/Digestion

Cow Dairy Intolerance: The Evidence

By: Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND Humans have been consuming cow dairy for thousands of years. In fact, a recent archaeological dig from Britain showed that prehistoric farmers were consuming dairy products as early as 6,000 years ago – despite being lactose intolerant! And we are still at it! Humans consume dairy in volumes despite it being linked to a number of problematic health issues such as diarrhea, constipation, dermatitis, eczema, respiratory conditions and more. Cow dairy offers a creamy, satiating food that is readily accessible. Its nutritional profile is noteworthy with 1 cup of 2% milk offering 8g of protein, 5g of fat, 30% of daily calcium requirement as well as naturally occurring Vitamin A and B6. However, despite this healthy profile, milk seems to cause a lot of problems for a lot of people. In Canada, close to 7% of the population report a food allergy. At the top of the list of reported food allergens is dairy with 2% of the Canadian population reporting an actual Cow’s Milk Allergy (CMA). This is the highest reported food allergen in Canada! Anecdotally, from my clinical practice, many patients speculate that dairy is a trigger for their health concerns. However, they are often told that ‘there is no evidence’ that milk or dairy-based foods is an inflammatory or immune-triggering food – and so they don’t eliminate dairy. I am always surprised to hear this as there is plenty of evidence that milk is problematic. Here are a few reasons why:  […]

‘Defecation Posture Modification Device’ AKA ‘The Squatty Potty’

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND Squatting during bowel movements (BMs) is commonly practiced in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia while western populations prefer to use the toilet. When people say they are ‘constipated’, they are often referring to not ‘going’ daily but are also often referring to a lengthy time spent attempting to poop, straining or incomplete poops. These last few problems lead to troubling issues such as pelvic floor issues, hemorrhoids or fissures, blood in the stool and, of course, stress. People become nervous to ‘go’ which worsens the problem. But there is hope in sight! […]

By |2020-03-07T10:25:40-05:00March 7th, 2020|Digestion, ND Editorial, Nutrition|0 Comments

Getting to the Root of Constipation

By Dr. Angelina Riopel We are what we eat, but we are also what we do not eliminate! Proper elimination of toxins and waste is as important as the food and nutrients that we take in. When we are constipated the toxins from the stool become reabsorbed and recycle through the body. Improper elimination of waste can lead to inflammation, chronic digestive concerns, allergies, skin rashes, eczema, fatigue as well as many other symptoms. What is a Normal Bowel Movement? Normal is a pretty loose term, but you should be having at least one bowel movement everyday and it should feel like you have completely evacuated your bowel. The stool should be formed, not hard or pellet-like, loose or watery. Blood and mucus is not normal. […]

By |2020-03-05T14:26:42-05:00March 5th, 2020|Digestion, ND Editorial|0 Comments

Holistic Holiday Wellness

By: Sonja Smiljanic, BA, NNCP I’ve been surprised over the years by many opinion articles on ‘how to eat’ over the holidays. These pieces seem to use guilt as an underlying “motivation” factor and to be honest, who wants that? The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy the company of your loved ones and celebrate with food, drink, and socializing! To me, the holidays are more about working to let go of the associated guilt we often feel when we are out of routine. As a Holistic Nutritionist my scope stretches beyond food. I enjoy looking at how an individual’s wellness can be supported with food, but also with body movement, social connection, emotions, stress management, spirituality, sleep, and so much more. This year, I am offering this guide as an alternative approach to holiday eating. I hope it helps you to cultivate a positive sense of joy when it comes to nutrition and wellness this holiday season! […]

By |2019-12-18T15:11:43-05:00December 18th, 2019|Digestion, Mind Body Medicine, Nutrition, Self Care|0 Comments

Fall Refresh & Detox Kit

Now is the perfect time to REFRESH your eating habits to support your health and wellbeing! Ask about our Fall Refresh & Detox Kit for DIY Home Detox by Dr. Keara Taylor The Refresh & Detox Kit by Dr. Keara Taylor, ND includes: 14 day seasonally inspired meal plan with nourishing recipes that are anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancing Recipes created to support your body's natural detoxification processes and immune system Learn how to prep and cook simple yet satisfying meals that will set you up to feel deeply nourished A detailed dietary and lifestyle practices guide to support your detox and create lasting habits Guidelines on how to re-introduce foods eliminated during the refresh to determine which foods help you thrive Option to add a Naturopathic consult to personalize the program to address your specific health concerns Investment: $49 for the 14 day meal plan specifically curated to be anti-inflammatory, blood sugar balancing & supportive of your body's immune and detoxification systems and the detox lifestyle guide. OR $190 for the above plus a 75 minute Naturopathic Consult with Dr. Keara Taylor, ND to personalize the detox to your health concerns.

By |2019-10-07T16:59:39-04:00October 7th, 2019|Detoxification/Cleanse, Digestion|0 Comments

Recipes & DIY Remedies for Cold & Flu Season

With Kerri Lambie, Homeopath & Holistic Nutritionist Kerri will be sharing her How-To guide on home remedies for the cold &flu: The differences between broths & stocks Homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup Making a natural 'Vics' chest rub with essential oils and beeswax Top 5 Homeopathic remedies for cold & flu WHEN: Thurs, November 7th, 7:30-8:30 WHERE: Innate Wellness, 5 Quebec Avenue COST: Free  

Detoxification with MORA Bioresonance Therapy

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND Many common health concerns can be associated with toxin accumulation within the body.  Our everyday lifestyle exposes us too many types of toxins including pesticides and preservatives in food, air pollution, metals and chemicals in our drinking water and a plethora of toxins are found in our cosmetics and body care products. Toxins must be processed and eliminated, but when our exposure becomes more than what our body can deal with and eliminate we develop symptoms from a build up of toxins. Common health concerns that can be associated with toxicity: […]

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! […]

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. […]

Spice Up Your Health!

By Dr. Kathleen Reagan, ND The holidays are around the corner and we are starting to think about how to manage through all the festive excess. Sometimes it is easier to add foods to our daily routine than it is to restrict. What is easier to add to a meal than a spice? Spices have a long tradition of pulling meals together for taste but they also have a history of medicinal use. Here are some spices you can add to bring a bit of health to your holiday. […]