We were fortunate enough this year, that while the rest of Canada had its share of snow and below freezing weather Victoria, BC experienced one of its mildest winters. But with the warmer weather and the early signs of spring with flower buds and blooming trees, for many this also means nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes. This past month allergy season has crept up on many of my patients, which for some can cause a significant reduction in their quality of life.Read More
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Nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, post nasal drip... it's allergy season again! Naturopathic medicine has lots to offer those who suffer this pesky condition. Here are my top five, go to suggestions for hay fever and inhaled allergies.Read More
What's On Your Plate?
Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert takes us on his journey in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs).Read More
View Events for AprilRead More
Are Digestive Issues Making you Sick and Tired?
Spring Cleansing for Whole Body Health
with Charity Parkinson, RHNRead More
There are a number of interesting and unusual facts about bees.Read More
Bees can be seen as unwelcome pests but we should remember the important role that they play in our ecosystem and the benefits they provide to farmers and gardeners. Furthermore, when compared to wasps, bees are generally less aggressive and reluctant to sting unless they are provoked.Read More
Our environment is increasingly becoming more polluted and the impact that these chemicals have on our bodies is a concern more than ever. It is estimated that between $568 to $793 billion is spent per year in Canada and the United States on environmentally caused diseases.Read More
Many people find the pace of modern life extraordinarily fast, throwing up continual challenges as to how to cope with the continual demands on their physical, emotional and mental resources. This brings up the need for remedies that can soothe and strengthen the nervous system and spare the adrenal glands.Read More
Here's what's new in our Cook Street Village location, for March 2015.Read More
What is Vital Whey?
Vital Whey® is a delicious, 100% natural nutritional protein perfect for adults and children.Read More
2015-02-26 6:34 AM in Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND News
Migraine headaches are estimated to affect over 28 million Americans. These headaches are caused by excessive dilation of blood vessels in the head and are characterized by a throbbing or pounding sharp pain.Read More
My digestion is a little sluggish and I know it is important to be regular each day. Do you have any suggestions to help?
M.O. VictoriaRead More
Try this recipe for a Rich Chocolate Pudding Recipe, which only takes a few minutes to make.Read More
by Dr. Shannon Sarrasin, ND
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions, and maintaining optimal vitamin D levels is an important preventative approach. In Canada, supplementation is largely necessary during the winter months, and testing is helpful to determine optimal individual dose recommendations.Read More
by Dr. Marita Schauch, ND
Heart disease can be prevented. Much research is showing that adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.Read More
Here is a simple recipe to make your own lip balm using coconut oil.
2015-02-11 8:29 AM in Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND Hot Topics News Supplements
Another Positive Study On Glucosamine-Chondroitin Reducing Arthritis Pain
A new study conducted by Marc C. Hochberg, MD, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, and physicians from France, Germany, Poland, and Spain published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that that a combination glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate product produced a decrease in pain scores comparable to that seen in patients randomly assigned to receive celecoxib (Celebrex).
Toss some winter veggies into the slow cooker and let it do the work while you stay warm by the fire.Read More
2015-02-02 7:44 AM in Supplements Weight Loss
When scientists discovered a unique natural fibre complex that safely reduces appetite, combats cravings, and prevents weight gain, they were naturally excited. Additional research, using this natural fibre supplement, called PolyGlycoPlex®, or PGX®, reveals that its health benefits may extend beyond weight management.Read More
2015-01-30 12:47 PM in Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND Hot Topics News Supplements Heart Health
Blueberry Consumption Lowers Blood Pressure In Clinical Trial
Blueberries are among the most important foods for good health. The diverse and wondrous health benefits of blueberries are primarily due to their high content of specialized pigments known as anthocyanins. These special flavonoids are responsible for the deep blue or purple color of blueberries.Read More
These fresh tasting tacos are great for a light meal!Read More
I have a family history of heart disease and have just found out that my total cholesterol is high. Is there anything natural I can take to bring it down?
W.S., SidneyRead More
PROVASCIN BY PURICA DESIGNED TO SUPPORT HEART HEALTH FOR MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES
…new supplement featuring blend of l-Carnitine, micronized Chaga mushrooms, CoQ10, Grape Seed Extract and Green Tea Extract readying for launch in 2015Read More
2015-01-23 9:54 AM in Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND Hot Topics News
An estimated 20 to 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), a term used to signify the inability to attain or maintain erection of the penis sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse. New data from the University of Milan indicates that low levels of vitamin D can be a significant factor in leading to ED.Read More
It's 2 p.m. and I need the lights on to see across my normally bright living room – outside there isn't even a hint of blue sky as the rain comes steadily down. We're in the depths of winter, a time when people have less energy, dour moods and suffer more colds and flues because of it.Read More
The search for a superior enzyme that offers safe but powerful anti-inflammatory properties ended when Serratia peptidase (Serrapeptase) enzyme was discovered in the early 70’s. Serrapeptase is now in wide clinical use throughout Europe and Asia as a viable alternative to salicylates, ibuprofen (sold as an OTC in the U.S.) and the more potent NSAIDs.Read More
2015-01-07 9:59 AM in Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND Hot Topics Supplements Weight Loss
Whey protein ingestion has been shown to reduce feelings of hunger and promote satiety making it a valuable aid in weight loss programs. Whey protein during weight loss has also been shown to preserve lean body mass.
One of the best strategies for utilizing whey protein is taking it before or between meals. Studies have shown that consumption of whey protein in small amounts prior to a meal, improves after-meal blood sugar control. A new study by researchers from the University of Toronto has better defined the mechanism underlying this beneficial effect.Read More
I am carrying extra weight which I cannot seem to lose. Do you have some suggestions to help me lose weight. I have been tracking my calories and try to be active including hiking on the weekend and I play a team sport twice per week.
M.G, VictoriaRead More
2014-12-18 11:36 AM in Dr. Marita Schauch
With the holidays just around the corner, turkey, stuffing and all; what better time to focus on supporting an optimal digestive system.Read More
We often hear the expression, “It started with the common cold.” It is very likely that the cold in question has been ignored and so has caused, in some cases, other problems.Read More
Is your “terrain” making you susceptible or strong?
Why do we get sick and what can we do about it? Louis Pasteur certainly had an opinion on this. He was a nineteenth century scientist who popularized the “germ theory of disease” which states that we get sick from microorganisms, virus and bacteria. This is still a predominant view in modern medicine with our heavy use of antibiotics and high spending of preventative health care dollars on vaccination campaigns.Read More
At the beginning of the 1950s Alfred Vogel spent some time with the Native American Sioux in the USA.Read More
Find out more about Shoosha! USDA Certified Organic Baby Care products for Moms.Read More
Stuck for gift ideas? Have a look at these!Read More
Stuck for a gift idea? We have gift baskets available!Read More
Why do we dread winter? Truthfully, if we’re going to hate the cold, dreary weather then our entire lives are going to be pretty miserable, because it seems that the winter months are the longest. Maybe we hate it because we are often ailment-ridden during the winter months or because the long dark nights cut us off from the light and make us gloomy?Read More
As those clocks turn back at the beginning of the month and the darker and shorter days set in, even the best of us can get a little down.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter months, when the days are shorter, darker and rainier. Experts say that SAD affects 40 million North Americans and 75 – 80 percent are women.Read More
Botanica is committed to providing the highest quality whole food nutrition products through a balance of science and nature. Check out this recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding using the Botanica Chocolate Greens product.
Vitamin D: The Complete Consumer's Guide
by Ken W. PetersRead More
Winter is coming. Find some natural products that can help our immune systems stay strong, and our bodies to feel comfortable.Read More
2014-10-30 10:59 AM in News Supplements
Turmeric and its most active compound, curcumin, are flying high; in 2013 they became the best-selling herbal supplements in natural and health food stores, according to a new report by the American Botanical Council. Although American consumers are just getting fired up...Read More
2014-09-30 4:36 PM in Hot Topics
Lifestyle Markets is now carrying Generation UCAN - the SuperStarch that provides healthy energy. It is a revolutionary carbohydrate that will help improve your performance.Read More
2014-09-24 8:20 AM in Ask Doctor Kim
I would like to have a collection of natural supplements on hand to help my kids if a cold or flu surfaces. Can you give me an idea of some things to look for?
