Digestion and fermented foods

“For the general person of good health – looking to get healthier – fermented foods are highly recommended.” Amy Florian is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) who specializes in food and dietary issues. Much research has indicated that our immune and mental health are partly governed by the state of our gut and digestive tract. Florian...

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The coconut oil multiverse

Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and moisturizing. Having become as common-place around the house as any fork or spatula, it’s gratifying to know the possible uses are many. Primarily composed of nourishing fatty acids – specifically lauric acid – accounting for about 50 per cent of the fats in the compound – virgin coconut oil...

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Lymph drainage, digestion and dry brushing

 “If you lightly graze your skin, or brush it…. this is a gentle enough touch to encourage your lymphatic system to move fluids along under the skin, preforming drainage. The system responds very well to a light, massaging touch.” Amy Florian is a daturopathic doctor (ND), based in Kentville. She refers to ‘Dry Brushing’ –...

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Detox with a simple trip to the sauna

Sauna bathing, a tradition in Finland for many years, is commonly thought of as a relaxing way to ease joint and muscle discomfort. Recently, there is much emerging evidence to suggest the activity has a plethora of benefits beyond a simple time-out in a stressful day. The therapy shows a reduced risk of developing vascular...

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Benefits and balance of eating alkaline

“Some people think that having a body PH level that is slightly more acidic makes you more prone to diseases, but everyone’s blood really is a similar PH level – and it’s not going to be influenced that much by what we are eating.” When it comes to healthy eating Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Amy Florian,...

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Detoxify and relax with the raindrop technique

 “It’s as gentle as acupuncture; but as effective as a deep tissue massage. I left feeling blissful and slept like a baby.” This individual is referring to Raindrop Technique Therapy (RT) – an increasing popular alternative to a full body massage – using medicinal essential oils. RT has been shown to benefit clients who suffer...

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What is kombucha?

Kombucha tea is a fizzy, refreshing and slightly alcoholic beverage made by fermenting tea with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast – known as a SCOBY. While kombucha has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years – as a healthy probiotic drink – the process of brewing kombucha is actually quite old –...

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Nature therapy and forest bathing

“In Japan, they have dedicated ‘shinrin-yoku’ parks – which means to ‘bathe in the atmosphere of the forest’. This is their proactive medicine to keep themselves healthy, mentally and physically. In Europe, they are protecting parks from logging – devoting them to forest therapy. I think it’s only a matter of time before Canada will...

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Holistic homes and essential oils

“Many essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and effective against grease or mold. What’s more, they will not pollute your home, the water supply, or the environment.” Rachel Raba is an aromatherapist, in Washington DC. For years she has been using essential oils to create a healthy-home lifestyle. This includes alternatives for cleaning and personal...

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Aromatherapy, essential oils and wellness

“Many people assume that aromatherapy is about diffusing essential oils – instead of using air fresheners – to make your home smell nice, or encourage relaxation…. but that doesn’t even scratch the surface.” Rachel Raba is a certified aromatherapist, based in Washington, DC. She says many people are looking for natural ways to reduce anxious...

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