Rebecca Urban Adelaide Naturopath Reproductive Health, Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy Care

Detoxification and Digestive Health
Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you often tired or lethargic?
  • Do you regularly suffer from bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or other digestive disturbances?
  • Do you get recurrent headaches?
  • Are you regularly suffering from muscle aches and pains?
  • Does poor short-term memory and concentration affect your ability to function at work?
  • Do you have allergies or sensitivities?
  • Do you suffer from depression, anxiety and/or mood swings?

Detoxification is a natural process whereby the environmental and dietary toxins we are exposed to are changed into less harmful substances, and subsequently excreted from the body. Toxins are an unavoidable part of life. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and are even created from chemical reactions in our bodies. The good news is that our bodies are designed to neutralise these toxins and remove them via key elimination channels including our digestive system, liver, kidneys and skin. The bad news is that sometimes this process doesn’t run smoothly, with our body’s cleansing pathways overburdened and subsequently underperforming. When this happens, our bodies send out warning signals that all is not well, making you feel tired, sluggish and rundown, and sometimes predisposing you to becoming sick.

A natural detox program can be one of the most effective strategies for rapidly improving the state of your health as it will help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic. Detoxification is a serious business however and your safety and comfort during detox is important. For this reason, it is best to avoid any detox packages that may come in a box from your local health food shop or pharmacy –these types of detoxes may not be suited to your individual needs and may actually leave you feeling sick and tired. You should not attempt to do a detox without guidance and support from a trained Healthcare Provider.


I offer 5 Detox Programs:

1. Express – a short 2 week detox for people who have recently indulged.  A bit like a “Spring clean”.

2.  Integrated Detox Program– a 4 week (minimum) program to improve your digestive health, liver function and overall health and wellbeing.  This program is appropriate for those with general digestive or health imbalances and may aid in supporting healthy intestinal microbial balance.

 3. Gut Detox – an extended 6 week (or more) detoxification program ideal for those who suffer from chronic or extensive digestive symptoms, or experience digestive conditions and imbalances in gut flora that negatively impact on health and wellbeing.

4. Liver Detox – a 6 week (or more) detoxification program may be recommended to those with high level of chemical exposure or who require additional liver support to improve their health.

5. Specialised Chelation Detox – this 6 week (or more) program is designed to support those exposed to heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic, mercury or aluminium.  This program enhances the removal of heavy metals.

All programs focus on whole fresh foods and supplements that support your body’s natural detoxification processes. These are NOT extreme detox programs involving fasting, colon cleansing or eating weird foods. They are based on a common sense approach that is safe and simple to follow long term.
 


Weight Loss
Are you overweight?

Do you ever catch yourself thinking, “How did I end up here?” or seeing your reflection and not recognising yourself? Maybe you would feel happier with yourself if you lost those last few kilos. You are not alone: Recent studies estimate that almost 60% of Australians are overweight.

With so many products and weight loss systems in the market place how do you decide what is right for you?

As each person is uniquely different it is best to seek qualified professional advice in order to gain long term results. It is important that you follow a weight loss program that suits you without adding further risks to your health and wellbeing. By seeking advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner you will better understand the whole picture of weight loss and be empowered with the right information to assist you in making the right decisions, not only for your immediate future, but for the rest of your life.

This weight loss program is:

  •  Easy to follow
  • Scientifically advanced with proven results
  • Safe
  • Very effective

This program is based on a carbohydrate controlled diet that incorporates good levels of dietary protein, appropriate levels of healthy fats and moderate exercise to support lasting fat loss.

This program promotes fat burning and the preservation of lean body tissue. In addition, it addresses the underlying metabolic and hormonal factors that commonly inhibit fat loss.


Food Allergy and Intolerance Testing
Are the foods you eat making you sick?

An adverse food reaction is any symptom following the intake of food. The symptom may be any perceptible change in how we feel and/or function.
A food allergy is an immune reaction to food proteins. Allergic symptoms are the direct result of antibodies produced by our immune system against each specific allergen. 

Unbalanced or inadequate diets, stress, genetic predisposition, infections and inflammation, chemicals, drugs, environmental pollutants and toxins are all possible contributing factors in the development of allergies. Research has shown that these factors may weaken both digestion as well as the protective defences in our intestinal tract and lungs allowing for allergens to more easily confront our overwhelmed immune system.

Possible disorders associated with food allergy and intolerance:

  • Skin - Dermatitis, itchy skin
  • Digestive System - Coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea
  • Respiratory System - Hayfever, asthma and chronic cough
  • Urinary System – Incontinence (especially at night)
  • Cognitive & psychological - Behavioural disorders, migraines, autism, chronic fatigue and epilepsy
  • Head & neck - chronic ear infections,
  • Muscles & joints - Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis

What can I do?

A simple blood test performed in the clinic or collection centre can identify elevated antibodies.
96 foods covering all food groups including Dairy, Fish, Meat/Fowl, vegetables, grains/legumes/nuts and other items such as honey and yeast. Vegetarian and Asian Food panels are also available. 


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Healthy Ageing and Wellness

We are living longer but are we living better? 

What is Healthy Ageing and Wellness? 

Staying healthy active and well, for as long as possible.

  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol
  • A healthy heart
  • Healthy brain function
  • Prevent metabolic syndrome
  • Management of menopause and andropause

Ageing in itself, is not a disease, it is a natural part of life. The ageing process in our bodies continues throughout our lives and over time, increases the chances of suffering from degenerative conditions. Ageing can lead to a reduction in our physical and mental functioning and contribute to the onset of chronic disease. Adopting a healthy ageing lifestyle can help slow the pace of accelerated ageing, so that you live a long, healthy and happy life.

