HEALTH BLOG

Health Benefits of Herbal Medicine For Harmful Effects of Stress

Through a complicated network of hormonal interactions, prolonged stress results in a raging appetite, metabolic decline, loads of belly fat, and a loss of hard-won, metabolically active muscle tissue. In other words, stress makes us soft, flabby, and much older than we truly are! According to Mary Dallman, a professor of physiology at the University […]

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The Stress of Life and How It Impacts Your Workout

By New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of Clear Medicine Natasha Turner Generally, cortisol follows a natural healthy pattern of release that looks like this: It’s highest first thing in the morning, which allows you to get up, feel energized and get going with your day. It remains elevated, gradually declining until the evening, […]

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GABA and Its Relationship to Your Brain, Energy, and Mood

A new imaging study from UC Davis Health has found that people who exercise have better mental fitness. This study found that intense exercise increases levels of two common neurotransmitters —glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA — that are responsible for chemicalmessaging within the brain. Published in The Journal of Neuroscience (Feb 2016), the finding […]

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QUIZ – Are You Protein Deficient?

By New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of Clear Medicine Natasha Turner You are what you eat, especially when it comes to how your body embraces protein. Proteinsare essential to every part of the human body. Our bones, muscles, skin, and nearly every vitalorgan or tissue contain them. How much we consume, what type, […]

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Fall Reset with Dr. Marlee Guy ND: 10 Tips to Help You Get Back on Track

As we say goodbye to carefree summer days and welcome the transition into fall, there are somany things to look forward to – the crisp, clean air, the leaves changing colour, the biggestfashion season, the return of school and busier schedules, and of course, everything pumpkinspice! With this transition, we often find ourselves inspired with […]

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3-Step Plan for Adrenal Repair: Relief From the Consequence of Constant Stress

If you always feel tense or anxious, your body remains in a constant state of heightened arousal. Constantly overproducing cortisol and adrenaline day after day because of ongoing stress, multi-tasking, skipping meals, excessive calorie restriction, insufficient carbohydrate intake, too much protein consumption, lack of sleep or too much coffee will lead to adrenal gland burnout. […]

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Have Ragweed Allergies? Don’t forget adrenals

Ragweed pollen allergy is a major cause of seasonal allergies that you probably feel the effects of ragweed pollen in the late summer and fall. Ragweed starts pollinating as early as July in some areas, but most commonly, it appears in August and peaks in mid-September. Ragweed pollen can stick around as late as November, […]

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Fullness for Fat loss – Seven Reasons to Get More Fibre Now…

by Natasha Turner It’s all about your fibre intake. In general, most adults tend to take in an average of only 16 grams per day, while optimal daily recommendations are closer to 30 to 35 grams. There are two types of fibre—soluble and insoluble—and your body needs both for optimal health, digestion and elimination. Soluble […]

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30-min full body workout that builds strength and powers-up your energy!

written by Natasha Turner This is the type of training I have been doing lately – five days a week but you can start with two. You do the circuit twice, reps 15 to 20 on each exercise, rest when you need to rest, and finish with some ab exercises. Exercises: complete two rounds 15 […]

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Tips to Reduce Your Fat Intake to Keep You in Ketosis

By New York Times Bestselling Author, Natasha Turner Cutting your fat intake – it does sound contrary to current diet trends doesn’t it? But! When you aren’t moving much during the day and you wish to lose fat or maintain your weight, a great place to start is by limiting caloric intake from fats. This […]

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How’s your Mood?

We thought it would be a good time to chat about mood and share this excerpt from Natasha Turner’s bestselling book The Hormone Diet which you can purchase on Amazon (Canada) or USA Amazon. We also have included a mood quiz at the end to figure out if you are low in serotonin, GABA or […]

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Key 7: The Relationship between Liver and Bowel Function

Read key 6 here Fiber consumption and bowel function are essential for maintaining a healthy, happy liver. The liver, you will recall, is the major detoxification and fat-burning organ in the body through a complex set of biochemical pathways. The liver pumps excess fat and waste products into the small intestines through bile. If your […]

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KEY 6: Eliminate the Bad Bugs in Belly

Read Key 5 here Antibiotics can disrupt our healthy bacterial balance by killing off our beneficial bacteria together with the bad, infection-causing bacteria, leaving the perfect environment for yeast and other harmful bacteria to grow and flourish. Harmful bacterial or yeast can also grow with use of the birth control pill, immune compromise, steroid medications, […]

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Key 5 Reduce Negative Effects of Stress on Digestion

