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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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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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oral allergy syndrome

Why Does My Tongue Itch When I Eat Fruit?

I’ve been meeting a lot more people lately who have either described the symptoms of this phenomenon to me, or have expressed that they’ve actually had a diagnosis for it.

My first time experiencing this type of allergy was in my late teens.
It was the first allergy that I developed.

Not very many people know about this type of allergy, but it seems to be getting more common all the time.

Okay, okay I’ll tell you what it is. It’s called the Oral Allergy Syndrome.

Intrigued? Read on for more…

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prebiotics

Prebiotics – Sunchoke Recipe

Have you ever eaten a sunchoke?

Maybe you’ve seen them at the grocery store, arranged next to the root vegetables or with the ‘specialty’ produce in a small quantity.

Maybe you’ve even been visually repelled by their knobbly structure, which is often caked in some soil.

I agree, sunchokes are not the most aesthetically pleasing vegetables, but after reading this post and checking out the recipe at the end, you’ll want to give them a try – they have the most delicious flavour!

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Turmeric

Turmeric Face Mask

Today I did my first “scope”. I assume a bunch of you have no idea what that is… it’s a live streaming video on a phone app called Periscope. I’m trying it out as something fun to do to share things like this! If you want to check out my scope, go here – it’s only available for 24 hrs after it has been broadcast… so sometime tomorrow morning it will be gone!

If you want to follow more scopes then you’ll want to follow me on Twitter.

What I decided to scope about first is a facial treatment called a turmeric face mask. If you’re guessing it has something to do with putting turmeric all over your face, you are absolutely correct! You might be wondering what this has to do with allergy? Well, last week I ate something I’m allergic to: cheese (doh!) and as a result my skin broke out badly. 🙁 So I’m using the turmeric face mask to help it heal.

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Allergy vs Sensitivity – Part 2

A while back I wrote a post about ‘true allergy’, or IgE-mediated hypersensitivity. Those are the allergies that we often recognize as having the potential for anaphylaxis, and if they don’t they at least trigger a bad histamine response which leads to what most of us relate to as allergy: swelling, redness, itchiness, rash, etc. I also promised a follow-up with a post on ‘sensitivities’. Well, I’ve finally posted it! If you want to go back and read the first post, you can find it here.

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allergy

Allergy vs Sensitivity – Part 1

In keeping with this month’s allergy theme, let’s look at the difference between an allergy and a sensitivity. As many of you may have noticed (and perhaps it has confused you), there is a distinction that is made in the healthcare world.

The ‘Coles Notes’ version: what is labelled a ‘true allergy’ is known as an IgE hypersensitivity. What is labelled as a ‘sensitivity’ is known as an IgG or an IgA hypersensitivity.

What I’ll emphasise here is that one is not more ‘real’ than the other. They both cause problems and can impact your long-term health by causing inflammation which leads to chronic disease. However, the big distinction is that one (IgE-mediated hypersensitivities) can cause one thing that the medical sciences haven’t seen in the other types: anaphylaxis.

And if you have heard of this, you know it could lead to sudden death. Oh yes, chronic inflammation leading to chronic illness eventually leads to death as well. It just takes a long time. No matter, both types of hypersensitivities are very much worth learning about and getting under control so that you may not only lower your risk of having an anaphylactic reaction, but also so you can live a healthy, high quality, and long life.

So for my nerdy, but tamed down, synopsis, read on…

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gluten

Gluten: the good, the bad, and the ugly

This month spring is seriously setting in and allergies seem to be at the forefront. In keeping with this, I’m going to share a series of posts on allergies and sensitivities.

Today’s post was inspired by a small, but relevant study by the NIH (not done by industry – a huge plus!) that shows non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) does exist. Last year another small, industry-sponsored study showed the opposite, though there were a GREAT number of flaws in that study (not the least of which the study sample was NOT representative of the greater population – it was all IBS patients). I could write a whole blog post about this particular study and why it wasn’t designed to prove what it says it does (that NCGS doesn’t exist), but that’s not the focus of this post.

Let’s just leave it at this: we are living in a culture where we seem to have a need or desire to debunk various beliefs. Whether NCGS exists or not, there are a heck of a lot of people who feel a lot better when they reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets. The final decision rests with each of us to determine which foods make us feel healthy and alive and which ones don’t. We don’t need to prove one thing or another to anyone else in order to choose how to thrive.

On the subject of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, I thought I’d share my own personal experience with you.

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detox

To Detox or Not To Detox?

It’s that time of year again. Yes, new year’s resolutions – most of them to do with health and well-being. I’ve personally rarely set any resolutions. I’m more of a continually goal-oriented individual myself, but I respect that others like to take note of a new year and try new things and renew themselves. There is something nice about that.

This brings us to the topic at hand – should you do one of these detoxes that everyone seems to go on about these days? I thought we should address it, so this is my take.

First I’ll say that I think doing a detox has the potential for some really great benefits. In particular, I believe trying something new or making a change for a few weeks can give you some insight, a new perspective, may help you make more lasting changes that could impact your health and well-being going forward.

What prompted me to write something a little different on the topic was an article I read recently, stating detoxing is a myth.

Let’s examine that idea, shall we?

You can read the article here in full if you wish.

There is much about this article that I agree with:
– you need to be wary of detox products that make big claims,
– you need to assess why you are doing a detox, and
– you need to educate yourself about what is safe for you (and you in particular) and what is not.

There were also many things written in this article with which I do not agree, namely that detoxification is a myth or pseudoscience.

So, should you do a detox? Maybe. Maybe not. Ultimately, the decision is yours alone to make.

My top 3 tips for deciding if you do want to do this are:

    • educate yourself and don’t buy into quick fixes, fads, or expensive products;
    • make some clear goals or at least ONE clear goal for why you are doing it;
    • listen to your body – don’t do it if you’re sick, stop if you feel ill, and don’t starve yourself!

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holistic nutrition

About Holistic Nutrition

That’s me there, holding a giant avocado. I love food.

Having grown up with one parent working in the food industry, and starting to cook and bake for myself at a very early age, it seems natural that I would end up here.

But what is holistic nutrition, you ask? This is my take on it, and what you can expect from me…

“If the doctors of today do not become the nutritionists of tomorrow, then the nutritionists of today will become the doctors of tomorrow.” ~ Rockefeller Institute of Medicine Research

From Merriam-Webster dictionary:

holistic – relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts.

nutrition – the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically:  the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances.

As such, holistic nutrition is the practice of considering all systems of the human body, their interrelations, how these systems are fuelled, and how this fuel (food or food-like substances) have an effect on health and wellness. Continue reading