioner.

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of this popular series, makes sure you read them too!

 
Constipation
Constipation is a frustrating and common problem. Probiotics can play a key role in helping to relieve constipation, but it can be confusing trying to choose the correct and most effective one.

Several studies have showed positive effects on constipation symptoms. 1

In one study published in the “Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology” in September 2010, a team of Italian researchers found that artichokes enriched with the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei strain helped to treat constipation, reducing abdominal distension and the feeling of incomplete elimination.

Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 is a very well researched probiotic strain which has repeatedly demonstrated effectiveness at reducing constipation. This particular probiotic strain of B.lactis BB-12, has been investigated in several trials for constipation. 2

 
Oral Health
Lactobacillus. rhamnosus GG and two different Lactobacillus reuteri strains have been reported to colonize the oral cavity of 48–100% of volunteers consuming products containing them. 3 In addition, Streptococcus salivarius K12, used for treating oral malodor, temporarily colonizes the oral cavity for a short time after use.4

 
Travellers Diarrhea
There is increasing evidence that the gastrointestinal microflora is a major regulator of the immune system, not only in the gut, but also in other […]

The Truth About Probiotics – Part 2

Amazingly, the human body is made up of more microbes than human cells. But it’s important to remember that not all bacteria is bad. They come in good varieties too. If you missed Part 1 of this popular series, read it here >>

Healthy bacteria (probiotics) in our system fight bad bacteria and assist in the absorption of nutrients just to name a few benefits.

There are a number of different strains of probiotics. Their effects are very specific so its always best to consult your Naturopath or health practitioner to find out which is best for you.

 
Eczema
Research suggests that skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can be linked back to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. It also shows that bacterial flora is very different in patients with atopic dermatitis, so adding back healthy bacteria might be a useful treatment. A study back in 2001 showed the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG reduced the incidence of atopic dermatitis in at-risk infants through the age of 7 years 1.

It was also found in recent study that supplementing with a type of beneficial bacterial called Lactobacillus rhapsodic GG or Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain HN001 cut kids’ risk of developing eczema in half.2

Another study in 2010 on a strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus showed babies exposed to probiotics prenatally & after birth for 6 months were less likely to develop eczema than those not given probiotics. 3

 
Colic
Recent studies suggest that low counts of intestinal lactobacilli may play a role in colic.

It has been shown that administration of Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 significantly improved colic symptoms by reducing daily crying and fussing times in breastfed infants with colic with no adverse effects. 4

 
Women’s health
Just like the […]

Restoring My Gut Microbiome Post Colonoscopy

In May I did a functional medicine test called a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), which combines a large number of tests to evaluate the function of my gut. I have a long history of food intolerances, gut infections and adrenal depletion so I wanted to check how I was going.
Not surprisingly the CDSA showed a number of problems:

My levels of transglutaminase IgA were off the charts at 904ug/g when ideally they are below 100. Transglutaminase IgA shows that my immune system is going crazy to the presence of gluten. And I mean ridiculously crazy, I have never seen a result that high in a patient after 15 years of clinical practice.
My levels of M2 pyruvate kinase were elevated at 6.7U/ml, which is a little freaky as this is a tumor marker. Maybe as a result of gluten causing so much inflammation in my gut, this tumor marker is being expressed……
A lack of Lactobacilli bacteria – the most beneficial type of bacteria is actually low, despite taking a Lactobacillus containing probiotic daily!
An overgrowth of Citrobacter bacteria – this is an opportunistic bacteria which shows I have gut dysbiosis. This bad boy is taking over my gut due to the lack of Lactobacillus.

I also did a test assessing my levels of zonulin. I have written about this gut compound before, you can read more about it here and here. Not long ago I had the pleasure of meeting the researcher who discovered it. Zonulin opens up the spaces between gut cells, and an overproduction leads to leaky gut.
Dr Alessio Fasano’s research clearly shows that gluten increases zonulin levels, which causes leaky gut and opens up the possibility of autoimmune disease and cancer.
And guess what? My zonulin […]

The Truth about Probiotics – Part 1

Probiotics, have recently become a topic of significant focus. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases, so the idea they are beneficial can be tough to understand. We take antibiotics to kill harmful bacterial infections and use antibacterial soaps more than ever before. And while the wrong bacteria in the wrong place can cause problems, there is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that the right bacteria in the right place can have benefits and even prevent some illnesses.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms, often termed “good” or “helpful” bacteria that promote a healthy digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. The secret to good health is all about balancing the good and bad bacteria in your gut. It may come as a surprise but 80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract. 1
Are they all the same?
It’s important to note that there are different types of strains of probiotics. The probiotic benefits experienced with one strain may be completely different from the health benefits seen from another.

If you want to use probiotics to help with a specific health concern, it’s vital to select the right probiotic for the right condition. Strain selection should focus on quality tested products with clinically demonstrated benefits for the given condition. That is why it is always best to consult your Naturopath or health care provider for a recommendation.
Health Benefits of Probiotics
1. Diarrhoea

Certain strains of probiotics have shown positive results in treating diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. According to a report published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition2, probiotics are “useful in the prevention or treatment of several gastrointestinal disorders”, such as infectious […]

The Tigernut Story & My Latest Recipe for You

In my quest for information about gut health, I read a lot of research, which makes its way into every aspect of my life. As a speaker, I hold keynote talks about gut health and it was at one of my events that the founders of Health and Harvest found me.

Health and Harvest import Tigernuts, and no, they are not actually nuts!

Tigernuts are hugely exciting for me, due to their nutritional qualities. You may have read my blog post on resistant starch. Often resistant starch is a little unfriendly to use. Think of green bananas, potato starch powder and cooked then cooled legumes.

Tigernuts are user friendly tubers, a type of root vegetable that can be eaten whole, soaked to make Spanish style horchata or ground to make flour. They are gluten free and contain a bucket load of fibre along with the Superfood of all Superfoods, resistant starch. Resistant starch is a kind of prebiotic, which helps to keep your probiotics happy and well fed.

It also turns out that Tigernuts are about as Paleo as Paleo can get, and are a true evolutionary food with Oxford Uni discovering they played a key nutritional role in our evolution. See research here >>

When you chew a Tigernut, take your time and chew well. The more you chew, the more the natural sugars are released and the flavour is part coconut, part chestnut. Per 100g of Tigernuts have 400mg resistant starch, 5.9mg iron, 23.5g fibre and 915mg of heart healthy potassium.

So, I went ahead and made some mini banana and Goji berry muffins for Sophia, using Tigernut flour. She is brutally honest with me when it comes to food so she is the ultimate recipe tester! Thankfully, these little beauties passed […]

How to Heal Your Adrenals Naturally

Adrenal fatigue is one of the most under diagnosed illnesses in western society. Download a copy of my free ebook to learn about the symptoms and how to heal your Adrenals naturally.

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