Health Tips

Health Tips, wellness articles, recipes and more from our team of naturopathic doctors and professionals at Natural Choice Medical Clinic in Guelph, Ontario.

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Abdominal Massage...More Than Just a Belly Rub

By Spencer Krueger, RMT

It may not be the first (or probably even the 10th) area of your body that you would think to get treated by your Registered Massage Therapist, but getting an abdominal massage can be the key to treating many nagging conditions that just don't seem to be getting better.

4 days 23 hours ago


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Top 5 Naturopathic Approaches to Musculoskeletal Injuries

By Dr. Alaina Gair, ND

As a naturopathic doctor, I encourage patients to think about the importance of staying active to maintain a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. The side effect of being active is that you may experience muscle pain or injury.  Did you know there are natural options for helping treat and prevent muscle injuries?

5 days 2 hours ago


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Keep getting yeast infections? It could be your hormones or your pH!

So you have tried cutting out sugar, using gentle soap, wearing cotton underwear, taking probiotics….everything!  But the yeast infections just keep coming!   What else could it be?!?

It may be that your estrogen levels are too high and/or you are suffering from suboptimal vaginal pH.

 

2 weeks 3 days ago


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10 causes of estrogen dominance

Due to many factors, estrogen dominance is on the rise!  Read about the top ten causes of estrogen dominance and learn how to get your hormones and your health back to 'normal'.  

2 weeks 5 days ago


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Boost Your Breast Health

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1 in 8 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. An estimated 26,300 Canadian women and 230 men will be diagnosed this year. That’s 72 women every day.

I wrote this blog to help you take charge of the things you CAN control! Let’s get started!   - Dr. Alaina Gair, ND

1 month 1 day ago


TOP 5 THINGS THAT YOUR NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR WILL RECOMMEND TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

Elevated blood pressure can be a silent disease, producing few or no symptoms.  While you may not feel it, you are at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, vision problems and kidney disease.  Here are five things that your Naturopathic Doctor will impliment to help you to reduce your blood pressure.

1 month 4 days ago


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Do you feel the rage before your period?

Dr. Kelsey Duncan explains how rage does not need to be something you live with on a regular basis. It’s actually a sign that something is off with your hormones.

1 month 5 days ago


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Struggling to get pregnant? These 3 lab test are a must for your success!

Why wait to know if there are going to be roadblocks?  Here are the 3 crucial lab tests to run if you’re planning on starting your family in 2018.  By: Dr. Kelsey Duncan, ND

1 month 1 week ago


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What is a Detox?

Spring is the perfect time for a detox!  Dr. Aleksandra Gasinski, ND explains what detoxing is all about.

1 month 1 week ago


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Pap Smears, HPV and Your Cervical Health

Pap Smears, HPV and Your Cervical Health.  Although your family doctor may not provide more frequent testing – there are naturopathic doctors who have a special interest in women’s health who can provide the test and make recommendations for treatment.  - By Dr. Alaina Gair, ND

1 month 1 week ago


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You ARE Good Enough

"I want each person to feel and know they there are 'GOOD ENOUGH.'” - Cindy Owen, RP, MBT 

Know that you are doing the best you can with what you have.  Work on recognizing those harmful ‘seeds’.  Don’t nurture them by repeating and believing them, or worse, by blaming them on others.

2 months 3 weeks ago


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The Skill of Radical Acceptance

Radical acceptance is a way to better cope with day to day disappointments, frustrations and larger life issues that we can not necessarily change.

2 months 3 weeks ago


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What are my treatment options in integrative oncology?

Dr. Aleksandra Gasinski, ND, discusses the role of high dose IV Vitamin C therapy for cancer care.

2 months 4 weeks ago


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PART IV - 3 Ways to Heal Adrenal Fatigue Naturally: Supplements

Supplements can be an important tool in recovering from adrenal fatigue, especially if your stress isn’t going anywhere.

3 months 2 days ago


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What is IV therapy and is it right for me?

Dr. Aleksandra Gasinski, ND, of Natural Choice Medical Clinic, discusses how IV therapy can be used to boost energy!

3 months 1 week ago


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WHEN DO I OVULATE? - How to determine the exact days when your body is primed for conception.

Our body presents us with lots of ‘hints’ as to our fertility.  We just need to know what we are looking for.  Start here and learn how to track your cycle to improve your fertility!

3 months 1 week ago


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Part III - 3 Ways to Heal Adrenal Fatigue: Diet

After stress management (see 3 Ways to Heal Adrenal Fatigue - PART II), the next way to help your adrenal glands heal is through diet.  With carefully curated food choices, we can eliminate things that stress the adrenals and slow down recovery – so you can get back to feeling your best!

3 months 1 week ago


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5 Foods to Balance Your Hormones

There are several supplements and hormone replacement options that your Naturopathic Doctor can discuss with you to help ease you into this next stage of life but there are also changes you can make to your diet to help your menopause symptoms.

3 months 2 weeks ago


Nutrition is crucial to our overall health; working with the right Nutrition Professional can be key to your success!

