Worried You'll Gain Weight From Eating Fat?
April 18, 2018
If you believe that eating fats and oils is a no-no, you might be in for a surprise. Fat is a vital component to a balanced diet and is a requirement in order for the body to function properly. But TOO much or the WRONG fats can be a problem. With all the information out there on how to eat, it’s important to understand not just fads, diets, and tips but the actual needs of your body. Read more...
Is Sitting The New Smoking?
Sitting has become the common denominator in the modern workday. On average, the majority of workers sit 9.3 hours a day, compared to 7.7 hours of sleep. Sitting has become so ingrained in our way of living that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. Read more...
How to Know if You are Overloaded with Toxins
April 2, 2018
The body is a miraculous thing. For all the body’s parts and abilities there are corresponding systems designed to monitor what they’re experiencing and then decide whether what the body is experiencing is beneficial or detrimental so that it can function well and without interruption as a whole. Read more...
Lectins - What Are They? Love Them or Leave Them?
March 21, 2018
Turns out that most of our foods contain certain compounds that, by nature, are difficult on our digestive systems - because they’re not really meant for our digestive systems at all! Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t tolerate them but more and more research is helping us learn the reasons why some foods can be tough on our systems, and what the implications are of consuming them.
In the case of beans and legumes, amongst other foods, the main culprit we’re learning more about is lectins. Read more...
Living an Anti-Inflammatory Life
INFLAMMATION is part of the body's immune response, the body's attempt at self-protection. Although initially it is beneficial, it may become self-perpetuating. Chronic inflammation, a prolonged state of inflammation, is associated with all the '-itis' diseases, such as colitis/crohn's, arthritis and gastritis, but it has also been linked to many seemingly unrelated conditions/disorders such as heart disease, cancer, depression, diabetes, hormonal problems, psoriasis, ADHD, Alzheimer's, IBS, GERD, allergies, asthma, just to name a few. Read more...
How to Avoid Getting Sick on Holiday
March 7, 2018
With winter in full swing now is the time our minds wander to warmer climates - and the opportunity to travel to them isn’t far behind! While we often seek out sunny destinations for a brief reprieve during these colder months, some aspects of travel can cause a pause in the fun. While we look forward to being whisked away to somewhere new, we often forget that drastic shifts in climate can open us up to attacks on our immune systems, new environments hold a variety of unexpected flora and fauna, and experimenting with local cuisines can play roulette with our digestive systems. Read more...
How to Get Glowing Sking from the Inside Out
Beautiful, healthy, glowing skin - is there anyone who doesn’t want that? A balanced complexion isn’t just beautiful, it can also signify the state of your health, youthfulness, even your happiness or stress level. Of course, these messages are happening on a subconscious level, but they are so pervasively accepted, that taking care of your skin is a drive that’s become a billion dollar industry - all working from the outside in, and not always working well at all. Read more...
Do you have a Leaky Gut?
If you’ve been searching for the root of on-going health issues that just won’t go away, the kind where your doctor - and maybe even your second and third doctor - have tried everything in their arsenals but have come up with only prescriptions that ease symptoms but don’t solve the underlying problem, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Read more...
WALKING for Prostate Health!
Going for walks or engaging in any aerobic exercise three times a week has been shown to have significant benefits to maintain a healthy prostate. A recent study from Harvard University showed that men with prostate cancer who walked 3 hours/week were 57% less likely to have their cancer progress compared to those who walked less often. Read more...
Movember is a time to raise awareness about a pressing issue in men’s health. Each year, thousands of fathers, brothers, sons, partners, and friends, lose their lives because of prostate cancer. Once diagnosed, these men are faced with various medical treatment options, depending on the severity/progression of the cancer.
Each week during the month of November we will speak about some of the dietary and exercises to help with prostate health.
To start here are some Basic Dietary Considerations: Read more...
Weight Loss Beware: The Truth About Weight Loss
Written by: Dr. Jessica Cardona, ND
With the growing concern of obesity, body image, and overall health and well-being, weight loss has become the focus of common marketing tactic in today's society. Many Canadians have concerns with their weight and with the number of diet programs, fad diets, and supplements on the market and in the media, it is no wonder that Canadians have become more confused than ever when trying to determine the right approach. Read more...
Naturopathic Doula Care Q&A
Written by: Dr. Daniella Perri, ND
Can I use Naturopathic Medicine while I am pregnant?
Yes! Naturopathic medicine can be used at any stage of your pregnancy, from prenatal care to natural labour induction to labour and delivery support. Labour and delivery is an especially exciting and overwhelming time for a mom, her partner, and her family. If feel that you need more guided support, consider having a naturopathic birth doula with you as you welcome your new baby into the world!
What is a birth doula?
A birth doula is someone who is trained to support a mom during her labour and delivery. She also provides emotional support to the mom’s partner and family members. She is present while the midwife or obstetrician provides clinical care to the laboring mom.
What is a naturopathic birth doula?
A naturopathic birth doula is a licensed naturopathic doctor who has been trained as a birth doula. She can provide both emotional support as well as pain management using naturopathic modalities. These include homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, massage, and hydrotherapy. She is present while the midwife or obstetrician provides clinical care.
