During recent months, the number of Canadians who report they are having higher levels of anxiety has increased significantly. A survey conducted by Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC.ca) reported a quadrupling of high levels of anxiety and doubling of high levels of depression through the pandemic.
Did you know that Naturopathic Physicians can have all sorts of prescription drugs, herbs and nutrients specifically made for your health needs? In the thyroid world, there is no one medication that makes everyone balanced yet it might seem like that sometimes! There are many ways to adapt for the desired effects.
Hormones fluctuate daily, monthly and seasonally even in the best of times. Add stress, diet and sleep into the mix and sometimes it can be hard to figure out why you aren’t feeling yourself. Continue reading
Have a little extra time these days? Why not complete a diet check-in for adequate nutrition levels to support hair growth.
During a PRP screen, factors that go beyond PRP and hair are always assessed. While PRP may be the stimulus needed, your body’s “terrain” for supporting hair growth can be equally important.
I think we can all say that we are experiencing stress right now. Feelings of uncertainty, financial anxiety, job loss, changes to daily routines: the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting each one of us in some way. While it is tempting to hide on the couch eating comfort food, I know, eating the right foods during times of stress makes us far more resilient to its effects. We also have an increased need for nutrients like antioxidants and B vitamins when stress is high. Continue reading
Now is the time to figure out your hormonal patterns!
Life has temporarily shifted for most people quiet drastically. Busy lifestyles can cause us to overlook the subtle hints that our bodies might be out of balance. For women in particular, menstrual cycles can provide huge clues to hormone imbalances of progesterone, estrogen, thyroid, cortisol, testosterone and insulin levels. Perhaps by taking the time to observe and record symptoms that are thought to be normal or “just part of life”, we can determine what is out of balance and then, more importantly, how to re-balance. Continue reading
1. Eat a well balanced diet that includes veggies (colors of the rainbow and lots of greens), protein and healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Protein and vegetable every time you eat! Fruits and pre-cut veggies make great snacks, Include protein in your breakfast meal, half of your plate should be vegetables.
- a. Protein Sources – plain yogurt, chicken, fish, turkey, meats, eggs, nuts, beans, lentils, protein powder
- b. Veggies – green leafy vegetables, cruciferous, anything with lots of color. Tubers such as sweet potatoes, yams, jicama and parsnips can be a source of carbohydrates for energy.
- c. Healthy Fats – olive oil, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, organic real butter, nut butters
- d. Carbohydrates – grains (1/2 cup), white potatoes (1/2 cup), pasta (1/2 cup) breads (one slice). Stay away from crackers, chips and most baked goods. If gluten-free, avoid most GF baked goods as they are usually high in sugar and very starchy.
To our patients, friends and community. I hope each one of you and your family is doing okay during these difficult times. This is such a fast- moving situation with uncertainty. Many of us, including myself, are feeling anxious and maybe fear during this global pandemic. For me, there is comfort in knowing we are all going thorough this together and we are not alone. It is heartwarming to see how our global community has come together during this difficult time. Continue reading
Spring is almost here! The sunshine, blue skies, and crisp air are reasons to enjoy the outdoors. However, spring triggers a different kind of reaction for allergy
sufferers. Tree pollen, dust, and mold may bring symptoms of seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Antihistamines are the main treatment for allergies but many over
the counter or prescription medicines may leave you feeling drowsy. Continue reading
About 12 years ago, siting in a botanical medicine class and listening to a Master Herbalist give a talk on acne, I had my first eye-opening experience as to how intricately the gut and skin are connected. Continue reading