• Acupuncture,  Allergies,  Allergy,  Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  SInus

    Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergy Relief

    Spring brings warmth, renewed growth, and unfortunately for many seasonal allergies.  About twenty to thirty percent of Canadians suffer from allergies with symptoms arising as early as March for those allergic to pollen. While most suffer from runny nose and sneezing, some of us may also experience itchy eyes, sore throat and even low energy.  Symptoms may be so bad that some confuse allergies with a head cold. As with all that ails us, Traditional Chinese Medicine views allergies as a sign of imbalance within the body. If you suffer from allergies the symptoms experienced will vary based on your individual constitution, as well as any underlying blockages, deficiencies or excesses…

  • Eat Well,  Fertility,  Hormones,  Stress,  Women Wellness

    Love Your Libido…

    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about libido! It can be a taboo subject, particularly for women, but we are here to shed some light on simple ways to boost libido with food. Libido, in laymen’s terms, is sex drive. It’s completely normal for women to have fluctuations in their sex drive throughout their cycles; typically it is highest around ovulation, which is mid-way through your monthly cycle (if you are not on birth control and if you are pre-menopausal). It’s also really common for libido to fluctuate throughout a woman’s life. Some reasons libido might be low: Stress: If you’re running from a…

  • Stress,  talktherapy,  Therapy,  trauma

    Values and Goals

    Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW www.alongsidetrauma.ca Values Living a fulfilled life is connected to feeling passionate about what we do in our everyday routine. Those of us who struggle with anxiety may become overwhelmed with to-do lists and feeling that everything needs to be completed within the next few hours. This can lead to us feeling exhausted both mentally and physically and lead us to wondering “Why don’t I feel happy?”. One of the therapeutic tools I love guiding people through is understanding and knowing their values. Focusing on my values has led to me making decisions based on my overall goals and what is important to me, rather than…

  • Nutrition

    Five Tips to Eat Healthier in 2020

    By Marianna Duba M.Sc., RHN   With the season of family and friend get-togethers, delicious food and great wine behind us, many of us welcome January bloated, fatigued, moody and a few pounds heavier. Naturally, we promise ourselves to improve our lifestyle: to go to bed earlier, to take short breaks from social media, to exercise more and to eat healthier. And we seriously mean it!   Well, if you’ve already tried and failed to get your eating habits in check, then you know how frustrating “dieting” can be. Undereating and failing to properly balance your meals can make it impossible to get back on track. Here are five essential…

  • Therapy,  trauma

    The Holidays and Trauma

          Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW Trauma Therapist   For survivors of trauma, the holidays rarely bring up the feelings written about on Hallmark cards. Often times, the holiday season brings up feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation or entrapment. This is especially true if the holiday season means feeling forced to be around someone who has caused you harm, triggers you or makes you feel unsafe. Because humans innately desire connection to others, when you feel as though you cannot relate with the TV commercials or mall advertisements, you naturally internalize that. Then, you may begin to feel as though there is something wrong with you. “Why can’t…

  • Cancer,  Health Articles,  IV Therapy,  Live Well,  Stress

    Dr. Gair’s Top Tips for Men’s Health from Movember

            Movember is an annual awareness campaign that is near and dear to my heart. I dedicate my time in November to sharing my knowledge on men’s health, and more specifically, reducing cancer risk reduction. While some genetic risks are beyond our control, there are many lifestyle risks you can control. I wanted to share my top 5 tips for lifestyle changes to lower the risk for cancers that affect the men in your life!   Get active! In men diagnosed with colon cancer, those who did 30 minutes of low/moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week showed significant improvements in quality of life during treatment and…

  • Acupuncture,  Live Well,  Sleep

    Struggling with Sleep? Treating Insomnia with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

    By Jeanette Turnbull, R. Ac Insomnia is a common affliction causing one third of people to lose sleep. Ten to fifteen percent of those affected experience insomnia that is extreme enough to impact daily life. Sleep affects all major systems of the body and in turn how the body systems are functioning affects sleep. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pays very close attention to how the body works as a whole to gain greater insight into the underlying cause of insomnia.  Insomnia comes in many forms including difficulty falling asleep, inability to stay asleep, waking up too early or sleep that is not restful. Insomnia may be a temporary issue created…

  • Cold & Flu Prevention

    Beating the Cold and Flu Season

      By Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND It’s officially fall! The leaves are falling and the pumpkins are calling… But this time of year can be a challenging with cold and flu season starting to rear it’s ugly head. Don’t despair!  There are many things you can do to boost your immunity this fall and ensure your family’s health.  Keep reading to see how you can help protect yourself and your family and make this the healthiest season yet. Wash your hands:  We have all heard this over and over. That’s because it is one of the most important things you can do to avoid transmitting germs. It is also important…

  • Back to School,  child,  Cold & Flu Prevention,  Health Articles,  Nutrients,  Supplements,  Uncategorized

    Back-to-School – Supplementing for Success

      By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND While summer typically involves tons of fun, spontaneity, and adventure, it can also mean a loss of routine, irregular eating, and lots of indulging. Often times returning to school can be a good opportunity to reintroduce some health-supportive habits, or begin incorporating some efforts for the first time. When it comes to supplementation, being selective is always best, especially when it comes to kids. The following are 3 baseline supplements that have broad-acting effects to support general wellbeing in children, predominantly for digestive, immune, mood, and nervous system support – all of which can play a large role in supporting your child’s health and…

  • child,  Cold & Flu Prevention,  Health Articles,  Homeopathy,  Stress

    Homeopathy for Back to School

        By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath It’s back to school season! Going back to school is an exciting time but it can also be challenging. It can mean more colds, sniffles, stress and anxiety. But not to worry, there are things that can be done naturally to prepare, through lifestyle, supplements and homeopathy. When going back to school, it’s common for kids (and adults) to get sick shortly after the term starts. This is because after a whole summer of being around just family and friends, back to school means being in close proximity to a lot of new people. The exposure to new germs, combined with stress and…

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