Mind if I go on a little rant? There is a lot of information out there about what to eat or what not to eat and it can get quite complicated and confusing, right?! If you look for it you can find a reason not to eat almost any food. And some of those reasons might be valid and helpful for some people; and each to his own. But what I dislike more than any single food is adulterated food. All the chemicals and man-made substances that are added to our food these days... What do you think our bodies do with them?! Our bodies can’t use these substances for anything! They do nothing but disrupt the natural processes of our bodies and cause health problems. So if there is anything you stay away from, don’t worry so much about real food - if it has come from the earth then our bodies are likely able to process it. But if it’s a food colouring or preservative or chemical compound or processed food or liquid sugar/high fructose corn syrup, the opposite is true. We should do our best to keep these out of our bodies because they do not belong there!!
Good job on the updated food guide Health Minister Petitpas-Taylor! Proud that it reflects many of the recommendations offered up by Dr. Lowell Greib, ND; Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND and Dr. Andrew Krause, ND. 🤛
#canadafoodguide2019 #naturopathicmedicine #nutrition#eatwelllivewell #foodismedicine
It is everywhere and so attractive, especially to kids, which is apparent as it can be found in almost every seasonal or birthday treat option made for kids. But it is not just found in treats. You might find it in your yogurt, cereal, sauces, condiments, hot dogs, canned fruit, or even your choice hot specialty beverage!
I wish I had good news and that it was harmless… but here’s what the studies say, plus a few fun facts:
1. Food dyes are made from petroleum, among other strange ingredients.
2. Food dyes have been found to be carcinogenic, genotoxic, and may even affect activity and attention in children.
3. There is ample research available at anyone’s fingertips stating that, for example, “The inadequacy of much of the testing and evidence for carcinogenicity, genotoxicity, and hypersensitivity, coupled with the fact that dyes do not improve the safety or nutritional quality of foods, indicates that all of the currently used dyes should be removed from the food supply and replaced, if at all, by safer colorings. It is recommended that regulatory authorities require better and independent toxicity testing, exercise greater caution regarding continued approval of these dyes, and in the future approve only well-tested, safe dyes.” (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23026007/)
4. Even so, food dyes continue to be permitted for use in Canada (you can find a list on Canada’s food inspection agency website.)
5. There are ways to make your own food colouring at home that are much less dangerous. For example, purple can be made from blueberries, green from spinach, pink from beets, yellow from turmeric or saffron, and blue from red cabbage and baking soda.
Make sure to read labels to avoid these ingredients that shouldn't be in there in the first place!
And if you're a parent, can we all agree to keep this stuff out of our shared treats at school?
You probably know that zinc is important for your immune system, but did you also know that it can affect your taste and sense of smell? Zinc supplementation has been shown to benefit people with taste disorders where zinc deficiency is the main cause. Zinc deficiency is also associated with things such as hair loss, anorexia, male infertility, depression, certain skin conditions, diarrhea, and age-related macular degeneration. It's important for growth and development, wound healing, and so much more.
What foods have zinc in them?
Things like beef, chicken, crab, beans, cashews, wild rice, yogurt, and chickpeas are all good sources.
The minimum supplement dose would be 2mg/day. However age, certain conditions, and medications can all change the dosage requirements, so always talk to your ND about the right dose for you. It is possible to take too much which can result in toxicity symptoms, copper and iron interactions in the body and neurological complications so caution is warranted.
There's an art to it. Many other countries seem to have it figured out. It means we need to slow down. To let be. To be available and conscious. To make space for other things to spontaneously fill our schedule. Things that are good. Try it this week. The dishes can wait.
#dinnertable #linger #nottoobusy #nodistractions #sit #breathe #justbe
Have you heard of an armpit detox? Have you tried one? I would love to hear your experiences! It's a little scary to learn about some of the ingredients in regular deodorant products, but switching to a natural deodorant has been a struggle for many people. Why? Possibly due to a few reasons: the accumulation of deodorant ingredients in that area, a lack of perspiration which would have been helping to clean out the area, and an altered bacterial presence -with the stinky bugs being the ones that have taken over.
So how do we make the underarm area pleasant once again? Here are 3 steps to restoring a healthy armpit environment:
1. Before your evening shower, use an armpit detox - the same as you would a face mask (1tbsp bentonite clay + 1tsp apple cider vinegar + 1-2tsp water mixed in glass bowl with wooden spoon to make a thick cream) - spread on armpits and sit back and relax for 5-20mins.
2. After your evening shower, open up a capsule of probiotics and apply the powder to your underarms.
3. In the morning, use something like Dr. Mist deodorant spray which will kill off the unwanted bad bugs in the area.
After a week or two, you may notice a better transition to more natural deodorant products and less irritation and smell. Let me know how it goes!
Pediatricians warn against packaged foods, processed foods, and food additives. Babies and kids are at higher risk of health concerns from these chemical exposures and limitation is strongly encouraged.
This article gives great advice about where these chemicals can be founds and how to best avoid them:
"Pediatricians sound alarm about food additives and children's health." By A. Pawlowsky, July 31, 2018.
You have probably heard something in the news by now about measles in BC. And while it can sound like we need to beware of something equivalent to the bubonic plague, it need not be so worrisome.
Here's what you need to know:
What can you do?
Keep your child’s immune system robust.
Let them play in the dirt and the sun. Invest in their health with good nutrition and teach them good hygiene. Increase immune boosting foods such as adding in some medicinal mushrooms or dried sliced astragalus into soups. Don’t forget about fermented foods and fish – or supplement with appropriate probiotics and fish oils. Supplement Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Zinc. Get specific individualized health care advice for you and your family from your Naturopathic Doctor. If your child does come down with a viral infection such as measles, know that there are plenty of anti-viral and soothing and supportive therapies that your ND can help you with.