All disease starts in the gut wrote Hippocrates, a Greek physician in about 460—370 Before Common Era. We all need good food to thrive, but not everyone will do equally well on the same diet.

Am I eating right for my lifestyle?

As nutrition is a foundation of health, Cloud9 Naturopathy encourages getting to the nutritional numbers early to see whether your food and beverage intake is first meeting your needs. If it doesn’t, together we devise small and do-able changes so that over time, it does.

After your 15-minute Introductory call with Cloud9 Naturopathy, you are invited to access a free Foodzone account, an Australian professional nutritional database. You can enter your diet over 3 days (2 work days and Saturday or Sunday). Before your first Initial consultation, Cloud9 Naturopathy generates a report that compares your intake to nutrient reference values (NRVs) established by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The analysis takes into account your age, sex at birth, activity level, weight and height (body mass index).

Am I drinking enough water?

There’s a balance between water intake and how we lose water naturally through the breath, perspiration, urine and faeces. The amount of water you need depends on your: age, body weight, exercise, health, outside temperature and humidity, medications and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The daily average water intake for men is about 2.6 L (10 cups), and for women, 2.1 L (8 cups). Clean, plain water is best.

A simple first step is to check the colour of your urine!

Urine colour chart infographic

Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.


Pale yellow = good;
Dark yellow*** = not enough (drink 2–3 glasses straight away).

*** If you are taking a vitamin B supplement (which can turn urine bright yellow), wait 6–8 hours to check the colour

Water makes up about 55% of female and 60% of male bodies and is essential. Water is needed in the chemical reactions that sustain life, and it transports nutrients and wastes, helps regulate body temperature, maintains healthy skin, and much more.

But happy and healthy eating is not just about numbers – we understand how important food and beverages are to our physical, emotional and cultural lives. We work with you to devise manageable steps to support sustainable change.


Lifestyle includes movement, stress management, sleep, daily habits and self-care.

Daily movement is essential for wellbeing and includes sport or organised recreation, and incidental activities (e.g. gardening or walking/cycling). It helps us live longer, prevent and manage many chronic diseases, build and maintain healthy bones and joints, and feel better about ourselves. Although age affects the amount of activity needed, remember to break up long periods of sitting or lying down with movement.

Lack of sleep can cause poor concentration, mood changes, poor judgement, slower response times and reduced coordination. Babies and children need more sleep, but from young adulthood most of us need 7–9 hours of sleep daily. Getting enough restorative sleep can be a challenge, especially for shift workers, parents and teenagers. An effective sleep hygiene routine is often key to a good night’s sleep, so you feel rested and energised on waking.

Including rest and relaxation for the body and mind to recharge and repair can be easily ignored in our busy lives and “do more” culture, potentially leading to fatigue and burn out. Giving ourselves permission for self-care is often our last priority. Connecting with our inner selves and nature helps us keep balance, reflect and restore.

 Cloud9 Naturopathy can help you find the right intensity and type of movement for you, create an enjoyable and practical sleep hygiene routine, and support creativity and balance in your liestyle.

Herbal medicine

Why herbs?

Herbs have a long history of healing agents in most cultures and traditional use often guides their applications now. Cloud9 Naturopathy selects herbs according to tradition and evidence-based research into their components and how they work. Herbs are complex, sometimes containing thousands of identified chemicals. They act subtly and gently in multiple ways, support the body to heal itself and are matched to your vitality, condition, medical history and your other medications. Multiple herbs are often supplied together – they can work synergistically to provide an effective, highly personalised treatment.

Herbs both help establish the conditions for health and remove barriers to healing. For instance, in the gut, bitter and pungent herbs can stimulate digestion, while others reduce inflammation, protect against oxidation and soothe and heal mucous membranes. Some relieve spasms and cramping, allow the release of gas, or help keep the intestinal barrier intact. The body’s normal functions include removal of metabolic waste and introduced foreign substances. The body is constantly detoxifying neutralising, processing and removing waste through the liver, bile and faeces; the kidneys and urine; the lymphatic system and skin; and the lungs. Herbs are used to help detoxify different body systems and to prime anti-inflammatory pathways on exposure to organic pollutants and heavy metals (e.g. dental amalgam removal).

Herbs can be available as liquid extracts,, tablets, capsules, teas, lotions, creams or balms. Made by Naturopaths is an emerging brand of natural skin care products formulated by Alexa from Cloud9 Naturopathy, and Lydia from Future Natural Health. Base skin creams and lotions can be converted to a therapeutic product on consultation.

Herbs are considered “natural” but we respect that this does not always mean “safe”. We prescribe herbs for the right condition at the right dose, timing and form, to assist your body to heal. Trained practitioners at Cloud9 Naturopathy will prescribe safely and check for possible interactions between herbs, and between herbs, nutrients and other medications.

Functional medicine

“Functional medicine” describes health analysis that integrates body systems’ interactions, diet and lifestyle. Your individual treatments are based on evidence from modern research, traditional knowledge, pathology and further testing.

At Cloud9 Naturopathy, we follow the numbers. We first help you to get the most information from targeted Medicare-rebated pathology tests. Results are compared to the reference ranges from the local laboratory, tracked over multiple tests to find your individual “normal”, and compared to optimal health values based on international standards. We aim to closely monitor and detect early changes in health.

Sometimes highly specialised testing is required. Functional tests such as food intolerance analysis can provide in-depth results to guide highly targeted treatment plans. Hair mineral testing analysis screens for exposure to heavy metals; DNA analysis shows subtle variations in genetic makeup and its likely effects on metabolism; and faecal mapping reveals the microbiome balance in the colon and its implications for gut health and management. Nutraceuticals can support detoxification, modify specific biochemical pathways affected by small changes in DNA, and supply the building blocks for healthy blood vessel walls and gut membranes.

Cloud9 Naturopathy looks forward to helping you better understand your health and together provide patient-centred care to build better and optimal health.

Acknowledgement of country

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and live. We also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Inclusivity statement

Cloud9 Naturopathy clinic welcomes all people equally, respecting and encompassing differences in race, religion, cultural background, gender expression, sexual orientation and ability. Cloud9 Naturopathy will not support behaviours, comments or viewpoints that devalue or disrespect others.

Contact Us


Future Natural Health,
33 Robinson St, Moonee Ponds, Vic 3039

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