Dr. Jessica Geil, ND

Dr. Jessica Geil, ND Dr. Jessica Geil is a Naturopathic Doctor who takes an individualized approach to health care. Book an appointment w/ her today! 905-769-4100

Dr. Jessica Geil is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who is currently practicing at Vitality Smithville in Smithville, ON.

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Choosing a prenatal can be a daunting task, esp. since there are so many on the market these days. ⁠⁠⁠⁠... And they cert...
08/16/2021

Choosing a prenatal can be a daunting task, esp. since there are so many on the market these days. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
... And they certainly are not all created =
⁠⁠
Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking one to ensure that what you are taking is good quality. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
1. Choose one that has the B vitamins in their active forms, particularly: ⁠⁠
- ✅ folate as methylfolate or 5MTHF (❌ folic acid)⁠⁠
- ✅ B12 in the methylcobalamin form (❌ cyanocobalamin)⁠⁠
- ✅ B6 as pyridoxal-5-phosphate (❌ pyridoxine)⁠⁠
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The reason this matters is b/c a large % of the pop’n has a mutation in the MTHFR gene. This gene has many roles, but 1 of particular importance is to produce an enzyme that converts certain B vitamins into their active forms so that the body can utilize them. If a mutation is present & inactive forms of these are given (such as folic acid), they can't be efficiently metabolized & used. ⁠⁠
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2. Look for brands that use the most superior forms of minerals. Minerals come in many dif forms, however some are much better than others in terms of absorption & their overall side effect profile. The trick to this is to look @ the suffix after each mineral listed on the label. For ex: ⁠⁠
- iron glycinate > iron gluconate or fumarate ⁠or sulfate ⁠⁠
- calcium citrate > calcium carbonate ⁠⁠
- magnesium citrate or glycinate > magnesium oxide ⁠⁠
- zinc citrate > zinc oxide ⁠⁠
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3. Avoid brands that use marketing statements such as “all in 1" & “one a day” dosing 🚫. Opting for ones that are dosed >1x a day is important not just for maximizing absorption but b/c it is difficult to reach the therapeutic range of all the nutrients that are needed in just 1 cap. Having your omega 3 included may seem enticing to save $ & reduce your pill burden, but it is best to separate fat soluble vitamins (such as vit D and omega 3's) from those that are water soluble (B vitamins, vit C) when you can. Usually the dose of added omegas are too low to have any benefit & they should be refrigerated. ⁠
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4. Avoid brands that contain ingredients such as FD&C ___ No.__ (dyes!), SLS, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, talc, PEG 3350, & shellac glaze in particular as these are no good & unnecessary! ⁠☠️

Choosing a prenatal can be a daunting task, esp. since there are so many on the market these days. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
... And they certainly are not all created =
⁠⁠
Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking one to ensure that what you are taking is good quality. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
1. Choose one that has the B vitamins in their active forms, particularly: ⁠⁠
- ✅ folate as methylfolate or 5MTHF (❌ folic acid)⁠⁠
- ✅ B12 in the methylcobalamin form (❌ cyanocobalamin)⁠⁠
- ✅ B6 as pyridoxal-5-phosphate (❌ pyridoxine)⁠⁠
⁠⁠
The reason this matters is b/c a large % of the pop’n has a mutation in the MTHFR gene. This gene has many roles, but 1 of particular importance is to produce an enzyme that converts certain B vitamins into their active forms so that the body can utilize them. If a mutation is present & inactive forms of these are given (such as folic acid), they can't be efficiently metabolized & used. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
2. Look for brands that use the most superior forms of minerals. Minerals come in many dif forms, however some are much better than others in terms of absorption & their overall side effect profile. The trick to this is to look @ the suffix after each mineral listed on the label. For ex: ⁠⁠
- iron glycinate > iron gluconate or fumarate ⁠or sulfate ⁠⁠
- calcium citrate > calcium carbonate ⁠⁠
- magnesium citrate or glycinate > magnesium oxide ⁠⁠
- zinc citrate > zinc oxide ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
3. Avoid brands that use marketing statements such as “all in 1" & “one a day” dosing 🚫. Opting for ones that are dosed >1x a day is important not just for maximizing absorption but b/c it is difficult to reach the therapeutic range of all the nutrients that are needed in just 1 cap. Having your omega 3 included may seem enticing to save $ & reduce your pill burden, but it is best to separate fat soluble vitamins (such as vit D and omega 3's) from those that are water soluble (B vitamins, vit C) when you can. Usually the dose of added omegas are too low to have any benefit & they should be refrigerated. ⁠
⁠⁠
4. Avoid brands that contain ingredients such as FD&C ___ No.__ (dyes!), SLS, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, talc, PEG 3350, & shellac glaze in particular as these are no good & unnecessary! ⁠☠️

