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Naturopathic Treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Naturopathic Treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis? Eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) is inflammation of the esophagus that results in difficulty swallowing food.  The inflammation occurs when eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, increase in numbers in the esophagus.  This influx of eosinophils stiffens the esophagus making it difficult to swallow foods.  Eosinophilic esophagitis can happen in children and adults. What causes Eosinophilic Esophagitis? Eosinop...

Antioxidants May Improve Ovulation in PCOS

Antioxidants May Improve Ovulation in PCOS

Improving outcomes in women undergoing fertility treatments is the focus of many research studies. One specific antioxidant is showing promise in clinical studies of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). N-Acetyl Cysteine N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a precursor for the primary antioxidant in the human body, glutathione.  Glutathione is both an intracellular (in the cell) and extracellular (outside the cell) antioxidant and is involved i...

Clean Green!

Clean Green!

A healthy lifestyle is so much more than just diet and exercise.  Our environment contributes to our health as well.  Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency has found that pollutants in the home are up to three to five times higher than outside?!  The chemicals in common household cleaners are the worst offenders – irritants, carcinogenic chemicals and endocrine disruptors are all found in the products we use to clean our home...

Fish Consumption During Pregnancy

Fish Consumption During Pregnancy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made headlines this month when they released guidelines on how much fish pregnant and breastfeeding women should consume. While previously both the FDA and EPA recommended maximum amounts of fish that should be consumed by pregnant women, no minimum has ever been established. The new recommendations are based on emerging evidence that fish are an abundant source of...

Getting Under Your Skin – Ten Natural Treatments for Psoriasis

Getting Under Your Skin – Ten Natural Treatments for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common condition, affecting more than 50 000 people in Toronto alone.  Both men and women are equally impacted by psoriasis and more than one-third of people with psoriasis have a family member who also has it. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated inflammatory condition that manifests as red, scaly skin rashes (known as “plaques”) that occur on the knees, elbows, scalp and other areas of the body.  The u...

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...

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