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

Mental, Physical and Emotional Wellbeing: Why Mental Health Cannot Be Treated Or Diagnosed In Isolation

Mental Health Cannot be treated in isolation

  My early relationship with mental health is one of judgement and misunderstanding. I say this in the hope that we can all admit to our collective misunderstanding of mental health. For those that carry the weight of a mental health diagnosis or are challenged by different brain disorders, the common misunderstandings and judgements cannot be resolved quickly enough. 14 months ago I came to understand the severity of mental health in a way I never thought possible. My 4 kids and I lost my incredible husband to his battle with a brain disease called depression. People that know me professionally know how incredibly passionate I am about health and wellbeing. As a chiropractor, kinesiologist and at the time of … Read More

3 Lessons I’ve Learned About Fertility

Integrative Fertility Expert, Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty

Looking back on when I first started working with people with infertility as a new naturopathic doctor, there were a few things I didn’t realize would become so relevant to my practice – and my clients’ success. Thank Goodness for Toxicology One: I didn’t realize how grateful I’d be for having (somewhat blindly) chosen Biomedical Toxicology as my major in undergrad. I really didn’t know what it was – only that it was at the U of G, sounded “biology-related”, and had co-op (which my mom encouraged me to go for so that I could put myself through school – it worked!). Thank goodness for toxicology, which taught me that the human body is capable of releasing almost any toxin … Read More

Brain Food: Naturally Nourish Your Mood & Mind

Did your mom ever tell you your least favourite food was “brain food” in hopes you’d eat it in your school lunch? Tuna salad, boiled eggs, oatmeal…Pate??… Liver?? (Your mom was right). Mind Over Grey Matter In fact, many foods offer a rich complement of brain-specific nutrients. The more brain research comes to light, the more we understand that maintaining a healthy brain indeed begins with your lifestyle: the nutrients you take in vs. the toxins you release, the way you move, the way you think. Starting with food is one of the most gratifying and self-empowered, so let’s dig into some brain food together. Make Any Food Brain Food The way to let your day to day meals qualify as … Read More

6 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

We’re almost there! With all the busyness and extra pressures that come along with the holiday season, I thought I’d share some tips I’m finding helpful in my own health journey in preparation for the festivities coming right up. 1. Take It Slow. This year, I’m trying to stay conscious of the pace at which I’m moving (or driving!) and how many things I’m booking for one day. Errands take up more time than usual in pre-Christmas week, so my husband and I are making lists and taking turns while the other one takes care of things on the home front. It’s also helpful to “make space”. Emotions can come up. We miss those who can’t be with us. Christmas is a … Read More

Health for the Holidays

With the holidays on our radars and time seemingly speeding up as the year draws to a close, how are you feeling? As I swap out my light summer layers for sweaters and long pants, I inevitably take stock of how things “fit” and how I’m “functioning” compared to the year before. I try to mentally prepare for work celebrations, parties with friends and family gatherings. As the city decorates, Santa Claus parades pass by and the intensity of this season increases, I know that protecting my health is crucial for heading into January without burnout or an extra 5 to 10 lbs! I’ve developed my approach over the years and in the context of naturopathic medicine and my clinical … Read More

Fertility Boosters: Go Beyond Your Basic Prenatal With These 3 Nutrients

One of the questions I’m asked most about is supplements for fertility. As a naturopathic doctor, creating treatment plans including clinical nutrition plans, supplements and herbs is an individualized discussion based on your symptoms, history, diet and blood work. My oath as a doctor includes the responsibility to teach the principles of healthy living. I take this further in my work with patients and clients because I want to teach you enough to help you empower yourself in your own health journey – including with your fertility. This is because I recognize the healing potential in you, and I know that evidence-based natural medicine along with your daily self-care and the work that you do on your mindset is what … Read More