20Aug, 2016

10 reasons you should try cupping now

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Michael Phelps turned a lot of heads when he made his big return to the Olympic stage last week. And not just because of his incredible swimming skills. He stepped up to the pool and removed his coat, only to reveal strange red circles all over his back and shoulders. So what was that all about? Traditional Chinese Medicine actually uses a treatment called cupping, which creates those circular marks. Phelps wasn’t the only one who showed up to the Olympics with cupping marks. Swimmers from other countries as well […]

16Aug, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Remember to Take Your Supplements

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Here’s the scenario: You are experiencing some unpleasant symptoms, so you make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor (good job!). Your ND makes you an individualized treatment plan that is going to target your specific health condition. So you go to the local health food store. You stock up on all the supplements your naturopath recommended. You take them home and put them in your cupboard or your fridge, and the bottles just sit there. And sit there. And sit there. Every now and then you see one of the bottles […]

11Jul, 2016

How to design a healthy dinner plate

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Designing a healthy dinner plate is both an art and a science. The average dinner in North America has improper portions and usually has the focus on the wrong part of the meal. For example, a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs might have some protein and vegetables in the sauce, but the star of this dish is the pasta, which is of course very carb-heavy AND high on the glycemic index. For another example, let’s take a look at your classic steak and potato dinner. This tends to consist of […]

1May, 2016

Top 10 Tips for People With Seasonal Allergies

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Allergy season is upon us, and it ain’t pretty. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, headaches, chest tightness… the list of symptoms goes on and on. You can even tell that certain people suffer from this condition by the presence of “allergic shiners”, which are dark circles that appear under the eyes due to nasal and sinus congestion. Allergies happen when your immune system is being a drama queen by majorly overreacting to a normal substance. Your body labels an innocent substance as an invader. This causes your […]

21Mar, 2016

You’re probably addicted to sugar – here’s why it’s not your fault

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Are you addicted to sugar? Without even looking at your diet, I can say that the answer is probably yes. In this day and age, you’d have a hard time finding any food product without some kind of added sugar or sweetener in it. So unless you are making a conscious effort to avoid added sugar, chances are you’re having too much of it. The American Heart Association recommends the following: 6 tsp of added sugar daily for women 9 tsp of added sugar daily for men The reality? On average, […]

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