Monday, 1 May 2017

Causes of Hair Loss

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I've been hearing about a lot of women who are having problems with hair loss. I have written posts in the past about how to grow thicker hair and also shared a recipe for a rosemary hair rinse which incorporates the use of rosemary topically on the scalp to increase hair growth, but I wanted to write something a bit more specific for my ladies (and guys!) out there with clogged brushes and drains.

First of all check with a hairdresser to make sure you are treating you hair right. Are you using the right products? Brushing properly? Hit up my hairdresser, Zoe for more info.

I get a lot of questions about which supplements are best to take for hair and, while it is all well and good taking a vitamin supplement designed to assist with hair growth (I'm talking vitamins like zinc, silica, vitamin C, and various B vitamins), if you are not treating the cause of your hair loss you're not really going to get anywhere.
Although, for some, the cause may actually be vitamin and mineral deficiencies so taking a supplement like Fusion Health's Hair, Skin and Nails would help with this. As well as increasing your intake of foods such as brazil nuts, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and pumpkin seeds.

The main contributor to hair loss I have come across is stress. So learning how to deal with stress then becomes the main priority. Stress management techniques like alternate nostril breathing, exercise, stretching, counselling, and prayer all help with this and are tools you can use throughout the day. If you feel that you are not coping well with stress in your life, it is best to speak to a health professional so they can help guide you through these stress management techniques and more.

Another product you may find helpful is Fusion Health's Hair Tonic. This product contains Chinese herbs which support hair growth and can be combined with the Hair, Skin and Nails supplement mentioned above. Make sure you check the cautions as herbs can interact with medications and some are not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Other causes of hair loss can include low thyroid function, low iron, pregnancy/breastfeeding, auto immune conditions, and genetics. All of which would require investigation and diagnosis by a health care professional.

*Please note that I do not get paid to advertise the products mentioned in this article - I really do just like them.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

He Just Wanted To Say Hey

This afternoon I was driving home from work when I noticed two kookaburras perched up on a light pole together. I immediately felt God's presence and smiled, then continued driving.
Two minutes down the road, again, another pair of birds were resting atop of a light pole. Another smile, another thankful thought to God for His creation and for creating two times on my drive home to pause and enjoy the moment.
But then two minutes after that there was another light pole. This time one with a double-arm so lights are over both sides of the road, and sitting on top of it were two pairs of birds, one on each arm, and I said, "Okay God, what are you trying to tell me? What kind of message are you trying to convey with these birds?"
And immediately He replied and said, "I just wanted to say hey."
I was a little taken back... "Oh, ok. Hi."
And then I realised I hadn't really spoken to God today. Even my morning devotions were a bit rushed this morning so I didn't spend the extra few seconds to say, "Thanks for my devotion this morning God."
It's so beautiful to know that even when we forget to make time to speak to God, He is still there checking up on us, wanting to say hey.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

I Am Prepared To Fight. Are You?

Have you ever been in the situation where someone has said something to you and you couldn't think of a come-back, or at least not a good one? And then a few hours later when you're sitting on the couch at home by yourself, you have a light bulb moment and think of the most witty come-back ever, but you can't use it because you're too late. The moment has passed and because you weren't prepared to protect yourself you left feeling a bit deflated.

When trained soldiers are surprise-attacked, they often kick themselves into auto-pilot mode and let their vigorous training take over. They are prepared, whether it be with a weapon or a special ability, to fight back. They have been trained so well to protect themselves that they don't even need to think about it, it has become an instinct.

The same needs to happen in the spiritual world. The devil whispers in your ear things like,
"You're not as good at praying as ___, so there is no way God can use you to heal that person."
"God can't use you to bring people to him! You're too broken."
"You can't hear from God, that's only for pastors."

None of these are true yet sometimes they take us by such a surprise that if we don't have an instant response we can begin to doubt ourselves. We let fear set in and don't take the risk just in case we fail. Just in case the devil is right. Which means of course that person won't be healed by God, through you, if you won't even have the courage to pray healing over them. So not only did you not accept God's plan for your life at that time, you also affected His plan to use you to impact someone else's. All because we didn't have a come-back. We didn't have a fight song. (Thank goodness we are also covered with God's grace so He will create another way for you and that other person to access their God-given destiny.)

