Got the Winter Blues? 5 Habits to Help With SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Got the Winter Blues? 5 Habits to Help With SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Articles, Diet, Naturopathic medicine, Nutrition
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with IBS, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, chronic pain, and all things related to your gut. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. So many of us have been there: the days begin to get darker, and the dread sets in. You make dinner in increasing darkness, and feel like you barely see the sunlight. Your mood begins to drop, and the aptly named SAD (seasonal affective disorder) sets in. Not everyone is able to go away to a sunny tropical destination, and many of us are only able to get away for a short vacation, so the winter sads will still impact us. Approximately 15% of Canadians experience mild…
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4 Low FODMAP Soup Recipes for Fall

4 Low FODMAP Soup Recipes for Fall

Articles, Diet, Naturopathic medicine
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with IBS, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, chronic pain, and all things related to your gut. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. There's just something about a nice warm bowl of comforting soup once the colours start to change and the temperature begins to drop. When the days start to get shorter, it can be hard to get back from work in the dark and begin cooking. Soup is the perfect solution - especially if you have an instant pot. If you've got time, you can batch cook your own broth, or purchase a ready made FODMAP friendly broth. A healthy, bloat free and delicious dinner can be served,…
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Toxic Chemicals in Your Clothes and Bedding? The Top 8 Suspects.

Toxic Chemicals in Your Clothes and Bedding? The Top 8 Suspects.

Articles, Naturopathic medicine, Weight loss
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, headaches and all things related to your gut health. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. DID YOU KNOW that the clothing you wear and the bedding you sleep in can contain toxic chemicals that can cause health issues? We know that ingesting toxic chemicals like lead is bad for our health, and we know that living in toxic conditions (think: asbestos) is bad, but do you ever consider the clothes you wear on a daily basis and the bedding you sleep in for hours every night?  A recent news spotlight on some products from some notable fast fashion companies…
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Do You Have IBS?

Do You Have IBS?

Articles, Diet, Naturopathic medicine, Nutrition
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with IBS, brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, and all things related to your gut health. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS for short) is a functional bowel disorder that causes abdominal pain and discomfort. It is also associated with a change in bowel habits. It is estimated that IBS affects 7% to 21% of the population, and it is more prevalent in women. Some common symptoms of IBS are:  - loose stools - frequent defecation - alternating constipation and/or diarrhea - bloating - abdominal cramping and pain Multiple different comorbidities are associated with IBS, including psychiatric disorders like anxiety. If…
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Top Supplements for Anxiety

Top Supplements for Anxiety

Articles, Diet, Naturopathic medicine, Nutrition
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, and all things related to your gut health. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. 1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA contained in high quality fish oils are essential for normal brain function and development. They help reduce inflammation and help improve your mental health. 2. L-Theanine This incredible amino acid is effective at reducing stress and anxiety in acute situations. Rough day at work? This will help bring back a sense of calm, relaxation and reduced tension. 3. Vitamin D People who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression are often deficient in vitamin D. Supplementing with this…
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6 Supplements for Brighter, Healthier Skin

6 Supplements for Brighter, Healthier Skin

Articles, Diet, Naturopathic medicine, Nutrition
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, and all things related to your gut health. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. The skin is your largest organ – let’s treat it well! It's one of the organs that we notice first in others, and often is the canary in the coal mine for other serious issues in the body. You may not think the skin does much at first, but it's actually a vital part of your health and wellness. Vitamin D is produced on the skin via sunshine – contributing to bone health, mood, and so much more. Temperature regulation is in part managed by…
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4 Breathwork Strategies to Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine

4 Breathwork Strategies to Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine

Articles, Naturopathic medicine, Stress Reduction, Uncategorized
Author: Dr. Rehan Lakhani, ND Dr. Rehan is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, and all things related to your period. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. Breathwork, breathwork, breathwork! The darling of yoga practitioners, meditation advocates and science nerds alike. The science is in – a daily breathwork practice is powerful – but what does it actually look like? Here are 4 types of breathing that you can practice daily (recommended), or tuck into your back pocket to help you calm down during a tough or stressful situation like a job interview, an argument, or a triggering moment. Try to relax and breathe into the belly fully, with relaxed shoulders. 1. 4-7-8 Breath…
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5 Easy Ways to Give Your Immune System a Boost

5 Easy Ways to Give Your Immune System a Boost

Articles, Diet, Naturopathic medicine, Nutrition
Author: Dr. Erica Basso-Vriend, ND Dr. Erica is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, and all things related to your period. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. It’s that time of year again, the Change of Seasons! With spring over and warmer weather approaching (not to mention the easing of restrictions exposing us to more people than we've seen in a few years!) there is one main concern that comes to mind with many of my patients – how do I boost my immune system? Although there are many different supplements and micronutrients we can introduce to do just that, there are other effective ways to boost your immunity without having to go to…
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6 Simple Ways to Detox Your Body Naturally

6 Simple Ways to Detox Your Body Naturally

Articles, Naturopathic medicine
Author: Dr. Erica Basso-Vriend, ND Dr. Erica is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, and all things related to your period. Click here to schedule a free consult with our doctors. Whether it is after a vacation, the Holiday season, the New Year or simply an instinct that your body needs a detox, boost or reset, learning natural ways to support detoxification is always helpful. Your body already has various organ systems that detox your body daily – such as your liver, digestive tract, respiratory tract, kidneys and skin. Detox support habits are ways to boost the function of your detoxification organs, and support your body overall. Whether you practice detox support habits once a year, once a…
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6 Tips for How to Prevent Digestive Flare Ups for IBS

6 Tips for How to Prevent Digestive Flare Ups for IBS

Articles, Naturopathic medicine
Author: Dr. Liz Dalglish, ND Dr. Liz is a Collingwood naturopath who provides evidence-based care to those struggling with brain fog, memory issues, chronic pain, fatigue, and all things related to your period. Click here to schedule a free consult with Dr. Liz. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the day-to-day lives of many people. Patients normally present with digestive concerns like diarrhea alternating with constipation, bloating and flatulence. Those who struggle with this condition can have bowel movements so frequently that it can really affect their quality of life. Leaving the home for an extended period of time can be a struggle as they might not have easy access to a washroom. Eating out at a restaurant could cause a flare up. Holding down a…
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