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Before you aim your nosedive directly into the eggnog bowl, or begin firing Ferrero Rocher's into your mouth, keeping a few helpful tips in mind will allow you to remain festive and enjoy the holiday 'cheer' without completely sabotaging your health.
There are a variety of different types of diabetes; however Type 2 Diabetes is the most common affecting 90-95% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is almost 100% curable by making changes to your diet, lifestyle, and environment.
Gone are the days where we don't look at the mind body connection. In fact, the more research that rolls out the more we see it as the ABSOLUTE connection needed to bridge the gap not only for treatment of, but also in prevention of the many chronic diseases facing developed nations today.
Optimizing your gut health is always a tremendous objective to help feel, think and look your best. This is where essential nutrients for life are absorbed and waste is removed. Below are my top 5 ways to cure your IBS.
More and more patients are demanding answers to the root cause(s) of their symptoms, not wanting merely a suppressive "band-aid" approach. There are multiple factors that impact our health on a daily basis, and this couldn't be any truer when discussing mental health. Traditionally, many conditions labeled under the umbrella of "mental illness" were summed up solely as genetic or biochemical imbalances.
If I were to ask you to choose between a Snicker's Bar and a bagel, which caused the biggest spike blood sugar when consumed -- which one would you pick? The glycemic index is a tool that measures foods for this exact reason, and yes certain breads such as bagels and other breadstuffs do actually score higher (GI=95) on this scale than this beloved Snickers candy bar (GI=51).
I am a huge fan of the month of January. For those of you who just raised your eyebrows and HATE winter, my apologies to you. For me, January has always been a great time for self-reflection and self-improvement -- something I'm a big subscriber to. This is a great time of year to reset, tighten up and re-focus our personal goals on all levels.
While I'm all for enjoying the celebrations of life, too much of these things can increase our susceptibility to illness and wear our us down. Fortunately, there a number of ways to support your system so you can enjoy the festivities while staying healthy this year. Below are my top five supplements for men to take through the holiday season this year.
While I am an enormous believer and fan of custom detoxification programs built around one's own unique biochemical makeup, there are many general strategies that can reduce your toxic burden and improve your ability to heal and kick start your path to optimal health and wellness.
Depression or anxiety -- including sudden onset of panic disorder -- can be symptoms of thyroid disease. While there can many other factors involved, thyroid should be one of the first areas of assessment when treating anxiety or depression. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety or panic attacks.
Soy contains isoflavones which interfere with an enzyme that we need for T3 and T4 (Thyroid Hormone) production. A Japanese study at the Ishizuki Clinic found that just 35 mg of isoflavones per day caused thyroid suppression in healthy individuals in just three months which can lead to many problems including weight gain, malaise, loss of libido, and hair thinning.
There's an illusion that health care in Canada is free. It's not. Just because there isn't a bill for every visit or every treatment doesn't mean it's a free service. Every single treatment, procedure or prescription drug doesn't come with guaranteed coverage. A visit to Connect Health does come with a bill. But maybe it's time we start putting a value on our good health.
Did you know that most adults over the age of 40 are harbouring unwelcome and unwanted toxic metals in our body? Toxic what?? We have all been exposed to metals such as; mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, etc. at some point from our environment. Common sources include paint & gas fumes, flames, vaccinations, fish, and dental procedures, etc.
Currently, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke (approximately 2,500 deaths per day). It is time for a functional medicine approach to treat and prevent heart disease. Here are my seven heart tests that can save your life.
Yes, you heard me right. Fat is good for us, and unfortunately we've been fed a load of garbage when told to eat a low fat diet to obtain our best weight and optimal health. Fat is required for the production of hormones, optimal brain cell function. We have to eat fat to lose fat. However, not all fats are created equal and not all fats are healthy.
One of the most important yet misunderstood steps in addressing chronic pain, is the discussion of underlying food sensitivities. Known as a delayed allergy, these reactions are identified by an IgG, IgA or an IgM antibody reaction. These are very different than the true (immediate) allergy, defined by an IgE reaction.
How many times have you heard that supplements are merely just expensive urine? Have you also heard that supplements are not needed as we get everything we need from our diet today? Even worse, recent mainstream media articles have also suggested that vitamin supplements are even harmful. It's time to shed some light on these myths.
Emerging science shows that gluten may be much more damaging than once thought. What was once believed to only affect those with a diagnosis Celiac disease (a debilitating illness resulting from an extreme gluten response) is now being correlated as an inflammatory trigger in almost one in four people today.
Many of you may have already heard of the term "functional medicine," an emerging buzzword in the arenas of health and wellness. That being said, you may still be slightly in the dark as to what this cutting-edge medicine is really all about, and how it can benefit you.
The leaves are turning beautiful colours, there is a fresh bite to the air, and it's that time of year again -- cold and flu season! Below are my top five Cold and Flu busters for you, your family, and friends (who are not perfect 365 days a year...).