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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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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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acupuncture, cramps, ginger, magnesium, naturopathic medicine, Ottawa, pain relief, period pain, women -

This week I am going to be giving you my favorite ways to reduce pain and discomfort during your period. It is important to accept that making any major changes to your period can take between 3-6 months so it is good to have some quality natural pain relief options in your back pocket. I am hoping that some of you have already been implementing the changes I discussed last week and are well on your way to much happier periods!

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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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