When I was in school my understanding of hormones, and what I was taught about them, was pretty basic. At the time I was quite content to learn specific physiological effects of the individual hormones, commit them to memory, and hope to remember all I had learned for the future. Continue reading
Despite routine thyroid testing, many people with a thyroid condition go undiagnosed. Typical symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, low mood, hair loss, feeling cold, low energy, swelling or water retention, joint pain, brain fog, memory loss, infertility and irregular periods. Continue reading
The answer is YES, the foods you eat can certainly make your seasonal allergies worse. Many individuals with pollen allergies experience immediate symptoms after eating certain foods. This is known as Oral-Allergy Syndrome and occurs because a plant protein gets mistaken for a pollen protein. Common symptoms of Oral-Allergy Syndrome (OAS) include: itchy and/or swollen lips and may also include the tongue, itchy roof of the mouth, scratchy and tingling throat, and watery, itchy eyes. Continue reading
Since I was a baby I have experienced bouts of eczema. I remember using hydrocortisone cream almost daily to manage it, and going for allergy tests that always came back negative. I grew up believing that this was the skin I was given, and that was that. No big deal. Continue reading
Histamine and it’s reaction to the body are often a hot topic in the the spring. Seasonal allergies lead to high amounts of histamine being released in mucus membranes such as the eyes and nose and for some people the small capillaries of the skin. Hives and itchy, watery eyes with a runny nose are common reactions to excess histamine. However, histamine also causes reactions in the gut and other organs when the body is overloaded. Continue reading
The best time of the year to detox the body is spring. With the longer daylight hours, the warming temperatures and the sprouting greens, it is the natural and appropriate time of the year for our bodies to eliminate the excesses of winter.
Despite what feels like an endless winter, spring is certainly on it’s way. Spring is the time of rebirth and is energetically appropriate then to set resolutions, cleanse our diets and, of course, doing a little spring cleaning. [Click here to read all about why Spring is my preferred time to celebrate New Year in the latest edition of Edible Magazine] Continue reading
Don’t let irritability, anxiety or depression ruin your spring break. Taking Vitamin B6 can help!
Its spring break and official spring season. This is the time many of us are thinking of spring break holidays, getting outside, enjoying the spring blooms and travel! Spring break holidays is also the time when the kids are home. A healthy and balanced mood is important now so that we can enjoy family time. If you suffer from symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, irritability (especially PMS), vitamin B6 can be beneficial for your mood. Continue reading
Back in medical school, one of my favorite herbal instructors told us that to kill off a throat infection, all that was needed was a teaspoon of crushed garlic a few times per day. When asked how to get patients to take this, she had a few tricks up her sleeve. Continue reading
February is love month, love for your heart that is. For over 60 years the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been fighting heart disease and stroke through educating the public, raising funds for research, and supporting recovery. February is typically the month that the Heart and Stroke Foundation increases it’s campaigning for this worthy cause. As stated on their site “the threat of heart disease and stroke is more urgent than ever, with our ageing population and rising rates of obesity and diabetes”. Continue reading