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Staying healthy when you’re low on time (and motivation)!
October 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

I get it: sometimes being healthy seems to take so much effort. This is particularly the case when we are already in a downward spiral and our good health slips further and further away. We all have so many competing demands, and some things just seem a lot more urgent. But are they? When we […]

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Natural solutions for poor sleep
September 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Sleep is as crucial to good health as a balanced diet, and exercise, in fact even more so. It really is one of the pillars of health, because without good sleep, we can lose the motivation to eat well or even exercise and then face a downward spiral. For people who suffer from anxiety, sleep […]

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Making your gut strong
September 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Studies show that cultivating diverse and beneficial gut flora is the key to strong immunity, robust digestion, detoxification, balanced moods, balanced hormones, weight loss, and longevity. It is this internal complex ecosystem, our microbiome, which keeps us in good health. Good gut flora can diminish by taking antibiotics, eating too much processed foods and sugar, […]

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When weight loss doesn’t work
August 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

You can do all the dieting in the world, but if there is something else going on which is causing the body to be out of balance or causing the weight to pile on, then dieting simply won’t work. Hormone imbalances Many people don’t think to investigate whether there is a physical health issue causing […]

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Happy Hormones
August 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Given the enormously important role that the endocrine system and hormones play in our overall health and wellbeing, it’s not surprising that an imbalance can cause debilitating symptoms. The impact of our hormones goes well beyond just the menstrual cycle. If our hormones are out of balance, it will likely impact not only our menstrual […]

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Perfect Periods
July 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

There are different phases within the cycle, the first phase (days 1-5) is the Menstrual Phase. Menstrual Phase In the uterus, declining levels of progesterone stimulate the resulting release of menstrual flow. The uterine lining which built up during the previous cycle is shed. Pre-ovulation /Follicular Phase The lining of the uterus starts to thicken […]

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How To Clear Your Skin
July 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Skin concerns can be complicated, mainly because there are a variety of imbalances which can contribute to skin problems, such as an under-performing liver, gut dysbiosis, hormonal imbalances, and often can be a combination of these causes. It’s not unusual for women to experience acne or skin flare-ups in line with their menstrual cycle. Premenstrual […]

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Top tips for boosting your child’s immunity through diet
June 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Prebiotics Supportive prebiotic therapy such as the inclusion of arabinogalactan or mastic gum, have been shown effective in enhancing immune function. Research shows that larch arabinogalactan is capable of enhancing natural killer cells which increases the body’s potential to defend against common cold infection.  Most of our immunity is found in the gut, and therefore […]

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Boosting your winter wellness
June 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Boost tryptophan Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which is a precursor to serotonin, so it acts as a mood regulator. Tryptophan is able to balance hormones as well as provides a calming effect, can help to induce sleep and improve sleep quality, reduces headaches and migraines, and boosts feelings of overall wellbeing. It also […]

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Quick tips for supporting brain health and boosting mood
May 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

The gut is full of bacteria, some healthy and some less healthy. An unhealthy balance or dysbiosis in the gut may be caused by frequent consumption of antibiotics, a parasite or infection, or simply poor food choices. Some bacteria in the gut are also involved in the production of neurotransmitters, which impact the way we […]

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Here is what really happens to your body when you are stressed
May 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

When you feel threatened, your nervous systems activates physiological changes such as the release of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, your blood vessels dilate, your pupils enlarge, your breathing rapidly increases and the body becomes ready for an emergency – all this just to make it rushed to school drop off on time! These changes […]

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The brain, immune, and gut connection, and how it affects our children.
April 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

The gut works to absorb nutrients to the cells, but also to protect the bloodstream from toxins and pathogens. If the gut lining is damaged, then not only can we not absorb the nutrients we need from our food (ie it doesn’t matter how well you are eating) but we also allow particles or undigested […]

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The key to losing weight over 40
April 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Portion sizes Smaller portion sizes are important. You must burn more calories than you intake. Try cutting back on your portion size and particularly in the evening when your stomach acid is at its lowest. Aim to lose up to 500g per week, which is easier to sustain in the long term. Don’t skip meals […]

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Fever management in children
March 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Did you know? The increased temperature during fever inhibits the ability of the virus or bacteria to replicate, by enhancing chemotaxis and neutrophil migration, promoting heat shock synthesis, enhancing phagocytosis, and lowering serum iron levels (Cunha 2012). Traditional herbal practice supports the idea that the stronger your vital force, the better your fever will be. […]

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Effective ways to boost metabolism
March 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Avoid antibiotic overuse Antibiotics cause weight gain. Research has shown that children exposed to antibiotics early in life are more likely to become overweight later in life. Another study showed that mice gained twice as much weight when exposed to antibiotics then those that were not, even when both mice had the same food intake. […]

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The Cleanse
February 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Some signs that you may need to consider a post-holiday cleanse are recurrent headaches, low energy, body aches, bad breath, digestive issues, skin blemishes, liver lines, and brain fog. The colon affects every aspect of your health, and when you have dysbiosis in the gut, many other problems follow. A colon that’s overrun by toxins […]

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Transitioning babies to solid foods. How early is too early?
February 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

When we talk about children being ‘ready’ to start solid foods, we aren’t just talking about a child’s personal preference, we are referring to their gut readiness. The kidneys, liver, and immune defense also need to be sufficiently matured to handle solid foods, and there can be some consequences to transitioning babies to solid foods […]

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The progressive rise of childhood health conditions and the importance of outdoor play
January 15th, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

Children have always been in contact with soil in a number of ways, but the exposure children have to the earth is becoming more and more limited. With the increase in inner-city living and busy lifestyles, children are allowed less and less free outdoor play time – but at what cost? More than ever we […]

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Tips for getting started on the anti-inflammatory diet
January 1st, 2019 + The Naturopathic Co.

