Stress is an everyday fact of life for most people. We are constantly bombarded with stressors – we are overworked, get to bed too late, get up too early, are exposed to pollution, loud noises, traffic, constant worry – you name it, we are exposed to it. And it’s wearing us out. (more…)
In a previous post, we highlighted research that showed that those that consumed non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) experienced higher blood sugar levels and gained more weight than those that did not. This baffled researchers at the time, as NAS had been assumed to be helpful to those trying to lose weight and are often marketed to those with blood sugar imbalances, including diabetes. New research is uncovering why NAS have such detrimental effects. (more…)
See if this sounds familiar – you wake up feeling stuffy, like your head is full of warm soup and your ears feel like you’ve been flying at 30,000 feet – but your lying in bed. You get up and it doesn’t get much better; in fact, it gets a little worse – maybe your head begins to pound a little (or a lot!), your nose starts to run, you feel like you can’t take in a deep breath (even through your mouth), and your throat hurts. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. (more…)
The sensation of pain comes from many places. Obviously, there is a nervous system component; after all, it is our nerves that transmit the signals that alert us to pain and it is our brain that responds to those signals. In addition, there are structural components – if your leg is broken, it must be reset in order for the healing process to proceed quickly; if you have a subluxation in your back or neck, you’ve got to see a chiropractor or osteopath to help you get that corrected so the nervous system can respond appropriately.
However, the degree of our pain, and the length we suffer with that pain is to a large extent the result of chemical messengers that are created in response to an injury. This is called inflammation. However, how this inflammatory process plays out is largely dependent on what we eat. (more…)
Cleansing is something that is often discussed in the natural health field, but is often poorly understood. This post will cover the changes that occur within our bodies as we prepare for autumn and how we can facilitate and benefit from these natural changes. (more…)