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Which Is More Important: Diet or Exercise?

Which Is More Important: Diet or Exercise?
September 17, 2019 03:23 PM

Eat less, exercise more. You’ve probably heard that’s the secret to weight loss. So, it makes sense that if you want to lose weight quickly, or if you’ve hit a weight-loss plateau, you need to really ramp up the exercise, right?   Unfortunately, many people experience frustration with this approach. Why aren’t they successful?  Research suggests that weight loss can be more complex than a simple “calories in/calories out” formula. In fact, our hormones play a larger role in regulating our m...Read more

Fight Fall Allergies from the Inside Out

Fight Fall Allergies from the Inside Out
September 17, 2019 03:17 PM

Are you excited for fall? Many people love the vibrant colours of this beautiful season. It’s a time to get out our cozy sweaters, enjoy the crisp fall air, and for some people, sneeze a lot. Yes, unfortunately, many people experience watery eyes, sinus pain and other allergy symptoms when fall arrives. This annoying phenomenon can occur even if you made it through spring without sneezing.   That’s because even though the symptoms of fall and spring allergies are the same, the triggers are ...Read more

Is Your Period Controlling You? How to prevent PMS and balance out your hormones

Is Your Period Controlling You? How to prevent PMS and balance out your hormones
August 27, 2019 01:54 PM

The week before your period, it’s not unusual for many women to experience an unwanted transformation from Doctor Jekyll to Ms. Hyde. As our hormones shift, some of us will fall apart into sensitive sleep-deprived puddles. Other simmering souls will find themselves raging without warning. Then there are the mopey bloated hermits who will choose to wrap themselves in a blanket and binge-watch Netflix until Aunt Flow takes a hike. Whoever your PMS alter-ego might be, it’s hard not to feel out o...Read more

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Infertility Rates are Rising- What You Need to Know
June 27, 2019 10:56 AM

Fertility. It’s something we often take for granted when we’re planning our lives. In fact, many women spend a lot of money and effort in preventing pregnancy until the timing is right for conception. However, even when the timing is right, our bodies don’t always cooperate. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in infertility. One study found infertility rates increased from 5.4 percent in 1984  to 15.7 percent in 2011, a substantial increase in a short period of time. An Integrative A...Read more

My Fertility Update

My Fertility Update
June 24, 2019 11:56 AM

When I last wrote, it had been almost 9 months without any luck of pregnancy. That is when I decided to go to Juno Fertility Clinic in Waterloo and get some cycle monitoring done. This is when they take blood and do an internal ultrasound every 2 days to see how the follicles are maturing and when you are ovulating. The process is quite tedious and tiresome. After having completed the cycle monitoring portion and all the blood work as well as my husband’s sperm analysis, we had a consultatio...Read more

Environmental Pollution in the Home: Everyday Things May be Harming Your Health

Environmental Pollution in the Home: Everyday Things May be Harming Your Health
June 04, 2019 02:07 PM

Is your home affecting your health? If you avoid obvious pollutants like cigarette smoke, you may be pretty certain your home is not toxic. And if you clean regularly, you might even be slightly offended by the suggestion! However, indoor pollutants are much more common than many people realize. The sources of many pollutants are everyday objects and products we don’t consider harmful. The media devotes a lot of attention to outdoor pollution (and it’s a valid health concern). However, ind...Read more

High Fiber Grain Free Muffins

High Fiber Grain Free Muffins
May 08, 2019 05:47 PM

These muffins turned out really well and they are super healthy!   1 and 1/2 cups almond flour (I used ground muffins) 1/2 cup arrowroot powder 2 tbsp coconut flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (raw) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (raw) 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 tbsp ground flax seeds 2 tbsp hemp seeds   1 cup grated carrot (I grated 2 apples because I didn't have any carrots) 1 cup apple, diced into 1...Read more

My struggle with fertility and pregnancy loss

My struggle with fertility and pregnancy loss
May 03, 2019 04:11 PM

Conceiving my first wasn’t too difficult. It only took about 4 cycles. Most of you have read my not so great labour experience blog.  As a naturopathic doctor, I always feel like I must have it all figured out. The truth is, even if you do everything right, making a baby is quite the miracle. There are so many things that can go wrong! That perfect timing of healthy sperm and healthy egg meeting in the perfect location with a thick uterine lining to allow for the blastocyst to attach and grow...Read more

Is Insulin Resistance Slowing Your Weight Loss?

Is Insulin Resistance Slowing Your Weight Loss?
April 01, 2019 10:37 PM

You do everything “right.” Somehow, however, those stubborn extra pounds won’t leave. And worse, they seem to have shifted to your midsection. What happened to your shape? You can be eating healthy and still struggle with weight. For women, it’s easy to blame slowing weight loss on the hormonal shifts that come with age, but these changes are not necessarily due to menopause. Instead, insulin resistance could be the cause. How Does Insulin Affect Your Weight? Let’s start by looking at the...Read more

Are Your Bowel Movements Healthy?

Are Your Bowel Movements Healthy?
April 01, 2019 10:17 PM

Let’s chat about your bowel movements. Did you just cringe a bit? Let’s face it, poop isn’t anybody’s favourite topic. Nonetheless, our bowel movements hold valuable clues to our overall health. But these signs are often ignored because most of us are a bit uncomfortable talking about them, even to our healthcare providers. Your Appointment is a Judgement-Free Zone Keep in mind that your healthcare practitioner will not be shocked or uncomfortable if you talk about your poop. In fact, that...Read more