• Acupuncture,  Allergies,  Allergy,  Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  SInus

    Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergy Relief

    Spring brings warmth, renewed growth, and unfortunately for many seasonal allergies.  About twenty to thirty percent of Canadians suffer from allergies with symptoms arising as early as March for those allergic to pollen. While most suffer from runny nose and sneezing, some of us may also experience itchy eyes, sore throat and even low energy.  Symptoms may be so bad that some confuse allergies with a head cold. As with all that ails us, Traditional Chinese Medicine views allergies as a sign of imbalance within the body. If you suffer from allergies the symptoms experienced will vary based on your individual constitution, as well as any underlying blockages, deficiencies or excesses…

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    Dr. Gair’s Top Tips for Men’s Health from Movember

            Movember is an annual awareness campaign that is near and dear to my heart. I dedicate my time in November to sharing my knowledge on men’s health, and more specifically, reducing cancer risk reduction. While some genetic risks are beyond our control, there are many lifestyle risks you can control. I wanted to share my top 5 tips for lifestyle changes to lower the risk for cancers that affect the men in your life!   Get active! In men diagnosed with colon cancer, those who did 30 minutes of low/moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week showed significant improvements in quality of life during treatment and…

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    Struggling with Sleep? Treating Insomnia with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

    By Jeanette Turnbull, R. Ac Insomnia is a common affliction causing one third of people to lose sleep. Ten to fifteen percent of those affected experience insomnia that is extreme enough to impact daily life. Sleep affects all major systems of the body and in turn how the body systems are functioning affects sleep. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pays very close attention to how the body works as a whole to gain greater insight into the underlying cause of insomnia.  Insomnia comes in many forms including difficulty falling asleep, inability to stay asleep, waking up too early or sleep that is not restful. Insomnia may be a temporary issue created…

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    A Series on Stress: It’s All in Your Head

      We have discussed several key factors that should be considered when addressing stress and trying to improve its management: diet and sleep are crucial, and supplementation with nutrients and botanicals can offer incredible support. The power of our mind, however, is perhaps the most paramount. There is a fine balance between stressing the importance of diet and lifestyle and harnessing the power of supplementation, while also acknowledging that efforts in these areas will amount to very little if one’s perception and thought pathways are not supportive. At the end of the day, we are always going to have sources of stress in our life. If we can change our…

  • Eat Well,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Stress,  Women Wellness

    A Series on Stress: Part 3 of 4: “Time to Up the Ante”

    While our diet should always be the starting place for getting the vitamins and minerals we need for our bodily processes to function optimally, supplementation can offer therapeutic benefit above and beyond that which can be achieved with diet alone. Supplementation also serves an important purpose in instances of depletion or chronic stress as a means of replenishment and enhanced support so we may start to feel better faster. When considering supplementation in the case of stress management or adrenal fatigue, it is important to think about basic glandular support. In order for our adrenal glands to function well, the enzymes within require some basic nutrients to operate: Vitamin C:…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Hormones,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized,  Women Wellness

    A Series On Stress: Part 2 of 4 – “Being Busy Is Not A Badge of Honour”

    By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND As is the case with the management of any health-related condition, diet and lifestyle are the first stop when considering stress. Before using supplementation, an inventory of what we eat and drink, how we sleep, and how we spend our time should be taken so we can optimize our foundation and avoid Band-Aid solutions. Optimizing our foundation can be particularly challenging in today’s society. It has become normal and even celebrated to have jam-packed schedules and numerous commitments, leaving little room for days without plans or even dinner at a table. We tend to convince ourselves that our busy-ness is unavoidable and just a reality…

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    A Series on Stress Part 1 of 4: Meet Your Adrenal Glands

    By Dr. Danielle DeBlock, ND   In light of April being National Stress Awareness Month, we are presenting a 4-part series on the topic. We will begin by discussing how stress affects our body, what a healthy stress response looks like, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the infamous state of ‘burn out’. We are all familiar with stress, but few of us are familiar with the profound impact stress can have on our health and wellbeing. Apart from the unpleasant thoughts and feelings associated, stress can cause a wide array of physical signs and symptoms. Stress is a normal and inevitable part of life. What is…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized,  Vegetarianism,  Vegetarianism

    Vegetarianism 101: Where do you get your B-12?

    By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath Over the past few weeks we talked about being mindful of protein and essential fatty acid intake. Today we are going to talk about vitamin B-12 , which is a vitamin to keep in mind when switching to a plant-based diet, since it is found mostly from animal-derived products. Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin that contributes to the production of red blood cells, nerve function, cell metabolism and the production of DNA. A deficiency in vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia and neurological concerns and may present as: fatigue, sensations of pins and needles, mobility issues, dizziness, vision problems and mood changes. Deficiencies may be caused…

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    Vegetarianism 101: Tips for Success

        By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath In the last few posts on transitioning to a vegetarian diet  we talked about how to get enough protein  and where to get your essential fatty acids . Today we are going to talk about a few tips for success in eating a balanced vegetarian diet. Plan your meals Include umami flavours in your diet Substitute your favourite dishes Tip 1: Plan your meals: You won’t have to do this forever, but you are changing your lifestyle and chances are, your meals are going to be a little different than they were before. If you are used to eating meat with a side…

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    SPRING DIET RESET FOR BOOSTING YOUR ENERGY AND FEELING   AWESOME!

    By Marianna Duba Registered Nutritionist, Certified Gaps Practitioner Spring is finally here! We can feel the warmth of the sunshine, the snow rapidly melts away, the days are longer and yet, many of us cannot enjoy these early signs of spring. The short and cold winter days took their toll on our general well being. We feel heavy, fatigued and our driving force is gone. Sounds all too familiar? There’s help. Tips for resetting your diet and getting your vitality back! Our bodies are in tune with the change of seasons, so naturally we will start to crave of the starchy foods, warm stews and hearty soups which are so…

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