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Why Is Turmeric Good For You?

Have you noticed a distinct yellow hue popping up in many smoothies and drinks lately? This gorgeous colour is coming from one place – the incredibly healthy and incredibly trendy food, turmeric. By now many of you may be wondering: Why is turmeric good for you? Turmeric may seem new and hot, but it’s actually...

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux or Heartburn

While many people experience heartburn either occasionally or frequently (the name is appropriate as it generally feels literally like a burning sensation behind the breastbone where the heart resides), acid reflux can actually be a relatively complex health concern. This is because acid reflux may be very mild and minor – an inconvenience once in...

Superfoods You Need to Introduce Into Your Diet

Have you ever had foodie envy? Have you looked over at your friend’s or colleague’s incredible lunch and thought “I don’t even know what most of those foods are”? That’s okay, we’ve all been there. Your foodie friend and your health food junkie colleague all started exactly where you are – wanting to know more....

Best Herbs to Boost Your Energy

Sometimes the demands of a busy life require immediate and additionial support to get through the week. Prevention is always the best medicine – using daily tonics and adaptogens to build ones reserves is a good approach

5 benefits of self care

By now we’re all familiar with the wellness industry's favourite term; self-care. And while, yes, some may say it’s become cliche, there are many proven benefits to practicing self-care.

A gut feeling: The gut-brain connection

Your gut garden Your gut microbiome is like a lush tropical garden home to trillions of microbes, comprising approximately 1800 different phyla and 40,000 bacterial species—this is 1.3 to 10 times the number of human cells! The various species of bacteria, your microbiota, interact with the rest of your body and affect how your body...

Brainy elixirs: a flight of afternoon energy

It’s that time of day again: the mid-afternoon crash. Clients often ask if I’ve ever had a client who felt like they hit a wall at 3 or 4 pm. They feel like they’re alone but I see it all the time.These are our blood sugar roller coaster clients, as I lovingly call them. They’ve had a stressful, busy morning, forgot to eat lunch (or had something less than stellar in a rush) and are now crashing.

Brainy breakfast shake – Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Blueberries and basil go together like “mmmm” were the words of Tatianna, our Neuro-Chef who created this recipe, as she made two emphatic thumbs up signs. I chuckled, then took a sip from the mason jar glass she handed me—and went “mmmmmmm!!!!”

Supplement confusion: Which one is right for you: Herbal Tincture, Phytocap or Ferment?

Herbal medicine comes in many forms; depending upon the unique delivery system of each product, you will receive more benefit from the contents contained within. How do you choose the most ideal product for your specific needs? When do you choose a tincture versus a liquid phytocap versus a herbal ferment? Here are some considerations to assist with the decision making process.

Which is better for inflammation: Turmeric or Curcumin?

Walk into any health food store and you will likely find a ton of turmeric and curcumin products lining the shelves. While many know these products are related, there is a still a great deal of confusion over which one is best used to reduce inflammation.

Naturopath’s 6 best herbs for fighting inflammation

Inflammation is an essential aspect of our immune function. When there is damage to an area, from either trauma or infection, inflammation is triggered to clean up the mess and restore function to the area. Just as a car crash on city streets can temporarily interfere with traffic, local businesses, public safety, and more, local trauma can lead to pain, restricted movement, and reduced function in a tissue.

What makes the best herbal supplement? 6 essential questions to ask

When looking for a therapeutic benefit from herbal medicine, herb quality truly matters. Like with any product, herbal remedies in the marketplace vary quite a bit. There are many steps involved in creating a pure, potent and effective herbal product. In order to ensure you’re getting good quality, here are 6 great questions to ask when shopping around.

Best herbs for weight loss

Weight management and weight loss may be top of the list as goals for many of us this year. The truth is, there are different ways to get there, since one size does not fit all. The theory that if calories taken in are less than calories burned – one will lose weight – is not true for everyone. You may have experienced this yourself or know of someone who has tried with poor results.

Olive Leaf: Its Benefits and How to Best Use It.

We all know about olive trees, which provide us with olives and olive oil, both staples in many kitchens. But it turns out the olive tree has even more to offer – in the form of the simple olive leaf. Therapeutic value studies of olive leaves show that they have a very high ORAC (oxygen...

7 Natural Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holiday season is a time to spend time with family and friends, an opportunity to give thanks for the fruits of the year and review our blessings. For many however it can also be a time of overindulgence, late nights and sluggish days, which often lead to anxiety, coupled with stress and sleepless nights.

How to Beat that Cold or Flu Before it Beats You.

At this time of year, when it comes to the cold and flu, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. While no one manages to completely escape the occasional bout of seasonal illness, many are able to drastically reduce the frequency, severity and duration of the common cold or flu.

Why We’re Friends with Friend of the Sea.

For those concerned, like Botanica, with sustainable fishing practices and agriculture techniques, Friend of the Sea (FOTS) Certification is a name to remember. Initially founded as a project under the NGO, Earth Island Institute, FOTS was launched in 2006 by director Paolo Bray, the man behind the and – projects focused on reducing dolphin mortality within the tuna fishing industry.

Problems Sleeping? 5 Herbs to Help You Sleep Tight.

Sleep is a big issue in society today. But too many reach too quickly for sleeping pill medications to solve sleep issues without realizing that these can inadvertently create other issues, including physical and psychological dependency, and harsh withdrawal symptoms. But there is another way. Mother nature's plant medicines offer effective and non habit forming solutions for those sleepless nights.

Why We Need sleep. And Natural Lifestyle Tips to Sleep Better.

A sound sleep is something many of us take for granted, until a couple nights of compounding sleeplessness sets in, affecting our decision making ability, thinking capacity and energy during our waking hours. An occasional restless sleep is tolerable and perhaps even serves a higher purpose to illuminate areas in our lives needing more attention....

6 Tips for Better Digestion

For optimal digestion, all of the components of the digestive tract need to work together for the greater good. Considering the wide range of elements involved in converting food into usable nutrients, and eliminating waste from our bodies, digestive symptoms can arise from any number of imperfectio

5 Proven Chronic Inflammation Beaters

“Inflammation is the silent killer” was a title first used by Time magazine back in February 2004. Many years later we continue to learn more about it and why lowering chronic inflammation is essential for good health.

6 Steps to Beat the Low Energy Blahs

Not sure how you’re going to make it through another busy day? Maybe you get a quick boost from your morning coffee but then fall prey to the afternoon slump and reach for something sweet or grab an energy drink to keep you going.

Cleanses: Get the Help and Skip the Harm

There are so many different natural cleanse kits and programs to choose from, it can be a highly confusing subject, especially if you haven’t studied natural health and have little time to read books or surf the web for credible information.

Healthy Gut, Happy Body

The microbiome. It's a hot topic these days. The link between our gut microbiome and the health of the rest of our body is becoming increasingly clear and it holds promise for the future of medicine.

5 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

We are now well into the winter months and perhaps feeling a little sluggish, moody or even depressed. Less sunlight and shorter daytime hours often keep our melatonin production higher and our serotonin levels low.