Friday Night In with Nat Kringoudis
By now you've most probably heard about this wonder woman. A doctor in Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, author, speaker and all-round natural fertility expert. As well as the founder of the Melbourne women’s health clinic, The Pagoda Tree, and producer of HealthTalks TV. Phewph! Talk about busy!
I've been following Nat's work for a while now, and she is partly the reason why I've become so interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Completely fascinating, and from my brief experiences with it - effective too!
So allow me to introduce you to Nat if you're unfamiliar with her, and enjoy finding out more about how she got started and the tips she'd give her 16 year old self.
Happy Friday Night In,
How did your business come about?
It really has evolved over the past 10 years. I started out with my clinic, treating whatever I could! (because that’s what you do when you have a new business) Eventually my vision became clearer and I started to extend my expertise to women’s health – from there it blossomed. After the birth of my second child I started on the speakers circuit, educating women about health from all angles and began authoring books. It’s been one wonderful ride!
The most rewarding part of your job?
Helping women understand their bodies. The moment when the penny drops because they learn something they never knew that was right under their nose, or they call me to tell me they are pregnant or got their period for the first time in 16 years – it’s so very rewarding!
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
Skydive! I’d so love to skydive.
Favourite place in the world?
Greece – it’s like heaven on earth. There is nowhere else I’ve been that comes close to it.
If you were a spice, which would you be?
Cinnamon. I love cinnamon! It’s sweet, subtle yet delicious!
5 things you can’t live without?
Butter. I really can’t. I love butter!
My Ray bans. I can’t live without sunglasses.
My iphone 6 plus. Serious addiction there.
Warm drinks. Tea, chai, coffee… I love them!
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
I can only choose one thing!? Ok, eggs are my most favourite food on the planet, so it would be a big breakfast with all the bells and whistles.
What was for breakfast?
How would you classify your eating style?
Simple and delicious. I try not to overcomplicate things. The body likes simplicity. I am a generally a savory type girl.
Your favourite way to stay active?
I play netball and do Pilates. I run when I feel the urge. Incidental exercise is a big part of my life too.
What would you tell your 16 year old self knowing what you know now about hormones?
Don’t fear or hate on your body – it knows exactly what it is doing. That however, does require some love and care. If there are symptoms, explore why they are there and look at ways you can naturally treat it based on what your body is showing you.
Every woman’s body is different, but what 3 things would you recommend all women do to start taking better care of their hormones?
1. Hormones are made of fats and proteins. With this in mind we need to be feeding our bodies fat and protein at every meal.
2. Stress is a hormone fizzer. It’s killing us. We really need to get savvy as to how best manage stress levels, implement techniques to cope better with stress and also identify where stress is coming from.
3. Heal your gut. If you can’t assimilate and absorb nutrients you certainly can’t fuel hormones. The pill, medications, antibiotics, stress, sugar, gluten – all impact gut health so it is very important to be diligently topping up the flora to support wellness and remain mindful of what you are consuming.
I am a big believer in gut health and it’s effects on the entire body. You’ve mentioned gut health is important for happy hormones, can you explain this in a little more detail?
We severely damaged our gut health on the whole, be it inherited, by poor food choices, over use of medications like antibiotics or the pill. Stress is also severely upsetting our gut flora. Bottom line is, we’ve cleaned out the good bacteria that is supposed to live within our digestive system. This gut flora protects our gut wall – providing a barrier between our food and our lining. With this not present, undigested food can escape into areas it certainly isn’t supposed to be and our bodies detect the foreign food and see it as toxins. This can set about an inflammatory response. But what’s more, without the lining we aren’t properly assimilating nutrients from food or drink, so not only do our bowels find themselves in a pickle, we also don’t have fuel to support our hormones. It’s a big issue that needs attention because most people these days have average gut health.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
Firstly, creating small habits and build on these. I have patients usually start with 3 things they can begin working on today and do it for 30 days before we add more on. Quick fixes never provide long-term results. Building slowly is absolutely key.
How can readers find you?
So easy – www.natkringoudis.com.au