• Health

    Calm Your Mind & Body With Progesterone

    Ladies… are you experiencing anxiety, insomnia, PMS or infertility? It could be that you’re low in progesterone.   You hear a lot about testosterone and estrogen… but PROGESTERONE is often forgotten and super important! Progesterone is my favourite hormone, so much that I call it the “Serenity Hormone” for it’s calming effect on our brains, nervous system and uterus. Too many women are being prescribed: -ANTI-DEPRESSANTS for anxiety -SEDATIVES for insomnia -BIRTH CONTROL for PMS -IVF for infertility In some of these cases, progesterone levels aren’t even looked at! Boosting progesterone for someone in the less-than-optimal range will make them feel so much better.   WHAT PROGESTERONE DOES: -Decreases menstrual cramps…

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    My Hormone Balancing Smoothie

    My favourite smoothie recipe is here! I like this one because it’s easy and high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins & antioxidants. The best part about this smoothie is that it’s tailored to balance hormones. Since adding it to my diet, I’ve noticed less sugar cravings, less acne, more lean muscle, less PMS symptoms, better mood and boosted libido! This smoothie will benefit anyone dealing with PCOS, weight fluctuations, menopause, infertility, fatigue and hormonal acne. Most of the ingredients don’t expire too fast so you don’t need to make grocery runs every time you want a smoothie. I use the Vitamix to blend but a Magic Bullet is fine too.…

  • Beauty

    Five Weird Ways to Use Activated Charcoal

    It’s black, messy and almost creepy looking but the mineral power of activated charcoal can really improve your life in 5 big ways! My naturopath told me to pick up a bottle of Activated Charcoal capsules to bring with me to my trip to Asia last summer. If I was feeling a tummy ache after street food in Thailand or after a strange chicken curry in Bali, I popped one of these and felt better within a short amount of time and resisted a nasty food poisoning. I have been experimenting with this powerful black stuff since that trip. Here are 5 ways that I find activated charcoal useful: Acne…

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    DO’s & DONT’s of Summer

    The summer heat and sunshine has arrived! When your external environment changes, so does your internal body’s environment. Optimize your health this season with these five tips.   DON’T : Spend your days in the gym. DO : Get active outdoors! Bring your mats and meet a friend in the park for a yoga session. Walk instead of taking the subway. Bike to work instead of drive. Not only do these decisions save you money, but they also get you fit in the fresh air. There are also some awesome group outdoor fitness class options in the summer months.         DON’T : Fall for the wrong summer sweets. DO : Start…

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    4 Foods For Holiday Detox

    It’s that time of year where the holidays are over and we try to get back to our healthy routines! The season can be hard on our bodies with the overindulgence in large servings of sugar, dairy, alcohol and carbs. The holiday toxins build up fast, especially if your not used to it. It’s difficult to get motivated for your New Years resolutions when you just feel so… blah! Check in with your body to see if some of these recently apply to you: Headaches Fatigue Dry Skin Irritability Depression Weight Gain Bloating Constipation Loose Stools Gassiness Sugar Cravings Insatiability Sore Throat Dizziness Nausea Joint Pain Muscle Pain Acne If…

  • Beauty,  Health

    Liquid Gold Beauty Bone Broth

    The secret to good health, anti-aging, fabulous skin/nails/hair and boosted immune system during cold and flu season is… Beauty Bone Broth!   Homemade bone broth is PACKED with amino acids, nutrients, minerals, vitamins and.. my favourite, collagen! Collagen is an important elastic substance in your body especially for firming up your skin and lubricating your joints. Increasing collagen intake helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, cellulite and wrinkles by plumping up your skin. Clinical studies have shown that after 12 weeks of increasing collagen, most people reported a noticeable improvement in their skin tone.   The body needs Vitamin C to be able to use collagen and form a matrix,…

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    Protein Pesto Pasta

    This is one of my favourite and easiest dishes! If you know me, you know I love my pasta. People are deathly afraid of that word because they automatically think of refined carbs. Turns out, my recipe is nourishing to the body and an essential part of my modernized Mediterranean diet. I’ll tell you why… –Garlic= anti-inflammation, heart health, blood-detoxifier. –Veggies = fiber, protein, minerals that aid in glowing skin, loaded with essential vitamins. –Grains= fiber to lower cholesterol and help reduce constipation (which is detrimental to feeling good and looking good). –Olive oil= weight-loss, heart health, liquid gold for your skin! –Herbs= antioxidant, digestive aids, anti-cancer, heart health, anti-inflammation.…

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    “Done For The Season”

    It was a little more than 5 minutes into the NBA’s first game of the season and Gordon Hayward’s debut with the Celtics after signing a big contract over the summer. However, in one nasty landing, his ankle joint gave out.. badly. A fractured tibia and a dislocated ankle later, the audience winced away in horror at the sight. Done for the season… maybe even his entire career… just like that. Tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones are what make up our joints. Unfortunately, unstable joints can’t keep up with increasing muscle strain, especially in the sedentary and athletic population (both ends of the spectrum). Athletes overwork their muscles while the average population…

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    The Reason You’re Getting Sick

    It’s that time of year again when the weather is changing and I’m starting to hear lots of sniffles in the clinic! There are lots of patients who seem to be doing everything right. They are eating their greens, washing their hands like crazy and even taking a bunch of supplements but just don’t understand why they keep getting sick! Well the answer most of the time ends of being… sugar.   DID YOU KNOW?  1 tsp of sugar could suppress your immune system for 2 hours!   Too much sugar slows down and confuses the cells that make up your immune system. These cells normally attack bad bacteria throughout…

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    5 Simple Yoga Poses to Relieve Anxiety

    Anxious much? It happens to all of us but how you deal with it will determine the toll it takes on your health. A great tool to use for physical and mental calming is Yoga – a series of poses that serves as a natural anxiolytic (to break down anxiety). Anxiety is part of the sympathetic nervous pathway. Chronic states of anxiety can lead to negative health outcomes since your parasympathetic pathways (ex. digestion and immune system) halt to a stop once the sympathetic system is in overdrive. Yoga was designed to redistribute blood flow and oxygen in the body to ease the mind and musculature in a way that favours the parasympathetic system. I…