If I had to pick a favourite hormone, progesterone would probably be it ... or at least in a close tie with vitamin D. ⁠...
08/01/2021

If I had to pick a favourite hormone, progesterone would probably be it ... or at least in a close tie with vitamin D. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
While we typically think of it as the one that preps our uterus each month for pregnancy (whether you are trying or not) it does SO much more than that for us. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
It is our "zen" hormone - keeping us calm, collected, & able to sleep 😎 mainly through it's metabolite allopregnanolone (allo) by acting as a neurosteroid and interacting heavily with our GABA receptors. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
It is what balances our estrogen levels, resulting in less proliferation, fluid retention, breast tenderness, and weight gain. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
⁠It is anti inflammatory, maintains a pregnancy, supports immune function, brain health, relaxes smooth muscle, aids in building bone, thyroid function, among many other roles. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠⁠
Since it is made primarily by the corpus luteum or the "shell" that remains AFTER an egg is released, ensuring that you are ovulating regularly is key. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
#hormonehealth #lowprogesterone #progesterone #ttc #fertilityjourney #infertilitysucks #hormonebalance #tryingtoconceive #ttccommunity #girlstuff #femalehealth #womenshealth

If I had to pick a favourite hormone, progesterone would probably be it ... or at least in a close tie with vitamin D. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
While we typically think of it as the one that preps our uterus each month for pregnancy (whether you are trying or not) it does SO much more than that for us. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
It is our "zen" hormone - keeping us calm, collected, & able to sleep 😎 mainly through it's metabolite allopregnanolone (allo) by acting as a neurosteroid and interacting heavily with our GABA receptors. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
It is what balances our estrogen levels, resulting in less proliferation, fluid retention, breast tenderness, and weight gain. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
⁠It is anti inflammatory, maintains a pregnancy, supports immune function, brain health, relaxes smooth muscle, aids in building bone, thyroid function, among many other roles. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠⁠
Since it is made primarily by the corpus luteum or the "shell" that remains AFTER an egg is released, ensuring that you are ovulating regularly is key. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
#hormonehealth #lowprogesterone #progesterone #ttc #fertilityjourney #infertilitysucks #hormonebalance #tryingtoconceive #ttccommunity #girlstuff #femalehealth #womenshealth

If trying for a baby is in your plans soon, you'll want to give yourself a min of 3 months before you start trying for p...
07/27/2021

If trying for a baby is in your plans soon, you'll want to give yourself a min of 3 months before you start trying for preconception care. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Here are some things to help get you started: ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
1. Prenatal. There are so many out there these days but picking a GOOD one is so important. Specifically you want one w/ the folic acid in it's active form - listed as methylfolate or 5-MTHF on the label. See post on this back in my feed for more info on what makes a prenatal a quality one. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
2. Track your cycle. Knowing your cycle is key for not just determining your ovulatory patterns but the specifics of your flow & associated symptoms throughout your cycle can give some insight into how your hormones are looking. BBT & OPKs can help.
⁠⁠
3. Bloodwork. Having some baseline labs of your nutrients (esp vitamin D, B12, iron), thyroid, & reproductive hormones (among others) is recommended ⁠before you start trying so that it can be addressed early on. Some of these can impact your ability to conceive but also maintain a pregnancy so it’s importance should not be overlooked. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
4. Eat nutrient dense foods & limit intake of caffeine & alcohol. In general a Mediterranean style of eating is a good choice for many, as it brings a good variety & is packed full of antioxidant rich fruits/veggies, fiber, protein, & healthy fats. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
5. Minimize exposure to EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals). Many chemicals in our direct environment (think air, water, food, products, & materials) can wreak havoc on our hormones & affect egg/sperm quality. While it's not feasible to eliminate them all, paying att'n to what is lurking in your cosmetics, personal care & cleaning products is a good place to start. ⁠Consider shopping organic for meat & produce listed on the "Dirty Dozen" list. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
6. Mitochondrial health. It takes ~3 months for an egg to mature before ovulation. Our mitochondria (the energy producing structures in our cells) reduce in # and are easily damaged w/ age & in response to oxidative stress during this time. Since it takes a lot of energy to develop an egg, optimal mitochondrial function is a must to support the quality. Supplementing w/ antioxidants can help!