G.N, VictoriaRead More
2014-09-23 7:35 AM in Hot Topics
Now you can get the amazing benefits of an All in One, but with the awesome power of berries and New Zealand whey! Learn about the benefits of WheyEssentials....Read More
Middle ear infections (also known as otitis media) are very common in children. Symptoms include ear pain, fever, trouble hearing or sleeping. Children may be more restless than usual and pull at their ears. If you suspect ear infection, it is important to have your child checked out by your doctor/naturopathic doctor.
Many parents expect a prescription for antibiotics for ear infections. However, many medical doctors and naturopathic doctors agree antibiotics are not always the best initial course of action. Avoiding use of antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary, reduces the development of bacterial resistance and unwanted side effects of the medication...
The most abundant protein in the human body, collagen makes up about 25-35% of the body’s total protein content and is responsible for keeping us together – literally!
When we think of collagen, most of us are familiar with its role for beauty – in providing us with healthy, beautiful-looking skin. But it doesn’t stop there: collagen fibers are major building blocks in bone, joints (tendons and ligaments), and blood vessels (arteries and veins). In addition, the quantity and quality of collagen in the skin help determine the health and beauty of hair and nails..Read More
2014-09-17 7:26 AM in News
Natural Eggshell Membrane Produces Impressive Results In Relieving Arthritis Pain
Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®) is an innovative nutritional supplement that brings fast relief to people suffering from the pain, stiffness, and impaired mobility of osteoarthritis and other joint health problems according to the results of a recent study in Germany.Read More
Here is what is new at our Cook Street location.Read More
We are excited to now be carrying Nourish Organic. This skincare is not only beautifully packaged but are also completely natural and organic, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and mostly vegan. Nourish Organic displays all of the following badges with pride on all of their packaging, so you can be sure that no product you buy is kinder to your skin, and to the earth and the animals with which we share it.Read More
PQQ and ubiquinol (highly bioavailable coenzyme Q10) are antioxidant nutrients that scavenge free radicals and support optimal cellular function. CoQ10 may help prevent cardiovascular and neurological conditions, while increasing cellular energy production. PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a compound known to influence cellular signaling pathways, including those that produce nerve growth factor. PQQ works with CoQ10 to help prevent age-related decline, especially of the brain and heart....Read More
MegaFood now offeres four kinds of Nutrient Booster Powders that will enhance your brain, immune, energy and liver.
You may of seen this new drink on CTV because it is all the buzz right now. Platonic’s exclusive blend of steeped herbal tea and refreshing fruit juices work in harmony to naturally synergise both mind and body. Locally crafted in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, Platonic Drinks are created using local, organic herbs from the Wedderspoon Organic Herb Farm.
Manuka Honey has been used since ancient times for various health benefits, and now Wedderspoon uses it to naturally sweeten their herbal infused drinks. These herbs are made fresh in Cowichan Valley.
Platonic Drinks are completely original - you won't find a drink like this anywhere else!
Click here to view the Vancouver Island CTV video. (Approx 1:05 it begins talking about the power of Manuka Honey and Platonic Drinks.)Read More
What can I do to help my immune system? Last fall I picked up several colds and I don’t want to follow the same fate this fall.
This is a great question and well timed. Change of season and change in routine (such as when the school year starts or you go on vacation) are good times to add extra immune support. Further, early fall is an optimal time to take inventory and work towards boosting your health. Supporting healthy immunity should be a two-pronged approach: first, ensure that nothing is burdening your immune system then adopt habits that bolster your health. Health is a balance between burdens on your body and your body’s ability to cope. Here are several suggestions to help get you on your way...Read More
Supercharge your body.
Upgrade your brain.
Be Bulletproof.Read More
Every day we see people in our practice who are “out of balance”. People who have fatigue, digestive problems, pain, inflammation, stress, insomnia, mood issues, an inability to lose weight, frequent illness or are suffering from chronic health conditions.
These symptoms are your body’s way of communicating with you, telling you that something is not right. What is your body trying to tell you?
Understanding the cause is your first step in healing...Read More
At Lifestyle Market's, we carry over a hundred different NOW products from supplements, to body care, to grocery and one of the reasons for this is because of their commitment to being natural and saying no to GMOs!
NOW is truly commited to being "natural" which means not using any GMOs in their products. They state: "We believe that GMOs are not natural. We would like to see increased farming of non-GMO crops, and even a ban on GMO crops for human consumption and animal feed. This would help us achieve our ultimate goal, which is for 100% of our products to contain only non-GMO ingredients."
Read more to learn about their Non-GMO Assurance Process and their product status..Read More
Menopause; the end of menstruation and fertility and the beginning of something new... it's a natural time for women to want to take stock and check in with their health.
I've been hearing a lot of confusion from women as to how best approach this time of life, there are a lot of confusing messages out there!
As a naturopathic doctor, I strive to take a close look at the women I am working with; we all have a unique history and set of circumstances and that should influence medical decision making...Read More
By W. Gifford-Jones M.D.
“Doctor, am I taking enough or too much calcium?” It’s a question I’m often asked by patients.
But I can’t recall a single instance when a patient has asked the same questions about magnesium. It’s ironic, as studies show that many North Americans are not obtaining sufficient amounts of this important mineral. In some cases this can be a fatal error. Now, there’s a simple, natural way to prevent this...Read More
2014-07-04 10:22 AM in Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND Hot Topics
Dr. Murray's Natural Living News includes articles such as "Whey to Trim your Waist," "Heart Health Helper," exercise secrets, and more! Click the image below to view the magazine.Read More
Look what's new at our Cook Street StoreRead More
Normally, the bowels are full of lactic bacteria (intestinal flora), bacteria that help the normal functions of the digestive tract. These bacteria fabricate vitamins of the B complex, vitamin K, as well as amino acids essential to the composition of proteins and neurotransmitters (for the nervous system). Another crucial role of these bacteria is to produce lactic acid, a component helping the maintenance of a proper pH in the gut. Unfortunately, lactic bacteria are often partially eliminated by taking medications such as antibiotics, drinking coffee, under the effect of stress or following a gastrointestinal flu. When there is less lactic bacteria in the gut, this reduces the amount of lactic acid produce in the gut, resulting in a more alkaline pH in the gut. An alkaline gut is a perfect environment for the overgrowth of unwanted bacteria and fungi such as Candida. We normally have small amount of those unwanted parasites because a good production of lactic acid keeps them in a sluggish state and contributes to their elimination...Read More
I tried this recipe recently and was so happy to have found a tasty way to incorporate more turmeric into my diet. The golden milk warmed my stomach and was a real treat before bed.
Turmeric is a truly remarkable herb. It is a well-known spice from India that gives many Indian dishes their golden color. It has been recognized by ayurvedic healers for its healing properties since ancient times. Rightly so – as this herb has so many health benefits!
For starters, turmeric is our natural anti-inflammatory. When taken in high enough doses or as a concentrated extract it is used to reduce inflammation for the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It is a potent anti-oxidant and is great for the liver and digestive system. It even has anti-cancer properties! ...Read More
PQQ and ubiquinol (CoQ10) are synergistic nutrients that modulate cellular signaling pathways, scavenge oxidative free radicals, and support optimal mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a role in a variety of conditions and is thought to be an important factor in age-related decline of cell function.
