Herbal Support For Stress and Immunity
Calming Herbs Passionflower, oatstraw, skullcap, chamomile, holy basil, lavender, California poppy, hops, St. Johns wort, catnip, lemonbalm, motherwort, valerian, linden, gotu kola, and kava are all herbs that have a calming quality to the nervous system. They can help calm frazzled nerves, promote more restful sleep and ease tension. Use in teas or tinctures. Most accessible will be herb teas such as chamomile, lemon balm…
In a previous newsletter I posted a soaked buckwheat pancake recipe that we love in our house. It can be seen here on Dr. Kira’s website. Sometimes we like to mix it up with a “Paleo Pancake” recipe. Try this one for a hearty delicious breakfast. Here is a tasty blueberry sauce to drench them in
The Tabata 4 min. Workout
Last fall I told you about Zach Bush’s 4 min. work out. This easy routine can be done anywhere at any time. Another potent 4 min. workout for those who have a basic level of fitness is called “The Tabata Set” named after Izumi Tabata—the researcher who developed the protocol. While short in duration, it is very demanding aerobically and anaerobically and has shown to…
Zapped by Time Urgency?
We’re all in a hurry. At least that’s what it seems like these days. Everything moves faster—emails, news cycles, fitting everything in all in one day. It can be hard to keep up. The trouble is that this sense of Time Urgency is a major stressor in today’s society and is creating a constant gradual drain on our health and vitality. It’s a real thing….
What’s in Your Honey and Olive Oil?
We all rely on the quality of our food to keep us healthy. As a consumer, it’s important for us to be able to trust that the foods we buy are what they say they are. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for some things on the shelf. Honey and olive oil are two foods that are notorious for being diluted or cut with other inferior…
Are You Missing Micronutrients?
Before you reach for the supplement bottle, make sure you have your bases covered with these powerhouse foods to cover your most important nutrients. They contain significant amounts of the most common nutrients that people are deficient in as well as a spectrum of other nutrients such as potassium, sulphur, and fiber. There are many other foods that also contain these nutrients, but the ones…
The Quality of Your Butter
Researchers studied the fatty acid profile of butter produced in North America compared to butter from European countries and found that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats in North American butter was twice that of European butter. A high ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats contributes to inflammation in the body and has been associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and other…
Pain Relief – Addressing “Causes”
In the clinic people often ask me what is causing their pain. My answer is always the same—it stems from many sources. In fact, I don’t like the word “cause” as it implies a very narrow view of looking at the issue. I prefer the phrase “associated factors” opposed to “causes” as this holds a more holistic view of the deep interconnection between all your…
Rattling Coughs and Runny Noses
I love simple effective remedies. For any mucousy respiratory problem such as a runny nose or rattling cough, try this: Chop ½ of an onion, place in a dish in your room and keep the door partly closed. The vapours from the onion will fill the room along with your sinuses and respiratory tract helping them open while reducing mucous production. This remedy is perfect for infants and…
Gluten Free Diets and Arsenic
With more and more people eating gluten free diets, some concern has been raised as to what is being eaten in its place. When you take gluten grains out of your diet—wheat, spelt, barley, kamut, rye, and oats (technically oats do not contain gluten but are often contaminated with wheat during processing)—your grain options become limited. Your remaining options are rice, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, sorghum,…