Dr. Rucha Rege BHSc, ND
Dr. Rucha Rege is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in Ottawa. She completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph, along with a minor in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences. It was at this time that she was first introduced to the concept of food as medicine, and learned about the profound effects that lifestyle and diet have on human health. She then completed her post-graduate degree in Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Rucha has also completed internships at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic, and the Sherbourne Health Centre, where she gained experience working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and financial standings, all with their own individual health goals.
Her desire to be a part of a profession that strives to provide the best possible healthcare for the public is what attracted her to naturopathic medicine. Naturopathy perfectly combined her love of using diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes to prevent and treat disease, while still including additional treatment modalities that have powerful effects on combating disease and optimizing health. Practicing with the concept of “docere”, meaning “doctor as teacher”, she empowers her patients to take control of their own healing so that they have all the tools they need to live their most vibrant lives. Dr. Rucha is a member in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She also has additional certification in Facial Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Acupuncture. Dr. Rucha teaches Body Metabolism, Biological Chemistry, Nutrition through the Lifespan and Nutritional Pathology at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Ottawa Campus.
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.
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.
NLS 010 Nutrition through the Life Span
Nutrient needs and nutritional status are explored using a life span model. Areas of emphasis include growth and development, high risk pediatric groups, infant childhood allergies and diseases. Womens’ and Mens’ health concerns and the nutrition challenges faced by our aging society will also be examined.
NP 07 Nutritional Pathology
This course provides a thorough understanding in the study of the traits, causes and effects of disease, as seen in the structure and workings of the Human body. The course will focus on the several body systems, including the etiology of various disease states and effective recognition of the various nutritional factors involved with the disease process. Pathology and symptomatology of various conditions that will be covered include those that affect the digestive, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal, immune and nervous systems. Students will also learn proper terminology involved in identifying various disease conditions.