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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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  • When you catch a cold or suffer from allergies, your gut microbiome is very often the last thing on your mind. We’re so quick to start taking immune boosting or immune regulating supplements but that may simply be a band-aid approach rather than treating the underlying cause. Given the central role the gut microbiome plays in our immune function, treating the gut is often the best way to optimise your immune function.
Let’s take a look at some of the roles the gut plays in our immune function:
1. Immunity. Metabolites produced by beneficial gut bacteria, such as short-chain fatty acids, promote the development of a robust immune system. The gut microbiota also plays a central role in the assimilation of the dietary nutrients required for optimal immune function. Gut dysbiosis therefore, may impair the immune response & increase the likelihood of infections. 
2. Allergies. Gut bacteria are responsible for “teaching” your immune system how to tolerate dietary proteins & environmental allergens such as pollen & dust mites. When the gut microbiota is disrupted, this teaching process is impaired & the body has a negative reaction to allergens, resulting in food & environmental allergies. 
3. Autoimmunity. A disruption in the gut microbiome very often leads to increased intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut). This allows large compounds such as proteins from food or bacteria to enter into our bloodstream. The immune system recognises these compounds as foreign & mounts an inflammatory immune response against them. As your gut remains leaky & more particles escape into your bloodstream, your immune system sends out wave after wave of inflammation. On top of this, your immune system starts making antibodies against the substances in your bloodstream because it recognises them as foreign invaders. Many of these foreign invaders look very similar to your own body’s cells. Your immune system can get confused & accidentally attack your tissues. Eventually, this can lead to the development of autoimmunity in susceptible individuals. 
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Iron Deficiency & Depression 
Iron deficiency is the most prevalent single nutrient deficiency worldwide. The symptom most commonly associated with iron deficiency is fatigue or low energy levels due to overt or subclinical anaemia. However, iron plays many other roles in the body and one very important one is the regulation of your mood.
Your mood relies on a balance of hormones and neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and other vital hormones. Iron is an essential cofactor for the production of these hormones and neurotransmitters so they cannot properly be synthesised in the brain when iron levels are low.
Iron deficiency, therefore, can be directly linked to low mood or depression via a reduced production of hormones and neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. 
In addition to this, given that iron deficiency is a major cause of fatigue, it may also indirectly contribute to depression by causing a reduced quality of life and lessened ability to participate in mood enhancing activities such as socialising and exercise.
If you’ve noticed changes in your mood and feelings of mild depression or anxiety, don’t discount an iron deficiency as a potential contributing factor. Get in touch if you want to assess your current iron status and/or determine the underlying cause of any mood issues you may be experiencing. I’m currently seeing patients face to face in Melbourne (Australia) or via Skype for interstate or international patients.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Eat Your Vegetables – Part 2
We all know that eating a vast array of plant foods can be beneficial for health, but how do you know if your vegetable intake is sufficient for your needs? Following on from my last post, here’s part 2 of my list of potential signs that you’re not eating enough vegetables:
5. You’re experiencing muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can be a sign of low potassium and/or magnesium. To load up on potassium and magnesium,and help prevent cramping, add spinach, kale, beet greens, broccoli, celery and cucumbers to your diet.
6. Your colds tend to linger. Not being able to kick a cold is a pretty strong sign that your immune system is struggling. Vegetables provide your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential for optimal immune system function. To give your immune system the nutrients it needs, load up on dark leafy greens, Shitake & Oyster mushrooms, garlic, onion, shallots, ginger and garlic. 
7. The scale won’t budge. Vegetables contain fibre that promotes healthy digestion and helps you to feel satiated after your meal. This is important for reducing overeating or eating more food then your body really needs. Whether it’s weight loss or healthy weight maintenance that you’re aiming for (or just general health), vegetables should be part of every healthy diet!
