The Thyroid Gland: The Master of our Metabolism

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Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, is one of the most common concerns I come across in practice.  Thyroid disorders are so prevalent they are estimated to occur in 1 in every 10 Canadians and are approximately 7x more common in women than in men.  What is the function of the thyroid gland? The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland … Read More

How to Avoid Injury With Proper Bike Fitting

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Whether you are an avid spinner or a weekend cyclist, setting up your bike so that it is specific to your measurements is critical for optimizing your ride and preventing repetitive strain injuries.  In this blog post, I am aiming to touch on some of the key elements to keep in mind when getting ready for your first ride this … Read More

Need a Balanced Morning Snack? Try These Collagen Energy Bites

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Snacks are a common area that people struggle with.   Often eating the wrong things or snacking too often – it seems people just don’t know what they should be doing.   As we are all currently working from home during this pandemic snacking is becoming more of a concern for many.   People are sharing that they feel they are … Read More

Is Insulin Resistance a Cause of Your PCOS?

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It is estimated that between 5-10% of women in North America have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The name PCOS gives the impression that this syndrome results from an issue in the ovaries. However, PCOS is truly a metabolic condition associated with insulin resistance, hormonal imbalance and inflammation. In fact, you don’t actually need to have polycystic ovaries to be diagnosed with PCOS! Current … Read More

How to Set Up your Home Office to Increase Productivity and Reduce Injury

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Like many of you, our business has shifted over the last few months. Wellness clinics such as ours have pivoted to virtual appointments to serve our community and provide relief to frontline services. There is an interesting aspect to doing virtual assessments that I hadn’t anticipated…I can see inside your home! I had expected to see many of the same … Read More

How to Recognize and Support Mental Health Disorder in Children

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May 1-8 is Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week serves as a good reminder to stop and take stock of our children’s mental health and to start to prioritize it. And now, during a Global Pandemic, this is even more important. As adults feel the toll of this situation on our own mental health, we’d do well to … Read More

Optimizing Your Home Exercise for Strength Gains

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Picture this: You are safe in your home, not much around you to lift, push, or pull (aside from your own body weight), but you need to gain, or at least maintain, your current muscular strength because the apocalypse is here and who knows what will come next. Too real right now? Maybe you don’t have this concern (…this blog … Read More

Irregular or Missed Period? It Might Be Stress Related.

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Could stress be the cause of your missing period? While so many of us are struggling to cope with a ‘new normal’ in the past few weeks, stress and anxiety are on the rise.  Some signs and symptoms of stress are easy to pinpoint such as increased fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath or dizziness. However the female body … Read More