>Consume a small amount of protein with each meal, combined with vegetables including greens. >Decrease animal protein except for fish, which you can consume 3 x weekly. Minimise intake of red meat and remove processed meats altogether. Try to consume red meat less than 3 x per week. Incorporate more fish, chicken, vegetable proteins. >For omega-3 […]

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Q + A with our founding naturopath
December 16th, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Where did your interest in women and children’s health come from? “As a mother myself, I see many women around me who are struggling with hormonal imbalances, particularly relating to pregnancy, motherhood, and even onto menopause. And due to the ever rising health challenges that we see our children facing, these women are often pushing […]

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Reducing inflammation with the Mediterranean diet
December 15th, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

It’s rare for a true dietary breakthrough to take place, fad diets come and go, however the Mediterranean diet is based on research from the 1950s showing that specific eating patterns from areas around the Mediterranean such as Italy, were associated with lower rates of cholesterol and heart disease. Inflammation is a natural process, a […]

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The Mediterranean diet prevents bone loss in osteoporosis
December 14th, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

The study, which was lead by the university of Bologna, followed more than 1000 participants, aged 65-79 from five European countries for 12 months. They then found that of those who were randomly assigned to a Mediterranean diet, participants with osteoporosis saw a reduced rate of bone loss, compared to those who didn’t follow the […]

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The consequence of impaired gut barrier in children
December 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

These days, children are facing all kinds of health concerns that we have not been exposed to in such numbers in the past. For this reason, children need all the immune support they can, as a protective measure, and as a way optimize their development, health, and wellbeing. The role of the gut microbiome and […]

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The ultimate phytonutrients for children
November 15th, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Phytonutrients are crucial for children (and adults) in maintaining good health. These plant-based compounds are what give fruit and vegetables their intense color and extraordinary nutrition, helping to lower inflammation and reduce the risk of cell damage. Did you know? Phytonutrients provide protection to us in the same way that they provide protection to the plant […]

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How gluten can be harmful, and what happens inside your body when you consume it
November 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity fall along a spectrum, and it’s possible to have a gluten intolerance (Non-celiac gluten sensitivity NCGS) without having an allergy to gluten (celiac disease). Symptoms of gluten intolerance may show up in any system of the body, such as the cardiovascular system, central nervous system, endocrine system, musculoskeletal system, and the […]

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Could your child be deficient in zinc?
October 15th, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Did you know? Studies have linked zinc deficiency with impaired learning, dyslexia, ADHD, asthma, lowered immunity, recurrent infections, diabetes, autism spectrum disorders, and more (Prasad 2013). Deficiency of zinc is on the rise with an estimated 50% of the global population at risk (Chellan 2015), and deficiency in this important mineral also impairs the way the […]

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Ten antioxidants your family should consume daily for optimal health
October 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

The world we live in requires a higher antioxidant intake than ever before. This is due to the increase in allostatic load (diet, pH and nutrient status, environmental toxins and chemicals, inflammation, aging, stress, medications/drugs) causing increased oxidation in the body. Free radicals cause harmful oxidation resulting in DNA damage, disease, and accelerated aging, but […]

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Treatment of eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis in children
September 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Developing eczema in infancy is a risk for developing asthma and allergic rhinitis. 50% of children with atopic dermatitis will go on to develop asthma, and 75% will go on to develop allergic rhinitis (Bantz 2014).  This is known as the atopic march. Why the increase in eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis in childhood? There […]

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Motherhood – simple ways to reverse fatigue and overwhelm
August 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Superwoman is the new catchphrase of today – used to describe the incredible number of mothers running around, trying to achieve more than any other generation of women before them. But what is the ultimate cost of this ‘Superwomen’ mentality? There is the inclination to feel like your life is on fast-forward, or autopilot, and […]

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Ten simple tips to boost your child’s health and wellness naturally
July 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Outdoor play Ensure regular, daily, outdoor adventure, play time, and running around in order to break out a sweat. It may sound obvious, but the amount of regular outdoor play that children are participating in is declining. Like adults, children rely on exercise to release toxins and support circulatory health. Outdoor activity has so many […]

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Antioxidants: what they are and why you need them
June 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Antioxidants are crucial to maintaining good health. They help protect the body from free radicals, which although are normal components of cell metabolism, they should always be kept in check by antioxidants. If we consume too few antioxidants, then there is an imbalance in the number of free rdicals causing DNA damage, oxidation, and accelerated […]

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The clinical naturopathic approach
May 1st, 2018 + The Naturopathic Co.

Naturopathy, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and Medicine Naturopathic philosophies draw on ancient tradition, fusing knowledge and treatment methods from various cultures as well as philosophies from key individuals such as Hippocrates, Galen, Avicenna, and Dioscorides. The art of holistic naturopathic healing encompasses the modalities of herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, and nutritional supplementation. The addition of […]

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Exhausted? simple ways to boost energy naturally
April 1st, 2016 + The Naturopathic Co.

One of the most common complaints we hear from mothers is tiredness – and rightly so. Motherhood can be absolutely exhausting. The prevalence of prolonged and disabling fatigue among mothers is high. We must draw on on our body’s reserves to pull us through those sleepless nights and long, drawn-out days. As mothers, we expect […]

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