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Vitamin D & Fertility: Why everyone should get tested.

Oct 14, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The days are getting shorter, and darker. It’s time to get your vitamin D levels checked!
 
Vitamin D is often referenced for its role in bone health, and immune health. However, Vitamin D also has a major role in reproductive health and fertility. It is often missed during a standard fertility workup. Given the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency here, in the pacific northwest, Vitamin D levels should be checked in everyone. 

How does Nutrition affect your Period?

Sep 21, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Our hormonal system, or “endocrine system” is a complex communication network between our brain and various organs. When it comes to the menstrual cycle, we often focus on hormones such as FSH, LH, estrogen, and progesterone. While these are definitely important factors for our balanced menstrual cycle, they are not the only hormonal factors at play. Today I want to talk about nutrition and how it relates to reproductive hormone balance.

How to optimize your Microbiome: Part 2

Sep 13, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
In my last post, I introduced the microbiome - what it is, it’s benefits, risk factors, and signs of an imbalanced microbiota. Check it out here. Today I want to talk about 3 things you can do at home to optimize your microbiome balance.
3 Daily Tips to Optimize your Gut Microbiome:
 

How to optimize your Microbiome: Part 1

Aug 16, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The area of microbiome and health is really beginning to blow up, and with good reason. Our bugs in our microbiome vastly outnumber our own cells, but roughly 10:1. Weighing roughly the same as your brain, science around the importance of our microbiome is growing each day. Here I introduce our microbiome and discuss signs and risk factors to microbiome imbalances.

PCOS: Should I be taking Myo-inositol?

Jul 15, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an ovulatory disorder impacting nearly 1.4 million Canadians. It is associated with a range of symptoms including irregular cycles or amenorrhea, acne, hirsutism, hair loss and more.

Stress Part 2: Digestion & Inflammation

Jun 18, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
How does stress affect your digestion? Do you notice loose stools, constipation or bloating? Last post I talked about the stress response and how it can impact your immune system. If you missed it, you can read it here. Today I’m talking about stress and your digestion.
 

Stress Part 1: Impact on your immune system

Jun 14, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Have you been feeling a little more stressed lately? With all the changes, uncertainty, and fear in the last few months, many people are reporting an increase in stress. Today I want to talk about the stress and immune system connection.
 

Finding the root cause of your IBS

Jun 09, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) impacts 18-25% of Canadians, one of the highest prevalence globally. Symptoms can include bloating, irregular bowel movements, gas, pain, fatigue, and more. IBS is diagnosed based on the "Rome Criteria", where a person experiences abdominal pain or discomfort and to 2 more of the following:

Antioxidant Therapy: Oxidative Stress & Fertility

May 21, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Oxidative stress - we hear this word a lot when it comes to fertility, but what does it mean? “Reactive oxygen species”  (“ROS”) are chemicals generated during many cellular processes. They play a big part in our immune system, energy production within our mitochondria, cell communication and more. When controlled, they are a necessary part of our biology.

Can your digestion impact fertility? A look into your microbiome.

Apr 29, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Your microbiome consists of trillions of cells (bacteria, viruses, etc.). They outnumber your own human cells by a lot, roughly 10:1! They play an important role in maintaining a healthy gut barrier. They provide key nutrients to energize the gut cells, secrete a protective layer, and communicate with your immune system regularly. 
I want to talk about one aspect of your microbiome today: "LPS", and how it may impact fertility.

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