If trying for a baby is in your plans soon, you'll want to give yourself a min of 3 months before you start trying for preconception care. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Here are some things to help get you started: ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
1. Prenatal. There are so many out there these days but picking a GOOD one is so important. Specifically you want one w/ the folic acid in it's active form - listed as methylfolate or 5-MTHF on the label. See post on this back in my feed for more info on what makes a prenatal a quality one. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
2. Track your cycle. Knowing your cycle is key for not just determining your ovulatory patterns but the specifics of your flow & associated symptoms throughout your cycle can give some insight into how your hormones are looking. BBT & OPKs can help.
⁠⁠
3. Bloodwork. Having some baseline labs of your nutrients (esp vitamin D, B12, iron), thyroid, & reproductive hormones (among others) is recommended ⁠before you start trying so that it can be addressed early on. Some of these can impact your ability to conceive but also maintain a pregnancy so it’s importance should not be overlooked. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
4. Eat nutrient dense foods & limit intake of caffeine & alcohol. In general a Mediterranean style of eating is a good choice for many, as it brings a good variety & is packed full of antioxidant rich fruits/veggies, fiber, protein, & healthy fats. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
5. Minimize exposure to EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals). Many chemicals in our direct environment (think air, water, food, products, & materials) can wreak havoc on our hormones & affect egg/sperm quality. While it's not feasible to eliminate them all, paying att'n to what is lurking in your cosmetics, personal care & cleaning products is a good place to start. ⁠Consider shopping organic for meat & produce listed on the "Dirty Dozen" list. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
6. Mitochondrial health. It takes ~3 months for an egg to mature before ovulation. Our mitochondria (the energy producing structures in our cells) reduce in # and are easily damaged w/ age & in response to oxidative stress during this time. Since it takes a lot of energy to develop an egg, optimal mitochondrial function is a must to support the quality. Supplementing w/ antioxidants can help!

Sometimes we tend to forget about the basics! ⁠⁠⁠⁠But when it comes to getting to the root of balancing our hormones ALL...
07/23/2021

Sometimes we tend to forget about the basics! ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
But when it comes to getting to the root of balancing our hormones ALL of these things can have a big impact. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Sure - nutrients, supplements, & prescriptions can be quite helpful... but in order to look at the full picture each of these areas needs to be explored.⁠⁠
⁠⁠
⁠⁠Tag a friend below to share the reminder!

@vitalitysmithville @vitalitybinbrook⁠⁠
#vitalitysmithville #smithvillewellness #smithvilleontario #smithvillenaturopath #smithville #grimsbyontario #binbrookon #grimsby #beamsville #fonthill #dunnville #wellandport #stoneycreek #westlincoln #westlincolnontario #hamont #hamiltonontario #westlincolnnaturopath #lincolnontario #vinelandontario #momshamilton #hormonehealth #womenshealth #niagaramoms #naturopathicdoctor #hormonebalance #pcossupport #periodproblems

Sometimes we tend to forget about the basics! ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
But when it comes to getting to the root of balancing our hormones ALL of these things can have a big impact. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Sure - nutrients, supplements, & prescriptions can be quite helpful... but in order to look at the full picture each of these areas needs to be explored.⁠⁠
⁠⁠
⁠⁠Tag a friend below to share the reminder!

@vitalitysmithville @vitalitybinbrook⁠⁠
#vitalitysmithville #smithvillewellness #smithvilleontario #smithvillenaturopath #smithville #grimsbyontario #binbrookon #grimsby #beamsville #fonthill #dunnville #wellandport #stoneycreek #westlincoln #westlincolnontario #hamont #hamiltonontario #westlincolnnaturopath #lincolnontario #vinelandontario #momshamilton #hormonehealth #womenshealth #niagaramoms #naturopathicdoctor #hormonebalance #pcossupport #periodproblems

Your concerns matter. ⁠⁠⁠⁠There is no one in this world who knows your body better than your own self. ⁠⁠⁠⁠So if you hav...
07/18/2021

