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.
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?
MANDY KING | HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST | FOUNDER OF HEAL (HEALTHY EATING AND LIVING)
Sugar is addictive. It tastes delicious and, when you eat it, your brain actually releases dopamine—a neurotransmitter that is part of your brain’s reward centre. If you’ve ever thought to yourself that you must just have less willpower than someone else without sugar cravings, there’s actually way more to it. In fact, relying on willpower alone to kick sugar will be a struggle. Instead, your dietary choices, how many hours and how well you sleep, along with your stress levels play much larger roles.
The other remarkable thing about sugar is that as you eat less of it, you crave less of it (at least once you’ve kicked that initial few days of cravings). Today, I’m sharing 10 ways to eat less of the sweet stuff.
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.
Brandie Hadfield | Sleep Educator & Family Sleep Coach
All of us new parents have struggled with sleep deprivation. It’s par for the course with growing our families. I remember being warned about hourly wake-ups by a friend and thinking, “Well, that just won’t happen to me. It can’t happen. I won’t LET it happen!”. HA!