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About Julia

Julia is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and personal trainer. After completing a BSc in Commerce at the University of London, Julia went on to complete a Certificate III & IV in Personal Training which has seen her working as a Personal Trainer since 2009. To further her capacity to optimise the health of her patients, Julia has since completed a BHSc in Naturopathy from Laureate University and is a registered naturopathic practitioner with the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association.

Underpinning Julia’s practice is the basic understanding that all illness must have a cause and for health to be restored and optimised the cause or causes of the illness must be identified and removed. This requires an appreciation of the intricate interplay of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, familial and occupational factors that can contribute to disease. Julia views the body as an interconnected whole and appreciates that its connections are essential in treating and preventing disease.

Julia firmly upholds the importance of empowering her patients to take responsibility for their own health. She seeks to educate her patients and actively involve them in their own health decisions, ultimately paving the way for sustainable health improvements. Through guiding, supporting, listening to and working with her patients, Julia develops effective treatment plans that address the underlying cause of health problems. This allows for complete resolution of health conditions and maximises long-term health outcomes.

Julia is committed to the successful integration of natural and conventional medicines to maximise patient outcomes. She works in collaboration with a network of doctors, Chinese Medicine Practitioners, psychologists, osteopaths, myotherapists, physiotherapists, kinesiologists and midwives to ensure optimal patient care.

