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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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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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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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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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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Blood Sugar Management + Insulin Resistance

In the mainstream medical community, blood sugar management is primarily discussed with diabetic patients. But did you know that balancing our blood sugars is an essential step to optimizing our overall health? The term “blood sugar” is referring to the concentration of glucose present in our blood. Our blood sugar levels change very rapidly, and…

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Underactive Stomach – Hypochlorydria

Our digestion affects every aspect of our health. The most common symptoms of indigestion include acid reflux, bloating, gas, food sensitivities, and constipation/diarrhea, but inadequate digestion also leads to a slough of other imbalances. Poor digestion leads to malabsorption, which eventually manifests as nutrient deficiencies. This can act as the root cause of many conditions…

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