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A round-up of Toronto classes for new moms that want to get out and get active while having fun with their littles. We’d love to provide something similar for everyone across the country but alas, we’re most familiar with our backyard – we hope that you’ll help us (read: your fellow parents nearby) out with more Canada-wide suggestions in the comments!

Dr. Laura Belus | Naturopathic Doctor
Stuffy nose & itchy watery eyes ruining your day? Do you feel like you can’t enjoy the outdoors without taking some allergy medication - and sometimes even that doesn’t do the trick? You’re not alone. Seasonal allergies are common, affecting up to 30% of Canadians each spring & summer. The good news is, many of these symptoms can be lessened (or even prevented) with natural therapies! The ideal time to start preventing symptoms would be 4-6 weeks before your allergy season begins, and continue until a month after your triggers have subsided. As a naturopathic doctor, it’s important to look at multiple angles when treating allergies, so here are few of my go-to suggestions that really help.

Tess Morgan | Writer & Animal Advocate
Those of us who share our home with animals know all too well the impact they have on our lives. We consider them family and want to give them everything they need to be happy - but how much thought are we giving to the food they call dinner?

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Dr. Olivia Rose, ND

What is Menopause?

Menopause is defined as the absence of a menstrual period for 12 months. 51 years of age is the average age of onset in North America. Once in menopause, the function of the ovaries--the female gonads--drastically decline. This leads to cessation of ovulation and a decrease in the primary sex hormones--estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. But menopause is not a disease. It’s important to remember that your hormones do not need to be replaced and menopause itself does not need to be treated. Instead, this is a period of time in your life to focus on self-care and to examine the holistic ways to manage the discomforts your body is experiencing.  Remember, it may take some effort and time to find exactly what works for you.

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Dr. Nadia Lamanna | Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Advisor & Educator at CanPrev

Long Before There Were Antidepressants, There Was Magnesium

If only there was a magic pill that could take anxiety and depression away. If you’re a sufferer, chances are you’ve tried a medicine cabinet full of supplements, medications and all kinds of self-calming techniques like meditation and mindfulness to help make it stop. Hopefully, you’ve found the right solution for you. But if not, there’s evidence that suggests magnesium can be a big help when it comes to managing your anxiety and depression symptoms. So it might be worth your while to talk to your healthcare provider about magnesium.

Pavithra Ravi | Pharmacist
Often, we think of our pharmacist as someone who hands us a little bottle of pills that were taken from a larger bottle of pills…but your pharmacist is so much more than that. As a pharmacist, I find myself not only reminding my patients, but also my friends and family about how I can help them manage their health. As one of the most accessible health care providers you have contact with, it’s important to know what your pharmacist can do for you.