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Do you suffer from Estrogen Dominance?

Have you ever heard of the the term Estrogen Dominance? It is a term often thrown around in naturopathic offices, but something a medical doctor would not normally diagnose a patient with. The term estrogen dominance, to some, implies that the problems are due to an estrogen excess. When your doctor runs your blood work, often this is not the case. So ...

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: How does insulin resistance fit in ?

[ Grab your free blood sugar management guide here ! ] Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome & Insulin Resistance. When it comes to polycystic ovarian syndrome, the first thing most people think of is the hormone imbalances. With the irregular periods, acne, and unwanted hair there are obvious imbalances in sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen , progesteron ...

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome & Implications for the future of Women’s Health

First off, lets start with the basics: what exactly IS PCOS ( Polycystic ovarian syndrome )? PCOS is a complex disorder characterized by irregular periods, mild obesity & signs of androgen excess (ie. unwanted hair & acne). Approximately 33% of women suffering from PCOS present with acne and 60-70% of women present with unwanted hair. In PCOS, the ...

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Obeso-what? How our environment is making us fat!

What is an obesogen? Are you eating healthy, exercising and still not losing weight? Your environment may actually be to blame!  Many people do not realize the impact that the environment can have on our hormones, and that many chemicals actually have the capability of disrupting hormones and preventing weight loss.  Our hormones help us pro ...

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Weight loss series #2 – Keeping your thyroid in check

Many people don't realize that your thyroid plays a number of very important roles in different aspects of your health, all of which can contribute to unintended weight gain. The thyroid gland is a gland located in your neck, and is responsible for the production and secretion of thyroid hormones, which have the following actions in the body: Increasing ...

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Weight loss series #1 – Why Eating healthy & exercising may not be enough.

Weight loss is something most people work hard towards achieving, however, sometimes feel like they are fighting a lose-lose battle with never seeing any results. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a blog series dedicated to weight loss and helping you understand the complex nature of weight loss that sometimes can make things very difficult!  ...

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Tackling Your Sugar Cravings !

Can we really be addicted to sugar? The answer is Definitely! Eating too much sugar leads to an increased risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, increased blood sugar (diabetes), and increased cholesterol).  So how can you combat your cravings?  Exercise Decreases food cravings Increases restraint when highly cra ...

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5 Probiotic Foods

You've probably heard about all of the health benefits probiotics can provide you! Are you interested in knowing more about how you can increase probiotics in your diet? You've come to the right place !  Click HERE to get your FREE PDF    in health,  Dr. Laura, ND ...

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How to have a HEALTHIER commute !

Commuting to work 1hr+ each way is the reality for many people, and after a long day of work and driving all you want to do is grab a quick meal and curl up on the couch for the evening and watch some TV before going to bed and doing it all over the next day, am I right?  I am currently commuting 1.5hrs each way to work, so trust me, I know the strug ...

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Guilt FREE Snacks You’ll LOVE!

I love having something to munch on during my favourite movie, but its nice to have some healthier options when you don't always want to be indulging. Here are a few ideas:  Popcorn with nutritional yeast I pop my own popcorn (get rid of the microwave popcorn) on the stove with either coconut or grapeseed oil. Melt and pour some melted coconut o ...

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The Doctor’s Kitchen- 10 Foods You’ll Always Find in my kitchen!

1 - Beets Beets are a great source of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, fibre, vitamin C and helps your liver in its detox pathways! I love adding regular cooked or pickled beets to salads, or just to eat on their own! 2- Avocado  Avocado has tons of healthy fats which help to keep you fuller, longer. I love adding avocado to my salads by itself ...

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Non Hormonal birth control

If you suffer from side effects of hormonal birth control or are just looking to get off of hormones, it is important to look at all of your options and understand what is involved in each form of contraception. You can check out my guide to hormonal birth control HERE, and ensure you are informed when making the right choice for YOU!  Mechanical Bar ...

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The NO List: What ingredients to AVOID in your beauty products!

When we shop for our beauty products things are already complicated enough! We have to ask ourselves SO MANY QUESTIONS! Everything from: Do I like this product? Does it achieve what I want it to achieve (ie. does my foundation make me break out, does it offer full coverage, does my shampoo give my hair enough volume? etc) Is it in my price range? ... the ...

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Answers to your [Post menopausal] low libido !

Low libido is a very common concern affecting many post menopausal women & unfortunately interfering significantly with their quality of life!  Below are some ways in which your low libido can be addressed from a naturopathic perspective:  1. Improving vaginal lubrication - Estrogen is the main contributor to vaginal lubrication by supply ...

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Want Clear Skin? Why It May Not Be as Simple as You’d Like

Walk into any drugstore, makeup boutique or spa and you will be overwhelmed with the amount of people giving you advice on your skin and how you should best treat it, most of which seems very conflicting, confusing and ends up being very costly.    "Your skin is too dry, use this moisturizer", "This spot treatment should do the trick!", "All yo ...

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Tracking Your Cycle : The Easy Way!

