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Ready...Set...Go! Energy from Within

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When we feel like we need more energy, most of us reach for caffeine in the form of a coffee, tea, energy drink or even pop. These are stimulants and although they perk us up, they also bring us down. Stimulants, sugar, refined carbohydrates and stress all contribute to blood sugar imbalance (hence energy imbalance) .They also negatively impact the vitamins we need for energy - the water soluble B Complex vitamins . Many factors can contribute to low energy such as; lack of sleep, inadequate water intake, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. The following outlines three specific aspects...

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Omega 3 Essential Fats and What You Should Know...

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Omega-3 is a type of polyunsaturated fat that is deemed essential as the body can’t make it and we must get it from food. Foods high in Omega-3 include fish, nuts, flaxseed oil, flax seeds and chia seeds. There are three main omega-3s: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which come mainly from fish and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in plants and in grass-fed animals. From a nutrition standpoint, the typical North American diet doesn’t provide enough EPA and DHA for good health. Most people need to increase their intake. A diet too low in omega-3s, and too high...

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What’s the Big Deal About Collagen Anyway?

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Collagen is the most abundant protein found throughout our body in skin, muscle, cartilage, bones, organs, tendons, arteries and even the cornea of our eyes. Collagen provides structure and strength to our tissues and is kind of like the ‘glue’ that binds everything together. 90% of the collagen in our bodies is referred to as Type I while Type II collagen makes up 70% of our cartilage. Type III is found in our muscle facia which is involved in every movement we make. Type IV is found in what’s known as basement membrane – a thin layer located between epithelial...

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Heartburn Isn't Harmless

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HCl is also necessary for us to absorb minerals and proteins as well as to stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes which allow us to digest our food properly and absorb the nutrients. So beware of quick fixes and make an effort to implement some changes as mentioned, since prevention is far easier than the alternative. If you’re experiencing digestive issues, come in to The Hollow Willow and let’s discuss some options that may be of benefit to you!

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Healthy Thyroid in the Goitre Belt

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According to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, it is estimated that 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from a thyroid condition of one type or another, and of those, as many as 50% are undiagnosed. Hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid, is one of the most undiagnosed thyroid disorders. 

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