You are not perfect. Nor am I. But guess what? Nobody is. It doesn’t matter what letters I or anyone else has after their name. We are all human.

Humans make mistakes. Humans get sad. Humans get mad. Humans feel insecure. Humans doubt themselves at times. These experiences are part of being human. No one is immune from them. Nobody.

So, why is there so much pressure in our society to be almost super-human? To not make a mistake? To look forever youthful? To look like we have it all together? To be rich and ‘successful?’ To be healthy and happy, everyday?

I get exhausted just thinking about all that pressure.

Another part of being human is having a deep desire for love and connection. To feel like we belong and are accepted just as we are, flaws and all. (more…)

Being truly healthy is much more than just about the absence of disease. Optimal health includes waking up with energy and enthusiasm, feeding your body well, getting adequate rest and regular exercise, feeling good in your body, and having joy and peace in your heart.

As a naturopath, I work with patients to not just help you be free of your main complaint, but also to support you in having a strong Four Pillars of Health, which are as follows:

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Your body is mostly made up of water and just like with a stream, for water to stay clean, it needs to move. The less you move your body, the more the inside of your body ends up literally looking like a murky swamp. Trust me, you don’t want that.
 
Doing hot/cold gives a boost of circulation to all the fluids in your body, bringing nutrient dense blood to all of your cells and giving you the following benefits:

The holidays are here, which means you’ll likely be around a lot of fabulous food! You can enjoy it without over doing it. Here’s how: (more…)

“Life is inherently meaningless.”

What is your reaction to that statement? Or I should say, what did your mind do with that statement? Agree? Or emphatically disagree? Make you confused? Or give you clarity? Or perhaps you responded with wonder as to why I would even say such a thing? Let me explain. (more…)

Cold & flu season is here! But there are simple things you can do to keep yourself healthy…

The commonly used explanation, ‘I caught a cold because Suzy kept coughing on me,’ is not entirely true. If it were, every person near Suzy would become ill, but this doesn’t happen. If you ‘catch’ a cold versus if you do not lies in the strength of your immune system.

A poor diet, chronic stress, alcohol, and a lack of sleep and exercise are the biggest culprits in weakening your immune system. Flu shots are touted as being a key step to take this time of year to keep you healthy. But reports of their effectiveness are actually quite mixed.

To keep your immune system robust this season, I suggest these tried and true simple tips, which will benefit you by not only boosting your immune function, but are great for your overall health and wellbeing as well: (more…)

If you live in a big city, you are breathing in unhealthy particles daily. Or, if you suffer from asthma or allergies…here are my top tips for how to improve the health of your lungs, as well as your overall health: (more…)

In the mainstream medical literature, it is now frequently reported that chemicals we have put into our environment are causing or increasing the incidence of many, many illnesses. These toxic effects occur at very low exposure levels, at or near an average person’s exposure.

By far, it is our children who are most at risk. We must do a better job protecting our children. If you have siblings or neighbors with children, or if you have grandchildren, share this information with these families.

The toxicity most relevant to most of us is chronic, the result of slow, cumulative exposure over time, year in and year out. So – don’t panic! There’s plenty of time to make a difference in your future health, and your children’s. The exposure we are concerned about happens slowly, over a long period of time. And, your body has a fantastic ability to rid itself of these poisons, most of the time! (more…)

Has this ever happened to you…you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful meal at a restaurant with friends. Your belly is sufficiently full. Yet, you still have this nagging feeling in your gut of wanting more? So then you order some dessert…but it still doesn’t do the trick. You drive home, open your fridge to fill that remaining emptiness, yet nothing sounds appealing? If your answer is yes, you are not alone.

Our bodies have hunger on many levels beyond simple physical hunger. We have emotional and spiritual hungers as well. We have a hunger for feeling excited about waking up everyday. We have a hunger for feeling satisfied with our day-to-day undertakings. We have a hunger for knowing what we are passionate about, and for creating a life in which we are allowed to live out that passion… (more…)

Food is one of the greatest pleasures in life. But how often do you actually think about the fact that the nutrients contained in the food you eat are what become your skin, your lungs, even your heart, and every other part of your body? (You’ll think again the next time you reach for some chemical ridden processed food, won’t you?)

And how can you make sure you’re absorbing the valuable nutrients contained in your food? By having great digestion. This means you have an easy and complete bowel movement first thing in the morning (and ideally after lunch and dinner as well…but if you at least have one every morning, you’re doing well), your belly feels comfortable after you eat without any bloating or pressure, and gas is a rare occurrence. So how do you rate? (more…)