Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System

So it seems everyone is trying to avoid getting sick by buying all the hand sanitizer (and toilet paper?). The problem with that is, effective hand washing with plain ol’ soap and water is actually MORE effective at removing surface bacteria than hand sanitizer. Using an all purpose castille soap such as Dr. Bronner’s will […]

Don’t Force It…Natural Constipation Relief

Let’s face it, everybody poops…hopefully. Constipation is no joke as it’s actually a common problem for many of us. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s also not good for your health. In the Western Medicine model, constipation is less than 3 bowel movements a week. In the natural health/holistic model, if you’re not pooping […]

The Benefits of Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a powerful adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that help balance our bodies especially during times of stress. There are many many herbs that can be used to balance the body’s stress repsonse, one of them (and my favourite) is Rhodiola. Rhodiola use dates back thousands of years. The Vikings, for example, used it for […]

Why Are We Consuming Food Dyes?

Everyday we have to make food decisions for ourselves and for our families. Products marketed to children (typically convenience foods) are always highly processed and full of sugar and artificial ingredients. This morning, I was scheduled for my routine Glucose Tolerance Test to screen for gestational diabetes as I’m almost 27 weeks pregnant as I […]

Don’t Be Fooled by Food Labels (Part 2)

I’ve discussed the labels vegan and non-dairy already but now I want to shed some light on the labels “cholesterol free” and “gluten free”. Let’s start with “cholesterol free” When a food is labelled cholesterol free… Cholesterol is confusing to a lot of people. The reality is, to the average person there is little understanding […]

Don’t Be Fooled by Food Labels (Part 1)

It’s very easy to become overwhelmed walking the grocery aisles. You’re trying to shop healthy choices for you and your family and labels jump out at you from everywhere, each vying for your attention and most importantly your dollar. Words like “natural, vegan, dairy free and cholesterol free” may make you assume that food is […]

Interview with Registered Nutritionist Holly Bradich

Meet Holly Bradich, Registered Nutritionist practicing in the Kitchener-Waterloo region of Ontario, Canada. She owns Mindful Vitality. I reached out to Holly to see if she would be interested in answering a few interview questions for me. I did this because there are many misconceptions in the natural health industry and everyone’s health journey is […]

Sugar, Sugar

I bet you’d be surprised to learn the average Canadian consumes 26 teaspoons of sugar per day according to Statistics Canada. This equates to 88 pounds per year or 20 bags! That’s an insane amount of sugar. How is this possible? Where is all this sugar coming from? Well, it’s coming from hidden sources. Big […]

Fermented Foods

Show your gut some love with fermented foods. Fermented foods (and drinks) are foods that have naturally occurring probiotics. The naturally occurring sugars and carbohydrates in the foods are left to sit (and steep when it’s a beverage) while they interact with beneficial bacteria. This changes the chemical structure of the food and it becomes […]

Our Microbiome

I received an email this morning from Dr. Mark Hyman regarding the human microbiome and felt it was something I needed to share. Rather than paraphrase his already short email, I decided to present it in it’s entirety here. Below is the original email with all the information and links he provided. None of this […]