Healthy Shift Worker Workplace Wellness Events:

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“I’ve worked in the hospital setting for over 15 years, yet received ZERO education on how to stay healthy whilst working 24/7!”​

Can you relate to this too?

I hear this time and time again from so many of my clients. It’s why I receive so much gratitude and positive feedback from my Healthy Shift Worker Workplace Wellness Workshops.

Because staff are SCREAMING OUT FOR IT.

They’re desperate for some help and guidance on how to stay healthy whilst working irregular hours.

We know it’s hard. It’s really hard.

It’s why shift work education and support is absolutely CRUCIAL to the success of any shift working organisation because unhealthy staff costs companies MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in lost revenue each year.

However, when staff are given the RESOURCES to help them with their health, not only does it provide them with the tools to help them to manage their health, but it shows that the company cares.

And that CREATES A SENSE OF LOYALTY that no amount of “one off bonuses” can ever buy.

~ Audra

For more information on Healthy Shift Worker Workplace Wellness Events, email audra@healthyshiftworker.com

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HSW 51 – Sympathetic Dominance with Dr Wayne Todd.

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast:

Over the past 2 years or so of recording podcast episodes, I’ve occasionally mentioned the words ‘sympathetic dominance’, as it’s a condition that I quite often see in many of my patients who work 24/7, in particular those who struggle to get good quality sleep.

Otherwise known as the ‘fight or flight’ arm of our autonomic nervous system, sympathetic dominance is when our bodies become ‘stuck’ in this fight or flight stress response for long durations at a time.

Unfortunately for shift workers, ongoing sleep deprivation actually makes us quite prone to this overactive stimulation of our nervous system which can lead to a whole host of chronic health complaints from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and weight gain, along with the suppression of our reproductive and immune system.  In addition, it becomes a bit of a Catch-22, in that sympathetic dominance actually switches off our parasympathetic nervous system, which plays a fundamentally important role in our ability to rest and sleep.

To discuss this topic in greater detail, I’ve brought in Dr Wayne Todd who is a chiropractor based in Sale, Victoria, who has written an entire book on sympathetic dominance titled ‘SD Protocol – Achieve greater health by learning to balance your physical, chemical and emotional wellbeing‘.

Tune in to hear Dr Todd go into some of the physical, chemical and emotional causes behind sympathetic dominance, and what we can do as shift workers to help dampen down this stress response.  This will in turn, have a positive flow on effect of reducing some of our risks of developing these chronic health conditions, along with improving the quality of our sleep.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

http://www.sdprotocol.com.au

HSW 42 – Fertility, Stress and Sleep with Dr Nat Kringoudis.

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast Episode:

Sleep deprivation undeniably plays havoc on our hormones, so today’s show is all about how shift work, or more specifically how sleep deprivation affects the function of our reproductive hormones.

Dr Nat Kringoudis is a doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Author, Speaker and all-round natural fertility expert based in Melbourne, Australia and discusses why sleep deprivation is essentially a form of stress that prevents the body from performing as it should.

This includes producing an excess of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol, which essentially “turn off” our sex hormones, and why one particular supplement is her ‘go to’ supplement when it comes to improving our ability to cope with stress, along with various other vitamins and dietary inclusions that can support the body in times of stress.

Nat also chats to us about estrogen dominance and gut health, and how certain strains of bacteria can help in the metabolism and clearance of estrogen, along with other conditions such as liver toxicity and inflammation.

Such a fun and informative episode, you won’t want to miss this one!

Audra x

 

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Nat’s website – www.natkringoudis.com

To join her community – http://www.natkringoudis.com/subscribe/

HSW 40 – Shift Work and Your Immune System.

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast Episode:

It’s currently winter here in Australia, and many of my clients are showing signs of being struck down by various things like colds and flu so today’s episode is going to be all about that – your immune system, and how shift work, or more specifically sleep deprivation impairs its ability to function as it should.

The link between lack of sleep and a depleted immune system has been shown in various studies including a Dutch cohort study involving more than 10,000 employees, many of which included shift workers. Results showed that shift workers, especially those working the night shift, had a much higher risk of infections such as colds, flu and gastroenteritis, compared to those working daytime shifts.

So that’s the bad news, but what can we do to build our resilience and prevent ourselves from getting sick in the first place, besides getting some much needed sleep?!

Well, there are a myriad of ways to support our immune system, but in this episode I focus on just three, including the importance of vitamins C and D3, along with nurturing our gut or gastrointestinal tract which is home to 80% of our immune system.

I also chat about the connection between diets high in processed and pre-packaged foods and gut dysbiosis, and how these foods can have detrimental effects on our immune regulating gut flora or microbiome. Quite simply, if your diet encompasses lots of processed foods, then you are quite literally contributing to the destruction of your immune system.

So if you’re sick and tired of getting sick all of the time, then you won’t want to miss this episode.

Audra x

Resources mentioned on the podcast

Professor Russel Foster’s TED Talk – Why Do We Sleep?

Dr Natasha Campbell’s book – Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

HSW 29: Cooking and Shift Work Nutrition with Spa Chef and Clinical Nutritionist Samantha Gowing.

Woohoo! I’m so excited to air this episode because not only is today’s guest, Samantha Gowing, a Nutritionist, but she’s also spent decades working in the hospitality industry as a Chef, so she totally gets what it’s like to work shift work!

Sam is a Chef hat-winning restaurateur, who traded her fast-paced city career to follow her passion for health and wellbeing by retraining as a Clinical Nutritionist, and received further qualifications in Gastronomic Tourism from the prestigious, Le Cordon Bleu.

Prior to her wellness journey, she was a self-confessed coffee, cigarettes, vodka and pizza kind-a-girl who over time, worked out that a high carbohydrate diet was contributing to her expanding waistline whilst working 24/7.

Sam shares some wonderful nutritional tips to help those who work shift work including:

  • Why we need to embrace more “liquid nutrition”, including juicing, smoothies and soups which can be defrosted quickly, and easily assimilated when we’re tired.
  • Combining these with eating more locally produced, whole foods.
  • Debunking the whole “superfoods” marketing spin.
  • Why we need to have a healthy relationship with our kitchen!
  • Her two favourite kitchen gadgets – the mandoline for slicing and a hand-held blender for dressings, sauces and seasonings.
  • And much, much more!

Sam’s bright and bubbly personality shone throughout this entire podcast, so I’m sure you’ll enjoying listening to it just as much as I enjoyed recording it.