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What is a Food Sensitivity Test?

Food sensitivity is not a disease. However, it may play a role in causing disease or worsening certain symptoms. A protein called zonulin regulates the permeability of the connection between cells in the digestive tract. Zonulin is up-regulated by gluten and pathogenic bacteria, leading to increased intestinal permeability; also called “leaky gut” [1]. With increased

6 Reasons You Might Have SIBO

Generally when a patients comes to see me for digestive reasons, I consider the SIBO test. Specifically, many of those with stomach troubles like gas, bloating and abdominal pain have already tried taking probiotics to address symptoms. 9 times out of 10 a probiotic can help dramatically! However, there are situations where taking a probiotic doesn’t

Spring in your step!

Want more Spring in your step this season? Well, read on! Here are my top 5 tips on how to do this adapted from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) traditions.   Eat your greens (and not the light green iceburg lettuce kind). Spring is fueled by the energy of the Liver. This is the time when many

Holistic Dentistry in the Junction

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Shanny Chang and her team recently at Junction Family Dental Care. She shares a holistic view on oral health. She may likely recommend a probiotic once an antibiotic is prescribed. Forward thinking, check.  I am thankful that our offices are in the same neighbourhood. Dr. Chang shared with

The truth about detoxing

We currently live in a time where toxin exposure is highest than it has ever been before. We are chronically exposed to toxic and unhealthy substances in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Our cells lack the essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes that they need to be able

Biofeedback to reduce stress

Biofeedback as a Tool to Manage Stress   Stress, it’s not all bad. Stress is a physiological response that arises when we encounter a situation that we do not have the ability to manage.   How do we respond to stress? Let’s begin by understanding how our bodies function. Our thoughts and feelings towards situations

Feed on Fiber

Top Tips for Managing School Lunches

I have a confession… I don’t like back to school. Yes, by the end of summer the girls and I crave order and routine. But the first day of school brings the start of (insert dramatic music here) LUNCHES! Fear not, I still feed my children during the summer but there is an ease to summer lunches.

3 Simple Tips to Re-Establish Routine

It is that time of the year when the days get shorter and the nights become longer. This year, September 22, 2017 marks the Fall Equinox; the time in the Northern Hemisphere when summer comes to an end and autumn begins. The word Equinox is derived from the Latin word “equal night”, where the night

Unexplained Infertility: Biofeedback as a Tool

One of the most frustrating diagnoses I encounter in my practice is “Unexplained Infertility.” Most couples that come to my office with this new medical label are despondent and teary-eyed. My role as a Naturopathic Doctor is to inform them that besides ultrasounds and hormone tests, there are other ways to evaluate fertility. What about

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