A healthy ageing lifestyle requires optimal nutrition through a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is the insurance you need to keep you healthy and vital for years to come. Subtle changes to your health can be identified and addressed using natural options before chronic symptoms have time to manifest.
Wherever you are on the journey of life, there are opportunities to slow down the ageing process. You can take preventative measure to reduce your risk of premature ageing and fight degenerative diseases.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is now recognized to be a leading risk factor driving some of the most serious diseases in modern society. How do you know if you have metabolic syndrome? You may have been diagnosed with some of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes or “pre diabetes” (at risk for diabetes)
  • High Triglycerides
  • Low “good” HDL Cholesterol
  • Carrying extra weight around your waist or a “beer gut”
  • Family history of diabetes, heart disease or stroke

Hormonal Health For Women 

It is estimated that as many as 90% of women of reproductive age experience a menstrual and/or hormonal disorder that affects them on a regular basis.  This includes conditions such as painful periods (dysmenorrhea), heavy periods (menorrhagia), endometriosis, uterine fibroids and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Many women seek out natural solutions for the management of these conditions, and many find complementary approaches extremely effective. Restoring balance, health and vitality to all of our body systems, including our hormonal and reproductive system, can be achieved through appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as through the use of specialised natural supplements.

Natural solutions for:

  • PMS
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Fibroids
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Amenorrhea (absent periods)
  • Stress and adrenal health
  • Coming off the OCP
  • Heavy bleeding

Menopause 

The menopausal phase of life is a time of huge change for many women. 

The physical and emotional changes can be overwhelming, debilitating and extremely frustrating.  Many women experience a rollercoaster ride of symptoms during menopause, including bewildering mood swings, hot flushes, fatigue, cognitive impairment, insomnia and depression. These are all common symptoms that can occur in varying degrees during menopause and greatly impact on the quality of life for many women. 

A personal treatment protocol can be created just for you.

Hormonal Health For Men

Natural solutions for: 

  • Decreased libido
  • Impotence
  • Depression 
  • Stress and adrenal health

Andropause 

Also, known as androgen deficiency of the ageing male (ADAM) or male menopause that relates to a decrease in testosterone and DHEA in middle aged men. The consequences of lowered hormone levels are associated with:

  • Loss of libido
  • Impotence
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Decreased muscle mass and strength
  • Impaired memory and difficult concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flushes
  • Sweating

These changes can start at around 35 years of age which is called premature andropause and can occur in men who experience excessive female hormone stimulation through workplace exposure to estrogens. Men who work in the pharmaceutical industry, plastics factories, near incinerators and on farms that use pesticides are at high risk for early andropause.

Other risk factors are:

  • Age
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Stress
  • Toxicity (pesticides, smoking, alcohol, heavy metals)
  • Insulin resistance

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Reflexology

Reflexology is a unique system of foot massage based on holistic principles and springing from the same Chinese roots as acupuncture. By locating and massaging the reflexology points on the foot, which relate to the different parts of the body, imbalance of energy which cause stress and ill health can be addressed. The art of reflexology must not be confused with basic foot massage or body massage in general. It is a specific pressure technique that works on precise reflex points on the feet. Reflexology can be used on just about anyone – the elderly, women, men, teenagers, children and babies. 

Reflexology is also used during pregnancy to alleviate swelling in the feet and can help common symptoms associated with pregnancy like nausea, back pain, cramps, indigestion and insomnia. It is of great benefit for women going through IVF to help reduce stress and discomfort.


Testing available through The Clinic

At your initial consultation Rebecca will more than likely refer for more testing so she can investigate where your problems may be coming
from. This will involve blood and urine testing. Some of these tests can be done through your GP however Rebecca may refer you directly.
Tests may involve:

  • Urinary pH – this test detects subtle changes to the pH of the body which can have substantial impacts on a arrange of health conditions including stress, bone density, pain, muscle mass and hormonal balance. This test is complimentary and done during consultation.
  • Full hormone profile – blood and/or saliva – hormones play such an important role in maintaining health and the determination of hormone levels can help identify many healthy related conditions. In both men and women adequate levels are necessary for optimal health and wellbeing.
  • Osteoporosis Risk assessment
  • Heavy metal testing – Hair, water and urine – Just a few grams of your hair can be analysed to find out if element imbalances or toxicity may be the root cause of your health problems. Hair analysis is an accurate, low cost and non-invasive method of determining your body’s level of toxic burden as well as mineral imbalance. This test provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals. Toxic elements may be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as Arsenic, Aluminium, Cadmium, Lead, Antimony and Mercury. Hair Tissue Mineral analysis (HTMA) is regarded by many doctors and naturopaths as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.
  • Coeliac testing
  • Stool analysis (Complete digestive stool analysis CDSA)- this provides an overview of the components of digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora as well as identifying pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts. The CDSA is a non invasive test providing invaluable information in terms of understanding the role of poor digestive function in disease states. Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, bloating, abdominal discomfort and bad breath are all indicative of poor gut function.

 Other tests available:

  • MTHFR
  • Pyrrole Disorder (Mauve factor)
  • SIBO (Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth)
  • Histamine Intolerence 
  • Stress hormones - Cortisol and DHEA
  • Sperm Analysis