21 Apr 2020
Stay Out, Gout! Reduce Your Risk
Have you suffered from a bout of gout? If you have, you know that gout is a localized, acute inflammation that typically manifests as a very swollen, very painful big toe. However, gout can occur in any of the lower leg and foot joints and even in the hands-not just once, but multiple times-lasting for days.
13 Apr 2020
Melatonin-a hormone necessary for good sleep AND good immunity
Watching evening news to get the latest status of the COVID-19 pandemic? Doing so could be bad news for your immune system. Here's why. For one, cortisol is released in response to perceived stress, making us feel too wired to sleep-and sleep is vital for immune function. Second, exposure to blue light via TV, tablet and phone screens against a dark background prevents you from releasing melatonin-a hormone necessary for good sleep AND good immunity.
01 Apr 2020
Did you know stress can make you more vulnerable to infection? Here we are, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with no end in sight, and the stress levels for much of humanity are reaching critical. The uncertainty about our future, coupled with our need to practice social distancing (or more accurately, physical distancing) is causing many of us to feel super-stressed.
26 Mar 2020
Millennia before refrigeration was invented, ancient Egyptians, East Indians and Romans consumed food and drink served in copper cups, utensils, bowls and plates. Perhaps they were on to something...
26 Mar 2020
Newsflash: inflammation is GOOD for us
Did you know that inflammatory messengers are actually an important part of the weaponry used to fight infection?
13 Mar 2020
Fortify Your Immune Defenses
Infections are NOT caused by echinacea or elderberry deficiency. BUILD your immune system with micro-nutrients.
03 Dec 2019
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Don't Let Winter Win!
With the abundance of warmth and sunshine now behind us, it's normal to find ourselves feeling a brief transitional period of the blues.
29 Nov 2019
Slow Release L-Theanine and Sleep
Sleep. After a long workday or hours spent in the sun, your bed is practically calling your name.
04 Nov 2019
Zinc & Copper
You've likely heard the term, "yin and yang" before. Couples use the line in their wedding vows and others use it to craft yoga sequences and classes. In this case, we're talking about the yin and yang of copper and zinc.
25 Sep 2019
Copper: The Confounding Variable in Iron-Deficiency Anemia?
It's an accepted fact that the fastest way to increase iron status in an iron-deficient individual is through supplementation.
07 Aug 2019
The Nutrition-Sleep-Hyperactivity Connection
Hyperactivity: if you haven’t experienced it, you’ve witnessed it. Take the toddler who just won’t settle down long enough to get into his pyjamas, let alone finish brushing his teeth or get into bed.
16 Jul 2019
NADH + Ubiquinol and Athletic Performance
To perform a physical challenge is one thing; to recover from it quickly so that you have the energy and ability to repeat the exercise again is another.
03 Jul 2019
NADH and Ubiquinol | Cellular Energy Production
You've already tried increasing your coffee intake, getting a few extra hours of sleep, watching what you eat but you still feel like you're flat lining.
14 Jun 2019
Canada's New Food Guide: Why You'll Want to Supplement
Canada's new guide to healthy eating is now 6 months old. The illustrated version is pretty, and it's simple; there are no recommended number of servings, or portion sizes.
31 May 2019
Timing & REM Sleep Cycles
"Let's talk about sleep baby. Let's talk about you and me..." It sounded better in my head than it does on paper, but regardless of its sexiness and ability to rhyme, sleep is one of the most important pieces of our health and well being.
31 May 2019
Magnesium, also known as the chill pill or the magic mineral that helps you drift off to sleep or help take the edge off after a long day. Being a student and entrepreneur, I know first hand the effects of being even the slightest bit magnesium deficient.
12 Apr 2019
Muscle Health when running for marathon training
It's hard to believe that we are already three months into the new year. Where does the time go? With all the sunshine we have been experiencing I find myself anxious for spring to get here.
22 Mar 2019
Get Alkaline for Better Skin, Joints, Heart and Bones
Arthritis, wrinkles, sagging skin, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease: what do these have in common? Collagen deterioration and over-acidity.
22 Mar 2019
The single most frequently used word I hear in both my practice and in my school’s clinic. Students, teachers, full time employees, new moms - everyone. They’re exhausted. Why is that?
08 Feb 2019
Safety and Efficacy of Magnesium Stearate
Magnesium stearate is a simple salt made of two common nutritional substances, the mineral magnesium and the saturated fat stearic acid.
08 Feb 2019
Blood donation can lead to iron deficiency
Most of our body’s supply of iron is found in our blood, so when we donate blood we lose iron. Our bone marrow replaces this blood using the iron stored in our liver.
08 Feb 2019
Calming the Storm of Self Doubt & Overwhelm
As a health practitioner, I serve as a role model, coach, and example to my clients and peers at school. I love my career with a fierce passion, but I too feel a great deal of pressure to be the perfect all the time.
