About Dr. Angelina Riopel ND

Dr. Angelina Riopel is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. Angelina began her studies in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine obtaining a degree in health sciences, specializing in naturopathy. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). Angelina has practiced in both Edmonton and Toronto and has treated everything from simple digestive issues to complex terminal illnesses. She has trained extensively in the use of IV Therapy for acute and chronic disease, and has a special interest in women’s health, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue and digestive health. By working through her own undiagnosed health concerns at a young age, Angelina learned the importance of listening to the body. She believes that the body is constantly communicating through symptoms, letting us know when we are in and out of balance. She is passionate about working with individuals to achieve internal balance and optimal health through mastering the basics of healthy living.

Self-Breast Examination

By: Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Self-breast examinations are a very important part of self-care, as women need to know what normal is so they can detect changes in the quality of their breast tissue.

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

John Hopkins medical center

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

“Normal” breast tissue will vary between women and change throughout the month due to the menstrual cycle. Note what your breast tissue feels like during the different stages of your cycle, as breast tissue is sensitive to hormonal fluctuations and can lead to breast tissue changes.

Important changes to note and if any of the following are observed please seek medical evaluation:

New lumps. Most breast lumps are not cancerous but should be examined by a medical professional for evaluation.
Changes, irritation or redness in the breast tissue, skin and nipple
Dimpling or thickening of the breast skin
Discharge from the nipple

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Keep Your Hand Out of the Cookie Jar this Holiday Season

The holidays are often a busy and stressful time. The fast pace can lead to an increase in stress hormones, blood sugar fluctuations, cravings and over-eating. The following are some simple strategies that can help you stay grounded and keep your hand out of the cookie jar.

Schedule Your Self-Care

Creating a self-care plan BEFORE the madness begins can help keep stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol in check! Stress hormones affect mood, blood sugar levels, appetite and food cravings – tempting us to overindulge in sweets, treats and alcohol.

Self-care is often something that is prioritized when we have time, but then let go when we need it most. Keep it simple and enjoyable! Examples may include taking time every morning to enjoy a healthy breakfast, a bath at the end of the day, an acupuncture session, a morning walk or going to bed early 1-2 nights per week. Your self-care should keep you in balance and help relieve stress. […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Nutrition|0 Comments

Healthy Weight Loss

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

 

Weight loss is a big business. It is confusing and we have been sold the idea of quick fix, dramatic weight-loss that is often not healthy nor sustainable.   Unfortunately this often leads to yo-yo dieting, dramatic weight-loss then the inevitable weight gain, and do it all over again.   So what is a healthy diet? How does one achieve a healthy weight?

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By |April 27th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Nutrition|0 Comments

A Holistic Approach to Cellulite

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

 

It is estimated that approximately 90% of females over the age of 35 have been have some degree of cellulite. It does not just affect those that are over-weight, although excess body fat can make the appearance of cellulite worse. Many factors influence the development of cellulite. Female anatomy, hormones, blood and lymphatic circulation, diet and lifestyle factors all contribute to the formation and appearance of cellulite.

Contributing factors to cellulite formation and appearance:

1. Hormonal stimulation of fat cells, primarily by estrogen. Estrogen stimulates fat cell production and growth and fat cells make estrogen – its a vicious cycle. Exposure to environmental toxins and sub-optimal detoxification by the liver can lead to a build up estrogens, which is termed ‘estrogen dominance’.

Environmental exposure of estrogens is significant. ‘Xenoestrogens’ are a sub-category of chemicals called endocrine disruptors, which are known to alter the normal function of our hormones. Sources include plastic – bottled water and any food sold and prepared in plastic should be avoided. Skin care and beauty products, insecticides sprays, and many other products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. The Environmental Working Group provides a comprehensive database of environmental toxin sources. (www.ewg.org).

Estrogen metabolism happens primarily in the liver. The liver breaks down estrogen, along with many other substances, so they can be eliminated by the body. When the liver is over-burdened or sluggish, estrogens are not efficiently eliminated from the body.

Our primary goals are:

Decrease exposure to environmental toxins
Keep liver function efficient. Consume plenty of green leafy vegetables, bitter greens and herbal bitters. The bitter flavor stimulates the livers production of bile improving digestion and releasing toxins through the bile.
Balance estrogen levels. Consumption of dietary fiber and phytoestrogens, help to keep estrogen levels balanced […]

By |April 6th, 2016|ND Editorial|0 Comments

Naturopathic Preconception Planning

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

 

Preconception is an important, but often overlooked step, in pregnancy preparation. Naturopathic preconception planning can improve chances of conceiving and help ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby.

