Entries by Dr. Kira Frketich

New Research on Heartburn Medication

New research is showing us something we didn’t know about medications given for heartburn. The class of drugs we’re talking about are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Losec, Nexium, Prevacid, or Pariet. These medications account for 1/3 of all prescriptions given in Canada annually and they do something we previously thought only occurred with […]

Step away from the salad!!!

What the heck?!? Since when does a Naturopathic Doctor advocate for fewer vegetables?? Don’t worry, I haven’t had too much Kombucha, it’s just that fall is here with winter on its heels. In general, our bodies do much better with warmer fare when it’s cold outside. When I say warmer fare, you probably think of […]

Simple Cold and Flu Remedies

With cold and flu season right around the corner, I’m sharing my favorite home remedies to help get rid of nasty bugs before they take hold. Both garlic and ginger have antimicrobial and antiviral properties making them perfect for whatever is going around. Get plenty of rest, take a fast from sugar, and you’ll be […]

Clarity + Planning = Better Health!

“Most people think they lack motivation but what they really lack is clarity”  – James Clear – Author of “1% Better Everyday” Clear cited a study about motivation where three groups of people were asked to exercise. The first group was asked to track their exercise, the second group was given a motivational speech, the […]

Calming the Burn of Acid Reflux

Heart burn, a symptom of acid reflux or GERD, is experienced by about 60% of the adult population in North America each year. It is usually created by weakness in the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), excess weight, Hiatal Hernia, or poor gastric emptying (when food stays in your stomach too long). GERD is a serious […]

How to Eat Grains

Lately grains have been getting about as much love as fat did in the 80s, which is none if you’re not old enough to remember! The recent popularity of Paleo and Keto diets have people cutting grains out their diets completely. I agree with cutting out grains you are sensitive to, or those that come […]

Soothing the Gut-Brain Connection

Last week we talked about the connection between the gut, the food you eat, and the effects it can have on your brain and emotions. This connection goes both ways, and it has been found that introducing stress reduction techniques can help sooth digestive conditions such as IBS, GERD, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis. Here are […]

The Pros and Cons of lemon water

Lemon water is a popular beverage both for it’s taste and cleansing effects. While I think that regular cleansing is a great idea, lemon water doesn’t work for everyone. Here’s why: The Pros- Lemon water is high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium, B vitamins, and other nutrients. The combination of these nutrients help boost the […]