There is a difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity. Both can contribute to health problems, but food sensitivities are not always obvious and can cause problems that relate to the whole body, not just the digestive system. I test lots of kids for hidden food sensitivities, and it benefits issues like eczema, headaches, behavioral and learning disorders, and emotional states. Children and adults alike can suffer from food intolerances, and finding out what they are can be a turning point in one’s health. [Read more…]
There are very few supplements that I take every single day of every single year – many I rotate in our out depending on my goals at the time, and what is most relevant. Glutathione, however, is a staple – it really helps my energy and my brain power! Glutathione is not your average antioxidant, and here are some reasons why:- [Read more…]
Knowing the value of breastfeeding, I really wanted to breastfeed Valentina for at least one year, and thankfully I was able to do that. At around the seven-month mark, we started introducing some homemade goat milk formula to her regimen. It was sooooo nice just to have a little bit of pressure removed from providing all of the milk she needed each day, and I felt good that it was a pretty healthy substitute for her to have. [Read more…]
Some people think of detoxification as something radical that they have to do once a year, or once a season, to clear out the gunk they’ve spent the last year accumulating. They detox and then they go and retox! There are so many simple things that can be done every day of your life to help keep the detox pathways well supported. Here are five simple ways to support detox every day: [Read more…]
Good nutritional choices are definitely key for maintaining good health and good energy, and the right nutrition choices can help sad, tired adrenals bounce back. Cortisol, one of the main adrenal hormones, has many different roles in the body, including regulating immune function, assisting detoxification, and regulating blood sugar. Where insulin does more of the minute-by-minute regulation of blood sugar, cortisol plays more of a role in the longer-term control and balance. [Read more…]
The poor little adrenal glands sit quietly on top of your kidneys, trying to mind their own business. But the moment some kind of stress comes along, they spring into action. Cortisol, aka your stress hormone, is produced in response to stressors. This is a good thing – when the proverbial bear jumps out at you in the woods, you want to be able to snap into gear pretty quickly and run away. In a perfect world, we’d be able to call upon our adrenals to help us out with the cortisol in periods of acute stress, and then when the stress was gone, the cortisol would fall back down and the adrenals would be calm and happy again.
The problem these days is that stress is never gone. We live in a fast-paced world juggling kids, jobs, exercise routines, social engagements, play dates, and family obligations. Even getting to yoga class is stressful! [Read more…]
I used to think that the whole “positive thinking” movement, and positive psychology, was a bit of hooey. Just think positive and you will create positive outcomes in your life. It all sounded good, but without understanding the science of neuroplasticity, it sounded a bit hokey and unrealistic. Since learning about neuroplasticity and really “getting” how profound this is, I have implemented it in my own life with incredible results and seen others do the same.
Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to adapt and change in response to its environment. It allows us to grow and change, create more positivity in our lives, and experience better health. One of the ways we can do that is by carefully choosing and creating our thoughts. [Read more…]
Long been recognized as a supplement with many benefits, omega-3 fatty acids are a good choice for brain health in both adults and children. Fish oil is perhaps the best known – it is an oil that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, in particular eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – both long chain fatty acids. Other sources of omega-3’s are other cold-water fish, shellfish, krill, algae, plant and nut oils, walnuts and flax seeds. Flax seeds are higher in alpha-linolenic acid, which is a short chain fatty acid. While still providing omega-3s, and still being of health benefit, they are less potent than the fatty acids found in seafood products. [Read more…]
More and more people are realizing that gluten is not the best thing for them, and adopting a gluten-free diet. Subclinical gluten intolerance is a huge deal – it’s very prevalent, and often undiagnosed. One does not have to be full blown celiac to be intolerant to gluten, and testing may or may not show up gluten intolerance.
I think part of the problem is the genetic modification of grains – as grains get further and further from how they exist in nature, it’s naturally harder and harder for us to digest and metabolize them. It’s not just digestive issues that come from gluten intolerance – it can cause neurological issues, profound fatigue, emotional imbalance, hormone issues – and many other symptoms that don’t seem to be related to the digestive system. [Read more…]
Hi and welcome to my first ever blog post on The Naturopathic Mama. This is a place where medical knowledge combines with mama experience to bring you knowledge, wisdom and empowerment on how to support your family, naturally.
I’m Nicola Ducharme, historically Nicola McFadzean. I guess to be proper I’d say Nicola Ducharme nee McFadzean.
I was born in England (hence the need to be proper much of the time). My Dad is English, my Mum is Australian. If push comes to shove, I do call myself half Aussie and half Pom, but if asked “where are you from?” my reflex response is “Australia”.
I have lived in the Unites States for coming up on 20 years, which when I think about it is longer than I lived in Australia. I’ve definitely become Americanized to some extent – I consider the U.S. home, I love it and the opportunities it has provided me, and my husband and daughter are both U.S. citizens (enough reason to keep me here!). I am a permanent resident but haven’t applied for U.S. citizenship yet, not because I don’t want to, simply because I haven’t made it that far down my to-do list. I’m busy getting my daughter her social security number, and that alone has been procrastinated for a couple of months now. Given some recent political goings-on, it might become a pressing issue, but since a green card holder has pretty much the same rights as a citizen, short of voting, I just haven’t made it top priority. [Read more…]