• 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…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized,  Women Wellness

    A Series On Stress: Part 2 of 4 – “Being Busy Is Not A Badge of Honour”

    By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND As is the case with the management of any health-related condition, diet and lifestyle are the first stop when considering stress. Before using supplementation, an inventory of what we eat and drink, how we sleep, and how we spend our time should be taken so we can optimize our foundation and avoid Band-Aid solutions. Optimizing our foundation can be particularly challenging in today’s society. It has become normal and even celebrated to have jam-packed schedules and numerous commitments, leaving little room for days without plans or even dinner at a table. We tend to convince ourselves that our busy-ness is unavoidable and just a reality…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Stress,  Uncategorized

    A Series on Stress Part 1 of 4: Meet Your Adrenal Glands

    By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND   In light of April being National Stress Awareness Month, we are presenting a 4-part series on the topic. We will begin by discussing how stress affects our body, what a healthy stress response looks like, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the infamous state of ‘burn out’. We are all familiar with stress, but few of us are familiar with the profound impact stress can have on our health and wellbeing. Apart from the unpleasant thoughts and feelings associated, stress can cause a wide array of physical signs and symptoms. Stress is a normal and inevitable part of life. What is…

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

    Vegetarianism 101: Where do you get your B-12?

    By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath Over the past few weeks we talked about being mindful of protein and essential fatty acid intake. Today we are going to talk about vitamin B-12 , which is a vitamin to keep in mind when switching to a plant-based diet, since it is found mostly from animal-derived products. Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin that contributes to the production of red blood cells, nerve function, cell metabolism and the production of DNA. A deficiency in vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia and neurological concerns and may present as: fatigue, sensations of pins and needles, mobility issues, dizziness, vision problems and mood changes. Deficiencies may be caused…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • BodyTalk,  Health Articles

    Tips about Ticks – Part 2

    Tips about Ticks: A 6-Part Overview of Lyme Disease, Co-infections, Diagnosis, Conventional and Alternative Treatments, Complications and Prevention Strategies By Dr. Deanna Walker, ND and Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND Co-Infections Lyme disease is caused by B. Burgderfori however, often ticks carry more than one infection.  There are several co-infections that can be carried and transmitted by ticks making the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases very difficult. Babesia One of the most common co-infections is Babesia.  It is transmitted via Ixodes scapularis ticks (also called blacklegged ticks or deer ticks) It presents with malaria like symptoms including fever, chills, sweating, muscle pain, fatigue and enlargement of the spleen as well as air…

  • BodyTalk,  Health Articles

    Tips about Ticks – Part 1

    Tips about Ticks: A 6-Part Overview of Lyme Disease, Co-infections, Diagnosis, Conventional and Alternative Treatments, Complications and Prevention Strategies By Dr. Deanna Walker, ND and Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND   Part 1: What is Lyme Disease? Part 2: What are Co-infections? Part 3: How is Lyme Disease diagnosed? Part 4: What are the Conventional Treatments? Part 5: What are Alternative Treatments? Part 6: How can I prevent infection? PART1: What is Lyme Disease? Lyme Disease (LD) is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.  This is primarily a tick-borne illness and in North America is transmitted by infected ixodes spp. ticks more commonly known as black legged ticks or…

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