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acne, Eco Chic Movement, food, hormones, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, Ottawa, PCOS, skin, stress, women -

I am guessing that you never expected to still have acne in your late 20’s and 30’s? Many of my patients sailed through their teens and early 20’s with perfect skin only to be saddled with what we call “late onset adult acne”. I have a confession to make, I am one of those people. I always had great skin, which is really helpful when you have a skincare line! Then suddenly when I started my practice, my face broke out and didn’t stop for close to 3 years. Why was this happening?!  There I was a “skincare expert” with...

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baby, breastfeeding, food, nutrition, postpartum, women -

  Something that I have been seeing in my practice a lot lately, that is not as well-known as I think it should be is the foods you eat while you are breastfeeding can cause food sensitivity reactions in your baby. Before I dive into this topic, I want to start by saying that obviously breast milk is the optimal food for babies, but what you eat does impact the quality and nutritional content of your milk. When most mom’s think of a food they are eating causing irritation to their baby the first thing that comes to mind is...

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anxiety, breastfeeding, Canada, lactation, massage, nutrition, Ottawa, pelvic floor physio, postpartum, pregnancy, resources, sleep, stress, thyroid, women -

Being a new parent is very overwhelming! There is so much that people do not tell you/you are not prepared for. While most moms feel very happy and joyful the first few days, these feeling often change into overwhelm, anxiety and sadness. A big part of the emotional shift is due to the rapidly changing levels of hormones that occur in the first 6 weeks postpartum. Another reason that many new moms are suffering, often in silence, is lack of family and community support in our modern culture. In generations gone by, it was common place for the new mom’s...

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adrenal glands, anxiety, Coffee, depression, Iron, nutrition, postpartum, probiotics, Sitz Bath Soak, sleep, thyroid, vitamin B12, vitamin C, women -

You made it! You got through pregnancy, labour, birth and now you are in the “postpartum period.” Many women find that this is the time that they have a knowledge gap. You did a lot of reading during your pregnancy on what to expect at each stage, what steps you could take to optimize your health, what foods and drinks you needed and needed to avoid, what vitamins and minerals you needed more of. You get the picture. Same thing when it comes to labour and delivery. You most likely took a pre-natal class where you learned what to expect...

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adrenals, baby, cold, eczema, first trimester, flu, garlic, honey and onions, nutrition, Pregnancy, second trimester, sleep, third trimester, vitamin C, women -

This is an appropriate post for today, as we are experiencing one of our coldest days this fall here in Ottawa. The change of season is a common time for people to get a cold or flu as the body is under extra stress from the outside environment. In today’s blog I will cover natural ways to reduce your risk of colds/flus and how to get feeling better quickly if you are under the weather. While these tips are directed at pregnant women, many of them apply to the whole family. One of the things many women don’t think about...

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