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  1. Wakunaga - by Sanjiv Jagota
    05
    Sep

    Wakunaga - by Sanjiv Jagota

    This year Mona and I had the opportunity to visit Wakanuka of Japan, leaders in Aged Garlic Extract Research, operating under the brand Kyolic. They are truly a seed to shelf, company with quality and efficacy being their main priority.  

    As many of you know Nature’s Source has always been committed to delivering evidenced based products. With over 750 scientific studies and counting, it’s no surprise that Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is the number one choice for consumers looking to promote immune and heart function, including healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and circulation* 

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  2. Five Benefits of Intermittent Fasting  - Dr. Naomi Ha, N.D
    04
    Sep

    Five Benefits of Intermittent Fasting - Dr. Naomi Ha, N.D

    While health trends have come and gone, fasting has withstood the test of time and continues to be an effective way to optimize health. Intermittent fasting (IF), in particular, has become one of the most popular ways to incorporate fasting into our busy schedules, due to the customizability that it offers. IF can be implemented in a few different ways: 

    • Alternate day fasting: You are consuming either restricted or unrestricted calories every other day, alternating with a full day fast. 

    • Whole day fasting: You are doing a full 24-hour fast for a single day or several consecutive days. 

    • Time restricted feeding: You are limiting your window of food consumption during the day to a short period of time, 8 hours or less. 

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  3. Intermittent Fasting - When and What to Eat! - Natasha Short R.H.N
    09
    Aug

    Intermittent Fasting - When and What to Eat! - Natasha Short R.H.N

    Intermittent Fasting. This is a popular phrase lately. Is it the next health trend or is it truly an improved way of eating? What if a certain way of fasting could lead to weight loss, decreased disease, better mental clarity or even increased longevity? Enter Intermittent Fasting. It is not a diet. It is not starvation. It is not 3 meals a day with snacks in between. It is not a reason to eat junk food when you do eat, ok maybe a little. Fasting has been practised for centuries in many cultures for many reasons; food shortages or as part of spiritual practices and beliefs.
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  4. Metabolic Syndrome - by Heather Caruso
    08
    Aug

    Metabolic Syndrome - by Heather Caruso

    Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) is a cluster of physiological symptoms that contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease. Some signs of MetSyn are a large waistline, obesity, high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and high fasting glucose. Some other symptoms that may be associated with MetSyn are gout and kidney stones.

    Risk factors for MetSyn include a high glycemic diet, a sedentary lifestyle and a family history of diabetes. Controllable factors are diet and lifestyle. There are many ways to support a person with a familial tendency to MetSyn naturally. Health reform should always start in the kitchen. Foods that are linked to MetSyn are fast and junk food, high carbohydrate and glycemic foods. Foods that are high glycemic are white flour, white rice, white sugar, found in pasta, bread, crackers, cookies, dates etc. High carbohydrate foods are starchy root vegetables, grains (even whole grains), oats, rice,

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  5. Natural Sun Care Solutions - Dr. Naomi Ha, ND
    07
    May

    Natural Sun Care Solutions - Dr. Naomi Ha, ND

    Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a suncare refresher. Excessive skin exposure to the sun can result in many damaging effects, and dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. This is because the UV rays that are emitted from the sun have the ability to cause DNA damage, which then promotes aberrant cell replication, resulting in a cancerous disease that can oftentimes be difficult to treat. Every single year, 80,000 Canadians are diagnosed with skin cancer, so it’s a huge problem. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of sun damage that are easy to implement.
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  6. Why You Need to See a Naturopathic Doctor Before Purchasing That Supplement
    04
    May

    Why You Need to See a Naturopathic Doctor Before Purchasing That Supplement

    Dr. Jeff Appelmann, BSc, ND

         When you walk into a ‘health food store’ you can be pretty sure to find something that is beneficial to take for what ails you - anything from a cold to cancer. Is there an advantage to seeing a naturopathic doctor prior to purchasing that vitamin or herb? You bet there is!

         Consider this - you are an individual. You may have more than one health concern happening at the same time. You may also be on prescription medication. Walking into a store and purchasing something to address one symptom might help, but there might be something better suited to your specific needs. You want what you take to be effective for your concern. And sometimes what’s best for someone else is not going to work for you

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  7. Innovative Treatment of Seasonal Allergies
    04
    May

    Innovative Treatment of Seasonal Allergies

         The springtime misery of seasonal allergies – allergic rhinitis or hay fever - affects about 20% of the population. Pollen from grass, trees and flowers provide the insult. It’s common for people to recommend the use of various antihistamines to reduce the common symptoms of sneezing, coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itching in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. However, anti-histamines do not influence the underlying allergic mechanism but merely blocks its expression. Steroid based nasal inhalers can only be safely used for short periods.

         A broader range of treatment options to draw upon would be desirable. What other arrows are in the treatment quiver? 

         In Europe, butterbur root

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  8. Natural Remedies for Estrogen Dominance

         The basic issue of estrogen dominance is that estrogen levels are too high relative to other hormones, specifically progesterone. Usually it occurs when estrogen levels go too high, though it can also happen when progesterone levels fall too low. It can occur at any time during life – during reproductive years, perimenopause, or even menopause. Many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance coincide with symptoms of other health issues. Common symptoms include:

    • Irregular Cycles: cycles are longer or shorter than normal, come sporadically, or you don’t have a period at all.
    • Menstrual Issues: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids, severe menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms like swollen breasts, water retention, and
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  9. Treating Eczema
    16
    Mar

    Treating Eczema

         There is no consensus on what the cause is for of the collection of symptoms referred to as eczema. There is no lack of speculation though. It’s either ‘genetic’, a nutritional deficiency, due to ‘food allergies’ or some variant of immunologic disorder. Or, all of the above plus a lot more.

         The symptoms are real though, causing a great deal of distress. Childhood eczema is quite common, though the symptoms often reemerge later in life.

         While there are various tests that might be employed, the Mayo Clinic states flatly “No lab test is needed to identify atopic dermatitis (eczema)”. Depending on the point of view, the range of treatments is very extensive. Some though stand out as showing some consistent efficacy and enjoying the favour of many clinicians.

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  10. Making Sense of Protein Ranking Scales

         The quality of a protein is determined by its essential amino acid composition and the digestibility and bioavailability of its amino acids, according to the Food and Agriculture Association and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO). Several metrics have been developed in an effort to condense these qualitative terms into easy-to-understand scores:

    • Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER)
    • Biological Value (BV)
    • Net Protein Utilization (NPU)
    • Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS)


    Protein Ranking Scales

         Protein Efficiency Ratio determines protein quality by measuring animal growth. In this rating, rats are

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