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acne, Eco Chic Movement, food, insulin, Kanata, naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, skin, skincare, Stittsville, sugar, testosterone, women -

For years we have been told that food has no impact on acne. Remember hearing when you were a teenager that eating chocolate and drinking pop would not make your skin break out? Well I am here to challenge those thoughts today. It’s not that simple. I am sure most of you know many people who eat or ate all kinds of “junk food” and had perfect skin! But like everything to do with the body, the way your body responds is unique. Our skin is like a window that allows us to have a sneak peak at what is...

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naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, postpartum, postpartum anxiety, postpartum blues, postpartum depression, pregnancy, serotonin, smoothie, Stittsville, women -

This week I wanted to take some time to expand on the recent Facebook Live Video I did on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto’s study on Postpartum Blues. To read the study, please click here. I think this research is great in that brings to light simple interventions that new moms can do at home to help ease their transition after giving birth. Postpartum Blues are quite common after giving birth, and usually start around 4-7 days postpartum. Postpartum Blues and Postpartum Depression are not the same thing, but when the blues get severe it significantly...

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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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Dehydration, Kanata, Liver, Magnesium, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, Pumpkin Seeds, Salt, Sleep, Stittsville, tired, Water, women -

Hopefully, after reading my last few blog posts, you have learned why sleep is so important to our health and wellbeing, the most important steps to integrate into your night time routine, and what “hacks” you can use to get a good night’s sleep when all else fails. Today I am going to cover a problem that I commonly see amongst my patients. My patients often tell me that they have no problem falling asleep, many of them literally fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow! Unfortunately, this sleep doesn’t last too long, and they find themselves...

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Bedtime, Epsom Salt, Kanata, Magnesium, Naturopathic Medicine, Ottawa, Sleep, Stittsville, tired, women -

I get it. You want to get better and deeper sleep, but you find that you can’t consistently stick to your bedtime routine. There is always something that comes up to keep you from getting into bed, and too much on your mind once you get there to allow for sleeping. This week I am going to show you my favorite hacks to get the best quality of sleep, even if you are short on time. One common problem with sleep that I see all the time with my patients is that they can’t get into bed. They have a...

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