Nutritionist vs. Dietician.....What's the Difference??

Nutrition is crucial to our overall health; working with the right Nutrition Professional can be key to your success!

What is a Holistic Nutritionist?   5 Differences You Should Know Between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian.   By Naomi Law, R.H.N

3 months 3 weeks ago


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The Mindful Way to Simple Living

De-clutter the mind with the simple practice of mindfulness.

4 months 5 days ago


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Naturopathic Prenatal Care - The First Trimester

Pregnancy is an amazing journey, full of ups and downs.  Be prepared for all of the possible symptoms of pregnancy and you will enjoy your pregnancy all the more.

4 months 2 weeks ago


Adrenal Fatigue, Stress Management

Part II - 3 Ways to Heal Adrenal Fatigue Naturally: Stress Management

Stress management is usually part of what’s missing for people who develop adrenal fatigue.

5 months 5 days ago


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Part I - Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a stress-induced epidemic, often the result of a lifestyle without support or management. 

5 months 1 week ago


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What are the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)? Is BHRT safe?

Whether it be because of the world that we live in, the food that we eat, the lifestyles that we choose or simply beca

6 months 2 days ago


Vicki Sydor, MSW, RSW is a counsellor and Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach in Guelph, Ontario

5 REASONS WHY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FAIL

With the new year, comes new hope, a chance to start all over and make the upcoming year better than the last.

6 months 1 week ago


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Age Gracefully Into Your 50s by Following These 5 Simple Steps

Many of us dread getting older and dream of finding that perfect little anti-aging pill, or the secrets to perfect skin and optimal health.

7 months 1 week ago


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Improve Egg Quality and Optimize Fertility with These 12 Steps

While yes, it is true that a woman’s egg quality does start to deteriorate once a woman reaches their 30s, it is not too late!  Egg quality can be improved!!

7 months 4 weeks ago


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Why am I so tired all of the time!?!

You have probably been to your physician and have been told that your thyroid, iron, B12 and other blood test results are normal.  A Naturopathic Doctor will carefully look over your blood test results and properly diagnose your deficiencies or excesses. 

8 months 4 days ago


Mindfulness, Alicia Gillett

5 Steps to a More Mindful Life

Author: Alicia Gillett, MSW, RSW

 

8 months 1 week ago


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The Power of Progesterone!

It's not always all about estrogen.  Learn about the power of progesterone!  Think your progesterone is a bit off?  Come see one of our Naturopathic Doctors!

8 months 3 weeks ago


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Bullying: What You Can Do To Support Your Child

Bullying! We hear this word all too often. Learn what you can do to support your child if they tell you they have experienced bullying.

9 months 1 day ago


Hypothyroidism Treatment - Guelph Naturopath

Hypothyroidism and how our Naturopathic Doctors can help

What is the thyroid?

9 months 1 week ago


Did you know that there is a difference between a “naturopath” and a “Naturopathic Doctor”?

Our Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Harmonie Eleveld, Dr. Kelsey Duncan and Dr. Aleksandra Gasinski received bachelor’s degrees from accredited Canadian Universities and then went on to graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto.

9 months 2 weeks ago


Causes of Infertility - Fertility Naturopath Guelph

3 Common Causes of Infertility That You May Not Know You Have!

When it comes to getting pregnant, the road can be tough for some.

1 year 2 days ago


3 Supplements to Take During your 2nd Trimester for a Healthy Baby (and Mom too!)

So you have survived the first trimester!

1 year 1 month ago


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Where in Guelph to eat and shop during your Spring Detox!

It is that time of year when the talk of Spring Detoxing is everywhere!

1 year 2 months ago


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HOW NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE CAN HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH

Stressed? Anxious? Depressed? Dr. Aleksandra Gasinski, ND explains some natural treatments for mental health.

1 year 3 months ago


PMS

PMS: What do anxiety, breast tenderness and bloating have in common?

What do anxiety, breast tenderness and bloating have in common? Read on to find out what your PMS is trying to tell you.

1 year 5 months ago


Hypothyroid

Tired, Sluggish, & Overweight? It Might be your Thyroid

Hypothyroidism is a commonly misdiagnosed condition in women due to incomplete testing. Check if you are hypothyroid with 3 commonly missed lab tests.

1 year 5 months ago


Period 101: understanding your cycle

Period 101: Understanding your Cycle in 3 Easy Steps

Period 101: What are your hormones doing throughout the month and how are your period symptoms trying to give you clues about hormonal imbalances.

1 year 5 months ago


Boost your Milk Supply, Naturally

If you need some help boosting your supply, here are some natural and safe tips to jump start milk production.

1 year 6 months ago


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Breakthrough Holiday Tips with Dr. Duncan

Dr. Kelsey Duncan, ND shares her advice for having an enjoyable but productive holiday season. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

1 year 6 months ago


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Naturopathic Medicine After Cancer Treatment

There are many reasons to use naturopathic medicine after cancer treatment, including decreasing long-term side effects and preventing future recurrence.

