Dianna Martino - Holistic Naturopath & Coach

Holistic Newcastle Naturopath – Achieve Your Ultimate Health Potential

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No Bali Belly, Naturopath Style

Recently I departed Newcastle to visit the lovely Bali, a winter escape shall we say. Being a naturopath I like to take care of my body and this includes when I travel. There are several strategies that I personally implement for myself and my clients to prevent infection and take care of our health when travelling to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and more. For good health internationally, you may like to consider:

  • A good anti-microbial, anti-parasitic herbal formula may help to eradicate any bugs that you may ingest.
  • Heat stable probiotics to support the good bacteria populations in your gut to further help your body combat any naughty microbes. Heat stable is important unless you are going to be travelling with a refrigerator…
  • Drink and brush your teeth with bottled water- many accommodation places provide you with bottled water to brush your teeth with each day.
  • Don’t eat from street vendors that look like the meat has been hanging out in the heat all day- if your gut instinct says don’t eat it, trust your gut!
  • Cosmic radiation from flying high in the sky- you might like to try flower essences or homeopathics to help protect your body from cosmic radiation. You could try Australian Bush Flowers combination- Electro Essence. This can be found in health food stores.
  • Pollution- oh so stinky and laden with toxins! If you’re walking the streets with thousands of scooters and automobiles zooming past you, spitting out pollution into your precious lungs, you might want to try a few of the following ideas:
  1. Green vegetables and juices if available
  2. Colourful vegetables and juices for their anti-oxidant qualities
  3. Turmeric is a great anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and protects your liver. Indonesia has a local drink called ‘Jamu,’ it contains primarily turmeric and ginger; get your hands on one of these to support your body to battle the pollution.
  4. Lots of clean water to help your body flush out the toxins. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime if you can find some- the additional vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant and the fruits help to alkalise the body.
  • Get excited and relax! Travelling can be exciting and stressful, and those stress hormones can really deplete us in many ways. Find ways to relax throughout your travels, whether it’s lying on a beach, pool lounge, getting a massage or having a tasty health drink in a café. Check in with your body and take care of yourself.

So there you have it, some of my recommendations for health and wellbeing internationally. May you be safe, happy and well in your travels!

Dianna Martino





*These recommendations are general and not recommended for people on medications or with health conditions. Some herbs and supplements may interact with medications and must be prescribed and monitored by a health professional. Please consult with your naturopath or doctor before trying any of these recommendations.

Stressed About Your Hypothyroid?

Tired, cold (even though the weather is warm), feeling down, weight gain… these are all symptoms of hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating various metabolic processes, growth and energy. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shape and is located in front of your throat below your Adam’s apple. It secretes many hormones that affect metabolism and energy, and in some people it can be over (hyper) or under (hypo) functioning.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling cold
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Puffy face
  • Swollen thyroid gland (goiter)

Causes of Hypothyroidism

  • Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune condition)
  • Stress

Stress Test

Now it gets interesting.

  • Have you experienced long periods of stress or intense stress events in your life?
  • Are you a worrier?
  • Are you concerned about the future?
  • Do you have high demands placed on you?
  • Aare you trying to be/do/ have it all?
  • Are you unwell?
  • Do you avoid stressful situations?
  • Do you get anxious?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?

The above listed are all signs of stress and may be causing your fatigue and possibly hypothyroidism.

Stress and Hypothyroidism

Stress stimulates your adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol, and high cortisol production inhibits thyroid hormone production. Stress could be the cause of your hypothyroidism (and fatigue, weight gain and associated symptoms).

What To Do Now?

Now that you know that stress could be the cause of your fatigue and hypothyroidism, what can you do? Naturally you would want to treat the cause of your stress, and also support and nourish your body and mind to not stress so much and to rebuild a healthy balance.

Top Tips to Tip-Over Stress

  • What are the causes of your stress? Can you reduce these?
  • Can you see stressful situations from a new and fresh perspective? This can be challenging when you are stuck in the middle of it all- some outside help can do wonders here!
  • Nourish your body with healthful foods to eliminate the stress and depleting effects of low nutrient foods. Leafy green vegetables contain much need minerals for health thyroid and adrenal glands, brown rice is a great source of B vitamins for stress coping and energy.
  • Cut out the caffeine and sugar- they stress you out more! They drive your adrenals and just plain make things worse internally for you. Substitute with herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint or a beautiful calming blend.
  • Do something you love every day! Allow happiness into your life.
  • Find love and appreciation in your life now. What do you love? What do you appreciate? Focus on that feeling for as long as you can. There is no stress when appreciation is in the house. Learn this and more here.
  • Do you want a personalised program tailored to your life and who you are with expert support, help and advice just for you? You don’t have to do this alone, many people have got their life back from fatigue with the help of an experienced professional, now it’s your turn.


The Vitamin you need to help Prevent Cancer

You have heard about vitamin D for a few years now, maybe so much so that it has lost all meaning. It may be old news now, but it is still a present day issue. The purpose of this post is to inform you that vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious health concerns, and that you can potentially prevent disease by taking action as soon as you finish reading this post.

Low vitamin D levels have been associated with:

  •  A higher chance of pre-eclampsia risk and increased liklihood of needing a C-section in pregnancy.
  •  The infant may then inherit the deficiency which increases respiratory infection risk and reduced bone health.
  • Vitamin D deficiency is linked to an increased risk for allergies.
  •  Children with vitamin D deficiency are more than twice as likely to have a peanut allergy than children with sufficient levels.
  • Pregnant women with higher vitamin D levels reduce asthma risk by 40% in thier children aged 3-5 years.
  • Increased risk of developing cancer.

Vitamin D helps your immune system, fertility, skeletal health and countless areas of health and wellbeing, and it is usually easy to correct a deficiency. Get your vitamin D level tested now, and if your level is below 75nmol/L, take your GP or naturopath’s advice and supplement accordingly. Sunshine helps too- 10 minutes per day depending on your skin colour, location on the earth and genetics (ability to convert sunshine to vitamin D).

Now it’s time for you to take a step toward better health!

ACTION: Book an appointment with your GP or naturopath to have your vitamin D levels tested.


Note: You need adequate levels of all vitamins and minerals for good health, today we are highlighting the importance of just one of these vitamins, of which many studies have been performed.


Women for Women Newcastle Expo

Women for Women ~ Girls Day Out, is an expo that will be held at Newcastle Town Hall on Sunday September 22nd, 2013. Entry is free, this day is dedicated towards inspiring, empowering and supporting women in Australia.

Come and meet me here- I will be meeting the locals at this Newcastle Expo, having a chat and offering stress tests and NET. If you have ever wanted to ask a naturopath a question, find out how your body is coping with your lifestyle, check your stress levels or have some stress removed in as little as two minutes, here is your opportunity! You could even fill out this quick online questionnaire, print out your results and bring them with you to the expo, come find me and book a session to clear your most stressed area of your body.

For more information on this exciting event that will bring together like minded individuals in the beautiful sunny town of Newcastle, check out their facebook page, “Women for Women ~ Girls Day Out.”

Venue: Newcastle City Hall

Date: Sunday, September 22nd 2013

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Entry: FREE