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Dr. Eric Viegas, ND

  1. Elderberry and The Immune System 
    01
    Sep

    Elderberry and The Immune System 

    The flowers and berries of the plant also have a diaphoretic action; helping the  immune system to mount an optimal fever response to efficiently kill pathogens that  are susceptible to the heat. At a microscopic level, elderberry promotes a healthy  immune response against viruses by increasing the number of inflammatory  molecules called cytokines. Cytokines can cause local and systemic inflammation; encouraging immune cells to  the area to help clear infection.   

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  2. Cannabis: How does it affect your health? What’s safe and what isn’t?
    01
    Sep

    Cannabis: How does it affect your health? What’s safe and what isn’t?

    There are conflicting reports of whether cannabis smoking harms male fertility. While studies looking at human and animal cannabis abuse confirm adverse effects to sperm health, data on moderate consumption is scarce. A recent study using Male fertility patients looked at subfertile men who had ever smoked cannabis. The results indicated that both past and present smokers of marijuana actually had higher levels of sperm concentrations compared to men who had never smoked. More research on marijuana use and fertility is still needed. 

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  3. Sports Nutrition for Teens: Important Vitamins and Minerals
    01
    Jul

    Sports Nutrition for Teens: Important Vitamins and Minerals

    Dietary and lifestyle concerns change as a person ages, but the core vitamins and minerals that can help with exercise performance will benefit a person of any age. Young people engaging in regular physical activity should ensure that they have a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals that will help their bodies perform and recover optimally.

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  4. Electrolytes: Why Your Body Needs Them
    01
    Jun

    Electrolytes: Why Your Body Needs Them

    Magnesium is one of my favourite minerals. Our bones readily take up magnesium at a high rate, so it’s no surprise that 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in your bones. Energy production, lactic acid removal, and immune function all rely on optimal magnesium intake. Athletes deficient in dietary magnesium intake may have a significant reduction in exercise performance when compared to their peers. Excessive alcohol intake, gastrointestinal problems, anorexia, and certain medications may predispose an individual to insufficient magnesium status.

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  5. SIBO: A Holistic Approach
    01
    Apr

    SIBO: A Holistic Approach

    The health of our microbiome dictates our overall health status. Human cells outnumbered by the number and variety of microbes in our bodies. Our microbiota, the friendly microbes in our gut, help to digest food, strengthen our immune system, defend our intestines from unfriendly bacteria, and heal our gut. The balance of our gut microbiota lies in a complex relationship between our genetics, diet, environment, and even our social circles.

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