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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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  • Vitamin D
Vitamin D supplements are becoming increasingly popular and used by a growing portion of the population. It’s been alleged that inadequate vitamin D levels are a major contributor to many of the chronic diseases that are prevalent in society today.
However, with the current epidemic of vitamin D deficiency and the subsequent increased use of vitamin D supplements, maybe we are missing the point. Perhaps we are not suffering from an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency but rather an epidemic of sun deficiency.
It’s important to remember that vitamin D supplements are not the equivalent of ‘sunshine in a bottle’ because the benefits of safe sun exposure go far beyond the actions and adequacy of vitamin D. For instance, some of the benefits that safe sun exposure provides are:
• Modulation and enhancement of the immune system. • Stimulation of the release of nitric oxide from stores within the skin (nitric oxide is an important molecule that assists in lowering blood pressure and reducing insulin resistance amongst many other functions).
• Stimulation of the production of melatonin which is one of the body’s most potent antioxidants and anti-cancer agents, as well as being important for the regulation of blood pressure and glucose control. • Stimulation of the production of serotonin which is important for mood regulation, appetite and digestion, sleep and memory amongst many other things. • Stimulation of the release of endorphins which are the feel-good hormones. • Regulation of the circadian rhythm which is essential for quality sleep and all its health benefits.
I’m certainly not suggesting that vitamin D supplementation doesn’t have a place because it’s very often necessary and hugely beneficial. However, if you find yourself deficient in vitamin D and/or contemplating supplementation, consider whether safe sun exposure might be the more appropriate therapy.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Glyphosate
Glyphosate is the worlds most widely used herbicide. It’s used not only on GMO crops, but also by conventional farmers in between plantings to reduce weed populations. Glyphosate can thus be found in virtually all conventional produce as well as numerous other food crops including wheat, barley and legumes.
Glyphosate works by disrupting the shikimate pathway, a metabolic function in plants that allows them to create essential amino acids. When this pathway is disrupted, plants die.
Whilst human cells don’t have a shikimate pathway, the trillions of bacteria in our guts do. When glyphosate gets into our system, it acts like an antibiotic to kill off beneficial bacteria. This allows for the overgrowth of pathogens and other bacterial species that shouldn’t exist in abundance.
Glyphosate also induces breakdown of the tight junctions in cells lining the gut, leading to ‘leaky gut’ syndrome and its host of consequences.
In addition to its direct effects on the gut, glyphosate has been shown to disrupt liver enzymes which impairs detoxification processes, cause damage to red blood cells which can lead to anaemia, and bind to important minerals such as iron, cobalt and manganese (preventing their absorption). Given these actions (as well as many more), glyphosate has been linked to endless diseases including Autism, Obesity, Alzheimer’s, Mental Health Disorders, Cancer, Digestive Conditions and Diabetes.
Whilst it’s impossible to completely avoid glyphosate, eating an organic and GMO-free diet will make a big difference. If eating 100% organic isn’t feasible for you, check out the EWGs dirty dozen and start there.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Raw Raspberry & White Choc Slice
A delicious and wholesome alternative to traditional sugar-laden treats. I guarantee you that neither you or your guests will be disappointed.
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Base Ingredients:
1.5 cups almonds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla powder
2 fresh Medjool dates •
Filling Ingredients:
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup fresh cashew milk
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1/3 cup cacao butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
2-4 tbsp coconut nectar
1 tsp vanilla powder •
Method:
For the base, add the almonds to a food processor and process until a fine crumb is achieved. Add the remaining ingredients and process until just combined.
Press the base into the bottom of a lined 20cm square tin.
For the filling, place all ingredients except the raspberries into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Remove 2/3 of the mixture and set aside.
Add the raspberries to the remaining mixture and blend until smooth and creamy.
To assemble, place spoonfuls of the two separate mixtures randomly on top of the base. Once all the mixture is used up, use a toothpick to gently swirl the two mixtures together.
