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Omega-3 fatty acids are popularly known for their heart health benefits. Numerous studies have shown that these beneficial fatty acids can help reduce triglycerides, calm inflammation and help prevent clotting – important attributes for prevention of heart disease. However, the benefits of omega-3s extend well beyond the heart to the joints, skin and brain. When it comes to brain health, omega-3s are integral to the development and maintenance of the brain as well as preservation of cognitive function and memory as we age. Omega-3 fatty...read more
When you hear the word ‘diet’ you likely think of weight loss first and foremost. However, in a broader sense a diet is an eating regime designed to help you solve a problem, whether that problem is an excess of weight, unbalanced hormones, or even joint pain. So think of this anti-inflammatory diet in that sense: not something to help you lose weight (although you might) but rather to help you lose pain. To better understand how certain types of food help reduce inflammation, it helps to understand the body’s inflammatory...read more
With spring around the corner many of us think of cleaning our homes, clearing out our closets, and getting rid of clutter. But how about spring cleaning your body? Are there any benefits to doing a weight cleanse, detox program or fast? Here are some factors to consider: Our bodies work hard every day to detoxify and eliminate waste and harmful chemicals we ingest or are exposed to through our diet and environment. Our primary detoxifying organs are our colon, liver, kidneys and skin. Most conventional medicine practitioners do not embrace...read more
An astonishing 48% of Canadian men over 65 and 36% of women are taking cholesterol medication1; the numbers are similar in the US. 2 The US Center for Disease Control, the CDC, is calling for even more adults to jump on the statin bandwagon. But are people fully informed of the health risks and benefits associated with these drugs? Buried Statistics: The NNT Every pharmaceutical has a measure called Number Needed to Treat, or NNT. This number tells you how many people would need to take a drug in order for it to result in good. The lower the...read more
Celiac disease is something most people hadn’t heard of 20 years ago, but now it seems everyone knows someone suffering from it. Managing this condition is key, since it can’t be cured. The best diet for a celiac includes limiting gluten, of course, but could there be more to it than that? Symptoms of Celiac Disease Let’s start with how you know you have it. Celiac disease causes a myriad of symptoms including gas bloating diarrhea fatigue joint pain and depression Celiac disease is on the rise and estimated to affect about...read more