Category: Health promotion

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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