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The specialists you need on speed dial

Guiding you to good health

From SheKnows Australia
Besides a GP, there are a few other health specialists that every woman should have on hand. Book an appointment with these experts and you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you thought possible.

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Naturopath

If you want to boost your health and wellbeing naturally, a naturopath is one of the best specialists you can see. While naturopathy is often viewed as "alternative" medicine, it's better defined as a holistic approach to health. Say what? In a nutshell, naturopaths offer treatments that focus on the core causes of an illness (such as emotional stress) as well as the physical symptoms (digestive problems). Naturopaths use all-natural medicines, which is a far cry from the pills and prescriptions that many women find themselves on after a few doctor's visits. If you're experiencing allergies, asthma, fatigue, digestive issues, migraines or skin conditions, give naturopathy a try — we bet you'll be surprised.

Nutritionist

We all know we're supposed to eat healthy, balanced, nutritious meals, but the fact is, many of us need to be steered in the right direction when it comes to the food we put into our mouths. Plus, in this day and age, the amount of information on nutrition can be overwhelming: For example, on any given day, carbs are touted as the devil by one "expert" and as a must-have by another. No wonder we're confused! Nutrition is incredibly important to our health and wellbeing, so it makes sense to have a specialist you can rely on. A qualified nutritionist can define your dietary needs, tell you what nutrients you're lacking and clean up your eating habits — and put you on the path to a much healthier lifestyle! If you're looking to lose weight, boost your immune system, or fix digestion problems, a nutritionist can help.

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Personal trainer kettlebell

It's no secret that exercise leads to a healthy body and a happy mind. It's also no secret that most of us need a little motivation to lace up those running shoes, and some good advice on what to do when we get to the gym. That's where a personal trainer comes in. Much like the tutor you had during high school, a trainer piles on the attention and support, and having one is a guaranteed way to fast-track your fitness. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, or train for a fun run, a trainer will help you reach your goals. By setting goals and devising a tailored training plan, trainers take the guesswork out of exercising. All you need to do is show up, listen and get ready to sweat! While that much-needed push will get you closer to the finish line, personal trainers are also fantastic at mixing things up and keeping you interested.

Osteopath

When it comes to treating back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches and blood pressure, osteopaths are nothing short of amazing. Based on the idea that every part of the body is interconnected in some way, osteopaths use a very gentle technique to target the cause of pain for each patient. All you need to do is lie on the table and relax as your osteopath works his or her magic, loosening up your joints, reducing that ache in your back, giving some TLC to your spine and relieving that familiar throb in your head. Osteopathy encourages your body to heal itself, and after one session, you'll know why your specialist has such a long waiting list. If you don't have any major issues with pain or stiffness, add a massage therapist to your speed dial instead.

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