Dr. Andréa Proulx ND, RAc
As a Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist, Dr Proulx is a highly skilled health professional who employs a Holistic approach to achieve total body wellness. Through a focus on hormonal health, detoxification and sports medicine, she enables patients to reach their health goals through an active and balanced lifestyle. Going beyond the symptoms, Dr Proulx works with patients to understand how nutrition, stress, hormones and lifestyle are linked together. Treatment plans focus on the core of health issues, and use nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification and herbal medicine to achieve optimum results.
Dr Proulx holds a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Sciences with honours from Queen’s University in addition to being a registered and licensed acupuncturist. She currently works in two busy clinics in Ottawa in both English et en français. Dr Proulx is an active member of her community. By combining her passion for health, sport and education, she volunteers in many capacities in local organisations as well as plays competitive sport. Dr Proulx teaches Biological Chemistry, Body Metabolism and Fitness and Sports Nutrition at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Ottawa Campus.
BC 001 Biological Chemistry
This introduction to chemistry will aid understanding towards the nature of atomic structure, qualitative chemical reactions and how they originate in our environment and other living organisms. This course will also cover nomenclature, isomerism, main functional groups, properties and characteristics of organic compounds including an introduction to the physical, structural and biological properties of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids.
BM 002 Body Metabolism
Nutrition is intimately linked with body metabolism. The goal of this course is to give you an understanding of what the body does with the food we eat. We begin with a detailed study of enzymes including the importance of vitamins and minerals. We then examine metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as reactions used to rid our body of wastes such as urea and uric acid. The key role of the liver in metabolism will be emphasized throughout the course. Other topics will include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers and the effects of low carbohydrate diets, including the effect on insulin/glucagon ratio, gluconeogenesis, ketosis and more.
FSN 013 Fitness and Sports Nutrition
The main focus of this course is the role of nutrition in fitness and sports. Methods are focused on where nutrition can help maximize muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility; through building muscle and reducing fat. Techniques for guiding athletes in proper nutrition in training, and effective methods to prevent dehydration and sports related injuries due to insufficient nutrient levels. Real case studies are examined, exploring leading methods & techniques in optimizing sports performance with proper nutrition.