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Category: Tip of the Month

Common Natural Flavors and Their Health Effects

iStock.com/Kwangmoozaa Meanwhile, there are some that are sources of concern based on what we do know. Here are some of the most common natural flavors and their known health risks. Diacetyl This one is best known as natural butter flavoring. Unfortunately, when you consume diacetyl, you may be in for more than buttery fingers. A condition sometimes referred to as “popcorn lung” has been shown to affect workers in microwave popcorn factories. According to the CDC, studies have found an association between exposure to diacetyl vapor over time in microwave popcorn facilities and workers developing abnormal lung function and shortness of breath. Animal studies have further linked diacetyl toxicity to airway damage. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Probably best known for being…

Kiwi can help boost your Immune System!

Kiwi Eating kiwi fruit has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold. In fact, it can reduce a child’s risk of getting sick by 50% and can even shave a few days off of how long the elderly are sick with upper respiratory infections. Kiwi is high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, and antioxidants, such as alpha-Tocopherol and lutein. It has been shown to have positive effects on the immune response — making it potentially helpful in preventing a wide range of ailments. Kiwi makes a great snack for all ages. It’s easy to throw into a lunch bag or serve sliced alongside a hearty breakfast. Most people peel it, but when you include the peel, you…

Almonds Begin Because of Bees

Almonds’ sustainability story doesn’t end with water. For these nuts to grow, bees must pollinate each blossom. Almond orchards are the first natural food source of the year for many bees after winter hibernation. Bees store this food to start their pollination season. According to the Almond Board of California, almond pollen is nutritious, providing all 10 of the essential amino acids bees need. In total, California’s almond industry requires roughly 2 million hives — it’s the world’s largest managed pollination event. Almost all the bees are brought to the state from across the country. More than 70% of all commercial honey bee colonies in the United States are used to pollinate almond orchards. And in case you don’t know,…

Kombucha
Posted on May 1st, 2019

In a culture where caffeinated, sugar-laden and alcoholic drinks have been monopolizing the market it is refreshing to see a healthy, low-sugar, probiotic-rich powerhouse beverage gaining popularity among the masses. From energy drinks to coffee-latte-cold-brews, to high sugar sodas and the never-ending plethora of alcoholic beverages, it is time that we see these beverages for what they really are. Adrenal-zapping (read: energy-zapping), weight-gain promoting, anxiety-riddling drinks. That overall just do not make us feel good. A beverage that does the exact opposite in all these areas becoming more readily available is a huge sigh of relief. So what exactly is kombucha? Kombucha is a beverage that is made with sugar and tea and is fermented with a SCOBY. SCOBY stands…

Here are 12 of the top detoxifying foods:

  1) Cruciferous Vegetables and Leafy Greens iStock.com/Maryna-Iaroshenko Cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens are on almost every list of the world’s healthiest foods — and detoxifying foods are no exception. This class of leafy veggies includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy, among others. A 2015 study published in the journal Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine reported that cruciferous veggies boost liver health through anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral effects. They’re also high in fiber, which encourages the excretion of toxins through bile and stool. Spinach and dandelion greens — among other veggies on the list — are excellent sources of chlorophyll, which is considered the top detoxifying plant pigment. And broccoli, in particular, has been linked to protection…

Reflexology
Posted on June 6th, 2017

Thai style reflexology and foot massage can help release feel-good hormones (endorphins) to help with stress-relief. It also boosts circulation and aids the lymphatic system, which gets rid of waste products produced around the body. Reflexology is based on the belief that all parts of the body are reflected in the feet and hands and by applying gentle pressure to these areas can affect the corresponding part of the body and help to restore balance. There are millions of nerve endings in our feet and hands. The idea behind reflexology is that through pressure points, the connections in the nervous system can be used to re-energize, stimulate, disperse, unblock and restore the natural flow of prana/chi (the invisible energy) in…

How Diabetes Can Affect your Feet

Diabetes is a systemic condition that can immensely affect people’s feet. If blood glucose levels are not controlled, people’s nervous systems can be irreversibly damaged. The increase in blood glucose levels that cause nerve damage is called diabetic neuropathy, the first signs being tingling experience burning, tingling or numbing sensation in your feet. Unfortunately, diabetic neuropathy is a progressive condition and people eventually lose all protective sensation in their feet. This condition prevents our bodies from sending nerve impulses from our foot to our brain when we experience a foot injury. Foot injuries can be caused by improper nail clipping, stepping on a nail, or irregular foot pressure caused by irregular biomechanics and gait. Since your feet absorb 3 times…

Acupuncture Tip of the Month: Acupuncture’s Approach to Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common physical ailments for people in our society today. It affects 8 out 10 Canadians daily and is actually the number one reason people seek out an Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is effective in treating pain because it triggers the nervous system to release endorphins that are painkillers, opioids that help us relax & induce sleep and it strengthens our own immune system cells. All of these combined functions are boosted with treatment and stimulate our body’s natural ability to heal itself. When we are relaxed, our muscles can relax and overcoming pain is less difficult. Repeated long hours at a desk or repetitive movement or lack of that is causing back pain does…

: Living A Headache Free Life
Posted on May 19th, 2015

Acupuncture Tip of the Month Believe it or not, yes this is possible! Headaches and migraines are experienced regularly in our society, but it does not have to be this way. In Canada over 3.2 million people suffer from migraines alone costing people time off work, time with their families and weekends with days that shouldn’t be spent in bed. Unfortunately when we experience an ailment that occurs frequently we begin to think of it as normal, especially if others experience the same. But headaches and migraines in Chinese Medicine are often indications of an overworked liver and gallbladder. Stress, staring at computer screens, a diet with rich, fatty foods and alcohol all cause stress on the liver and its…

Acupuncture Tip of the Month: What Can Acupuncture Do For Me?

Acupuncture is a complete medical system in and of itself. Often in the west it is common for people to use acupuncture for pain, arthritis and most recently fertility issues, with notable success, . However many people don’t realize the relief and positive effects acupuncture can bring for everyday conditions. Headaches, migraines, bloating, low back pain, tight neck & shoulders, allergies, stress, digestive problems, depression, menstrual cramps and even quitting smoking are a few conditions acupuncture can successfully treat. In fact the WHO (World Health Organization) approves acupuncture as an effective Traditional Medicine (TM). Their recent clinical trails provided supportive evidence treating many of the conditions mentioned above, some with even just a few acupuncture treatments.

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