Could you be eating plastic? What to do about microplastics
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by Laurence Annez
1w ago
Plastic is literally everywhere; the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use on our bodies, and it's even in our blood. As plastic production, pollution, and consumption continues to rise annually, microplastics are a whole new phenomenon that are infiltrating every aspect of our lives. Microplastics have been found in lung tissue, blood samples, and even the placenta of unborn babies while higher exposures have been observed among children due to possible increased exposure to environmental toxins. Studies suggest that the average Amer ..read more
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Find relief from bloating with these 5 nutritionist approved tips
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by Laurence Annez
2w ago
Bloating has become so normalized these days that it can almost seem normal to need to unbutton your pants after a meal. Though bloating may be common, it's an indicator of certain imbalances going on internally. Our bellies can't use words to communicate with us so they use symptoms instead like bloating, burping, constipation, and gas to indicate that something needs to change around here. Unfortunately more often than not we reach for the quick fix to provide immediate symptom relief yet we don't get to the root of the matter. When we continually ignore the signs and sym ..read more
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Tongue scraping, what is it and should you do it?
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by Laurence Annez
2w ago
While it may sound out there, tongue scraping is an everyday wellness ritual that many swear by. Tongue scraping is a practice originating from ancient Ayurvedic medicine that involves cleaning the coating of the tongue by scraping with a round tool made from plastic, copper or stainless steel.  This allows for small particles such as bacteria, toxins, and even tiny pieces of food debris to be removed from the tongue's surface. Did you know that the mouth's microbiome is home to over 600 species of microbes (1)? Runner up to the gut, it represents the se ..read more
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6 ways to cleanse your liver after the holidays
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by Laurence Annez
3w ago
Many healthy habits tend to dissolve during the holidays when treats, sweets, and drinks take center stage. These festivities can leave you feeling a little worn out by the time the new year rolls around and ready to make some new resolutions. By January 1st, many people are already thinking of new habits they want to adopt to reset their health and one of the best things you can do is to give your liver some extra care. The liver can get hit particularly hard when we decide to indulge in alcohol, sugar, and heavy dishes, characteristic of the holiday season. As the body's ..read more
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7 new year health resolutions that you will actually keep this year
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by Laurence Annez
1M ago
Resolution season is approaching fast, and with it, busy gyms and new year diets, but for how long will it last?  Not so long, according to research. It's said that up to 77% of people who set new years resolutions give them up within the very first month (1). The end of the year is a time for reflection of the year that has passed and a fresh start and blank slate to refocus on getting back on track with your personal health goals. Perhaps you would like to start eating healthy, committing to exercising regularly, or prioritizing sleep. While these are all g ..read more
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Do the holidays throw your healthy habits out the window? Here are 7 ways to stay on track!
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by Laurence Annez
1M ago
Once the holidays arrive, one of the first things that may fly out the window are healthy habits.  It can be easy to neglect our own health and overdo it with the treats and sweets, and many of us will feel the impacts of our choices made during the holiday season come January. Though the holidays can bring about changes in routine, this doesn't mean we have to completely neglect our healthy habits or sabotage our goals. In fact, by following some foundational principles and making small efforts here and there you can enjoy the holiday season while also staying healthy and ..read more
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Healthy Stocking Stuffer Ideas this Christmas
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by Laurence Annez
1M ago
The tradition of Christmas stockings is taking a little bit of a healthy twist this year with alternatives to the typical high sugar treats that you may find by the chimney. The holidays can make it particularly challenging to stick to healthy routines so today we are sharing some healthy stocking stuffer ideas that your body and tastebuds will thank you for, we promise. Instead of starting Christmas morning with a sugar high and a crash soon after, you'll be reassured to find that there are many healthier alternatives to your favourite snacks, sweets, and treats that are just as sat ..read more
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Do you struggle with regularity during holiday travel? How to keep things moving naturally
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by Laurence Annez
1M ago
Traveling home or to exotic destinations for the holidays can be both a source of excitement, but also stress, and this disruption can often affect the bowels. Constipation is very common, affecting approximately 63 million people in North America alone (1). Though constipation is a common symptom among the general population, times of travel can trigger new symptoms or even cause temporary issues with gut health (2). Acute constipation can be triggered by lifestyle changes associated with travel such as lack of movement, dietary shifts, dehydration, changes in ro ..read more
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4 herbal remedies to help you get through the stress of the holidays
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by Laurence Annez
1M ago
During a time that advertises joy and cheer, stress often takes front seat as the leading character running the show during the holiday season. The holidays can be particularly demanding and a cause of stress on many levels due to factors such as increased engagements, gift shopping, financial worries, travel, family gatherings, poor dietary choices, and lack of sleep.  When we can't eliminate or reduce the stress in our lives we can add on extra support in order for our bodies to better cope with the temporary stressor. Our dietary and lifestyle choices should always ..read more
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6 ways to decrease physical and emotional exhaustion
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by Laurence Annez
1M ago
The effects of stress are far reaching and universal, affecting people of all ages around the world. In fact, stress is regarded as a leading contributing factor in the development of chronic diseases (1). We can't get rid of stress however it's how we manage it and support ourselves when we do experience stress that makes all the difference. The problem isn't that we experience stress, our bodies are actually built to handle stress quite brilliantly however it isn't meant to be experienced chronically and without recovery periods. So often nowadays we are living ..read more
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