Read Key 4 here Several nerves connect the nervous system of our digestive tract to the central nervoussystem (CNS) and, vice versa, the CNS to our GI tract. Through these cross connections, sensory information can be provided to the GI tract and CNS, and the CNS can affect our GI function. But remember what happens […]

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KEY 4: Resolve Inflammation and Poor Immunity by Repairing the Digestive Tract Wall

Read Key 3 The competency of the entire wall of the digestive tract is dependent upon healthy food choices, bacterial balance, sufficient enzymes and acid levels and inflammation control. An imbalance in any one of these important factors may result in an irritation of the digestive tract wall. When that happens, tiny holes may form, […]

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Seven Keys to Digestive Health Key 3

KEY 3: Re-establish Healthy Bacterial Balance These days we are constantly bombarded by commercial messages urging us to fight germs and rid ourselves of bacteria. But in the right places and amounts, bacteria are actually very valuable to our health and wellness. These beneficial bacteria, also called probiotics, are found mostly in our digestive tract. […]

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Six Supplements to Add to Your Allergy Fighting Arsenal

For some people spring means renewal, but for allergy sufferers it means sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes. Allergies — with symptoms ranging from sinus congestion and hay fever to asthma, dermatitis or hives — are a sign of impaired immune function. According to the Asthma Society of Canada, one in five Canadians suffer from respiratory allergies like […]

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Seven Keys to Digestive Health – Key 2 Reduce Bloating

KEY 2: Reduce Bloating and Aid Nutrient Absorption by Replacing Enzymes or Acid Levels Commonly known as stomach acid, hydrochloric acid (HCL) is essential for proper functioning of your digestive system because it activates digestive enzymes that break down your food for absorption. Many vitamins and minerals need stomach acid for optimal absorption, including magnesium, […]

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Hormone Diet 14 Day Detox

Our liver, kidneys and intestines are the body’s natural cleaning team. They all work together to package toxic compounds for removal. Over time, the function of these organs, especially the liver, can be compromised by illness, poor nutrition, stress, pollution or toxic lifestyle habits (e.g., drugs, alcohol or tobacco). When the clean-up process is not […]

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Seven Keys to Digestive Health – Key 1

This is the beginning of a seven part series on digestive health. The digestive system is a set of organs responsible for food breakdown, nutrient absorption and elimination of waste. This intricate system is critical for hormonal balance because it controls its own functions via hormonal signals. Amazingly, over 30 hormone genes are currently known […]

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Why am I so Tired?

By Natasha Turner New York Times Bestselling Author of The Supercharged Hormone Diet and The Hormone Diet Most of us recognize our stress levels exceed what is widely considered to be healthy. And yet, although we understand the importance of healthy behaviors like making attempts to manage it, by eating right, getting enough sleep and […]

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Shopping at the Clear Medicine Dispensary

Since we were established in 2008, our experience has shown us that our patients obtain the most benefit when using supplements, protein powders or meal replacements in conjunction with nutritional and naturopathic advice rooted in The Hormone Diet approach. If you have not yet had the pleasure of an appointment at Clear Medicine (in person […]

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Hair Loss in Women

By Dr. Marlee Guy ND Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that glamorous, voluminous, Victoria’s Secret-worthy hair? Many of us find ourselves spending an impressive amount of time and money on our hair as we strive to achieve those long, luscious locks—for reasons which are likely connected unconsciously to deeply rooted societal ideals. Nevertheless, our […]

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12 Day Metabolic Reset

Being super thin is very different from being healthy. The distinction lies in understanding body composition – the ratio of lean to fatty tissue that makes up your total body weight. Your body is comprised of many tissues, including fat, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs and also plenty of water. Healthy body composition is determined […]

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IV nutrient therapy and how it can help you

Naturopathic Doctors go through extensive training and licensing process to be able to provide individualized IV therapy prescriptions. They create your IV formula based on your individual needs.  Please keep in mind that not all Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to provide this treatment.  WHY GET IV TREATMENTS? In this treatment nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream. […]

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Naturopathic Approach to Acne

by Dr. Samantha Zahavi ND If you are reading this, you likely suffer from acne or know someone who might need help improving their skin. Acne may be on our skin, on the outside, but it often reflects what’s going on deeper in our bodies – namely, in our digestive system (stomach, liver, intestinal health, […]

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The Fat Burning, Health Boosting Power of Protein

Protein powders can provide an excellent source of protein in our diets. If you are a conscious eater attempting to balance healthy carbs, proteins and fats at each meal, you are probably aware that finding lean sources of protein can sometimes be challenging. This is especially true if you are a vegan, a vegetarian or […]

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Eight Appetite Rules to Live By

