Is PCOS affecting your ability to conceive?

Is PCOS affecting your ability to conceive?

Articles, Naturopathic medicine, Nutrition
By Dr. Liz Dalglish, ND Trying to get pregnant can be a huge stress on people who struggle with infertility. Roughly 16% of couples in Canada experience infertility, which has doubled since the 1980s.1 For every 10 cases of infertility, 4 of them are due to women.1 There are different root causes behind why a woman is infertile but one common cause relates to whether a woman’s cycle is regular.1,2 Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic disorder that often presents as a women’s health and infertility concern. An estimated 1.3 million women between the ages of 15 to 44 are affected.1,3 Most people find out if they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s when they try to get pregnant, are not able to conceive and investigate why with…
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4 tips for a healthy, restful sleep

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  By Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND   Your quality of sleep can determine how the rest of your day will go. If you don’t feel well rested and refreshed, your productivity is likely to be low. This can lead to adverse affects in both your personal and professional life. There are many factors that influence your quality of sleep. Hormonal imbalances, emotional & psychological state, and medication side effects are all elements that can contribute to a good night’s sleep but are often hard to change. Here are some small and easy changes to implement in your nighttime routine to help you sleep better.   1. LIMIT SCREEN TIME IN THE EVENING Your phones, laptops, and other digital devices use blue light to illuminate their screens. Although blue wavelengths are…
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Can aqua therapy help with Lymphedema?

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  By Victoria Galletta, Registered Kinesiologist        According to the Canadian Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canadian women. Typical cancer treatments can include surgery (removal of cancerous tissue and surrounding tissues, which can include the lymph nodes), hormonal, radiation and chemotherapy. The lymph nodes are an important structure to assist the vascular system in removing, filtering excess fluid and transporting waste products out of the body. Lymphedema is when the lymphatic system can no longer keep up with the body in removing excess fluid (lymphatic load) and presents as swelling.        Schmitz et al. found that a progressive weight training program decreased lymphedema symptoms and incidences of exacerbation. Tidhar and Katz-Leurer found that an aquatic exercise program was also…
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Is a vegetarian or vegan diet better for you? Part 1

Diet, Nutrition
By Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND It might be time to rethink your vegetarian/vegan diet. As a naturopathic doctor, I get this question a lot. It has many strong opinions associated with it, and often goes deeper than just which foods to consume. Moral, ethical, and environmental implications have been explored amongst most vegetarians and vegans that I meet. There are a variety of reasons for why someone might choose to consume a vegetarian/vegan diet, including environmental and ethical reasons. It is completely understandable and respectable to make decisions based on the social, economic, environmental, and moral impact of food. Individuals go through their own journeys around these issues, and each of us end up with different answers, and very different reasons for making the food decisions that we make on…
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Get rid of your arthritis and joint pain

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  By Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND   Arthritis and joint pain can hold you back from performing at your best. Whether in sports, recreational activities, or in your day-to-day life, the last thing you want is for stiffness, swelling, pain and inflammation to slow you down. There are many reasons for why you experience these symptoms, but regardless of the cause, naturopathic medicine can help reduce and eliminate pain, swelling and stiffness. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just a normal part of aging!   1. Cupping therapy Have you noticed red spots on your favourite athlete’s shoulders, arms, or back? That’s a form of traditional Chinese medicine called cupping therapy that is now being used by Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps, and Patriots linebacker James Harrison. Cupping therapy Cupping therapy helps…
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Weight loss isn’t just a suggestion – it’s a prescription.

Articles, Weight loss
  By Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND If you're looking for help getting to a healthy weight, follow the tips in this blog to get you started. Our Naturopathic Doctors provide individualized plans for weight management that are made for long term, sustainable weight loss. Contact us today to discuss your concerns. "You have to lose weight," said your doctor. "I know, I know, I can stand to lose a few pounds, I will doc, don't worry!"  Soon after the visit, the doctor's orders were forgotten, and the weight kept creeping on. Why does this occur so often? Weight loss has become common advice that doctors often tell their patients, but it is seldom, if ever, adhered to. In Canada alone, 1 in 4 people were considered obese in 2011-2012, and…
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