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Natural You, Naturopath…

Have you ever seen a naturopath?

I didn’t know too much about what they did until today when I met a very informed and lovely naturopath named Sacha Elliott.

Dr. Elliott works at Canopy Integrated Health here in Lynn Valley, just at the Town Center.

If you’re looking for something different, something that can really help you in terms of healing yourself naturally, this could be the way to go.

Dr. Elliott specializes in women’s health issues, and is extremely interested in the GI system. Who would have thought that the intestines were so interesting?

If you’re in the market for a naturopath, I highly recommend you check her out. She offers a complimentary 15 minute consult to see what it is that she offers.

http://drsachaelliott.com/contact/

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HcG and Fat Loss?

What do you know about HcG besides that you need it to get a positive pregnancy test?

I have had clients asking me about this hormone, and if it can, indeed, help them lose fat a little easier.

Here is a study that shows hcg does help, but it was done on participants who ate a Very Low Calorie Diet (500 calories) http://www.indexmedico.com/english/obesity/hcg.htm

 

The Mayo Clinic talks about the hcg program, but does not seem to think that it works on it’s own, it’s the low calorie diet that is doing the trick.

WebMD doesn’t much like the hcg program either. Really, eating so few calories per day can lead to weight loss, but on what terms?

 

A quick fix would be great, right? However, it will take time, focus, determination and motivation to get you to your goals.

 

 

 

 

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Are you Just Fat, or is it Your Thyroid?

I’ve been reading an interesting book the last couple of days about thyroids, and how they work; and in a lot of cases, how they don’t work.

It’s quite interesting to read about the millions of people in North America that suffer from hypothyroidism in a variety of ways.  I had no idea it was such a problem on our continent.  Hypo meaning that their thyroids are not producing enough thyroid hormones.

So what is your thyroid supposed to do anyway? Here is an excerpt taken from MedicineNet.com:

Thyroid gland: A gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop.

 

Of most interest to most of  us, of course, is the part about regulating the rate at which food is converted to energy, or in other words, your metabolic rate.

When thyroids are not working the way they are supposed to, you can become very obese in a short amount of time. There are a number of problems that can occur with thyroids, and in women over the age of 50, this is increasingly prevalent, according to Mayoclinic.com. Very interesting that increased weight gain can occur with hypothyroidism in women who may be going through menopause, while menopause is also supposed to result in increased weight gain due to hormonal fluctuations.

Getting your thyroid checked as a routine precaution may be wise if you are a woman going through menopause, as there may be more at play in your body than only menopause.

 

Have a great Sunday night!

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