19Feb, 2020

Weight loss and Back Pain Relief

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  FACT: Losing just 3-5% of your weight has major health benefits and reduces chronic pain!   Healthcare experts agree that losing weight and managing a healthy body mass index (BMI) can be an excellent strategy to relieve partial or complete back pain. This occurs because – as the individual loses weight there is a decrease in the load/pressure on the spine. Weight loss can also help prevent joint strain (another potential cause of pain).  In addition, carrying excessive weight is a major risk factor – linked with conditions such […]
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13Jan, 2020

Thyroid Health

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Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and the Prevalence of Autoimmune Thyroiditis An autoimmune disorder is characterized as a malfunction of the immune system where the body produces antibodies that attack the body’s own cells and tissues – the thyroid gland being the most commonly affected organ. Although the reasons for this dysfunction are complex, we understand that many environmental and endogenous factors are associated with autoimmunity of the thyroid. Hashimoto’s vs Graves’ disease: Both Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are autoimmune disorders of the thyroid. They are both conditions where the immune system […]
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19Jun, 2019

What is the Gut Microbiome and Why Should we care?

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Trust Your Gut! The Gut microbiome includes all the microorganisms that inhabit our digestive tract – that’s about 100 trillion bacteria! New research continues to demonstrate the powerful role of the microbiome within the digestive tract lining. We now understand that the digestive tract is actually the unifying or centre point of the nervous, immune and hormonal systems. It is also, in large part, responsible for the balance of neurotransmitters that control emotion and mood regulation. Many people associate a healthy microbiome as a key factor to healthy digestion and […]
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5Jun, 2019

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)

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GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disorder is a very common condition affecting up to 10% of Canadians on a daily basis. Although more common in adults over 40 – it can occur at any age, and given the endless commercials for antacids on TV – it’s likely that most people are aware that the condition exists. Typically symptoms include heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents but can also include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, sore throat, sinus issues, ear infections and more. In fact sometimes people don’t even experience heartburn (know as silent […]
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21May, 2019

Keto and Weight Loss

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  Let me start by saying that I’m not a proponent of the word DIET. It suggests a transient period of time where someone attempts to achieve a particular goal only to return to old habits shortly down the road. Lately, however, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on the ketogenic diet – and more specifically if it works equally well for women and men. Keto is definitely NOT just another fad “diet”. In fact, it has been used by doctors to treat patients with serious illnesses (successfully may […]
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26Jul, 2018

Do you have a mental health concern? Here’s why you should see a psychiatrist AND a naturopath

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Many people who bring up mental health concerns to their medical doctor get a referral to see a psychiatrist. But did you know that naturopathic doctors can also help you with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression? When it comes to mental wellness, psychiatry and naturopathic medicine actually work really well together. Read on to find out why. A naturopath can determine any deficiencies It seems like in some cases, a mental health condition is simply a deficiency of a certain nutrient or nutrients. For example, a deficiency […]
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27Jun, 2018

3 things you can do today to help improve your self-esteem

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Low self-esteem isn’t something you’re born with. People develop low self-esteem for a variety of reasons. Regardless of the cause of poor self-image, it’s something we’ve come to believe about ourselves. Maybe you had critical parents or another family member who convinced you that you weren’t “good enough”. Perhaps you are a survivor of trauma and you are feeling weak or less than. No matter what caused you to feel this way, there are ways to boost your confidence and help you feel better about yourself. When it comes to […]
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24May, 2018

What to do when you feel a panic attack coming on

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A panic attack can come on suddenly and feel scary. You might feel dizzy, sweaty, terrified and completely helpless. Your heart is racing and you’re fearful of what’s happening to you. You wonder if it will ever end and if you’re ever going to get back to “normal.” So what do you do when you feeling like you’re losing control? It seems like there’s no easy answer to this question, but there are things that you can do to help yourself get through a panic attack. Panic attacks are stressful, […]
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9Apr, 2018

Do you have an anxious partner? Here’s what you can do to help.

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If you don’t have anxiety, it might be difficult to truly understand how it feels. Anxiety impacts every person differently. One person might have racing thoughts, another person may experience headaches and yet another individual could have heart palpitations. Regardless of how anxiety impacts a person, it’s unpleasant at best. Having an anxious partner can be challenging and sometimes exhausting. It’s important to be empathetic towards your partner. Anxiety is different from stress; it is a mental health issue, but it can also impact a person’s physical health. Some people feel […]
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17Mar, 2018

The best way to deal with anger

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Before we talk about the best way to deal with anger, let’s talk about the worst way to deal with anger: letting anger control you. Anger is an intense (sometimes overwhelming) emotion that can take over if we’re not mindful of it. Some people struggle with anger issues and have a difficult time controlling their tempers. In this instance, intervention is needed. How do you know if anger is controlling you rather than you having the upper hand? Let’s talk about anger management! When anger is out of control, it […]
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