07 Jan 2019
The Importance of Activated B Vitamins in High-Fat, Low-Carb Diets
We all know someone who is starting or finishing a ‘keto’ based diet. This trendy diet promises weight loss, improved energy and mental clarity by limiting the amount of carbohydrates and focussing the majority of daily calories on fats and oils and lower amounts of protein.
03 Jan 2019
Gastric Bypass Surgery and Nutrient Deficiency
Gastric bypass surgery for obesity increases the risk of nutrient deficiencies. This operation makes the stomach smaller, so that less food can be eaten and bypasses part of the intestine, so that less absorption can occur. These surgical modifications result in weight loss, but also impair nutrient absorption.
21 Dec 2018
Heartburn, gas, reflux... your body has a message for you. Listen up!
Heartburn. Acid reflux. Gas. Bloating. Whether you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after a holiday over-indulgence or on a daily basis, it suggests your digestion could use some support!
20 Dec 2018
How to Support Your Digestion During the Holidays
Take at least 5 minutes to relax before eating your meal. Stress hormones shut down the digestive process, so take a few deep breaths and think about something positive before digging in.
30 Nov 2018
Are Your Workouts Suffering? Low Zinc Levels Might Be The Reason
We’ve all been told to supplement pre-workout with carbs and to drink our protein shakes post workout, but have you ever considered the effects that low zinc levels are having on your workout?
14 Nov 2018
The Dangers of Low Iron Levels When Working Out
We are told that regular exercise and activity is great for our health and wellbeing. But what if you were doing more harm than good?
06 Nov 2018
Why Zinc is Essential to Male Sexual Functions
Men, consider your sex life. With every ejaculation, a human male loses about 1 milligram of zinc. So you can see why this mineral needs regular replenishment if you want to maintain your sexual and reproductive organ health.
04 Oct 2018
Ramp up Immune Protection with Vitamin D
Is your immune system healthy? If you are prone to colds or the flu during colder months then your immune system is in sub-optimal condition. Don't despair! An accumulating body of research shows that if you supplement vitamin D you may reduce your risk of infection.
15 Aug 2018
L-Theanine: Nature's Antidote to Stress
For thousands of years the benefits of green tea have been discussed and documented in Asian cultures. Originally green tea was only available to Chinese nobility but eventually the 'noble' beverage spread to Japan and India and the health benefits became more apparent and widespread.
18 Jul 2018
Improve Your Sleep Quality
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland upon the shift from light to darkness, making us sleepy. This is because melatonin suppresses release of noradrenaline and dopamine, two stimulating chemical messengers in the body that can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Melatonin helps us feel refreshed upon waking; plus, it aids immunity by supporting healthy cell division, among other benefits.
08 Jun 2018
CoQ10, NADH and Lyme Disease
It's tick season in the northern hemisphere. Each year, thousands of people are bitten by deer ticks infected with the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi. While some recover quickly thanks to rapid, correct diagnosis and treatment, many others develop debilitating physical and mental fatigue, joint and muscle pain, cognitive impairment and heart trouble that can go on for years. This is the nightmarish face of Lyme disease.
09 May 2018
Magnesium: A Nourishing Alternative to Popular Laxatives
Chronically constipated individuals have been led to believe that their only choice in prevention and relief is a fibre supplement---one that can potentially lead to more trouble if an inadequate volume of water is consumed. Alternatively, the use of inferior magnesium products as laxatives can lead to sudden and urgent bathroom trips that interrupt your work day. There’s a better way.
25 Mar 2018
The Health Benefits of Being More Alkaline
A healthy body is in balance: mineral balance, hormonal balance and acid-base balance. Plants do not thrive in acidic soil. Fish require a specific pH in order to survive their aquatic environment. Humans require a blood pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. A shift of 0.2 would have deadly consequences!
25 Mar 2018
Tips to Maintaining Brain Health
Every year 25,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s are documented in Canada. At present, there are more than 564,000 Canadians living with dementia. After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease doubles approximately every five years.
25 Mar 2018
How do I choose a B complex supplement?
We’ve all been sitting at the breakfast table with a box of cereal in front of us. We’ve probably read the ingredients panel and wondered what pyridoxine was or riboflavin. These are examples of B-vitamins.
25 Mar 2018
L-Theanine - Nature's antidote to stress and anxiety
Many of us enjoy drinking green tea and in recent years a multitude of health benefits have been attributed to it. One of the ingredients of green tea, receiving a lot of attention in the natural health community, is L-Theanine.
08 Mar 2018
The Role of Iron in Maintaining Optimal Health
Iron can be considered the body's gold reserve as it contributes to the vitality of every cell. Iron is the mineral responsible for producing hemoglobin which in turn transports oxygen from the lungs throughout the body.
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