Seasonal Eating for Autumn Bliss

  As the leaves start to fall, the evenings get cooler and the forest starts to shift. Wild mushrooms start to pop up out of the disturbed mossy soil, and apple trees become abundant with ripe fruit. With this change of seasons, our bodies quiet down from the high energy of long summer days, and…

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Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is defined as being diagnosed with three of more of the following five biomarkers, including increased waist circumference/fat accumulation around the midsection; elevated triglyceride levels; reduced high density lipoprotein (HDL)/“good” cholesterol; elevated blood pressure; and elevated fasting blood glucose. When combined, these biomarkers indicate the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, and can increase an…

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Cholesterol, Cardiovascular Health & CoQ10

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of mortality in Canada, second only to cancer. Although cardiovascular disease and heart attacks in the past have affected men by majority, the number of women also suffering from heart conditions is rapidly increasing. At least 1 in 10 Canadians are currently taking cholesterol lowering drugs…

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Optimizing Absorption with Whole Food, Herbal, and Orthomolecular Supplements

Shopping for supplements can be a bit of a daunting task. Natural health products can be expensive, and with advertising and fancy marketing terms coined by big-label supplement companies, it’s hard to differentiate which products truly are worth the investment. Although there are an overwhelming thousands of different products from hundreds of different brands on…

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Medicinal Mushrooms – Seasonal Adaptogens

I spend many of my days off in the wet autumn months bushwhacking through damp, old growth forests foraging for mushrooms. Although I find more culinary mushrooms such as chanterelles, lobsters and cauliflower mushrooms, I do also come across the odd species of medicinal fungi, such as turkey tail, artist conk, or lion’s mane (which,…

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Oil Cleansing for All Skin Types

Our skin plays an important role in keeping our body in a state of homeostasis. It protects us from the elements, acts as a barrier against pathogens including bacteria and viruses, and is a messenger for our internal organs when an imbalance occurs. Chronic skin conditions are often a result of a deeper pathologies within…

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Henna: Herbal Deep Conditioner & Natural Hair Dye

Lawsonia inermis, commonly known as henna, is an ancient herb that has been used for centuries in India, Africa, and the Middle East for both body art and as a semi permanent hair colourant. Aside from its colouring properties, henna also strengthens and repairs the hair, penetrating deep into the hair shaft and depositing nutrients…

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Holistic Dental Care

With each passing decade of life, there are associated health conditions that are seemingly unavoidable. One of the major systems of age-related health decline is the structural system, including the teeth. Many people accept these issues as an inevitable symptom of each birthday passed, but many conditions can be prevented or improved holistically. Dental decay…

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Eating From the Rainbow – Greens for Good Health

Creating a solid foundation for a well balanced diet is vital to achieve optimal nutrient status, while meeting your daily fibre, protein and fat requirements for good health. In general, our dietary focus should be to include high quality proteins from a variety of sources, healthy fats including omegas, saturated fats and unrefined plant based…

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Food as Medicine for Inflammation

In holistic healthcare modalities such as naturopathy, nutrition, and herbalism, inflammation is often recognized as a root cause for many chronic and acute conditions. The four cardinal signs of inflammation include redness, heat, swelling, and pain, and these symptoms can depend on both the severity and location within the body. Inflammation can be easily detectable…

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Pre & Probiotics: How to Nourish Your Microbiome

The term “probiotic” has become a buzz-worthy word in the health and wellness community over the past few years. But what do these probiotic supplements really do?  First, let’s talk bacteria! Before you cringe at the thought of these potentially infectious micro organisms, consider this: the human body contains more bacteria than human cells. These…

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