Ashley's Blog

Functional Tests for Hormones

Mar 10, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Hormone imbalances are common. I see this frequently in patients. Many times adjusting diet, addressing nutritional deficiencies, or acupuncture can do wonders for rebalancing the system. However, sometimes, we need to test hormones to figure out the root cause of what is going on. 

Gut-Estrogen Connection: The Estrobolome

Jan 12, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Our microbiome can influence a number of things, including inflammation and metabolism. Our microbiome also plays a role in our hormonal balance. That’s right! Our “estrobolome” consists of a group of our microbiota that play a role in estrogen metabolism – also known as Phase III detoxification.
Why is estrogen detoxification important?

IV Nutrient Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions

Jan 04, 2020 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
What is IV Nutrient Therapy?
IV therapy is an “intra-venous, or into-the-vein” administration of nutrients. Each IV nutrient bag is customized to the patient’s needs, based on their specific health concerns. High-dose nutrients are infused into the blood, allowing for immediate use by your cells. 

Tracking your cycle naturally

Dec 02, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Whether you are trying to conceive, looking for a natural contraception method or wanting general awareness of your reproductive health, tracking your monthly menstrual cycle is an informative tool to understanding your hormones.

SIBO - the number one cause of IBS

Nov 14, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Do you feel bloated after meals? Suffer from irregular or uncomfortable bowel movements? Do fiber or vegetables upset your stomach? Or maybe you’ve been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and told it’s something you’ll have to manage for the rest of your life?

Is your sleep hygiene contributing to your insomnia?

Oct 15, 2019 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Trouble falling asleep? Feel unrefreshed first thing in the morning? Insomnia is common and impacts anywhere from 6-48% of Canadians. Good quality of sleep is essential for optimal physical and mental functioning. Sleep impacts mood, cardiovascular health, metabolism, weight, learning, memory, immune function, and much more!

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?