8. Your plate is lacking colour. Take a close look at your plate at your next meal. If you don’t see different colours of the rainbow, there’s a good chance you’re not getting essential nutrients through your diet. We so often focus only on greens and whilst greens are VERY important, we also need red, purple, orange, yellow and white for all the essential nutrients. Aim for a rainbow of veggies with EVERY meal to help prevent nutrient deficiencies and reap the benefits of a heathy diet.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Eat Your Vegetables – Part 1
There’s no denying that vegetables are good for you. They’re high in fibre & full of the vitamins & minerals that your body needs to thrive. Some specific benefits of eating vegetables include healthy skin, weight management, improved gut health, reduced risk of chronic disease, healthy immune function, improved energy & psychological well-being. 
Whilst the benefits of eating vegetables are well-known, incorporating them into your diet can be easier said than done. Given that our individual needs vary based on numerous factors, it can be difficult to determine whether you’re meeting your individual vegetable requirements. Here’s part 1 of my list of potential signs that you’re not eating enough veg:
1. You’re bruising easily.If you’re noticing bruises here & there, it may be that you’re not getting enough vitamin C. Add more of vitamin C to your diet by consuming red capsicum, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts & dark leafy vegetables.
2. Your memory seems foggy. It’s normal to be forgetful every now & then, but if your brain seems especially foggy, a lack of nutrients could be to blame. Lutein is particularly beneficial for enhancing learning & memory. It can be found in leafy greens, carrots, broccoli & tomatoes.
3. You’re constantly tired. If you rely on stimulants such as coffee to keep you energised, you might not be getting enough folate. A folate deficiency can cause fatigue & anaemia. Add more folate to your diet with dark leafy greens, black eyed peas, kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans & lentils. 
4. You feel more stressed than usual. Stress causes inflammation in the body. Vegetables contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation and minimise the effects of stress. Some of the best anti-inflammatory vegetables include tomatoes & green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale & silverbeet.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Raw Choc Raspberry Tarts 
If you’re looking for an easy, make-ahead dessert that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, this one is for you. It’s gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, vegan and absolutely delicious.
Adding @impressedlife almond milk yoghurt to the filling is a game changer as far as creamy texture and flavour is concerned. Trust me, you’ll never look back.
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:
1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight 
1/4 cup coconut butter, melted 
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup @impressedlife almond milk yogurt (natural)
1 cup raspberries 
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, place all ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Spoon the filling into the tart bases and place in the fridge to chill until ready to serve. Store the tarts in the freezer if not serving within 24 hours (be sure to let them defrost and soften prior to serving).
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Anxiety & The Gut
Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health disorder worldwide. Whilst pharmaceuticals are widely used & can provide relief, they are often ineffective & can have serious side effects. Popular alternative treatments include cognitive behavioural therapy, meditation & exercise. However, have you ever considered that perhaps the focus of treatment should be the gut? 
The brain & the gut communicate via a gut-microbiome-brain axis & a growing body of evidence indicates that a disrupted gut microbiome may contribute to various cognitive & mood disorders, including anxiety.
The brain & gut interact directly through the vagus nerve, which connects the central nervous system to the heart, lungs & digestive tract. The vagus nerve can be activated by many neuroactive molecules found in the gut.
For example, bacteria within our gut synthesise neurotransmitters such as serotonin, GABA & dopamine, as well as neurotransmitter modulators like BDNF, all of which have a direct impact on our mental state.
The gut bacteria also produce short-chain fatty acids which have a powerful impact on our nervous system balance & provide a host of neurological benefits.
The bacteria in our gut are additionally involved in the release & degradation of other hormones such as thyroid hormones, insulin, glucagon, ghrelin & oestrogen, each of which has an immense impact on our mental health. 
A disrupted or ‘dysbiotic’ gut microbiome has thus been shown to contribute to the development of mood disorders. Re-establishing or correcting the gut microbiota may therefore prove to be an invaluable therapeutic tool in the treatment of anxiety. 
A healthy gut should have a diverse, stable & robust microbiome with high gut lining integrity. This is essential to a balanced nervous system. If you do suffer from anxiety or another mood disorder, healing your gut may be key in providing relief. Get in touch if you want to embark on a gut healing protocol so we can work together to resolve any associated mood symptoms you may be experiencing.
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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Julia Michelle

55 Gardner Street,
Richmond,
VIC 3121

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