The Holiday Guide: Have Fun & Feel Good

The holidays are here! For many, all the festive fun might also go along with a tightly packed schedule, increased anxiety, questionable nutrition choices, and over indulgence - leading to feeling tired, bloated, and overwhelmed. Sleep quality goes down the drain, and daily energy and moods become erratic. But we’re here to help. Here are our favorite holiday hacks.

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Seasonal Eating: Your Fall Shopping List

Clocks and clothes shouldn’t be the only things that change in the fall, foods should as well. We all get stuck in food ruts: smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, the same three veggies and proteins rotated for dinner through the week. Time to mix it up by adding in seasonal, nutrient-rich foods and herbs this fall. Your body will thank you. Here’s a list of our favorite fall foods and why we love them.

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The Dirt on Detox: 12 Easy Hacks to Clean It Up

Detox is best done regularly - all year round. The body is a natural detoxifier – all our systems are designed to identify foreign unwanted elements and move them out through the kidneys, liver or skin – so it makes sense that as our environment becomes more stressful, more dirty, and more nutritionally deficient, beefing up daily, weekly, and monthly support to help the body in this process is key. Here are my favorites.

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Thoughts on Thyroid: Could It Be The Culprit?

I’ve lost count of the number of patients I’ve seen with sluggish, poor functioning thyroid glands. They move in and out of endocrinologists offices trying to feel more “normal” – they want to reverse the odd weight gain that happened overnight, to stop being the coldest person in the room, have consistent refreshing sleep, less brain fog, and regain the moist skin and dense head hair they remember so well. While prescriptions can bring relief for some, the secret sauce for many can be found in carefully curated diet, lifestyle and supplements. Here is our guide to thyroid care and support, to get you back to your normal.

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Let's Get Skintimate: Health Hacks to Get Your Glow Back

Skin is a hot patient topic in my practice – it almost always comes up in every appointment. Not surprising, since the skin is the body’s largest organ and is the most communicative in expressing to us when something in the body is a little off. You see, our skin plays an active role in the detox process (that’s really what acne/ rashes/ eczema/ psoriasis is – your body getting rid of ‘trash’) and therefore, skin issues can be a reflection of all sorts of hormone imbalances, dehydration levels, states of stress, and fatigue. As we approach the summer months, skin becomes even more the focus as we strive for that balmy summer glow. Here are our basic, easy, and effective health hacks for keeping your skin calm, cool, and collected – nourished and protected - both inside and out.

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Gut Health: Getting to the Root of the Issue

The digestive tract is a complex and magical mechanism. It breaks down food, absorbs nutrients, houses important immune supportive bacteria and has more “feel good” receptors than your brain! Your gut is a highly sophisticated and resilient system that is designed to manage itself.  But sometimes it can't, and we struggle to understand the problem. Here are our most common patient concerns, and how to fix them.

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Baby Talk: A 3 Step Process to Baby Health

Thinking about getting pregnant? Or maybe you know of someone who is? Wondering what you can do to make a healthy baby? Then this article is for you. Here's my 3 Step Process that will help you and your partner prepare yourselves to be in your best physical and mental shape to create a healthy, thriving baby. 

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Genes: A Tale of Two Mice

Genes is such a hot topic, but oh, so confusing. Unfortunately, when it comes to genes that show you are at risk for a life threatening disease, there are more questions than answers and more new frontiers than time honored solutions. The good news is that with the right, targeted treatment and lifestyle plan, you really can change your fate.

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Brain Matters

Until very recently, if you walked into an MD’s office and complained of memory issues, you wouldn’t get much more than a sympathetic look. No actionable testing was available to help and no drugs on the market were effective. Naturopaths might suggest Ginkgo or Huperzine, but they didn’t work consistently and often not at all. That’s starting to change. Learn what you can do to help support, and correct, brain function.

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'Good Fats'... Should We Believe The Hype?

Are 'Good Fats' really good? We take a deep dive into the truth behind the craze. Fat’s affect on your health and weight is a confusing topic. Some medical professionals still preach low-fat diets, others say “fats are great - the real culprit is sugar”. Others say “it depends on the fat”.  Even recently, an article came out saying coconut oil (the darling of the “good fat” community) can negatively affect cholesterol and heart health.  This generated lots of defensive responses from integrative MD’s and Naturopaths - mostly along the lines of “the good effects of most fats and oils outweigh the bad”. So what is the truth behind the 'Good Fat' hype that is saturating the market? Find out if 'Good Fat' is really 'good' for you...

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Apple Cider Vinegar. Can it help or hinder?

The press is full of apple cider vinegar success stories and there are certainly many study supported benefits (more on that below), but I’ve had quite a few new patients who arrive in my office after reading glowing articles on apple cider vinegar… “the miracle … everything” and tell me they’ve tried it and ended up with stomach pain, digestive discomfort or a sore throat that won’t go away. So use with caution in terms of both quantity, timing, and quality (which we walk you through below). 

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