Improve Your Gut Health

Posted on April 17, 2018 -

Gastrointestinal (GI) health is critical for optimal functioning of all systems of the body. There are 100 trillion bacteria in the human body, and most of them live in the intestines. Having a sufficient amount of beneficial bacteria in your gut keeps your digestive and immune systems in check, helps the body absorb vitamins and…Read More

Vitamin A: Benefits & Risk of Deficiency

Posted on April 12, 2018 -

Vitamin A is a group of fat-soluble organic compounds stored in the liver. Included in this grouping are retinol (which you’ll often see in anti-aging skincare products), retinal (needed for proper functioning of the retina in the eye), retinoic acid, and several provitamin A carotenoids (ie. beta-carotene). Vitamin A is essential for growth and development…Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga

Posted on April 11, 2018 -

Yoga has been around for thousands of years in Eastern cultures, and has more recently become established here in the West. Especially on Vancouver Island where we’re based, it’s hard to go more than a block without seeing a yoga studio! But there are several reasons yoga has become so popular. The benefits to strength,…Read More

Vitamin D and Anemia

Posted on April 4, 2018 -

Vitamin D (aka the “sunshine vitamin”) is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes several functions in the body. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium to stimulate bone and joint health, improves digestion, increases concentration and memory, boosts mood, supports immune health, and prevents certain disease and ailments (breast cancer, heart disease, depression, and weight gain,…Read More

What Anxiety Is and What to Do About It

Posted on March 29, 2018 -

Anxiety is a state of worry, apprehension, and fear. It is the body’s response to stress and uncertainty, whether an imminent danger or something perceived only in the mind as potentially harmful. In today’s world, fear isn’t provoked only in response to fight or flight-inducing situations such as a bear running after you (although on…Read More

Quick Tips for Healthy Joints

Posted on March 26, 2018 -

Healthy joints are essential for our physical functioning, and we need to care for our joints in order to keep them in solid working order. Especially as we enter spring and leave winter, it’s time to get back into regular movement and lubricate our joints after the cold weather hibernation. Like the solid foundation of…Read More

Use Food to Change Your Mood

Posted on February 27, 2018 -

Though science hasn’t yet found a food that instantly elevates mood or cures depression, there are definitely some bites you can choose on a daily basis to improve your overall long-term mood. The basic principle behind using food to help with your mood is that eating certain foods can alter brain structure, aiding in brain…Read More

Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Posted on February 26, 2018 -

It’s common to feel some level of stress and anxiety in today’s world. Driving in traffic; too much time spent staring at a computer screen; managing never ending to do lists… these are all enough to raise stress levels and feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Sometimes it can be tempting to get away from it…Read More

Probiotics: the Good Bacteria?

Posted on February 22, 2018 -

Bacteria has a bad rap. And sometimes, for good reason. They cause many different illnesses with varying levels of severity whether it be the common cold or pneumonia, and even diseases like tuberculosis. Though the problems bacteria cause can be frightening, it’s important to understand that bacteria aren’t all harmful. In fact, there are approximately…Read More

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