Magnesium for Muscles and Sleep.Help for relaxation and hormone balance.

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by


Are you lacking magnesium in your diet?
42% of Canadians are deficient in the essential mineral magnesium.

Are you stressed,depressed,having trouble falling asleep,suffering from hormonal imbalances?

Magnesium is an essential mineral for maintaining good health.
It helps with healthy bones and teeth.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and supports physical workouts and exercise.So if you are an athlete or physically active Magnesium can help prevent muscle cramps.
Magnesium also helps to metabolize carbohydrates fats and proteins.
I personally love magnesium as a natural aid to sleep.Magnesium glycinate is my preferred form for this
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Also a powdered form of magnesium Natural Calm which is taken as a warm drink before bed.
With our deficient soils it has been shown that our diets often lack magnesium.
Are you on these drugs?
If you are on drugs  diuretics,birth control pills and medications for high blood pressure these may also cause you to lose magnesium.
Think about adding magnesium to your daily to do list.It will help you sleep better and relax.

Adrenal exhaustion.Why you are fatigued,wired and irritable?

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by

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Menopause expert

Are you tired,exhausted,irritable and moody?Does getting up in the morning seem like a chore,do you feel as though you havent slept a wink?Welcome to your adrenals.You may not know them but they are two tiny glands that pack a powerful punch to your fight or flight response and the more stressed you are the harder your adrenals have to work untill finally they throw in the towel.If youre approaching or in menopause then you will find your hot flashes,night sweats are horrible and your energy and libido have got up and left you.


The adrenals are often called the stress glands,that is they help your body adapt to stress and also are a key to hormonal balance in menopause.The more stressed you are the more your hormones like progesterone and testosterone will be out of balance.The problem ids for most women are that thier adrenals are no longer able to adapt and start to shut down.So you may go from wired and tired to plain exhausted.

So we all know we are stressed.What can we do about it?

First you need to say NO.No to everything that doesnt energise you,make you feel good or robs you of time,sleep and health.Choose to nurture yourself.


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Sleep is a priority,turn off the tv,all your electronics and simply breathe.Turn off the lights and say goodnight,in a cool dark room before midnight.Write down all your to do lists before you go to sleep.Avoid caffeine at night,drink chamomile or try lavender in the bath or on your pillow,calm your nerves and body.

If you’re having trouble falling asleep then a few of my favourite herbs and supplements are GABA,l-theanine,Holy basil,and melatonin.I love Ortho Sleep for my patients.Ortho sleep buy now

Cortisol is often a problem with people under stress.Testing with a 4 point salivary cortisol is a great start to see what stage of adrenal fatigue you are at and form a treatment plan.

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Irene in the Mae Commercial !

Posted on December 31st, 2014 by


MaeByDamiva_3Box_smallIrene Is in the new Commercial by Mae !

A Fantastic Product !



85% of menopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness.

Mae by Damiva is a 100% natural vaginal suppository that contains only 5 plant ingredients and is formulated for your long-term vaginal health.

Mae is recommended by leading physicians, pharmacists, and menopause practitioners. The five ingredients in Mae are formulated into ovules that are highly emollient and pH balanced. Includes:
  • Calendula (marigold)
  • Hamamelis (witch hazel)
  • Kokum butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Sugar (invert and sucrose)
  • No Harmful Chemicals  •  All-Natural  •  No Hormones 


Hear Irene on the radio Every Sunday 10am -12pm

Posted on December 30th, 2014 by

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Hear Irene every Sunday on the radio with Jamie West !!   10:00am to 12:00am


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Skin and Menopause

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

The main reason why and how our skin shows signs of aging are due to

-Sun exposure


-Depletion of hormones



SKIN & Menopause,

Dry Skin: The loss of estrogen does cause a decrease in the amount of sebum that is produced, leading to drier skin.

Estrogen plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin. For example, estrogen is responsible for stimulating the production of skin collagen, a fibrous protein that provides strength, resilience, and support to the skin and other tissues.

Itchy Skin:  Menopause can often trigger skin changes like itchy skin, also known as prurtis, can trigger disruption in your life especially if it causes significant discomfort or disrupts sleep.

The most underlying cause of itchy skin is hormonal changes.

