Stay Energized Heading Back to School

Dr. Tasreen Alibhai, N.D.

Dr. Tasreen Alibhai

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 does the Thyroid Do?

Dr. Jennifer Luis, BSc., BEd., ND

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

The thyroid gland is situated in the middle part of the neck and it is so important that humans cannot live without the hormones it produces.  It is responsible for the metabolic rate and function of the whole body – energy, weight control, mood, digestion, thought processes, muscle tone, hair texture, menstrual cycle… to name a few.  The thyroid secretes thyroid hormones that tell cells and organs what to do.  There are varying levels of thyroid dysfunction which are measured by looking at the blood levels of these hormones.
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Progesterone Anxiety Connection

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

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.
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Skin Cancer Prevention Beyond Sunscreen

healthy-foodSkin 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.

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Oxidative Stress and Antioxidants for Skin Health

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Quinn Rivet B.Sc., N.D.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer among humans and solar UV radiation, particularly its UVB component (290-320 nm), is its major cause. One way to reduce the occurrence of the cancer is via the use of substances (often antioxidants) termed “photochemopreventive agents”. ‘Photochemoprotection’, which we define as ‘the use of agents capable of ameliorating the adverse effects of UVB on the skin’. Among many photochemoprotective agents, botanical antioxidants are showing promise. Because UV radiation is known to cause excessive generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) thereby resulting in an oxidative stress condition.   Approaches aimed at counteracting ROS production may be useful for the prevention of skin cancer.  One approach to reduce its occurrence is through the eating of foods that have resveratrol in them. Resveratrol (trans-3,4′,5-trihydroxystilbene), a phytoalexin found in grapes, nuts, fruits, and red wine, is a potent antioxidant with strong anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative properties. Continue reading

Glutathione and its Role in Protecting Your Cells from Environmental Toxins

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We live in a toxic world. According to the environmental protection agency, over 80,000 chemicals are used in our industries today. From the preservatives used in our food and the chemicals found in our water, to the pollutants found in our air. Let’s not forget the chemicals some of us knowingly put into our bodies, like alcohol and tobacco. Continue reading