January is a very popular time to cleanse, given the overindulgence that often comes with the holiday season. While cleansing is important for our bodies, doing it incorrectly during the dead of winter can be harsh on our system. I have created the 2017 West Coast Cleanse for people to gain the benefits of cleansing while also staying in harmony with the seasons! Continue reading
The holidays are a time for family, friends, festivity and indulgence. It is important to allow yourself to cut-loose and celebrate once in a while, unfortunately extra alcohol, sugar, decrease in exercise and less sleep can leave some feeling less than festive. A few tips can go a long way to help you stay healthy and happy through the holiday season. I could make a really long list of tips, but have decided to keep it simple, because sometimes less is more. Continue reading
The holiday season is upon us! This is the start to the holiday parties and dinners with family. Although this is a fun time of the year, it can also be a stressful time for many that deal with digestive issues. Many of my patients suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or SIBO. They manage their digestive symptoms by avoiding specific foods, detoxifying their digestive system, taking probiotics and managing an overgrowth of fungus or bacteria with medications. During the holidays, it can be difficult to maintain these dietary and medication regimes. Continue reading
What is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)? It is defined as the build up of extra fat in the liver that is not caused by alcohol. As it progresses, it can develop into liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Continue reading
It is true that as children grow their appetite can ebb and flow, matching whatever stage of growth they’re in. But there are some children who develop fussy eating habits that become a stress, and concern, for their parents. Continue reading
When we think of boosting our immune system, what often comes to mind is eating extra oranges to boost our vitamin C, taking drops of Echinacea or holding oregano oil under your tongue.
While these are great immune boosters, how can we really build the immune system? Continue reading
The vegetable most commonly associated with fall brings a smile to most faces in October. Cucurbits maxima from the Curcurbitaceae family (aka pumpkin from the squash family) is currently appearing in most Starbucks lattes and bakery shelf pies. Continue reading
It’s that time again! Back to school. Summer definitely went quickly in Vancouver. I hope it was a wonderful summer and now you are ready to get back to routine with the start of the fall season.
After summer vacation some of you may find it difficult to get back to a routine. I have some great suggestions for nutrients that can help increase your energy and give you the boost you need to get back on track for back to school. Continue reading
What is Progesterone ?
Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month. It is crucial part of the menstrual cycle.
Progesterone helps to regulate your cycle, but its main job is to get your uterus ready for pregnancy. After you ovulate each month, progesterone helps thicken the lining of the uterus in preparation for a fertilized egg. If there is no fertilized egg, progesterone levels drop again and menstruation begins. If a fertilized egg does not implant in the uterine wall, progesterone helps to maintain the uterine lining throughout pregnancy.
Skin Cancer is now the most common form of cancer in both Canada and the US with rates on the rise. Skin Cancer does not seem to be as scary as other types of cancers, but many people do not realize how disfiguring Basal Cell carcinoma can be, and Melanoma can certainly be fatal. We know that Skin Cancer is associated with UV exposure, and frequency of sunburn raises the risk of developing Melanoma. The public is now very aware that avoiding tanning beds and using sunscreen are protective measures, but there is more to it.