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I am guessing that most of you have heard of Leaky Gut before. It has been quite the buzz word in the natural health circles for the last 5-10 years. Leaky gut occurs when the there is a problem with how the intestinal lining is working. When it is working properly the intestinal lining, forms a nice tight barrier which keeps particles that should be in the digestive tract in there and does not allow them to get out into the bloodstream. If this barrier is not in good shape, which happens from eating foods you are sensitive to and...

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It is infertility awareness week and I wanted to cap off the series I have been doing on how to improve your fertility naturally, with an overall summary of all the ways Naturopathic and Functional Medicine can help you to achieve the pregnancy you are longing for.   I have many of my own patient’s stories that I am going to share with you as well.   One of the areas that I find often gets overlooked with infertility, is secondary infertility. Secondary infertility is when a couple has difficulty conceiving after they have already had at least one child...

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Egg health is becoming more of a “hot topic” in the fertility world in the last few years and I am very happy about this! There is so much a woman can do to help improve her egg health, and putting in this effort definitely pays off. Did you know that a female baby is born with all the eggs she will ever have in her lifetime? This means if a woman is carrying a female baby, she has a direct influence on the health and genetic material of all her grandchildren as well! The choices she makes during her...

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Decreased rates of male fertility have become epidemic in North America, yet when most people think about infertility, they still assume that the “problem” is likely with the woman. This is not the case at all. Male infertility accounts for 40% of all cases of infertility and 1 in 7 men in North America now have low sperm counts.   What is causing this increase in male infertility? There is no one easy answer. It is caused by a lot of things that have become prevalent and normal in our day to day lives. Things like stress, exposure to endocrine...

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Preconception health is not something that many people think about, unless they are having difficulty conceiving, and it goes WAY beyond simply taking folic acid for 3 months before trying to become pregnant (that is very important, but it’s not the whole story).   How both partners eat, exercise, manage stress, take supplements, and avoid toxins in the 3-4 months before trying to conceive, can have a significant impact on the chances of having a successful pregnancy, and healthy baby. Why is that? In women, the egg that is going to become the mature egg for that cycle matures over...

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