Health Articles

The immune system needs a super hero!!!

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    The immune system needs a super hero!!! As a Naturopath, I am always asked, "how can I boost my immune system?" My answer is always the same: Let's start by improving your gut health!!! Our gut is home to about 38 TRILLION microbes, that's more trillions than the United States national debt.  The gut contains 150 times more DNA than we have in our whole body.  It's just a little bit important and yet we constantly think "she'll be right" and throw more junk at it.  Then we wonder why we get sick. Our body has a mutually...

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Heavy Metal Toxicity

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  Heavy Metal Toxicity Feeling tired, rundown, depressed?  It could be heavy metal overload in the body. The liver is one of the body’s elimination organs.  It plays a vital role in removing toxins out of the blood. If the liver isn’t functioning effectively then it will struggle to detox. Toxins such as heavy metals can accumulate in the soft tissue of the body and cause a number of signs and symptoms. Some heavy metals have been connected to depression such as mercury (amalgam fillings), lead (old paint), cadmium (smoking).  There are many research papers linking heavy metal toxicity to depression. If...

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Sluggish Metabolism

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    Sluggish Metabolism When your metabolism slows down you begin to feel a bit sluggish and getting up and moving around is harder than it used to be. Then the fatigue kicks in, weight starts to build up, and you may even get puffiness under the chin, brain fog or maybe some gut issues as well.  These are all signs of a sluggish metabolism and it is coming from your thyroid. Don’t tell me, let me guess, you’ve had your thyroid checked out and everything is fine, but you don’t feel fine or you're on medication and still don't...

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Sleep deprivation

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Insomnia and sleep deprivation Going for 2 weeks of sleeping less than 6 hours per night will have the same effects as going 24 hours without sleep. Sleep is essential!!!! It is just as important as oxygen, food, and water. There are many signs that can indicate you may be sleep deprived:  Always hungry  weight gain  acting without thinking (impulsive)  constant yawning  dozing off while inactive (eg watching tv)  feeling groggy when waking in the morning  feeling groggy all day  poor concentration  mood changes  over-reacting to situations  crying without reason or for weird reasons  short term memory loss  difficulty making decisions  tripping over more frequently (sometimes over nothing)  frequent colds  blurred vision  skin breakouts  think you’ve fallen...

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Autism and ADHD

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Autism and ADHD Sometimes in a child’s early years, a parent may notice that there are some differences between their child and other children as they play. This usually occurs as a child begins either at childcare or school. These differences are not always noticeable in the home environment. You may have noticed the day to day struggles of parenting, finding it tough but just thought it was normal and thought that you are just not as good at coping as others. It may be that there are some imbalances occurring in your child’s brain development. These imbalances can present...

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