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    Vegetarianism 101: Where do you get your protein?

      By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath What is protein? Proteins are the building blocks of our cells.  They are complex molecules that have multiple roles and functions in our body. Just like proteins are the building blocks of our cells, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are a total of 20 amino acids which combine in various sequences and complex 3-dimensional structures to make protein. Of the 20 amino acids, 11 are non-essential and 9 are essential. Non-essential amino acids are the ones our body can manufacture, while essential amino acids are the ones that we need to get from our food. Our body then uses the…

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    Vegetarianism 101

        by Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath So you’re thinking of becoming vegetarian… You have made the decision to eat less meat. Now what? What do you eat instead? How do you make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet? Where do you get your essential fatty acids? What will you do in social situations? Join us over the next few weeks on Wellness Wednesdays as we will be talking about how to change your diet to a more plant-based, vegetarian diet. You will receive tips on how to set yourself up for success and making sure you are getting a well-rounded diet.   We want to make sure…

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    Doing the Holidays Differently: Materialism vs. Your Mental Health

    As the holiday season approaches, shopping malls have already extended their hours and the expected flood of gift buying is in full swing. While the practice of giving and receiving gifts can hold the obvious merit of thoughtfulness and generosity, there are also negative implications which deserve attention. It has become well documented that consumerism and materialism are associated with increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. There is no debate over the human need for connection and purpose to find meaning in life, and the reality that material objects do not have the capacity to meet these needs is well understood. It is also well understood that these needs…

  • Cold & Flu Prevention,  Health Articles

    Naturopathic Cold and Flu Kit

    Fall is here, so we thought we would equip you with our favourite Naturopathic tips for surviving the cold weather ahead! Naturopathic Cold and Flu Kit  Our Favourite Supplements and Botanicals 1) Vitamin D is key for proper immune system function! The best is getting a lab test done to see where your levels are at and then taking a dose specific to your lab report results. Typical dose for Vitamin D is around 1,000-2,000IU. 2) Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system response. It helps to stimulate the function and production of white blood cells and helps to produce antibodies. About 500-1000mg daily is a typical dose for Vitamin C.…

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    Boost Your Immune System This Fall

    By Jeanette Turnbull, R.Ac. As we move into fall we transition from the vibrant, yang energy of summer into the quiet, yin energy of winter. Autumn is the season of harvest, reaping and storing what we have grown in the summer to sustain us during the cold winter ahead. Taking natures lead, now is the time to conserve the yang energy we cultivated during the summer months to ensure we have energy to spare during winter. Lung energy rules over autumn and creates Wei Qi, which translates to defensive energy. Wei Qi is a specialized form of energy that runs primarily between the skin and muscles. It protects the body…

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    Coping with Your Child’s Anxiety: The Back-to-School Chapter

    Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adolescents, affecting approximately 20% of children. In other words, one in five parents will have a child who struggles with anxiety. For many parents, back-to-school season is a joyous time – families are getting back into their usual routines and parents no longer have to worry about how they are going to entertain their children. But, for parents with anxious children, back-to-school can be a difficult and stressful time. Feelings of anxiety are normal during times of change, and starting school or transitioning back to school after the summer holidays is a common trigger for anxiety in…

  • PCOS

    Could your GUT HEALTH be the cause of your PCOS?

    The topic of gut health is all the rage right now. I hear it everywhere, chats about gut microbiome, probiotics and good/bad bacteria. It’s popping up on commercials, radio and my Facebook ads. What if I told you your gut health could be the underlying cause of your irregular cycles? The gut microbiome is known as the collective billions of different bacteria that inhabit our intestines. These bacteria that are present can have a huge impact on our health in terms of our reproductive health, immune system, digestion, and brain health. Trust me, I’ve seen first-hand that gut health can be directly related to hormone imbalances, especially in PCOS. What is…

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    It’s Allergy Season!  But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

      It is estimated that close to 25% of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis.  The most common allergies are to pollen, pets, dust and foods.  Allergies are a hypersensitivity, meaning that the immune system overreacts to allergens and produces an inflammatory response.  The body produces histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE) that cause a variety of symptoms including congestion, sneezing, headaches, hives, itchy eyes, and many others. Though many allergy sufferers rely on over the counter anti-histamines, like Claritin or Benadryl, to keep their allergies under control.   Other therapies include corticosteroids, eye drops, decongestants, allergy shots and topical creams.  Though many of these therapies provide temporary relief, these medications have…

  • Hormones

    Top Hormone Q & A with Dr. Deanna Walker, ND

        Hormone’s are a popular topic of discussion with most of my female patients regardless of age. It often becomes a key part of the case because hormones influence most vital processes in the body and affect how we feel, how we think and how we look. In my experience, restoring a hormone imbalance provides significant relief and results in improvements in quality of life. Here are the most come questions and answers that I encounter in my practice: Could I have a hormone imbalance? Hormone imbalances can present in many ways. They affect us both physically and mentally. If you are experiencing concerns with your periods, weight management,…

  • Heart Health,  Nutrition

    Heart Healthy Seafood Soup

    Seafood Soup Ingredients: 2 Onions 2 Zucchinnis 2 Red or Orange peppers Any other vegetable you have available and enjoy in soups 2 Cans of Diced Herbed Tomatoes 2 Cans of Clams including the juice 1 bag of shrimp (you can add scallops or mixed seafood as well) 1 bag of fresh mussels 2 tsps Garlic (or to taste) Chop and saute the onions.  Add the rest of the chopped vegetables.  Add garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and shrimp.  Cook until the seafood and veggies are cooked.  10 mins.  Add mussels and cook until mussels have opened.  (Toss any mussels that don’t open.) Serve with a…