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Vegetarian 101 – Iron in the Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarian 101 – Iron in the Vegetarian Diet

Iron is one of the most important minerals for health.  Iron is used to form hemoglobin which allows our red blood cells to carry oxygen to each and every cell in our body.  Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide with up to two billion people affected, mostly women and children, and affects omnivores and vegetarians alike. Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Iron deficiency generally develops slowly and symptoms often do not a...

Heart Healthy Celery

Heart Healthy Celery

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ~ Hippocrates Celery may be a delicious addition to soups (and mighty tasty slathered with almond butter) but did you know that it is a heart healthy food?  Celery contains 3-n-butyl phthalide – a compound that has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery can lower blood pressure by around 12-14% and can also lower cholesterol by about 7%.  You need to eat about a quarter pound...

Alopecia Areata – The Naturopathic Approach

Alopecia Areata – The Naturopathic Approach

Hair loss can be a devastating symptom for men and women alike.  When it happens during adolescence or young adulthood it can be even more so.  Alopecia areata, a type of hair loss that affects up to 0.2% of the population (that’s over 50 000 people in Toronto alone) most often starts in people under 20 years of age. Men and women suffer equally from alopecia areata and it occurs in all ethnic groups.  While we don’t know exactly what caus...

Weight Loss – Is Your Serotonin in Balance?

Weight Loss – Is Your Serotonin in Balance?

Weight loss requires more than just calorie restriction and increased activity.  Most often there are hormonal imbalances which are leading to cravings for high-fat or high sugar foods, encouraging our body to store fat around our abdomen and hip, and preventing our body from burning fat. An imbalance in serotonin is just one hormonal imbalance that can prevent weight loss. The Impact of Serotonin on Appetite and Mood Serotonin is one of our fee...

Keeping Kids Healthy

Keeping Kids Healthy

It’s back-to-school time again!  An exciting time for parents and kids – and the viruses and bacteria that are heading back to school with them!  For many kids back-to-school means back to runny noses, sneezing, coughing, colds and flus.  And for parents it means sick kids, missed work days – and likely coughs and colds of their own!  But fear not fellow parents, below are my top ten tips for boosting your child’s immune system for ba...

Male Infertility

Male Infertility

So much emphasis is placed on the treatment of female infertility – but with up to 40% of infertile couples struggling with male infertility it’s time for men to understand how they can improve their chances of becoming fathers. Understanding Male Infertility The most common causes of male infertility are sperm-related factors.  Low sperm counts, low sperm mobility or a high number of abnormal can all cause difficulty in achieving pregnancy ...

Managing Gestational Diabetes Naturally

Managing Gestational Diabetes Naturally

The incidence of gestational diabetes (carbohydrate intolerance that is first identified during pregnancy) is increasing.  With up to 10% of pregnancies affected this is becoming a major health concern in North America. Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes It is standard practice in North America to screen all women for gestational diabetes using the oral glucose challenge test (GCT)  While this universal screening is controversial (the benefits of ...

Foods that Impact Thyroid Health

Foods that Impact Thyroid Health

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common hormone imbalances affecting women today.  Thousands of women are diagnosed with low thyroid function every year, and it is estimated that there are thousands more who go undiagnosed. The chances of developing hypothyroidism are increased during pregnancy, after pregnancy and as we age, with rates of diagnosis highest in women aged 40-60. An imbalanced thyroid can leave you feeling exhausted, unmotivated ...

Fertility and Chinese Medicine

Fertility and Chinese Medicine

Any person who has struggled with fertility is familiar with terms like “luteal phase defect”, “premature ovarian failure”, “polycystic ovarian syndrome” and “unexplained fertility”.  Not many are familiar with “Liver Qi stagnation” or “Kidney Yang deficiency”.  But these terms may be the key to your fertility struggle and may be the diagnosis that unlocks your body’s imbalance and allows for pregnancy to occur. The Di...

Natural Support for Amenorrhea

Natural Support for Amenorrhea

As women we experience approximately 500 menstrual cycles in our lifetime.  Impressive, isn’t it!  But when we miss our period for 3 months and we are not pregnant, breastfeeding or menopausal then we have amenorrhea (absence of menses).  This can be a serious symptom of a greater underlying imbalance and reason for a consultation with a doctor. Types of Amenorrhea There are two types of amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea – when menstruati...

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