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acne, adrenal glands, Eco Chic Movement, hormones, Natural, Nutrition, organic, Ottawa, postpartum, women -

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a complex endocrine disorder that affects 5-10% of reproductive aged women. As surprising as the name is you can have PCOS without even having polycystic ovaries! In order to be diagnosed with PCOS you have to have 2 of the following 3 findings 1) Oligomenorrhea or anovulation (meaning long cycles, 35 days plus, or not ovulating) 2) Hirsutism and/or hyperandrogenism 3) Polycystic Ovaries Another hallmark of PCOS, although not included in the diagnostic criteria, is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance happens when the cells of the body do not respond well to insulin, causing the...

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allergies, Eco Chic Movement, Natural, Nutrition, organic, Ottawa, women -

  It’s that time of year again….allergy season. While most people around you may be jumping for joy that it is spring, you are not so happy about it! If this is your first time breastfeeding you may be surprised to learn that many of your go to allergy medications are off the table. Fear not. We will go over ways to help manage your allergies naturally (this is possible).   To start here is a link to Motherisk, via Sick Kids Hospital which reviews which medications can be safely used during breast feeding. Unfortunately, it is primarily the first...

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fatigue, hair loss, hormones, mom, Natural, Nutrition, Ottawa, women -

What Your Hormones Are Trying To Tell You This is the kickoff to a series of posts focusing on women’s health, just in time for Mother's Day! I will be covering everything from PMS to pregnancy. If you want to know about a particular topic feel free to leave a comment in the comment section and I will do my best to address it! What are Hormones? Hormones are chemical messengers. They are messages that are released by one cell and travel through the bloodstream to give a message to another cell. You can think of a hormone much like the...

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Baby, chemical free, Chest Congestion Rub, Cold, Cough, made in Canada, Natural, Nutrition, organic skin care, Ottawa, Sick Child, Warming Socks -

  Did you know that Health Canada advises NOT to give cough and cold medications to children under 6? Cough and cold meds are also out for pregnant mommas. If you didn’t know this (or even if you did!) you are probably panicking and thinking “so now what I am going to do when my 2 year old is up coughing ALL night for the 3rd night in a row!” I have put together my favorite natural cough and cold remedies so you can be well armed for those long nights. Health Canada Recommendations     Here are my top Natural Cough and...

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chemical free, made in Canada, natural, natural skin care, naturopathic medicine, organic, organic skin care, Ottawa, paraben, phthalate -

Now that you know what to look for (remember the 3 simple rules!) let’s learn some more about what to avoid in your products and why 4) Phthalates One of the most common offenders in skin care products. It can be hidden under the label “fragrance”, as fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets and do not have to be disclosed. Phthalates can also be used in creams and lotions as emulsifying agents (emulsifying agents are substances that facilitate the mixing of oil and water). A natural emulsifiers to look for in your product is vegetable emulsifying wax. The phthalates most...

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