Herbal Support for Stressful Days – Gentle Nervines

Stress needs no introduction. Holding that ball of stress in our stomachs, chests, or minds sends our bodies into emergency mode – maybe you experience it through shifts in appetite, digestion, butterflies in your stomach, mental and physical exhaustion, loss of sleep, increased PMS – as your body struggles to defend itself. Stress is inevitable, and we’ll always live amongst its waves. Rather than resisting and ignoring the shifts stress causes in our bodies, causing more tension, how can we meet stress’ edges and learn instead to soften and support our bodies?   Nervines are herbs that act on the nervous system, either in a relaxing, sedative, or stimulating way. Just like you might turn to coffee as a nervine … Read More

Meet Katherine Peloso Smith, Nutritionist!

Katherine Peloso Smith, Guelph Nutritionist

Katherine Peloso Smith is a registered holistic nutritionist and graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is dedicated to empowering others to nourish their bodies optimally through whole foods, natural supplementation and healthy lifestyle choices. Her practice encompasses a complete mind, body and spirit approach to uncovering the root cause of health concerns and uses real-life, practical tactics to do so. Katherine specializes in women and family nutrition with a special focus on supporting mothers through fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum. She is also very passionate about infant and toddler nutrition, and working with families who have children with learning and behavioural conditions. Katherine strongly believes that the key to a healthy and sustainable future is to improve our … Read More

5 Ways to Boost Egg Quality & IVF Success

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There’s a lot riding on an IVF cycle. Although IVF is the most advanced modern medical approach to infertility – and a godsend for thousands of now-parents – on average (assuming no other interventions such as the ones we’re about to discuss here) each couple has just about a 30% chance of bringing home a baby, after 4 IVF cycles. With each cycle costing an average of $15,000 – not to mention the physical and emotional toll of going through fertility treatments – we definitely want to make it count. Egg quality issues are among the top reasons for IVF failure. In this blog, we’re going to explore 5 ways to enhance follicle and egg quality in advance of IVF … Read More

Feeling Fertile: 4 Mindset Shifts to Enhance IVF Success

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In this article, we explore how our mindset informs our physiology when it comes to hormone health, fertility, and our emotional experience. Plan Your Pre-Season Just as it takes three months for the body to complete an egg’s development before ovulation, it takes the same amount of time for the eggs that will be retrieved for IVF to be cultivated, and to respond to the medications that will be used to increase the number of eggs retrieved. Similarly, it takes three months to prepare sperm in the male reproductive system. During this three month preconception season, both eggs and sperm are sensitive to the quality of your diet and the level of stress you’re both under. Just as athletes prepare … Read More

Is the Pill Killing Your Future Fertility?

You have found the partner you want to spend your life with, but you may not be ready to have a baby, just yet… So what now? First, how far away are babies for you 3 months, 6 months or 12 months? Are you currently on the pill or any hormonal contraceptive? Did you know….. It takes a minimum of 3 months (but realistically more like 6-12 months) after coming off the pill to realign your body and hormones, including knowing what the heck is happening with your menstrual cycles, before your body is even ready to consider having a baby. Post birth control syndrome Post birth control syndrome, can happen after coming off the pill (or any hormonal contraceptive, … Read More

Introducing Courtney Clayson-Russell

  Courtney Clayson-Russell is a recent graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, ON. With a focus on the treating the whole body, Courtney aims to help her patients create a balanced lifestyle in addition to using other modalities, including nutrition, supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Courtney has taken additional training in fertility, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and sports medicine. She is also a certified naturopathic birth doula. After completing her Masters Degree in Integrative Biology (MSc), with a focus in Botany from Wilfrid Laurier University, Courtney learned the true power of natural medicines.  She decided to deepen her understanding of these medicines by continuing her education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. With a strong background … Read More

Birth Prep with Christa VanderVelde

“Don’t get an epidural, it’s bad for you AND your baby!” “Don’t try to be a “hero”, natural childbirth is agony!” “Are you sure you want a water birth/hospital birth/homebirth?” ….   You get the idea! It comes from all directions. We hear it from great aunties at family Easter celebrations, blogs, youtube videos, facebook ads, (it’s like they know you’re pregnant before you do… hello organic diaper ads). Sometimes that absolutely information overload can leave you feeling even more confused and wondering if there really ever was a time you were happy sobbing on the bathroom floor holding a pregnancy test! Birth – broken down I see you beautiful mamas! I see your fear, your overwhelm and your secret … Read More