Tired in body but wired in mind?

Tired in body but wired in mind?

Adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion is an increasingly common condition that affects many men and women and even children in various life stages.

Adrenal fatigue is a condition that develops over time resulting from chronic or prolonged stress. Physical stressors may include excessive exercise or marathon training, accident or trauma to the body or even an acidic internal environment which can be caused by poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Emotional or mental stressors may include death of a loved one, divorce, separation or family breakdown, financial distress or work- related stress such as a demanding job or conflict in the workplace.

The adrenal glands are located superior to the kidneys and are responsible for the body’s stress adaptation ability. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, androgens, aldosterone, noradrenaline and adrenaline. Chronic stress causes abnormal hormone production which leads to dysfunction of every system of the body, including:

  • Digestive System
  • Immune System
  • Nervous System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Endocrine System
  • Respiratory System
  • Reproductive System
  • Urinary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Integumentary System (Skin)

There are three stages of adrenal fatigue:

Stage 1 – Alarm Phase

During the alarm phase the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated as the body prepares to “fight or flight”. The body undergoes changes to prepare for this stage including increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiration.

Other systems of the body including the digestive and reproductive systems are deemed unnecessary for survival during this stage so we see blood redirected away from these organs which leads to dysfunction.

Stage 2 – Resistance Phase

Stage 2 of Adrenal Fatigue sees continued imbalance of hormone production and prolonged dysfunction of the body’s systems. This places enormous pressure on the adrenal glands and exhaustion sets in. At this point it becomes difficult for the body to return to homeostasis.

Stage 3 – Exhaustion

Stage 3 of this condition brings debilitation to the body as the body is no longer capable of adapting to any level of stress – physical, mental or emotional. The body is unable to synthesise stress hormones which leads to a defenceless immune system and susceptibility to illness and recurrent infection. Accompanying this stage are sub-optimal levels of adrenaline and cortisol which results in inflammation and increased risk of many chronic conditions including depression, pre-diabetes, obesity, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Due to this condition having a wide range of signs and symptoms, Adrenal Fatigue is often misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated. Some of the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:

  • Feeling wired but tired
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Energy slumps & fatigue
  • Anxiety, depression, irritability & mood swings
  • Recurrent coughs, colds & infections
  • Low libido
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Digestive disturbance
  • Weight gain & inability to lose weight

Treatment and Recovery

The good news is natural medicine offers effective treatment solutions for this condition. The earlier Adrenal Fatigue is identified and treated, the quicker the recovery process with the least amount of damage being done. There are many natural therapies available to Naturopaths in the treatment of this condition including specific key nutrients, nutritional supplementation, tailored lifestyle recommendations and customised herbal medicine formulas depending on the presenting symptoms and stage of the condition.

If you believe you or someone you know may be experiencing Adrenal Fatigue, contact our Naturopath, Belle, who is able to identify this condition and provide a tailored Treatment Plan. Belle can be contacted at belle@nbip.com.au or 02 8406 0679 to discuss your concerns or book an appointment.

The Real Benefits of Remedial Massage

According to the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork; ‘ massage is the largest complementary medicine profession in Australia, in terms of public utilisation, practitioner distribution, and number of practitioners’

….. so we ( massage therapists, whom provide sports, relaxation, lymphatic, remedial and other modals of bodywork ) are far and wide across the country. We can be found within sporting clubs, as sole small businesses, shopping malls, and multidisciplinary medical clinics. It seems we keenly stretch our versatility amongst all demographic of society.

Why is society choosing Massage and Bodywork as their most preferred source of complementary medicine? I have seen over 400 clients on the table, and the top three reasons for booking have been; stress relief, injury pain/discomfort relief, and injury rehabilitation (in conjunction with). Then if you take the individual situations, variations in medical/injury history, and of course the unique genetic ‘perfect imperfections’, we as Massage Therapists provide a valuable path into healing and recovery for performance and general wellbeing.

