Summer is finally almost here in Vancouver. Its been a cold tough winter. With the sunshine and warmer weather we can now start enjoying all the summer activities Vancouver is so well known for. Continue reading
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.
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
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
Since I was a baby I have experienced bouts of eczema. I remember using hydrocortisone cream almost daily to manage it, and going for allergy tests that always came back negative. I grew up believing that this was the skin I was given, and that was that. No big deal. Continue reading
Histamine and it’s reaction to the body are often a hot topic in the the spring. Seasonal allergies lead to high amounts of histamine being released in mucus membranes such as the eyes and nose and for some people the small capillaries of the skin. Hives and itchy, watery eyes with a runny nose are common reactions to excess histamine. However, histamine also causes reactions in the gut and other organs when the body is overloaded. Continue reading
The best time of the year to detox the body is spring. With the longer daylight hours, the warming temperatures and the sprouting greens, it is the natural and appropriate time of the year for our bodies to eliminate the excesses of winter.
Despite what feels like an endless winter, spring is certainly on it’s way. Spring is the time of rebirth and is energetically appropriate then to set resolutions, cleanse our diets and, of course, doing a little spring cleaning. [Click here to read all about why Spring is my preferred time to celebrate New Year in the latest edition of Edible Magazine] Continue reading
Don’t let irritability, anxiety or depression ruin your spring break. Taking Vitamin B6 can help!
Its spring break and official spring season. This is the time many of us are thinking of spring break holidays, getting outside, enjoying the spring blooms and travel! Spring break holidays is also the time when the kids are home. A healthy and balanced mood is important now so that we can enjoy family time. If you suffer from symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, irritability (especially PMS), vitamin B6 can be beneficial for your mood. Continue reading
Back in medical school, one of my favorite herbal instructors told us that to kill off a throat infection, all that was needed was a teaspoon of crushed garlic a few times per day. When asked how to get patients to take this, she had a few tricks up her sleeve. Continue reading