Many of my patients are seeking help with improving their sleep. Sleep is so important for so many reasons. Sleep helps the brain detoxify through what is called the Glymphatic system. This may play a roll in preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep also helps restore the immune system and is essential for regulating blood sugars and our stress response. I always emphasize…
Food Stressing You Out?
Did you know food reactions can trigger an adrenaline response? When we react to foods we eat, an adrenaline response or stress response can be triggered and inflammatory chemicals can be produced. This isn’t considered a true allergic reaction, but more of a low grade sensitivity reaction. Food reactions can affect digestion, mood, pain, immunity, skin problems, brain function and seemingly unrelated concerns. Some…
Being Your Own Health Advocate
Everyone who receives my newsletter understands this concept to some degree. Basically, it means being responsible for your own health journey. One of my main passions is sharing education so others can better take care of themselves. While I’m not a doctor, the latin word “docere” means “to teach.” The more we learn about how to take care of our health, the more empowered…
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…
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…
De-Stress with Tulsi Tea
Also known as Holy Basil, this tea is popular in India and has many health benefits. It not only has a calming quality to the body/mind, but also acts as an adaptogen—a class of herbs that help the body adapt to physical and mental stress. Adaptogens build energy reserves and balance your stress hormones allowing you to deal with situations in a more calm and easy…