Category: self care

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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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