Men's Health: Hemochromatosis

Men's Health: Hemochromatosis

"I'm TIRED ALL THE TIME"

"My hair is falling out"

"I've got weird stomach pains"

"I'm losing my sex drive"

I hear statements like these everyday. I tend to spend a lot of time working with women in my practice, but I'm seeing more and more men complaining of fatigue, stomach pain, low libido and hair loss. Figuring out WHY these symptoms are coming on is the most important part. 

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Period Problems: What your hormones are trying to tell you.

Period Problems: What your hormones are trying to tell you.

First of all, severe pain, mood swings, food cravings, heaviness, bloating and other period problems are NOT something you need to live with. They're a signal that something is imbalanced. A lot of women take birth control pills or use hormonal IUDs to manage painful periods or other PMS symptoms such as acne, mood issues and heaviness. This can work, but isn't always a long term solution, especially if you're looking to get pregnant, are breast feeding, or have a history of blood clots and you aren't a candidate for synthetic hormone use.

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IV Vitamin Therapy in Edmonton

IV Vitamin Therapy in Edmonton

If you're looking for IV Vitamin therapy in Edmonton, I am pleased to announce that I am now offering this service! I have spent over 1 year shadowing IV therapy with Dr. Michael Nowazek at Green Apple Health Care and have passed rigorous IV training and advanced emergency procedures to offer this service here in Edmonton. IV therapy is useful for a variety of conditions including digestive issues, recurrent infections (cold or flu) and optimizing athletic performance. 

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Bloat Busting

Bloat Busting

Bloating is one of the most common digestive complaints I see in my practice. Athletes are getting bloated before, during or after exercise. Women are feeling bloated during or just prior to their period. Men are suffering from bloating every time they eat. Most people think bloating is a sign of a food intolerance, allergy or sensitivity. While this CAN be true, it's not the ONLY reason for bloating. 

The best way to get rid of your bloating is to figure out what's causing it.  Here are some possible causes for this uncomfortable symptom. 

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Prepping for Pregnancy

Prepping for Pregnancy

If you're thinking about getting pregnant in the next year, consider balancing your hormones and preparing your body for pregnancy now. Pregnancy is a normal process of creating life, but it can take a toll on the body. By ensuring your body is in top shape prior to conception, you'll feel your best and give your wee one a great biological, mental and emotional foundation.

Here are some steps we would work on together to optimize your health and make sure your body is ready for pregnancy.

STEP ONE: Balance hormones!

Many women have been taking oral contraceptives or using hormonal IUDs for birth control for many years prior to trying to conceive. While many women stop using these forms of birth

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Mental Health Foundations

Mental Health Foundations

Many mental health conditions  can be caused by errors in thinking and psychological traits, but they can also be caused by organic hormonal and nutritional issues. If you've suffered from or current cope with depression, anxiety, bipolar or simply mood swings, you've got to get these foundations of mental health down pat.

1) Protein - I talk about protein all the time because so many athletes aren't getting enough. If you workout 3-5 times a week, you need to have adequate protein in your diet to support your muscles AND your mind. All of your neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and...

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Breaking the Stress Cycle

Breaking the Stress Cycle

You're tired.

Something stressful happens.

You get sick.

It takes FOREVER to get better.

You start drinking more coffee/tea/energy drinks just to function.

Now you can't sleep.

WHY!?

Sound familiar? I know this cycle all too well. Years of being a student (thanks 9 years of post-secondary education!) taught me a lot about what I call, "the stress cycle". You can be stuck at any point in this cycle, but most people seek help when they're so tired all the time that they just can't get through their day-to-day any longer. That's where I come in.

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What's the "First-Bite-Rule"?

What's the "First-Bite-Rule"?

This time of the year is often about delicious food. We use food to connect with people we love; sharing a meal or a treat with the folks we care about is one way we create community during the holiday season. Many people assume that the holidays mean their goals have to go out the window, that they can eat whatever they want for a month and "start fresh" in January.

No.

If you've created a system of nutrition that works for you and you feel satisfied at every occaision without over-doing it, you're doing it right. If you binge all December on alcohol, sweets, mashed potatoes and deep fried appetizers, you're doing it wrong. So, how do you create moderation in a season of excess? Read on to find out. 

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Snacking for Kids: Ideas to Keep the Energizer Bunnies Going

Snacking for Kids: Ideas to Keep the Energizer Bunnies Going

Recently I posted a BuzzFeed Article on my Facebook entitled "21 Easy 3-Ingredient Snacks that Are Actually Good For You". The ideas range from yoghurt bark to popsicles and everything in between. The recipes are easy, but the end results might not be too kid-friendly and not too portable for families on the go. 

When you're feeding a toddler, child, preteen or teen, the most important thing to remember is that they're just like you, only smaller. Sure there's parts of their brains/guts/immune system that are still growing and developing and that changes...

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How to Read Supplement Labels

How to Read Supplement Labels

What's important on the label and how do you know if you're getting a quality natural health product?

1) Natural Product Number - The "NPN" is issued by Health Canada after a supplement has gone through an application process. Products with NPN's contain ingredients that are deemed to be safe and legal in Canada and are of a certain degree of quality. 

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Run your best 10km yet!

Run your best 10km yet!

You've been training hard, or maybe not, but regardless, your big race is coming up fast. Avoid common mistakes and take advantage of these tips to perform at your best in your first 10km run!

The day before:

Attend the pre-race expo and pick up your race bib, be sure to activate your bib or chip on your way out - ask at the race kit pick-up if this is necessary or not. You won't get an official time if you don't activate your bib! There will be lots of free samples of food, sport nutrition products and all kinds of gear to check out. This is especially common at marathon and half-marathon expos. Be sure that you avoid...

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"An ounce of prevention..." and Hangover Cures!

"An ounce of prevention..." and Hangover Cures!

When it comes to hangovers, there's a lot of old wives tales that tell you what to do to feel better. Here are the top ways to recover from a hangover based on your body's physiology and function.

PREVENTION!

Sounds easy, right!? Don't get a hangover, don't feel sick. Right. Easier said that done, especially at this time of the year (yeah, I'm looking at you, you green-beer-drinking leprechauns).

Stop your hangover before it starts by staying hydrated. Drink 1 cup of water for every beer, shot or glass of wine you consume. Eventually, if you keep consuming alcohol, your body will shut down some of the hormones that help keep you hydrated...

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