When you come under spiritual attack you need to have an automatic come-back that you have instilled in your heart to protect you from the lies of the enemy. And what better way to do that than with the sword of God (the Word).

Jesus had an auto come-back. When he was in the desert and the devil was trying to tempt him into using his supernatural abilities and to worship him instead of God, Jesus replied with, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'" (See Luke 4)
Jesus instilled the word of God in his heart and because of that, he was able to shut the devil down.

I have been working on my fight song for a few years now. Meditating on scripture that I feel reflects the goodness and greatness of God so that when I come under attack, I am prepared.

Isaiah 54:17 says, "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper."
And I have taken that verse and spoken it over every circumstance I have had to face these past few years. And I tailor it to the situation too. When I am scared about anything I say, out-loud and very sternly, NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST MY SAFETY/FINANCES/MARRIAGE/FAMILY/FAITH/HEALTH SHALL PROSPER
I have repeated Isaiah 54:17 so many times that I even say it in my dreams now. The devil can't even get to me in my sleep anymore! Because I have instilled it in my heart. I have trained myself. I am prepared.

1 Samuel 17:37 says, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."
If God has pulled you through a hard time in the past, He can do it again. Declare that verse over your life.

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." 
I can't tell you how many times I declared that over myself when faced with a difficult case in clinic. And that verse is for you too.

Psalm 23 speaks of the Lord has our shepherd. If you are unsure of where you are going in your life you need to instill that Psalm in your heart so that you can declare it over yourself daily and accept God's guiding hand. 

I am prepared to fight the enemies lies against me and, through constant interaction with God, continue to be more prepared each day. Are you?

Saturday, 4 June 2016

I Guess That Makes Me A Health Professional!

So this week I had my final student clinic session and today I submitted my final ever assessment for my Bachelor degree, making me the first person in my WHOLE family to ever get a degree!

This marks a new direction for me as I have only ever been a student - since I was 4 years old in kindy! So, to think of a life with no homework, exams or assessments is exciting but also a little scary. Even more so because I got a job and start next week so there isn't much processing time... #havemortgage #willtravel

Aside from obviously the course content that I learnt throughout my degree, here are a couple of things I discovered during my uni experience:

1. Uni is mainly about teaching you how to research.
It is actually the main reason we get assignments. Content is constantly changing and there are often false or misleading claims put out there, so you need to be able to locate good quality research to really understand things and to come to your own conclusions, and of course to keep up to date. It is all well and good learning info during a course but you need to be able to keep up with all the new information out there, you can't just keep preaching the same old message, even if that message has been discredited or modified (*cough* saturated fats and cholesterol...)

2. Graduating is a bit anti-climatic.
I have been looking forward to graduating all year, yet on my final day it just felt like a normal, busy day in the clinic. I bought some cakes in to help encourage my celebratory spirit - they helped a bit but there was certainly no fireworks and people jumping out yelling, "Congratulations!" (Yes, for some reason this is what I had visioned in my mind. Perhaps my expectations were too high?) I have received many beautiful messages of congratulations from my dear friends though, and was met at the end of my final clinic by my man and my girl.
Nevertheless it is still a nice feeling knowing that I have come to the end and have achieved my goals. Now to create some new ones!

Congrats to all my fellow Endeavour graduates! We really are the #futureofwellness

Monday, 25 April 2016

Exercise Prescription For The Prevention And Treatment Of Disease

On top of my final semester of my Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy, I am currently doing a short, online course titled, "Exercise Prescription For The Prevention And Treatment Of Disease" via Trinity College in Dublin.

I've learnt quite a few interesting things so thought I'd share some of them here with you...

1. Exercise intensity is measured in METS (Metabolic Equivalent of Task). 1 MET is how much energy you use at rest, light intensity is 1.5-3 METS, moderate is 3-6 METS, and anything greater than 6 METS is classified as vigorous exercise.

