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Naturopathic Medicines & Treatments

How are your Hormone Levels?

How are your Hormone Levels?

Hormones play such an important role in our health, from balancing our blood sugar to helping us wake up in the morning.  At our wellness clinic in  Mississauga we discuss hormone levels often with our patients! Not sure if your hormone levels are a problem? Fill in the questionnaire below or connect to us for testing!

Are your hormone or cortisol levels normal throughout the day?

Are you feeling great in the morning but burnt out by lunch?

Have a stubborn belly even though you work out everyday and eat healthfully?

Do you feel like your “hormones are out of whack”?

Here is an example of a test that we offer at Erin mills Optimum Health in Mississauga:

cortisol hormone test example
Here is an example of a test that we offer at Erin mills Optimum Health in Mississauga. Our Naturopathic Doctors can requisition this test, interpret the results and help develop a plan so that you can start feeling amazing and shape-shift your way into the holidays.

Our Naturopathic Doctors can requisition this test, interpret the results and help develop a plan so that you can start feeling amazing and shape-shift your way into the holidays.

Call us for more info!

Take the questionnaire below to discover more about your hormone levels:

HORMONE LEVEL QUESTIONAIRRE
Download the word file of the hormone level questionnaire here.

Please check any of the following that you are currently experiencing:

Sex hormones 1A:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Foggy thinking
  • Memory lapses
  • Incontinence
  • Tearfulness
  • Depression
  • Heart palpitations
  • Bone loss

Sex hormones 1B:

  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention
  • Foggy thinking
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Weight gain-hips
  • Bleeding changes
  • Headaches
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cold body temperature
  • Fatigue

Sex hormones 2:

  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Excess facial/body hair
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Irritability
  • Loss of scalp hair.

Adrenal hormones 1:

  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Aching muscles
  • Feeling cold
  • Neck stiffness
  • Increased sluggishness
  • “burned out” feeling
  • low sex drive
  • Feel unable to cope

Adrenal hormones 2:

  • Irritable
  • “tired but wired” feeling
  • weight gain waist loss of muscle mass
  • bone loss
  • high blood pressure
  • insulin resistance
  • low sex drive
  • Impaired memory
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Depression

 

We will posts the answers to the questionnaire next week and you can see where you are balanced and where you may need some support.
IN health,
Kirsten Almon – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health


Acupuncture Mississauga

Acupuncture in Mississauga

“Stick me with Needles!”

The concept of acupuncture is based on the concept of yin and yang and energy moving through channels called meridians.  When energy or “qi” is not moving freely through these meridians, vitality may be weakened or blocked. This can manifest in many ways; infertility, difficult or stalled labour and postpartum depression for example. The strategies used to ‘unblock’ these channels are to needle, add pressure or use moxibustion over specific points on the body. Once the technique is administered, it allows the body to overcome the blockage and i.e. enhance fertility, quicken and improve contractions in stalled labour and improve mood.

 

Acupuncture has a long history of use in the treatment of promoting healthy menstrual cycles in women to enhance fertility.

With respect to treating a patient with concerns of fertility, the May 2006 issue of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility presents several new studies that confirm the efficacy of acupuncture as an aid to In vitro fertilization (IVF).

Not only do needles work on an energetic level, it has also been shown to change chemicals in the brain, aiding in labour and postpartum care:

“There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production of and distribution of a great many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and that this in turn alters the perception of pain.”

-David Eisenberg, M.D., Clinical Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School

The following concerns have been shown to respond favourably to acupuncture treatments:

  • Man and Female Infertility
  • Aids in turning a Breech Baby
  • Post dates Pregnancy to Initiate Labour
  • Stalled Labour
  • Painful Labour
  • Mastitis
  • Amenorrhea
  • Libido Enhancement
  • Painful periods

 

Book in today for a visit to try acupuncture!

Dr. Kirsten Almon ND, Doula in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Aisling Lanigan

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Aisling Lanigan – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

We asked our Naturopathic Doctors in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health to give me their favourite meal/recipe, favourite treatment modality and to give us ‘a day in the life’ of themselves! Enjoy this one by Dr. Aisling Lanigan:

My Favourite Meal

Wild Salmon
Wild Salmon baked with garlic and ginger with mango salsa (mango, cilantro, blueberries, pomegranates, avocado, lime juice), steamed broccoli and a little brown rice or quinoa.

