How pimples can pinpoint health issues

Did you know that each area of your face represents an area of your health?
What is pimples could be a side effect of that annoying bloated tummy you have had since that trip to Bali last year?

Let me tell you about a naturopathic trick called Face mapping…

Let’s look at each area of the face and explore what underlying health issues might be causing acne.

Forehead – small red pimples are often seen in this area, this section represents the liver. If you have been constipated for a few weeks or longer or have been drinking too much, had anti-biotics or any type of drugs from an illness – this area will affected. The first thing here is to avoid triggers, get your diet cleaned up, water, water , water and a really good liver detox.

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Cheeks – if your skin generally breaks out in this area it might be a food allergy. Are you drinking too much milk? Has bread been part of your diet too much? What about colourings in foods (smarties, Coke Zero, jelly babies).. More specifically, this area represents the small intestines, if you have experienced IBS, bloating and tummy pains. This is something to get checked out thoroughly.

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jawline – this one is well known, if you skin tends to break out in this area it is often due to a hormonal issue. Try to play closer attention to when the skin looks more inflamed or the texture of the pimples changes. Is it closer to your period or more mid-cycle, ovulation plays a big part here. Long cycles more than 33 days or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) can be an underlying cause. Try to avoid coffee and sugar and reduce stress as a first line of defence to give your hormones a chance to balance out. A great App is which allows you to track your cycle and share it with your GP or health care practitioner to gain an accurate picture of your hormonal status.

Shoulders, chest and back – this area is another hormonal sign. Generally this is caused by high Testosterone levels. Too much stress can trigger high Testosterone levels in women.

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Food intolerances and IBS

How do we know what foods to avoid when it comes to IBS?

Many of us have experienced bloating and stomach cramps after eating too much triple cheese pizza at a party.
The aftermath of what was going to be a fun time amongst friends with that bottle of expensive vino you bought at that fancy new bottle shop around the corner can often result in swearing off A.cheese B. Gluten for weeks. Then you think, was it the wine after all? IBS, which is short for irritable bowel syndrome feels like this every single day which often results in confusion around what to eat and maybe even eliminating entire food groups.
Bloating, cramping and frequent toilet visits are the norm.

Fortunately you can get tested for food intolerances. The test is a simple finger prick test and it can give you information about 96 foods. The lab can check those food molecules against reactive anti-bodies in your blood to then generate an accurate report on each food and your body’s response.

Generally it takes 2-6 months of eliminating food for you to be able to eat these foods again without showing a reaction.

If you want to find out if food is triggering you:

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This test can be done at home and includes a phone/skype consult to help you get back on track straight away.

Nutrition tips for fussy eaters

Getting Kids to have the right nutrients can be stressful for everyone involved and both our toddlers have gone through phases of fussiness since they started solids. Here are our top tips for fussy eaters:

1. Listen to cues from your baby or toddler. Babies thrive on a bit of a routine, but at the same time
it is really important to listen to them and find out when they are hungry and offer the evening meal at
a realistic time. Bubs are usually hungry around 4.30 or 5pm. Offer the main evening meal then. It is more
likely to be eaten at this time rather than 6pm or later when they’re getting tired and cranky.

2. A toddler may need a little bit of down time before main meals so they can “come down” from
playtime and transition to eating time. A table setting and hand washing routine may help with this
(at the daycare our boys go to, they do a few ‘yoga’ stretches before lunch). Often you are likely to get a
negative response if we pull them away from doing something fun, just like us adults get frustrated
when we’re pulled away from the middle of an episode of Suits.

3. Try not to get too hung up on the time of day your child eats or how much they eat at each sitting,
listen to them and get to know their hunger cues. Do they get whingy, cranky, hangry or manic when they
are hungry? If they have a bigger morning tea than breakfast, roll with it.

4. Don’t worry if you child decides on breakfast for dinner sometimes. If they occasionally want fruit
and cereal for dinner and meat and vegetables for breakfast, it doesn’t matter as long as both meals
are nutrient dense and it’s doable of course.

5. Don’t expect your child to eat well or very much if they are overtired or are a little under the weather.

6. Kids won’t starve. Their tummies are roughly just the size of their fist so serve just small portions
initially and then top it up with more later if they want more. Smaller meals are less overwhelming to
little tummies.

7. Kids are rapidly growing little tigers and have super fast metabolisms, they don’t need much to feel full
so never fuss or insist they eat more when they say they are full.

8. All snacks should be nutrient dense. Try not to offer “empty calories” to them in between meals, try
to offer something which is protein-rich. Hummus, boiled eggs, cheese, coconut yoghurts, bliss balls, or
homemade muesli bars are great snack options.

9. Stop all snacks and drinks at least one hour before mealtime (especially dinner). A hungry kid, and
even the most picky kids are more likely to eat their meals.

10. Have a safe food at every meal. If you know they love rice or noodles or carrots, try to add one of
their safe foods in small amounts so they don’t feel overwhelmed with ALL new foods at a meal time.

11. Lead by example. Kids are more likely to eat something if they see someone they admire eating
it. If we say we don’t like something, chances are that’s what they’ll say when presented with the
same food.

12. Don’t stress. This is the biggest tip. Having a fussy eater or even just a day of fussy eating can make
you want to pull your hair out but as long as you’re serving good, wholefoods, your child will be just fine
even if all they eat is cheese for a day. Always keep in mind that kids go through growth phases
where they will eat like they’re training for a marathon followed by a period of not eating all that much.
This is normal

This article was written by our Naturopath and Nutritionist Shannon Stokes.
Shannon loves to help Mums and bubs get health and on track with the right diet.

To book an appointment with Shannon please click on the booking link on our homepage.