Rule #1: Spoil Your Dinner Remember the plant from Little Shop of Horrors, with its demands to “Feed me”? The hormone ghrelin is your body’s version of Audrey II, only it gets your attention with stomach growls instead of musical numbers. Once you’ve started eating, it takes about 30 minutes for ghrelin levels to fall […]

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Benefits of Exercise for Fat Loss

Indoor gyms may still be closed in Ontario but you don’t need anything fancy for this exercise prescription. In fact just getting outdoors with a pair of running shoes and water bottle is enough! The effects of exercise on your hormones and your weight will vary depending on the type of activities you choose (e.g., […]

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Energize and Boost Performance – Pre Work Out Stack

What’s a pre-workout stack you ask? This is a combination of ingredients (supplements and powders) to help with your workouts. They can provide you with more energy, focus and better performance. This combo can also be taken to increase energy even if not working out. Our hope is you are so energized that you will […]

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Protein Bars are not all created equal…

When determining if a protein bar is good for you, you need to consider the protein source, the amount of protein and what other nutrients it’s paired with. Many protein bar options are far too low in protein and fibre, and high in carbohydrate or fat. So, just any protein bar doesn’t make the cut […]

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The Importance of Protein and Essential Amino Acids for Strength and Intermittent Fasting

If you are a conscious eater attempting to balance the right carbs, sufficient protein and healthy fats daily, you are probably aware that finding lean sources of protein can be challenging. This is especially true if you are a vegan, a vegetarian, or a pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian (which includes fish, dairy, and eggs). Protein is essential […]

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Enlightened Health – 60 Days To A New You!

Are you looking to focus on your health and establish good habits? Do you want education to empower you with knowledge? Do you need accountability to keep you moving forward? INTRODUCING ENLIGHTENED HEALTH Allison our Holistic Nutritionist is running this program for 60 days! Summer is upon us, but we want you to prioritize your […]

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The Scoop On Protein Powders

A protein supplement is comprised primarily of protein only and is the best suited for use in smoothie recipes or in a shaker cup as an on-the-go option that does not require blending. Since most smoothie recipes have other ingredients as the source of fat and carbohydrates such as avocado or nut butters and fruit […]

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Bloated? Feeling Full? Burping?

Low Stomach Acid Could Be The Culprit An estimated 30% of North Americans have low acidity. Natural aging, a poor diet, chronic use of certain medications, and past infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria can impair the stomach’s ability to produce acid. Stomach acid, technically known as hydrochloric acid, is essential for proper functioning of […]

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Get Your Glow on With Dr. Marlee ND

What Exactly Is “Glow”? “Glow is more than skin deep to me –– it’s about living your happiest & healthiest life, while looking radiant & feeling revitalized!” The word ‘glow’ is a term most of us are familiar with, or more accurately, obsessed with achieving (thanks to the one and only J.Lo!). We spend endless […]

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Stressed? Anxious? Experiencing Pandemic Burnout?

March 11/21 It has been a year since the World Health Organization declared an official world pandemic. Life has changed A LOT and we are living in a new normal. Stress continues to be a huge component of this new normal for obvious reasons. There are ways you can diminish stress and anxiety and clearly […]

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Holiday Shopping List

These 12 fantastic products that are flying off the shelves lately…we wanted to share them with you! 1.Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep protein intake in the best range for you? Look no further than these meals on the go with whey options.  2.Wanting a meal on the go option that is not […]

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Ten Tips to Combat Stress and Anxiety

by Allison Madigan – holistic nutritionist 1 in 5 Canadians will deal with a mental health issue by time they are 40. 5% of Canadians suffer from anxiety 8% suffer from major depression 63% of people say they suffer from stress Both stress and anxiety are on the rise with COVID-19 and there are predictions […]

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How Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy Impact Skin

By Dr. Nadine Khoury ND Dr. Nadine Khoury was recently interviewed by Entertainment Tonight. She had lots of great trips for skin health predominantly during pregnancy but these tips are good for all. What exactly is the pregnancy glow? Increased circulation, vascularization and transfer of nutrients because of an increase in progesterone and estrogen. Increased […]

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Our IV Nutrient Therapy Lounge is open !

We are excited to announce that our High dose IV nutrient therapy lounge is now open. IV therapy is a treatment modality that allows us to by-pass the gut in order to achieve a much higher level of nutrient absorption that is otherwise unachievable orally.  Benefits of IV nutrient therapy:  Improve immune health Boost energy levels […]

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Why do we need supplements?

