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Cushing's Syndrome Explained

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you gaining weight in your midsection and face, but dropping it in your limbs? Maybe you’ve noticed muscle weakness or an intolerance to glucose? If so, listen up, because you’re displaying symptoms of a disorder known as Cushing’s Syndrome.


What is Cushing’s Syndrome?


Cushing’s Syndrome refers to “a condition of excess glucocorticoids” (Lessard-Rhead 2013). In layman’s ter...

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Exercise: Why Nordic Pole Walking is the Answer

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you in a panic to lose weight? Before you jump full tilt into an exercise program, risking injury and sickness, read this blog post!

Chances are you’ve heard the saying “no pain, no gain”. It’s a popular phrase, often incorporated into exercise and fitness ads, but this saying is absolutely incorrect! If you are experiencing a lot of pain then you are either doing too much too soon, or doing it incorrectly.

In this post, we’ll cover the...

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IBD: How a Holistic Nutritionist Can Help!

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you plagued by unpleasant abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss? Do you find yourself running to the bathroom twenty times a day and suffering bloody diarrhea? Throw in food sensitivities and allergies, and we’ve got ourselves a case of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – or IBD for short.


What is IBD?


Inflammatory Bowel Disease refers to a stat...
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Celiac Disease: Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Are you losing weight and suffering from frequent diarrhea, digestive upset, and abdominal pain? How about pale stools, headaches, and allergies, sound familiar? These symptoms should not be ignored, as they all point to a condition known as celiac disease.


What is celiac disease?


Celiac disease “refers to malabsorption, weight loss, and diarrhea resulting from immunological intolerance to gluten-containin...

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The Low-down on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Are you experiencing abdominal pain, bloating, and flatulence? How about alternating diarrhea and constipation? And let’s throw anxiety into the mix. What’s that expression - two’s company three’s a crowd – feeling crowded yet?


If you’re experiencing these symptoms frequently and have been suffering for some time now, you may have something denoted as IBS.


What is IBS?

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Heartburn, Indigestion, and Chest Pain, Oh My!

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Ow Ow Ow, my heart is burning! You likely know the feeling, so you also know there’s nothing pleasant about the deep-seated burn that seemingly comes from your heart, commonly occurring after you’ve eaten a meal. Chances are you’ve experienced the phenomena commonly known as acid reflux and heartburn in your lifetime. When it occurs occasionally, it is viewed as normal (side note: it shouldn’t be happening!), but when it occurs more frequently and interfer...

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There's WHAT in my gut!?

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


It may surprise you to learn that you are, in fact, only 10% human (Collen 2015). Hear me out on this. The human body is host to a vast array of microbes (mostly bacteria) that live peacefully within us. For every one “body” cell we contain, there are nine microbe cells (Collen 2015). If you do the math, that makes us about 10% human and 90% microbes, which are collectively referred to as your microbiome.


Many of these microbes live in the small in...

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Organic Wine: Why You Should Be Drinking It

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)


The general population is becoming more and more versed on the importance of eating organically grown food. We see the term “organic” in the news, in our local farmer’s market, and even on select items on the grocery store shelves.

In this day and age, you’re (hopefully) more aware of the food you eat and the benefits of eating organically, but have you extended this consideration to the drinks you’re drinking?

Specifically, that all...

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The Skinny on Fats: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)


“Fat free”, “Zero trans fats”, “Low fat”; we’re bombarded by fats each and every day, from grocery store shelves to commercials on TV, society is obsessed with fats. Add in the concept of body fat and weight loss, and it’s likely our mind’s aren’t getting a break from thinking about fats.

But what is fat fact, and what is fiction? Should you really be eating fat-free to lose weight? (Spoiler alert: absolutely not...

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The Truth About Chocolate

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Ahhh chocolate. The smooth creamy feel of it as it melts in your mouth, the rich aroma when you peel back that wrapper, and the sweet satisfying taste that it leaves on your tongue. The stores are already filling their shelves with Easter goodies, and chocolate is chief among them. We all love it in various forms, but is it really good for us? The answer may surprise you!

 


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The Dangers of Sugar

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Happy Friday everyone! How do you celebrate the end of the work week? By drinking a glass of wine, enjoying a chocolate bar, or perhaps snacking on a sweet gummy treat? All of these things have something in common: they all contain added sugar. Eating something sweet is a natural form of self-reward in today’s society. (Just think about the last time you “treated yourself” to that slice of chocolate cake for dessert.) The fact is, t...

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The Microwave: How it Affects Your Food

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (7)


Close your eyes and think about how many times you use a microwave in a day. Maybe you heat up your lunch at the office, freshen up that afternoon tea you didn’t quite finish, or zap those leftovers that have been sitting in the fridge for dinner. You aren’t alone. Microwaves have become a staple in the Western world, so much so that a house without one is an anomaly.


Touted as a simple and conveniently fast way to cook a meal or heat food and drink, ...

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Is your Gut Making you Sick?

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)


What Is The Gut?

When people mention the term “gut” in passing, they may be referring to some extra fat in their abdominal region. In fact, “gut” is short for “gastrointestinal tract”, which means something else entirely. Your gastrointestinal tract begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. It can be envisioned as a long tube, including your esophagus (which food travels down), stomach, small intestine, and lar...

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You Are What You...Drink?

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Chances are, if you’re trying to switch yourself over to healthy habits, you’re focussing on what you’re putting in your body. But while people focus on eating good quality, fresh, whole foods, many forget the importance of making smart drink choices as well.

 

While alcohol and soda pop are generally easily distinguished as unhealthy, did you know your morning tea or coffee can also be affecting your body ne...

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