Articles and Q&A's

May 2019

Broccoli for Beautiful Skin & More

Not everybody can appreciate the flavour of broccoli, but it is hard to deny how healthy this vegetable is for us. Consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and radish have been inversely associated with various types of cancer.
May 2019

Wrinkles: Beauty is Not Skin Deep

Beauty is skin deep… or is it? When someone is faced with the problem of facial wrinkles, they will often turn first to topical options. This is a logical step and can be highly effective if you choose the appropriate products. For example, Viva’s “Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum” helps nourish the skin, and retains moisture all day long, in effect leaving your skin looking plump, maintaining complexion and glow.
April 2019

Naturally Supporting Women's Hormonal Health

There are many hormones that function as messengers throughout the body. The female hormones, estrogen and progesterone play an important role in a woman’s overall health throughout her life. None may be as striking as when the hormones work together to initiate menstruation or when their levels begin to decline resulting in menopause. There is a lot to discuss due to the complexity of these hormone systems, but we wanted to touch on a few supplements that we have found to be useful in treating symptoms that are more common than many people realize.
April 2019

Natural Prep for Allergy Season

For many, seasonal allergies are at their peak at the beginning of the Spring season. It can be frustrating to have to depend on antihistamines every day and sometimes to find that the same antihistamine that worked last year, just is not providing the same benefit this year. Thankfully, there are some natural options that can be used in place of Orthodox antihistamine medications.
April 2019

Standardized Liver Detox

Everyone talks about “detox” but what does it really mean in terms of physiology and why is the liver always mentioned? The liver is one of the body’s main detox organs, responsible for processing, activating, and deactivating foods and medicines that we bring into the body.
April 2019

Liver Support

With spring in the air, many of us will be going through an annual process of “Spring Cleaning” our houses. Just as our houses can accumulate dirt, so can our bodies. So, where does the “dirt” come from? Our daily activities expose our bodies to many different toxins. Whether they be in the form of drugs that we take for medically necessary reasons, additives or preservatives found in our food, environmental toxins found in the air around us, or cellular debris from normal metabolic processes as well as disease processes, it is virtually impossible to avoid exposure.
March 2019

Supporting the Healing of the Brain

Concussions and other brain injuries can sometimes be more debilitating than physical injuries. Whether they are sustained from car accident, a sports accident, or a household accident, brain injuries can leave the sufferer with troubles concentrating, memory problems, irritability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and more. Although it is not yet known why some people will recover more quickly than others from a similar type of brain injury, all victims can benefit from the same approach to healing. Following doctors’ orders for adequate rest and appropriate stimulation is of paramount importance. Proper nutrition will also be a key part of the treatment plan.
February 2019

Healthy, Sexy Legs

Sometimes sexy legs are not just about the skin seen on the outside. Helping keep our blood vessels healthy and working properly on the inside can keep your legs looking slim and of a healthy colouring from the outside. Compression therapy is a well-known method of supporting the natural flow of blood and can be used in conjunction with supplements, which can improve the health of your blood vessels.
February 2019

Breathe Easy with Resprit(TM)

Q: What is a quick-acting syrup that I can use during the allergy season to relief congestion and runny nose?
January 2019

Stay Level Headed On That Cruise

Many of us suffer from nausea, headache, vomiting, and overall malaise when confronted with rocking motions, be it a ride on the BC Ferries, going on a whale-watching expedition in Steveston, taking your boat out to White Rock, enjoying the amusement park rides at the PNE, or taking a road-trip into the Rockies. With the cruise season just around the corner, we have a few tips to minimize motion sickness so your trip will be memorable for all the right reasons. Having Gravol™ (dimenhydrinate), ginger and even Benadryl® (diphenhydramine) help, but read on for some less well-known gems.
January 2019

"Veeva(TM)" the Peaceful Life

Stress, anxiety and sleep…these types of issues come up every day as we counsel our patients. Many a time, they have been put onto prescription medications because they are so frustrated with their symptoms and ask if there are natural options that can be considered. For as long as we have practiced, there have been options that we have been happy to discuss. Recently, we became aware of a new line of supplements from a Canadian company called, “Veeva™” who produce only three supplements: one each to target stress, anxiety and sleep. They are the only Canadian company to have a product licensed by Health Canada with anxiety listed as an indication.
January 2019

Improving Digestion with Supplemental Enzymes

No doubt most of us have enjoyed various foods over these past few weeks at Holiday gatherings and chances are, a few of us have experienced some sort of gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort. Although there are possible organic reasons why eating too much or eating “foreign” foods may cause GI issues, undigested food can be the reason behind bloating and gas, cramping, diarrhea or constipation. Improperly digested food can be linked to certain food sensitivities; for example, undigested lactose, the carbohydrate found in milk, causes issues for those who are lactose intolerant, but this can be remedied by taking a lactase (or lactose-digesting enzyme) supplement. Another example is people with Coeliac disease who cannot tolerate gluten, but supplementation with Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV, a gluten-digesting enzyme) can greatly improve their tolerance and reduce symptoms.