• Blog,  Features,  Sleep

    Migraines and Sleep

    When a patient first visits a Naturopathic Doctor regardless of what the presenting complaint is, one of the first items to be addressed is their quality of sleep. Sleep has such a critical role for repair and regeneration the body.  Poor sleep quality has been linked to poor immune function as well as inflammation and weight gain.   When it comes to migraines, there is very consistent and compelling research to link poor quality sleep as a huge trigger for…

  • Blog,  Features

    What Should I Drink this Summer?

    This is one of the most popular questions I get asked at this time of year so I thought I would write a blog post on my stance with alcohol.   Alcohol is a neurotoxin and has a lot of negative effects on the brain not to mention the liver. Heavy drinking has also been associated with cardiovascular disease including increased risk of stroke and elevated blood pressure. So…when we talk about alcohol it is meant to be enjoyed in…

  • Blog,  Features,  Weight Loss

    The Secret to Sustained Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance

    With this kind of title you are hoping that I am going to tell you about the holy grail of weight loss.   Take this supplement, eat this type of diet, exercise in this way, meditate, sleep well, get the right type of bacteria in your gut, stress less or optimize your thyroid function.   If you struggle with sticking to a plan, feeling like your weight fluctuates or feel hopeless in ever achieving success you are not alone.  …

  • Features,  Nutrition,  Updates,  Weight Loss

    Ketogenic Diet – Good or Bad Idea?

    There is a lot of hype around the ketogenic diet lately, which brings about a lot of questions as to whether or not this is the next weight loss fad or even safe to try.     What is the Ketogenic Diet? If you don’t know much about the ketogenic diet, it is one that is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs. A typical ketogenic diet consists of the following. About 70% of calories from high-quality…

  • Blog,  Features,  Immune System,  Women's Health

    Why Your GUT is important for Thyroid Function

    If you have read any of my earlier blogs, you will know that I am a huge promoter of trying to dig to the deeper level of thyroid imbalances. While TSH is the main hormone that is tested, it doesn’t always explain the whole picture. Many times thyroid health depends on a complex interplay between the active thyroid hormone T3, reverse T3, inflammation, stress and sex hormones.     For proper thyroid function to happen, the T4 in your body…