• Health Articles,  Live Well,  Men's Health,  Thyroid

    Thyroid: The Master Gland

    Often when we think of thyroid related conditions, we associate them with women’s health issues. With a 2 to 8 times higher prevalence in women than in men, it may be easy for one to discount the likelihood of thyroid relation conditions in the context of men’s health. However, many common symptoms that men may experience as they age bear a very similar resemblance to symptoms experienced by those with thyroid conditions. Coincidence? Maybe. But as naturopathic doctors, our job is to determine the root cause of our patients’ concerns. One of the best way to do this is to follow the mantra – test; don’t guess. An abnormally functioning…

  • Health Articles,  Hormones,  Live Well,  PCOS,  Thyroid,  Women Wellness

    Subclinical Hypothyroidism and PCOS

      Your thyroid is an incredibly important gland in your body that sits at the base of your neck and resembles a butterfly shape. It regulates so many important functions of the body including metabolization, temperature regulation, mood and energy. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 Canadians deal with thyroid-related issues. When it comes to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, it is even more important to get your thyroid assessed. For one thing, many of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism look very similar to PCOS. The symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include: Fatigue Weight gain Intolerance to cold temperatures Brain fog Memory loss Dry skin Brittle nails Constipation Irregular cycles Hair loss Difficulty losing weight Depression Low…

  • Health Articles,  Men's Health

    The Men’s Health Mystery: A Pandemic Before the Pandemic

    Long before the masks, the sanitizers, and the safety protocols, naturopathic doctors (and healthcare workers in general) have faced an entirely different medical phenomenon – a dismally low ratio of male to female patients. In fact, research has shown that more than 40% of men do not consult their medical professionals unless the situation is extremely dire. What a strange statistic to have, eh? And why is it the way that it is? The most common excuse that is presented to healthcare workers is the complaint of a “busy schedule”, but after digging into the data, it’s actually more complex of an issue than you might think! No – men…

  • Mental Health,  talktherapy,  Therapy

    Mental Health Awareness Month

    As a mental health clinician, mental health awareness month is near and dear to my heart and yet when thinking about writing a blog post on this topic my mind has gone over so many different possibilities. How possibly can one blog post sum up all of the things I want to say and share about this topic? It can’t. So, I will do my very best to introduce you to two different models that shape an understanding of mental health because I believe that knowledge and perspective are powerful change agents. Mental health is a topic that is worth all of our attention because it impacts each and every…

  • Eat Well,  Gut Health,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    One Pan Chicken, Golden Cauliflower & Carrot Fries

    This month, we are sharing a gut-friendly grain-free recipe which provides anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats and turmeric, lean protein and valuable phytonutrients. It is also a great meal prepping recipe. After cooking, divide it into single serving containers and refrigerate for grab-n-go meals. Ingredients for 2 servings: 2 Carrot (medium) 1/2 head Cauliflower 3 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided three ways) 8 ozs Chicken Breast 1 tsp Dried Thyme 1 tsp Turmeric (powder) 1/8 tsp Sea Salt Directions: Preheat oven to 375ºF (191ºC) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel and slice carrots into sticks. Wash and chop cauliflower into florets. Brush chicken breast with 1/3 of…

  • Eat Well,  Gut Health,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition

    Your GUT Microbiome

      Your gut microbiome consists of trillions of microorganisms that lie in the gastrointestinal tract. This includes thousands of species of bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses. Together, these microorganisms weigh as much as 2-5 pounds and have a profound impact on your health. The microorganisms in your gut play a variety of roles, some of the bacteria have a positive effect on your health and some of them have a negative effect. The key is to increase the good bacteria and reduce the negative bacteria so that you can support the healthy function of your gut and the rest of your body. When the microorganisms in your gut are out…

  • Eat Well,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    Energy Date Balls Recipe

      Need something quick and easy to snack on when at home or when you are on the go? Try these delicious date balls. They are a great snack to have on hand when you are feeling hungry and need something healthy to sustain you. Double Chocolate Mint Energy Balls INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings): 1/2 cup (6 pitted) Medjool dates 1/2 cup Almonds (raw) 2 tbsp Cacao Powder + extra for coating 1 tbsp Cacao Nibs 1/8 tsp Sea Salt 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract 1 tbsp Water DIRECTIONS: Add the dates, almonds, cacao powder, cacao nibs, sea salt and peppermint extract to the bowl of a food processor. While the food…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized

    Nutrition – Eating for your Body’s Needs

      What is the single most important thing you can do to improve your energy and mental functioning, reduce pain and inflammation, reduce your risk for chronic disease and age gracefully? Improving your nutrition! Eating a healthy diet continues to be a challenge for many individuals because there are so many factors at play. The ability to break bad habits that, in most cases, have been established in childhood is challenging. Beyond the knowledge and awareness of what are healthy choices is the challenge that mental emotional imbalances and fatigue play on cravings and making bad decisions. There is a lot involved in what is the right diet for you. This article is intended to give…

  • talktherapy,  Therapy

    Showing Ourselves Love By Identifying and Meeting Our Needs

    Showing Ourselves Love By Identifying and Meeting Our Needs Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW www.alongsidetrauma.ca Many of us, especially if we come from a difficult childhood, do not learn or know how to communicate our needs effectively. We react to our feelings, but not to the underlying and core need leading to the emotion in the first place. This leads to feeling not only disconnected from ourselves, but also those we have relationships with, whether it be our romantic partner/s, friends or family (chosen or otherwise). We may wish that those we are in a relationship with could, “read in between the lines” and meet our needs. However, if we do not inherently know what the…

  • Eat Well,  Heart Health,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    Moroccan Chicken Stew

    Food for your HEART! Moroccan Chicken Stew Our heart healthy chicken stew recipe includes four superfood ingredients: coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon and unpasteurized local honey (available at health food stores or local farmers’ markets). We serve it on a bed of cooked grains (basmati rice, quinoa or millet) and garnish it with shredded or large-flaked coconut. Here is the detailed recipe: INGREDIENTS FOR 4 SERVINGS 1/4 cup Coconut Oil 10 ozs Chicken Breast (skinless, boneless, diced into chunks) 2 Yellow Onion (medium, diced) 1 tsp Turmeric 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Cardamom 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 1/2 tsps Sea Salt 3 Tomato (large, diced) 1/2 cup Parsley (finely chopped…

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