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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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  • Creatine: Body AND Brain Builder Part 2
Now that we know how important creatine is for brain health, let’s look at who can benefit from it & who’s at risk of deficiency.
The ‘average’ person requires about 2g of creatine daily. A ‘typical’ omnivorous diet provides about 1g daily, & the body will then manufacture the remaining 1g itself. 
Creatine is manufactured from 3 amino acids: arginine, glycine & methionine. Arginine & glycine can be easily obtained from the diet or from recycling processes within the body. Methionine on the other hand, can be more difficult to obtain from diet & is thus the rate limiting amino acid. 
The 2 categories of people at risk of deficiency are those with impaired production of creatine and/or those with greater needs. 
1. Impaired production. Creatine is found primarily in flesh foods (red meat contains the highest amounts). Those that avoid flesh foods (i.e. vegans & vegetarians) are thus at risk of deficiency due to impaired production. 
The elderly are also at risk due to their typical lower intake of flesh foods as well as reduced absorptive capacity in the digestive tract. 
Individuals with neurological dysfunction as well as those considered ‘hypomethylators’ are also at risk of deficiency due to impaired production. 
2. Greater needs. Individuals that avoid flesh foods also have greater needs for creatine as they consume very little in their diet & must therefore produce the entirety of their requirements within the body. 
Individuals with high stress & poor sleep, as well as those who perform high amounts of exercise also have greater needs.
Finally, whilst the mechanism is unclear, an increasing amount of research suggests that females are more susceptible to developing & experiencing symptoms from creatine deficiency.
The typical dosage is 5g/day, in split doses.
It’s an extremely safe supplement with almost no documented side-effects, even at extreme doses. Given its broad-ranging benefits, it’s one of those supplements I recommend to almost everyone I speak with who asks what supplements to take to cover as many bases as possible. 
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Creatine: Body AND Brain Builder Part 1
Creatine is commonly known as THE supplement for bodybuilders for increasing muscle mass & strength. One of its lesser known & perhaps more important functions, however, is its effect on the brain. 
Creatine is a key player in cellular energy (ATP) production. 
Creatine can quickly replenish ATP in tissues to maintain stable levels when there’s a sudden increase in demand. Without this, ATP depletion occurs & tissues are required to use glucose for fuel. This is less efficient & over time, can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction.
Creatine additionally facilitates movement of energy to other parts of the cell where energy is required.
95% of total body creatine is stored in skeletal muscle & this is why it’s known as a body building molecule. The next 4 tissues that contain the highest amount of creatine are the heart, eyes, sperm & brain. Don’t let the brain’s position as number 5 on this list fool you into thinking that creatine isn’t important for the brain. 
The brain constitutes approx 2% of our body weight but uses 20% of our resting energy. Given the important role that creatine plays in energy currency, it’s no wonder it has such an immense impact on the brain.
Further to its role in energetics, creatine is critical for neurodevelopment & neurogenesis at any age. Creatine also has a strong antioxidant role in the brain.
Finally, creatine is a potent neuromodulator in that it modifies the release & action of almost every neurotransmitter (e.g. serotonin, GABA, dopamine, noradrenaline, glutamate). In fact, creatine has been shown to successfully augment all mood-boosting pharmaceuticals.
Knowing this, you won’t be surprised to learn that the NUMBER 1 manifestation of creatine deficiency is neurological. This may be impaired neurological development, repair & function, and/or irreversible neurological damage.
This could present as a range of conditions & symptoms such as intellectual disabilities, dementia, depression, anxiety & brain fog. 
How much creatine do we need, who can benefit from supplementing & who’s at risk of deficiency? Stay tuned for Part 2.
Julia 💚 
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  • Raw Brownies with Matcha Icing 
This is one of my most requested recipes, and understandably so!
Decadently rich brownies without any baking required, topped with a deliciously creamy matcha icing. Need I say more?
Here’s the recipe if you want to give them a try:
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Brownie Ingredients -
2 cups pecans 
1 cup shredded coconut 
1/2 cup raw cacao powder 
1 1/2 cups fresh Medjool dates, pitted 
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Pinch sea salt 
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Icing Ingredients - 
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
3/4 cup cashews, soaked overnight 
1/4 cup coconut butter 
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup coconut milk 
2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup 
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Method - 
Place all the brownie ingredients in a food processor and process until a sticky dough forms.
Press the mixture into a lined, square cake tin and place in the fridge. 
For the icing, place all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 
Pour the icing on top of the brownie base and place back in the fridge for 2-3 hours until set. 
Slice up and enjoy.
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Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Microbiome Diversity: Beyond Fibre Part 2
Continued from my last post, let’s look at some lifestyle factors that can improve microbiome diversity (and may be more important than the amount of fibre or diversity of your diet). 
