Serenoa repens or more commonly known as Saw Palmetto was traditionally used in conditions of the urinary tract, more often in men. Extract from the berries of Saw Palmetto is rich in fatty acids (85%‐90%) (1) (2). Since traditional origins, research has emerged to review its ability to help with BPH by having anti-androgenic properties as a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. An example of a well-known 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor is the medication Finasteride. Continue reading
Given the fun indulgences of December, most people plan to “get back on track” in the New Year. This year in particular, a cleanse is much easier to attempt because most of us are cooking more meals than dinning out. I am going to share my favourite ways to improve energy, lose weight and get healthier for 2021. Continue reading
The spotlight of this article will be on the primary female sex hormone, Estrogen. When the body’s hormones are in balance, the menstrual cycle may run smoothly. It is when things go out of balance that symptoms may arise. Continue reading
Hot throughout the night or perhaps intermittently? Menopause is far from the only cause of waking up sweaty and throwing the blankets off. Often this is not a main symptom that new clients come in to have addressed but it is circled on the intake form. When I see this, I use it as a major clue as to which body systems are out of balance.
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.
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
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.
Premenstrual syndrome, is a group of physical and psychological symptoms that occur in women in a cyclic pattern, usually between ovulation and the start of a period. Premenstrual symptoms may occur in 95% of women of reproductive age (1) 65% of the women report symptoms of fluid retention or swelling (2) Continue reading
It’s that time of year again where sniffling, sneezing and coughing abound! Stay healthy this cold
and flu season with these immune boosting foods.
At Vitalia Health Care, I like to review functional health factors that may impede the growth of hair.
One treatment I may include is the topical application of medications, or supplements.
Rogaine (Minoxidil) is a commonly known topical agent to reduce the amount of hair loss. While many clients do not notice significant growth from the use of this medication, it is quite common for them to notice increased shedding once discontinuing, meaning it has been helping prevent the hair loss. Two common concerns with using Rogaine is scalp irritation and finding it leaves a grease texture to the scalp/hair. The reason for this is Rogaine contains propylene glycol. At a compounding pharmacy it can be requested to omit this compound. Continue reading