12Jan, 2018

The one big mistake you’re probably making with your morning smoothie

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New year, new you. Maybe you’ve decided that 2018 is the year you’re finally going to take your health seriously. So you signed up for a gym, revamped your diet, and are having a nice healthy smoothie for breakfast every morning. You packed that smoothie full of leafy greens and berries for antioxidants. Maybe you have some coconut milk in there to make sure you get healthy fats. You might add some nut butter for its protein content. Perhaps you even threw some greens powder or turmeric in there. Great job! […]
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14Dec, 2017

How a naturopath eats during the holidays

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Spoiler alert: the answer isn’t having green smoothies and salads for every meal. If you can do that, good for you! But that’s not a realistic option for most people, including me! With all kinds of yummy hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and desserts being offered, you’re going to need some help having a healthy holiday season. I believe in the mantra “everything in moderation”, except the foods that make you sick. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a bit of junk food here and there, as long as it’s […]
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8Nov, 2017

How to avoid the scaly crocodile look this winter

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Winter is coming. Some of us could tell you that without seeing any snow or looking at a calendar. Because we can feel it in our skin. If you suffer from dry skin in winter, you know exactly what I’m talking about. As soon as the dry weather hits, your skin starts to get tight, rough, red, and flaky. I happen to be in the dry skin club myself, so I know what you’re going through. Dry skin can not only be uncomfortable, but also embarrassing. It can even interfere […]
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10Oct, 2017

The surprising problem you might have if you’re a runner

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We’ve all heard how good running can be for you. Running helps to lose weight, prevent disease, lower stress, strengthen joints, manage blood pressure… the list goes on and on. But there’s a suprising problem you may be experiencing if you’re a long distance runner. It’s called leaky gut. I know, it sounds gross, but if you’re a runner then it’s something to keep in mind. How do you know if you have a leaky gut? Read on to find out common symptoms and how to treat it. What is leaky […]
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13Sep, 2017

10 tips for sleeping like a boss

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Having trouble sleeping? You’re not alone. A Canadian Community Health Survey revealed that 21% of the population has trouble sleeping some of the time. 9% said they have trouble most of the time. And 5% said all of the time. That’s more than a third of our nation having some form of sleeping issue. That’s huge. Let’s talk about common causes of sleeplessness as well as some natural insomnia treatments so we can get you sleeping like a boss! Causes of insomnia There are many different factors that contribute to […]
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9Aug, 2017

The top 29 most stressful jobs – is yours on the list?

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Business Insider recently published an article listing the most stressful jobs in America. This information comes from the Occupational Information Network, which is a database maintained by the US Department of Labor. This database contains a log of almost 900 different jobs! “Stress tolerance” is a score from 0 to 100 given to a job. It is defined as “how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal with high stress on the job”. Therefore, the higher the score, the more stressful that job is perceived to be. The stressful jobs […]
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15Jul, 2017

Why you don’t need dairy to get enough calcium

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Whenever I suggest that a patient eliminates dairy from their diet, their response is always the same. “But how do I make sure I’m getting enough calcium if I’m not having dairy?” Fair question. We see ads all the time telling us we need milk in order to have strong bones. But that may not necessarily be true. Let’s talk about the problem with dairy, the importance of calcium, and some dairy-free calcium sources. The problem with dairy For many people, the issue with dairy is the fact that it contains lactose. […]
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6Feb, 2017

Vacation time? Bring these health products with you

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Packing light isn’t always easy. Deciding which clothes, shoes, and toiletries to take with you on vacation is difficult enough. When it comes to supplements, how can you possibly choose which ones you’re going to need while you’re away? As a local naturopath in Oakville, I’ve tried to take the guesswork out of it for you! Check out this list of health products to bring with you to your next tropical destination. Sunscreen I’m sure you were already packing this for your vacation anyways, right? Good job! You might want to look […]
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29Jan, 2017

Feeling down? You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Ask any Canadian how they feel about winter and you’re likely to get a negative response. Not only do we have to deal with the freezing cold, but there is also a serious lack of sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder, which we aptly call “SAD” for short, affects 2-3% of the Ontario population. The “winter blues” are a less severe form of SAD, which are present in 15% of the province. Read on to find out how to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. What causes Seasonal Affective Disorder? There is a definite […]
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20Jan, 2017

6 Health & Wellness Books to Add to Your 2017 Reading List

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By now I’m sure you know me as a naturopathic doctor in Oakville who is passionate about health and wellness. But what you may not know is that I am also a total bookworm. Here is a list of health and wellness books (both new and old) that I have read and recommend to patients on a regular basis. It’s the start of a new year, so if you are currently working your way through your 2017 reading list, you’ll probably want to include some of these. 6 Health & Wellness […]
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