Healthy Holiday Eating
Written By: Leora Barak, BA (Hons), RHN
- Eat something small before going to a party - Before going to a party, fill up on healthy snacks, such as veggies dipped in hummus or an apple dipped in almond butter, so you don’t arrive to the party so hungry and likely splurge.
- If you don’t absolutely love it, don’t eat it - Many holiday dishes are filled with tons of calories, fat and sugar. Make wise choices in terms of which foods you really want to eat and which ones you can skip on.
- Always start with vegetables - Make sure to always start with whatever vegetables being served. This will help take the edge off your appetite.
- Keep a balanced plate - Your main dish should be a plate with 75% cooked/steamed/roasted colourful vegetables PLUS a portion of protein. Your dessert plate should emphasize on fruit. No need to stay away from your favourite foods or desserts. Just take really small portions and eat slowly. This will help you savour the foods that you love much more.
- Watch out for holiday drinks - Drinks like eggnog, hot chocolate and alcoholic beverages pack a lot of calories. Drink water. Water will fill you up and make you gravitate less towards these drinks. Also, if you are right-handed, always hold your drink in your right hand. This will make it more difficult to reach for food on impulse.
- Enjoy - Most importantly, just enjoy time spent with all your loved ones during this jolly season. Happy Holidays!!
Look Who's Under the Mistletoe
Written by: Dr. Amita Sachdev BScN, RN, ND
Mistletoe, also known as Viscum album, appears as a white-berried fruit festively adorned during Christmas. Traditionally, most of us think of mistletoe as hanging from a doorframe inviting anyone standing under it to be kissed in holiday spirit as a display of love and affection.
But, in medicine, mistletoe has a long history of use for its effects on cancer and the immune system and has been in use since 1917. Approximately 79% of German and Swiss medical doctors advise their cancer patients to use it and it is readily available over the counter in pharmacies across Europe.
Read more about Viscum album here
Cleaning Our Bodies From the Inside Out
Our bodies are constantly being exposed to toxic chemicals. These compounds can be found in the food we eat, the products we used on our bodies, such as shampoo, and even in the air we breathe. Many of these toxins are fat soluble, meaning they are able to dissolve in our fat tissue. However, the toxins don’t just reside there. They can make their way into any cell within the body. As a result, people may suffer from ailments such as headaches, arthritis, IBS, and eczema. The list can go on.
Biotherapeutic Drainage is an effective way to help your body detoxify on a deep, cellular level. The remedies that are used are organ and body system specific. By eliminating toxins from particular body parts, symptoms can significantly improve. When we detox on a cellular level, our organs and body systems are better able to function at optimal levels, which allows the positive effects to last longer.
If you would like more information on how you can start detoxifying your body, call Daniella Perri, ND at 905-893-2898 and book an appointment.
Reconnecting To Self
Registered Psychotherapist and Counselor
When was the last time you really felt a sense of peace or ease? How often do you take a break to check in with yourself (body, mind, and heart)? What makes you feel alive, loved, and connected?
Life gets so busy with work, kids, responsibilities and the day to day that we forget about ourselves and where we are at that we feel like we are in auto pilot mode or even in constant 5th gear.
Read on here: Full article
Despite the grey skies and the snow, which continues to fall, spring is on its way! Fortunately, It does not need to be sunny and hot outside to bring some green into your life- and your body!
Sprouting is an easy, cost effective, fun, educational and healthy activity for the whole family! All you need is a wide-mouth glass jar, beans or “sprouting seeds”, some cheesecloth, a rubber band, and water. Read more here....
Fruit And Nut Superfoods
Fruit and nut superfoods are high in anti-oxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals may sound a little like an extremist terrorist sect evading capture and wreaking havoc across the globe and in fact within the context of your body this would be right. They are, in part, a natural occurrence through metabolism however extra and unnecessary free radical load can be put on our bodies by external factors including pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, burnt foods, deep fried fats and cooked foods. When enough of these free radicals invade our immune system problems occurs. Read more here...
Green superfoods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals to protect and heal the body. They contain a wide array of beneficial substances including proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria...READ MORE HERE
Heard about the nutritious and healing properties of bee's including royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis? If interested Read more here.
Seaweeds are the most nutritionally dense plants on the planet as they have access to all the nutrients in the ocean. They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and eight times as much as beef. Read more here.
Can Asparagus Cure Cancer?
Dr. Amita Sachdev, BScN, RN, ND
It is generally known among patients that seek natural cancer therapies, that eating plenty of green leafy vegetables helps support the fight against cancer. In fact, several studies prove anti-cancer effects of many vegetables...READ MORE HERE
"The New Black" for your Health - Black Beans!
Rachel Hynd, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
“Among all groups of food commonly eaten worldwide, no group has a more health-supportive mix of protein-plus-fiber than legumes. Included here, of course, is the amazing protein-plus-fiber content of black beans. From a single, one-cup serving of black beans you get nearly 15 grams of fiber (well over half of the Daily Value....READ MORE here (including a recipe for yummy black bean brownies!)
Kale, A True Super Food!
Rachel Hynd, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Dark, leafy green vegetables, like Kale, are some of the healthiest foods on the planet. They contain minimal calories and maximum nutrition and should be included in the diet everyday. Kale is one of my favorites, here are some of it's beneficial qualities: Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you cook it by steaming. Read more here....