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Naturopathic Medicine and Mental Health

When dealing with mental health concerns, research is showing the benefit of utilizing an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to treatment. Having a therapist, family doctor and Naturopathic Doctor on your team can help to treat and cope with any struggles you may be experiencing. What is a Naturopathic Doctor? Naturopathic doctors are healthcare practitioners who… Continue reading Naturopathic Medicine and Mental Health

What Does Fibre do for Digestive Health?

Navigating a healthy diet can feel like a maze. At every turn, there’s another flashing sign telling you to eat more of this and less of that. Add the constant conflicting information and it becomes even more confusing! Therefore, it’s understandable why people don’t know what or how much of certain foods and nutrients to… Continue reading What Does Fibre do for Digestive Health?

Living with Imposter Syndrome

Do you often find yourself struggling with feelings of never being ‘good enough’? If so, you may be dealing with imposter syndrome. Often, this presents in the workplace, academics and even in relationships. Generally, people dealing with imposter syndrome often struggle with feeling they are incompetent, not deserving of their accomplishments and worry that people… Continue reading Living with Imposter Syndrome

OCD – Get Out of My Head!

What is OCD? OCD is made up of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges or images that are intrusive and unwanted. Compulsions are repetitive behaviours or mental acts (i.e. praying, counting, repeating words silently) that one feels driven to perform in response to an obsession. These acts are intended to… Continue reading OCD – Get Out of My Head!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for IBS

The Mind-Body Connection:   While IBS is a physical medical condition, the mind-body connection is a strong one, so our mental state does have a significant impact on IBS symptoms. In particular, mood and gut functioning have a strong relationship. The central nervous system (our brain and spinal cord) and the enteric nervous system (our… Continue reading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for IBS

The Disaster of Doomscrolling and How to Stop

It seems like every day there is another devastating and shocking world event taking place. It made me once again think about the effects of this, on not only myself but society as a whole. With the introduction of the internet and social media, news has become so much more accessible. We often want to… Continue reading The Disaster of Doomscrolling and How to Stop

How Stress Impacts The Gut & How to Manage

The mind-gut connection is a two-way street: how we think and feel impacts the gut, and the status of the gut impacts how we think and feel. Let’s delve further into how stress impacts the gut and how to manage it!   Understanding Our Stress Response:   When we experience stress, our evolutionary protective physical… Continue reading How Stress Impacts The Gut & How to Manage

How to Aid Healthy Digestion

Quick Tips to Increase Healthy Digestion:   Aim to have seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. They are rich in fiber, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and prebiotics that nourish your digestive system. Choose whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals over white “enriched” grains. Whole grain alternatives are richer in fiber and nutrients and… Continue reading How to Aid Healthy Digestion

Understanding the Link Between Gut and Mental Health

Gastrointestinal symptoms have high comorbidity rates with generalized anxiety, health anxiety and depression. There is a strong connection between our gut and mental health. The neurotransmitters that help us feel calm and happy (i.e. serotonin and dopamine) and mainly produced in the gut. Therefore, if you struggle with a digestive condition, you will likely benefit… Continue reading Understanding the Link Between Gut and Mental Health

Managing Performance Anxiety

Whether just before a big presentation, sitting down to write a test, moments before running onto the sports field, most of us have experienced pre-performance anxiety!   For some, this experience might be mild such as butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms or an increased heartrate. For others, this may be more severe such as… Continue reading Managing Performance Anxiety