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  • Goitrogens & Thyroid Health
Do you suffer from symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain (or an inability to lose weight), cold intolerance, dry skin, sleep issues, muscle pain, joint pain & weakness? Perhaps you could have suboptimal thyroid function (aka hypothyroid): an increasingly common problem.
The thyroid gland is a small gland that has big responsibilities. The thyroid & its hormones control metabolism throughout the body, affecting the brain, GI tract, cardiovascular system, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, hormone synthesis, gallbladder and liver function & more.
Goitrogens, found in many vegetables, can be problematic for people with suboptimal thyroid function. Goitrogens are foods & substances that interfere with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland. When not enough iodine is available, the thyroid cannot produce sufficient levels of thyroid hormones T4 & T3.
Foods that have been identified as goitrogenic include cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, choy sum, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, radishes & turnips. Additional foods that are goitrogenic include apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries, millet, peanuts, soy & sweet potato.
Many chemicals from the environment & medications are also classified as goitrogenic. For example, antibiotics, bromides, heavy metals, NSAIDs, benzodiazepines, perchlorates & pesticides.
Fortunately, cooking lowers the goitrogenic content of foods. Steaming crucifers until fully cooked reduces goitrogens by two-thirds whilst boiling crucifers for 30 minutes destroys 90 percent of the goitrogens. In contrast to cooking, fermenting increases the goitrogen content of foods. This makes fermented goitrogens very problematic for those with thyroid issues.
If you think you may be suffering from suboptimal thyroid function, get in touch so we can determine whether goitrogens may be something you should be limiting your exposure to.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Raw Chocolate Tarts
There’s no such thing as too much chocolate right? If you agree, you’re going to LOVE these tarts!
The raw base is made from almonds, cacao, coconut oil, dates and coconut whilst the filling is made with my current obsession: @impressedjuices almond milk yogurt. This yogurt is made with Australian almonds and fermented with live cultures to provide a dairy free alternative to traditional yogurt that not only tastes AMAZING, but is also full of nutritional goodness.
Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try:
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Base:
1 cup almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
2 fresh Medjool dates
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
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Filling:
150g tub @impressedjuices almond milk yogurt (natural)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1-2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
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Method:
For the base, pulse the almonds and shredded coconut in a food processor until a fine crumb is achieved. Add in the dates, cacao and coconut oil and pulse until combined.
Press the mixture into 4 tart tins and place in the fridge while you make the filling.
For the filling, whisk together the yogurt, cacao, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Divide the filling between all four tart bases.
Serve immediately or keep chilled in the fridge.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • SIBO
SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is defined as an increase in the number of bacteria in the small bowel. The small bowel usually contains relatively few bacteria when compared to the large bowel and it is this change in SIBO that causes a myriad of symptoms.
SIBO negatively affects both the structure and function of the small bowel. It can interfere with digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, primarily by damaging the cells lining the small bowel. This damage can also lead to leaky gut which has numerous potential complications including immune reactions that cause food allergies or sensitivities, generalised inflammation, and autoimmune diseases
SIBO can also lead to nutritional deficiencies on top of those due to poor digestion or absorption. In particular, the bacteria will take up certain B vitamins, such as vitamin B12, before our own cells have a chance to absorb them. They may also consume some of the amino acids, or protein, that we’ve ingested, which can lead to both mild protein deficiency and an increase in ammonia production by certain bacteria. The bacteria may also decrease fat absorption leading to deficiencies in fat soluble vitamins like A and D.
As a result of these effects, SIBO can present with numerous symptoms including bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, food sensitivities and reflux.
Whilst the cause of SIBO is complex, a number of risk factors have been identified such as low stomach acid, IBS, Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, prior bowel surgery, diabetes, excessive antibiotic use, moderate alcohol consumption and OCP use.
SIBO can be difficult to treat however, naturopathic medicine has been shown to be effective in eradicating SIBO. Furthermore, by treating the underlying cause of the SIBO, it is possible to prevent relapse and ensure the SIBO is eliminated for the long run.
If you’re concerned that you may have SIBO, get in touch so we can get you tested and put together a treatment plan to eliminate your symptoms.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Low FODMAP Diet
Digestive disorders are the number one complaint I see in clinic. Patients commonly come to me considering or already following a low-FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. In a patient with healthy gut function, many of these carbohydrates are beneficial, acting as prebiotics that stimulate the proliferation of healthy gut microbes. In patients with digestive disorders however, they can exacerbate symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhoea & abdominal pain.
Low-FODMAP diets have been studied extensively for “functional gut disorders” like IBS. These disorders are typified by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine (aka SIBO). Consuming FODMAPs does not actually cause the gut disorder; rather, it exacerbates symptoms because it feeds the microbes in the small intestine, thereby creating symptoms such as gas, bloating, flatulence & pain. A low-FODMAP diet therefore, controls symptoms by decreasing the availability of fuel for the bacteria in the small intestine.
The problem with this approach is that it is not treating the underlying cause of the issue. Starving the bacteria over the short term may decrease symptoms but it does not eradicate the bacteria. It simply leads to the bacteria lying dormant until food becomes available again. If one sticks to a low-FODMAP diet for the long term in order to kill off the bacteria, the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine will be impaired as these beneficial bacteria require FODMAPs to survive. This will not only create chronic digestive issues as a result of an unhealthy microbiome, but it may also lead to numerous other health conditions given the importance of a healthy microbiome. Long term low-FODMAP diets are also extremely restrictive & likely to lead to numerous nutritional deficiencies.
If you’ve been following a low-FODMAP diet for some time & your symptoms are still present when you eat FODMAPs, get in touch so we can treat the underlying cause of your issues & eliminate your symptoms for good.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Iron
Are you feeling exhausted and rundown? You could be suffering from an iron deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral that has a number of jobs in the body, including making healthy red blood cells. These deliver oxygen to all of your other cells where it is used to create energy – so it’s not surprising that you can feel extremely fatigued if you are not getting enough iron, or not absorbing it properly.
Low iron does not only lead to fatigue though. Iron deficiency can cause several other symptoms including dizziness, allergies, frequent colds or flu, headaches, paleness on the inside of lower eyelids, restless legs, and/or dry and damaged hair or skin.
If you think you may be iron deficient, it’s essential to get tested prior to considering supplementing because too much iron can be harmful. Some symptoms of low iron may additionally be due to other causes, so working with a health professional to determine the underlying cause is best.
If you are iron deficient, your diet should be the first port of call. Animal sources of iron include beef, chicken, fish, kangaroo, lamb, sardines, eggs and turkey. Plant-based sources include dark leafy greens, chia seeds, lentils, and molasses.
However, even if your diet contains many of these foods, if you experience any digestive issues such as bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, your gut function may be suboptimal and this may be affecting your ability to absorb the iron you consume. In this case, healing your digestive system will be necessary in order to optimise your iron levels.
It’s also important to remember that when consuming iron, there are a few key nutrients that help iron to function at its best. Some of these include:
Vitamin C: This vitamin helps your body absorb and use iron.
B vitamins: Three key B vitamins are also involved in red blood cell production, namely B6, B12 and folate.
Vitamin D: Adequate levels of the sunshine vitamin are needed to absorb iron.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Raw Choc Hazelnut Slice
There are few things that go together better than chocolate and hazelnuts. This recipe brings these two flavours together to create a decadently delicious and wholesome treat.
Creamy, dreamy and full of goodness.
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RECIPE -
Base Ingredients:
1.5 cups @theactviatednutcompany almonds
1/4 cup @loving_earth raw cacao powder
3 fresh Medjool dates
2 tbsp @niulife coconut oil, melted
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Filling Ingredients:
2 cups @theactivatednutcompany cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup @loving_earth raw cacao powder
1/2 cup hazelnut butter
1/4 - 1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup @niulife coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut milk
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Method:
For the base, place the almonds in a food processor and process to a fine crumb. Add the cacao, dates and coconut oil and pulse until just combined. Press the base into the bottom of a square tin.
For the filling, place all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the filling on top of the base and place in the freezer for 2 hours to set.
To serve, sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.
Julia 💚 xxx
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Special Interests

Julia’s special areas of interest include:

  • Digestive complaints
  • Weight management
  • Hormonal imbalances and conditions including PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders
  • Skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis
  • Pre-conception and post-natal care
  • Paediatric health

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Julia Michelle

55 Gardner Street,
Richmond,
VIC 3121

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