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How to Support Future Fertility

How to Support Future Fertility By: Megan Kelly (CNP) Thinking about having a baby down the road, but just not yet? You’re not alone. In fact, women are waiting longer than ever before to have their first baby. A statistic report published in the United States in 2017 found that

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The Circadian Clock of Fat Cells

The Circadian Clock of Fat Cells By: Megan Kelly (CNP) We accept the concept of circadian rhythms as they apply to sleep and hormones, but what if they were affecting your fat cells as well!? A recent study suggests that, in fact, they are! In the study, participants with relatively

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DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE OVULATING?

By: Megan Kelly (CNP) Did you know that your body sends you a multitude of signals every month to tell you where you’re at in your cycle? If you pay close attention, you can use these physiological signals sent out each month to determine when you’re ovulating so that you

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HYPOTHYROIDISM: The Missed Diagnosis

By: Dr. Christal Blanchard ND Understanding  Hypothyroidism  and  the  Lab  Tests that  get  Overlooked D I D  Y O U  K N O W Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) is thought to affects almost 5% of the Canadian population and is 4-7 times more common in women according to the Thyroid

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The surprising Impact of Bile Acids

By: Megan Kelly CNP When most people think of bile, they think of digestive health and of course bile does play a large role in our digestive processes. However, recent research reveals the far-reaching effects bile acids can have, beyond our digestive system. Bile acids are made from cholesterol in

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Boosting Fertility with PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 10-15% of women of reproductive age. Both the reproductive and metabolic systems are impacted by this complex disorder, which can disrupt the fertility of those affected. In fact, approximately 70-80% of those with PCOS struggle with infertility. However, in many cases, fertility can still be

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Why and How You May Want to Boost Progesterone Naturally

WHY DO WE NEED PROGESTERONE? Progesterone is a sex hormone that plays a large part in women’s health. Progesterone is the main hormone of the luteral phase, which begins following ovulation (around day 14 of your cycle). When progesterone levels are too low, the body may be unable to support

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Insulin Resistance and PCOS

By: Megan Kelly Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)  is often considered an issue with the ovaries, when perhaps it should be more accurately categorized as a metabolic disorder. As many as 65-70% of women who have PCOS also have insulin resistance – a condition that leads to chronically elevated blood sugar

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PREMENSTRUAL ACNE: WHY DO I GET IT & HOW DO I FIX IT?

By: Megan Kelly (CNP) So you’re bloated, moody, cramping, and now on top of all of that you’ve got a big red pimple on your chin!? What the heck is going on!? Unfortunately, premenstrual acne is very common. According to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, more than

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WHY AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE IS MORE COMMON IN WOMEN THAN IN MEN

by: Megan Kelly, CNP DID YOU KNOW THAT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE IS 10X MORE PREVALENT IN WOMEN THAN IN MEN? This is how out of whack the ratios (women:men) are in specific autoimmune diseases: Hashimoto’s 10:1 Lupus 9:1 Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 9:1 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 9:1 Sjogren’s 9:1 Autoimmune Hepatitis 8:1 Graves’

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Dysmenorrhea-Understanding Painful Periods

Dysmenorrhea-Understanding Painful Periods Dr Nadine Gavin, ND “Dysmenorrhea” is a medical term used to describe painful menstruation. Painful menstruation is considered one of the most common conditions in women’s health. A study of menstruating Canadian women revealed that 60% reported experiencing pain around menses; 51% reported the pain affected their

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