The internet is flooded with people claiming to be health experts and doling out cookie-cutter nutrition advice. Navigating the world of nutrition alone can be overwhelming and confusing. But I am here to hold your hand throughout your journey to a healthier, happier you. My name is Alethea Mills, a Gold Coast based Clinical Nutritionist with a Bachelor's Degree of Health Science in Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine. I'm passionate about helping people rediscover the spark of vitality deep within.


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Hangxiety – those feels after the night before

Have you experienced it? The post alcohol anxiety, feeling unsettled, guilty or overwhelmed? There is a reason for this and a relationship between alcohol, neurotransmitters and alcohol. Alcohol consumption boosts dopamine levels in the brain, the reward pathway or the dopamine pathway, is essentially overloaded and feelings of euphoria can occur. This can lead to repeated behaviour and seeking that dopamine rush again, which can amongst other factors lead to addiction. Alcohol affects neurotransmitters, it slows the release of glutamate and increases the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and dopamine. The result is a mix of brain chemicals where some increases make you feel good and others enhance feelings of calm and often ...

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Benefits of morning exercise – What is BDNF?

Morning Exercise…do we really need another reason? BDNF, that’s the reason. I often recommend morning exercise over afternoon exercise, particularly with clients who have sleep difficulties and here is another reason, BDNF. What is it?  Brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). And what the hell is that I hear you say. It is a protein that is made inside the nerve cells and it functions like a superfood for our brain, it’s a brain fertiliser. BDNF allows the messages that are travelling through the brain to get where they need to go and improves the signal strength, for those of you who have ever tried to tune a radio…that feeling when you get the tuning just right – pure gold. BDNF improves synaptic plasticity, meaning it can ...

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Coffee… Good or bad?

As students throughout my degree we sought out black and white answers and found it to be frustrating when there simply wasn’t. We were often provided an answer of “It depends”. And here I am, about to give you an “It depends”, it’s kind of annoying isn’t it. Do I drink coffee? Yes, I do, I thoroughly enjoy a long black made with love. Do I drink coffee all the time? No. I like to take breaks from drinking coffee as I avoid habitual behaviour (unless it’s a solid eight hours’ sleep), but that’s just me. I will also avoid coffee in the latter half of the luteal phase of my menstrual cycle and if life is busier than normal with additional life stressors. If you find you need coffee to “wake up” or get through the day then it is worthwhile ...

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