Articles and Q&A's

October 2018

Earl Grey: More than just a cup of tea

There are multiple benefits of drinking any type of black tea, but there is something unique about Earl Grey Tea. Bergamot, which most people are familiar with as the source of flavouring for this unique tea has been proven to have cardiovascular benefits when taken on its own.
September 2018

Back to School

It’s that time of year when we start preparing for back to school. We’re so busy worrying about crayons and notepads, textbooks and electronics, shoes and sports equipment, most of us don’t think about preparing our children’s bodies for the biological challenges. What is the use of all of these school supplies if our kids are not getting the most out of their education? Let’s chat about what we can do to boost their health.
August 2018

Naturally Soothing the Gut

With every bite of food that we eat, our bodies go into high gear. One of the actions of food in the stomach is to stimulate gastric (stomach) acid secretion, which is imperative to the process of digestion. However, this same beneficial digestive fluid can also be harmful due to its highly acidic nature. In a healthy body, the lining of the stomach is lined with a thick layer of mucous that protects it from the stomach acid. But, if there is a weakening in this protection, painful irritation can result. In the case of an actual breach in the stomach lining, ulceration can occur.
July 2018

Mighty Omega's

Anyone who reads our articles will likely have noticed a trend: we’re fans of supplementing with omega fatty acids! Unless there are dietary restrictions in place, we often suggest the use of fish oils to get your omega’s. But, there are a couple of stand-out products in the veggie-realm that warrant some attention.
July 2018

Bye Bye Dry Skin

Dry skin is an issue for people of all ages and all ethnicities. For some, the problem is mild and limited to some flakiness and feelings of itchiness and/or tightness. In more severe cases, the skin may be so dry that it may start cracking and even bleeding.
July 2018

New Supplements for Heart Health

Even though our risk of cardiovascular disease increases as we age, it doesn’t mean we just have to sit here and accept that! Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean sources of protein. If you smoke or use tobacco products, stop! Do some form of exercise for 30minutes on most days of the week. If you’re overweight, losing weight will reduce the load on your heart. Get good quality sleep. Find ways to manage (if not eliminate) the stresses in your life. Consider supplementation to increase your chances of beating the odds. There are a couple of newer products on the market that warrant some attention.
July 2018

Recurrent UTIs

Q: I am constantly getting urinary tract infections and am getting tired of being on antibiotics. Is there anything I can do to prevent them?
June 2018

How Broccoli May Save Your Skin

Everyone knows how damaging ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and other sources can be. It’s not just the UV-B radiation that we are familiar with when the sun is hot in the summer and we get sunburns more easily. Damage to our skin cells’ DNA is more attributed to UV-A radiation, which is present throughout the year, regardless of the weather. So, how can broccoli save our skin?
June 2018

Future Vision With OcuForce(TM) and OcuBlue(TM)

We tell our kids to reduce their device screen-time in hopes that they can hone their social skills and enjoy all the benefits of playing with other kids, but did you know that you are also helping them prevent irreversible damage to their eyes? Eye health deteriorates dramatically after we turn 40, with estimates of up to 1 in 3 people having some form of eye disease, but much of the damage began in our younger years. However, it is not too late to do something about it.
June 2018

Ocu Blue

Q: I know there is ongoing research into the impact of screen time on our health and I work in front of the computer for most of my day. I can feel the strain on my eyes. Is there anything I can do to minimize the negative effects?
June 2018

Let Your Kids Play Longer In The Sun. Safely.

Q: I’m looking for a good sunscreen that is safe yet effective to use on my toddlers and myself, but there are so many conflicting opinions in the online toddler groups. Can you shed some light on this? A: Prepping your children properly for a day in the sun is crucial for minimizing acute and chronic sun damage.
May 2018

Sun Protection for All Ages

Summertime means more time spent enjoying the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia, which is good for us in so many ways! However, while we enjoy the positive benefits of sunshine we must also protect ourselves from its negative effects. Not only can sun exposure cause painful sunburns, but it can hasten the aging process of the skin as well as contribute to the risk of skin cancer.