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Green MCT Smoothie

November 14, 2019
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I love the effect healthy fats have in a smoothie, to help keep my blood sugar levels even and my hunger at bay. Here’s a no-fail recipe to try: Dana Green Remedios, RHN, RNCP, NNCP, is a Vancouver-based educator and coach. She is a regular contributor to the FloraHealthy blog and can answer your questions in English, French, and Spanish as a Product Information Specialist at Flora.

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Fitness Health

Bone Health & Key Steps to Preventing Athletic Injury

November 6, 2019
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During the 2019 season, approaching the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, my good friend Dr. Greg Grosicki of Armstrong State University worked with my coaches and me to track improvements in my body composition.  We decided to look at several parameters with the DEXA scanner due to concerns with my bone mineral density. The primary risk of insufficient bone density was stress fracture which would result in a long rest period in the middle of my training heading into…

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Family Health

Fatherhood & the Challenge of Time

October 24, 2019
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I’ve looked forward to being a dad for a long time. Even while I was still in college, I remember someone telling me I have a father spirit. That stuck with me, hoping that one day I would get to be a dad. I studied developmental psychology because I have always enjoyed understanding how a person grows and matures. My summer jobs were always in daycares because I like mentoring. Perfect transition into fatherhood, right? Not really! I realize now…

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Health Recipes

The #1 Way to Use Manuka Honey to Soothe a Sore Throat

October 21, 2019
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Growing up, my mother would make me a comforting mug of “honey lemon” any time I got sick. This warm homemade brew often included ginger, sometimes echinacea tea, but it always had equal parts honey and lemon juice. It soothed my sore throat and cough wonderfully. Honey has been used in this way forever, and science is catching up to what mom has always known. Various types of honey have been touted as natural cough suppressants and have even been…

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Staying Healthy Year-Round with Probiotics

October 1, 2019
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How Do We Know We Are Healthy? Truly good health is more than the absence of disease. Some signs of good human health include: Resilient respiratory system; few days sick with coughs, colds, or viruses [1],[2] Good cognition and verbal fluency [3] Getting good, satisfying sleep [4] Well-formed, regular, comfortable elimination [5] Moderate stress response and good neuroplasticity [6] Ability to exercise with only minor wear and tear [7] Having fresh breath and a healthy mouth [8] Relatively little inflammation…

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Health Recipes

Cleansing Kuku

September 30, 2019
cleansing kuku

What is Cleansing Kuku? Imagine a quick-cooking frittata with bushels of fresh herbs bound together with just enough egg. It’s based on Kuku Sabzi, or “herb kuku,” customarily served at the festivities of the Iranian new year to celebrate spring, a traditional time for cleansing. If you’re looking for a cleanse-appropriate recipe, it would be “kuku” not to try it! It is packed with detoxification-supporting foods: alliums like onion and leek, fresh eggs, and green herbs like parsley and cilantro….

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Featured Health

“Fall” into a New Cleanse Routine

September 24, 2019
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Summer 2019, at least in the northern hemisphere, is in the rearview mirror and autumn leaves are beginning to fall. As the seasons change, now is the perfect time for a cleanse and digestive tune-up before heading into the season of food temptation: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In early fall, our brain begins to signal some hormonal changes. Insulin resistance increases slightly. Our bodies begin to store a little more fat. Millions of years of mammalian evolution are behind this…

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Get a Fresh Start This Fall with a Gentle Cleanse

September 18, 2019
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The change in seasons often inspires us to make a new start. What better way to start fresh than to do a cleanse? Some people are turned off by the idea of cleansing because it seems too extreme or harsh on the body. Plus, no one is a fan of spending hours chained to the bathroom. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a gentle way to detoxify your system in one week. Let’s be clear what a…

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Health Seasonal

Air Quality and Respiratory Health Tips for Summertime

August 20, 2019
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The western states and provinces of North America have seen a large increase in forest fires over the past several years. The Pacific Northwest, California coast, and BC Interior have seen a five-fold increase in forest fires, lasting five times as long and burning through six times as much land area since the 1980s. These fires cause tens of billions of dollars in combined damage and can affect people for hundreds to thousands of miles downwind. About half of these…

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Managing Histamines: A Follow-Up

August 19, 2019
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Worsening allergies? Blame climate change! Then, choose your probiotic. In my last blog on histamines, I introduced four types of histamine, their functions, and nutrients to manage Histamine Intolerance (HIT). I mentioned herbs to stabilize mast cells and how to be careful with probiotics, saying that studies, underway at the time, might offer more insight in the future. As artist Paik Nam June is credited with saying, “the future is now”. What are histamines? Histamines are chemicals your immune system…

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