Women’s Health

DIY Seed “Bread”

Processed bread has so many ingredients in it these days. There are breads that are yeast free, gluten-free, sugar-free, you name it, but often they have 10 other ingredients to make up for it. The natural breads which contain only grain and yeast can be found at health food stores like the peanut mill, and usually need to be kept frozen. I have just opted to avoid bread when possible, [...]

Foundations of Fertility Part 1: Stress Management

Dr. Donata Girolamo, N.D. explains in this 5-part series how to build a strong foundation to improve conception rates, labour experiences, and have a healthy baby. Stress is commonly overlooked and not considered as an obstacle to natural conception. I’ve chosen to write about it as part 1 of Foundations of Fertility, because stress is now acknowledged as being the cause for many disease processes.1 Managing stress better and initiating [...]

Endometriosis: “I love being a woman and I know where I belong”*

March is Endometriosis month. Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus which causes pelvic pain. Some causes may be: Altered immune function Exposure to environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen, like dioxin Increased free radicals (oxidative stress) Retrograde bleeding Qi and blood stagnation (Chinese medicine) Risk Factors: Estrogen dominance Hormone replacement therapy Environmental estrogens through food sources; meat, dairy Increased body fat Lack [...]

Blood Type Diet

I recently attended a seminar about women's health and nutrition lead by Dr. Ginger Nash, ND. She really tied together many of the concepts, philosophies, and techniques that I use in practice which made it very inspiring. Namely, Biotherapeutic drainage and the Bio-impedance analysis. One area I had not explored too thoroughly was the blood type diet, originated by Dr. Peter D'adamo. She worked with him and thousands of patients, [...]

Change Your Terrain Through the Microbiome

The holy grail, the secret, the missing link to overflowing health is found in the title of this blog post. I’m not exaggerating. What do I mean by “Change Your Terrain Through the Microbiome"? This concept is as old as medicine itself. Today it is (thankfully) gaining more attention and authority due to research on the “microbiome” , or our gastrointestinal health. Ahh so the answer is a probiotic, right? [...]

Nutrition for Ovulatory Infertility

The Harvard Health Publication has written 10 dietary strategies to improve ovulatory infertility. You can read about them here. In regards to the info about folic acid, the latest research has found that women should take the activated form L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate in case they do not methylate the unactivated form on their own. You can read a bit about that here. In the Harvard Health Publication, whole milk or ice cream [...]

Lifestyle Strategies to Enhance Fertility

  Just like all roadblocks in life, dealing with a fertility challenge requires a new strategy, often with your lifestyle. These 3 lifestyle habits are essential to improve your chances of increasing your fertility, and to make this time period more enjoyable. Fertility Enhancer #1 Stress Management – I hear it all the time, “but I love my life, I’m not stressed!” Let’s define stress then; a state of mental [...]

3 Mistakes with DIY Candida Cleanse

Candida is a very common problem for most people, whether they know it or not. It is an imbalance of bad bacteria relative to good bacteria. Sounds easy enough to correct, right? Just take the probiotic advertised on TV? Not necessarily. Your body is intuitive. It always has a purpose. Candida blocks even worse things from affecting your health – like mercury, or other heavy metals that may be stored [...]

Preventing Deficiency during Pregnancy

Two portions per week of oily fish increased plasma essential Amino Acid concentrations during pregnancy and could contribute to a maternal health benefit. Clinical Nutrition  published online 26 April 2013

Cellulite – the truth about cause and cure

This information is taken from the supplement company Pascoe's educational brochure. I am posting it, because cellulite is not just a superficial concern for overweight and thin people alike. It indicates an underlying problem, that can have more devastating consequences. Cellulite Bulging, lumpy, orange peel appearance of skin, termed cellulite, can be a devastating condition, affecting both men and women, who are thin, overweight and of normal-weight. Areas of the body that [...]

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