Your concerns matter. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
There is no one in this world who knows your body better than your own self. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
So if you have a hunch that something is off, you have every right to investigate further. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
... maybe you've noticed a change to your cycles lately and suspect a hormone imbalance⁠⁠
... maybe you've recently become bloated and want to find out why ⁠⁠
... maybe you've been feeling more tired lately and unlike your self ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Whatever it may be, you deserve answers. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
And if you've ever walked out of your doctor's office feeling defeated, dismissed, and unheard, it's time to find another practitioner who takes you seriously. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
⁠You have the right to a proper workup and to hear of ALL of the treatment options (including a discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to each) to make an informed decision about your health for yourself. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Don't be afraid to ask questions. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
You've got this 💜⁠⁠
⁠⁠
@vitalitysmithville⁠⁠
#vitalitysmithville #smithvillewellness #smithvilleontario #smithvillenaturopath #smithville #grimsbyontario #grimsby #beamsville #fonthill #dunnville #wellandport #stoneycreek #westlincoln #westlincolnontario #hamont #hamiltonontario #westlincolnnaturopath #lincolnontario #vinelandontario #momshamilton #hormonehealth #womenshealth #niagaramoms #hormoneexpert #periodproblems #naturopathicdoctor

Your concerns matter. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
There is no one in this world who knows your body better than your own self. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
So if you have a hunch that something is off, you have every right to investigate further. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
... maybe you've noticed a change to your cycles lately and suspect a hormone imbalance⁠⁠
... maybe you've recently become bloated and want to find out why ⁠⁠
... maybe you've been feeling more tired lately and unlike your self ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Whatever it may be, you deserve answers. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
And if you've ever walked out of your doctor's office feeling defeated, dismissed, and unheard, it's time to find another practitioner who takes you seriously. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
⁠You have the right to a proper workup and to hear of ALL of the treatment options (including a discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives to each) to make an informed decision about your health for yourself. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
Don't be afraid to ask questions. ⁠⁠
⁠⁠
You've got this 💜⁠⁠
⁠⁠
@vitalitysmithville⁠⁠
#vitalitysmithville #smithvillewellness #smithvilleontario #smithvillenaturopath #smithville #grimsbyontario #grimsby #beamsville #fonthill #dunnville #wellandport #stoneycreek #westlincoln #westlincolnontario #hamont #hamiltonontario #westlincolnnaturopath #lincolnontario #vinelandontario #momshamilton #hormonehealth #womenshealth #niagaramoms #hormoneexpert #periodproblems #naturopathicdoctor

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week! #NatMedWeek2021 🎉This year’s focus is Better Health Together. One of the best parts of ...
05/19/2021

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week! #NatMedWeek2021 🎉

This year’s focus is Better Health Together.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with all sorts of other healthcare practitioners to provide collaborative care for our patients.

A lot of people make the false assumption that seeing a Naturopathic Doctor means turning your back on the conventional system, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact it IS possible to experience the best of both worlds in a safe and effective way.

Just as the saying goes, sometimes it takes a village... or a multidisciplinary team to address not just the symptoms but the whole person in front of you. And we are all here to help do our part in getting you back on the path to wellness.

So tell me ⬇️ - have you ever had a ND apart of your healthcare team?!

#vitalitysmithville #smithvillewellness #smithvilleontario #smithvillenaturopath #smithville #grimsbyontario #grimsby #beamsville #fonthill #dunnville #wellandport #stoneycreek #westlincoln #westlincolnontario #hamont #hamiltonontario #westlincolnnaturopath #lincolnontario #vinelandontario #momshamilton #hormonehealth #womenshealth #niagaramoms #betterhealthtogether

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week! #NatMedWeek2021 🎉

This year’s focus is Better Health Together.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with all sorts of other healthcare practitioners to provide collaborative care for our patients.

A lot of people make the false assumption that seeing a Naturopathic Doctor means turning your back on the conventional system, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact it IS possible to experience the best of both worlds in a safe and effective way.

Just as the saying goes, sometimes it takes a village... or a multidisciplinary team to address not just the symptoms but the whole person in front of you. And we are all here to help do our part in getting you back on the path to wellness.

So tell me ⬇️ - have you ever had a ND apart of your healthcare team?!

#vitalitysmithville #smithvillewellness #smithvilleontario #smithvillenaturopath #smithville #grimsbyontario #grimsby #beamsville #fonthill #dunnville #wellandport #stoneycreek #westlincoln #westlincolnontario #hamont #hamiltonontario #westlincolnnaturopath #lincolnontario #vinelandontario #momshamilton #hormonehealth #womenshealth #niagaramoms #betterhealthtogether

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