CoQ10 is well established as a mitochondrial enhancer, which may contribute to the prevention of numerous cardiovascular and neurological conditions. CoQ10 increases the efficiency of mitochondrial ATP production and cellular respiration...Read More
San Miguel's Organic Red Sauce is on sale this month for half off! In honour of this awesome sale price, here is a delicious tortilla soup recipe. Next time you have an itch for Mexican food, look no furthur! This recipe is satisfying and filled with vitamins such as Vitamin C, A, K, and antioxidants....Read More
When the topic of menopause comes up, one normally thinks of a woman experiencing hot flashes, low libido, insomnia, and weight gain. But women may not be the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Many doctors are noticing that their male patients are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience through peri-menopause and menopause...Read More
Enter to win - it's easy! All you have to do is join our mailing list from now until the end of June 2014 and you will be entered a draw to win some amazing prizes. The prizes consist of Prairie Natural supplements, worth $100. As well as a two books: "Thrive Energy Cookbook" by Brendan Brazier and "Little Women's Guide to Personal Power" by Kyla Plaxton, together worth $50...Read More
Cranberries have a long history as a natural treatment for urinary tract infections and a new study in the British Journal of Nutritionnow reports that they may also help improve urinary flow and other symptoms associated with prostate enlargement in men...Read More
Women reach a peak in bone density between 25 and 30 years of age. As menopause approaches we see a predictable bone loss of about 2 per cent a year over the first 4 years so we want to start out with the strongest bones possible.
Whether or not you are a risk for osteoporosis, there is no time like the present to give some thought to measures that you can take now to build and maintain your bone health...Read More
Look what's new at our Cook Street location!
This week “Laura” came in for an appointment. A long time patient of mine, who had just turned 40 and was experiencing extreme changes in her hormones. She told me that her husband said that he never knew if she was going to wake up nice or nasty. She described feeling anxious, not sleeping or coping well and noticing changes in her cycles. She asked me that day “Am I starting to go through menopause?” ...Read More
Not sure what to get your mother this year for mother’s day? Really, there is no right or wrong gift to give your mother, chances are she will like anything you get her. It’s the thought that counts, right? But here are a few ideas to get the juices flowing that we’re sure your mother with not just like – but LOVE.Read More
With a few little changes in your diet, find out how to flush out any unwanted fat from your body!Read More
Known for its ability to promote weight loss, 5-HTP has been shown to reduce appetite. It appears to do this by stimulating serotonin production in the brain. While 5-HTP has not yet been extensively researched, some human and double-blind studies have shown that 5-HTP promotes weight loss.
Our stomachs are shrinking & if we LISTEN to what our bodies are truly telling us, we are eating ONLY when hungry AND we are eating ONLY from our ReCleanse food list.
Many of you have said: “I am going to keep eating this way – I feel better than ever!”
That’s what ReCleanse is designed to do: help you re-establish leaner, cleaner & greener eating habits.
LOVE hearing from you all.
I am BIG ON BEANS. I love so much about beans I don’t even know w here to start so let’s start with this...
Beans make our waistlines smaller! Bulky, fibrous foods like beans & vegetables quickly fill us up – not out.
To go with all those beans I just know that you are all eating EVER DAY... Here is one of my homemade salsa recipes & below that is some “food for thought” ...Read More
Make it count with Lots of water, walking, veggies & a good sleep. If you feel so good that you want to keep ReCleansing, just keep doing it. As Julie Daniluk says about eating well: “ It’s a Live-it, not a Diet.”
Please share with us on our Facebook page, our your ReCleanse experience is going so far. We would love to hear how you are feeling, or if there any good recipes worth sharing, or just words of support.
Below is a quick and easy- to- make recipe with a good balance of vegetable source protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and essential fats. Serve with fresh, crisp vegetable sticks and warm, whole grain pita bread. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. I am too old school to use metric but I added it along with imperial....Read More
These mixed seeds are high-protein & high-fibre. And super delicious! And are allowed during the ReCleanse 7-Day Herbal Detox. Only four ingredients - super easy and healthy! (I should also mention that you can buy these ingredients in our bulk section).Read More
Here’s one of my favourite soup recipes that came from my daughter-in-law, Kim. This soup is soooo easy to make. It’s super satisfying & full of veggie power. Eat as much as you like – whenever you like. And it's allowed while on ReCleanse 7-Day Herbal Detox!Read More
Thank you for accepting the invitation to ReCleanse, now let's get this party started!
What are we going to eat & drink?
We will eat very, very, very simply. No intricate food preparation. We will eat fresh, nutrient-dense, plant foods. We will eat plant-source proteins, fats & carbohydrates. We will make & drink lots & lots of smoothies. We will drink a river of pure, filtered water. Your vegan, gluten-free shopping list is attached. I’ll be sharing some of my favourite “recipes” with you...
I see it all the time. That sweet little ingredient called sugar has you wrapped around its little finger. It may be a romance or a love-hate relationship, but every day it has you coming back for more.
Let’s be honest, you’re hooked. Dare we say addicted?Read More
While most of us are looking forward to warmer weather and the first signs of spring with flower buds and blooming trees; for some this means nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes. Allergy season is creeping up and often those allergy sufferers experience a significant reduction in their quality of life...Read More
What can I take to support my joints? I have joined a walking club and go for hikes most weekends. I just turned 50 and feel good but want to make sure that I am doing the right things
Good for you for taking a proactive approach. There are several nutrition habits you can adopt and many supplements you can deploy to support your joints.Read More
Join us in getting leaner and cleaner in 7 days using Prairie Naturals Herbal Cleanse! Using Facebook, we want to hear all about your progress and will be sharing recipes and words of support. Not only will you feel great afterwards, but we will have prizes for everyone willing to participate!
Starting after Easter, Monday April 21st, we want everyone to try Recleanse Herbal Cleanse with us!
ReCleanse Herbal Cleanse 7-Day Whole Body Detox is a gentle and effective cleanse designed to easily fit into
your lifestyle as opposed to disrupting it. Herbal Cleanse Whole Body Detox activates your body’s natural cleansing systems during the one week program. Each person is different based on unique lifestyle, genetics and toxin accumulation over years and even decades. Elimination of toxins is a gradual process that can take longer than one week. Regular and repeated use of Herbal Cleanse Whole Body Detox will help your body gradually and gently cleanse itself of a wide range of toxic substances without harsh side effects and while allowing a variety of cleanse-friendly foods...
Getting lots of antioxidants into your diet can be a delicious endeavor. A preliminary study found that eating strawberries every day reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels and boosted antioxidant activity in healthy people—signs suggesting that strawberries may help protect against heart disease...Read More
Here is what's new in our Cook Street store!Read More
On the surface, the numbers on type 2 diabetes may appear discouraging: 350 million people worldwide are affected. The good news is that when properly managed with a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, the condition doesn’t have to cause health problems. Now a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study—the gold standard of research—suggests taking ginger powder may significantly improve glucose control, and improve other markers of diabetes control...Read More
Good food is one of the simplest pleasures we enjoy as human beings – many treasured memories are tied to evenings sharing a hearty, home cooked meal with our families and friends. We all have those one or two recipes that are guaranteed to create nostalgia for those feel-good times – our comfort foods. Always delicious, always satisfying but in most cases not so loving to our waistline! Most comfort foods have a very high carbohydrate, unhealthy fat or sugar content, which is typical for any food that temporarily increases our feeling of emotional well-being. Here are a few ways to rev up the nutrition without losing the flavour on a few comfort favourites.Read More
Have you been feeling tired lately orhaving trouble losing weight and wondered if it might be your thyroid? Have you been diagnosed with hypothyroidism? If so, read on...
