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How to Avoid the Common Cold

Posted in: Immune Support     Seasonal Health    

For something so relatively benign and common (hence the name!) catching a cold is dreaded because it is so darned annoying!  I’ll always vote to avoid it if I can and I know I’m not alone in this.

While not restricted to the winter months, the shift of the seasons into fall and winter heralds a sharp increase in the incidence of colds.  More time spent indoors in close quarters with family and colleagues increases the chance of spread and stresses even the most stoic of immune systems.  This is not to say that we are all doomed with the onset of winter to suffer the discomfort of a cold, merely that some attention is needed to stay sniffle-free.

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Castor Oil Packs

Posted in: Detoxification     Digestion    

Castor oil is derived from the bean of the castor plant.  When taken internally it acts as a powerful, purgative laxative, and as such has a negative image among people familiar with this effect.  When applied topically the oil has the ability to penetrate up to 10cm of tissue.  As it moves through the tissue it causes a very mild irritation – not enough to cause discomfort, but enough to stimulate local circulation and increase blood flow to the area.  Increased circulation means an influx of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, and improved removal of cellular waste products. READ MORE


Thanking Your Liver

Posted in: Detoxification     Digestion     Energy and Fatigue    

The liver is the governor organ of the body and deserves a “thank you” from time to time.  Everything that is taken into the body by mouth passes through the liver after absorption from the intestines in a process called “first pass”.  Only those nutrients and compounds deemed necessary or essential for the body are allowed to pass into the circulation of the rest of the body; toxins are neutralized by the liver and excreted in bile to be expelled from the body in stool. READ MORE


Easy tips for Health Maintenance

Posted in: Lifestyle counseling     Nutrition     Weight loss    

Maintenance of good health can be easy by following a few simple tips.

 

1.        Focus on vegetables!

Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses that provide your body with the micronutrients needed for optimal health.  In the case of a nutritional deficiency the body may respond by increasing hunger signals in a desperate attempt to encourage the influx of the missing nutrient(s) from food.  By putting the dietary focus on vegetables, not only is the intake of vitamins and minerals maximized, but vegetables also contain fibre and fluid which encourage the feeling of satiety.  This in turn helps with portion control. READ MORE


Going Gluten-Free

Posted in: Digestion     Lifestyle counseling     Nutrition    

A gluten-free diet can make the world of difference for many people.  Gluten is a protein that is found primarily in certain grains including wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley, triticale, and secondarily in other foods such as oats, and a very wide range of processed foods.

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Balancing Blood Sugar Daily

Posted in: Energy and Fatigue     Lifestyle counseling     Nutrition     Weight loss    

A lack of blood sugar balance can lead to foggy thinking, weight changes, cardiovascular health concerns, and a host of other “modern” symptoms and diseases.  Glucose is the primary fuel for most of the cells in our body, and is the preferred fuel for the brain (only during starvation can the brain be persuaded to use ketones, the by-products of fat breakdown, for energy).  However, blood sugar levels that are too high, or that oscillate wildly throughout the day can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health and have been linked to such diseases as READ MORE


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