By Allison Madigan D.H.N Why do I need to supplement?  is a question I am asked all the time. I am going to share with you today some of the reasons why and hopefully this background will help you understand why your food isn’t enough even if it does contain the necessary nutrients.  1.  Soil […]

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Two Hormone Diet Fasting Styles You can Use Weekly To Negate Holiday Indulgence

For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that most people gain around five pounds between that first forkful of Thanksgiving stuffing to the greasy egg breakfast on New Year’s Day. Most sources say if you do gain weight over the holidays, it is probably just about two pounds of fat. But keep in mind this is an […]

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10 Tips to Help with Anxiety

Blog post by Allison Madigan So many struggle from anxiety these days – truth be told I am sure we all do. I thought I would share my top 10 tips to help manage anxiety. Sleep – Getting enough good quality sleep is key to managing anxiety. When we aren’t getting enough good sleep we can’t […]

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TEN BENEFITS OF CLEAR METABOLIC SUPPORT

TEN BENEFITS OF CLEAR METABOLIC SUPPORT Does your metabolism need a boost? Would you like better body composition? Glowing skin? To have a clearer mind and memory? Improve blood sugar and cholesterol? Glucose Metabolic Supportis designed to restore the vitamin and mineral deficiencies commonly associated with blood sugar imbalance and excess insulin. It also contains […]

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Our Top Picks for High Protein Foods

These healthy options have been hand-picked by our team – we always are looking for low carb, low fat, protein rich options.  Melatonin • Each bar contains 20 grams of whey protein, 20- grams of hypo-allergenic fiber • Gluten free, all natural, free of sucralose • Low net carbs – between 2 to 4 grams […]

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The Latest News on The Use of Melatonin: It Preps Your Metabolism and Circadian Rhythm

Sixty years after melatonin was isolated and with more than 23,000 published studies showing the many functions of this hormone secreted by the pineal gland, it’s time for us to talk about the safest guidelines for us. In an article published in the journal Endocrine Reviews, Dec 2018, Cipolla Neto, the principal investigator for a project […]

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CANADA’S NEW FOOD GUIDE – A NUTRITIONIST’S VIEW

The new Canada Food Guide was released last week and there have been many significant changes made. The new Canada Food Guide was released last week and there have been many significant changes made. The “rainbow” is gone, serving sizes no longer and no mention of food groups. There is an endorsement to eat more […]

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It’s Cold Outside…Warm Up In An Infrared Sauna

When the temperature plummets outdoors most of us want to be in hibernation mode! Relaxing indoors by a fire with a nice cup of tea and a book is a lovely treat BUT don’t spend all your downtime seated. We need to keep moving even during the coldest days – so – have a brisk […]

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BANISH BELLY FAT WITH THESE INSULIN-LOWERING FOODS

If your nutrition and exercise plans have been taken over by busy schedules or you just generally feel you are in the need of a slim down then these tips might help you achieve success! As you know, any diet program starts in the kitchen before it can even progress to the gym. However, there […]

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NATURAL WAYS TO PREVENT COLD AND FLU

As the weather gets colder it often is combined with the onset of cold and/or flu symptoms. As naturopathic doctors, we hope to prevent this with natural ways to prevent cold and flu. Getting a cold should not turn out to be a disastrous issue, and can even be the sign of a healthy immune […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL GREENS FIRST SPECIAL

 There seems to be an age-old battle of children verse fruits and vegetables. As a parent or grandparent, you know how incredibly important nutrition is during childhood. Our attitudes as adults directly impact our children. We know that parents are the biggest influence when it comes to diet and studies show that this continues through to adolescence […]

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LOVE YOUR LIVER

Everything you eat, breathe or absorb through your skin ends up in your bloodstream and eventually passes through your liver. Your liver is your primary detoxifier and fat burning organ, so keeping it healthy is pretty important! Our liver operates like a waste treatment plant. It takes everything we put into our bodies – or that […]

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KEEP CALM THIS SEPTEMBER

September is fast approaching and the thought of it might make your head spin. For many of us September is a very busy time – back to school, back to typical work days after lounging by the lake or vacationing over the summer. If you were lucky enough this summer to have a break and […]

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PROTEIN POWDER: VEGAN AND UNFLAVOURED = YUMMY!

We love protein powder at Clear Medicine especially as a lot of our patients and customers find it is very difficult to fulfill their daily protein needs. Protein powders can provide an excellent source of protein in our diets and they’re convenient as well. If you are a conscious eater attempting to balance carbs, proteins […]

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TOP TEN BENEFITS OF MARINE COLLAGEN

Did you know that our bodies’ ability to produce new collagen declines, and existing collagen begins to break down, as we age? The loss of collagen effects skin, joints and bones and may also lead to increased digestive problems, weakened immune systems and increased risk of chronic illness. Good news! Science has shown that collagen […]

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