Whether you are trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid it, tracking your cycle can be an important way to take control of your health by understanding exactly what your body is doing every day of the month. click on the link below to download your FREE guide to make tracking your cycle SIMPLE !  Cycle Tracking- Made Easy   ...

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Everything you need to know about your HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL!

Over 100 million women across the globe take some form of birth control, yet many people don't know how they work, or the many options available to them. Different forms of birth control can include: periods of abstinence, barrier contraception, hormonal methods, & non hormonal methods. Navigating the world of contraception can be a tricky one, and with ...

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Your Cervical Mucous 101

Cervical mucous changes can give you a good indication as to your fertility status (see my article on tracking your cycle), as well as allowing you to properly identify when something is 'just not right'. Cervical mucous changes throughout the cycle in response to changes in hormones. A normal cycle length can be anywhere from 21-35 days with day 1 being ...

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Tips to BOOST Your Immune System This Winter!

Tired of the cold weather already? Give your immune system the boost it needs to fight back this winter with these 5 tips: Drink Green Tea with Lemon- Green tea has antioxidants and acts as an immunomodulator, helping your immune system fight any threats that may come its way!  (Green tea has many other health benefits as well so drink it a ...

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Time To BUTT out?

It's NATIONAL non smoking week .. what better time to start that new years resolution of quitting !  Need help??  Naturopathic Doctors offer many different tools to help you BUTT OUT including: Acupuncture - For relaxation, stress reduction, nervous system support Herbs & Supplements- For nervous system support, reducing cravings, restore def ...

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Painful Period Series: My Favourite Supplements For Painful Periods

Welcome to part 4, the final segment of my painful period series ! DOWNLOAD your FREE PDF below to learn about how some of my favourite supplements can help YOUR painful periods! Yours in health, Laura Pipher ______________________________________________________ CLICK FOR FREE DOWNLOAD ---> my-favourite-supplements ...

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Painful Period Series: My Favourite Herbs for Painful Periods

Welcome to part 3 of my painful period series, HERBS !   Download my FREE PDF GUIDE (below) to learn a little about my favourite herbs & how they can help YOU! Tune in next week for part 4, the wrap up of my painful period series! CLICK HERE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD ---> herbs-for-painful-periods Yours in health, Laura Pipher ...

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Painful Period Series: Understanding Your Painful Period Through Chinese Medicine

Welcome to the continuation of my painful period series! For part 2 of the series I have created and attached a FREE PDF guide (below) explaining the brief theory surrounding the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine & how acupuncture may be beneficial to helping your period ! Check in next week to discover what part 3 has in store ! tcm-yo ...

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Painful Period Series: Introduction

Welcome to my painful period series! Over the next few weeks I will be providing FREE education & tools to conquer that dreaded monthly nightmare. Do you suffer from painful periods? Download my FREE PDF for some tips on how you can get rid of those cramps and have your best period yet! ----------------------------------------------------------------- ...

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Interstitial What?? Answers to your bladder pain syndrome.

Interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome is characterized by urinary pain, frequency, a constant sensation of having to pee,  and pelvic pain discomfort or pressure, with no known concrete cause. Many theories exist for the cause of bladder pain syndrome and some include:  a low grade infection, allergenic substances in the bladder or ...

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Its Time To Grow Your Moustache!

November is here (already!), Wow!   Before we know it there will be snow on the ground and the smell of Christmas in the air! November is that lull between Halloween & Christmas and serves the amazing purpose of bringing awareness to men's health issues including prostate & testicular cancer. Heres what you should know about testicular ...

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This week’s Feature Food: Lentils

This week i'm featuring one of my personal favourites: lentils ! Lentils are a delicious part of the legume family, and are very versatile when it comes to making meals. They are easy to prepare and very nutritious as well. Low in fat, but very high in protein (18g per serving), Iron and dietary fibre, lentils can help you feel full for longer, regulat ...

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Is your POOP normal?

Many people feel embarrassed talking about what comes out of their "you know what", but don't realize how important this information is, especially to a naturopathic doctor. This is our "bread and butter", if you will. Well this post is for those of you who are too scared to talk about it, so lets break it down. What comes out in our poop is a direct r ...

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This week’s Feature Food: PUMPKIN!

SURPRISE! Who would have guessed that fall is my favourite season, and with that, comes PUMPKINS! I figured with thanksgiving and all things pumpkin, this weeks feature food would be none other than the pumpkin itself ! Pumpkin can be involved in many sweet treats for the holidays, but it actually has some great health benefits as well ! Not only c ...

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The BEST muffins for fall!

Thanksgiving tends to be a time when most people indulge in countless desserts and beverages, and however satisfying they may be, I tend to enjoy these foods even more when they are completely GUILT-FREE. These muffins are the perfect way to kick off pumpkin flavoured everything this fall, and best of all, they are gluten free, flour free and can easily b ...

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Over the Counter Pain Killers & Heart Failure??

