What causes PMS? Does Ibuprofen impact fertility?
PMS affects 75-80% of menstruating people. That is a huge number! Especially seeing as your menstrual cycle comes on average of once per month every month of the year. What causes PMS anyway? It’s commonly the result of an overproduction of inflammatory signals called ‘prostaglandins’. Prostaglandins cause cramping pain and uterine spasms. Want to know one cause of an overproduction of prostaglandins? Stress! Stress hormones cause an imbalance in neurotransmitters that contro
5 Labs to Assess Your Fertility & What Age to Test Them
If I could only choose 5 lab tests to give you a snapshot of your fertility (with some exceptions), they would be: 1. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) $12.80 2. Leutenizing Hormone (LH) $11.00 3. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) $21.00 4. Estradiol $28.44 5. Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) $70.00 *Bonus imaging: Antral Follicle Count (completed via ultrasound) When it comes to fertility, having EARLY knowledge about where your fertility is at will give you the power to make i
Vitamin B9: Folate vs. Folic Acid… what’s the difference?
Before I begin, I want to say that not everybody will necessarily have an issue with the 'form' of vitamins found in their supplements. This article is simply meant to highlight that there ARE differences in the form of vitamins that are available on the market and we now have evidence to show how these differences may impact your health/wellbeing and your pregnancy. If you’ve been using synthetic vitamins with no health problem, then great! At the end of the day that’s all t
S U N S C R E E N - which one is best?
Let's talk all about sunscreen! The most popular sunscreen question is... what is the best sunscreen to use? Answer: The one that you enjoy and will actually use regularly. 😎 There is no ‘right’ answer to this question. Everyone has their own preference and skin type. Everyone will tolerate sunscreens differently. If you have acne, eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin, talk to me at your next appointment so we can figure out which ingredients are best for your unique needs. S
Is there science behind apple cider vinegar for blood sugar management?
This ONE food may help with managing your blood sugar. This is also safe to do during pregnancy to manage gestational diabetes! Always remember that the biggest impact on your blood glucose numbers will occur when you change WHAT you’re eating, how you’re eating, manage your stress, get adequate sleep and move your body. The info here is just food for thought.😊 Oh, how I love finding research articles published on food and how it impacts our physiology. We don’t have answers
Video: Food Swaps for Snacks & Pantry Staples
In this video, I review some packaged food items that you can purchase at local health food stores, grocery stores and online retail grocers like NaturaMarket.ca, iherb.ca and Well.ca. The items listed in this video are only pantry staples. Anything that is shelf-stable is technically considered a processed food (ex. crackers, cereals, canned items, etc.). I always encourage a focus on eating whole foods when you can, but I also know that many families need options that are q