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Thinking of Doing a Cleanse This Fall? A Few Things to Keep in Mind

As the seasons change, many of us have this natural inclination to switch things up and introduce some changes to our routine. Some of us feel drawn to the idea of doing a cleanse or a detox as a way preparing for the environmental changes that are about to take place around us.   But what is the real purpose of a cleanse? The whole point of doing a cleanse should be to give your digestive system and your body a break. Think of your digestive system as your car… if you were to drive your car constantly without ever turning off the engine, would it get exhausted? Probably… so it makes sense to give it a break and do a little maintenance every once in a while.   Now,...

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A Nutritionist Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Years ago, when I didn’t understand about the connection between my mood and the foods I ate, I would struggle with the winter blues. By this time of the year, I would start to feel rather low energy. This affected my motivation to do things such as get out there, get fresh air, and socialize. As a result, I would spend my days going to work and then going home and crashing. With low energy and feeling unmotivated, I would put together a high-carb dinner and munch on chocolate almonds while watching TV (glad to report this was before the Netflix days :D). This was also the time when I struggled a lot with my weight. I wanted to lose weight but my habits were hindering my...

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The Many Benefits of Castor Oil

Recently, after we ran out of castor oil once again, Dr’s Clare and Sarah had an enthusiastic chat about their favorite uses of castor oil. Both agree that it is one of their favorite products for its flexibility, its ease of use and its cost. It’s a staple in both their home medicine cabinets and is almost always on the shelf at the clinic. What exactly is castor oil? A vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (or seed) grown predominantly in Brazil, India and East Africa. Documentation of its use dates to ancient Egypt but has been used throughout the ages in both the health and beauty industries. Although very safe for use from head to toe, both doctors caution to not use it internally due...

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Why Do I Need An Initial Consultation Before Getting an IV Infusion?

So you’ve heard about IV vitamins and now you’re excited to get started! Right. Away. We understand that you’re excited and anxious to get started with treatments quickly, but our job as Naturopathic Doctors is to ensure that your treatments will be safe and effective.   1- Keeping You Safe IV (intravenous) therapy involves administering vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream. While these treatments are generally safe when correctly performed, they do carry some risks. By having an initial consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors, we help ensure that any treatment you receive will be safe for you. We will review your allergies, current medications and natural supplements to ensure that there won’t be any interactions or unpleasant side-effects. We will also send you...

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5 Tips to Get Back on Track after the Holidays

If the Holiday Season left you feeling sluggish and heavy, know that your body is resilient and can get back on track sooner than you think! As we start a new year, many of us feel the temptation to go into extremes: diets that emphasize deprivation, harsh workout routines and severe calorie restriction… but before you jump into the next regime, give yourself and your body a few days to get back to normal.   Try the these 5 simple tips to get back on track after the holidays and see how you feel:   1- Mix 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in 1 little pure water and sip throughout the day: this does wonders to help balance blood sugar levels helping tackle the post-holiday cravings. 2- Avoid weighing yourself for...

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A Holistic Nutritionist’s Tips to Feel Your Best this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time to enjoy ourselves in the company of loved ones and food is certainly at the center of many of our celebratory traditions. All those parties and gatherings with friends, co-workers and family, time off from work, trips and delicious meals are great way to break the routine, something that many of us embrace. But for many of us, the holiday season can also create a lot of excess, especially with food and drinks.       I am a huge proponent of enjoying the beauty of this season in a balanced way, this means we need to break the all-or-nothing mentality and ditch deprivation, especially when it comes to food.   In my personal and clinical experience as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I notice that when...

5 Easy Snacks to Curb Cravings and Balance Blood Sugar

If you struggle with strong cravings, especially late in the day, know that this is something that can be corrected by making some dietary changes. I often recommend clients to include 1 to 2 snacks a day to help them keep blood sugars stable throughout the day, and in turn, keep cravings in check. My clients also report having more energy when they follow this approach as well as being better able to manage their hunger, something very important for those on a weight loss journey (click here to learn more about how I finally lost- and kept off those extra 20 pounds!).    So here are my favorite 5 snacks to curb cravings and avoid overeating (especially at night): 1.    Sliced green apple with almond butter and true cinnamon:...

Iron-Deficiency

Are you suffering from the #1 nutritional deficiency affecting women?

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, with almost 10 percent of women being considered iron deficient. Iron is an essential mineral nutrient that is required for helping transport oxygen throughout the blood. When there isn’t enough iron in the bloodstream, the body cannot get the amount of oxygen it requires to function optimally which may lead to fatigue, shortness of breath and eventually anemia. Are your symptoms caused by iron deficiency? The most common symptoms include: Fatigue Mood changes Fast heartbeat or shortness of breath Dizziness or lightheadedness Cold hands and feet Hair loss or thinning  What causes iron deficiency? Iron deficiency can be caused by a low intake of iron in the diet, poor absorption of iron due to digestive issues or blood loss from long,...

Upcoming Workshop- Sparking the Fire: Hormone Balancing to Rekindle Your Sex Drive

Join Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur, Naturopathic Doctor for this lively 90 minute worksop where you'll learn: 3 common hormone imbalances that can dampen your sex drive The impact of stress hormones on your love life Simple lifestyle changes you can start today to balance your hormones and rekindle your inner flame Buy your ticket today by calling us at (613)421-8591 or buy your ticket online through Eventbrite.com Please note: $10 off tickets must be purchased over the phone....