lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivity

Do you have lactose intolerance or is it something more?

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Lactose is a sugar that’s found in dairy products like milk, cream, yogurt and ice cream. In order for lactose to be absorbed from our digestive tract, the small intestine must first break it down by releasing an enzyme called "lactase". Unfortunately an astounding 65% of the population has a reduced ability to break down lactose after two years of ...
Does milk really do the body good?

Does milk really do your body good?

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A large cohort study from Sweden was published this week that investigated the relationship of dairy in regards to bone health, cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Over 100,000 people were surveyed in depth regarding their diet and lifestyle choices from 1987 through 1997 and their health outcomes were monitored for an average timeframe of 20 years. The number of ...
Healthy habits for happiness

Five unconventional habits for a healthier, happier you!

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Health, Lifestyle, Mind Body, Psychology 2 Comments

When you think about improving your health, perhaps your thoughts drift to snacking on kale and sipping on green smoothies.  But how often do you reflect on how your mood and stress levels are affecting your health? Often we are so busy checking-off the items on our to-do list that we end up working on overdrive and feeling stuck in ...
gluten free diet and gluten sensitivity

Is there a supplement to decrease the symptoms I get from eating gluten?

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Hi Dr. Kimberley, I've never had issues with gluten until the last year or so (I'm now 53). While I don't get major intestinal distress, I do get some bloating. The biggest issue is that I get nasty bleeding blisters on my scalp. Is there a supplement that I could try to take that might minimize my reaction? Thank you ...

If you don’t have celiac disease can gluten still be the cause of your symptoms?

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Hi Dr. Kimberley,I recently got tested for celiac disease because I have had a lot of digestive problems and have been very tired lately. My doctor told me that the test showed I don’t have celiac disease. I heard from a friend that I might be allergic to gluten even if I don’t have celiac disease. Would this have showed ...
Taking responsibility for your health

The First Step in Reclaiming your Health and Living your Best Life

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Do you ever feel like you are not living life to it’s fullest potential or that you are accepting “good enough” when it comes to your health? Do you dream about feeling fit and healthy, but feel your waistband tightening as you watch the numbers on the scale climb? Perhaps you feel as though you are lacking control in your ...
Money saving tips when buying organic produce

My Top 5 Tips For Saving Money When Buying Organic Produce

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Health, Lifestyle 2 Comments

Is it really worth it to buy organic produce? I get asked this question quite often when I tell people that I am a Naturopathic Doctor. They wonder whether the higher price-tag on organic produce yields proportionally greater health benefits. They also want to know if there is any point in making the change if they can only afford to ...