Tag Archives: women’s health

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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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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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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Holidays: Indulge A Little, Enjoy A Lot!

It’s that time of year again!!! There are many tips that will circulate around the internet on how to survive the holidays, but it really doesn’t have to be that complex.

Remember to indulge a little here and there without going overboard and you’ll enjoy yourself without regret.

Read on for 3 simple things to remember as the season is upon us…

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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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magnesium

Magnesium: the little mineral with a big job

In my practice I see a lot of people who are deficient in a critical mineral: magnesium. Some don’t get enough magnesium in their diet simply because they don’t eat enough green leafy vegetables (or just enough vegetables in general). Others have a short term higher requirement for it due to illness or due to demand for it in their bodies (e.g. high performance athletes, or others under a lot of mental/emotional stress). Since this is a nutrient that I talk about and recommend very frequently, I thought it would be a great blog topic. Continue reading

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