Infertility, miscarriage & thyroid

I wish more than anything in the world that I had found a thyroid-literate naturopath & doctor before I suffered through so many miscarriages & spent thousands of dollars on IVF. It's one of the reasons why I went back to school for 4 years of full time study to become a naturopath myself & … Continue reading Infertility, miscarriage & thyroid

Sonia McNaughton Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist, Newcastle, Hunter, Charlestown, Belmont, Warners Bay, PCOS, obesity, facial hair, insulin resistance

Study says PCOS helped by sunshine

Women with PCOS have been found to have worse symptoms if their vitamin D* levels were low.  That is worse obesity, lower pregnancy success, excess facial hair as well as a long list of other problems. 1;2. An alarming 67–85% of PCOS women have been found to have extremely low levels of vitamin D in their bodies. 2. So it’s time … Continue reading Study says PCOS helped by sunshine

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A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is on the increase causing rising rates of devastating infertility. But sadly that's not all.  It's also found with insulin resistance which means for PCOS gals they experience debilitating fatigue, easy weight gain / difficulty losing weight and a higher chance of diabetes.  The buzz around myo-inositol has been so strong that a high … Continue reading A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS

Sonia McNaughton Naturopath Herbalist Graves Hashimotos hypothyroid hyperthyroid fatigue menopause dairy free gluten free paleo AIP

Cherry Ripe Muffins – healthy & delicious!

How do you enjoy the taste of chocolate when you need to be dairy-free & gluten-free for your health? I wanted to bake an afternoon tea treat my friend who loves chocolate with a deep passion would enjoy without all the nasty side effects that milk and butter cause in my body.  I also didn't want a lot … Continue reading Cherry Ripe Muffins – healthy & delicious!

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7 years advanced notice of thyroid disorder with simple tests

So you've been told your thyroid is normal but you are still exhausted, forgetful & gaining weight? Did you know your immune system could be causing these symptoms 7 years before they show up on your 'thyroid test' (TSH test)? Antibodies from the immune system have been found attacking the thyroid up to 7 years … Continue reading 7 years advanced notice of thyroid disorder with simple tests

Menopause, hot flush, reduced libido, lost interest in sex, HDL, maca, perimenopause, postmenopause, post menopause, peri menopause, menopausal, Sonia McNaughton, Naturopath, Newcastle

Maca: an effective natural alternative to HRT

In scientific study on 168 caucasian menopausal women Maca was found to be an effective natural alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).  In the words of the scientists, doctors and PhD researchers involved in the study Maca was “superior to HRT in terms of all the additional benefits (...) not delivered by HRT programs or … Continue reading Maca: an effective natural alternative to HRT

Sonia McNaughton Naturopath Hay Fever Allergies

Spring & the pollen count is rising – are you ready for hay fever season?

If you have hay fever, medically known as allergic rhinitis, Spring brings pain with its brightly, blooming beauty: itchy eyes, ears, nose, and throat, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. Picnicking in the park on Father’s Day was magical: the poppies with their brilliant colours and stems so tall and proud, the pansies swaying like … Continue reading Spring & the pollen count is rising – are you ready for hay fever season?

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Increasing milk supply for nursing mothers with herbal tea: Scientific evidence

It’s world breast feeding week!  So what better time to look at the evidence and scientific research behind nursing mothers’ teas for increasing milk supply. A herbal tea of fenugreek was tested on 66 mother–infant pairs in a randomised, placebo-controlled trial conducted in 2011.  The women were assigned to either: fenugreek tea group, apple tea … Continue reading Increasing milk supply for nursing mothers with herbal tea: Scientific evidence

Paleo Snack

Latest Food Obsession – Baked Cauliflower

My latest food obsession is baked cauliflower…I am absolutely obsessed with this easy-to-make, delicious-to-eat, healthy snack at the moment.  It's Paleo, it's 5:2, it's low GI, it's just downright spectacular! Not only is it the perfect Paleo snack, for 5:2 lovers it is a super low calorie way of filling yourself up on fast days. I find myself making … Continue reading Latest Food Obsession – Baked Cauliflower