Place the slice into the freezer for 2-3 hours until completely set.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Digestion
Digestive issues are the most common complaint I see in clinic and they are extremely frustrating and debilitating for sufferers.
It’s important to remember that digestion is something that should happen effortlessly and naturally if the right factors are in place. What are those factors? Here’s my top 4:
1. EAT REAL FOOD. Feed your body foods that it knows how to digest - foods that it’s familiar with from a genetic and biological perspective. Our body’s weren’t designed to digest processed and packaged foods. Rather, they were designed to process whole foods that are rich in the nutrients needed for health.
2. EAT MINDFULLY. Take time to enjoy each meal. Turn off all distractions and focus solely on the meal in front of you. Eat slowly, chew your food and avoid drinking beverages (even water) with your meal. This will optimise the release of the digestive juices that are essential for optimal digestion.
3. MANAGE YOUR STRESS. Reducing your stress using techniques such as rhythmic breathing will ensure you are in the parasympathetic (aka rest and digest) state that is essential for digestion to occur. If you’re highly aroused or stressed, also known as ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, your body will turn off digestive processes in favour of other processes that are needed to combat the perceived ‘stress’. 4. OPTIMISE YOUR GUT FLORA. Whilst there’s no such thing as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut because all bacteria have a place, we can often experience an overgrowth of bacteria that aren’t meant to be there in large numbers and a subsequent drop in those that are. Imbalances like this frequently lead to digestive issues so it’s essential to optimise your gut flora to ensure optimal digestion.
If you need help rectifying any of these areas, get in contact so we can work together to eliminate all digestive issues from your life.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Plastic, Bisphenol & Your Health
We’re all being made increasingly aware of the damage that plastics are doing to our environment. No one knows exactly how long plastic takes to break down but it is believed to be hundreds or even thousands of years. This accumulation of plastics and the toxins they release is killing off wildlife and polluting our soil and water.
In addition to the damaging effects that plastics have on our environment, they are also detrimental to our health. Plastic cannot be made without a compound known as Bisphenol. The most common Bisphenol is BPA but regardless of whether a product is ‘BPA-free’ or not, it WILL contain some form of Bisphenol (e.g. BPF or BPS). Bisphenol has been shown to alter gene expression and hormone production, dysregulate blood sugar and lipid metabolism and promote inflammation. Bisphenol has additionally been classed as an environmental obesogen which means it can promote weight gain by various methods such as increasing production of fat cells and reducing our metabolic rate.
Bisphenol has thus been linked to endless diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, ADD, allergies and reproductive problems.
What can you do about this? You simply need to say NO to plastic and all other sources of Bisphenol. Plastic water bottles, plastic food containers, canned foods (these are lined with some form of Bisphenol), plastic bags, plastic toys, cash-register receipts and plastic-packaged personal care products are some examples. Let’s not also forget one of the most common places that Bisphenol is hiding: take-away coffee cups.
It may seem daunting to eliminate all Bisphenol from your life but if you take it one step at a time, it is achievable and more than worth the effort.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Hormetic Stress
When you think of stress, does it have a negative connotation? Stress is bad and we all have to avoid it right?
Contrary to this belief, not all stress is bad and actually, certain types of stress are extremely beneficial.
Hormesis is a transient metabolic stressor and through creating this metabolic stress temporarily, it actually stimulates your body to make certain adaptations that ultimately confer health benefits. These adaptations occur at all different levels of the body and can lead to enhanced health, enhanced resistance to disease, increased energy levels, increased longevity and so on.
There’s no denying that certain types of stressors such as chronic, psychological and emotional stress can be problematic in the long run, but we’re often missing out on certain key types of metabolic stressors that are critical to health and longevity.
There’s a whole bunch of hormetic stressors. Some examples include appropriate exercise (not overtraining), heat and cold therapy, certain breathing practices, intermittent fasting and so much more.
The key is to find the perfect balance between hormetic stress and rest/regeneration. Don’t hesitate to get in contact or book an appointment if you want to know more.
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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