Do you have Brain Fog? – Signs You May Have “Leaky Brain Syndrome”

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By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND What is Leaky Brain Syndrome? The blood brain barrier surrounds and protects the brain. The cells of the blood brain barrier form very tight junctions only allowing very small molecules and particles through, such as nutrients, and blocks neurotoxins. This is similar to the intestinal barrier that keeps large food particles out of our bloodstream. Like the gut, the blood

Pelvic & Fertility Massage


By Patti MacGregor, RMT Pelvic massage [aka Mercier massage therapy] is for women with reproductive tract adhesions. These adhesions act like glue disrupting the function of affected organs. massage involves gentle stretching to loosen tightened areas of soft tissue this is continued until the tension is released decreasing the adhesions. Building a solid foundation and core is a healthy, non-invasive solution to many fertility problems,

The Anxiety Vortex: The thoughts that fuel anxiety


The Anxiety Vortex: The thoughts that fuel anxiety is Part 1 of a four-part blog series on anxiety and anxiety disorders. In this series Kristina Schwalm, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, addresses the important issues surrounding anxiety and anxiety treatment. You might laugh, you might cry – okay, well you probably won’t do either of these things – but more importantly – you will learn to

The Yeast Epidemic

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By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND The balance of organisms in your gut, also called the gut microbiome, is very important to so may aspects of your health: digestion, mood, hormone balance, weight, energy, mental function and more. The most common imbalance has to do with yeast, which are ‘opportunistic’ organisms, meaning that if there is an opening, they will grow. These openings usually come from

Fitness After Having a Baby


By Shirley Srubiski, Kinesiologist New moms often wonder when they can expect to get back to the gym or start a new high-intensity fitness program after having a baby. Unfortunately, this is a tough question to answer as there is no one size fits all when it comes to postnatal recovery and readiness to exercise. Before engaging in a fitness program postpartum it essential to

Interview with Julie Skirving from Logan & Finley

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What is Logan & Finley, and what makes you unique? Logan and Finley is an urban general store in the heart of the West Queen West neighbourhood in Toronto. We feature thoughtfully chosen, well designed, ethically sourced clothing for men and women, accessories, skin care, cleaning products, food storage, specialty food, gifts and cards. Each matches our criteria of being built to last, local or

Interview with Kristina Schwalm, Mental Health Therapist

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Kristina Schwalm comes to Darou Wellness with over ten years experience in clinical mental health. She is a therapist, supervisor and instructor in CBT and Mindfulness based therapies, both evidence-based and widely recognized as gold standards in psychotherapeutic treatment in vast areas of mental health. What do you love most about your job? Working one-to-one with people everyday is a true honour. There is nothing

Food Cravings: messages your body is sending you


By Caroline Mackey, RNCP, ROHP, CNP, PTS Holistic Nutritionist & Fitness Trainer Most of us know the struggle – the afternoon cravings for carb and sugar, the late night snacking urges, the call of chocolate… The list goes on. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that cravings are about a lot more than just a desire for unhealthy foods that you feel

Temporary PCOS? Explaining Pill-Induced PCOS


By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND A very common time for women to be diagnosed with PCOS is after coming off the birth control pill. The pill suppresses the communication between the brain and your ovaries which stops ovulation. When most women stop the pill, this communication will come back right away along with regular ovulation and regular periods. Some women however, will experience ovulation suppression

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep


By Dr. Hilary Booth, ND When it comes to sleep, the most important thing to ask yourself is: Do I wake up feeling well rested? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. A national health study found that 37% of adults aged 20-39, and 40.3% of adults 40-59 reported getting less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night1. These stats only reflect