Do I have a Food Intolerance?

Food intolerances are quite common. Intolerances¬†¬†are different from¬†the well known¬†anaphylactic shock that many people can¬†experience after exposure to peanuts or penicillin. Food intolerances can be more complicated. They can be more insidious and harder to pin point. Symptoms can be wide-ranging, from anything from digestive issues, skin rashes, arthritis, migraines,¬†to mood symptoms, and beyond. Food […]

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Optimize Your Immune System

When the temperature starts yo-yoing, this can do a number on¬†our immune systems.¬†With cooler nights already upon us¬†and school just around the corner, it is key to start optimizing your immune system! Here are some naturopathic remedies to keep your immune system strong: Good old hand washing! Remember to wash thoroughly using warm water and […]

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Improve Athletic Performance with Glutamine

Are you an athlete struggling with fatigue or¬†frequent infections? You are not alone! Intense exercise, as seen in endurance athletes (e.g. marathon runners, triathletes, etc.) can actually have negative consequences¬†on health and athletic performance.¬†The good news is that the amino acid, glutamine, can help. Multiple studies have demonstrated that glutamine can increase athletic performance and […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is a pleasant tasting, caffeine-free, herbal tea with numerous health benefits. Need more convincing? Here are some of the top health benefits of one of my favourite teas: 1. Digestive aid. It helps soothe upset stomachs and muscle cramping associated with indigestion. 2. Anti-microbial.¬†This tea is packed with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which […]

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Did you know there may be antibiotics in products that you use everyday?

Yes, the antibiotic, triclosan, is a common ingredient found in many everyday¬†household products,¬†including various hand sanitizers, soaps, mouth washes, toothbrushes, toys, kitchen¬†items, etc.¬†Some examples include¬†Colgate Total toothpaste and Bath and Body Works’ line of antibacterial soaps. What’s the big deal?¬†Not only does the overuse of antibiotics lead to antibiotic resistance, it also kills¬†the “good” bacteria¬†that¬†are […]

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Forest Bathing

This weekend I was at a conference on naturopathic medicine¬†and one of the talks¬†was given by a famous naturopathic doctor, Lise Alschuler. She¬†described the idea of “forest bathing” whereby¬†people spend time breathing in¬†¬†scents from¬†nature (particularly the volatile oils from trees). ¬†She¬†spoke of a study that had been conducted in Japan using two groups of healthy […]

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