eczema

Is Eczema An Autoimmune Problem?

It’s common that when most of us experience skin issues that we look to creams and topical applications to help reduce the itchiness, dryness, or redness that is occurring. There are companies that make lots of money selling expensive products claiming to benefit your skin – we’ve been trained to think that there’s a next best product to lather up with and it will solve our skin issues.

But most of the time, it doesn’t work.

Do you want to know why?

Skin issues start in the gut.

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adrenal fatigue

Why Am I Tired & Overwhelmed?

First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page about what this phenomenon really is.

We’re talking about Adrenal Fatigue.

Even though it’s become a bit of a buzz word that some people don’t like to use – we all know what it is and we can all agree that it’s a problem.

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diabetes

How our microbes influence blood sugar balance

A healthy microbiome is a trendy topic these days with shelves lined with probiotic supplements and probiotics such as kombucha and lacto-fermented fermented products increasingly on the shelves.

While you may have heard about the benefits to your digestion, what you may not know is that your gut microbiome influences a variety of health outcomes such as regulating mood, immune function, nutrient absorption and your blood sugar.

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digestion

What Is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is a term you may have heard about and in this post, I’ll give you clear information on what it is, the symptoms and how it can impact your immune health.

Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, means that the cells that form your intestinal lining are damaged and have small holes between the cell junctions. Your digestive tract is technically outside of your body – it’s one continuous tract from your mouth to your anus. It’s designed to allow digested food particles to absorb into your body and into your bloodstream, to be distributed through your body.

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milk

Dairy Allergy vs Intolerance

There is still much confusion over allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.

In fact, having a true food allergy is actually not as common as having a sensitivity or intolerance. True allergies (IgE sensitivities) are determined by a skin or blood test or via an elimination diet program.

The most common foods people can be allergic to are: cow’s milk (and related products), eggs, nuts, shellfish, soy, wheat and white fish.

Today, I want to focus on a major mover: dairy.

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nightshades

Notorious Nightshades

If you’re like me you love your tomatoes and peppers.

Heck! I really love hot sauce – those hot peppers get my motor running!

Even though the Solanaceae family of plants, to which nightshades belong, contains thousands of species, a few have become heart-warming staples in our diet around the world, but can they cause sensitivities?

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nut milk

How To Make Hemp-Coconut Mylk

When I say “mylk” I mean dairy free ‘milk’ but I like to spell it with a ‘y’ to differentiate it from its dairy cousins.

This could mean almond, coconut, rice, hemp, soy, hazelnut, cashew… any combination of these or so many others you could make. When you make your own mylk the options are almost limitless!

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pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice

Thanksgiving is a fun holiday in Canada and for our neighbours to the south, their biggest of the year. Pumpkin pie is a staple and it includes a specific mix of warming spices. But why make your own and how?

Well, pre-mixed commercial brands often contain other ingredients that cause issues for those of us with allergies, or just chemical preservatives and the like that you probably want to steer clear of.

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Cold & Flu Season

Top 3 Cold & Flu Season Tips

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is my favourite season, but for many it means an increase in colds and flus.

It’s not exactly that there are more cold and flu viruses around per se, but that we get busy, we are outside less, getting less fresh air, less sunlight (which means less Vitamin D produced by our skin – an important nutrient for our immune systems). 

We work a little more, stay up a little later, push ourselves a little harder.

And of course, the kids go back to school, so those who have kids have a lot more exposure to viruses than over the summer months. 

I have a few tips for you here about how to prevent those viruses from getting the better of you and to speed up recovery if one breaches your immune system’s defences.

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allergies

Can Candida Cause Allergies?

In recent decades, the overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast in our bodies, Candida albicans, has been recognized in the naturopathic and holistic realm as a condition that leads to many health complications and diseases.

Despite criticism that candida overgrowth – or candidiasis – is a fad diagnosis, it continues to be attributed as contributing to many systemic and polysystemic (meaning involving more than one body system) disorders and diseases, including the development of allergies

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