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Big news this month - Dr Emma Lee ND is back.
Dr Emma is open to new and returning patients on Tuesday and Friday afternoon and Saturdays. SATURDAYS -  You heard us right. We are trialing Saturday appointment offerings. If you or someone you know needs a Saturday appointment,
book online.
For the rest of the year, we will have at least one ND on Saturdays and Dec 18 we will have a full house with Dr. Alexia and Dr Julie. 

 It is the end of the year less than 7 weeks left to use up your benefits. 

Let us help you radiate health from the inside & out.
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Seasonal Update
by Dr. Alexia Harris ND

With shorter days and darker skies upon us you may be feeling like it is harder to get out of bed in the morning. You are not alone. This is the time of year people experience fatigue and the need for more sleep. When it gets dark out earlier, we’re more likely to feel tired and ready for bed sooner.  The darkness triggers the pineal gland in the brain to produce melatonin, which is the circadian rhythm hormone that promotes sleep.

Although there is some individual variability in the amount of sleep needed, most adults need around 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep per night regardless of the season. However, depending on the individual and various environmental factors, there is often a temporary, initial increase in sleep requirements in the winter as the body’s circadian rhythm adjusts to the change in season.

Generally, more sleep is better — unless you’re consistently needing over 10 hours and not waking rested. In that case, it is best to check in with your naturopathic doctor. Having trouble sleeping, feeling more tired than usual despite getting your 7-8 hours of sleep, or you feel your immune system is run down, your naturopathic doctor can help you determine the causes of your sleep problems or excess fatigue and provide solutions to ensure you not only get enough sleep, but high-quality sleep so your immune system stays strong during the winter.
Dr. Simone BaumDr. Emma has a focus in women’s health, digestive concerns, and autoimmune conditions. Painful periods? Bloating? Stubborn weight gain or low energy? That’s her jam! She loves helping women feel good while working toward their goals. Her patients first notice her warm and calm demeanor, but they most appreciate her dedication to patient-centered care – she believes in individualized medicine and in tailored treatment plans for the best results. Dr. Emma most often prescribes nutrition, lifestyle changes, supplements, and herbal medicine to her patients, but she’s also well-versed in injection therapies and pharmaceutical drugs. She is adamant that there is no one road to wellness and that the practitioner-patient relationship should be a dialogue. No matter where you are on your health journey, Dr. Emma is here to offer support and guidance. Dr. Emma is happy to be back from mat leave and looking forward to connecting with you. Book in for a free 15-min meet and greet with Dr. Emma Lee ND.
Product Feature:
Neuroguard from Avicenna Natural Products


This is one of our favourite sleep aids. Many patients come in and said they have tried everything for sleep. This topical support works on a different level. It is a locally made product by our friends at Avicenna. It can make a big difference while we are working on the underlying causes of your sleep issues.

Dr Julie ND doesn’t just use it for sleep. She has patients try it in the morning if they are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.   Any time of day you feel your stress is high and you have difficulty regulating, try a few squirts. 

In the morning, cortisol is suppose to rise as we wake, but at night we need cortisol to drop. Cortisol has to drop to allow melatonin to rise at night.   However, having chronically high cortisol can make us anxious all day. The key ingredient in Neuroguard is phosphatidylserine, which helps to lower chronically high cortisol levels.  This is a great tool to support general relaxation, ensure sleep initiation and improve sleep quality. Because it is a topical cream, it bypasses the stomach.  So for those of you who have poor digestion, this is a great option.  

Want to learn more - talk to your Yaletown Naturopathic Doctor to find out if this a tool for you.


Recipe Feature:
Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup

By Dr Simone Baum ND

Immune-Boosting Soup

4 chicken breasts bite sized pieces
2 leeks sliced
3 carrots sliced
3 celery stalks chopped 4 cloves of finely minced garlic
1 tsp of turmeric powder or fresh grated turmeric
1 tsp of ginger powder or fresh grated ginger
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil 
Herbamare salt and pepper to taste
5-6 cups of Bone Broth or Chicken stock, may need more depending on how large the vegetables and chicken pieces are


Wash all vegetables.Heat oil in bottom of a large pot.  Sautée leeks, carrots, celery and garlic until vegetables are tender.  Add in chicken, grated ginger and grated turmeric and  salt and pepper.  Continue to sautée until chicken is brown.
Add in bone broth soup, bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 min to 1 hour.  Add in dry spices, salt and pepper to taste.  Toss in chopped kale.

Serve with quinoa/rice on the side or in the soup.  I like to serve this with a big leafy salad

Get creative. Make your own bone broth, Adding in fresh or dried Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley;  Replacing one to two cups of broth for coconut milk ENJOY!

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