Living with pain can be debilitating for many, and for those who suffer everyday, sometimes over the counter medications (specifically NSAIDS - like advil) are the only things keeping them going. Unfortunately, new research is suggesting that these over the counter medications may not always be our best option long-term. A well known caution of long term ...

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A Few of My FAVOURITE Recipes

When making dietary changes often times people assume that healthier recipes will be FAR too complicated to be worth the time, and as a result they will be forced to deprive themselves of full flavoured food. Well let me tell you, you CAN have your cake and eat it too (figuratively speaking). Living a busy life as I do, and being used to that "student ...

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Dietary Fibre For MORE Than Just Digestion?

Fibre has always been known as that tasteless gunk, that keeps us regular. We drink it because our doctor says we should, but what if it could do so much more? So lets break it down. There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble. Soluble is responsible for bulking up your stool, slowing the digestion of food, and can help you feel fuller for longer. ...

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Cockroaches & Antibiotic Resistance

  Of course cockroaches get a bad rap (I don't like them much either, YUCK), but apparently we may need them more than we think! According to scientists, cockroach brains contain powerful antibiotic properties which may be able to be used in our current antibiotic resistant world! Due to the unsanitary environment these critters live in, it would ...

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What does Your Birth Order say about your Diabetes risk?

We've heard it all: Older siblings are more assertive, middle children are easy going, and younger children can get away with just about anything, but are there also health risks associated with birth order? Interesting research has found that younger siblings actually have a decreased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is also known a ...

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Could Your Cellphone Be Reducing Your Sleep Quality ??

Other than the obvious actually being on your phone or computer stopping you from getting to sleep, studies have shown that the type of light electronic devices emit (smart phones, tablets, computers), can actually decrease the ability to fall asleep at night by up to an extra hour!!! The body normally produces melatonin as a response to darkness, causin ...

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Can Exercise Decrease Cognitive decline???

Happy Thursday, why not start it off with a little sweat!? New research has established the connection between leg strength & cognitive function, stating that exercise can help prevent cognitive decline! This study found that those who exercised regularly had the least changes to memory, mental processing skills and had fewer brain changes associat ...

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Why I LOVE castor oil!

The castor oil bean comes from a plant, and the bean itself is poisonous because of a protein in it. However, the oil extracted from this bean is NOT and can be extremely beneficial to your health in many ways! Castor Oil  can be used for a variety of issues--- mostly used EXTERNALLY on the skin ( internal use is rare, but can act as a stimulating laxati ...

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What are we eating and what do the labels mean??!

Walk into any grocery store and we are immediately bombarded with labels: "Low fat" "blue menu" "low sugar" "low calories", its no wonder everyone is so confused about what they are supposed to be eating! So as a result people are choosing "natural", or "real" but is THAT label even what it seems? First of all -- the claim that something is "real" shou ...

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Keeping sane and stress free! (as much as possible..)

So midterm season has finally ended (thank god), and these past few weeks of studying have caused LOTS of stress and sleepless nights, not to mention cortisol levels THROUGH the roof (typical student life, I know). It seems that especially as a student, this comes in very distinct waves. The semester begins, everyone is relaxed, healthy eating, exercising an ...

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Why Valentines Day can be great for everyone!

Heres how it usually goes, February 14th rolls around and people everywhere are feeling many things. First are the singles who are just fresh out of relationships,  or those who have suffered some pretty horrible heartbreak, both of which find Valentines Day to be a morbid reminder of what could have been, and what is not. Second, there are those who ...

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Mental Illness or mental wellness? .. Erasing the stigma

There is a definite obsession in society today with the physical. When we are feeling "off", or "not ourselves", where does this come from? Our thoughts and emotions are never taken with as much urgency as our sores and pains... But why is that ? This problem exists not only in the social community but in the medical field as well. People ask concrete que ...

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Self-prescribing and the supplement spiral

Okay, We've ALL done it right? We read something on the internet, or hear it on TV, "vitamin C can help you get over a cold", "take more probiotics",  "fish oil will prevent cardiovascular disease". We then go directly to our nearest drugstore and purchase the first probiotic and fish oil capsule bottles we see. Then we go home, read the bottle, and take ...

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How about choosing to be happy?

We've all been told (more than once I'm sure) that the keys to longevity are "eat healthy, exercise, don't smoke and sleep well". Well these are all physical choices that we can actively make on a daily basis in order to increase our longevity, but what about our emotional choices? What if we just choose to be happy? Today I read an article by Dr Brian Go ...

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Are we addicted to sugar & sugar alternatives?

Ive been reading a lot of health topics in the news lately, and sugar seems to be one of the most frequently touched on topic. Whether its a promotion on Dr. Oz for the latest sugar substitute,  or a news piece on how much sugar companies are putting into our foods, sugar is EVERYWHERE!! Now everyone knows that sugar is not the healthiest thing we could ...

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Hydration is key!

Many people don't give it a second thought, but water can be one of, if not the most important factor in maintaining good health! I thought I drank enough water, but it wasn't until I started making an active attempt at increasing my water intake that I started to notice a huge difference! Increasing water intake not only keeps you hydrated, but hydrat ...

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