By Xianmin Yu, R.Ac, R.TCMP Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health issue among women of childbearing age, with the incidence as high as 10%. It is characterised by hormonal imbalance, and may be accompanied by many other abnormal metabolism. The ovaries may not be able to develop eggs or release eggs regularly. What are the symptoms of PCOS? Most commonly observed clinical symptoms are: Irregular menstrual period, including prolonged or irregular periods, or even stopped periods. Weight problems, including weight gain and very difficult to lose weight. Abnormal hair growth and loss in unwanted areas, including excess facial and body hair which are due to elevated levels of male hormone, and/or hair loss on the head. Acnes on face and chest, sometimes upper back. […]
By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND Many common health concerns can be associated with toxin accumulation within the body. Our everyday lifestyle exposes us too many types of toxins including pesticides and preservatives in food, air pollution, metals and chemicals in our drinking water and a plethora of toxins are found in our cosmetics and body care products. Toxins must be processed and eliminated, but when our exposure becomes more than what our body can deal with and eliminate we develop symptoms from a build up of toxins. Common health concerns that can be associated with toxicity: […]
By Alexia Georgousis ND, CPC, Conscious Awareness Coach Emotions are a part of who we are as human beings. They are bundles of energy in motion. The key is to understand emotional energy needs to move through us rather than stay still. Learning how to feel our emotions, learn from them and let them move through us is an essential life skill. Being emotionally aware is also referred to as waking up or becoming more conscious. More research is also supporting the importance of becoming more consciously aware of our emotions. According to John Gottman a psychological researcher: “emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships” […]
Conscious Awareness Facilitation is a unique type of coaching developed by naturopathic doctor, Alexia Georgousis. It is intended to help you become more self-aligned and self-directed. In these one-on-one sessions, Alexia will provide you with various awareness practices specific to your needs. You can feel more present, more calm and more engaged in your life by learning and practicing conscious awareness techniques. Feeling more joy and ease begins with awareness of ourselves. Once we become aware, we are better able to respond instead of react. We are no longer hostage to our emotions and we are then able to make choices that support the life we want to create. […]
Yes, summer is a great time to detox! The arrival of summer brings warmer temperatures, sunshine, and longer days, which lends itself to us wanting to get the most out of the season. While detoxes are usually thought of as a springtime endeavour, summer can be a fantastic time to reset your health and build some positive habits to support your wellness. The summer season is the time our bodies feel most resilient. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is the most yang of all seasons – a positive force characterized by light, warmth, dryness, activity, etc. Because of this, it’s easier to make changes in our life during the summer, where we may experience more resistance at other times of the year. Likewise, it’s easier to choose the food that is going to leave you feeling light and energized instead of heavy and weighed down. […]
By Kerri Lambie, RHN There are so many great reasons to visit a Holistic Nutritionist but I find the most common reason is to help with meal planning. Planning a meal can be tough with limitations that include work priorities, family responsibilities, time constraints or simply being unsure of what to eat. I understand this all! And my journey to holistic nutrition started because of it…… […]
By Innate Wellness Team At Innate Wellness we work a lot with women, supporting them through the parenting journey from preconception onward. Mother's Day is a special moment to pause and reflect on the love and effort that women put into their families and communities. The support we show our mother helps to renew her strength. With the right support, her strength can build amazing things! What better way to support her strength than with nourishing food? This year, our Innate Team has created a unique spread for breakfast in bed! Ritual Tea Refreshing Fruit Salad Baked Egg in Avocado
By Innate Wellness Team Part of Mother's Day is helping Mom celebrate the time and mindfulness she has put into parenting. We all need a reminder every now and then that we are doing a good job! For parents, a daily pat on the back is important. That is why we have brought the Ritual Tea to our 'Breakfast in Bed for Mom' feature. The Ritual Tea is formulated to be consumed daily in a window of calm with deep breathing and positive reflection on all the things we have done well. This rooibos blend includes the calming flavour of lemongrass with the warming and uplifting tastes of ginger, pink peppercorn, cardamom and cinnamon. Find your grounding and positivity in a mug of tea! For medicinal teas, steep 1 Tbsp of loose leaves for 10 minutes. Drink warm and with time to reflect.
By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND The combination of cucumbers, herbs and fruit makes this a uniquely refreshing take on a typical fruit salad. I love cilantro as a herb in the salad, it combines so nicely with the cucumber and grapefruit. But if you or Mom are not a fan of cilantro, mint is always delicious. Recipe: Grapefruit 2 honey crisp apple (or any crisp apple) 1 English cucumber Fresh raspberries 1 lime juiced Mint, basil or cilantro Chop peeled grapefruit, apples and cucumber into chunks, add the raspberries and toss in the herbs and lime juice. Enjoy!
By Kerri Lambie Hom, R.H.N As a nutritionist, I know the nutrient value of avocados. They offer an abundance of vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber and healthy fats. They contain more potassium than a banana (Yes! True!) and are rich in folate. Amazingly, avocados can support your health in so many ways: Improve antioxidant absorption Reduce the risk of heart disease Boost your brain health, memory and mood Keep your eyes healthy as you age […]