1. Postpartum Collagen Energy Bites

    Postpartum Collagen Energy Bites

    Collagen is the main protein in the vaginal canal and is a thin lining that separates the internal and external surfaces of the vagina. Collagen plays a role in supporting vaginal elasticity, and strengthening the pelvic floor and reproductive tract, which is important for birth. Collagen is not only needed during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks, but should be supplemented post pregnancy to replenish lost collagen during birth.

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  2. Collagen Supportive Measures for Healthy Skin

    Collagen Supportive Measures for Healthy Skin

    Healthy beautiful skin, gleaning hair and strong nails are a checklist for most. The common denominator within this check list is that they all require in part collagen as one of the main building blocks alongside keratin and elastin. 
    Collagen is abundant throughout our body and its main function is to support the structure and firmness of our dermis which in turn supports our epidermis. This resilient triple helix structure is a building block for our body’s internal framework reaching from our skin, internal organs and cartilage. 

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  3. Natural Sun Care Solutions - Dr. Naomi Ha, ND

    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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  4. Treating Eczema

    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 stands out as showing

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  5. As the Merck Manual Says

    As the Merck Manual Says

    As The Merck Manual says “Dermatitis (Eczema) is superficial skin inflammation, characterized by epidermal edema and inflammation and clinically by vesicles (when acute), poorly marginated redness, edema, oozing, crusting, scaling, usually pruritus (itchiness), and lichenification causing by scratching or rubbing. Eczema is a group of medical conditions: Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Stasis Dermatitis, Neurodermatitis, etc... 

    It is estimated that more than 5million people in Canada live with eczema. The cause of eczema is a combination of genetic (hereditary-allergy; new research on Filaggrin Null Genotype*) and environmental factors (humidity, temperature, exposure to toxins, every day stress, food sensitivity, Leaky Gut syndrome, hormonal changes in women, etc.)

    Eczema has a severe impact on a person lifestyle causing

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  6. What are the benefits of exposure to sunlight?

    Sunlight and  Cancer
    The connection between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role. Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60% drop in the risk

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  7. Winter Skincare

    Winter Skincare

    This winter with the freezing temperatures, low humidity, and the inside furnace blasting dry air, you may have found your skin has become very dry, flaky, and/or itchy. Everyone needs to protect their skin. It is our largest and most porous organ and paying attention to what we soak it in or smear on our bodies is very important. Why? There is evidence of the skin’s ability to spread what it touches throughout our entire body and bloodstream. In an attempt to clear up dry skin, we are slathering our bodies with the latest anti-aging moisturizer creams that sometimes contain harmful toxins and further aggravating pre-existing skin conditions. They may help improve the look and feel of your skin, however, in order to improve our complexion, we will need to decrease the free radicals from occurring. Many skin care products on the market contain parabens and because the layers of the skin act like a strainer

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  8. Healthy Skin Routine

    Healthy Skin Routine

    Simple and gentle tips to improve and maintain your skin health. A healthy, safe skin-care routine for you should revolve around one word: gentle. There are many skincare products made which contain irritating ingredients that are not good for your skin, but there are many alternatives!

    We sometimes (kids especially) like to explore new things, and by doing so, unfortunately we become more prone to rashes, bruises and skin infections. Sometimes a poisonous plant or a bug bite can cause irritation and itchiness. Bruises might be very common with your child if he/she has an active lifestyle. Act immediately to avoid its severity in order to eliminate chances of further infection. Nature's Aid is a great first aid and used as a multipurpose for pretty much everything. It contains only 5 ingredients: aloe vera, witch hazel,

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  9. A Natural Approach to Sun Care

    A Natural Approach to Sun Care

    There has been a lot of confusion about how much sun is enough and what – if anything should be put on our skin to protect ourselves. What does remain true is that we have been smearing ourselves in many chemicals in order to protect ourselves from exposure to the sun’s rays. The long term effects of this have not yet been tested.

    What we do know is that Vitamin D is very important to our health. Did you know that our bodies convert the sun’s rays into 10,000 international units of Vitamin D in just 20 minutes? Vitamin D is essential for good health because it protects us from cardiovascular disease and cancers. Keep in mind, overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can have negative results of premature agi

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  10. Body care ingredient labeling laws

    If you’re looking for a clean, safe, natural body care products the first thing you probably do is flip over the bottle and read the label. If you’ve always gone by the rule of thumb that if an ingredient has too many letters—or if you can’t pronounce it—then the ingredient is likely a nasty chemical, it might be time to change your approach to label reading strategy.

    Starting November 16, 2006, labels must now conform to the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI.) INCI was developed over a period of more than 30 years and is the basis of the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook.
    The INCI system is based on Latin and is both multinational and multilingual. INCI is t

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