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Solutions for Dry, Sensitive and Aging Skin

Posted by Sue Serre on

Canadian winters and hormonal changes can wreak havoc on the look and feel of our skin leaving it dry and wrinkled. With summer coming and more skin exposure (and sun exposure) let’s look at a few ways we can really keep our skin hydrated... We know that drinking water is important but if you’re already well hydrated, drinking to a point beyond a balanced level of hydration likely will not improve your skin. Cracking skin, dry hair and brittle nails and eczema may indicate that you need more healthy fats like GLA found in the supplements borage or evening primrose...

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How to Make Your Own Fermented Vegetables

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FERMENTING VEGETABLES INGREDIENTS sliced or chopped vegetables (anything will do, I really like broccoli, radishes and carrots, green beans, cabbage)2 cups water1 1/2 tablespoon coarse sea salt1 quart wide mouth mason jarplastic lid (not necessary, but if you're going to do this often, the regular metal lids will corrode from the acid)any spices or herbs you like (peppercorns, dill, basil, bay leaf, garlic etc.)1 small cabbage leaf (optional)INSTRUCTIONS Place vegetables and any spices/herbs you're using in the mason jar right up to the bottom of the neck, there should be about 1 inch of space to the top. Stir the...

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IBS, Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity - What's the Difference?

Posted by Sue Serre on

April and May are IBS and Celiac Awareness Months respectively, but what’s the difference? When you have irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, your digestive symptoms can run the gamut from diarrhea to constipation, and probably include bloating, gas, and abdominal pain as well. IBS is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and is a chronic condition that will need to be managed as there is no known cause or cure - just management of symptoms. Most people with IBS experience worse or more-frequent signs and symptoms during periods of increased stress. IBS is distinguished by the fact that...

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Heart Health: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Posted by Sue Serre on

To promote healthy cholesterol levels; exercise regularly, lose weight, lower cortisol from stress, follow a low carb diet, use olive oil in your cooking rather than other oils, increase soluble fibre and increase your purple foods. Purple foods contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin and studies of these extracts (such as grape seed extract) have shown that they help fight inflammation, protect the cells from damaging free radicals, and potentially raise HDL cholesterol levels.

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Why is January Mental Health Month?

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Most mental health disorders appear in the form of anxiety states, depression and stress related disorders. Mental health disorders are multi-faceted - there is rarely any single one cause and we are all biochemically unique, with different life experiences, perceptions and coping skills.

The body and the mind are connected. A poorly nourished body (eg. one deficient in amino acids, omega 3 fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals) cannot have an optimally functioning mind. Conversely, a mind full of self-defeating, negative thoughts, a critical and judgmental attitude, full of fear, mistrust and un-forgiveness will then take its toll on the physical body.

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