Self Care of Skin :

-Good diet ; increase intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Increase of Vitamin B as its crucial to skin health

-Increase Water Intake: Hydrate the skin

-Moisturize  the skin, Mineral oil is great and a inexpensive skin moisturizer.

– Use gentle natural soap products, which are non-irritating.

– Use of a quality broad spectrum sunscreen

– Avoid external irritants; smoke, excess sun exposure, stress and lack of sleep

Androgenic  Alopecia:  loss of scalp hair, this is due to the influence of the male hormone testosterone. It results in a receding hairline at the temples (aka widow’s peak) for most women as we age. In more extreme instances, women may thin in a diffuse generalized pattern across the entire scalp.

Fine Lines : Remember, you lose approximately 1% of collagen per year after the age of 40 as well as in response to the loss of estrogens, despite HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Start your products now and do not let up once you are happy with the results. It is far easier to prevent lines than eradicate them.

Unwanted Facial Hair:  Yup,  You too may  had to deal with plucking in areas you NEVER thought you would.


Ways to keep your skin glowing during Menopause!

Building collagen and eslastic fibers is the best way to keep skin youthful

-Creams that build collagen

-Exfoliate the skin with sea salts

-Just add a little oil to your bath or shower water, ( avocado, sesame, jojoba, coconut, sea buckthorn )

-Infrared saunas

– An apple a day !

-Eat more MUFA s! Like dark chocolate ! keeps the skin moisturized with monounsaturated fatty acids

-Alternate the Humidity in your house

-Keep your shower on the cooler side, to help prevent dry itchy skin


Just One Cup of Green Tea Daily Halves Ovarian Cancer Risk

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

Green tea consumption may help prevent ovarian cancer in women.  In a recent study scientists elevated the relationship between caffeine-containing beverages and ovarian cancer risk by comparing 781 women diagnosed with a primary invasive or borderline epithelial ovarian cancer and 1,262 women without the disease.  Women who consumed one or more cups of green tea per day experienced a 54% reduction in ovarian cancer risk compared with those who did not drink green tea. Those who reported drinking an average of less than one cup per day experienced a smaller reduction.  Green tea, which is commonly consumed in countries with low ovarian cancer incidence, should be further investigated for its cancer-prevention properties.  Because the disease is difficult to detect in its early, treatable stages and a foolproof screening test is not widely available an effective means of preventing the disease remains the only feasible approach to reduce ovarian cancer mortality.  Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for least 4,000 years.  Today the scientific research is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea.  The National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly 60% .  The University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.  The secret of green tea lies in the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols , particularly epigallocatechin gallate ( EGCG ).  EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant, besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.


Testosterone Levels

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

I am a woman; do I need to have my testosterone levels tested?

Women’s bodies produce testosterone but in small amounts. It is needed for hormonal balance and to help women’s bodies to function normally. If your body is producing too much testosterone, you may have more body hair than average, have abnormal or no menstrual periods, or be infertile. A testosterone test, in conjunction with measuring other hormone levels, can help your health care practitioner understand what is causing your symptoms. Low testosterone   in women symptoms are also related to hormone levels in the woman’s body. Testosterone production in a woman is about 10% of the amount typically made by a man. Testosterone is produced primarily in a woman’s ovaries and adrenal glands. Along with the two other vital hormones — progesterone and estrogen — testosterone production declines as a woman ages. Low testosterone women may experience certain symptoms, the most notable symptom being low libido. However, low testosterone in women can also contribute to depression and osteoporosis.


What is Total Testosterone? 

Testosterone (the blood test more commonly authorized) tells how much testosterone is in the bloodstream all together. Some of that testosterone is bound to molecules such as SHBG (sex hormone binding globuline). When it’s bound, it does not create a physiologic sense of sexual desire. So, we also want to know about the free testosterone.


What is Free Testosterone?

Free testosterone is just that — free. It is not bound and therefore does provide some of the momentum for sexual desire based on hormones. So, knowing the free testosterone can lead the way to assessing the possible benefit of supplementing with testosterone. A woman receiving testosterone supplementation should always monitor levels with follow-up blood tests.

