Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues in the body. Soft tissue is found throughout our body, and is comprised of muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, fat tissue, joints and blood vessels. Massage techniques are applied with the hands, elbows, forearms, and sometimes devices.
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.
Fats that are solid at room temperature can give food a crumbly texture. They are called shorteners as they break down gluten into shorter strands hindering the formation of gluten (which would make the dough more stretchy) by preventing the flour from absorbing water.
Leaky gut is often at the root of so many other common digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis, as well as more less severe issues like constipation, gas and bloating. In addition to contributing to gut issues, LGS can also manifest outside the gut, causing problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and a more recent association, autoimmune disease.
There are two kinds of cholesterol in the blood: Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), “the bad” one and High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), "the good" one. Having a healthy diet can help in controlling cholesterol levels. A nutritionally balanced diet with a low intake of trans saturated fats, and incorporation of food sources rich in soluble fibre, and plant sterols can decrease LDL levels.
It’s important. Every time you eat out or buy premade garbage, you outsource your food choices. You relinquish your power and give it to someone else. When you make your food at home, you have total control of what goes in your body, and that is a powerful thing. People tend to forget that. So please, get in the kitchen and start cooking!
The word ‘keto diet’ trended as one of the top ten highest health terms searched on google and keto food products have been popping up almost quicker than we can try them. Gaining popularity alongside the ketogenic diet are the many different low-carb high-fat diets, otherwise known as LCHF diets.
Used unwisely, many of those detoxification processes available in the market are doing more damage to the body than benefits and long term of use is the proof that if it was working then you will not use it again and again. Cleansing is good, but obviously a change in the lifestyle is a must.
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.
Finding the right healthcare practitioner can be challenging. It is hard enough to find a medical doctor these days who is even accepting new patients! Aside from someone local, whose hours work with your schedule, and who you don’t have to wait two years to see, one of the most important things in your journey towards better health is to have a practitioner who you can trust and who supports you. Whether they are a medical doctor, specialist, naturopathic doctor, or another member of your healthcare team, I believe the following are the most important things to look for when finding yourself a healthcare practitioner.