Dr. Andrea Maxim

Naturopathic Doctor, Author


Hormone Support
Menopause and Weight Gain

Andrea Maxim, ND

Natural aging has shown that a gain of 0.5kg (1.1lbs) per year to be normal, regardless of hormonal changes.
Due to the hormonal changes, contributes to higher accumulation of fat, especially around the abdomen.

August 10, 2017

Estrogen Dominance and Menopause

by Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND

Estrogen Dominance
This is what happens when we become exposed to excessive amounts of xenoestrogens, man-made estrogens that mimic our natural estrogen.

October 29, 2014

Goitrogenic Foods and Thyroid Health

by Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND and Author

Can Goitrogenic Foods Affect our Thyroid Health?
If you do not have a thyroid issue, it will not create one, but if your thyroid is under active (hypothyroid) it is thought that they can actually worsen your condition, if it is not being managed medically or naturally already.

October 29, 2014

Chronic Stress Increases Risk of Stroke

Chronic Stress May Boost Stroke Risk

Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor

Stress can never be avoided but our interpretation of stress can be managed to prevent the onset of illnesses associated with chronic stress.

July 30, 2013

Exercise Always Improves Diabetic Outcome

Again, Exercise Improves Diabetes Outcome

Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor


This is not new information but one that needs to be drilled home – You Must Exercise, regardless of health condition.

July 30, 2013

Normal Blood Sugar at Least Once can Ward Off Diabetes

Study: Achieving Normal Blood Glucose Levels Just Once Improves Long-Term Outcome

Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor


Researchers tested 1990 prediabetic patients on the Diabetes Prevention Program.

July 30, 2013

Red Clover Improves Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Red Clover Isoflavone for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats in Postmenopausal Women

Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor

Herbs like black cohosh and wild yam have been used in most menopausal support formulas.  Red clover may also be another herb to add to your menopause treatment kit.

July 30, 2013

Black Cohosh Helps Women on Tamoxifen

Black Cohosh Helps Women with Tamoxifen-treated Breast Cancer with Menopausal Complaints

Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor 

Conventional medicine uses antihormone and antiestrogen therapies like tamoxifen to treat breast cancer patients.

July 30, 2013

Walnuts May Boost Semen Quality

Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor

Walnuts are not just yummy to eat, they’re actually good for your nuts too!  Young, healthy men (ages 21 to 35) who consumed 75g of whole-shelled walnuts every day for 12-weeks saw improvement to sperm vitality, motility and morphology compared to those who avoided nut

July 16, 2013

MAXIMize your Hormones

MAXIMize Your Hormones TODAY!

Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor   

Our hormones act like a biological symphony with the brain as the conductor.

July 16, 2013

Vitamin C and E is Best if on the Pill

Supplementation with Vitamin C and E Helps Reduce Oxidative Stress Caused by Oral Contraceptives

Written by Andrea Maxim

Oral contraceptives on their own deplete a number of different vitamins. In particular, B vitamins and folic acid are greatly depleted by the birth control pill.

July 12, 2013

Losing Weight Improves Fertility

For those women having difficulty conceiving, improving diet, exercise and lifestyle changes has been shown to substantially improve clinical pregnancy rate by 34% by the end of 12 months over controls. These women were kept on a low-calorie diet with exercise and behavioral support for 12 weeks. The average weight lost was 6.

July 8, 2013

Three Phases of the Stress Response

ALARM: this is your “fight or flight” ACUTE response. Hormones like adrenaline are secreted here which allows us to run away from predators. What happens here is all the blood and energy rushes to our heart and lungs allowing us to run.

July 4, 2013

The Menstrual Cycle

Always remember that a long time ago, we did not have all the cool gadgets and lab tests available to measure our cycle and fertility. The body is capable of giving us all the information we need, we just need to become more in tune with what it is telling us.

