Jet lag is a constant struggle for those who find themselves travelling frequently for work, (or fun). There are many ways to help your body adapt to the new time zone, whether it be 1 hour or 12+ hours. Our body's circadian rhythm is the sleep-wake cycle that is controlled by various systems centralizing in our brain (the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the hypothalamus). We feel jet lag when the internal cycle does not match up with the external environmental cues, (dark or lig
I love the anti-inflammatory diet, and for those of you with whom I've worked, you'll be familiar with it. Healing the gut and calming inflammation in the body are part of treatment in naturopathic medicine. The anti-inflammatory plan requests that you avoid gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, and corn for a prescribed amount of time, (these are the foods considered to be the Big 5, or the most common food sensitivities in North America). There are other foods included in the anti-infl
Hypothyroid, and subclinical hypothyroid are increasingly common after 35 years of age, particularly thyroid autoimmunity. Selenium is a mineral that impacts thyroid health positively. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck, producing thyroid hormone which supports metabolism and general cellular function. The thyroid has many functions including helping to maintain heart rate, menstrual cycles, body weight, and breathing. Your thyroid aids in
Looking for ideas to help manage perimenopause? How do you know it's perimenopause? What defines perimenopause? I wrote an article in alive magazine to answer these questions. Have a read...it might be helpful.
Meatless Sundays...not really an every-week occurance in our house. I was gifted a cookbook on cooking and baking with whole grains, and was inspired to add quinoa to the black bean chili. For most meals, I prefer easy, delicious, and nutritious. Quinoa is a complete protein, which I love. Black beans add fibre and more amino acids (protein building blocks), and the veggies in this recipe are loaded with beta carotene, vitamin C, and a few B vitamins. Black Bean Quinoa Chili