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What The Health  Documentary Review

What The Health Documentary Review
August 07, 2017 01:03 PM

Have you heard about the What The Health Documentary? More like What the F***. Let me save you 2 hours of your life. First off, they claim that meat is as bad as cigarettes. What matters is the quality of the meat. You ideally want organic, grass-fed meat and you don’t want to over do it! If you’re having conventional meat every day such as steak and sausages every day, then yes, that is a problem. Especially if you are eating in fast food restaurants. Not only will they use the cheapest mea...Read more

What's the deal with Coconut Oil?

What's the deal with Coconut Oil?
June 30, 2017 05:21 PM

Recently in the news, coconut oil has been vilified. The American Heart Association claims that because coconut oil is saturated, it increases LDL or “bad” cholesterol and therefore is bad for your heart health. They recommend consuming canola or vegetable oil. This makes me cringe. Let me explain how they came to this conclusion and why I think we should be careful with what we take at face value. Not all Saturated Fats are Created Equal There are short, medium and long chain triglycerides...Read more

The Chia Challenge!

The Chia Challenge!
April 20, 2017 09:09 PM

Do you have a tendency to have constipation or diarrhea or both? Or maybe your cholesterol is off or you want to lose weight and improve your energy levels? Well, this is the challenge for you. The idea and name are courtesy of my friend Suzie. Chia seeds are indeed the same onese used to make "Chia Pets"! So what else are they known about? Well, chia seeds have omega 3s which help increase our good cholesterol. Chia seeds also have a lot of fiber, calcium, magnesium, protein and antioxidant...Read more

The best stretches you should do everyday!

The best stretches you should do everyday!
April 20, 2017 03:21 PM

This is a post I've been meaning to put together for a while now. My friend Meagan Walker is a personal trainer, yoga treacher and team training coach at Goodlife Fitness on Weber street in Waterloo. She has helped me to put this all together for you. She is putting on a stretch workshop at Goodlife on May 27th. See poster below.   Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch This is a stretch for the hip flexors and quadriceps. It counteracts sitting & relieves tension from low back.The hipflexors ar...Read more

Four Foods to Avoid

Four Foods to Avoid
March 14, 2017 08:13 PM

Foods to Avoid in a Health Food Store These may be foods that we think of being healthy but think twice. Agave Agave is actually fructose syrup which is not good for your health (just like high fructose corn syrup). It’s highly processed and refined and thus has very little nutritional value. Stevia is a better sweetener option. Carageenan Carageenan is a food additive from red seaweed. Often, it is found in almond or non-dairy milk as well as ice cream. It’s a thickening agent that make...Read more

Heartburn Medications and their Harmful Side-Effects

Heartburn Medications and their Harmful Side-Effects
March 12, 2017 09:57 PM

Heartburn affects 5 million Canadians at least once a week. The most common class of drugs prescribed for heartburn is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). PPIs block the production of acid in the stomach. Example of a PPI is omeprazole or Losec, Porlisec. PPIs were meant to prescribed for a short duration. Evidence shows that the short-term use of a PPI for reflux esophagitis, H. Pylori overgrowth or an active ulcer is effective. The stomach and its acid are a crutial part of a good digestive sys...Read more

Are you eating your greens?

Are you eating your greens?
March 11, 2017 10:31 PM

I know, I know. Vegetables are boring. Well maybe not. Studies have shown that the more fresh vegetables one eats, the healthier you'll live. You'll lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, digestive issues just to name a few. No matter what kind of diet suits you (Paleo, Vegan etc), the truth is don't skimp the vegetables. But are all vegetables created equal? Sadly, no. The vegetables that give you the best bang for your buck are the green ones. Specifically,...Read more

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure
January 26, 2017 10:53 PM

High blood pressure if often not felt and only discovered in routine doctor's appointments. What is blood pressure? It is the pressure that the blood creates when pumped and pushing against your arteries. The first number is the systolic pressure which measures the pressure when the heart is pumping the blood. The diastolic pressure is the second number and measure the pressure remaining when the relaxes. Just like a plumbing system, when there are things that clog arteries or the walls of t...Read more

The Most Common Causes of Fatigue

The Most Common Causes of Fatigue
January 26, 2017 10:12 PM

Fatigue When you are feeling tired and you can’t seem to function very well during the day or maybe you are falling asleep by 7pm at night, you know something isn’t right. It’s very frustrating when you can’t do all the things you had planned for the day. Well, let me tell you about the four most common causes of fatigue. https://youtu.be/lc3rEVeskGo   Iron Deficiency Menstruating women often have low iron. Your iron may be in the “normal range” but you may be on the low end and this c...Read more

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Children’s Corner - Immune System
December 21, 2016 12:19 PM

Is your child getting sick a lot? Perhaps they are bringing home viruses from school. Or maybe your baby has a rash or eczema. Here are three supplements every child should be taking:   Fish Oil Fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids which are very anti-inflammatory. Fish oil is excellent for the brain development of your child as well as for that dry skin that tends to happen over the winter months.   Vitamin D In North America, most of us are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D acts like...Read more