Nutritional Support for Sexual Health

One of the most common complaints of aging populations is the decline in sexual function. This typically happens around or after menopause for women, and starting in the late 40’s or early 50’s for men, when sexual desire may be lower and other bodily functions associated with enjoyment or performance are reduced. For women, some…

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Sleep and Stress Management for Optimal Energy

Stress impacts every living organism on our planet, and humans are certainly no exception. There are different types of stress, including physiological (think: getting chased by a lion) and psychological (think: losing a loved one), but the impact on the body on a biochemical level is the same. Unfortunately, we live in a busy society…

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Transformation Through Menopause

Despite commonly being viewed as a stage of bothersome symptoms and general inconvenience, menopause is a natural biological transition in every woman’s life that brings transformation, both physically and emotionally. Our reductionist conventional medical system often depicts menopause as something to be treated, offering patches and pills of synthetic hormone replacement therapy, mood stabilizing drugs…

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Modern Technology & Eye Health: Blue Light and Beyond

Modern Technology and Eye Health Kayla MacDonald, R.H.N. for Edible Island Whole Foods Market In our modern society in North America, we are fortunate to have access to a variety of technology. Much of our modern technology enriches our lives with ease of communication, reduction in physical work load, and entertainment. Unfortunately, not all devices…

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Lion’s Mane Mushroom for Brain Health and Longevity

As humans, our brains are one of our biggest assets. Their size and complexity enables the depth of intelligence and emotion that sets us apart from other animals. For this reason, it is vital that we support and protect this organ to optimize its performance and help protect it from the host of potential conditions…

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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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Optimizing Energy with Nutrition & Lifestyle

More energy is something most of us desire, whether we’re college students studying for finals, or newly retired and trying to keep up with our grandchildren. Although many of us reach for a second – or third, or fourth – cup of coffee, the most sustainable and effective solution lies at the foundation of our…

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Resolving Constipation for Full Body Wellness

Although researchers are just beginning to understand the connection between our gut and full body health, we know definitively that one of the most important aspects of digestive health is bowel regularity. Our stools are a vital sign that indicates balance (or imbalance) within our bodies. The frequency is important, but the colour, texture, smell…

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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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Holistic Hair Repair: Deep Conditioning & Protein Treatments

If you’ve recently started your natural hair care journey, it’s probable that you’ve got some hair damage. Whether that be build up and moisture loss from conventional hair products, or damage from heat styling and chemical dyes, deep conditioning treatments can provide some benefit when selecting the right ingredients for your hair. Even if you’re…

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