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Archive for November, 2016

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Antibiotics…Effective or Not?

  With flu season approaching, it’s very common for antibiotics to be prescribed to clear up infections of all sorts. But how do antibiotics effect the functioning of our immune systems and how can we protect ourselves from the complications that can occur from frequent antibiotic use? Antibiotic Facts: When taken, antibiotics destroy approximately one hundred, thousand BILLION beneficial bacteria Once an antibiotic round has been completed, it often takes months for the ‘good’ bacteria to replenish creating an opportunity for fungi and bacteria to proliferate and/or a secondary infection to take hold Antibiotic Side Effects: Diarrhea, fungal infections, yeast infections, gastritis and illness due to a lowered immune system While antibiotics are sometimes the only way to deal with…

Fruits and Veggies: To Buy Local or Organic?

  This dilemma will spark discussion among all of us who love to eat fresh, wholesome foods for our bodies – especially in the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are abundant. So, what’s the best choice? Below are some facts to help you make more of an informed decision. Local – most often refers to produce within 100-150 miles (approx 240 km). Eating local produce means you’re eating seasonal and fresh (remember those yummy cucumbers from your grandmother’s garden?), supporting our local farmers and reducing our carbon footprint. Food for thought: in a society that loves the ease of eating a variety of foods all year round, eating local greatly decreases our options of produce availability. Organic –…

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