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Category: Tip of the Month

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…

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.

Heart Healthy Habits

1.Start your day with whole grains and green tea (anti-inflammatory, boosts blood vessel function). 2.Increase your potassium intake (helps regulate blood pressure and prevent hypertension). 3.Cuddle your cat, play with your dog (pet owners are less likely to die of heart attack than those who have never had a pet). 4.Boost your workout routine (as part of a regular workout, include quick bursts of activity). 5.Say goodbye to stressful relationships (people in troubled relationships have higher risk of heart problems). 6.Get more vitamin D (low vitamin D levels have been linked to higher risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks). 7.Protect your gums (chronic gum conditions can lead to cardiovascular disease. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day,…

Baking Tip for Wheat Flour Alternatives

Wheat (which contains gluten) is an acidic food that is over consumed in today’s Western diet. Below are a few alternatives to decrease your intake of gluten in order to avoid certain digestive upsets and illness in your future. Flour Comments Nutritional Qualities Flour equivalent to 1 cup white/ whole wheat flour *Amaranth flour •strong, distinctive flavour •best combined w/ other flours that contain gluten or have more cohesion (arrowroot, tapioca, bean) •add to baked goods, pancakes/waffle recipes gluten-free 1 cup *Brown rice flour •yields a sweeter, smoother bread •use w/ other flours, use 20% of brown rice flour in recipe gluten-free Buckwheat flour •makes a dark, heavy bread •use w/ rice flour the kernels contain an outer hull which…

Feel full, Not fat

Dr Joel Fuhrman, a nutritionist and author of Eat to Live, breaks down whole foods that will fill you up. Red Kidney beans ( cooked, 100g)-Beans digest slowly,stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce feelings of hunger. Strawberries (chopped,100g)-Naturally sweet and low in sugar, they don’t raise blood sugar levels like bananas or dates. Chia Seeds(100g)-These act as a fat sponge in the digestive tract. Walnuts(raw, 100g)-These are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids,and a natural anti inflammatory. Broccoli(raw,100g)-Dark green vegetables are packed with nutrients and are low in calories. Blueberries(frozen, 100g)-These are a good source of dietary fiber and have a low glycemic load. Tomatoes( raw,100g)- These are high in the carotenoid antioxidant Lycopene. Lycopene helps defend the bodies tissues…

Perfectly Prepared Broccoli

It may not be a new food, but recent research shows us that how we prepare our broccoli properly can help maximize its health benefits.First go with fresh over frozen. Fresh broccoli contains higher levels of sulphoraphane, a powerful phytochemical with cancer fighting properties that may also reduce joint damage. Next, get an even bigger phytochemical punch by steaming the broccoli for 3-4 minutes until it turns bright green. (Chatelaine magazine March 2014)

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