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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