Being Fertile Tip #2: sleep helps you lose weight

…AND is important for many other things, including reducing your risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s, proper digestion, regulating inflammation, memory, slowing telomere shortening, and the list goes on. There are 2 stages of sleep; 1. non-REM (which has 1, 2, and slow wave stages) and 2. REM. Just to keep it simple, they are all important for different reasons. Over …

Summer Diet – Eating with the Seasons

Summer Diet Summer is a time of openness and expansive abundance. The fresh vital flavors, colors and textures of many fruits and vegetables ripen and so do our senses. According to Chinese medicine, Summer is yang in nature. It is a time of expansion, growth, lightness, outward activity, brightness and creativity. This is why everyone wants to be outside instead …

How to properly do a post-holiday cleanse (and why your body desperately needs it)

The month of December is such an incredible time during which most of us get to catch up with family, friends, loved ones, and of course some of our favourite foods. When advising patients during the holidays, I normally tell them not to worry about this. It’s true that the diet is an important fundamental factor of overall health, however December is not the best time to initiate dietary changes if you want to set yourself up for success. Normally I encourage my patients to eat as they normally would over the holidays, and get back on track with healthy eating habits in January. Therefore, the start of a new year creates a great opportunity for you to cleanse and reset your whole system to set the tone for a healthy year.

Treat the Heart and Vessels for success with Male reproductive health

Whether it is a movie playing with a vacant couch, a mother giving her teenage boy a new pair of noise cancelling headphones, or a businessman starting his day with the happiest shower ever and bouncing his way to work while we hear the familiar lyrics: good morning, good morning… . These are the commercials for the most well known …

Male Infertility More Common in Overweight Men

Many studies are showing a link between excess weight and male infertility. In this study, researchers combined data from 14 studies comparing sperm count in overweight, obese, and within healthy range weight men, along with data from an infertility center. They found that overweight men were 11 percent more likely to have a low sperm count and 39 percent more …

Low Vitamin D Levels Tied To Prostate Cancer Growth

Research has shown that there is a link between prostate cancer and low vitamin D levels. They have found that men with prostate cancer tend to have lower levels of vitamin D. This relationship is still being researched. These findings are suggesting vitamin D slows the tumor cells life cycle and prevents growth by promoting cellular differentiation and reducing tumor …

Did you know… your swimmers are what you eat?

There are certain foods and nutrients that may boost male fertility. This cross-sectional study which was published in the Fertility and Sterility journal shows that semen motility and morphology are affected by antioxidant intake. If you want your swimmers to be Michael Phelps gold medal winners, then upping your daily intake of carotene rich fruits and vegetables on the list …

10 Foods to Boost Male Health

A healthy diet and exercise can help overall health but there are some foods that have proper nutrients that will improve cardiovascular health and reproductive health in men. Foods that are good for cardiovascular health are known to be good for circulation all throughout your body this includes your reproductive health! Below are the top 10 foods recommended for men’s …

What should I eat during my IVF cycle?

As a naturopathic doctor, I get this question A LOT. Women generally aren’t given very specific guidance around how they should be eating when undergoing fertility treatment since IVF clinics are so busy and there is lots of information like injections, labs, imaging, schedules, etc, to go over without delving into nutrition. However, this often neglected aspect of a woman’s …

Beet Dip

Guest post by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N. If the thought of dipping carrot sticks into a bowl of bright pink paste seems peculiar, I urge you to give beets a chance and try this dip! It is smooth, creamy, and surprisingly not overly ‘beety’ in the taste department. Of course, it is also ridiculously nutritious, bursting with too many health …