Ashley's Blog

Gut health and its role in inflammation

Sep 24, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Our gut health and immune system are tightly related. Somewhere between 70-80% of our immune cells reside just behind our gut lining. The cells of our digestive tract and our microbiome are in constant communication with our immune system; influencing how quickly it gets activated. For this reason, our gut health plays a huge role in the development of inflammation.

5 Ways to Boost your Mood this Fall

Sep 09, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Fall is just around the corner, and in classic Vancouver fashion, it starts with rain! Days are getting shorter, and mornings are getting darker. During this time, our hormones (serotonin and melatonin) adjust to changes in daylight, and this can commonly cause low mood and low energy levels. 

Genetic testing - powerful new tool

Aug 19, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Each person’s genetics are unique. Unlike previously thought, your genes are dynamics and influenced by your environment. At Acubalance, we are now offering genetic testing to streamline treatments and take individualized medicine to the next level. With a simple saliva test, we learn about your genetic blueprint and the modifiable factors that may help you achieve your goals faster.
Introduction to genetics.

Environmental toxins - 10 steps to reduce your exposure

Jul 29, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Environmental toxins are all around us. You hear more and more about people going "plastic free" or "BPA free", but have you ever wondered why?  How do these chemicals impact your health? And what can you do about them?  

Food hygiene - essential first step to healthy digestion

Jul 22, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The events leading up to eating your meal are the most important for optimizing your digestive power. This is known as “food hygiene”. This is the most important and easiest modifiable factor in a healthy digestive system. 
For a quick lesson on elements involved in digestion, click here.

Tired of feeling tired? Might want to consider testing your adrenals.

Jul 17, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Did you know that Burnout Syndrome was officially listed in the International Classification of Disease by the WHO (World Health Organization) in 2019? There are usually numerous signs, prior to burnout, that indicate things may be out of balance. Identifying these signs and knowing what functional tests are available, can streamline treatment and help you feel better faster.

Do I have normal poops?

Jul 07, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Our digestive system is one of the core pillars of health. Its job is to break down and transform food to provide energy for cellular function. If our digestive system is not working well, this can lead to poor breakdown of food and poor absorption of nutrients. This may feel like bloating, gas, or abdominal discomfort. Overtime, poor digestive function may lead to brain fog, fatigue, congested skin and aches or pains. Why?