Food, Health & Lifestyle

Why You Should Detox to Improve Your Gut Health

By |January 22nd, 2020|

The point of detox is to rid the body of toxins.  According to the Textbook of Natural Medicine, toxins are ‘any compound that can have a detrimental effect on cell function or structure’.  We can be exposed to toxins from inside the body (endogenously) such as those created by pathogens, or exogenously (from outside the body) by chemicals and heavy metals

Sources of Mercury and How It’s Impacting Your Gut Health

By |January 1st, 2020|

Mercury inside your body is more common then you think in today's era.  Many people assume that if they had mercury stored within their body that it would be obvious and they would have severe symptoms.  However, you can have unhealthily high levels of mercury without being on your death bed.

3 Links Between Gut Health and Anxiety

By |December 17th, 2019|

I'm really excited to start to share with you and hopefully form new connections in your mind that the link between anxiety and gut health.  When most practitioners think about anxiety, they think about doing therapy - mostly through CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) as this is the most researched, and effective forms of therapy for anxiety.  But what happens when CBT isn't effective.  Or when it brings your anxiety down, but not where you want it to be?

How to Go Paleo

By |December 6th, 2019|

Eating a Paleo Diet essentially means that you consuming foods that were presumed to be eaten by our ancestors during the Paleolithic period and therefore we are genetically adapted to eat.  This might sound like a lot to take into consideration, but Paleo is guided by 5 easy to follow principles.

The Connection Between Gut Issues & Estrogen Dominance

By |November 5th, 2019|

In females, estrogen dominance occurs when progesterone levels are lower than estrogen levels.That's a whole host of symptoms that you have with estrogen dominance! So let's get into some of the links between the food we eat and gut health, and how this can impact estrogen dominance!

5 Ways Your Thyroid is Impacted by Poor Gut Health

By |October 25th, 2019|

Many people think that the thyroid is the root cause of their health issues.  This, in fact, is not the case.  Poor thyroid health is an indicator that there are deeper issues going on.  And it is your job to get to the root cause of it! Digestion and thyroid health are tightly linked.  The digestive symptoms associated with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) include constipation and digestive issues due to poor stomach acid production.  The digestive symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) include loose stools and diarrhea

Are You Making These 4 Mistakes When Treating SIBO?

By |October 9th, 2019|

First and foremost, the mistake that I see a lot of people make is that they don't treat the underlying infections.  They come to me and say "Hey Jodie I want to do a SIBO test. I really think that I have SIBO. I have all the symptoms of SIBO - the gas, the bloating, the stomach discomfort on the smelly farts.. I'm certain that I have SIBO, so let's knock it out". The problem with doing that is that you can't treat SIBO first.  SIBO actually is one of the last things that

Is SIBO leading to your IBS symptoms?

By |September 24th, 2019|

BS is a super common diagnosis made today within the conventional medical system.  This diagnosis usually comes with lack of tangible strategies on how to make the IBS go away, and patients often leave the doctor’s office feeling helpless and thinking that they must learn to live with the discomfort that IBS brings....

Five Hacks to Improve Your Sleep

By |December 21st, 2018|

Most of us have been there:  A night of tossing and turning despite valiant attempts to get a good night’s rest.  Maybe you are waking up feeling more exhausted then you were when you went to bed the night before.  It can be frustrating, especially if you are trying to do everything right.....

Tanked Testosterone

By |December 5th, 2018|

The research on testosterone levels among men is startling. The levels of male testosterone are decreasing across time, leading to endemic levels of low testosterone levels in middle aged and older men.  Statistics from one lab company found that 80% of men from over 7000 blood tests had below optimal levels of free testosterone.  And when you get over 30 years of age, it is estimated that 1 in 4 men have low levels of testosterone.

Five signs you may be suffering from copper toxicity

By |November 14th, 2018|

Copper toxicity is not a hot topic in today’s health world, but it should be.   In the 1950’s about 40-50% of HTMA (hair, tissue and mineral analysis) were showing copper toxic patterns, while today, that number is soaring to between 70-80% of HTMAs with a copper toxic pattern. Here are 5 key signs you need to look into copper toxicity...

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The Air We Breathe

By |June 30th, 2018|

It is estimated that we currently spend an average of 80 to 90% of our day indoors.   This means that the quality of our indoor air extremely important.  In fact, indoor air quality (IAQ) may in fact be much poorer than outdoor air quality. Research by

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Letting Go

By |June 26th, 2018|

That which we have not let go of, begins to pile up and weigh down the soul, akin to walking around every day with a backpack full of rocks.   Forgiveness may seem like a simple concept, but it is one of the hardest things to implement. There has been

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False Thoughts

By |June 26th, 2018|

This was one of my favourite lines when I worked in private practice as a therapist. How we interpret situations impacts how we feel about ourselves and others and as a result, how we relate to the world.   Let’s imagine the following scenario

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Mindful Living

By |June 25th, 2018|

There are a lot of misconceptions about meditation, likely because there is a lack of general census across the scientific community and across various cultures on the specific definition of meditation. Mindfulness as a practice of meditation is much more accessible to the general population.  It was brought to the Western world

  • estrogen dominance

The Gut-Brain Connection

By |June 24th, 2018|

The health state of our gut is correlated with the brain's health state. When the gut is exposed to infection, environmental toxins or foods that it is intolerant or healthy foods (read: greasy, fried, high in fructose), the lining of the gut becomes damaged and leaky. The body then

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The Healing Power of Nature

By |June 20th, 2018|

Nature is being prescribed as an essential component of healing.  Forest bathing, otherwise known as nature therapy or Shinrin-yoku, was introduced in Japan as part of

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Just Breathe

By |June 20th, 2018|

Our breath both begins and ends life. It is both autonomic and voluntary.   It has an amazing ability to heal both our bodies and our minds, the power of which science has only recently confirmed. On average

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A Healthy Mouth

By |June 15th, 2018|

Before I started having major gut issues, I was cavity free. But as soon as my gut started acting up, my oral health became a disaster. One of my favourite ways to keep my oral microbiome healthy is through oil pulling. You may think that mouthwash will do the trick; however, mouthwash kills the good bacteria as well.

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