Meet Jill Raab, our health coach!

Meet Jill Raab, our health coach!

Hello! I’ve been invited by my colleague, Dr. Jo Braid, to be a guest blogger at Braid Health. So, I shall let you in on a bit of personal background, to put you in the picture. We all have a story (I just love to hear people’s stories as we dive deeply into what...
Sugar Cravings

Sugar Cravings

Do you crave sugar and sweets? Well you are not alone. This is an oh so common challenge in our lives. In fact, it is thought to be the number one reason people “fall off the wagon” with the food they choose to eat. Let’s talk about what drives these cravings.  Here...
The Origin of Health

The Origin of Health

Have you heard of Salutogenesis? It means the Origin of Health and was newly added to the Merriam and Webster Dictionary in 2019. You may be more familiar with the term Pathogenesis which means the Origin of Disease. Isn’t it interesting to see terminology we are more...
Commonly misunderstood gut truths

Commonly misunderstood gut truths

Wellness begins in the gut (because we must nourish every cell). Chewing is key to start good digestion. Beyond the mouth there are no teeth!! Gut feelings and the gut-brain axis are real (enteric nervous system; vagus nerve connection; sleep & mood highly...
All about stress!

All about stress!

Last week I gave a brand new presentation on Stress at the Central West Women’s Health Centre. There were lots of questions at the end and surprise at the connections between stress and our bodies. ​​Did you know gut bugs, both friendly and unfriendly, respond to...
Get some Sleep!

Get some Sleep!

100% of the top conditions seen by a General Practitioner can be related to poor sleep. Some of these include: Hypertension Alzheimer’s Disease Diabetes Obesity Pain Anxiety and Depression Cancer We have different phases of sleep including: REM sleep (Rapid Eye...
Mitochondria and brain health

Mitochondria and brain health

So how are mitochondria and brain health linked? Very intricately indeed! Neurons which are nerve cells which send messages all around our body, use a lot of energy to do so, and the mitochondria provide the energy for this. So if mitochondria become damaged or...
Variety of veggies through the week

Variety of veggies through the week

I’m always curious as to how I can easily improve my health, and I know one of the most powerful ways to improve health is by choosing what to eat. I know variety is the spice of life and that includes a wide variety of vegetables. So we eat on average 21 meals in 7...
Mindfulness in daily life

Mindfulness in daily life

Are you aware of a wandering mind? Or can you focus intently on what you are doing and not get distracted? I was at my annual Australian Rehabilitation Medicine conference at the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed a three hour workshop on Mindfulness with Dr Craig...
My number 1 medicine: Sleep

My number 1 medicine: Sleep

Sleep is the number one medicine everyone should be taking! I highly recommend a good intake/dose/amount of sleep every night. Research shows on average we are sleeping 2-3 hours LESS per night than in the 1980s – that is a big loss of sleep over 365 days. So...