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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:13

Nutrients for Brain Health

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The best nutrients for brain health (and how to get them)
 
There are so many nutrients that you need for overall health. Vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and essential fats, just to name a few.
 
But which ones are the most important for your brain? 
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you?
But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals?

 

 
 
There may not be an obvious link between sleep deprivation and your weight, but more and more research is showing just how important sleep is for your mood, mental performance, overall health and wellness, and especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
 
Many studies show that people who have a short sleep duration simply weigh more. And, in fact, as the levels of chronic (long-term) sleep deprivation have increased over the past 50 years, so have the growing epidemics of being overweight or obese.
Sunday, 07 May 2017 23:32

Can't Sleep? Try These Tips

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It’s been proven that sleeping through the night will help you lose weight. The more up and down you are throughout the night, the more likely you are to not only not lose weight- but you’re more prone to gain weight. This is related to a hormone level reaction. Waking up throughout the night disrupts how this hormone reacts and is made within the body, thus leading to weight gain. Researchers believe (and have proven over and over again in studies) that sleeping throughout the night helps to regulate all hormones, improving your metabolism and promoting weight loss.

Saturday, 29 April 2017 19:14

Top Foods for Tissue Health

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If you're pretty active like I am, you want to protect your tissues.  
 
Did you know that the most abundant tissue in the body, which is also extremely important for anyone who works out, is none other than “connective” tissue?
 
Connective tissue “connects” things in your body to help maintain structure.  It basically supports and anchors parts together.    
 
For example, your joints have ligaments (that attach bones to each other), as well as tendons (that attach muscles to bones).  These are examples of “dense” connective tissue made mainly of collagen.  
Monday, 24 April 2017 20:50

Tips for Choosing Supplements Wisely

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We all know the vast array of supplements on the market today. It seems that new ones are launched every day and there is more and more marketing lingo that promises to save your health.
 
But you are a savvy health-conscious consumer. You want to make sure you're making wise choices with your health (and money).
 
Here are eight expert tips for you when choosing supplements:
Saturday, 15 April 2017 14:17

Why we should all be lifting weights

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I know you may not want to be a body builder (it's awesome if you do, though), but that's not what I'm talking about here!

Nor do you have to join a gym.

Nor buy super-fancy equipment.

Want to know why I recommend lifting weights (a.k.a. “resistance training”) for people of all ages?

Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:14

Do I need to do a cleanse?

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The Benefits of Cleansing

The Benfits of doing a cleanse have an effect on your whole body and mind.  Often we feel tired and sluggish and don't really sleep that well.  Working with a licenced practitioner to find a program that is geared to your needs you will be better able to  lose weight, end Chronic pain, and Fatigue.

What is Cleansing?

Cleansing is the natural process of ridding the body of toxins, heavy metals, and parasites that are present. It mainly addresses the detoxification of the body’s vital organs that are responsible for the absorption of nutrients and the removal of waste byproducts, such as the liver, kidneys, the gallbladder, and digestive tract. This is something that your body does naturally, however there are times when supplements and foods will help improve the process. 

These organs play a major role in our body’s operating system as follows:

  • The Liver is the largest organ in the body and hence has the most work such as excretion of toxic waste in the form of cholesterol and drugs, it metabolizes fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, stores vitamins and minerals and detoxifies and purifies the blood.
  • The Kidneys control the production of red blood cells, removes waste products from the blood, balances the body’s fluids, and regulates the body's acid contents, salt, and potassium levels.
  • The Gallbladder stores bile, produced by the liver and it is important for the digestion of food, 
  • The Digestive Tract is responsible for the breakdown of food into molecules which are then absorbed into the body in the form of nutrients and minerals.

Why we need to help our body eliminate toxins:

Due to the unhealthy consumption of processed foods, fatty junk foods, low-fibre foods, microwave depleted meals and carbonated drinks,  the body can no longer function at its best when it comes to digestion and absorption of nutrients. 

That is why many people suffer from inconsistent bowel movements, indigestion, bloating, food allergies and sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and obesity because the body is incapable of ridding itself of all the accumulated toxins and waste. This not only poisons the gut, it damages the other vital organs too.

A cleanse helps to bring the body back to homeostasis/balance.

Benefits of a Cleanse:

  1. Rid the body of harmful toxins, metals, and accumulated waste in the form of fecal matter in your gut.
  2. Removing excess fecal matter, healing the digestive system will improve your ability to lose weight.
  3. A cleanse will maximize your body’s intake of healthy nutrients and minerals that are important for the production of energy and you will feel invigorated and energized.
  4. The effects of a cleanse will leave you feeling less bloated, and may even help you to identify food sensitivities.
  5. You will have improved digestion which will then in turn eliminate cravings.
  6. Inflammation is your body’s reaction to unnatural substances that invade it. Chronic inflammation can lead to Chronic pain such as migraines, autoimmune diseases and degenerative conditions. A cleanse will rid your body of the toxins responsible for inflammation.
  7. A number of lifestyle choices and factors such as smoking, drinking, pesticides, stress, lack of exercise can contribute to excess Fatigue and Lack of sleep. 
  8. People who suffer from Brain fog often feel confused, forgetful, and lack focus due to an imbalance in your body which can be a medical or lifestyle related. A healthy brain is the first line of defense against mental disorders and depression. A cleanse will get rid of the toxins in your body accumulated through an unhealthy diet. At this point in time we are well aware of the connection between gut health and brain health.  
  9. Infections such as Candida, ie. vaginal yeast infections, fungal infections, skin rashes are very common in people who are overweight, people with weakened immune systems, people with Inflammatory disorders, and diabetes. 

