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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.

Julia now also works with Company’s throughout Melbourne to implement Corporate Wellness Programs. Her programs are guided by naturopathic principles to ensure all aspects of health are optimised for participants.
Click here if you would like to learn more about Julia’s Corporate Wellness offerings.
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  • Post Gallbladder Removal Diet Part 3
Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is a common surgical procedure but unfortunately, many people aren’t given dietary guidance after surgery.
Following on from my last 2 posts, here’s my final post-cholecystectomy tip:
3. Supplements. When the gallbladder is removed, bile made by the liver can no longer be stored between meals. Whilst bile is still produced, the overall amount is less & its flow is altered. Bile is not only essential for the digestion of fats & assimilation of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, E, D, K), but it’s also involved in the control of liver regeneration and in the regulation of the gut microbiota (amongst many other things).
For this reason, certain supplements may be beneficial for those who’ve had their gallbladder removed.
• Milk Thistle. Milk Thistle is the number 1 herb to support liver function, improve liver regeneration & enhance detoxification. Milk thistle also increases bile flow & can thus be highly beneficial if you’ve had your gallbladder removed.
• Lipase. Lipase is the enzyme that helps your body digest fats & it also improves the body’s utilisation of bile. For those with compromised fat digestion, lipase supplementation with each meal that contains fats may be beneficial. • Ox Bile. Ox Bile essentially enhances your bile levels by supplementing the liver’s production of bile. Consuming ox bile alongside meals that contain fat can vastly enhance your digestion & assimilation of nutrients. • Probiotics. Given the role that bile plays in the regulation of the gut microbiota, gallbladder removal can negatively affect gut microbial diversity & function. Supplementing with a QUALITY probiotic can thus be important for those who’ve had their gallbladder removed.
If you’re considering supplementation after gallbladder removal, ensure you work with a qualified health practitioner to make sure the supplements are safe & dosed correctly for you.
If you want to work with me, I’m currently taking on face-to-face & online patients so we can work together wherever you may be in the world. 
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Post Gallbladder Removal Diet Part 2
Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is a common surgical procedure but unfortunately, many people aren’t given dietary guidance after surgery. Given the role the gallbladder plays in digestion, it’s important to make some dietary modifications to account for its loss. 
Following on from my last post, here’s my 2nd post-cholecystectomy tip:
2. Whole Foods & Plant-Rich. After having your gallbladder removed, your diet should be high in (mostly raw) plants like fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of sprouted nuts & seeds. These foods are naturally high in water, electrolytes, antioxidants and fibre but low in salt and fats. This promotes optimal liver function and supports digestive enzyme and bile release, thereby supporting overall digestion. Beets, artichoke and dandelion greens are especially helpful as they have liver protective properties, have detoxifying effects and can improve bile flow. 
Plant foods additionally provide a good source of fibre. Fibre is essential for optimising microbiome health, supporting digestion and normalising bowel motions – all of which require extra support after having the gallbladder removed. 
Whilst your diet should primarily consist of plant foods, small amounts of organic lean protein such as chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish and/or tempeh are also essential. Protein is vital for various processes related to liver and gallbladder health such as the production of digestive enzymes and the proper functioning of liver detoxification pathways.
Finally, you want to ensure avoidance of all processed and packaged foods, sugar and refined carbohydrates, foods you might be allergic to, conventional dairy products and conventional meat products. All of these foods are pro-inflammatory and can vastly damage liver health and thus, your digestive capacity and overall health.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Post Gallbladder Removal Part 1
Gallbladder removal is a common procedure but unfortunately, many people aren’t given dietary guidance after surgery. 
After gallbladder removal, bile made by the liver cannot be stored between meals. Instead, bile flows directly into the intestine when the liver produces it. Whilst bile is still produced, the overall amount is less & its flow is altered, thereby having ramifications for the diet. Here’s my 1st post-gallbladder removal tip.
1. Watch the Fats. The foods your body will have most difficulty digesting are fats (even healthy fats) since bile is necessary for fat digestion. A lower-fat diet is best & whilst the exact ideal proportion of fat will vary, most benefit from an intake of approx. 30% of total daily energy intake. It’s essential that you still include healthy fats as they provide vital nutrients & are needed for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (i.e. vitamin A, D, E, K).
Consuming too much fat and/or the wrong type will, however, cause digestive distress & compromised digestive capacity. 
The healthy fats that are hardest to digest are long-chain triglycerides (e.g. olive oil, avocados, nuts, fatty fish) as these require the most bile to be digested & absorbed. If you are having this type of fat, the best option is sprouted nuts/seeds as these are easier to digest & contain nutrients in a more bioavailable form.
Medium-chain triglycerides (e.g. coconut oil) are the easiest type of fat to digest & should be your predominate fat source. Ensure however, that you consume fats in small amounts throughout the day to prevent over-stressing your liver (1 tbsp of oil or 2 tbsp of sprouted nuts/seeds at a time). The other fats to be wary of are hydrogenated & partially-hydrogenated oils (e.g. canola, soybean, corn oil). These oils are hard to digest & extremely inflammatory. They cause liver inflammation & vastly compromise your digestive capacity. Whilst everyone should avoid them, avoidance is particularly important for those without a gallbladder. 
