Green Spring Detox Smoothie

By Sonja Smiljanic, BA, NNCP Prep time: 5 mins Serves: 1 1/2 cup coconut water 5 ice cubes 1 cup raw baby spinach 1/2 green apple peeled and chopped 1/4 small avocado (for a bit of smoothness) Freshly grated ginger to taste (1/2 to 1″ is recommended) 1/4 freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tsp. chia seeds Optional: unflavoured protein powder of choice and a dollop of cultured coconut yogurt to top […]

By |2019-04-11T09:29:54-04:00April 11th, 2019|Detoxification/Cleanse, Recipes|0 Comments

Start Your Spring Detox With These 3 Simple Steps

By Dr. Keara Taylor, ND Detox, cleanse, reset – these are words that frequently pop up at this time of year.  Are you curious about what a detox actually is and whether it is appropriate for you? First of all, detoxification is a metabolic process that the body undergoes to clear out toxins; those created within the body (endogenous toxins) and those coming from outside of the body (exogenous toxins).  The process includes mobilization, biotransformation, and ultimately the elimination of these substances.   Many of our organs are involved in this process, including the skin, liver, kidneys and intestines.  The liver is where phase I and phase II detoxification occurs, which is essentially the biotransformation of toxins so they can be eliminated safely from the body through the intestines and kidneys.  Phase I and Phase II detoxification require specific nutrients in order to occur, for example, B vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10 and bioflavonoids, as well as nutrients like glutamine and N-acetyl-cysteine. […]

By |2019-04-11T09:23:03-04:00April 8th, 2019|Detoxification/Cleanse|0 Comments

Sustainable Nutrition Resolutions

By Sonja Smiljanic, BA, NNCP, Holistic Nutritionist As a Nutritionist I often get asked about what people should avoid or restrict in order to feel better. I do think there is an important and necessary place for restriction, but I believe that to implement sustainable change when it comes to nutrition and to feel positive about the changes the lens has to be shifted to what can and should be incorporated, more so than what needs to be restricted. Language plays an integral role in how we think about food, our nutrition goals, and our health in general, and thus I believe it’s important to use positive language as much as possible when talking about our relationship with food. This approach is sustainable, positive, and empowering and supports a sense of trust between a person and their body. I will eat more vegetables Whatever your base line, try and add a little more. Vegetables nurture our bodies so nicely with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fibre, and complex carbohydrates that energize us. Whether it’s adding a cup more of frozen veggies to your stir-fry, a handful of spinach to your smoothie in the morning or opting for a salad at lunch time these are little ways to incorporate more vegetables into your personal menu! […]

The Importance of Thyroid Health

By Dr. Keara Taylor, ND Are you feeling tired or sluggish?  Have you been experiencing a low mood, weight gain or difficulty losing weight?  These are all symptoms that potentially point to an issue with your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in the neck and controls many vital functions of the body including energy levels, metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. The thyroid gland can be overactive (hyperthyroidism), or underactive (hypothyroidism), although hypothyroidism is more common.  Additionally, women are more likely than men to experience a thyroid issue at some point in their life.  Some other symptoms of hypothyroidism include: cold intolerance, constipation, brain fog, irregular periods, heavy periods, infertility, high cholesterol, hair loss, and fluid retention. […]

Choose to BE – How Meditation Helps

By Dr. Alexia Georgousis ND Nearly twenty years ago I had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama here in Toronto. Even though I was seated in the nosebleed section, I was amazed at the power of his presence.  Tears spontaneously ran down my cheeks as he walked on stage.  It was as if my heart completely opened and all the hidden walls inside of me melted. I was not alone; the majority of people around me wiped their tears, sitting in silence, eyes fixed on his every movement – and he hadn’t even uttered a word. His opening statement was worth the price of the ticket; “I am just a man” he said. Then shortly there- after; “Don’t try to be a Buddhist. Be yourself.”  Hearing those words felt like I was being wrapped in a warm blanket on an icy cold night. I mention this story because I attribute those simple, wise words of the Dalai Lama to be what encouraged me to continue to practice and study meditation to this day.  I had struggled for years trying different techniques, teachers and styles.  I read extensively on the subject, took courses and even became an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist.  Despite this training I would be frustrated or disappointed that the lasting changes I was hoping for were fleeting. I would still be impulsive at times, anxious, sad or angry, and yet I continued to practice inconsistently and often with reluctance. Then one day something clicked. I began to notice I was struggling with my struggle. For example; judging my meditation practice as either good or bad, having expectations and attachments to a specific outcome or feeling disappointed with not being able to control [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

By: Dr. Keara Taylor   The new year brings with it great intentions of sticking to our resolutions of losing weight, getting back into exercise, cutting out sugar, and the list goes on. While the practice of thinking about what we want to change in our life and the desire to feel better and healthier in our bodies is great, research shows that most resolutions are abandoned by the time February or March rolls around.  Why?  Often we take extreme action, which turns out is not very sustainable. If weight loss is your goal, or even if it isn’t and you just desire to feel more energized and focused, the following daily habits will help support you to feel better than ever in 2019. […]

Closing Innate Wellness Annex

Dear clients, customers, and Annex community . With the New Year comes a new chapter for Innate. We have closed our Annex location and will be focusing on clinical operations in High Park. We are sad to say goodbye to our beautiful space in the Annex but feel certain that this change in focus will help serve our clients best! . We want to extend a heart-felt thanks to all of our Annex community, clients, and customers for your support over the last five years and welcome you to visit us in High Park. . . See you soon! Kathleen & Angelina

By |2019-04-08T19:51:29-04:00December 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Year, New Worries?

By: Lindsey Danisch, MSW, RSW There’s lots of talk these days about anxiety. It seems to be more prevalent in today’s society. There are different types and severities of anxiety. It’s important to be reminded that anxiety is a normal human emotion and often a very helpful feeling. It can keep one safe, excited, motivated, on-time, and working hard. For some, it can develop into an emotion that interferes with daily living or quality of life. […]

By |2019-04-08T19:51:29-04:00December 19th, 2018|Anxiety, psychotherapy, Self Care|0 Comments

Hangover Helper

By: Jennifer Boake, R.H.N The holidays are around the corner and for many of us this means overindulging in food and alcohol. Tis the season of celebration and socializing! Here are some handy & healthy tips to speed your recovery. […]