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detox, food, Ottawa, stress, tired, toxins, women -

Detox has become quite the buzz word in the last 5 years. What does detox even mean? Is it something that you should be doing? Is it just a trend? I will be answering all your detox questions in the next few weeks, starting today with “What is a detox and is it really necessary?”   What is a Detox? The word detox has taken on so many meanings. It can be as simple as reducing your toxic exposures to something more extreme such as a 5-7 day juice cleanse. The theory behind detoxing is to reduce or eliminate the...

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adrenal glands, aging, health, Ottawa, skin, stress, tired, women -

It is hard to do anything these days without seeing an ad for anti-aging creams, but what you put on your skin is only one part of the puzzle when it comes to skin health. The skin is your largest organ and it helps provide a tonne of information about your health. Did you know that a common symptom or a food sensitivity can be eczema? Hormonal imbalances can show up as acne and sagging skin and skin discolorations? Your digestive and hormonal health play a key role in getting your skin to look it’s best. If you are not...

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health, minerals, naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, stress, sunshine, Vitamin D -

  If you grew up in the 90’s and 2000’s, like me, I am sure you remember being constantly warned about the dangers of going out in the sun. Being a fair skinned person, I was especially worried! This led to many years of slathering on sunscreen (not the toxin free type either!) and spending the majority of my time in the shade. I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover when I was in school for naturopathic medicine, that I was deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is fat soluble, meaning it can be stored...

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Anxiety, dopamine, minerals, naturopathic medicine, Nutrition, Ottawa, postpartum anxiety, pregnancy, stress, tired, women -

  When it comes to minerals, there is one clear cut superstar, magnesium! Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body. Magnesium plays a major role in: Bone Development and Maintenance Blood Sugar Control Heart Rhythms Muscle Contractions Blood Pressure Regulation Regulating Stress Hormones 50-60% of the body’s stores of magnesium are present in the bones, with the remainder being found in the soft tissue. This makes levels difficult to assess via a blood test. How do you know if you are low in magnesium? 10 Signs You Could Have A Magnesium Deficiency Under A Lot of Stress-...

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Natural, naturopathic medicine, Nutrition, Ottawa, stress, tired, women -

Let’s face it stress is everywhere. Something that I find myself telling my patients on an almost daily basis is that your body cannot tell the difference between different kinds of stress. All it knows is things are not good! The causes of tress on the body can take many forms: lack of sleep, too much exercise, poor nutrition, relationship problems, work deadlines, the list goes on. There are also surprising causes that many people don’t consider; you may think that you are doing something positive for your health by exercising A LOT and eating a super restrictive diet, but...

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