Vaginal Dryness – A Little Talked about Subject

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

I  remember a while ago when  I suggested to the host of a radio show I co hosted on that I wanted to talk about vaginal dryness ,he seemed quite uncomfortable about it . Unfortunately that is true for many health care practitioners. Many fail to ask their patient if they have any issues and so many women suffer in silence. Only 15% of health care practitioners ask their patients about atrophy, even though most women would like to be asked about their sexual health. An estimated 50% of post menopausal women are affected with vaginal atrophy and only 7%  are receiving prescription treatment.Vaginal dryness makes women feel old interferes ,with quality of life, and has a negative effect on a woman’s sex life.

So the facts it is not if but when you will experience vaginal dryness during menopause.

There are many causes of vaginal dryness,menopause,medications,contraceptives,antibiotics, vaginitis,atrophy and auto immune diseases and diabetes.. A large percentage of women will develop vaginal problems such as dryness and changes in acidityand a decrease in natural bacteria, yeast infections and a decrease in the natural protective enzyme action, and changes in vaginal fluid and lubrication as they age.

Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include dryness burning, itching, painful sex, bleeding with intercourse, recurrent urinary tract infections and urinary frequency. These issues worsen over time and are not limited to women that are sexually active.

Natural non hormonal remedies include natural coconut oil, sea buckthorn oil probiotics; most vegetable oils .various lubricants are available for use as needed with intercourse. Moisturisers are available for long term use of vaginal atrophy such as Replens,Pre-Meno,avoid products containing propylene glycol,and parabens.

Hormonal estrogen is also available from a practitioner on prescription.Despite concerns of cancer vaginal estrogen is very low dose and not systemically absorbed to any extent and is considered safe for most women. It is available in the form of creams,rings,and tablets. Estradiol and estrone is available in North America. However estriol which has been shown to be more effective for urinary issues is available from your compounding pharmacist.

Lifestyle modifications are smoking cessation and increased sexual activity. Sounds like a good recommendation!

So talk to your health care practitioner about your sexual health today.

The Power of Cherries

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

So it’s that time of year when fruit is in abundance, let’s talk about one of my favourites and how they benefit your health.

Cherries have traditionally been recommended and used for gout prevention, and the medical studies have shown that uric acid drops after eating Bing Cherries. (Journal of Nutrition June 2003). Elevated uric acid triggers the excruciating pain of a gout attack, so this finding supports the potential usefulness of cherries against gout. Another study at the University of Texas health Science found that tart Montmorency cherries contain significant amounts of melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced in the brain’s pineal gland that helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythms, to help regulate sleep and wake patterns. In addition research has shown that melatonin may slow the aging process. In higher doses it has also been used for breast cancer treatment, and low melatonin has been linked to breast cancer risks. Shift workers often have issues with sleep and melatonin. Also certain sleeping medications effect melatonin production. This hormone also has  strong antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation and support the immune system. Maintaining high antioxidant levels lowers a person’s risk for disease, stimulates the immune system which also protects the nervous system. Antioxidant strength is measured in Oxygen Radical Absorbance (ORAC) units. The higher the ORAC score, the better a food is at helping our bodies fight disease. Nutritionists estimate that we should consume 3,000 to 5,000 units a day to reach an antioxidant capacity in the blood that would have health benefits. Tart cherries are one of the riches sources of flavonoids called anthocyanins, the plant pigment responsible for the rich red colour of cherries. Anthocyanins appear to have the greatest antioxidant capacity of all the flavonoids and have been linked to a variety of health benefits, from protecting against heart disease and cancer to keeping the mind sharp. Tart cherries are rich in phenolic compounds such as the potent antioxidants egallic acid, kaempferol, and quercitin. Scientific studies have shown that egallic acid is a potent anticancer and anti atherosclerotic compound, and that phenolic compounds, enhance cancer cell death. Michigan State University found that tart cherries contained high concentrations of anthocyanins 1 and 2, which help block enzymes in the body known as COX-1 and COX -2 the same process whereby medications like aspirin and ibuprofen inhibit pain. We now have a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the remarkable health benefits of tart cherries for inflammation, gout, sleep and anti cancer and immune protecting benefits.

So add some of these sweet cherries to your daily fruit intake today.


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