Ideally preconception work should begin one year, to a minimum of three months before desired conception. During this time the menstrual cycle and ovulation will be tracked, helping us understand when ovulation is occurring. Factors influencing the menstrual cycle will be addressed, along with general health and nutrition. A period of detoxification may be necessary for some.

The following is a detailed outline of areas that will be addressed during Preconception Planning: […]

By |March 1st, 2016|Fertility, ND Editorial, Nutrition|1 Comment

Get Your Body On Board With Your Travel Plans

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

 

When travelling, changes in routine, sleep and diet can increase risk of susceptibility to infection, fatigue and digestive upset – the last thing one wants to experience while away. Prevention is key and is possible if you begin by preparing your body prior to departure. Two to three weeks before departure proactively addressing digestion, immunity and stress and continuing the protocol throughout the trip, will improve the likelihood of a healthy and enjoyable time away. […]

By |January 12th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Travel|0 Comments

Herbal Bitters for Digestive Drama

With Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

As we move into holiday season restrictive diets go out the window, and rightfully so. Unfortunately with holiday indulging many are plagued with digestive drama, such as gastric reflux, gas, bloating and bowel changes such as constipation and diarrhea. Alcohol, fatty foods and excess sugar put stress on the liver, leading to “liver stagnation” and large, complex meals can lead to incomplete digestion, due to insufficient gastric juices.

Traditionally herbal bitters and digestive cordials were taken to prevent indigestion and improve digestive efficiency. The flavor of bitter is one that the western diet is lacking, culturally our preference being for sweet, salty and fatty. Traditionally and in many other cultures bitter herbs, bitter greens and bitter aperitifs are taken before or after meals to improve digestion and avoid the unpleasant digestive symptoms that follow heavy meals. […]

By |December 8th, 2015|Digestion, Nutrition|0 Comments

The Language of Skin

by Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

 

WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TELLING YOU?

Skin concerns are often addressed topically with anti-aging creams for wrinkle, steroid creams for eczema and rashes and clear skin products for acne. What we put on our skin can be helpful, but is often only a small part of the equation. Digging a bit deeper, what’s actually going on? Your skin tells the story.

 OILY SKIN is often dehydrated or your cleanser may be stripping your skin causing an overproduction of oil. SOLUTION: Keep hydrated, drink more water, herbals teas, avoid sugar and caffeinated drinks. Assess your skin care regime. Soap-based or foaming cleansers should be switched for a more gentle, cream-based cleanser. Remember oil removes oil, and won’t dry the skin out.

 ACNE-PRONE SKIN may in fact be due to liver congestion and constipation. SOLUTION: Healthy digestion and elimination are essential to clear skin. Encouraging regular bowel movements by keeping hydrated, increasing fiber, fruit and vegetables and avoiding sugar. Liver congestion is often behind the constipation that causes acne- prone skin. Stimulate the liver with lemon water, bitter green salads and dandelion tea.

 DARK CIRCLES under the eyes can often be a sign of allergies, or “allergic shiners”. SOLUTION: Diet and digestion should be assessed. Food sensitivity testing or elimination diets can identify the offending foods. Removing those foods will help to resolve the dark circles.

 ACNE ROSACEA may be due to a candida over-growth. Rosacea often accompanies other symptoms such as digestive complaints, brain fog, sugar cravings and low energy. SOLUTION: Treat the candida over-growth. This is typically done with a combination of dietary changes and herbal medicine.

 PREMATURE AGING, such as fine lines, dryness and discoloration can be due to stress, lack of sleep, diet, dehydration, or […]

By |November 12th, 2015|Skin Hair & Nails|0 Comments

A Traditional Approach to Winter Wellness

by Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

The change of seasons requires a conscious shift in how eat and care for ourselves in order to support vitality, immunity, metabolism and digestion. As we move from autumn to winter this is even more essential for individuals with colder constitutions and weak digestive systems.

Improve Circulation
Support Digestion
Keep Your Wind Gate Covered
Support Your Kidneys

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By |November 12th, 2015|Cold and Flu Season, Self Care|0 Comments

How Will You Prevent The Flu This Season?

With Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

 

The immune system is our body’s main system of defense, protecting us from getting sick, as well as aiding our recovery. A holistic approach to flu prevention considers supporting the whole person, which in turn will support and boost the immune system. This approach includes a healthy diet and life style, rest and stress management and therapeutic interventions such as herbal medicine and specific nutrients, when indicated. By improving the health of the whole person we are able to support our ‘natural immunity’, which effectively and safely will prevent the flu and other infections. From a conventional perspective, the flu vaccine has become the primary form of flu prevention that the public and media focus on, although research demonstrates positive effects in a healthy population are small and safety research is poor and inconclusive.

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By |February 26th, 2015|Cold and Flu Season|0 Comments