Here is a nice infographic of what different physical activities would measure up as:

Image via Trinity College Dublin
Also have a look on this website for a more detailed MET breakdown of different sports

2. In 1995 a guideline was created that adults exercise 30 mins a day, at least 5 days a week. These guidelines have since been updated in 2007 and state that
Adults should engage in moderate exercise (see above for what counts as moderate exercise) for 30 mins, 5 days a week or vigorous exercise for 20 mins, 3 days a week. 
Your weekly exercise total can be made by a combination of these intensities too.
In 2008 these guidelines were updated again and stated that, because the 2007 guidelines were too specific, adults were recommended to do at least 150 mins a week of moderate exercise, or 75 mins a week of vigorous exercise, or a combination, and that the activity should be in bursts longer than 10 mins at a time.

Children should engage in at least 60 minutes of (age-appropriate) moderate to vigorous exercise, daily.

You can read these guidelines here and here

3. Exercise is anti-inflammatory.
It stimulates the release of cortisol, adrenaline, and IL-6, which are chemicals that suppress inflammation.

4. Exercise can be used to improve brain function. This extends to those suffering from depression, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease, however, it is also essential for children and studying adults. It is recommended that, if they are able, those wishing to improve their brain function via exercise do so by following the 2007 and/or 2008 guidelines for exercise mentioned above.

5. Following the exercise guidelines of 2007 and 2008 mentioned above, can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular (heart) disease by 30%. One of the reasons behind this is that exercise improves the flexibility/elasticity of your blood vessels, reducing your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

When God Makes You Wait

Have you ever prayed to God for something and feel he hasn’t come through? Or he took a lot longer to come through with what you were asking for? Or he came through, just not in the way you were hoping or expecting?

I feel like most of the time, when I ask God for something, He never comes through when I want him to. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t come through for me, in fact he always does, but he does it on a different schedule than what I want. 

While I appreciate his support, I find it really frustrating when I ask him for some financial support to pay a big bill, and he waits over a month to come through the week that bill is due, or even worse, the day before. 
God, this doesn’t fit with my control-freak, organised lifestyle! I’m much more of a pay-the-bill-when-you-get-the-bill kind of girl. Why do you make me wait?

John 11:5-6 says, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,”
He loved them, so he waited? They told him that his dear friend was sick, and asked for his healing, yet Jesus waited. They sent word to him, expecting him to come immediately, and heal Lazarus while he was sick, not wait for him to die. If Jesus loved them, why did he make them wait? Why did he let Lazarus die?

I asked God about this and when He answered I was further in awe of Him. He loved them, so he made them wait, because His timing is better than ours. He loved them, so he made them wait, because bringing Lazarus back from the dead is more miraculous than healing him from a sickness. He loves me, so he makes me wait, because I need to get better at trusting him.

Trust in God’s timing and in His judgement, it is far greater than ours.

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

This article was originally published on Over The Moon Magazine

Friday, 1 January 2016

2016 New Year Resolutions

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Happy New Year!
I hope your new years eve was everything you hoped it to be. Mine was nice and quiet and I don't think I even made it till 12, but I do know that I was pretty close!

I don't normally make new year's resolutions, I don't know why, just never did. But this year I have a few little things that I'd like to accomplish, so why not?

1. Stop using plastic bags
Just Google "the dangers of plastic bags" and you will find heaps of info so I'm not going to go into it here, but I am sure you know of some of the environmental effects plastic bags can have.
I have had the re-usable calico ags for ages, years even, but whenever I head out to do my food shopping I ALWAYS forget them so this year I am going to try make a concentrated effort to bring them with me so I don't have to use the plastic ones and then have an ever-growing pile of plastic bags at the bottom of my pantry.

2. Get a dining table
We have been married for almost 2 years now and are still using our tiny little Ikea table and chairs that we intended to use under our alfresco. It does the trick but get pretty snug as soon as we have someone over for dinner. And of course there's the 'I want our home to look good' factor. I will most definitely be looking to Niki at My Scandinavian Home for inspiration.

3. Only use natural cleaning products
Common house-hold cleaners are filled with chemicals that can irritate our skin and lungs, as well as our environment as they get flushed down the toilet/drain.
I am almost there in using natural products all throughout our house, just have the toilet air freshener, dish-washing liquid, and laundry powder to go (I am just waiting for my current ones to run out before I replenish them with a safer, more sustainable option)

Are you even meant to have more than one resolution?
I'd love to hear what your 2016 New Year's Resolutions are!