Men’s Health 101: Getting to know your prostate

Hey guys, have you ever stopped to think about what kind of environment your prostate would like most? Probably not, right? Well, now is your chance and here are some suggestions to help optimize the environment where that organ calls home. Where is it and what does it do? The prostate organ is a gland that produces and secretes fluid to nourish and transport sperm. It is a part of the uro-genital system, functionally located [...]

By |November 7th, 2021|Men's Health|

Cultivating Gratitude

Stephanie was invited by Olive Fertility Centre to write this guest post for Thanksgiving... In a recent article by Dr. Richard J. Davidson, a neuroscientist and director of the Center for Healthy Minds, he notes that the psychological impact of “the pandemic has affirmed that it’s more important than ever to care for our own well-being.” How can we build resiliency despite our current circumstances and the challenges we might be facing?  How can we [...]

By |October 11th, 2021|Mindfulness|

The Power of Our Breath

Breath work is something I always keep my eye on, as I've seen time and again breathing doing wonders to help people rest and recover from life's stressors. So when James Nestor's book, Breath, came across my desk I couldn't help but dive in.  It's a quick, yet thorough read on the history of breathing and how differing societies have used breath work to help those in need and to bring about focus in a crazy world. [...]

By |October 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

PCOS Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal and metabolic disorder affecting ovarian health. Insulin resistance, increased androgens and inflammation are the key factors perpetuating this cycle of hormone blockage between the ovaries and the brain. PCOS hormonal symptoms can vary and not all women will experience the same symptoms or imbalances. Age, weight, environment, genetics, epigenetics and lifestyle all play a role in the development and unique expression of this condition. It affects an [...]

By |September 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Squat therapy

Most of us here in the West spend very little time squatting. Instead, we tend to slump into soft couches after spending most of our working day slumped in an office chair. Even if we're active, many of us have lost the ability to comfortably remain in the squat position (back straight, heels on ground, feet pointing forward with no arch collapse) for any length of time.  So why is this a problem if we're [...]

By |May 18th, 2021|Exercise and mobility|

Endometriosis and Acupuncture

Endometriosis is an issue for 5-15% of reproductive-age women and can result in chronic visceral pelvic pain and infertility. Acupuncture may be an effective treatment for pain relief associated with this condition and there is growing evidence suggesting the benefits of acupuncture in treating endometriosis. It is likely that endometriosis is caused by neuroplasticity (i.e., changes in the peripheral and central nervous system), predisposing those affected to other long-term pain disorders. Common therapies are pharmacological [...]

By |March 7th, 2021|Pain, Women's Health|

Thank you to the rabbit for this discovery

Chinese dodder seed has been long used in traditional medicines to support fertility but contrary to the name of the seed, it does not have the super power of increasing your chances of conceiving a girl (read it out loud if you missed it). Tu si zi - Semen Cuscutae, Cuscuta seed, Chinese Dodder seed Typical with many traditional medicinal practices, a technique that was common of our herbal medicine forefathers was to observe what [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|Men's Health, Women's Health|

Playing with Movement

"Kids, animals, and most successful athletes develop skill and fitness through play, not working out. The best pathway to movement health is found not by tracking huge amounts of data or following algorithms, but through curious exploration of the physical world.“  This is a quote from Todd Hargrove's newest book "Playing with Movement". He has a real knack for explaining the complex science of pain and the body in simple, easy to digest ways. In this book [...]

By |February 8th, 2021|Exercise and mobility|

Welcoming 2021 with intention

Stephanie was invited to write the following guest post for the Olive Fertility Centre: As the holiday season winds down and we prepare to begin a new year, one more holiday tradition still remains: pondering those pesky New Year's resolutions. It's interesting (and perhaps unfortunate!) that this tradition continues when research indicates only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions! One of the problems with resolutions is that they put us firmly in [...]

By |December 28th, 2020|Mindfulness|

The goodness of Goji

Super charge your chicken soup, add some mineral oomph to your trail mix, or give your cookies an antioxidant boost with this dried berry packed full of vitamins, minerals, and potent antioxidants. Referred to as Gou qi zi in Chinese Medicine, it is also commonly known as: Fructus Lycii, Wolfberry, goji berry Goji berries have been a part of traditional Chinese cooking and medicinal pharmacopeia for hundreds if not thousands of years.  They are often [...]

By |December 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|
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