July 3, 2013

Cervical Mucous

The first five days of the menstrual cycle are considered the “dry” days. When we are menstruating, the cervical mucous is sparse and relatively thin. Over the next week or so, estrogen levels rise and the cervical mucous becomes thicker and more sperm-friendly.

July 3, 2013

Basal Body Temperature

How to: On waking, without getting out of bed or moving about, place the thermometer under your tongue or in the centre of your armpit. It is best to lie still with your eyes closed while waiting to take readings.

July 3, 2013

Fertility and Acupuncture – Tonifying Yin

Fertility issues are commonly treated using a number of modalities that help to regulat hormones, rebalance any nutritional deficiencies and ensure that all the aspects of healthy conception are in place.

July 3, 2013

Losing Weight Increases Testosterone

Low testosterone affects more men than one may suspect. If men suffer from low mood, low sex drive, fatigue, low motivation, pre-mature graying or hair loss, reduced muscle mass they may have lower than normal testosterone levels. Increased adiposity does not help.

July 3, 2013

Stick it to Stress

Almost all of my patients, including myself, could use some stress management support. Now when it comes to hormone balancing, we often do not understand why it is so important to balance cortisol first or along with the other hormones.

May 10, 2013

Hormone Balance 101

Male or Female we have three major organ systems that need to function appropriately in order to achieve hormone balance. These organ systems are the ADRENAL GLANDS, the THYROID and the OVARIES (Testes for men). Now the diagram you see in the video above shows all three organ systems depending on each other for support equally.

April 25, 2013

Estrogen Dominance Weight Gain

Every man, woman and child are overexposed to man made, also known as “xenoestrogens” on a daily basis. These xenoestrogens are chemical compounds often used by industry when making our plastics, cosmetics and clothing.

April 2, 2013

Salivary Hormone Testing

Never discount the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms your body shows during hormone excess or deficiency. A detailed intake is always the most important aspect of developing a treatment plan.

March 29, 2013

New Pap Screening Guidelines Atrocious!

The Canadian government is making budget cuts left, right and centre and now our health is being put at risk. The whole reason for having a healthcare system in place in Canada should be to protect the public but with the latest guidelines set forth by the CMAJ in January of this year (http://www.cmaj.

March 27, 2013

Dirty Dozen Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients

I love treating hormonal imbalance in my office. What I always tell my patients is there are two reasons why they are not feeling optimal, either they are being exposed to toxins in the environment or they are innately deficient in key nutrients to help the body function.

March 19, 2013

Sachem News: Stress Management

Whether it’s something as relatively small as a traffic jam or as big as the death of a loved one, stress is part of life. “We’re never going to be without stress in our lives,” said naturopathic doctor Andrea Maxim at a recent seminar presented by the Haldimand Abilities Centre (HAC).

March 8, 2013

BPA lowers Thyroid Function in Pregnancy

Exposure to bisphenol (BPA) during pregnancy has been shown to lower thyroid function in pregnant mothers and newborns, research shows. BPA is found in any malleable plastic such as water bottles, Saran wrap, food and beverage can linings, toilet paper, dental amalgams and even thermal sales receipts.

February 18, 2013

BPA Worse After Metabolism

Measured through urine, it has been shown that over 82% of American’s are already exposed to toxic levels of bisphenol A (BPA), and why not? We are chronically exposed to BPA as it is found in any malleable plastic such as water bottles, Saran wrap, food and beverage can linings, toilet paper, dental amalgams and even thermal

February 18, 2013

Flame Retardant Exposure Decreases IQ in Children

Watch Flame Retardants in Home – Linked to Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children

Written by Andrea Maxim, Naturopathic Doctor

Another reason to avoid endocrine disruptors in the home: Neurodevelopmental delays in children.

January 22, 2013

Metabolic Syndrome Danger with Hormone Therapy

Menopausal women with metabolic syndrome before starting hormone therapy had a 2-fold greater risk for heart attack or dying of heart disease.

January 22, 2013