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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Deep Conditioning, Protein Treatments & Repairing Damaged Hair – Holistic Hair Care Series (3/5)

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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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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Moisturizing: Daily Hair Oils, Conditioning Rinses, and Herbal Leave-Ins – The Holistic Hair Care Series (2/5)

As somebody with coarse, dense, dry, curly hair – I get it. The No-Poo method and herbal hair care sound great until you consider giving up conditioner. How am I supposed to detangle, moisturize and set my curls? Without conditioning, won’t my hair be a dry, tangled, brittle mess? Consider this. The active ingredients in…

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Cleansing: Low-Poo, No-Poo, and Herbal-Poo – Holistic Hair Care Series (1/5)

Since the beginning of my health and wellness journey, I’ve experimented with minimizing ingredients lists and reducing toxicity in many areas of my life. This includes food, but also household cleaning products, cosmetics, and body and hair care. My knowledge of holistic beauty care comes from both experience and research. While some self care rituals…

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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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