• Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Nutrition

    March is Nutrition Month

      Finally, the month when we welcome spring, at least in the calendar, is here! With it we start planning to do spring cleaning in the house and perhaps a cleanse for our body too. March is also nutrition month, reminding us to reassess our food choices and eating habits. Healthy eating should not be restricted to the short period of time of a cleanse, instead it should become a lifestyle where eating nutritious foods becomes a daily habit. One of the most efficient ways to make our diet more nutritious is by including superfoods in our daily meal plans. While there is no official definition for a “superfood”, we…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Heart Health,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    Berry Good for your HEART

      Berries are superstars among fruits not only because of their sweet, delicious taste, versatile use, but also because of their health benefits. Berries contain nutrients that are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. The polyphenols, fibre and Vitamin C content in berries are just some of the many factors of berries that improve your heart health. Strawberries for example, harbour the anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic ellagic acid, a nice amount of vitamin C (about 85 mg per cup) as well as important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.  All this comes with only 50 calories per cup! 1 cup…

  • Health Articles,  Heart Health

    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 (Stats Canada, 2019) and the leading cause of death in America (CDC, 2019). Heart disease involves plaque build-up and hardening of your coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood to your heart muscle). There are 3 main risk factors for developing heart disease: hypertension, dyslipidemia/hyperlipidemia (elevated lipids- triglycerides and cholesterol) and diabetes. All 3 of these factors are influenced by lifestyle factors and genetics. The tool I…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Eat Well,  Emotions & Food,  Fitness,  Health Articles,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized

    Rest and Digest

              How are you eating your food?   One of the most overlooked components of supporting optimal digestion is the mental-emotional state in which we consume our food. In order for our food to be properly broken down and absorbed, our bodies need to be in what is called the ‘parasympathetic’ nervous system state, otherwise known as our ‘rest-and-digest’ state. This is the state of being in which we experience sensations of feeling calm, grounded, at ease, and focused on what’s in front of us. This contrasts with our ‘sympathetic’ nervous system state, otherwise known as our ‘fight-or-flight’ state. This is the state of being in…

  • Eat Well,  Emotions & Food,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Stress,  Uncategorized,  Women Wellness

    A Series on Stress: It’s All in Your Head

      We have discussed several key factors that should be considered when addressing stress and trying to improve its management: diet and sleep are crucial, and supplementation with nutrients and botanicals can offer incredible support. The power of our mind, however, is perhaps the most paramount. There is a fine balance between stressing the importance of diet and lifestyle and harnessing the power of supplementation, while also acknowledging that efforts in these areas will amount to very little if one’s perception and thought pathways are not supportive. At the end of the day, we are always going to have sources of stress in our life. If we can change our…

  • Acupuncture,  Eat Well,  Fertility,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  IV Therapy,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Thyroid,  Women Wellness

    Top 5 Ways a Naturopathic Doctor Can Help with Infertility

      Infertility can be a hard reality that many patients have to deal with. When we hear something is wrong with our health, our natural inclination in this day and age is to “Google it.” This ultimately can take you down a seriously confusing rabbit hole. There is so much information out there, including many different products, diets, and therapies including many that can help, but others that may not. Online researching can end up leaving you feeling overwhelmed, confused and more anxious. Patients often end up in my office after hearing about naturopathic medicine from a friend, or the couple is looking for more options in terms of what…

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