In celebration of Valentine’s Day on February 14th, we decided what better time to talk about this month’s feature, Sexual Health!
Low libido, low sex drive is a common complaint from many of our patients. Read below to find out more information on the use of Bioidential Hormone Replacement for Sexual Health, Acupuncture to Increase Your Libido, and information on Erectile Dysfunction and what we can do to help!
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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement and Sexual Health
Bioidentical Hormones are natural hormones compounded to deliver exactly what your body is missing.
Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone are important in a healthy sex drive and libido. A decline or imbalance in any of the 3 can reduce sex drive.
Syptomes of hormone deficiency include PMS, low sex drive, fatigue, vaginal dryness, hair loss and disturbed sleep.
The first place to start is to have your hormones tested. I recommend saliva testing over blood testing. Salive provides a more accurate picture of what hormones are actually getting to your cells vs. the total amount in your body. If a woman is still having a period, I recommend a one month test over a sing sample. Click HERE to see a sample hormone profile.
If your hormones are low, balancing them with natural bioidential hormones can be amazing for restoring your libido. You will feel great and look great! Did you know that frequent sex can increase your life expectancy by 3 to 8 years?! Another great reason to test your hormones and balance them!
The Naturopathic doctors at Vitalia Health Care can discuss your current hormone health, test your hormones and prescribe natural hormones if they are right for you! Call us today at 604-566-9355 to book your appointment!
Yours in health,
Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, ND
Acupuncture and Libido
Do you have a low or lack of sex drive? What about back and or knee pains, aversion to cold temperatures, fatigue and digestive problems? These symptoms may mean that you are kidney yang deficient and acupuncture can help to alleviate these concerns.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the flow of energy and nutrients through the body controls health. Energy or Qi moves through channels called meridians which in turn moves through organs and provides assistance with functions of daily living. When these meridians are blocked, deficient or in excess the body is out of balance. Acupuncture uses very thin needles at specific locations on these meridians to restore balanced Qi and good health.
Kidney yang corresponds to “heat” and Qi of the body thus when deficient, symptoms include low libido, infertility or sexual dysfunction, tiredness, foggy-brained and often back or knee pain. The emotion associated with the kidneys is worry or in our society – stress and anxiety. In Western medicine kidney yang deficiency can translate to adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalances which are quite common.
Treatment at Vitalia looks at both Eastern and Western medicine to improve quality of life through acupuncture, nutrition, hormone balancing and supplementation. Call us today to book your appointment!
Yours in health,
Dr. Jennifer Luis, BSc, ND
Food to Get You In The Mood
One-Pan Salmon with Roast Asparagus
(Recipe source: BBC: Good Food)
Looking for a recipe to cook for your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Try this delicious salmon recipe!
400g new potatoes, halved if large
2 tbsp olive oil
8 asparagus spears, trimmed and halved
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 salmon fillets, about 5oz each
handful basil leaves
1. Heat oven to 220C/fan, 200C/gas 7. Tip the potatoes
and 1 tbsp of olive oil into an ovenproof dish, then roast
the potatoes for 20 mins until starting to brown. Toss
the asparagus in with the potatoes, then return to the
oven for 15 minutes.
2. Throw in the cherry tomatoes and vinegar and nestle the
salmon amongst the vegetables. Drizzle with the
remaining oil and return to the oven for a final 10-15
minus until the salmon is cooked. Scatter over the basil
leaves and serve everything scooped straight from the
The Team at Vitalia Health Care