The Run Down On Probiotics

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Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

Most people benefit from probiotics found in fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir or supplements. But how do you know if you are taking the “right” types? Adding healthy bacteria into a health regime is becoming more mainstream with medical doctors and is a staple with naturopathic physicians. However, when you go to the health store, it can be overwhelming to pick out an effective option. Continue reading

Keeping Your Digestive System Healthy During The Summer

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Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, N.D.

Dr. Tasreen Alibhai

Summer is here in our beautiful city. This is definitely the time many of us indulge in patio drinks, sweet fruits and maybe a few more treats at summer BBQ’s. What you may not realize is these choices may increase the risk of having increased digestive problems such as gas, bloating, loose stools and constipation. Continue reading

How To Get Back On Track When You’ve Fallen off The Wagon

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Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Sticking to a health plan isn’t always easy. To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t take much for me to skip a workout when I’m glued to my computer screen completing work assignments, or pick less healthy lunch items to shove down my mouth when I haven’t made the time to prep healthier ones. (Planning is key.) Continue reading

Enjoy Summer Without Compromising Wellness Goals

Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

The bout of heat and sunshine we’ve been enjoying is a much-welcomed sign that summer is on its way!

But with food truck festivals and craft beer markets popping up every weekend, and ice cream parlours and fish & chips stands extending their hours, there are many opportunities to indulge a little too often, and we may end up unintentionally compromising our health goals.
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How Supporting Your Thyroid Can Help You Achieve Your Wellness Goals

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Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Many people – particularly women in their 30s and into menopausal years – have an underactive thyroid without realising it. An underactive thyroid (or hypothyroidism) can be associated with lifestyle (such as high stress and poor diet) and genetic markers that may predispose people to it. Continue reading

How Your Digestive Health Affects Your Metabolism Including Energy and Weight Loss

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Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, N.D.

Dr. Tasreen Alibhai

Metabolism is a big topic today! Many chronic health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, Neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and even Autism can be viewed as metabolic disorders; stemming from underlying problems in metabolism. Continue reading

Can Foods Influence Your Seasonal Allergies?

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

The answer is YES, the foods you eat can certainly make your seasonal allergies worse. Many individuals with pollen allergies experience immediate symptoms after eating certain foods. This is known as Oral-Allergy Syndrome and occurs because a plant protein gets mistaken for a pollen protein. Common symptoms of Oral-Allergy Syndrome (OAS) include: itchy and/or swollen lips and may also include the tongue, itchy roof of the mouth, scratchy and tingling throat, and watery, itchy eyes. Continue reading