I started this challenge when I wasn’t sick, and, admittedly, didn’t take the Echinaforce Extra Hot Drink even as prevention. I should’ve taken it!Read More
Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting more than 5.5 million women in North America alone. It commonly occurs between the ages of 25 and 40 in menstruating women. In some cases, symptoms begin with the onset of menstruation while with others; they develop later, becoming progressively worse until menopause. The most common symptoms of endometriosis are: painful periods, pain with intercourse and infertility. Some women don’t have any symptoms from endometriosis and others may not find out they have the disease until they have trouble getting pregnant. About 30 to 40% of women with endometriosis are infertile, making it one of the top three causes for female infertility....Read More
Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, had the misfortune of losing her head. Fortunately, the rest of us still have ours. That’s fortunate because doctors are increasingly using the eye to diagnose generalized diseases. In fact, early detection of problems through the eye can prevent heart attack, stroke and save legs from amputation. Today, dramatic photos, just posted on my website, may save millions of lives.
The human body has 60,000 miles of arteries and veins, the same length as walking twice around the world. But there’s only one place where we can see blood vessels, in the retina, at the back of the eye, just a square centimeter in size...Read More
2014-03-12 9:00 AM in Supplements
Why is heart attack the number one killer in this country? Ninety-nine percent of doctors say it’s due to atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and that cholesterol lowering drugs are the primary way to treat it. But I suggest cardiologists have closed minds and are ignoring facts that could save thousands of North Americans from coronary attack.....Read More
2014-03-07 9:00 AM in Supplements
The link between vitamin B12 deficiency and depression is well established, but research suggests that vitamin B12 blood levels that measure in the low end of normal may increase depression and affect response to treatment. A study in The Open Neurology Journal found that...
Find what's new at our Cook Street Village store!Read More
I would like to do a cleanse and am wondering if you can you point me in the right direction?
With the start of spring on March 20th the time is ripe for considering a cleanse. Just as you schedule annual maintenance on your vehicle, it is important to put systems in place to nourish health. Much of mainstream healthcare is focused on identifying disease. While this serves a purpose, it is important to be mindful and assess where your health is.Read More
Genesis Today’s Ultimate Resveratrol™ is a potent blend of Japanese knotweed, kelp
sphaeranthus indicus, mangosteen, and guarana, containing 195 times the concentration of
resveratrol found in one glass of red wine.
"Many people take vitamins as part of their daily fitness regimens having heard that antioxidants aid physical recovery and amplify the impact of workouts,” said Gretchen Reynolds in the New York Times this week. “But in another example of science...Read More
There has been a lot of buzz about PGX Daily Utra Matrix recently and that is because research has proven it works!
If you are among the millions of people who have trouble controlling their blood sugar levels or body weight, then you are at risk for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. All of these conditions share a common underlying factor: resistance to the hormone insulin. Normally, insulin helps transport blood sugar into cells, but with insulin resistance this process is hindered leading to elevations in blood sugar and loss of appetite control...
“I want to die with my boots on!” is an oft-heard expression. But it poses a problem. Today, many are living and dying not even knowing their boots are on. So does Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) have to happen? Are cholesterol deposits in arteries starving our brain cells of oxygen? And can we do anything about it?
A report in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Disorders claims there’s a link between heart attack and Alzheimer’s Disease. The link is atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) due to cholesterol.
Sir William Osler, Professor of Medicine at both McGill and Johns Hopkins University, once remarked that “it’s lucky to be born with good rubber”. Namely, it’s best to have flexible, open arteries that carry sufficient amounts of oxygenated blood to all the body’s organs. After all, we know what happens in a house with clogged pipes. In humans, narrowed arteries cause the same trouble....Read More
You have been under chronic stress and are feeling just plain “burnt out”. Your energy is so low that it is hard to get out of bed in the morning and your afternoon energy is even worse. You have seen your Doctor already, had some blood work done, and she has told you that you that everything is fine and you are in fact “healthy”.
Well it sure doesn’t feel that way! So what is going on? Perhaps the answer lies in your adrenal health, or lack of...Read More
Inflammation is a normal bodily process that occurs in response to injury and infection. It is a part of the normal healing process and includes the migration of white blood cells to the site of injury and the secretion of a variety of chemicals by the immune system. Inflammation however, becomes a problem when it becomes chronic. Inflammation is thought to play a role in many chronic diseases including anything that ends in “itis” (such as arthritis, colitis, bursitis, and tendinitis), but there is another type of inflammation that may not be as obvious. This silent inflammation can reflect an underlying low-grade stimulation of the inflammatory process with no outward signs of inflammation. Silent inflammation can be a major factor in the development of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, allergies, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease....Read More
2014-02-09 12:00 AM in Heart Health
Of the four simple values in any standard cholesterol panel, triglycerides are the most neglected, barely mentioned by many physicians. This is a BIG mistake! Increased triglyceride levels mean an increased risk of conditions such diabetes and coronary heart disease. Higher levels of triglycerides also provide unique insights into diet and metabolism. Fortunately, high triglycerides are wonderfully easy to correct, naturally and without drugs...
Before the advent of pharmaceutical medicines iodine was widely used to treat a multitude of ailments. Back then, if a doctor didn’t know what was wrong with you they simply gave you more iodine and hoped for the best. Currently, the importance of iodine is focused on its role in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, and the regulation of metabolism. However, the function of iodine in the body far surpasses only thyroid support, and is necessary for overall health, and for the detoxification process.Read More
I have a family history of heart disease and want to make sure I am doing what I can to keep my heart healthy.
February is ‘Heart Month’ and so there is no better time to talk about heart health and to make sure you have your finger on the pulse! Heart disease generally refers to problems in the cardiovascular system (such as heart attack or stroke) due to deposits on the arterial walls termed atherosclerosis or ‘hardening of the arteries.’ In atherosclerosis, these deposits ‘clog’ the blood vessel leading to blockages and therefore, reduced blood supply...Read More
Happy New Year! I love a New Year, it not only represents an ending but it's a fresh start, a new beginning and the start of a new and improved you! I bet many of you are probably trying to resolve to get healthier and maybe lose those extra few pounds put on over those holiday indulgences. Some of you may also be kick starting the year off at the gym with a new exercise program. Sticking to New Year resolutions can be a challenge at times so I hope the following tips will keep you on task!Read More
Here is a game for you - just for fun! It's good to exerience your brain, just as much as it is to exercise your body! Good luck and have fun!Read More
Improve your digestion, simply and naturally! Our Vitamin Manager, Jane Frisby, provides healthy tips on how to make your gut healthy.Read More
Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Not sure where to begin? A great way to get started is to complete the “Wheel of Life” exercise. It helps you to reflect on and visualize your current life balance. This can be a key in helping you identify the areas in your life that could use more attention for attaining optimal balance and wellness in the New Year.Read More
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of festivities, visiting with friends and family and ringing in the New Year. Yet, for many of us, holiday cheer can dissolve into holiday stress. Long distance traveling, family get-togethers, extra shopping and social obligations can eventually wear the mind and body down.
To top it all off, during this chaotic time it’s not uncommon to overindulge in food and drink as we try to soothe emotional stress. Ironically enough, most of us feel worse either during or after the holiday season.
Does this all sound too familiar? This year, it doesn’t have to be!
Follow these simple tips to keep you healthy and in the holiday spirit....Read More
Read this issue of Chatterblock's Winter Holiday Guide and learn how to survive the holidays stress-free, get easy craft ideas for the family, and what to say or do when the truth comes out.Read More
2013-12-02 12:00 AM in Supplements
The Doctor Game – W. Gifford-Jones M.D .
For Release – November 23, 2013
I’ve previously written about Medi-C Plus, a high concentration of vitamin C and lysine powder, and how it can prevent and reverse atherosclerosis in coronary arteries. The combination is a revolutionary discovery. But vitamin C has many other amazing virtues.
Years ago, on long sea voyages up to 90 percent of sailors died from scurvy due to a lack of fruit and its vitamin C content. This vitamin is needed for the production of collagen, the glue that holds cells together. Without C the body disintegrates, blood vessels rupture causing massive hemorrhage and death.
Just 10 milligrams (mgs) of C prevents scurvy. But we need several thousand daily for other medical problems. For instance, millions of North Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. Without sufficient vitamin C to produce collagen, a major component of cartilage, bone eventually grinds on bone. There would be fewer joint replacements if more vitamin C were available to produce healthy collagen.
Rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammatory type, also requires large doses of vitamin C. Every moment of the day our bodies are using oxygen to keep us alive. But oxidation results in metabolic ash, known as “free radicals”, which are believed to trigger an inflammatory reaction in joints. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce damaging free-radicals.
Today billions of dollars are spent annually in North America on cataract surgery. The development of cataracts is a major degenerative disease and an aging population will require more of this surgery. Several studies show vitamin C can slow down the progression of cataracts.
The National Institute of Health reports that macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness, is a nutritional responsive disorder. Its study showed that vitamin C taken along with vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc could also slow down the progression of this disabling disease.
How can I limit weight gain over the holidays? Between extra work treats and indulgences at holiday gatherings it is hard to maintain good nutrition.
Navigating the holiday abundance successfully can require a bit of a plan and mindfulness. You should consider options and craft a plan that you think will help guide you...Read More
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Are you wondering if using simple oils on your skin like coconut or jojoba are effective? Many clients ask me: are natural oils beneficial? Do they work? Should I use them? The answer is yes, yes and yes!
Kathleen Daunhauer has been a certified Dr. Hauschka esthetician for 13 years and explains why and how you should apply natural oils to your skin, as well as which oil is right for you skin type.
VegEssentials will give you an incredible array of micro and macro nutrients from their blend of a hundred plant-based ingredients.
Each daily serving of VegEssentials contains, which means your smoothie will be packed with, 27g of plant-based protein, 7g fibre, 2g omega-3 essential fatty acids, 5000 ORAC Units (antioxidants), 7 servings of fresh vegetables and over 13 vitamins and minerals. It is also dairy-free, trans fat & cholesterol free, contains NO added sugars and NO artificial ingredients.
Look inside for the full recipe!Read More
Every vegetarian or vegan has been asked the question, “where do you get your protein from?” more times than they can ever remember. The majority of people believe that if you do not obtain protein from a meat or dairy source, you are consuming inadequate or inferior protein. There is no denying that protein is an essential nutrient, as it helps build and repair muscle, skin and bones. So the question is, does it matter if we supplement with animal based whey proteins or plant based rice proteins?Read More
Pack a brownie with VegEssential All-In-One Chocolate Flavour to reek the benefits: enhance lean muscle growth, strength immune function, support healthy skin eyes, bones and teeth, assist with healthy liver and thyroid function and helps to detoxify and alkalize the body.
See inside for the full recipe!Read More
When the body is stressed it activates the “fight or flight” response, activating the adrenal glands, turning some adrenal hormones “on” and others “off”.Read More
2013-11-08 12:00 AM in Supplements
The burden of diabesity is increasing rapidly in Mexico (1). Culturally based diets with low glycemic index and glycemic load might be a low-cost approach for a population with a high index of socioeconomic marginality. Mixed meals are the usual manner of food intake, and they are different among regions of Mexico. Consumption of nopales (prickly pear cactus pads) in middle and low socioeconomic populations of central and southern Mexico is generally three times weekly. Nopales can be purchased at any food market in Mexico. The purpose of this study was to estimate the glycemic index of three usual Mexican breakfasts and to measure the effect of adding cactus pads (nopales) on postprandial glucose response in type 2 diabetic subjects.
Clinical research shows that SAMe elevates mood and has a positive effect on behaviour. It also maintains cartilage health and contributes to the production of joint supporting compounds such as glucosamine and chondroitin.Read More
Holiday baking is a tradition for many of us, and with the season fast approaching, excitement is building to get busy making our favourite festive treats!
Now, I know what some of you are thinking – “I/my partner/my kids are gluten-free! The days of tarts, squares and cookies are over!”
But this is simply not true! There are dozens of wheat flour alternatives that can be used in your favourite recipes that will allow you to enjoy all of the delicious holiday indulgence without any of the gluten. We are here to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming world of gluten-free baking.Read More
Natural Factors Evening Primrose Oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 essential fatty acid the body needs to make hormone-like compounds that regulate many biological functions.Read More
There has recently been a lot of buzz about yacon and you’re probably wondering “what is the big deal?” First of all, before we begin listing all its awesome benefits, what is yacon?
2013-11-04 9:30 AM in Supplements
Chronic inflammation can mean chronic pain, and can increase risk for degenerative diseases.Read More
Proven safe and effective by thousands of years of use, oil of oregano is now being recognized by the scientific community as an important natural health supplement.Read More
In North America, there are over 9 million vegans and over 18 million people are vegetarian. Vitamin D deficiency is common in Canada and northern half of the US. But until now there has not been a good source of vegetarian vitamin D in supplement form.Read More
Are there gaps in your antioxidant protection? Natural Factors Ultimate Antioxidant is a unique blend of the best-known, most powerful water and fat-soluble antioxidant nutrients.Read More
2013-10-28 9:30 AM in Supplements
Natural Factors Tea Tree Oil is 100% pure, gently extracted from leaves of the tea tree — Melaleuca alternifolia. It contains the perfect ratio of tea tree oil's key active ingredients.Read More
Poor digestion contributes to, and can be a symptom of, a wide range of health problems including bloating, diarrhea, food intolerances, fatigue and mental fogginess.Read More
2013-10-25 9:33 AM in Supplements
Boost your child's immune health to protect them from illnesses and preventable, non-optimum health conditions. Natural Factors Children's Multi Probiotic, used daily, can support your child's immune system with live, health enhancing bacteria.Read More
Everyone that meets Sam Graci relishes his high energy and effervescent personality. We all know people like Sam – people that can work long hours, volunteer on committees, exercise regularly and also have quality family time. Yet, over 40 per cent of us say that a lack of energy is interfering with our daily activities. Is there a secret to having sustained energy?
“Fatigue is most often the result of extreme levels of stress, poor dietary choices, inefficient sleep or lack of exercise,” says Graci “So if you’re trying to get your energy levels back up, realize it is going to take some change.” Here are Sam’s top tips:Read More
Even though fructose is a natural sweetener is should be taken in moderation (like most things). Also the fructose from fruits and veggies is slowly absorbed in your body enabling your liver to safely clear it. In other words, don't stop eating veggies and fruit just because they may contain fructose! Instead, make a conscious effort to cut back on juices, sweets, and read the labels when buying packaged food.Read More
Antioxidants. Study upon study shows they may be preventive and therapeutic for numerous health problems, from diabetes and cancer to failing eyesight and the onset of wrinkles.Read More
2013-10-18 9:30 AM in Supplements
Several studies have found that curcumin protects DNA against damage caused by toxins in the environment that increase the risk of cancer.Read More
Discover the magic of mushrooms
Mushrooms have traditionally been used for medicinal purposes for centuries throughout the world. In China & Japan, Lion's Mane was considered a prized possession and was served exclusively to the emperor. Its name is derived from its long cascading tendrils resembling a lion's mane. Served as a gourmet delicacy, it tastes like lobster or shrimp and has a meaty texture, which is great for vegetarians.
As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter months, when the days are shorter, darker and rainier. Experts say that SAD affects 40 million North Americans and 75 – 80 percent are women.
Natural Factors Double Strength Ultimate Multi Probiotic is a 12-strain blend with eight lactobacilli species and one lactococcus species, for optimum health of the small intestine, and three bifidobacteria species for the large intestine.Read More
Getting up in the night to urinate not only interferes with a man's sleep, it is an indication of prostate enlargement, which can be a precursor to prostate cancer.Read More
Take your smoothie to the next level by making a conscious effort to count the environmental footprint your creamy, icy cool beverage carries. Because, let’s face it, part of being a healthy individual involves taking care of the environment around you.
Have you ever wondered why colds usually start with a dry, scratchy or sore throat? It’s because the viruses that cause colds and the flu are airborne: we breathe them in and they stick to the back of the throat.Read More
With Thanksgiving around the corner you’re probably researching new recipes to try at your dinner party. Or maybe you have a staple recipe you make because friends and family expect and look forward to it every year. Either way, everyone knows that pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving must-have.
