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Celebrate Without The Hangover!

Celebrate This Summer Without The Hangover!   With the rest of summer upon us, there seems to be endless reasons to celebrate: barbeques, floating on the lake, vacation time, pool parties, and post-work patios… For many of us these activities have one thing in common – a cool alcoholic beverage in hand!   As a Holistic Nutritionist, I understand the important role that celebrating and enjoying life have in our overall health. On the flipside, I also understand the negative impact that alcohol can have on the body – it adds to the already heavy load for the liver, meaning it cannot do its other jobs as effectively; it depletes the body of vitamins and minerals; it dehydrates the body;...

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What Is Causing Your Brain Fog?

Brain fog is a common complaint for people of all ages. It’s that feeling that you can’t concentrate, despite putting in the effort. It’s that feeling where your thinking is cloudy, or where you sometimes have a difficult time remembering certain things, or memorizing new information. It’s that feeling of reading the same thing over and over and, despite trying your hardest, being unable to absorb the information.   Symptoms like brain fog are your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right – whether that’s in the food we eat, the lifestyle habits we practice, or in our environment. It’s, therefore, so worth listening to our bodies when they are telling us something and do what we...

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Start Sleeping Better Tonight!

Not only is getting enough sleep one of the most important things we can do for our health, making sure that sleep is of really good quality is so important too.   Many aspects of our modern environments are not conducive to good sleep. With nighttime light exposure, sedentary lifestyles, minimal sunlight during the day, and regular caffeine consumption, it’s no wonder that so many people are having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.   Sleep is the time when our bodies rest, repair and rejuvenate and we need to make it a priority in our lives. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night and there are just no “hacks” you can use to get around this - without...

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Warm Weather Yeast Infections – How To Prevent Them

Yeast infections are a common problem for many women, with the majority of women having experienced at least one in their lives.   Yeast overgrowth can occur on various parts of the body, but it’s common for it to occur in the vagina. Symptoms of this type of infection are uncomfortable; they include:   Itching and irritation of the area Swelling, redness, and pain Abnormal white discharge   For many women who have suffered from yeast infections before, the signs are obvious and an unwelcome annoyance. It’s important to check with your doctor to confirm that it is in fact a yeast infection, and not another potential problem, especially if you’ve never had a confirmed yeast infection before – some...

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Beets: A Colourful, Local, Super Food!

With farmer’s market season upon us, it’s a great time of year to increase the variety of fresh, local vegetables that we can include in our diets.   For many of us, beets are just coming into season! Now is the time to check out your local farmers market and purchase some gorgeous fresh beets, complete with nutritious, leafy, green tops.   I’ve been enjoying farmer’s market beets for a couple of weeks now, and thought that I just need to share some of the amazing benefits of this brightly coloured root vegetable.   One of the most notable benefits is beet’s effects on the liver. Beets are high in antioxidants and other detoxifying nutrients, which benefit the liver. One...

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