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Could it be your Gallbladder?
Have you been suffering from ongoing gastrointestinal symptoms that you can’t seem to resolve? Perhaps you’ve used a gut healing regimen, but your symptoms aren’t completely gone? Whilst gut healing work can vastly improve gut function, it doesn't address one of the more common (and least diagnosed) gut problems: gallbladder issues.
The gallbladder is a small sac that sits behind the liver. Its primary function is to store bile produced by the liver & release that bile into the small intestine when fats are present in the duodenum. The role of the bile is to emulsify lipids or in other words, to support the digestion & absorption of fats. 
When I say ‘gallbladder issues’, I'm not talking about gallstones. Rather, what I’m talking about are the many people with pre-gallstone issues such as biliary stasis or sluggish bile, where the bile gets thickened & doesn’t flow as freely as it should. This is the stage before actual gallstones are produced.
When this happens, you’ll experience symptoms including a poor ability to digest fats or fried foods, bloating, burping (especially with fatty meals & nutritional oils such as fish oils), floating stools & constipation. Additionally, given that gallbladder issues make it hard to digest fats, you can experience a build-up of undigested fats in the digestive tract. These fat particles can damage the lining of the intestinal walls, skew digestive function elsewhere in the GI tract, & cause gut microbiome imbalances.
Gallbladder issues are particularly common in women over 40 who are overweight & have had children, largely owing to the hormonal shifts that occur in these women. However, various other factors can predispose you to gallbladder issues such as insulin resistance, obesity & rapid weight loss.
If you have chronic gut symptoms, are taking every supplement & doing every gut protocol you know of & are still not getting better, get in touch so we can work together to determine whether your gallbladder might be to blame.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Raw Lemon Lime Cheesecake 
If you like zesty desserts, you’re going to love this.
The creamy filling is perfectly balanced with the zing of lemon and lime. And if you’re like me and you find that raw cheesecakes can be too dense and heavy, the addition of lemon juice, lime juice and @impressedlife almond milk yogurt cuts through the richness to create a much lighter texture. 
If you want to win 21-days worth of this @impressedlife almond milk yogurt as well as 21-days worth of cold pressed juice and my 21-day Reset eBook, don’t forget to enter the giveaway in my last post!
Here’s the recipe for the cheesecake:
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Base Ingredients:
1.5 cups almonds
1 cup shredded coconut 
3 fresh Medjool dates 
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lime zest
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Filling Ingredients:
3 cups cashews, soaked overnight 
200ml coconut milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 
1/4 cup @impressedlife almond milk yogurt (natural) 
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1-2 tsp lemon zest
1-2 tsp lime zest 
1/4 cup maple syrup
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Method:
For the base, place the almonds and shredded coconut in a food processor and process to a fine crumb. Add the dates, lemon zest, lime zest and coconut oil and process until just combined. Press the base into a springform 20x20cm cake tin.
For the filling, place all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 
Pour the filling onto the base and place in the freezer to set for 1-2 hours.
Remove from the freezer 20-30 minutes before serving. 
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
PPIs are a group of drugs that suppress gastric acid secretion. They’re commonly prescribed for the treatment of acid-related disorders (e.g. reflux, peptic ulcers, etc).
Whilst PPIs cause only minor short-term side effects, long-term PPI use may lead to severe consequences including:
1. Impaired vitamin & mineral absorption. Gastric acid plays a central role in vitamin & mineral absorption. Inhibiting its production reduces absorption of numerous nutrients, most notably vitamin B12, iron, magnesium & calcium. 
2. Increased dementia risk. PPI treatment may increase amyloid-beta production & reduce its degradation. This has been shown in animal studies to result in higher amyloid-beta deposition in the brain which is a central feature of dementia
3. Increased risk of gastric & colon cancer. The hypochlorhydria that results from reduced gastric acid may lead to microbial overgrowth in the gut that could predispose to gastric cancer. Reduced gastric acid secretion also stimulates the production of the hormone gastrin. High gastrin levels has a trophic effect on colon cells that may lead to the development of colon cancer. 
4. Impaired gut health. PPIs alters the composition of the gut microbiome & may facilitate bacterial translocation into the small intestine leading to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This damages the gastrointestinal mucosal lining, leading to increased intestinal permeability. These effects vastly damage gut function, and given the gut is central to immune function, they also increase the risk of enteric and systemic infections.
I don’t recommend anyone cease using a prescribed medication without consultation with their prescribing doctor and/or a qualified health practitioner. However, many people may benefit from ceasing PPIs & treating the underlying cause of their condition with diet, lifestyle, herbs and/or natural supplements. If you want to look into this, ensure you work with a qualified health practitioner as a weaning protocol will be necessary to prevent any rebound symptoms. 
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
  • Corporate Wellness

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55 Gardner Street,
Richmond,
VIC 3121

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