Here is a list of pumpkin pies you may want to explore depending on your diet… You could also try combining these recipes to make the ULTIMATE pumpkin pie!Read More
Many clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of black cohosh for the relief of menopausal symptoms.Read More
Mulberry fruit are fleshy, delicious berries native to warm, temperate and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Traditionally, mulberries were used as a nourishing blood tonic, treating weakness and fatigue. They were often eaten freshly picked off the tree, but also were used in ancient Chinese medicinal preparations.
Green foods, once the beverage of choice of die-hard granolas, have stood the test of time and are now a research-proven way to improve energy and vitality.
The leading green food has 10 university studies proving its ability to increase energy and re-invigorate vitality; to build bone and protect against osteoporosis; boost antioxidant levels in the blood – one serving is the antioxidant equivalent of 6 servings of organic fruits and vegetables; and increase alkalinity in the body (a more alkaline body= a healthier body).
2013-10-03 2:26 PM in ChatterBlock
Health Secrets for the 21st Century was a gem to read. It is well organized, and ideas are clearly expressed on a wealth of interesting and useful information.
The WellBetX family of products were developed to provide the ultimate in nutritional and herbal support for anyone suffering from blood sugar imbalance. WellBetX products are especially valuable to anyone with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or insulin resistance, and PGX should be a key component of any health program designed to promote improved blood sugar management.Read More
Now that summer is officially over make sure that you're taking your vitamin D otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. Especially this week since we've been experiencing a tremendous amount of rain and overcast.
Phosphatidylserine or PS is a brain-supportive nutrient that helps improve cognitive function especially as we age.Read More
2013-09-29 9:30 AM in Supplements
You can't find fresh juicy Bing cherries year round but you CAN enjoy the health benefits of cherries anytime, by keeping CherryRich on hand.Read More
In a culture that heralds youth and a youthful appearance, it is tempting to relegate the presence or absence of the visible signs of aging to matters of mere vanity. But far from vanity, the degree of visibly aged skin may represent an important assessment tool of internal health.
Within the skin’s outer epidermal layer is a water-locking barrier called the stratum corneum layer. This ban is structurally similar to a brick wall, with fibrous corneocytes which acts like “bricks” and a complex of lipids making up the “mortar”. Ceramides are fatty substances that make up a significant portion of the mortar between the bricks of this critical skin barrier.
Curcuminoids are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that give the herb turmeric (pronounced "too-mer-ik") its bright yellow colour.Read More
2013-09-23 9:30 AM in Supplements Heart Health
Millions of people take calcium and vitamin D to improve their bone health. In fact, this approach may actually increase the risk of heart attack and stroke because the added calcium builds up in arteries—the calcium paradox.Read More
From September 21-28, Canada recognizes the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment and our health.
Sports nutrition is a booming industry in Canada, and is expected to have double digit growth for the next decade or so. The latest trend in the sports nutrition category is supplements that help you prepare, perform and recover from exercise. Here are some key ingredients and tips for deciding what product is right for you:Read More
Do you feel anxious, over-committed, with too much to do and no time to relax?Read More
Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
If ye be goin’ to speak like a scurvy pirate this day yet put grub in ye gullet like one too! Here be some pirate grub:Read More
Inflammation is a natural response the body uses to defend itself against harmful substances, dispose of dead tissue and renew normal tissue.Read More
If what you eat directly impacts the health and appearance of your skin, what’s the best skin diet? According to latest research, a diet rich in whole, natural foods and low in processed, insulin-rising foods is your best and most effective way to ensure clear, healthy skin.
Natural Factors Celery Seed Extract provides an active compound of celery that has been shown to help lower blood pressure and relieve gout.Read More
This Tuesday September 17th George Hildebrandt will be at our Douglas store from 11am to 4pm to share his knowledge of Maca.
Maca root has been used for thousands of years by native people in Peru. It was a vital ingredient to their health and is believed to increase energy and stamina. Chemically Maca root contains significant amounts of amino acids, carbohydrates, and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E.
George will happily answer any questions you might have about Maca so come on by, even if it's just to say hello!
Since the dawn of shamanic healing over 50,000 years ago, mankind has searched for healing ingredients to concoct the ultimate panacea—a cure-all. One of the most sought-after ingredients was a substance so revered that it was exclusively reserved for use by royalty in ancient China. Chemical analyses have shown that its allegedly remarkable properties are much more than superstition or mere folklore.
2013-09-09 1:37 PM in ChatterBlock
This Thursday September 12th, 2013 our Doulas store will be hosting two professional makeup artists from Sappho Cosmetics! Rebbeca Maria will be here from 12-2pm, call 250-384-3388 to book a 15 minute appointment.
I suffer from lower back pain. Are there any natural health products that are research proven to offer relief?
You are not alone in your pain. Four out of five adults will experience at least one episode of back pain at some time in their lives, most often between the ages of 30 and 50.Read More
2013-09-09 9:30 AM in Supplements Stress
X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil is made from dairy oil extracted without heat from cows that eat 100% rapidly growing grass. The speed of the grass growth, timing of the grazing of this grass, species of grass, climate and extraction method are all important to make real X-Factor Gold™ High Vitamin Butter Oil.
Have you ever heard of “Fresh Paper” created by Fenugreen?
I don’t know about you, but I recently heard of it and began exploring this product. It turns out that it's paper you put in your fridge at the bottom of your vegetable drawer and it will keep your food fresher for FOUR TIMES longer. Well, this just left with more questions. Does it really work? How does it keep food fresh? Who invented it? What is the paper made of?
2013-09-05 9:30 AM in Supplements
Healthy strong bones are important no matter what our age.Read More
The excitement of back-to-school: seeing old friends, meeting new ones, facing a new teacher. Children and teens can experience both positive and negative stresses as they head back to school. Natural Factors Mental Calmness with L-Theanine can help.Read More
Ubiquinol CoQ10 is much more absorbable than the ubiquinone form and is an exceptional way to support heart health, increase energy, provide antioxidant protection, and maintain robust health as we age.Read More
The long weekend is coming up and it seems like most British Columbians will either be going camping or at least on a hiking day trip. Either way, we hope you get out and enjoy some nature because before you know it, it’ll be winter! Also, we'll be sure to do a no-rain dance to the gods to ensure amazing weather for everyone.
Lifestyle employees love camping and here are a few of their favourite superfoods they like to bring when camping.Read More
Natural Factors Ultimate Multi Probiotic Double Strength is a 12-strain blend with eight lactobacilli species and one lactococcus species, for optimum health of the small intestine, and three bifidobacteria species for the large intestine.Read More
For four decades Natural Factors has sourced, tested, standardized and formulated health supportive herbal supplements for Canadians; becoming Canada's most popular herbals for potency, purity, and trust.Read More
Her enthusiastic style and on-screen energy quickly made Kathy Smith a fitness icon of the 1980s and 1990s. Millions of people around the world have improved their health by exercising with Kathy, watching and working out to her fitness videos.Read More
Natural Factors Quercetin Complex is an exceptional antioxidant formula developed to support optimum health, combat disease, and slow aging.Read More
When people see the plastic bins full of food in the bulk area of the store, often they’ll wonder “how long has that food been sitting there? Should I buy it?” The truth is buying food from bulk is often fresher and more natural. We sell a large quantity of bulk items that we constantly have to refill the bins with new and therefore fresh food!
2013-08-16 8:36 AM in ChatterBlock
What are the factors that may trigger arthritic conditions? Heredity, excess weight, injury, stress, food. There are four main types of arthritis and these are all characterized by pain, stiffness and/or swelling around the joints or muscles. Learn how your diet and lifestyle can affect these arthritic conditions! Also, A. Vogel recommends herbal remmedies.
