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Author Archive: Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

Dr. Ellen Simone welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long-term health and wellness. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She loves working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children are also a primary focus in her practice and she believes that setting healthy habits at a young age is important for long-term health and wellness.

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12 Tips to Improve Your Sleep and Prevent Adrenal Fatigue

12 Tips to Improve Your Sleep and Prevent Adrenal Fatigue

What is stress? Any life change, whether positive or negative is a stress on the body.  The adrenal glands which sit on top of the kidneys pump out cortisol, also known as adrenaline, in response to stress. Normally cortisol is higher in the morning and lower at night.  It peaks in response to stress to […]

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Xenoestrogens, What Are They And Why Should I Avoid Them?

Xenoestrogens, What Are They And Why Should I Avoid Them?

    Xeno-what?! Xenoestrogens are chemicals that imitate estrogen and act like estrogen in your body, negatively impacting your hormone balance.  Health conditions associated with excessive xenoestrogens in the body include PMS symptoms, fibroids, endometriosis, breast cancer, early puberty, ovarian cysts, migraines and weight gain. Probably the most famous xenoestrogen is BPA, the bisphenol-A found […]

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10 Super Shopper Tips to Get You In And Out Of The Grocery Store!

10 Super Shopper Tips to Get You In And Out Of The Grocery Store!

    Shop with a list! Writing a list beforehand based on the meals you have planned for the week saves a lot of time and extra thinking. It also avoids you forgetting a crucial item and having to spend more time making a second trip to the store. Organize your list. Write down the […]

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5 Natural Solutions for Poison Ivy

5 Natural Solutions for Poison Ivy

Contact with poison ivy leads to itchy, fluid filled pimples on the skin.  This blistering red rash is very unpleasant for kids.  One of the key things to teach your children is how to identify what poison ivy looks like and to obey signs that warn of poison ivy  in order to minimize their risk […]

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3 Essentials for Summer Outdoor Adventures!

3 Essentials for Summer Outdoor Adventures!

Summer is here! Here’s a list of 3 essentials for healthy summer outdoor adventures: 1. A glass or stainless steel water bottle.  A re-usable water bottle helps the environment and keeps kids hydrated.  You will also avoid excessive bisphenol A (BPA) exposure from plastic water bottles that are left sitting in the hot sun for […]

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Essential Oils in a Steam Inhalation, a Natural Solution for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Essential Oils in a Steam Inhalation, a Natural Solution for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Children and adults alike experience respiratory symptoms when suffering from the cold and flu.  These can include shortness of breath, wheezing, increased mucous production, cough, pain in the chest, throat, sinuses and nasal passages.  Similar symptoms are also experienced with sinusitis, asthma and allergies. A simple, natural solution is to do a steam inhalation using […]

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Natural Remedies for Ringworm

Natural Remedies for Ringworm

Ringworm is not actually a worm! It is a fungal infection of the skin known as a ‘tinea’ infection, commonly contracted from close contact with others such as at day cares, swimming pools and the gym. Tinea can occur anywhere on the body and starts off as red, raised, very itchy bumps.  Then it becomes […]

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3 Nutrients That Help with Post-partum Depression

3 Nutrients That Help with Post-partum Depression

Having a baby brings with it a host of emotions ranging from excitement, happiness, worry, guilt, sadness and irritability.  Transitioning into motherhood is challenging and post-partum depression creates an added layer of challenge.  A lot of mothers wish to avoid the use of anti-depressants, especially if they are breastfeeding.  However, anti-depressant medication can help you feel […]

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A New Year, a New You! 3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health

A New Year, a New You! 3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health

It’s a new year and time for a new you! Here are 3 simple changes which will give you a boost to achieve optimal health: 1. Drink a glass of warm lemon water when you wake up. In addition to getting that extra cup of water, the lemon stimulates your liver to help your body […]

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3 Reasons to Supplement with Vitamin D this Winter

3 Reasons to Supplement with Vitamin D this Winter

Winter is approaching which means it is time to start thinking about supplementing with Vitamin D.  Of course, getting all your vitamins and minerals through food is ideal, however vitamin D is the exception and I recommend everyone should supplement with it for the following reasons: 1. Vitamin D is not available in food in […]

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10 Simple Ways to Reconnect with Yourself and Reduce Stress

10 Simple Ways to Reconnect with Yourself and Reduce Stress

In holistic health care, the mind and the body cannot be separated and one’s health depends on the proper communication between the mind and the body.  There is an emerging scientific field called ‘Psychoneuroimmunology”, which basically investigates the relationship between your thoughts and emotions (psycho), the response of your nervous system to these emotions and the […]

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Healthy Nut-free Snacks for School

| September 12, 2014 | 15 Comments
Healthy Nut-free Snacks for School

It’s back to school time and lots of parents are asking the question, “What nut-free snacks can I pack for my child?”.  Having a nut-free policy is essential to ensuring the safety of those children with nut allergies.  However, removing nuts can make it challenging to provide snacks that are high in protein.  Protein is […]

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The ABC’s of Skin Cancer Prevention

The ABC’s of Skin Cancer Prevention

As a naturopathic doctor, I always advocate for prevention of disease.  Therefore, teaching you the warning signs that a mole needs to be looked at by a dermatologist will help prevent skin cancer from developing in yourself and your children. Prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers can be done by checking your skin for […]

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Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!

Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!

Are you still fighting spring allergies and looking to try something new?  Why not try some quercetin! Quercetin is a plant chemical found in black tea, apples, grapefruit and onions.  It has anti-oxidant properties and reduces inflammation. Your body contains mast cells which hold histamine.  The mast cells break down and release histamine in response to […]

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A Naturopathic Approach to Fertility and Pregnancy

A Naturopathic Approach to Fertility and Pregnancy

One day while discussing the topic of pregnancy a patient of mine said, “The ripeness of the fruit depends on the richness of the soil”.  When I asked her what she meant she explained that in her culture pregnancy is described in terms of planting a seed in rich soil, nourishing the growth of a […]

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Spice Up Your Holiday Drinks with Healthy Herbs

Spice Up Your Holiday Drinks with Healthy Herbs

#1 Peppermint hot chocolate Ingredients: Hot chocolate mix and peppermint tea Instructions: Dissolve your hot chocolate mix as the directions recommend into your mug and add the peppermint tea bag. Healthy herb info: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is great for assisting the digestive process, especially when it comes to relieving gas.  Therefore, this drink is great following your large […]

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Healing Herbs: Spice up your Meals to Give your Immune System a Boost

Healing Herbs: Spice up your Meals to Give your Immune System a Boost

Cold and flu season is approaching and a question I’m often asked is, ‘How can I support my child’s immune system and prevent them from getting sick?” There are many lifestyle factors that influence immune system function such as sleep patterns, exercise, stress levels and nutrition.  Let’s focus on one simple way is to boost […]

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It’s Back to School Time: Supplements for Brain Function

It’s Back to School Time: Supplements for Brain Function

The end of the summer signals back to school season.  We are accustomed to the familiar commercials for school supplies, fall clothing and autumn activities. Another back to school essential we don’t often think about includes nutritional and herbal supplements to support healthy brain function during the school year.  Nutritional and herbal supplements can help […]

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Essential Oils, a Natural Alternative to Insect Repellant

Essential Oils, a Natural Alternative to Insect Repellant

Summertime brings sunshine, flowers and mosquitoes!  Insect repellent spray is commonly used to ward off those pesky critters and the itching, allergic reactions and possible exposure to West Nile Virus that can come along with a mosquito bite. Although it is important to protect against the potential harmful effects of mosquito bites, it is also […]

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5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping patterns in children change frequently and can be altered by many factors. Figuring out the underlying cause of sleep issues in children is important so it can be addressed appropriately. Common causes of sleep disturbances in children include: teething, cold/flus, ear infections, night terrors, anxiety/fears, bed wetting, and changes of sleep environment. Regardless of […]

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5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food ~ Tuesday Tips

5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food ~ Tuesday Tips

You are what you eat…and what you eat influences how your body functions! Whether you wish to prevent symptoms this allergy season or you are actively suffering from allergies, these 5 nutritional tips can help prevent and reduce your symptoms: 1. Increase water intake: Aim for the recommended 8-10 glasses per day to prevent dehydration. Histamine production is increased when the body […]

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Mommy my ear hurts! A simple home remedy for ear infections

Mommy my ear hurts! A simple home remedy for ear infections

Ear infections are common during childhood because in children the Eustachian tube that connects the ear to the throat is in a horizontal position, decreasing drainage of fluid and creating an environment for bacteria to grow leading to infection.  Children often grow out of ear infections when they get older because the Eustachian tube takes […]

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Is my child zinc deficient?

Is my child zinc deficient?

Zinc is an essential mineral for the growth and development of children.  It plays a critical role in strengthening the immune system, supporting healthy skin, hair, nail growth and is necessary for optimal nervous system function. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include: Lowered immunity: Frequent colds and flus and the inability to recover fully after an […]

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Natural medicine for your family

Natural medicine for your family

I am so excited for the launch of the new Ottawa Mommy Club – Moms and Kids Online Magazine website and thankful to be welcomed as a blogger on natural health for your family. For this first post I’d like to share a little bit about myself and what you can expect from my upcoming […]

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