What is the biggest stress in your life?! Stress causes a physiological response in the body that occurs in seconds when a stressful stimulus occurs due to the release of norepinephrine from the adrenal glands causing the body to go into “fight or flight”. After that stress response occurs much more happens in the body like an increase in cortisol. Increased cortisol levels can have beneficial and negative effects on the body especially if it is constantly elevated or flat-lined. Continue Reading
Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest treatments that has been used by ancient Egyptians, Greek, and Romans who used spring water to help heal sickness. It was brought back to modern times by Sebastian Kneipp in the 1900’s… so we can thank him for all the wonderful water spas like the Scandinavian spa in Whistler😉 We learn hydrotherapy in school and I think it is very underused. It is the cheapest treatment you can do for yourself…FREE! This post is here to inspire you to incorporate water into your life in different ways💦 Continue Reading
Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing to do… SLEEP! I know one of my favorite things is my bed and I don’t think I’m the only one 😉 For humans sleep is a ritual, it is something we do every day so why not make a bedtime ritual to help you have a wonderful sleep each night. Did you know, more than 25% of Canadians suffer from some sort of insomnia (crazy but true!!!). Putting in place a nightly routine can help to reduce insomnia symptoms and promote a restful sleep. Here I have put together what I do in my nightly ritual to give you some ideas to help craft your own so you can be sleeping like a baby every day of the week! Continue Reading
Spring has finally sprung in Vancouver!! Sun is shining, birds are singing and I couldn’t be happier! Spring is the perfect time to detoxify the body. According to TCM, the 5 elements theory shows that the liver is related to the wood element, which is associated with spring (you can learn more about TCM here)! The main organ that is focused on when doing a detox is the liver but you don’t want to forget the kidney too!!! The whole purpose of doing a detox is to give the body a break and eliminate toxins allowing you to feel AMAZING!!!! Continue Reading
Who likes PMS!?! NO ONE! While most people in North America suffer from PMS they really don’t have to as it is not a natural part of womanhood. Although this is thought to be normal it is not!!! Since starting to do clinical rotations I have found that many women don’t understand their cycle. This post is intended to inform women more about their cycle and empower them to understand their bodies so they can feel their very best! ❤️ Continue Reading
Did you know that the leading cause of death in North America is heart disease? The heart is one of your most vital organs with the others being the brain, kidney, liver, and lungs. The heart pumps nearly 6 liters of blood around the body each min and beats over 100,000 per day! That is around 3 billion beats in a lifetime. With the heart being such an important organ in the body I wanted to talk a little bit about how to take care of your heart with nutrition and key nutrients, leaving you happy, healthy, and in charge of your health! Continue Reading
January is thyroid disease awareness month! In 2012, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists debuted the blue paisley ribbon to unify thyroid awareness. Fun fact — the paisley pattern was chosen to represent the thyroid because it represents the cross-section of a thyroid follicle… how cool!!! As some of you may know I take a special interest in the thyroid health as I personally suffer from a thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I want to write this post to share some basic information about the thyroid so YOU can be more knowledgeable about thyroid health and take care of your as thyroid conditions are some of the most common conditions in North America!!!!
Since coming to naturopathic medical school my FAVOURITE elective has been Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)!!!! TCM has been practiced for thousands of years and started waaaay back in 3000 BC by several Chinese physicians and emperors. These men discovered the yin + yang theory, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. Can I just say thank gosh for these dudes who got it all started!! We can now incorporate Chinese medicine into our Western medicine, which gives us another more holistic view of how to treat the body.
Next time you pick up your favorite beauty product take a minute to read all those tiny words on the back of the bottle you never really notice or cared about before. Do you recognize any of those long words? Heck if you’re anything like me you probably can’t even pronounce any of them either! Well, guess what, those are all the ingredients that are inside that favorite little bottle of yours and chances are if you can’t pronounce it then you shouldn’t be applying it to your body! Continue Reading
When I embarked on the journey to becoming a naturopathic doctor (ND) I was so surprised at how many people haven’t heard of naturopathic medicine before! With naturopathic medicine becoming increasingly more popular I thought this would be a great time to explain to you guys what I am studying! Continue Reading
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