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blood sugar, cravings, dairy, detox, energy, estrogen, Kanata, magnesium, menstrual cycle, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, PCOS, period, polycystic ovarian syndrome, postpartum, progesterone, Stittsville, thyroid, Vitamin B6, women -

Something that has come up A LOT in my office, is how much worse your post baby periods can be. I am not just talking about the first few cycles after you have a baby, but the changes in your periods that last for years! Whenever I come across something that I am seeing in a lot of patients, that is not talked about very much, I make it my mission to get the bottom of it. Today I am going to go over what causes your period to get worse after having a baby and share a few things that you can do to help get things back to being more manageable.

For starters, what is a normal period? Many of us have no idea that what we think is just “a little off” could actually be the sign of an underlying medical concern. While pain, heavy bleeding, terrible mood swings, headaches, bloating, cravings and breast tenderness are common, they are not NORMAL.

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coffee, energy, fatigue, green tea, headache, iron, irritable, matcha, Naturopathic Medicine, nettle, Ottawa, postpartum, quitting coffee, stress, tired -

See, I was telling you the truth. The picture with this blog post is of my weekend morning coffee. As I said in last week’s blog post: Coffee, Friend or Foe, there are 3 groups of people who should not be drinking coffee on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I fall into one of those groups. So why am I posting a picture of my coffee then? I took a 1 month total coffee vacation, and now have 1-2 cups/week on the weekend. I find that my body tolerates it much better, and it does not negatively impact my adrenal glands....

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adrenals, coffee, energy, fatigue, insomnia, iron, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, PCOS, protein, sleep, stress -

The question I get asked most by my patients these days is, “are you going to want me to give up my coffee?” That my friend is a loaded question. It is not one that I can give an easy yes/no answer to, as it is dependent on so many factors. To start things off, I will say that I am not 100% against coffee. I actually quite like coffee myself. What I do find concerning is when people are using coffee as a crutch to get through the day. I recently saw a colleague post that when it comes...

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anxiety, belly fat, blood sugar, breakfast, diabetes, energy, fatigue, irritability, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, PCOS, protein, stress, weight loss -

I know what you are thinking, that sure is a bold title! I don’t usually use such bold titles, but these are the results I see time and time again from my patients when they make this one simple switch. How many of you don’t eat breakfast? Be honest, and no a cup of coffee doesn’t count as breakfast. Not eating breakfast, and having a cup of coffee is one of the worst ways you can start your day. Why? Because of blood sugar control. Your blood sugar increases significantly after you have a carbohydrate heavy meal. So you see,...

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