Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Reproductive Health; Practical Tips to Reduce Your Exposure

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals within our environment that can impact the way our hormones work1. Depending on the chemical, they can either ‘mimic’ our hormones and bind to hormonal receptors, some can block our hormones from performing their important actions, while others can increase or decrease the levels of hormones in our body1. There is an evolving area of … Read More

5 Signs of Insulin Resistance

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Insulin resistance is one of the most prevalent issues I see in practice and a major driver in several common health concerns. Many of my patients are struggling with symptoms of insulin resistance without knowing it because it’s so rarely tested in traditional blood work. These patients are frustrated when all their lab work comes back as normal despite knowing … Read More

How to Track Cervical Fluid to Optimize Fertility

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One of the many fascinating things a woman’s body does is send hormonal signals every month that create physical changes in the body that indicate when she is most fertile in her cycle. Cervical fluid is arguably the most important of these signs to track if trying to get pregnant OR trying to avoid it! Cervical fluid is what many … Read More

5 Reasons Why You Might Be Losing Your Hair

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5 Common Causes of Female Hair loss For women, increasing hair loss can be both a scary symptom and a major cause of stress. Although it is common to go through periods of increased hair loss, this is not a normal symptom for women and is a signal your body is sending that something is not right.  There are many … Read More

Relieve Period Pain Naturally

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Experiencing cramping and pain with the menstrual cycle is incredibly common. So common, that many women have lived years and even decades with debilitating pain and have come to accept it as a monthly inevitability. 1 -2 days of very mild cramping at the onset of bleeding that does not require the use of painkillers is normal. Anything beyond this … Read More

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

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

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

Practical Tips for Managing Anxiety During Self-Isolation

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The past few weeks have been some of the most stressful and unusual days many of us have ever lived through. For those who have suffered from anxiety in the past, you may have noticed a heightening of symptoms; others may be feeling this way for the first time. I want to share some practical tips you can incorporate into … Read More