Researchers at Vancouver’s Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine discovered a common pattern within only a few weeks of starting clinical trials on PolyGlycoPlex® (PGX®) for weight loss: people sleep better when blood sugar levels stabilize.Read More
As our beautiful summer is coming to an end – it’s officially the start of back to school season. But between trips to pick up school supplies, we are frequently reminded of how important healthy food choices are to help support improved energy, concentration and academic performance for a successful school year.
This year has brought a new endeavor for me, being involved in a running group and training for my first 10km race. As a novice runner I have asked myself, how can I support my body for this physical challenge? The following are some tips on how to support your body during a training regime to optimize performance and muscle recovery. These guidelines can be applied to a diverse range of activities whether you are focused on walking, running, cycling, rowing, etc.
Toxic overload on the human body can be sudden and dramatic or gradual and deadly. The body's systems that process and eliminate toxins can become overwhelmed and a wide range of non-optimum health conditions can result.Read More
Carnitine and its derivatives play a key role in fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism and energy production and are critical components for mitochondrial metabolism. Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is the most important derivative of carnitine and occurs naturally in the body.Read More
Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid involved in a wide variety of metabolic and biochemical processes.Read More
Why are so many Canadians plagued by a lack of calcium in the bones (osteoporosis) despite having an excess of calcium in the arteries (atherosclerosis)? This is the calcium paradox.Read More
The soluble dietary fibre in PGX® (PolyGlycopleX®) is able to reduce insulin resistance and balance blood sugar (glucose) levels.Read More
2013-07-23 3:17 PM in Supplements
The body has ways to counteract everyday stresses, but if stress is extreme, unusual, or long-lasting, our stress-controlling mechanisms can be overwhelmed. Stress-Relax supplements from Natural Factors can help you enjoy calmer days and more restful nights.Read More
The liver is the second-largest organ in the body and is responsible for removing toxins and excess hormones.Read More
Now there’s fast relief for people seeking natural solutions to the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and other joint health problems. NEM® Natural Eggshell Membrane is an innovative nutritional supplement that can reduce joint pain by 20% or more within 7–10 days and by an average of 73% after 30 days.Read More
Caribbean Hibiscus Flower Iced Tea can be consumed hot or cold, to make a deliciously tart and tangy summer beverage.Read More
Lipoic acid (LA) is a naturally occurring and necessary biological factor. Although initially classified as a vitamin, LA is not a true vitamin because it can be synthesized in the body. LA is often classified as a vitamin-like substance with functions similar to the B vitamins.Read More
2013-07-18 1:57 PM in Supplements
Eggshell membrane is a new natural treatment for joint pain that is showing real promise and a recent study has found it particularly beneficial for physically active adults that suffer chronic joint pain...Read More
I just heard about testing your pH –do you think this is helpful?
Dear G. I.
Thank you for your question. Yes, testing pH can be a helpful measure to monitor health. The summer months are a time when vegetable and fruits are plentiful and a perfect time to test your pH prowess...Read More
When the topic of menopause comes up, one normally thinks of a woman experiencing hot flashes, low libido, insomnia, and weight gain. But women may not be the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Many doctors are noticing that their male patients are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience through peri-menopause and menopause.Read More
With the summer weather upon us I have increased my activity level and am feeling a few niggling joint aches and pains. I was diagnosed with mild osteoarthritis a couple years ago and typically do well. I want to keep my joints happy so I can stay healthy.
Thank you for your question and proactive approach. It is important to support your body and take care of niggles –a stitch in time saves nine...Read More
Vitamin K is needed for proper bone formation and blood clotting. In both cases, vitamin K does this by helping the body transport calcium. Vitamin K is used by doctors when treating an overdose of the drug warfarin. Also, doctors prescribe vitamin K to prevent excessive bleeding in people taking warfarin but requiring surgery.Read More
By Dr. Shannon Sarrasin, ND
The last century has seen such advance in modern medicine that the age old traditions of “healing” are being forgotten. Conventional medicine offers powerful tools such as antibiotics, antivirals and anti-inflammatory medication that often lead to instantaneous improvement in symptoms. It can be easy to dismiss the reasons we became sick in the first place, and we often throw ourselves back into life too quickly before we have fully recovered.Read More
More than ever before, women are educating themselves about the hormonal shifts during menopause. They are asking their doctors more questions and often requesting information about what different treatment options are available to them. No two women will have the same transition into menopause and because of this; health care practitioners, educators and women themselves are experiencing the challenge of evaluating and managing each woman individually to achieve optimal results...Read More
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I have a really bad sweet tooth. Do you have any suggestions to help me stop craving sugar?
Sugar over-consumption and cravings are a problem for many people. In part, people get busy and miss being mindful about their nutrition...Read More
Omega 7, known as palmitoleic acid, helps regulate fat and blood sugar metabolism (in adipose tissue and in the pancreas). In vitro studies suggest that omega 7 helps improve the function of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.Read More
A great article from our own Ken Peters.
Ken has previously written on the different forms of vitamin K, and the importance of K2 in preventing two of the most widespread ailments in the modern world, namely atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. In that blog we saw how K2 keeps calcium out of the arteries, forbidding hardening of the arteries, and channels it back into the bones, and teeth, helping to keep the skeletal structure strong. In this article Ken will look at some of the other most important functions of K2 in the body and how it can prevent a number of other serious diseases...Read More
Probiotic – you may have noticed this word being used more and more these days, but do you know what it means?Read More
I am finding my energy to be a little low lately. I have not been waking refreshed and have lost some of my get-up and go. Can you offer some suggestions to help improve my energy?
Start by considering three main pillars in helping to determine the key to improving your energy: nutrition, lifestyle habits and stress...Read More
With the first signs of spring and the warmer weather over the Easter Long Weekend, many of us were out mowing the lawn, tending to our gardens or simply enjoying outdoor activities in the sunshine. But with the warmer weather also comes blooming flowers, pollen and for some of us, hay fever symptoms such as nasal congestion, itchy eyes, headaches and sneezing.Read More
2013-04-08 2:49 PM in News Supplements Heart Health
Strength and flexibility are associated with youthfulness and good health. In the blood vessels, loss of flexibility and strength may be a sign of atherosclerosis, which increases heart attack and stroke risk. Regular exercise helps preserve elasticity and prevent hardening of blood vessels as we age, and a preliminary study published in Nutrition Research suggests that taking curcumin, a popular anti-inflammatory supplement derived from turmeric, may have similar benefits in postmenopausal women.Read More
Taking an NAC supplement —the easy name for N-acetyl cysteine—might help reduce symptoms of irritability in children with autism , according to a small study published in Biological Psychiatry .Read More
There’s a new oil in town. In the first study to investigate the effect of the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaneoic acid) derived from algae, researchers found that people suffering from age-related decline in their thinking (cognition) could get a memory boost by supplementing with...Read More
There are certain foods we reach for when we are feeling blue, but are they the foods that really help us feel better? Probably not, according to a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, which found that the best moods were experienced on the days, and the days after, eating lots of fruits and vegetables...Read More
- Compare diets, get weight loss tips, and find healthy recipes your family will loveLose Weight
- Find exercise advice and learn about the foods and supplements that can help you achieve peak performance Get Fit
- Learn about the foods and nutrients that can help you slim down and stay wellEat Healthy
- If you have or suspect you have a food allergy or sensitivity, get important information about what to eat and what to avoid Manage Food Allergies
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Just in time for Easter, a promising 2012 study of cocoa on our cardiovascular health. The study is a meta-analysis, meaning that it combines the results of several independent trials. It looked at many different factors to do with our cardiovascular health such as blood pressure, lipid (fat) profiles, fasting blood sugar/insulin, inflammatory mediators and the proper functioning of our blood vessels.Read More
My family and I are heading away for spring break. What can we take to make sure we don’t get sick?
