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Perhaps you had a routine physical exam and blood testing with your Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor and discovered that your blood sugar was uncomfortably high. Maybe you’re concerned about your family history of diabetes or heart disease and already recognize that prevention is key. It’s a common scenario in my office, perhaps because an estimated 22% of Canadians have pre-diabetes. For the most part, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle illness, but not always in the way we think it is.
Insulin is a hormone produced by our pancreas that helps sugar (i.e. glucose) enter our cells. It has a major impact on our metabolism and how our body gets energy. When our muscle, brain and tissue cells stop responding to insulin this causes a condition called insulin resistance. If our cells become resistant to insulin then our pancreas needs to create even more insulin to get the glucose inside those stubborn cells. This can become a slippery slope
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Patience is a virtue.
That’s how the saying goes.
And a virtue, according to Oxford Living Dictionaries, is a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person.
Did you know that, according to Statistics Canada, nearly a quarter of all Canadian adults rate their daily stress levels as moderate to high? And, did you know that stress accounts for lower quality of life and can have significant negative impacts on your physical and mental health?
If ongoing stress is playing a role in your life, or if you would otherwise like to practice slowing down the fast pace of your busy world, then this is the course for you!
Join Lindsay Dupuis, Mental Health Counsellor, for this 4-week course in which you will learn how to take control of your mind and gain energy back through a series of educational lessons and guided meditations…
“Providing our body with nutritional and environmental support is crucial in allergy maintenance and symptom reduction. By gaining knowledge and applying what we learn everyday, we can successfully reduce allergy response. Imagine going through “allergy season” without all of those annoying symptoms that you usually experience every year! What would that be like? How would you feel?…”
(4 min read) Everyone has a morning routine as unique as the house they live in.
Some are long and complex. Others are quick and to the point. I’d be willing to bet, though, that just about everyone’s morning routine involves making themselves look more presentable. Showers wash away flat morning hair, toothpaste strips away bad breath, make-up covers flaws, and clothing camouflages bodily imperfections. For a society that values physical appearances, many of us make this a priority in order to put our best faces forward.
As parents we want nothing more than to see our child healthy and succeed. We strive to protect them from the dangers life throws their way and to provide them with healthy food, a loving home, positive environment and plenty of opportunities for them to grow into their greatest version of themselves. As you know, circumstances don’t always go according to plan and children don’t always cooperate. I am a parent as well, who understands how you feel; I’ve been there and have struggled too. What if you had a program that would help provide you with a framework and a solid foundation of health for your child in which you could build upon?
What is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist?
In simple terms, a holistic nutritionist solves problems with food. We help access the body’s natural ability to recover and restore itself to a thriving and nourished state. When we prioritize nutrition and eat according to what the body needs at a cellular level, we start to see tremendous improvements in our energy levels and quality of life. A holistic nutritionist is a professional who has been educated in the subject of Natural Nutrition and complementary practices. They specialize in supporting the body through whole foods, balanced lifestyle, environment and a positive mind-body connection.
Ever wonder why your seasonal allergies vary in intensity from year to year? What made them so much worse last year, and suddenly so much better this past season? It’s not as simple as environmental fluctuations that change how plants bloom. Our immune reactions against otherwise harmless things like pollen fluctuate and adapt according to what else is happening in our bodies. And unlike the growing season, our body’s reaction to this environmental stressor is one thing we have more control over than traditionally considered.
Fatigue and low energy is one of the most common concerns that patients come to see me for. Sometimes the fatigue is a new symptom but for the majority of people, it is something they have been struggling with for years. In many cases it presents itself gradually, like a slow but steady decline. Now they find themselves with so little energy they can’t do the activities that they want and it is affecting their quality of life. There are many different root causes for low energy but one’s hormonal state is usually a major player. I want to briefly cover two hormonal issues that can lead to low energy.