So it is fair to say after presenting that information, that what we offer is needed in the past, now, and in the future. You can also imagine the range of ages, reasons for booking, and ailments presented when the therapist actually deciphers the reasons.
For me, a Remedial Therapist of 10 years, Exercise Coach of 12 years, and ultimately a Modern Wellbeing Consultant, the interpretation of what most of us want for our family machine to run going forward, for our personal health and for that personal health to leverage an occasional big goal, is a sense of balance and wellbeing. I like to call that The Anchor which ;

– is a self identity point where one can start from or return to, in an effort to be one’s best, to train hard or withstand stressful events. ( i can find your Anchor Point )

–  to grasp a sense of self – who am I – what do I need – what is my body telling me! (contact me to discuss what this means to you )

I believe through my REAL BENEFITS OF REMEDIAL MASSAGE, a person will discover ;

what ails them ( what has disrupted their equilibrium or averted them from tending to it )

their anchor ( how to rest and enhance recovery. And too, to understand how best to gain the most from sleep, the breath, and optimal training cycles )

–  goals to push for given what you present physically, emotionally and mentally. ( this is the performance, the play, the hopefully seamless and joyful expression of what you have built within, through repetition of good stress like multiple sources of different movement, and the sum of habits like food choices and finding a rhythmic cycle in your values, and sleep / wake ratio that works for you )

or to simply learn the art of ‘letting’ for that one moment in the day.. ( letting is defined as to allow or permit. A behaviour many defer. )

In our modern world, we do have many influences that offer us what they feel our perspective should look like, and what to spend time, money and energy on. The aforementioned will help you understand that offered trend, sales pitch, or product. Its the gut feeling notion. The gut brain connection… And there is new research to claim the heart is also wedded in the connection

My body, your body is always ebbing and flowing, pulsing and pumping, contracting and relaxing to ensure it’s systems and the many calibrating requirements to keep us alive, occur on time and in cooperation with adjacent tissues, or neurological functions all while our thoughts, desires and subsequent actions take us forward, backward or metaphorically sideways in life!

To complete my synopsis of REAL MASSAGE BENEFITS, and how it fits with you, we need to delve under the skin and into the matrix of fluids, soft tissue, hard bones and somewhere-in-the-middle tendons, cartilage and ligaments which all culminate to form the wonderful You. The one and only, never to be replicated You… ( all the You talk is very important and will be part of a title for the next blog. )

All the sum of our parts form to make us feel, be and react to life. Its too complex to cover now. And for the lay person, it is only safe and secure to know that what goes up must come down. We are pretty sure gravity is real. So if you think gravity is essentially an easy concept to view, then the complex science of physics and a ball going up then down, are akin to the bodies systems enabling us to perform then heal, with balance or knowing what your Anchor Point is.

The inside ( homeostasis ) and outside ( your external environmental stimulus ) of our body in a nutshell.

Now as I quieten down….. where does all that fit in with massage.
If we recall all that ebb and flow, yin yang talk – remember that always happens to us, even when we sleep. What massage does is manually create the same effect. It enhances the cleansing and recalibrating requirements via your therapist administering a range of techniques which change the arrangement of fluids and soft tissue and consequently balance your gravitational loading as you peel yourself off the table and glide, or plod out of the clinic.

Find me readily available 0425315301 to answer your questions or help you feel where your Anchor Point. Your Home! Your Springboard!


Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well-being.
Spring corresponds to the “Wood” element, which in turn is conceptually related to the liver and gallbladder organs. 

According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of Qi throughout the body.   

When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly. Outside air helps liver Qi flow. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outside activity to smooth out that Liver Qi Stagnation. 

So, for optimum health this spring, move your Qi!

Foods that are good for Spring are sweet foods, like, Cabbage, sweet potato, carrot, beetroot, onions, leeks, shitake mushrooms, sunflower seeds bamboo shoots, apple cider vinegar, radishes, dandelion and young leafy greens. 

It’s a good time of year to gently cleanse the liver to support the clear flow of its rising energy.

Milk thistle helps protect liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, environmental toxins, and even heavy metals such as mercury.

To find out more info or to book a treatment with Andrea. Call 84060679 or visit our website www.nbip.com.au

Perinatal depression

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Many women expect pregnancy to be one of the happiest times in their life, but for many it can be extremely stressful as their hormones are thrown into chaos. Many of the symptoms that appear in pregnancy ae not dissimilar to those experienced in depression. Most women experience periods of fatigue or insomnia, many have mood swings, and a certain degree of weight gain is considered normal. It’s not hard to see therefore, that pregnancy can easily mask the early signs of depression.