When you travel, recirculated air, tight quarters, and changes in nutrition, can leave you vulnerable to developing a cold or picking up a digestive bug. It is all too frequent for people to get sick when they ‘let down’ and begin relaxing! ...Read More
Find and prepare delicious, healthy recipes to create the perfect meal! ...Read More
Are you lacking spark in your love life? Valentine’s day, with its roses and chocolate may ignite a spark or two, but how is your libido during the rest of the year? For some people low libido can be a sign of a medical condition, but more commonly it is reflective of an overstressed lifestyle. Many of us pack so much into the day that by the time we hit the bedroom, our only fantasy is a good night’s sleep...Read More
What about the environmental impact?
The first question is easy to answer.
Red Palm oil and palm kernel is not GMO.
The second question is also fairly clear, yet a bit more complex.
The discussion of vegetable seed oils being used for bio-diesel has not stopped at canola, sunflower, soy, corn and other seed oils using valuable agricultural land, which is then is no longer available for food production. The other negative impact is that more of these crops are grown as mono-culture on the same land year after year, depleting the soil and eroding the land...
As the holiday season draws to a close and we celebrate the New Year, another season starts - the season of weight loss commercials and exercise program promotions. In January, we are often bombarded with TV, magazine, internet and newspaper articles encouraging us to make and keep weight loss resolutions. The sad fact is that while most of us have the best intentions to lose weight, by mid-February, we are back to our unhealthy habits. Whatever weight loss method you choose, it is important to set realistic goals and incorporate a lifestyle change rather than a program that you might only stick with 2 months of the year. Yo-yo dieting or any extreme diet change will only put more stress on the body, which will actually do more harm than good...Read More
In an effort to avoid writing a typical New Year’s resolution article with ideas of what you should do this New Year, I have instead chosen to share with you reflections and intentions of my own journey.
s a Naturopath, the health and lifestyle choices I make for myself and that of my family are very important to me. Working with people with serious health concerns is a daily reminder that small actions can add up to big consequences, or rewards. I will be the first to admit that as a working mother of two young children, the balance in my life is a juggling act! Our family meals are not perfect, caffeine has snuck itself back into my life, and I am not getting enough exercise...Read More
For over 25 years, a nutrient called D-Chiro-Inositol has been extensively studied at the Virginia Medical School. Over 30 published studies have been completed since 1979. Chirositol, which contains around 95 percent D-chiro-inositol derived from carob, is a new nutrient for the treatment of insulin-resistant conditions.
When choosing a fish oil supplement, there are many things to take into consideration: potential contaminants, heavy metals, rancidity, and irresponsible fishing practices. So how do you ensure that you are getting a fish oil that will help your body and not harm you or the planet?Read More
I am starting a new exercise program this January and am wondering if there is anything I should be taking to help support my system?
The start of a New Year is a great time to rejuvenate your health and establish fresh routines. Make sure your goals are realistic and (literally) pencil time into your day to dedicate to your new endeavours...Read More
Do you have any advice for helping me stay on track over the holidays? My work gets flooded with sweets and holiday indulgences usually see me gaining several pounds.
For many people their health habits slide over the holiday season. It is important to be mindful of your choices and take ownership of steering your ship...Read More
For those celebrating Christmas this year with a turkey dinner, what will you do with all of those left over turkey bones and vegetable scraps? Throw them away? I hope not! Consider using those nutritious leftovers to make soup stock, it requires very little effort and you can make a large amount of nourishing stock that can then be used to make healthy soups for the winter. This is also a wonderful way to stretch your grocery dollars further!Read More
The holidays are right around the corner and usually this time of the year will result in countless parties accompanied by never ending delicious foods, exquisite holiday baking and for some, impressive amounts of alcohol. The holidays are for gathering with family and friends, spreading good cheer and of course eating too much.Read More
This winter I want to make sure I stay immune to colds and flu. What can I do to boost my immune system?
With the change of season upon us, it is a good time to take stock and make some adjustments to your nutrition and lifestyle...Read More
Every year, November also known as “Movember” is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Canada and all around the world. This health initiative was conceived in 1999 by a group of Australian men from Adelaide Australia and then made its way to Canada in 2007. With the growth of their “mo’s”, men all around the globe raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).Read More
With the above season temperatures outside and beautiful sunshine, it’s hard to believe that we are in the month of October! Nevertheless, it is that time of year again. Your kids are coming home with the sniffles, your co-workers are calling in sick and you are starting to get that little tickle at the back of your throat. Sound familiar?Read More
Summer is at its finest, and the BBQ is fired up! What a great way to enjoy the outdoors, socialize with friends, and revel in the tastes of summer. Unfortunately, outdoor grilling gives us a dose of something that we don’t want on the menu, carcinogens. Regardless of the type of BBQ set up you have, grilling meat, poultry or fish exposes us to two cancer causing agents that have been linked to stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancer.Read More
Is it worth taking Vitamin D?
Generally speaking, yes...Read More
It seems like a lot of people are avoiding gluten or wheat? I am wondering if this is something I should consider.
It seems more common to find people trialing a wheat-free diet or avoiding gluten...Read More
Open, elastic arteries are crucial for a healthy heart. Because it is essentially a muscle (though fantastically intricate), the heart depends on other organs for its nourishment and energy and on our blood vessels to transport these...Read More
2012-02-14 2:56 PM in Heart Health
Heart Disease and Stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada. In 2008 (the latest year available from Statistics Canada), cardiovascular disease accounted for 29% of all deaths in Canada – more than 69,500 people...Read More
Happy New Year Everyone! It’s that time of the year again thanks to the abundance of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and countless social gatherings; when the majority of us are trying to shed the excess 5-10 pounds put on over the holiday season...Read More
The beginning of every New Year, brings a lot of excitement and a lot of new beginnings for many people around the world. And this is the time when 40% of North Americans set (and break) resolutions. So here are some tips I’ve found to help me stick with it...
The last year proved to be challenging as I faced a couple health issues and have gained about 20 pounds. I am a 32-year-old woman, don’t have any illnesses but I don’t feel very healthy. I wonder if you can make a few suggestions to help me get started for the new year.
As cliché as it sounds, the beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock and make a fresh start. It is all about your ability to be mindful and commit to developing a new set of habits. I am pleased to share a couple strategies to help give you a boost...Read More
‘Tis the season of holiday parties and gatherings and their accompanying array of rich foods, baked goods and treats. Not surprisingly, weight gain, fatigue, sluggishness and digestive woes like gas and bloating also tend to accompany the festivities, and may even remain as unwanted souvenirs into the New Year...Read More
While some people look forward to fall and winter, others dread the cooler temperatures and shorter days. They know that the winter season will bring worsening symptoms of depression...Read More
2011-11-02 3:30 PM in Supplements Heart Health Food
Seeing as it’s Diabetes awareness month, we wanted to share this information about the use of cod liver oil and how it’s associated with lower risk of childhood-onset type 1 diabetes...Read More
In November, it is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada and the United States. Our focus should be on prevention, because once we have developed diabetes we can not get rid of it. The best way to reduce the risk of developing diabetes is a healthy diet and regular exercise...Read More
2011-10-24 3:42 PM in Supplements Food Recipes Stress Skin Health Vegetarian
I’m always asked by people who have never used a protein powder before, how to make a smoothie. I find the most basic of recipes are the easiest to remember and make. Here is my all time favourite...Read More
For over 25 years, a nutrient called D-chiro-inositol has been extensively studied at the Virginia Medical School. Over 30 published studies have been completed since 1979. Chirositol™, which contains around 95 percent D-chiro-inositol derived from carob, is a new nutrient for the treatment of insulin-resistant conditions including metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), excess androgen (male hormone) conditions such as male facial hair growth in women and belly fat, and weight management...
2011-07-04 2:31 PM in Ask Doctor Kim
I have just taken up road cycling –recreationally –and am wondering what I should do for supplements to help me recover.
Great question. ‘Tis the season where many people increase their activity level -running or riding, tennis or tae bo...Read More
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