 

Your body has a way of letting you know when something is out of balance. Unfortunately, most of the time these signs go unnoticed or completely ignored. In many cases, one might suffer from recurring symptoms of the same illness and even a trip to the doctor will  do nothing to help or alleviate the symptoms.  You may benefit from a cleanse if you are exhibiting the following:

  1. You are moody or constantly fatigued.
  2. You suffer from insomnia and often disturbed sleep patterns.
  3. You are constantly bloated or suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome.
  4. You are overweight and resistant to weight loss.
  5. You have constant infections such as acne, itchy skin and yeast infections.
  6. You are retaining fluid.
  7. You are suffering from gallbladder issues, or have had your gall bladder removed.
  8. You have an Autoimmune disease.
  9. Congested sinuses or repeated sinus infections.
  10. Bad breath, especially if your tongue has a white coating.
  11. Excessive overheating and sweating.
  12. You have cravings, especially for sugar.
  13. Excessive urination.
  14. Dehydration.
  15. Yellowing of the eyes due to excessive alcohol.

 

Beware of  products or programs that are promising unrealistic results. A good cleanse should not have a  negative response in your body.

A healthy cleanse program is matched with a healthy diet and a supplements suggested by a licenced practitioner that is aware of your specific needs and current medications. 

If you are ready to take back your health, let's get started and get you back to feeling vibrant, refreshed and focused.

Monday, 17 October 2016 17:33

Food Sensitivities

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Does this sound like you or your loved ones?
Do you wake feeling fatigued and unable to get out of bed?

Perhaps you suffer from Flu-like symptoms; muscle and joint pain, depression, and mental confusion; brain fog, sore throat or swollen lymph nodes.

Chronic fatigue, arthritis, colitis, IBS, fibromyalgia and other immune disorders have become common diagnoses. Many of the people who develop immune disorders were once naturally energetic, highly motivated individuals who woke up one day and realized their body had crashed, barely able to walk, think or function like they once did.

Since the mid-1990’s Food Allergies have gone from being pretty rare to very common. An estimated 6-8% of children under the age of 3 in Canada now have food allergies. That’s approximately 30,000 children and the numbers continue to rise.

Certain factors can predispose a person to develop food allergies such as genetics. (One or both parents are allergy sufferers.)
The second -most common cause of the development of sensitivities is poor digestion. If a food is not being properly digested, it may eventually begin to trigger a sensitivity reaction in the body.

A Food Allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies a food as a harmful substance and launches an attack against it. This triggers the release of antibodies whose goal is to destroy and eliminate the food (bad guy) through different responses in the body.
It involves the excess production of an IgE Antibody which triggers the release of histamine and other chemicals from cell tissues producing various sensitivity symptoms.

These antibodies create the symptoms of a food allergy such as rash or hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain and anaphylaxis.
Although a person can develop allergies to practically any substance, the most common allergens include pollen, dust, dust mites, animal dander, feathers, cosmetics, mould, insect venom, chemicals, drugs, and foods.
Peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, milk and dairy products, eggs, wheat and soy are the most common food allergens.

An allergic response is fast and very noticeable. The reactions can change very quickly from mild to severe in the worse cases causing anaphylactic shock and closing of the airway. (Often found with peanut and shellfish allergies).

A Food Intolerance occurs when an ingredient or compound in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest the food. But, wait.... all of the above symptoms can be present with a food intolerance too.

There are a number of factors that may influence food intolerance. In some cases, as with lactose intolerance, the person lacks the chemicals to properly digest certain proteins found in food. While food allergies can be triggered by the smallest amount of the food in question, food intolerances are sometimes dose related and may not occur unless the person intolerant consumes a large portion of the food. For example, a person with lactose intolerance may be able to drink milk in coffee but will become sick if she drinks an entire glass of milk.

Keeping a food journal and tracking what you ate when symptoms occur can generally help diagnose food intolerances. Another way to diagnose food intolerance is to go on an elimination diet, which involves completely eliminating any suspect foods from your diet until you are symptom-free.
You then begin to reintroduce the foods, one at a time. This can help you pinpoint which foods cause symptoms. Seek the advice of your health care provider/ Holistic Nutritionist before beginning an elimination diet to be sure your diet provides adequate nutrition.

There are several ways to decipher Food Intolerances. Electrodermal Screening is a safe and effective, non-invasive way to test for food intolerances, then determine how to help the body properly digest these foods.

I'm interesting in helping my body deal with food sensitivities and intolerances!  Click HERE!

Deanna Trask RHN

Registered Holistic Nutritionist and EAV/EDS Practitioner

 

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is an immune system response. Inflammation is the body's first response to an injury or disease. It tells you in no uncertain terms "Houston, we have a problem." Inflammation informs you that you need to pay attention to an injured or diseased area so that you don't continue to use it and worsen the problem.

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