1. Earthing. The earth, be it the soil, rocks, rivers or lakes, is rich in bacteria. Walking barefoot & exposing your body to the earth is a powerful way to absorb these bacteria & improve the diversity of your own microbiome.
2. Sunlight. Full spectrum non-sunscreen sun exposure can improve microbiome diversity. Yet another reason to get as much non-sunscreen sunlight as your skin tone will allow. 
3. Exercise. Both resistance & cardiovascular training improve microbial diversity & other markers of microbiome health. Importantly however, overtraining & excessive endurance exercise has the opposite effect. It’s essential therefore, to ensure you’re doing the right amount for your individual needs. 
4. Stress management. We know that chronic stress has negative consequences for our health, & this is particularly true where the microbiome is concerned. Chronic stress reduces microbial diversity whilst also impairing digestive function. This is why daily stress management (e.g. meditation, journaling, breathwork, etc), is non-negotiable for optimal gut health. 
5. Pets. Several studies have shown that individuals that own pets have more diverse microbiomes than their non-pet-owning counterparts. This is thought to be due to exposure to a large number of bacteria from the skin & faeces of pets. However, I believe that pets’ ability to lower our stress levels also plays a part. 
6. Medications. Many medications, including metformin, birth control pills, antibiotics, NSAIDs, proton-pump inhibitors & laxatives have deleterious effects on microbiome diversity. Whilst pharmaceutical medications have their place & I wouldn’t recommend coming off them without consulting your prescribing practitioner, it may be worth having this discussion in an endeavour to optimise your gut health. 
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • Microbiome Diversity: Beyond Fibre Part 1
The microbiome is now widely known to have a huge impact on our health. The composition of everyone’s microbiome is different and there’s no one best microbial make-up that is considered ideal. However, one characteristic of the microbiome that is considered to be universally beneficial is having a DIVERSE microbiome.
Diversity refers to the number of individual bacteria from each of the bacterial species present in your gut microbiome. Diversity is not about the total number of bacteria in your gut, but rather, the diverse range of different bacterial species that make up your microbiome.
Low diversity has been associated with various diseases including obesity, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, inflammatory bowel disease and cardiovascular disease. In contrast, improving the diversity of the microbiome has been associated with an improvement of various disease states. 
In order to improve diversity of the microbiome, recommendations often revolve around eating a diverse range of different fibre-rich plant foods.
Whilst eating a diverse & high-fibre diet may be beneficial for the gut, studies supporting this hypothesis are limited. Furthermore, the diets of some populations with the most diverse microbiomes include low amounts of fibre and only a limited range of foods. In fact, even traditional populations that follow a predominantly carnivore-type diet have been shown to have high microbial diversity. 
This begs the question as to whether there may be other factors that are equally, if not more important for achieving high levels of microbial diversity.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that certain lifestyle factors are just as important as the diet we consume for optimising the diversity of our microbiome. 
What factors am I referring to?
Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out.
Julia 💚 xxx
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  • NAD: The Anti-Ageing Essential Part 2
Now that we know what NAD is & why it’s so important, let’s look at ways to increase its levels:
1. Exercise. Resistance training & 2-3 short bouts of High Intensity Interval Training per week have been shown to increase NAD levels. 
However, inflammation caused by overtraining & excessive endurance exercise can significantly drop NAD levels. 
2. Calorie Restriction (CR) / Ketosis. CR & ketosis can increase NAD levels by lowering blood glucose levels, increasing ketone body formation & increasing AMPK levels. 
These benefits are best achieved with intermittent/cyclical rather than prolonged fasting or ketosis. 
In practical terms, this may mean implementing a daily intermittent fast or a less frequent prolonged fast (for CR). Additionally, undergoing phases where you’re restricting carbohydrates & relying predominantly on dietary fats for fuel whilst ensuring adequate protein intake will achieve the ketosis-related boosts in NAD levels.
NOTE: fasting & ketosis are not appropriate for everyone. Seek guidance from a qualified health practitioner before implementing either practice. 
3. Supplementation. Supplementation is the best way to counter the age-related decline in NAD.
NAD has poor bioavailability in capsule form as it’s completely degraded in the GI tract.
The most effective form of NAD supplementation is via an IV, however, this can be extremely costly. 
A less costly option is sublingual (under the tongue) delivery of NAD. Sublingual preparations can be absorbed through capillaries under the tongue, directly into the bloodstream (thereby avoiding the GI tract). 
The next best option is to use NAD precursors: NMN & NR. 
NMN & NR capsules also have poor bioavailability and are best taken as sublingual preparations.
Whilst research comparing the efficacy of NMN & NR is lacking, preliminary data suggests that NMN may be more stable & efficacious in increasing blood levels of NAD (perhaps even more so than sublingual NAD). 
As with all supplements, ensure they’re non-synthetic, tested for purity & third-party tested for efficacy.
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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