• Stress,  talktherapy,  Therapy

    Coping With a Second Covid-19 Lockdown in the Midst of Winter

    by Jessica del Rosso, Trauma Therapist, MSW, RSW Alongsidetrauma.ca Despite many of us knowing that a second lockdown was coming to Ontario, the emotional toll of walking down empty streets, watching local businesses close and missing those closest to us, is significant. It would be unrealistic and invalidating to believe that the physical and communal risks of Covid-19, do not also impact our mental health and wellbeing. Many of us are struggling with feeling any sense of purpose and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I know that this blog is only scratching the surface of what many are struggling with during this second lockdown. However, I hope it may offer some tools to…

  • Eat Well,  Fertility,  Fertility,  Hormones,  Live Well,  menopause,  Nutrition,  PCOS,  perimenopause,  PMS,  Stress,  Thyroid,  Women Wellness

    Hormones Over the Ages

      by Dr. Deanna Walker, ND No matter what age you are, your hormones are affecting your quality of life. Why you might ask? Well your hormone balance influences how you look, how you feel and how you think. It is important to determine if your hormones are affecting you. The best way to start is to be informed on what symptoms are normal and abnormal depending on what phase of life you are in. The Reproductive Years In this phase, the most common concerns relate to PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) and the menstrual flow itself. The most common PMS symptoms experienced include mood changes (depression, anxiety, irritability, emotional fluctuations), swelling,…

  • Stress,  talktherapy,  trauma

    Shaking but Safe

          By Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW Have you ever felt that moment where your mind is telling you one thing, and your body is telling you another? A situation where your mind may be telling you that you are completely safe, but your body is reacting as if it is in survival mode? This feeling is all too common for those who are survivors and thrivers of trauma. There are these moments where you may speak about something from your past, or something reminds you of your past, crosses your path and your body will begin shaking or you will stutter or you will become short of…

  • Back to School,  Cold & Flu Prevention,  IV Therapy,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Sleep,  Stress

    Immune Support Into the Fall

      Written by Dr. Heather Robinson, ND Fall is a notoriously tough season for the cold and flu. Kids are back to school, the more lenient summer lifestyle is catching up with our bodies and from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, our bodies can have difficulty adjusting to the change of seasons. As the cooler weather approaches and we get into that time of year, there are a lot of ways we can be supporting our immune system (please see disclaimer below) to help mitigate the effects of any colds or flus we come in contact with (the exception being COVID-19). A question I get asked a lot is ‘what’s…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,  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…

  • Eat Well,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Stress,  Women Wellness

    A Series on Stress: Part 3 of 4: “Time to Up the Ante”

    While our diet should always be the starting place for getting the vitamins and minerals we need for our bodily processes to function optimally, supplementation can offer therapeutic benefit above and beyond that which can be achieved with diet alone. Supplementation also serves an important purpose in instances of depletion or chronic stress as a means of replenishment and enhanced support so we may start to feel better faster. When considering supplementation in the case of stress management or adrenal fatigue, it is important to think about basic glandular support. In order for our adrenal glands to function well, the enzymes within require some basic nutrients to operate: Vitamin C:…

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