• Cold & Flu Prevention,  Health Articles

    Naturopathic Cold and Flu Kit

    Fall is here, so we thought we would equip you with our favourite Naturopathic tips for surviving the cold weather ahead! Naturopathic Cold and Flu Kit  Our Favourite Supplements and Botanicals 1) Vitamin D is key for proper immune system function! The best is getting a lab test done to see where your levels are at and then taking a dose specific to your lab report results. Typical dose for Vitamin D is around 1,000-2,000IU. 2) Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system response. It helps to stimulate the function and production of white blood cells and helps to produce antibodies. About 500-1000mg daily is a typical dose for Vitamin C.…

  • Health Articles

    Boost Your Immune System This Fall

    By Jeanette Turnbull, R.Ac. As we move into fall we transition from the vibrant, yang energy of summer into the quiet, yin energy of winter. Autumn is the season of harvest, reaping and storing what we have grown in the summer to sustain us during the cold winter ahead. Taking natures lead, now is the time to conserve the yang energy we cultivated during the summer months to ensure we have energy to spare during winter. Lung energy rules over autumn and creates Wei Qi, which translates to defensive energy. Wei Qi is a specialized form of energy that runs primarily between the skin and muscles. It protects the body…

  • Uncategorized

    Coping with Your Child’s Anxiety: The Back-to-School Chapter

    Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adolescents, affecting approximately 20% of children. In other words, one in five parents will have a child who struggles with anxiety. For many parents, back-to-school season is a joyous time – families are getting back into their usual routines and parents no longer have to worry about how they are going to entertain their children. But, for parents with anxious children, back-to-school can be a difficult and stressful time. Feelings of anxiety are normal during times of change, and starting school or transitioning back to school after the summer holidays is a common trigger for anxiety in…

  • PCOS

    Could your GUT HEALTH be the cause of your PCOS?

    The topic of gut health is all the rage right now. I hear it everywhere, chats about gut microbiome, probiotics and good/bad bacteria. It’s popping up on commercials, radio and my Facebook ads. What if I told you your gut health could be the underlying cause of your irregular cycles? The gut microbiome is known as the collective billions of different bacteria that inhabit our intestines. These bacteria that are present can have a huge impact on our health in terms of our reproductive health, immune system, digestion, and brain health. Trust me, I’ve seen first-hand that gut health can be directly related to hormone imbalances, especially in PCOS. What is…

  • Uncategorized

    It’s Allergy Season!  But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

      It is estimated that close to 25% of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis.  The most common allergies are to pollen, pets, dust and foods.  Allergies are a hypersensitivity, meaning that the immune system overreacts to allergens and produces an inflammatory response.  The body produces histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE) that cause a variety of symptoms including congestion, sneezing, headaches, hives, itchy eyes, and many others. Though many allergy sufferers rely on over the counter anti-histamines, like Claritin or Benadryl, to keep their allergies under control.   Other therapies include corticosteroids, eye drops, decongestants, allergy shots and topical creams.  Though many of these therapies provide temporary relief, these medications have…

  • Hormones

    Top Hormone Q & A with Dr. Deanna Walker, ND

        Hormone’s are a popular topic of discussion with most of my female patients regardless of age. It often becomes a key part of the case because hormones influence most vital processes in the body and affect how we feel, how we think and how we look. In my experience, restoring a hormone imbalance provides significant relief and results in improvements in quality of life. Here are the most come questions and answers that I encounter in my practice: Could I have a hormone imbalance? Hormone imbalances can present in many ways. They affect us both physically and mentally. If you are experiencing concerns with your periods, weight management,…

  • Heart Health,  Nutrition

    Heart Healthy Seafood Soup

    Seafood Soup Ingredients: 2 Onions 2 Zucchinnis 2 Red or Orange peppers Any other vegetable you have available and enjoy in soups 2 Cans of Diced Herbed Tomatoes 2 Cans of Clams including the juice 1 bag of shrimp (you can add scallops or mixed seafood as well) 1 bag of fresh mussels 2 tsps Garlic (or to taste) Chop and saute the onions.  Add the rest of the chopped vegetables.  Add garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and shrimp.  Cook until the seafood and veggies are cooked.  10 mins.  Add mussels and cook until mussels have opened.  (Toss any mussels that don’t open.) Serve with a…

  • Nutrients,  Nutrition

    Nutritional Makeover Plan

    Nutritional Makeover Plan – with Marianna Duba and Sandra Cross   Have you ever wondered what it would take to look and feel great? Would you like to improve your digestion, solve your sleep issues, manage your weight and increase your energy but do not know where to start? To meet your needs, we are introducing the Nutritional Makeover Plan for $299 + HST offered by registered nutritionists Marianna Duba and Sandra Cross. Our integrative package includes: appointment: Intolerance testing/ Biofeedback analysis – this visit will give you a variety of answers about your health and what is impacting it. It is a detailed look at all internal and external…

  • Health Articles,  Heart Health,  Nutrition

    Heart Health: A Naturopathic Doctor’s Approach

    How is your heart beating these days? Do you get winded easily? If you could rate your heart health on a scale of 1-10, what would yours be? Second to cancer, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. In 2013 it accounted for 20% of all known deaths. Heart disease involves plaque build up and hardening of your coronary arteries. How can we do our best to reduce the natural progression as we age and prevent heart disease? There are 3 main risk factors for developing heart disease: hypertension, dyslipidemia (elevated cholesterol) and diabetes. All 3 of these factors are influenced by lifestyle factors and genetics. The…

  • Thyroid

    It’s not you, it’s your THYROID. The Science Behind Your Thyroid

    by Dr. Samina Mitha, ND Does this sound familiar?: You are always the cold one, while everyone around you is fine? You have been successful at losing weight, but the pounds aren’t coming off anymore? Your hair and nails have become brittle? You seem to always forget where you put your keys? You’ve been constipated ever since you can remember? You are so tired that you are dragging body everywhere? These are some of the most common thyroid symptoms we see along with: Dark circles/puffy eyes, hoarseness of the voice, dry skin, lack of energy, anxiety, thinning hair and insomnia. Today I want to talk about a conversation I have with…