Keep Your Hand Out of the Cookie Jar this Holiday Season

The holidays are often a busy and stressful time. The fast pace can lead to an increase in stress hormones, blood sugar fluctuations, cravings and over-eating. The following are some simple strategies that can help you stay grounded and keep your hand out of the cookie jar.

Schedule Your Self-Care

Creating a self-care plan BEFORE the madness begins can help keep stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol in check! Stress hormones affect mood, blood sugar levels, appetite and food cravings – tempting us to overindulge in sweets, treats and alcohol.

Self-care is often something that is prioritized when we have time, but then let go when we need it most. Keep it simple and enjoyable! Examples may include taking time every morning to enjoy a healthy breakfast, a bath at the end of the day, an acupuncture session, a morning walk or going to bed early 1-2 nights per week. Your self-care should keep you in balance and help relieve stress. […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Nutrition|0 Comments

Healthy Weight Loss

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND


Weight loss is a big business. It is confusing and we have been sold the idea of quick fix, dramatic weight-loss that is often not healthy nor sustainable.   Unfortunately this often leads to yo-yo dieting, dramatic weight-loss then the inevitable weight gain, and do it all over again.   So what is a healthy diet? How does one achieve a healthy weight?


By |April 27th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Nutrition|0 Comments

Get Your Body On Board With Your Travel Plans

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND


When travelling, changes in routine, sleep and diet can increase risk of susceptibility to infection, fatigue and digestive upset – the last thing one wants to experience while away. Prevention is key and is possible if you begin by preparing your body prior to departure. Two to three weeks before departure proactively addressing digestion, immunity and stress and continuing the protocol throughout the trip, will improve the likelihood of a healthy and enjoyable time away. […]

By |January 12th, 2016|Digestion, ND Editorial, Travel|0 Comments

Herbal Bitters for Digestive Drama

With Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

As we move into holiday season restrictive diets go out the window, and rightfully so. Unfortunately with holiday indulging many are plagued with digestive drama, such as gastric reflux, gas, bloating and bowel changes such as constipation and diarrhea. Alcohol, fatty foods and excess sugar put stress on the liver, leading to “liver stagnation” and large, complex meals can lead to incomplete digestion, due to insufficient gastric juices.

Traditionally herbal bitters and digestive cordials were taken to prevent indigestion and improve digestive efficiency. The flavor of bitter is one that the western diet is lacking, culturally our preference being for sweet, salty and fatty. Traditionally and in many other cultures bitter herbs, bitter greens and bitter aperitifs are taken before or after meals to improve digestion and avoid the unpleasant digestive symptoms that follow heavy meals. […]

By |December 8th, 2015|Digestion, Nutrition|0 Comments

Detox Demystified Part 1

Article By: Dr. Nadia Kumentas ND
Although you may be familiar with the term “detoxification” do you really know what it entails? Most people link doing a detox with weight loss and while this isn’t necessarily false, there is a lot more to consider when we want to partake in a full body detox.To start off, is doing a “detox” even necessary? The short answer is YES. In today’s world we encounter around 2.5 billion pounds of toxic chemicals (including 6 million pounds of mercury alone) each year. Did you know that the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood? You can only imagine how many toxins you have been exposed to by this point in your life if we started with that level of toxic load!
Here are some, but not all, of the factors that can contribute to your total toxic load (i.e. total amount of accumulated toxins in the body):

Heavy metal exposure ex. Mercury, lead, petrochemicals, residues, pesticides, and fertilizers
Allergies ex. Food allergies, environmental allergies, molds
Poor diet ex. Eating a standard American diet that includes processed, high fat, high sugar, high salt foods
Medications ex. Remember what goes into the body has to get processed; most pharmaceuticals have a toxic load on the body
Internal toxins ex. bacteria, fungus, and yeast inside our own systems and intestines as well as hormonal and metabolic toxins that we need to eliminate
Mental, emotional, and spiritual toxins ex. stress, anger, loneliness, irritability, hostility, etc. all have a profound effect on our body chemistry and all of which translate into toxins in our system

A little scary right? The good news is our bodies are well equipped to eliminate toxins on a day-to-day basis by urinating, defecating, breathing, and sweating! Issues […]

Six Tips to Synch into September (… improve digestion and focus!)

September represents the start of a new year for many people, even more so than January. It is a time when schools start, work picks up and people attempt to gear up for the increased pace of life. For some this feels like a grind and the increased pace is difficult to manage. September is also a transition point between the expansive and hot summer days to the inward and cool days of the fall. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this period occurs for about 16 days around the fall equinox (This year – September 22).

This transition point can leave people feeling ‘stuck’ with tiredness, physical/mental stagnation and creative blocks. People may also experience nausea, bloating, poor appetite and loose stools. This is caused by our bodies being our of synch with the natural rhythm of the earth.

Ancient eastern wisdom offers dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help move with the seasonal cycles. This is the time of the ‘earth element’ that is responsible for digestive health and distribution of nutrients to the body. These nutrients help strengthen the body in immunity, vitality, warmth and mental function for the cooler months ahead. Therefore, this is a time to focus on strengthening our digestion that in turn will leave us with greater energy and focus. Check out these 6 tips for synching with September!

Tip 1: To harmonize with this season choose food that are grounding

Choose mildly sweet foods, yellow or golden foods and round foods. This includes millet, carrot, sweet potato, squash, cabbage, yams, legumes, brown rice, sweet rice, chestnuts and apricot.

Tip 2: Prepare foods simply

Use minimal to mild seasoning. Eat simply and avoid complicated meals and food combinations. Eating simply and moderately reduces the energy required to breakdown […]

By |September 6th, 2013|Digestion, Mental Clarity|0 Comments