1107, 2017

Innate Wellness Favourite Summer Skin Picks

By |July 11th, 2017|Beauty, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles, Gift Ideas, Monthly Features, Product Spotlight|0 Comments

We are now full swing into summer! With hotter summer days comes the need for summer-focused skin protection. To keep your skin fresh and glowing try these Innate Wellness Favourite Summer Skin Picks!

Honey Marshmallow Lip Masque by Artifact Skin Co. – This delicious, and incredibly effective, sugar scrub will leave your lips feeling baby soft!

Eucalyptus Mint […]

1107, 2017

Juice VS Smoothie

By |July 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Interview with Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

If you have been thinking about healthy eating choices than you probably have considered introducing a juice or smoothie to your daily routine. Not so hard these days with all the fresh juice and smoothie shops around. But is one better than the other? We asked Innate Wellness Naturopath, Dr. Angelina, to tell us a little more about the ‘how-to’ of juices vs. smoothies.

What is the difference between fresh juice and a smoothie?

A smoothie is a drink that is blended and typically contains a combination of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein and can generally be considered as a meal replacement.

Juicing is a process that extracts the only the juice from the fruit or vegetable, leaving the fibre behind. This is considered to be more of a nutrient boost as opposed to a meal. […]

1804, 2017

Should I take a calcium supplement for my bones?

By |April 18th, 2017|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

“Should I take a calcium supplement for my bones?” 

This is a very common question asked. It has long been believed that a calcium supplementation is necessary to keep bones strong and prevent degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

Truth: Studies have found that calcium supplementation has NOT been found to prevent nor correct bone loss or reduce bone fracture rates. Not only has calcium supplementation not been found helpful to bone health, it has been found harmful and related to an increase in coronary artery disease. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2012 found a 139% percent greater risk of heart attack in those who took calcium supplements over the 11 year period in which the study was conducted, while calcium intake through food did not increase the risk.

The problem being that supplemental calcium, taken as a tablet or in a multivitamin or in calcium enriched packaged foods, is often a large dose but the body is only able to absorb a small amount of the calcium blast and the rest must be eliminated through the kidneys. Often the body isn’t able to fully eliminate it and over time calcium builds up and gets stored, not in the bones, but in the tissues and arteries or can lead to calcium stones in the kidneys.

Solution: Calcium is best absorbed in whole food form, not supplementation. […]

703, 2017

Tales of Family Travel

By |March 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Planes, trains and automobiles can be difficult with little kids! From backpack meal planning to travel highlights, holistic nutritionist Liane Wansbrough has seen it all. This year she packed up her family of 4 and backpacked through South East Asia. We sat down to ask her how she did it…

This holiday season you did what many parents would love to do – you packed up your whole family and traveled through Southeast Asia. What did you learn about family travel planning on this trip?

On a trip that takes you this much into the unknown, travel planning falls by the wayside. It was interesting because usually I spend way too much time thinking about and planning healthy snacks for long car trips and flights. I’ve always assumed that the kids need to eat every couple of hours or they would get harder to manage. I had to let it all go because, aside from what we could buy in one of the outdoor markets (fresh fruit), I didn’t have access to grocery stores or a kitchen/refrigerator on this trip. I realized that my kids don’t really need snacks. On the trip we mostly ate only at meal times. The complete change of routine forced me to let go and the kids were fine.

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703, 2017

Naturopathic Travel Essentials

By |March 7th, 2017|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

When travelling, the last thing you want to do is spend your vacation recovering from sleep deprivation, an injury or illness. With foreign destinations where first aid, herbs and drug accessibility may be limited, it’s wise to take along some first-aid basics, including band-aids, tweezers, Polysporin, hydrogen peroxide, anti-histamines, etc. Beyond the basics there are a number of naturopathic remedies I find indispensable when travelling.

The following are three common health concerns that many people will encounter while travelling and naturopathic remedies that are helpful in both prevention and treatment. […]

1312, 2016

Achieve Your New Years Resolutions with Acupuncture

By |December 13th, 2016|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

By Laura Shin, Registered Acupuncturist

It’s a long-standing tradition to make resolutions at the dawn of the new year. For many, the urge for change comes with the desire to see a better version of themselves, and that means a focus on healthier living. Year after year, the top resolutions are lose weight, exercise, and eat better. But those goals are easily derailed by cravings and a lack of willpower or energy. One or two cheats have people saying, “next year” before falling back into old habits.

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1312, 2016

Interview: Meal Planning & Weight Loss with Liane Wansbrough, CNP

By |December 13th, 2016|Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Making lifestyle changes doesn’t happen over night. It takes thought and planning. When it comes to making dietary changes, having a nutritionist by your side can make a big difference! So you are cutting out gluten? What will you eat instead? How will you overcome food cravings? We sat down with Innate Food Expert & […]

2911, 2016

Craving Something Sweet? The Reason May Lie in Your Genes

By |November 29th, 2016|Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

By Liane Wansrough, CNP

The holidays always seem like an excuse to splurge – but do you feel like you can’t come out from under a food hangover? If you can’t stop eating – in particular, if sugar has you in its grip, the reason may very well lie in your DNA. […]

811, 2016

What is a ‘Natural Antibiotic’?

By |November 8th, 2016|Cold & Flu, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

We hear a lot in the media about natural alternatives to the flu vaccine, natural antibiotics and immune boosters. Is this a thing? Do natural alternatives exist?

Yes, they do and they have for centuries!! Naturopathic doctors and herbalists call these herbal medicines ‘anti-microbial’ NOT ‘antibiotic’. Meaning that they are typically able to fight a combination of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. They are not as potent as conventional medications but when you are coming down with something these are a great place to start. Or if you have over-used conventional drugs and they just aren’t working – this is a great place to turn!

So, what are these ‘herbs’ and where can you find them? Some common anti-microbial herbs include:

Andrographis: Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. Especially helpful in acute infections.
Barberry: Anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic
Black Walnut: Anti-worm Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea: Immune enhancing, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic
Golden Seal: Anti-catarrhal (anti-cough & congestion), mucous membrane restorative, anti-bacterial
Holy Basil: Immune enhancing
Olive Leaf: Immune enhancing
Oregon Grape Root: Immune enhancing

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1810, 2016

Facial FACTS

By |October 18th, 2016|Beauty|0 Comments

By Daniela Grima, Holistic Esthetician

Facial FACTS:

Maintaining the beauty of your face is not being indulgent or a quick fix for a night out. Looking and Feeling healthy all year round comes with care and time.

Let’s rethink facials.  […]