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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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  • Raw Mango & Lime Cheesecake
As Australia sees the mango season begin, I’ll be making this raw cheesecake on repeat. The combination of sweet mango with zesty lime typifies the warmer months and is always a winner for me.
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Base Ingredients
3/4 cup pistachios
3/4 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Zest of 1 lime
3 fresh Medjool dates
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
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Filling Ingredients
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
Flesh of 2-3 mangoes
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
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Method
For the base, pulse the nuts and coconut in a food processor until a fine crumb is formed. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until just combined. Press the mixture into a 20cm spring form cake tin and place in the fridge while you make the filling.
For the filling, place all the ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour the filling on top of the base and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours until set.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Probiotic Supplementation
Do you supplement with probiotics? They are becoming increasingly popular due to their scientifically proven ability to exert positive effects on a range of symptoms and diseases including constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, IBS, IBD, allergies, skin conditions, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and liver disease.
However, garnering benefits from probiotic supplementation isn't as simple as choosing the probiotic with the highest number of bacteria (aka CFUs) contained in each tablet.
Increasing research is highlighting the importance of using strain-specific probiotics for certain conditions or complaints. This is because each individual strain of bacteria (e.g. Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, Bifidobacterium longum BB356, etc) exerts differing physiological effects due to their diverse actions, properties and characteristics. For example, Lactobacillus plantarum strain 299v has been shown to reduce IBS symptoms in a number of trials, whereas L. plantarum strain MF1298 was found to actually worsen IBS symptoms.
To achieve your desired benefits from using probiotics, it is vital to supplement with the specific probiotic strains that have demonstrated the therapeutic qualities required to achieve the outcomes you are after.
If you're supplementing with probiotics and need guidance on ensuring you have the correct supplement for your individual needs, get in touch or book an appointment today.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Chronic Infections & Biofilms
Do you suffer from infections that seem to subside for a while but then reappear? Bacterial and/or fungal biofilms might be to blame.
Most people think of bacteria as single cells floating around, releasing toxins and damaging the host. However, most bacteria don’t exist in this form in the human body. Rather, they exist in sessile communities called biofilms.
To form a biofilm, bacteria first adhere to a surface and then generate an extracellular matrix made up of polysaccharides, minerals, proteins and nucleic acids. This biofilm protects the microbes from antimicrobial treatment (such as antibiotics) by providing a physical barrier. The physical barrier also enables microbes to evade detection from our own immune cells.
Following formation of the biofilm, bacteria are intermittently released and this leads to chronic or recurrent infections such as gastrointestinal infections, sinusitis, ear infections and tonsillitis. In fact, research has shown that more than 80 percent of human bacterial infections are associated with bacterial biofilms. Biofilms have also been associated with many diseases including IBD, Lyme disease, SLE, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
Given that biofilms cannot be cured through the use of antibiotics, alternative treatments that break down the biofilm, attack the pathogenic microbes within and mop up the leftover matrix must be used. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine has many tools to achieve these aims so if you do suffer from chronic or recurrent infections and want to determine whether a biofilm might be responsible, get in touch or book an appointment today.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Histamine Intolerance
Do you suffer from allergy-type symptoms but can’t pinpoint the cause? Perhaps you intermittently experience itchiness, headaches, migraines, anxiety, nasal congestion, fatigue, irritability, heart burn, reflux or a racing pulse rate? Have you considered histamine intolerance as a potential cause?
Histamine is a compound that’s involved in local immune response and systemic inflammatory responses. It regulates physiological function in the gut and it acts as a neurotransmitter. It is essential for normal physiological function but when it’s levels become excessive, symptoms become apparent.
Histamine intolerance occurs due to one of two reasons: excessive production of histamine (due to factors such as SIBO or dysbiosis) or inadequate break down of histamine (due to factors such as enzyme deficiency or genetic factors). For these reasons, certain people are overly sensitive to high histamine foods such as fermented foods (sauerkraut, wine, yogurt, cheese kefir, vinegar), seafood, eggs, processed/cured/smoked meats, citrus fruits, berries, spinach, tomatoes, chocolate and cocoa - just to name a few.
Histamine intolerance is unlike other food allergies or sensitivities in that the response is cumulative, not immediate (unless you are severely sensitive). This makes it hard to recognise.
If you do think you may have histamine intolerance, don’t despair. You likely won’t have to eliminate all high-histamine foods forever. Whilst a short term low histamine diet will likely be needed, after treating the underlying cause such as SIBO or dysbiosis, you will likely be able to tolerate some of these foods again.
If you think you might have histamine intolerance and want to get tested, book an appointment today so we can determine whether this is the case and start implementing a treatment plan to rid you of your symptoms for good.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Calendula
Calendula is a powerfully medicinal herb with countless therapeutic applications.
Calendula has a long history of use in skin conditions. It displays vulnerary (wound-healing), anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant and antimicrobial actions which makes it useful for both inflammatory and infective skin conditions including wounds, eczema, acne, herpes, gingivitis, varicose veins, acne and athlete’s foot.
Calendula has also been extensively used for digestive conditions due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-spasmodic and mucous membrane soothing actions. Due to these qualities, calendula can reduce digestive cramps, abdominal pain, abdominal inflammation, pathogenic infection, bacterial overgrowth and general digestive dysfunction. It has thus been used successfully in numerous digestive conditions including IBS, IBD, diverticulitis, gastritis, infections and ulcers.
Calendula additionally displays lymphatic actions which means it can assist in removing waste from the body. It is thus useful for gently assisting detoxification and excreting built-up toxins from the body.
With these benefits and so many more, next time you’re brewing a cup of herbal tea, consider calendula as a worthy inclusion.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Food Intolerance & Autoimmunity
Food intolerances are becoming increasingly common and many of us are either unaware of their presence, or we just ignore them and put up with the symptoms. After all, they are harder to recognise and diagnose in comparison to a food allergy which presents with immediate and more seemingly severe symptoms such as anaphylaxis.
However, left unchecked and untreated, food intolerances can lead to the development of autoimmune disease.
When you have a food intolerance, your body produces a certain type of antibody (most commonly IgG antibodies) against a component of the food you are intolerant to. When you then consume the food you are intolerant to, these antibodies bind to a certain component of the food and instigate an immune reaction.
The problem is that certain parts of a lot of our body tissues look similar to parts of foods. This means that when your body produces an antibody against a food component, that same antibody may react with a body tissue and instigate an immune reaction against your own tissue.
Whilst a short-term food intolerance is not likely to cause extensive damage, if the food intolerance is left undiagnosed and untreated for 5-10 years, the continued production of antibodies that can react with your own tissue can lead to the development autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease, lupus, arthritis and so on.
If you do think you have a food intolerance, get in touch with me so that we can identify the foods you are intolerant to and treat the underlying cause of your intolerances. This will stop your body from producing antibodies and immune reactions that may lead to severe long term health consequences.
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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