Much is known about post-natal depression or post-partum depression which occurs in women after the birth of their baby, yet it is not uncommon for women to experience depression during their pregnancy. This is known as prenatal depression and is more common than once thought. The umbrella term now used to describe both prenatal and postnatal depression is perinatal depression.

Perinatal depression is usually the result of a number of factors; social, biological and emotional, unique to each woman, that can lead to the development of depressive symptoms. In Australia, it is estimated that between 10 and 20% of women and 3 to 10% of men experience some form of pregnancy related mood disorder.

As the symptoms of depression can be similar to that of pregnancy, it is important for women to listen to their bodies. It is often family and friends that notice these changes in a woman and inspire her to seek help. It’s important to attend to and not dismiss the following symptoms which are often associated with depression during or after pregnancy:

  • Recurrent episodes of crying or weeping
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of energy or fatigue
  • Feeling more anxious than usual
  • Changes in appetite
  • No longer finding enjoyment in things you usually find pleasurable
  • Not feeling connected to your developing baby

Perinatal depression affects not only the parents but also the baby. Prenatal depression can cause an extended production of the hormone cortisol and this, in turn, may impact the unborn baby contributing to high blood pressure, low birth weight, and damage to the nervous system. Untreated prenatal depression may then develop into post-natal depression. Post-natal depression may prohibit mother-baby bonding which can lead to a series of emotional problems including depression and anxiety later in the baby’s life.

Treatment for perinatal depression is similar to other forms of depression, with success rates generally much higher for perinatal depression. Some 80-90% of pregnant women and new mums are aided by medications, counselling or a combination of the two. If you feel you are suffering from some of the symptoms listed above and have been for some time, it may be worth you calling to make an appointment with our counsellor, Lyn.

Call on 0412 259 227.

The Benefits of a Ketongenic Diet

While the vast majority of people are burning glucose for fuel, the ketogenic diet relies on fat as your main source of energy. Ketogenic researcher Dr Phinney states that a sugar burner has about 2000 calories of energy stored in their body while a fat burner has about 40000. That’s more than 20 times as much!!

Ketones 101

 The term ‘ketogenic’ comes from the word ‘ketones’, which is the actual fuel your body uses when it is in ketosis. When you burn fat, your body produces ketones and your cells use these for energy. There are three different types of ketones: beta-hydroxybutyrate, which is found in the blood; acetoacetate, which is found in the urine; and acetone which is found in the breath.

To get into nutritional ketosis you need to focus on your macronutrient breakdown. Ideally, your macronutrient ratio should be roughly 60-85% of your calories from fat, 15-20% from protein and 5-20% from net carbs (carbs minus fibre).

Anywhere from 20-50g of net carbs per day is usually appropriate for most people to reach nutritional ketosis.

Are you in ketosis?

The ketogenic diet should not be confused with a low carb diet. To reach ketosis your diet needs to be high fat with a moderate amount of protein. The only way to know if you are in ketosis (i.e. burning fat, not sugar) is to test for ketones. You can do this in a few ways. Testing your blood is the most accurate method, and requires the prick of your finger and a blood ketone monitor which is easily purchased online.

You can measure ketones in your urine with ketostix. This works in the beginning stages of fat adaptation but is not very reliable once fully adapted as your body may use all your available ketones for energy. Therefore, you will not be excreting them and may get a false negative. There is also a device called Ketonix which can measure acetone in the breath. Nutritional ketosis is defined by serum ketones ranging from 0.5 to 3.0mmol/L

The benefits of being in ketosis

There are numerous benefits that come with being in nutritional ketosis such as; weight loss (the keto diet uses your body fat as an energy source); stable blood sugar- ketosis lowers blood sugar levels due to the types of food consumed, which has been shown to help people with diabetes; mental focus- ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain. When you lower your carb intake you avoid the blood sugar spikes and these two things combined help with improved focus and concentration; increased energy; epilepsy- the keto diet has been used since the 1900’s to treat epilepsy especially in children; insulin resistance and acne can also be managed with a ketogenic diet.

It is important to follow the ketogenic diet the right way, using real whole food as the basis and not buying into the gimmicks of low carb bars and snack foods or “sugar free” artificially sweetened foods. If you would like to learn more about the ketogenic diet or have started but feel unsure of your macronutrient ratios, then contact our accredited Nutritionist to book a consultation.

Bronwen@nbip.com.au or (02) 8406 0679. Nutrition consultations are available Mondays, Wednesdays..