By Cora Tomowich, MSc PT Hons BKin Today a patient asked me why she sometimes feels tension in the pelvic floor, specifically the vaginal area, during moments of elevated stress. “Is this normal?” she asked. “No one seems to understand or relate to my experience at all.” Truth is, this is very normal and it happens to a lot of us! So, why aren’t we talking
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Here’s the quote that started me thinking and writing about this topic: “More physical activity, better diet, including fruit and vegetables, etc., we all know this, not smoking, not too much alcohol, that we will extend our healthy life expectancy already if we do that by around about 10 – 15 years. That’s massive. None of other drugs, for example,
By Dr Shawna Darou, ND Is a morning routine the secret to health, reduced stress and vitality? I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately, and have found it so interesting that many inspirational people have a dedicated morning routine. As a busy doctor and mom, I know it sounds crazy to add one more thing to your list of things to do each day.
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND The first step in determining how your health issues began and understanding their underlying causes is to create a timeline of your life. This timeline will identify health issues, important changes, stresses, medications used, and any other events that may have shaped your current health for each stage of life from pre-conception to present. As you review your timeline later,
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND We live in a culture that embraces extremes – extreme work hours, extreme ambition, and high performance in all areas of life. When this translates to nutrition and exercise, it can actually become… well… unhealthy. Extremes with diets, exercise, fasting, cleanses, detoxes can turn out to be not so healthy on several fronts: The extreme mindset is stressful. Having too
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND I really love my job, and especially all of the wonderful people I get to work with every day. When I’m asked about who my patients are, one thing that stands out is that you come in prepared for your appointments – you’ve done research, have questions, want to understand your lab results, and are ready to take action. I
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Women’s bodies are meant to fluctuate as our hormones shift through the month, and what this means is that our moods, physical health, productivity, creativity, appetite, libido, immune systems can all vary week by week. One of the best acts of self-care you can do, is to track your menstrual cycle and how you are feeling in order to work
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND I’m frequently asked for book suggestions for women’s health, cookbooks and more. Here is my latest list of favourite health books – I hope you enjoy it! Women’s health The Hormone Diet – Natasha Turner, ND This book is an excellent review of your hormones, with a simple self-assessment and tips for restoring hormone balance. It is more than a
By Caroline Mackey, RNCP, ROHP, CNP, PTS Holistic Nutritionist, Fitness Trainer & Founder, Real Life Revolution Picture a crowded restaurant: music playing in the background, the din of people’s voices, the smell of delicious food… and the bright light shining from smart phones as people text, check emails, browse, Instagram and Snapchat their way through dinner. No matter where you find yourself, if you look
We live in a culture that is very adrenalin and testosterone driven. Adrenalin is what we turn on to fight traffic, to make a deadline, to deal with the constant rushing of life, to get to work on time, to push through a boot camp workout or a spin class, etc. You probably know the feeling of internal overdrive when you’re pushing hard on adrenalin. Testosterone is hormone associated with being driven, ambitious, competitive, aggressive, and dominant, which is highly valued in most businesses and is seen to be a positive trait for success in life. But what happens to women’s hormones in a culture that values us to be in this adrenalin / testosterone state?