1 year 7 months ago


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Dr. Duncan's tips for heartburn in pregnancy

Many women suffer from heartburn during pregnancy. It can be annoying but also painful. Watch Dr. Duncan's tips to reduce your suffering

1 year 7 months ago


Dysmenorrhea

Period Cramping Your Style?

Why you may be suffering + how to start living cramp-less each month. Many women suffer from dysmenorrhea, cramps during their periods, in silence.

1 year 9 months ago


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Reducing Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

Naturopathic medicine can help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, allowing cancer patients to move through treatment more comfortably.

1 year 9 months ago


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What to Stock in Your Medicine Cabinet This Fall

Natural immune-boosting tips for back to school cold and flu season to keep you healthy from Natural Choice Medical Clinic in Guelph.

1 year 10 months ago


Pregnancy

Reduce Nausea in the First Trimester Naturally

Kelsey Duncan, Naturopathic Intern at our clinic in Guelph, shares her top 3 natural tips in reducing nausea and vomiting in the first trimester.

1 year 10 months ago


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Bioidentical Hormones & Menopause

Dr. Eleveld, Naturopathic Doctor in Guelph explains Bioidentical Hormones for the treatment of concerns during menopause.

2 years 2 months ago


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Foods that Fight Cancer: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are superfoods when it comes to preventing and fighting cancer, whether used in the diet or as supplements

2 years 2 months ago


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Preventing Cancer and Recurrence

There are a number of healthy steps you can take to prevent cancer and cancer recurrence, including eating greens, exercising, and reducing toxin exposure.

2 years 3 months ago


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Health Tips for Optimizing your Omega 3 Fatty Acids Levels

The Consequences of An Unhealthy Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio and the Best Sources of Omega 3’s!

2 years 3 months ago


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Naturopathic Support for Breast Cancer

Naturopathic treatments are gaining recognition for cancer-killing activity and the ability to decrease side effects of chemotherapy or radiation.

2 years 4 months ago


Cortisol Stress Hormone

How Stress is Stealing Your Hormones

Stress used to serve one purpose – that was to run from lions and tigers and bears. That used to happen occasionally. Now it happens ALL THE TIME.

2 years 5 months ago


Estrogen Dominance

Menopause: Are we meant to go through it?

“Isn’t menopause normal? Aren’t we meant to go through it? Shouldn’t my body be going through this process?”

2 years 5 months ago


Naturopathic Cancer Care

A growing body of research is now showing that naturopathic medicine can complement conventional cancer care very well.

2 years 6 months ago


How To Be PMS Free By Month End

Breaking down your PMS symptoms and how to be PMS-free by next month

2 years 6 months ago


3 Ways to Stay Energized This Holiday Season

Taking care of yourself during this time will help you survive the holidays with pep in your step and minimal bags under your eyes.

2 years 7 months ago


10 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Fertility Naturally!

On average, approximately one in seven couples has difficulty conceiving and about a quarter of all pregnancies end up in miscarriages. 

2 years 8 months ago


Health Tips for a Happy Healthy Pregnancy

Emotions during this time are ever-changing and hormone fuelled; from excitement and joy of the upcoming bundle, to anxiety and fear. 

2 years 10 months ago


The Versatility of honey

Honey has been around for more than 150 million years and there are many positive nutritional and health benefits from this household item.

2 years 11 months ago


Curry in a Hurry

Love it or hate it, more and more health benefits are coming to light about this golden powder. 

3 years 1 month ago


Anti Cancer Dietary Guidelines

Let’s talk about protein, fats, dairy, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Download our Anti Cancer Dietary Guidelines PDF today.

3 years 2 months ago


The Essentials of Essential oils for your Home and Health

Essential oils can be used in cleaning, as topical applications to the skin (when diluted in a carrier oil), for inhalation or for aromatherapy.

3 years 2 months ago


Naturopathic Morning Smoothie

My morning smoothie is typically the same everyday.

3 years 3 months ago


Beat the Sneezes

Spring has sprung and for those of us with seasonal allergies, this means any combination of sneezing, wheezing, and itchy watery eyes just to name a few!

3 years 3 months ago


Combating Insomnia

The first step is identifying potential reasons you are suffering from insomnia, from there you can try some of my strategies for combating it.

3 years 3 months ago


Naturopathic Medicine and Mental Health

Do you feel clear, grounded and balanced? Or are you at the whim of emotions that seem to take you over? 

3 years 4 months ago


The Best Kale Salad Recipe

I can't take full credit for this one - it is an adapted version of a recipe given to me by my mother in law. This one is always a hit when hosting!

3 years 4 months ago


Naturopathic Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a randomized clinical trial

3 years 5 months ago


Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 - Environmental Working Group

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 - 2014 shopper's guide to pesticide in produce by Environmental Working Group.

3 years 5 months ago


Meta-analysis on organic produce and health

Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops.

3 years 5 months ago


Avoid a Miserable Menopause

During peri-menopause and menopause, many different hormones change drastically but the changes that happen can be different for every woman.

3 years 6 months ago


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