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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…

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    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…

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    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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    Vegetarianism 101: Where do you get your Essential Fatty Acids?

    What are Essential Fatty Acids? Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that our body needs but cannot synthesize on its own. These include linolenic acid (LA) an omega-6 fatty acid, α- linolenic (ALA) which is an omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids contribute to the membrane structure of our cells, provide a source of energy and have anti-inflammatory effects. Our bodies use ALA to convert to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is important for growth and development of our visual and neurological system and particularly helpful in childhood. EPA contributes to neurological function and can help with behaviour, academic performance, focus and attention. ALA is…

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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…

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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…

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