Entries by Marika

A Primer on Oils

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND Oils & Fats I’ve recently had a lot of questions regarding cooking oils, so I thought I’d shed a little light on which fats/oils are safe to cook with, and which are not. When it comes to fat there are basically two types: Saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are high […]

A Fine Balance: Diet & Cholesterol

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND Recently, cholesterol has been making the news. In the US, new dietary guidelines will soon suggest that cholesterol is no longer as much of a concern as once thought. After 55 years of having a bad reputation, negative perceptions of cholesterol are shifting. Cholesterol is generally not bad for people, […]

Diet? Supplements? Why?

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND Diet and supplementation As a naturopathic physician, I routinely talk to my patients about the food they eat. In fact, some of the greatest improvements I have seen with patients have come from making healthier dietary choices. And there is a very obvious reason for this – all the vitamins, […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND Stress: ever-present and an underlying cause of many health concerns. Can’t sleep at night because your mind won’t shut off? Heart racing? Sugar crashes? Hanger (hungry+angry)? You’ve got stress! Our bodies and brains are evolutionarily geared to react to stress as an automatic response — the fight or flight response. […]

Circadian Rhythm and YOU

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND How to support your Circadian rhythm Our body’s sleep wake cycle naturally follows the rotation of the earth. This is called the circadian rhythm and our biochemistry and wellness depend on it. There are two important hormones involved in the circadian rhythm: cortisol and melatonin. Melatonin is our main sleep […]

The Jig Is Up: Getting Smart About Sugar

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND As part of my practice, I routinely discuss the benefits of a healthy diet and consistently find that cutting back on sugar is a critical component of patients getting better. This not only helps their present concerns but may also help prevent diseases and conditions associated with excess sugar such […]

Love Your Liver

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND We’re finally well into spring – the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and many people are beginning their yearly tradition of Spring Cleaning. We take time to wash the windows, finally vacuum under the couch and beat the rugs, but what about cleaning your liver? According to traditional […]

An Orange a Day?

By: Dr. Mike Baker, ND As we approach cold and flu season I thought I would touch on a common home remedy for fighting and preventing colds and the flu – vitamin C. It should be noted, however, that recent scientific studies have shown that vitamin C is not effective at preventing nor treating the […]