The longer I practice, the more I find that eating more traditional foods are really an integral part of keeping good health.Â Like many other traditional healers, I truly believe that the best health starts with optimal digestion and a healthy GI tract. Continue reading
What is vitamin D? Originally credited with helping the body with calcium and bone metabolism, more recent studies show that vitamin D has many other influences on keeping the body healthy. It is thought of as a prohormone more than just a vitamin because it is only after D3 is metabolized in the liver and then into other forms in the kidneys that the active forms are produced. To date, some thirty-seven forms of Vitamin D3 have been isolated and chemically characterized. Continue reading →
Mind & Spirit, Uncategorized
December heralds the busyness that goes with Holiday Celebrations.
In addition to the fewer daylight hours, the added pressure that accompanies Christmas can unfortunately for many people make the holiday season less than cheery.
When stress goes up, your mood can go down. Stress influences many biological and biochemical processes that begin in the brain and spread through nearly all body systems. When the stress response is triggered, the adrenal glands produce the classic stress hormones â€“ epinephrine and cortisol â€“ while the brain releases neurotransmitters that can increase emotional response and influence memory and concentration. Some neurotransmitters have excitatory effects, whereas others are thought to help promote a sense of calm (GABA), happiness (dopamine), and well-being (serotonin). Continue reading →
Recent studies suggest that 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from some kind of thyroid disease, of which 50% are undiagnosed! One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime, with the number of affected people continuing to rise each year. Until this gland goes awry, very little attention is given to its small, butterfly shaped presence at the base of the neck – yet the hormones it secretes are essential to all growth and metabolism. Continue reading →
What is sauna therapy?
Sauna therapy has been a part of healing practices for centuries as part of many different traditions – the Greeks and Romans historically used bathhouses to both cleanse and detoxify, and many indigenous peoples use sweat lodges as a means of both spiritual and physical purification. Continue reading →
I remember being excited as a kid, every September meant new clothes, school supplies, teachers and classesâ€¦a fresh start to a new year. The more I learn about health and wellness, the more I realize that one of the most important factors to success in school starts with the our humble microbe populations that live in our digestive tracts.
It is said we are 10% human, and 90% microbeâ€¦a healthy gut houses over 100 trillion friendly bacteria, which is a ratio of 10:1 to the number of cells in your body. Why are these critters so important? The reality is that without these friendly bugs, your digestion, brain health and immune function would simply not function. At any given time, you have around 160 bacterial species (types) in your gut out of over 1000 species of bacteria. The digestive tract is one of the most complex eco systems to understand and study. The individualized bacteria composition found in each body play a vital role in keeping us healthy. Having the right strains, in the right amount and in the right part of the digestive tract are critical to our overall sense of well-being, and should therefore, be a part of our daily health practice. Continue reading →
As many of you already know, when it comes to supplementation, I adhere to the philosophy that less is more. However, one mineral that is often overlooked and usually deficient in most people is magnesium…used in over 300 reactions in the body, you can see why it is so important. Here is how it is used by the body, in a nutshell… Continue reading →
Here are some deep breathing exercises to help calm your mind and soothe your soul…taking a few minutes several times throughout your day will help to give your stress response a break from an otherwise hectic day…
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About 100 million women worldwide currently take birth control pills, and hundreds of millions of women have used them since they were first introduced in 1960. In the United States alone, 16 million American women are using birth control pills, fueling a $2.8 billion industry. A whopping eighty percent of U.S. women have used oral contraceptives at some point in their lives, and often, women are on them for years at a stretch, stopping only to conceive and have children. Continue reading →
Healthy Weight Loss, Hormone Health, Stress, Thyroid Health
Good health has a lot to do with maintaining balance: the right balance of work and play, the right balance of nutrients in the diet, and the right balance of hormones. What people donâ€™t often realize is how complex the effects of hormones are in the body. Hormone imbalance may be a result of illness, or may produce symptoms and biochemical changes that eventally lead to illness. Getting your hormone levels checked regularly can be instrumental in determining these issues before it leads to the development of disease. Continue reading →