Author: Dr. Alexandra Smith

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What Is Heavy Metal Chelation

If you have quite a bit of a heavy metal burden, it can affect your hormones and how you secrete them. What is Heavy Metal Chelation? Heavy metal chelation is a therapy that we use in order to take heavy metals that have potentially stayed in the body after exposure, bind them and get them […]

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Lifestyle and Your Hormones

With diet and lifestyle recommendations there are some that are helpful for overall hormone health, and then there are others that we use when we start to get really specific once we’ve looked at comprehensive hormone testing. Diet The first of my top recommendations for diet, which is important for promoting liver detoxification of our […]

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Birth Control Options

Birth Control Options

There are a lot of different birth control options out there. The most common options that women hear about are the birth control pill and hormonal IUDs. The Pill VS An IUD When we think about a birth control pill, that’s something that we take orally that our body absorbs, so we absorb about 90% […]

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Does Your Diet Impact Hormone Health?

Would you believe me if I told you that every trip to the grocery store is also an opportunity to balance your hormones? Sure, it might sound crazy that food can have such a significant impact on your hormone health — but it’s true! Your diet, including the foods you pick up on your weekly […]

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Can Hormones Affect Your Weight?

You’ve eaten healthy, exercised, and maintained a consistent water intake, but the number on the scale still hasn’t shifted, at least not as much as you’d expected it to. Sound familiar? At Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, I work with plenty of women who struggle with similar stubborn weight gain. There are a ton of reasons why […]

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What the Colour of Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

What are the first words that come to mind when you think of your monthly period? For most women, those words would be uncomfortable, painful, and annoying (or even hot compress and chocolate ice cream!). But what if your menstrual cycle could reveal more about your physical health than just those unpleasant premenstrual syndrome (PMS) […]

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Alternatives to Accutane for Severe Acne Treatment

When you have acne, your medicine cabinet tends to overflow with topical ointments, Instagram-endorsed elixirs, and an assortment of antibiotic medications. At times it feels like you’d try just about anything to get rid of stubborn whiteheads or inflamed blackheads for good. But Accutane? Those side effects seem a bit too harsh, even for severe […]

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How anxiety is linked to your hormones

Did you know that women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety as men? Nearly 25% of women — or one in four — have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in the past year alone. Though anxiety has several causes that range from external to internal stress factors, hormonal changes throughout the […]

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Pros and Cons of At-Home Test Kits: When to Visit a Doctor

From personal care items to at-home test kits, Amazon has become a one-stop-shop for Canadians looking to stay on top of their health. Nearly half of all Canadians aged 18 to 54 shop on Amazon at least once per week—and there’s a good chance many of them are taking a gamble on at-home hormone tests. […]

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