Dianna Martino - Holistic Naturopath & Coach

Holistic Newcastle Naturopath – Achieve Your Ultimate Health Potential

Category : Naturopathy

A Naturopath’s List of Newcastle Favourites

Since I moved from Melbourne to Newcastle in January 2013, I have come to love a few things about Newcastle. Here is a quick summary of first impressions.

Firstly, it must be the beaches. I love arriving at the top of Bar Beach in my car with my fiancé and little fur baby, seeing the waves crash in, especially when the sun is just starting to go down. There is such raw natural beauty in the ocean; it never fails to impress me. I am yet to use the Merewether Sea Baths but am looking forward to the warmer weather so that I can.

Secondly, the pace of life in Newcastle is relatively relaxing having just moved from Melbourne. There is no need to sit in endless traffic to get to where you need to go. Also, it is great how easy going and accepting Novocastrians seem to be, this lets visitors and new-comers like myself feel at ease when out and about.

Finally, there is a hip and healthy scene emerging. You can go to Goodness Me Organics (Adamstown) for a Paleo Breakfast, or go to Earth’s Garden Organic Café (Islington) for a relaxing Sunday brunch. If you like the convenience of having your organic groceries brought to you I highly recommend Organic Feast. There’s also a great network of health practitioners and I feel so excited to be part of this network in serving such a great community.

Weight Loss for Your Health

Are you overweight? You are not the only one. Almost 60% of Australians and New Zealanders are overweight.
You may have tried and failed, but it is important that you stick with it as there are many good reasons for healthy weight loss. Being overweight can contribute to the development of:

  • Coronary heart disease and stroke
  •  Hypertension
  •  Type 2 diabetes
  •  Insulin resistance
  •  Metabolic syndrome
  •  Osteoarthritis
  •  Fatty liver disease
  •  Gallbladder disease
  •  Osteoarthritis
  •  Pregnancy complications
  •  Infertility
  •  Sleep apnoea

Start Easy

Now I’m pretty sure that you know of a few things you can do to improve your diet and lifestyle to lose weight. Start gradually if you feel overwhelmed by the thought of losing weight. Cut down or cut out the food that you know is making things worse. This may be soft drinks, alcohol, cakes, lollies, fried foods, take away, even bread and pasta. But by all means do not starve yourself! Foods for healthy weight loss Eat a high quality breakfast such as oats with nuts and a piece of fruit, or poached eggs on a piece of rye toast. Each meal is best to contain a serve of protein- lean meat, egg, nuts, seeds, legumes. Protein is important to stave off hunger pangs, balance blood sugar and to prevent muscle loss. The prevention of muscle loss is important as muscle is your powerhouse that burns calories for you while you sleep! As we age we tend to lose muscle and gain fat. So we need to make an effort to keep and build our muscle. This includes regular weight bearing exercise. Many weight loss programs promote rapid weight loss, but the weight loss includes not only fat, but muscle too. This is part of the reason why so many of us then experience rebound weight gain.

Expert assistance

If you do require assistance with a professional weight loss consultant, ensure that they are a fat loss expert, and can monitor this for you. Bio Impedance Analysis is a highly advanced scientific tool that a specialist weight loss practitioner can utilise to monitor your body fat and muscle accurately, and ensure you are burning the fat and not the muscle. For more information on the health risks of being overweight, visit:
www.naturalhelp.com.au/factsheet/weightloss

 

Dianna Martino

Bachelor or Natural Therapies, Adv. Dip. Naturopathy, Adv. Dip. Western Herbal Medicine.
Naturopath, Certified NET practitioner 
Member of Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  

Dianna Martino is currently based in Newcastle on the NSW Central Coast, and sees clients out of her Adamstown location as well over the phone and internet in certain circumstances.  E-mail info@naturalhelp.com.au or contact Dianna to discuss your needs.

Do you have Adrenal Fatigue?

      Do you have Adrenal Fatigue?

 

      Do you have a decreased ability to cope with stress?

 

      Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning?

 

      Are you tired for no reason?

 

      Do you use coffee and sweets to get you through the day?

 

      Do you crave salty or sweet foods?

 

      Is your memory less accurate?

 

      Do you have an afternoon slump around 3-4pm?

 

      Is life just not fun?

 

    Do you have weight gain in the abdominal area that will not shift?

You may have Adrenal Fatigue. This condition is often triggered by a long period of stress or one major stressful event- such as a severe illness (e.g. glandular fever, depression), death of a loved one, or a conglomeration of stressful events occurring within a short space of time.
Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys. They secrete the ‘stress’ hormone, cortisol, amongst other hormones, which enables your body to handle stress. When you go through periods of prolonged stress with little to no recovery periods, your adrenal glands can become exhausted, and they lose their ability to produce sufficient cortisol.
What constitutes stress? Your adrenal glands play a role in responding to stimulus to maintain balance in your body. This stimulus can be mental, emotional, physical, chemical, environmental- basically anything that you can perceive and anything that you do! Negative thoughts, poor food choices, alcohol, drugs, toxins, illness, physical injuries and life events all have the potential to contribute to adrenal fatigue.
Recovery from adrenal fatigue is a holistic process, taking into account your lifestyle, the way you cope with stress, relationships, diet and the right supplements.

Dianna Martino

Bachelor or Natural Therapies, Adv. Dip. Naturopathy, Adv. Dip. Western Herbal Medicine.
Naturopath, Certified NET practitioner 
Member of Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  

Dianna Martino is currently based in Newcastle on the NSW Central Coast, and sees clients out of her Adamstown location as well over the phone and internet in certain circumstances.  E-mail info@naturalhelp.com.au or contact Dianna to discuss your needs.

How Old Are You?

How old are you? Now, more importantly, how old does your body think you are? This is your biological age. Have you ever meet a 50 year old person who looks 30? How about a 30 year old who looks 50? What is aging and how can we get the most out of this inevitable part of life?
Aging is more than wrinkles and sagging skin (and body parts). Aging is a natural process that is to be embraced, but not accelerated. As we age we learn more about who we are and how we fit into the world, our minds become wiser and our bodies change. For some people, aging brings with it aches and pains, fatigue, decreased energy and motivation, not to mention diseases such as diabetes and heart conditions. This is not normal. These conditions are a result of lifestyle, diet, genetics, emotions and stress.
If you want to turn back the clock, here’s a few tips; be true to yourself and follow your path in life. Practice stress relieving habits. Choose wisely which foods and drinks you put into your body. Steer clear of processed and refined foods and sugars. Move your body- get your blood flowing and delivering oxygen and nutrients to your brain and your body. Get rid of excess body fat and increase your muscle tone.
Not sure how to do all or some of these or want more detailed information on how to decrease your biological age and feel more energetic? Seek Natural Help to determine your biological age, body fat and muscle composition, using specialised equipment, and identify any emotional blocks to achieving your health goals.

Dianna Martino

Bachelor or Natural Therapies, Adv. Dip. Naturopathy, Adv. Dip. Western Herbal Medicine.
Naturopath, Certified NET practitioner 
Member of Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  

Dianna Martino is currently based in Newcastle on the NSW Central Coast, and sees clients out of her Adamstown location as well over the phone and internet in certain circumstances.  E-mail info@naturalhelp.com.au or contact Dianna to discuss your needs.