Change how you think about probiotics

When you think about probiotics, do your thoughts meander to your digestive tract? It makes sense: your intestines offer up about 250 square metres of living space for bacteria to call home. But your ability to host bacteria extends far beyond your digestive tract. Important, too, is the impact that bacteria can have throughout the […]

The benefits of fermented herbs

Fermentation is the perfect example of how life and foods combine to create perfect harmony and balance. All traditional cultures across the world fermented their most prized foods including soy, cocoa, grapes, maca, baobab, turmeric, ginseng etc. It was in these forms that foods were used in both ceremony and in traditional medicine. Everything is […]

Achieving better bladder health

D-Mannose is a simple sugar that occurs naturally in some plants, including cranberries, blueberries, peaches and apples. D-Mannose exists in two forms, alpha and beta. The alpha form is mild and sweet, while the beta form is bitter. The natural manufacturing methods for D-Mannose result in a mixture of these two forms, yielding a product […]

Beauty begins beneath the surface

Collagen is the most common protein in the body. It is an essential structural element of the human body found mostly in the extracellular matrix of most connective tissues. Collagen comprises 80% of our dry skin weight – it is the major structural component of our skin and is what gives our skin elasticity and […]

Finding our way through menopause

As women, we have two significant hormonal shifts in our life: the first being teenage puberty and then the change of life leading into menopause.  Although these are certainly natural transitions in life, they can be extremely challenging when our bodies have difficulty adapting to fluctuating hormones.

If you’re a woman, there is no bypassing menopause. […]

Get to sleep sooner and stay asleep longer

Are you one of the many Canadians suffering from a lack of quality sleep? A recent Canadian study showed that 55% of women and 43% of men between the ages of 18-49 experience sleep issues.1 Melatonin is a supplement that can help you get to sleep sooner, and stay asleep longer for a better next day.

Melatonin […]

Getting fibre without FODMAPs

Fibre is an essential part of a healthy diet; however, the average adult in Canada consumes far less than the recommended 21–38 g of dietary fibre per day (1). A moderate intake of dietary fibre has been associated with maintaining overall health (1). This includes soluble fibre, which is fermented by beneficial bacteria in the […]

Give your hair, skin and nails a nutritional makeover

Health goals! Glowing, radiant skin, lustrous, full hair and strong, solid nails can be elusive sometimes. Over time, the aging process, lackluster nutrition and our environment and weather can take their toll on our skin, hair and nails. There are certain key nutrients we can seek out in our diet and supplements though that can […]

How to fight yeast overgrowth in the gut

Candida is a stubborn yeast that mostly affects women. Although yeast is a normal resident in the body, it can lead to various symptoms if it overgrows and spreads in the gut. Dysbiosis refers to an imbalance of microorganisms in the gut, which provides Candida with the opportunity to thrive.

Yeast is supposed to live in […]

Estrogen 411: When is too much toxic?

Like other hormones, estrogen is derived from cholesterol and is a chemical messenger that tells tissues how to behave. You can think of a hormone as a finger that flicks a light switch to make the room brighter. There are three common types of naturally produced estrogens you should know about. Estrone (E1) is only […]