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Broccoli Sprouts and their Medicinal Power

This month we are moving beyond “awareness” of breast cancer to taking action – beyond mammograms and ribbon displays. Because, really, they don’t stop breast cancer. Last week I shared with you the power of pomegranates (if you missed it, look up the previous email from us). This week, let’s cover broccoli sprouts and their medicinal power. Plus, I have a brand new recipe for you – the Broccoli Sprout Shot (see below). Many people assume that broccoli sprouts are the same as broccoli. Yes, they are the “baby” version of a full broccoli head, but nutritionally, they contain a few compounds in vastly higher amounts than mature broccoli, namely: Sulforaphane Best known as the “cancer cell killer”. Broccoli sprouts…

7 tips to keep kids’ backs healthy

We all worry about our kids’ health. Cold and flu, cuts and bruises are all normal parts of childhood that we stay on top of. But how often do you think about your child’s back health? Research shows that more than half of younger Canadians experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. (I remember once in high school carrying the vacuum cleaner down the stairs and experiencing such terrible and sudden back pain that it took an hour before I could even stand up again. I wish I had listened to what I had been taught about proper lifting!) There are a number of factors that can affect children’s back health, and fortunately we…

9 Foods That May Be More Nutritious When Cooked

Sometimes, adding heat makes veggies better for you in some ways. Here are nine vegetables that might be better for you when cooked: Spinach — This dark green leafy vegetable shrinks up when cooked, which makes it easier to eat more. And more spinach equals more nutrients! Spinach contains oxalic acid, which can hurt your body’s absorption of calcium and iron. But steaming spinach has been shown to cut the oxalic acid by five to 53%. Steaming also allows the spinach to retain its folate content, a B-vitamin that helps your body produce DNA. Asparagus — A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology found that cooking asparagus increased its antioxidant and cancer-fighting activity (including…

5 Effective Low Back Exercises

We all have different pain triggers affecting the low back. Improper spinal movements, a fall, sport injuries and many other muscle strains can all make an impact. Watch the video below for five easy exercises to help prevent and potentially reduce low back pain. You may need more stability while others may need more mobility, so it’s important to check in with a chiropractor to make sure these exercises are right for you! #1 Diaphragmatic Breathing Start by laying on your back with knees bent. Place a hand on your upper chest and the other over your belly. This will allow you to feel the movement of your diaphragm as you breathe in and out. Breathe in slowly through your…

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“He who experiences the unity of life , sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self.” Bhagavad Gita

3 anti-inflammatory food nutrients proven to help you fight disease
Posted on July 31st, 2018

Chronic inflammation can have serious negative effects on your health. In fact, it may be linked to most (if not all!) major diseases of our times. But if you want to see remarkable benefits for your health… I want to be sure you know about three food nutrients that are particularly powerful for bringing down unwanted inflammation, as well as restoring your health and vitality. These 3 food nutrients are: Turmeric (and its primary active component, curcumin) Ginger Omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA) Many studies speak glowingly of the healing potential of the curcumin found in turmeric. To give just one example, a study published in a leading medical journal found that for people suffering from active rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin…

Proper Ergonomic Desk Set Up
Posted on July 17th, 2018

Patient Tools: Office Ergonomics Over 80% of the working population will experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Many people sit all day at work, often with poor posture, and this can increase the risk of developing low back pain. Maintain Proper Posture The secret to good posture is maintaining the spine’s natural curves. If your spine is not properly aligned, your muscles and ligaments have to work harder to keep you upright. When sitting, make sure that your ears, shoulders and hips are in line and your buttocks are at the back of the chair. Sit tall with your chest high. Adjust Your Chair Your shoulders and lower back should rest comfortably against the back rest. You may need…

Suffering From Allergies?
Posted on July 3rd, 2018

If spring and fall send your seasonal allergies into a spin, or you suffer from allergies in general, naturopathic medicine can provide relief and/or prevent allergies from occurring. Allergies are not a something that you have to grin and bear, and relief doesn’t just have to be drugstore counter medications. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly reacts to a foreign substance that is not normally harmful to the body such as pollen or pet dander. This causes a release of histamines leading to inflammation in the body, resulting in symptoms such as difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, rashes, nausea, vomiting, red/itchy eyes, stuffy/runny nose, and headaches. Naturopathic medicine can help treat allergies by first helping to identify and address underlying factors…

Cooling Summer fruits and Vegatables
Posted on June 19th, 2018

Ah, that summer heat. Ever feel super lethargic on a hot summer day? Many people find their bodies feeling more sluggish and slow when the temperature rises. This is due to our body having to compensate so that our internal body temperature doesn’t also rise with those outside temps. Normally a balanced amount of blood flows between the skin and muscle. But when it’s super hot outside our blood flows more towards the skin to help disperse body heat. With warmer temperatures found around the globe right now our bodies naturally seek ways to cool down. Therefore, drinking plenty of hydrating fluids and eating cooling foods helps hydrate your muscles and skin. Which helps to maintain a safe internal body…

Plant and Rake Without the Ache
Posted on June 5th, 2018

Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. The right moves Use the right moves to lighten the load on your back. Kneel, don’t bend, to plant. Change your body position often. Take frequent breaks. Alternate between light and heavy chores. Drink lots of water. And most importantly, loosen-up before you start out. Warm up Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is a key factor in preventing injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and gently swing your arms. Stretch before you start To…

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