Naturopathic Doctors – Halifax, NS

What are Xenoestrogens and How to Decrease Your Exposure

Xenoestrogens are a type of endocrine disruptor found in things like food, personal care items and plastics. They are synthetic or natural chemical compounds such as PCBs, BPA, PFCs or phthalates that imitate the hormone estrogen and can disrupt our natural hormone balance when they get into our bodies. This can lead to estrogen dominance. Females may experience the unpleasant symptoms mentioned in our last blog post, while males may suffer from loss of muscle mass, fatigue, low libido, and gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), as estrogen can interfere with testosterone levels. This disruption may lead to, or contribute to, health issues such as problems with our reproductive system, endometriosis, infertility, early puberty in children, obesity, diabetes, and hormone sensitive cancers like breast and prostate cancers. Xenoestrogens can be found in some foods, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, plastics, household products, skin care products, makeup, and building supplies.

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Could you have too much Estrogen?

It’s no secret that an area I am passionate about is hormonal health. There aren’t many situations where our hormones aren’t playing a role in one way or another.

Something that I commonly see in practice is women in their 30s and 40s who are feeling like they are having a hard time losing weight, struggling with low energy, heavy and painful periods, and feeling much more irritable and anxious than they ever have before. Of course, we have to consider the fact that they might have children at home and be busy in their careers. Focusing on stress management, self-care, and strategies to make day-to-day life flow a bit smoother can make such a difference. But what else is going on and how can we support these women so they can get back to feeling like their best selves? In these cases, excess estrogen can often be the culprit. Sometimes this can be a relative excess compared to low progesterone levels, but often there’s simply too much of it and it isn’t being properly metabolized and eliminated from the body. We are exposed to endocrine disruptors and environmental estrogens on a daily basis, and many women at one point or another have been on hormonal birth control. Read More

Postpartum Depression

Although it is such a joyful and rewarding time, there can be ups and downs during the postpartum period. Lack of sleep, initiation of breastfeeding, variable support networks, hormonal changes, and physical symptoms after birth can all take a toll on a mother’s mood. This article will discuss the difference between postpartum ‘baby blues’ and postpartum depression, as well as discuss some ways to try and prevent postpartum depression.

Postpartum blues

During the postpartum period, there is a shift in hormones; estrogen & progesterone levels drop and prolactin levels rise. Postpartum blues can affect up to 75% of mothers, and the onset is usually within the first 3-5 days postpartum and can last for 24-48 hours. Symptoms include; anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, and feeling tearful and overwhelmed. There is no treatment required for the baby blues, however, support, nutrition, and rest will assist with coping with these changes.1Read More

Moody Kids, Poor Appetites, and Pooping

Is there a relationship? Is there a FIX?

“Terrible twos” “Toddler tantrums” “Meltdowns” …

Does this have to be your reality? NO.

I so often find that OPTIMIZING NUTRITION, DIGESTION, AND POOPING can make SUCH A POSITIVE IMPACT ON A CHILD’S MOOD AND BEHAVIOUR (1).

Happy Toddler

Ask yourself these questions:

  • is your child having difficulty pooping or not pooping everyday?
  • does your child have a bloated belly, that seems a little bigger lately?
  • does your child have a poor appetite or are they considered a picky eater?
  • does your child seem to be especially moody, even when sleeping well?
  • If you answered YES to any of these questions – WE CAN HELP!

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Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy holiday!!

Did you know we will be open throughout the holidays? Check out our hours below and get in touch at 902 835 4907, or book online now! There are only a couple of appointment times left…

If you’ve been meaning to get in but just haven’t been able to fit it into your schedule this is the perfect time. Dr. Quinn will also be offering Intravenous Vitamin therapy which is a great way to boost your immune system during this busy time and may give you that extra needed energy.

Happy Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is always an exciting time of the year! However, keeping it healthy can be a challenge when sugar is a major ingredient in many treats. The good news is that, you can still indulge in all the flavors of the season whilst nourishing your body; The secret is in keeping it natural!

Both chocolate and pumpkin are staples in the month of October, but the key to enjoying these foods in a healthier way is to consume dark chocolate that is 75-85% cacao over milk chocolate, and to roast your own whole pumpkin over using canned/pureed forms.

Both dark chocolate and pumpkin offer a wide range of health benefits.Read More

#1 Reason To See A Naturopathic Doctor

Naturopathic Doctors are primary care providers whose goal is to work with you to restore health and prevent illness

We want to help you get to the bottom of your health concerns so that you can experience optimal health. We are all unique individuals with specific health needs, and your healthcare should reflect that. Our aim is to work collaboratively to put the pieces of the puzzle together and help you reach your goals.

To find out more information, browse our website, give us a call, or stop by the clinic!

In health,

The Bedford Naturopathic Team

 

2 Breathing Exercises To Reduce Stress

Focusing on your breathing not only encourages you to slow down and take deeper breaths, it can also help bring you into the present moment and shift into more of a parasympathetic/relaxed state. Here are two examples of breathing exercises you can try, or check out these apps:

 

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4 Reasons to Drink More Water

We all know drinking water is good for you, but how often do we have days where we aren’t getting enough? Check out these 4 reasons to stay hydrated! Staying hydrated helps keep you regular:

1. Staying hydrated can help keep you “regular”. Having issues with constipation? Adequate water and fiber intake keep your bowels moving as long as there is no other underlying cause. 

2. Improved energy and concentration. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired and cause impaired memory and cognition. Read More