nutrition

Why am I so Tired?

Fatigue is such a common concern for the women I see in my Naturopathic practice. It is also a marker of health that Naturopathic doctors use as part of a health intake. Being tired is often a catch 22; you know that eating better and exercising would make you feel better, but... you're too tired to do them! With some targeted individualized solutions, it doesn't have to be overwhelming. [...]

Why are my Hormones a Mess?

Why Are My Hormones a Mess? (And how to fix them naturally) Our hormones can be a beautiful symphony, or they can be like a bull in a china shop. When our hormones are in balance, we feel comfortable in our bodies, centered, intuitive, and can express our true natures. However many women describe that for most of the month, they have hormone related symptoms, making each week a different [...]

How to Eliminate Water Retention before your Period

How awful does it feel to be bloated, swollen, puffy, and uncomfortable 1-2 weeks per month? A lot of women describe feeling this way at some point before their period comes; one source quoting over 50% of PMS sufferers1. Water retention can affect the face, hands, lower legs, and abdomen. Some women even notice that they regularly gain 4-5 lbs during this time before their period. Many women already try [...]

Fertility for the Advancing Woman

Check out my latest blog post on the NaturalPath website. "Many women are delaying having kids due to “career priorities, advanced education, control over fertility, financial concerns, late and second marriages, and infertility”.1 Often, women start to feel pressure from medical professionals, family, and friends, telling them that it’s all downhill for fertility from 35 and on. I see many women who are stressed out, annoyed, sad, and not feeling [...]

Foundations of Fertility Part 2: Blood Sugar Regulation

Maintaining a tightly controlled insulin and blood sugar relationship is crucial for conception. This means ensuring the pancreas does not produce too much insulin in response to your meal. You may have a problem with blood sugar balance and insulin resistance if you have trouble with weight loss, have been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), live a sedentary life, or have been consuming a diet high in sugars, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Depression – How Does Good Nutrition Affect It?

Depression comes in many guises that have spawned a plethora of labels.  You may have recently started to feel depressed having never experienced this condition before. It may scare you to feel this way and the thought of your emotions being out of your control is indeed a daunting prospect. If you go and see a medical doctor you may be prescribed powerful psychotropic (mind altering) drugs. Besides being addictive [...]