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Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are an exciting time of year, but bring with them lots of stress. We hope that this list of tips helps you reduce your holiday stress!

Below are suggestions from our wellness office in Mississauga on how to have the best holiday season by reducing your holiday stress. There are lots of suggestions from our naturopathic doctors and chiropractors. Connect to our team of natural health care professionals to apply these approaches to your holidays!

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Merry Christmas from the Erin Mills Optimum Health team!

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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:

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

How to Write a Birth Plan

How to write a birth plan

Some couples get stumped when trying to figure out how to write down their birth preferences or birth plan. They just don’t know where to start!

This is a great exercise for mom’s to picture what they ideally during labour. It is also helpful for their birth partners and OBs or midwives to look over during the latter stages of pregnancy and to review at their birth place.

Here is a great link to get mom’s started on their birth plans:

How to Write a Birth Plan that Actually Works

It’s from one of my favourite magazines, pathways to family wellness.

Here at Erin Mills Optimum Health, we have birth doulas who are also Naturopathic Doctors.

Dr. Tiffany Wyse is one of our Naturopathic Doulas. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience supporting mom’s and their partners.  Dr. Wyse is offering complimentary 15 minute consultations if you would like to meet her and learn how else she can help you!

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My Little Naturopathic Foodie

My Little Naturopathic Foodie

Eat your greens like my little Naturopathic Foodie!

Last night was a hit in the dinner department. The kids couldn’t get enough of this salad!
I sprung for wild pacific coho salmon and on the side the kids had jasmine rice with flax oil drizzled on top and some himalayan sea salt along with a colourful summer salad.

Salad ingredients:

  • 2 organic nectarines chopped into chunks
  • 1 avocado chopped into chunks
  • 3 handfuls org spinach
  • chia seeds (approximately 2 tbsp)


  • handful of cilantro washed well
  • 3 tbsp flax oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


Pile nectarines on top of spinach on one side and avocado on the other. Blend all ingredients of dressing then drizzle over top of salad. Top off with chia seeds.
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Four Naturopathic Remedies for Summer

Four Naturopathic Remedies for Summer

Four Naturopathic Remedies for Summer

Summer is great, but with summer comes mosquito bites, bee stings, poison ivy, and sunburns. And whether you just don’t have the right first aid products or you prefer natural ingredients, Dr. Aisling Lanigan from Erin Mills Optimum Health shares the four best remedies to keep you and your family safe all summer long – Naturally.


  1. Bee sting natural remedy

If your child has an allergy, call EMS and initiate treatment such as an EpiPen. Allergy or not, it is vital to get the stinger out! The bee’s hind area contains the venom which causes pain (or a reaction) so don’t delay in getting it out. Run the affected area under cold water and apply ice for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

Two easy home remedies to neutralize the acidic venom are:

  • Make a paste using baking soda, a dab of vinegar and water, and apply it to the wound for 30 minutes.
  • Apply toothpaste to the wound to reduce pain and swelling.


2.  Mosquito bite natural remedy

Prevention is key, but who wants to cover their kids or themselves in the chemicals that are in bug spray? Kids in particular are at risk as their skin absorbs the chemicals more easily. Try this natural bug spray to keep bugs at bay, or, if you do get bitten, try this DIY after-bite!

DIY naturopathic bug spray:

  • Fill a 100mL bottle half with witch hazel, half with water.
  • Add 15 drops each of citronella and peppermint essential oils with a couple of drops of vanilla oil.

DIY after-bite:

  • Apply diluted tea tree oil onto the bite and/or squeeze fresh lemon juice onto it.

3. Poison Ivy natural remedy

If you think you or your kids have come in contact with poison ivy, act quickly! The ivy’s oil can absorb into the skin within about 10 minutes. Wash the area with soap and water ASAP, and let the area air dry to avoid contaminating towels.

How to treat poison ivy:

  • Baking soda is a great way to dry out blisters of poison ivy: Concoct a paste of baking soda and water, and spread it on the affected area. Reapply every two hours. Before going to bed, pour a cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath and take a soak. Oatmeal is a good substitute if you don’t have baking soda.
  • Apple cider vinegar applied topically to the affected area helps decrease itch and speed healing. Apply a teaspoon directly onto the skin 3 times a day.

4. Sunburn natural remedy

Prevent burns by wearing a good quality natural sunscreen with zinc oxide as the active SPF ingredient.

How to treat a sunburn:

    • Break off an aloe vera leaf and apply the sap to the affected area. Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory, it prevents the skin from peeling and it promotes new skin growth. (It’s also great for healing mosquito bites, poison ivy and bee stings!)
    • Less known, but equally as effective, is lavender essential oil. Apply it directly on the burn site as soon as possible. If you have a large burn area, you can use lavender oil mixed with liquid soap in a cool bath.

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