What to Look for in a Children's Multivitamin

What to Look for in a Children's Multivitamin

What to Look for in a Children's Multivitamin As previously featured on onbetterliving.com If you want to set your child up for success, feeding them a balanced diet with a variety of whole foods is the key to helping them grow up healthy while supporting their development. But for many parents, it’s easier said than done. A study published in JAMA analyzing the diets of American children from 1999 to 2016 found that more than half (56%) had nutrit... Continue Reading

    The Basics of Good Health and Nutrition – Filling in the gaps

    The Basics of Good Health and Nutrition – Filling in the gaps

    The Basics of Good Health and Nutrition – Filling in the gaps There is a gap in our understanding of health that leads to gaps in our diets and nutrition. The first gap occurs between us and what we learn from school and parents, from government, from doctors, health experts, health magazines and podcasts. They may focus on the physiology of disease or the benefits of specific superfoods and special diets, but I believe there are other, often-forg... Continue Reading

    11 Important Health Benefits of Getting Enough Iron

    11 Important Health Benefits of Getting Enough Iron

    11 Important Health Benefits of Getting Enough Iron  As previously featured on onbetterliving.com Getting enough iron can provide us with a variety of benefits while helping to prevent health concerns like iron deficiency anemia, fatigue, weakness, and more.* If you’re concerned about your health, you most likely make sure you get enough of the big vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, C, D and calcium. But there's one nutrient in our diet we ofte... Continue Reading

      Herbal Medicine: Synergy in Action

      Herbal Medicine: Synergy in Action

      Herbal Medicine: Synergy in Action Flora’s Burnaby, British Columbia office is located a stone’s throw right across the street from the Fraser River Foreshore Park, a large park sprawling east-west along the Fraser River. The park is home to eagles, heron, and many other types of bird, coyote, beavers, squirrels, and sometimes even seals in the river. It’s also a great place for an herb walk in spring and summer. I’ve found of course the ubiquitous... Continue Reading

      This is What Happens to Your Body When You Take a Vitamin

      This is What Happens to Your Body When You Take a Vitamin

      This is What Happens to Your Body When You Take a Vitamin @onbetterliving Research shows that eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is the key to long-lasting health, better immunity, and a lower risk of chronic disease. But according to the 2015-2020, Dietary Guidelines for Americans report, most Americans simply aren’t consuming enough essential vitamins and minerals in the foods they eat. And a poor, junk food filled diet may not be the only thi... Continue Reading

        Family-friendly, Healthy Eating while Camping

        Family-friendly, Healthy Eating while Camping

        Family-friendly, healthy eating while camping Here are my favorite ways to eat healthy while car camping with kids. Below are the challenges and strategies, my shopping/packing list, and the recipes! Feeding your Family in the Great Outdoors My family will be road tripping and tent camping this summer. I’m excited to sleep by rivers in the woods, on grasslands near desert canyons, and in the rugged Rocky Mountains. We cannot predict if there will ... Continue Reading

        Summer Health and Wellness Tips for Your Pets

        Summer Health and Wellness Tips for Your Pets

        Summer Health and Wellness Tips for Your Pets Life is better with pets. That’s especially true in the summer. A trip to the lake is more fun with Rover splashing in the water or chasing a Frisbee. And a lazy afternoon on the deck is cozier with Tiger curled up in your lap. But hot weather can pose hidden dangers for pets. To protect your pooch or kitty, take a few precautions: Get a heartworm check. Strange but true. Heartworm, which can cause he... Continue Reading

        Why You're Not Getting The Right Balance Of Essential Fatty Acids

        Why You're Not Getting The Right Balance Of Essential Fatty Acids

        Why You're Not Getting The Right Balance Of Essential Fatty Acids After decades of fearing the fat inside our food, science has shown that it’s not fat that’s the problem, but the type of fat we’re eating. [1] In fact, our bodies need fat to survive. Not only is fat an energy source for our cells and brains, it also cushions and insulates our organs, helps us absorb vitamins including A, D, E and K, and has as a variety of other important benefits ... Continue Reading

        Probiotics and Seasonal Allergies

        Probiotics and Seasonal Allergies

        Probiotics and Seasonal Allergies Seasonal allergy symptoms occur when the body’s immune system sees some harmless pollen protein as a foreign invader and decides to go to DEFCON 1. These are typically from tiny, airborne types of pollen and not from insect pollinated plants. Trees, grasses, and weeds are some of the common culprits. Immune cells in our bodies get primed for certain pollen and then trigger mast cells to release histamine, which lea... Continue Reading

        Iron and Athletes

        Iron and Athletes

        Iron and Athletes Iron deficiency is an all-too-common nutrient deficiency that is more likely to affect certain groups and populations than others. Athletes of all types - professional, amateur and “weekend warrior” enthusiasts – often have more challenges in maintaining healthy iron levels than other groups of people. Low iron can result in fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating and poor circulation. As you can imagine, none of t... Continue Reading

        9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

        9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

        9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health We can’t see or feel it. But inside our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) lives an interconnected system of microorganisms totaling approximately 100 trillion cells housing up to 2000 types of bacteria [1]. What’s incredible is that this invisible colony  living inside our guts, which also includes fungi (yeast) and viruses too, collectively weighs about the same as our brain at approximately 3 pounds.  Bac... Continue Reading

          Tips for Weekend Warriors

          Tips for Weekend Warriors

          Tips for Weekend Warriors Hey, weekend warriors, summer’s here! Time to hit the pool, hiking trail, or bike lane. Or maybe all three if you’re feeling ambitious. (After all, you’ve got three months.) After you’ve splurged on some new gear — go ahead, we’re betting those ratty old hiking boots are at the end of their useful life — what else do you need to reach your personal best?  We’ve got suggestions. (We’re helpful like that.) These tips are val... Continue Reading