My Favourite Modaility

I love all of our modalities but if I had to choose – IV Therapy because patients improve their health so quickly with it.

A Day in the Life of Dr. Aisling Lanigan

  • Get up whenever my 9 month old decides to wake – hopefully 7:30am, often 5:30am!
  • Go for a run along the Lakeshore to Ashbridges beaches with babe in the running stroller or attend a baby yoga class.
  • Get home and make breakfast for babe – her favourite lately is a green smoothie (big win!!)
  • Get babe down for a nap and if running early sit down and have a relaxing breakfast and green tea and meditate or think about the day. However usually running late so scarf down whatever is left of babe’s green smoothie on the way to clinic.
  • See my wonderful patients in our Mississauga wellness clinic, taking breaks every 2-3 hours to breast pump so that I can continue babe on breast milk as long as possible. Usually eat lunch which is generally a salad with a protein and healthy fat and if I’m extra hungry a brown rice cake with almond butter or some brown rice crackers and hummus on the side.
  • Get home from clinic, play with babe, make dinner and get her to bed. Hang out with my partner for an hour and then try to get to bed before 10pm 🙂
Currently reading my book club book – The Orphan’s Tale – heavy content – would not have picked this to read if not for the book club but that what I like about being in the club, it forces me to read things I wouldn’t normally pick up!
By Dr. Aisling Lanigan – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Kirsten Almon

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga

Our first spotlight is on Dr. Kirsten Almon.  Below she shares her favourite recipes, her favourite modality, and what a day in her life is like!  Enjoy!

Dr. Kirsten Almon

My Favourite Recipe:

 

CARROT GINGER SOUP

  • 1 small sweet potato, coarsely chopped
  • 5 organic carrots, washed and coarsely chopped
  • ½” slice of ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups of chicken bone broth, and 2 cups of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

 

Warm olive oil in a soup pot on medium. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Let cook for ~10 minutes. Add sweet potato, carrots and chicken broth. Let simmer, covered on medium for 30~40 minutes or until carrots and potato are soft. Blend soup in blender until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

 

My Favourite modality

One of my favourite modalities is acupuncture–such a wonderful way to relax and recharge our bodies and nervous systems.
It is incredibly helpful for those working on improving their fertility or for people with sleep disturbances.
I like to set up the patient on the table with pillows, a blanket and heat source so that they are cozy while they unwind listening to the sounds of nature or a  relaxation exercise.

Day in the life of Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor Kirsten Almon:

 

Alarm—son is massaging head–he snuck in the bed during the night

 
Shower and start breakfast and making lunch for daughter.
 
Lunch= Rice wrap warmed with goat cheddar on chicken–folded and sliced like quesidilla. Snacks=cut up fresh cucumber and carrots, homemade nut free granola bar. Water.
 
Get kids ready and walk 15 minutes to school–usually it is a glorious walk once we get out the door!
 
Do drop off and chat with moms, joking about how the morning went. Wave to daughter once she walks in and then make our way back home.
 
Get dressed while son eats breakfast #2. He helps me make a shake (chorella, protein powder, rice milk, blueberries, flax oil, flaxseed, vitamin D) and we share it. Drop him off at my mom’s (“Nana daycare–the best out there!).
 
Call my bestie/ND friend in Vancouver on blue tooth while i get my standard English Breakfast tea and make my way to Erin Mills Optimum Health!
 
Day starts with a boom–love our front desk staff who take such great care of us. We are so lucky!!
 
Spend the day with many patients–some i’ve know for 15 years, others are new patients. So grateful they have chosen to come to our clinic.
 
7pm–say goodbye to anyone left at the clinic and drive home with the sunset behind me and listen to CBC. Call my mom to see how the kids day went. 
 
Walk in the door and see my husband asleep with the kids. Walk in the kitchen, he has saved me some dinner (thank you!). Usually a bean burger with steamed kale and carrots with some kinds of sauce (cilantro/lemon/tahini).
 
Meditate and do some weights and stretch–this really helps me unwind from a busy day. 
 
Night cap involves Peppermint tea. I usually have a few books on the go–the latest 2 are 1. Men, Love and Birth (hilarious and very informative) and 2. People making by Virginia Satir (brilliant, blew my mind).  I am however ready for something light and fluffy!
 
 
Good night!
Dr. Kirsten Almon – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health