Explanation of Conditions
Stress Related Illnesses
Stress is a huge problem in our society, and as we all know, that likely won’t change any time soon. If you and your environment are compatible, your body should be able to adapt and respond to your lifestyle without manifesting symptoms. At Integrative Health Centre, we focus on ensuring your body can adapt to stressors within your environment so you can maintain your lifestyle and feel great. Because we can't change your outside environment, we focus on changing your internal environment by changes in diet and using supplements. ‘Health’ simply means you can live your life feeling good regardless of your lifestyle, and we're excited to be a part of that journey. Schedule an appointment and get yourself back on track.
Peri-menopause & Menopause
Women want to feel great no matter what, and ensuring that your body negotiates peri-menopause and menopause smoothly is a huge part of that journey. Women have told me they love their 40's, 50's and 60's, saying “it's like your 30's but with money and no babies” –so we want to make sure your body feels just as good as it did in your 30's, if not better. Menopause happens in the prime of life now, whereas historically it may have been a stage that came near the end of a woman's lifetime. People are interested in maintaining their youth and vitality through this process and we want to help you navigate your hormonal journey and get on with your life with as little trouble as possible. We achieve this by telling you what is happening in your body, and recommending supplements or lifestyle habits that will decrease symptoms. We also want to make sure you are educated about options like hormonal intervention and medical procedures, so you can feel as good as you can. Schedule an appointment now and let us help you feel your best.
PMS & Hormonal Imbalances
From the time a woman is a teenager until she goes into menopause, getting a regular period is an unavoidable part of her life. Your cycle plays a huge role in how you feel throughout the month and many women (and their partners / families) are bothered by PMS symptoms that impact the second part of their cycle. Symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, sleep disturbances, acne, spotting, weight gain and bloating may be preventable. If your cycle is balanced, your period will come without many of the unenjoyable symptoms PMS is notorious for. Let us help you get your period back on track; your family will love you for it! For help with PMS or other hormonal symptoms, book an appointment today.
Candida & Yeast Infections
Candida is a fungal organism that lives in the digestive and vaginal canal of the human body. What keeps this organism in balance is the good bacteria that also lives in the digestive and vaginal canal; however, with all the antibacterial products in our environment, often that good bacteria is reduced – resulting in the candida organisms to take over and cause unpleasant symptoms. Gas, bloating, sugar cravings, itching, pain, fatigue, change in bowel movements, discharge, and overall discomfort are all indicators that the bacterial flora in the body may not be optimal, and often, a simple yeast killing program will get rid of the symptoms and get your body back to feeling fantastic. Let us help you get your digestive and yeast-based symptoms in check by booking an appointment.
Irritable bowel is a huge issue for people these days because of antibacterial use, stress, diet and family history. Anyone who has had digestive issues knows that you become a slave to your body as you wonder when your next bowel movement will be, where the nearest washroom is, or whether you'll fit into your pants by the end of the day. Often, simple diet changes and minimal supplementation can get your digestive system functioning properly and let you focus on the rest of your life. Let us help you get rid of those “pain in the butt” digestive symptoms by scheduling an appointment.
Keeping your heart and cardiovascular system healthy is incredibly important, as heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world and in Canada. At Integrative Health Centre, we focus on keeping your heart and arteries healthy by adjusting your diet to encourage optimal cholesterol metabolism, and using supplementation to promote a healthy cardiovascular system. Keeping the heart healthy is a fundamental component to living a long and healthy life. Let us help get you on your way to a healthy cardiovascular system by booking an appointment today.
Your immune system is your biggest protection to your outside environment. With all the potent viruses going around, you want to make sure that your can body protect itself so you aren't sick all the time. Is it important to get sick once or twice a year, in fact getting sick shows us that your immune system is working properly; but most of the viruses now last 6 to 8 weeks once they settle in, so keeping your immune system on the ball gets you back on your feet faster. Let us help you resume your normal activities or get your immune system prepared for the next cold & flue season!
Autoimmune disorders are caused by the body producing an inappropriate immune response against its own tissues. What causes this process is still unknown, but what we do know is that stress is a huge factor in the presentation of symptoms. A large part of this immune process is influenced by stress hormones, so by encouraging your body to respond more appropriately to stressful situations, we can encourage your immune system to have more control over the inflammatory process – resulting in less pain and fatigue. Book an appointment to let us help you get your stress under control.
Allergies & Sensitivities
Food allergies and sensitivities can cause a myriad of symptoms such as skin conditions, joint pain, digestive disturbances, fatigue, autoimmune conditions, and more. Because many of these symptoms are compounded by stress, identifying food sensitivities and allergies via food allergy testing allows you to remove some of the only stress you have any control of—food—from your diet to decrease or eliminate these conditions. For most of us, diet makes up about 80% of how you feel, so changing your diet can make a huge difference in your energy and symptom pattern – often with minimal supplement intervention. Book an appointment and let us help you identify your hidden food allergies and sensitivities.
Life with diabetes can be better! If you have diabetes or think you have blood sugar management problems, let us help you! We will figure out your best eating and supplement programs to keep your blood sugars low, even, and stable, resulting in improved and more stable moods. If you have type II diabetes, we will work on controlling your sugars through diet so that you can minimize your medications. If you have type I diabetes, we will work on controlling your sugars through natural means so you can mange your insulin use. For both, we focus on reducing future risk of complications. Book an appointment to get started on a path towards healthier sugar levels.
Optimizing Athletic Performance
We all know it's important to be active, but exercise can be a huge stress on the body –leading to injuries, colds and flus, fatigue, and more. By maximizing your iron levels, supporting your adrenal glands, and optimizing your diet, you can achieve your optimal performance more efficiently. Let us help you maximize your potential and be the athlete you've always wanted to be, whether you're a professional or a beginner.