Craving Something Sweet? The Reason May Lie in Your Genes

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. […]

What is a ‘Natural Antibiotic’?

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


Introducing Daniela Grima, Advanced & Holistic Esthetician

We are very excited to introduce Daniela Grima, the new esthetician at Innate Wellness. Daniela is certified in Advanced Esthetics along with Medical Esthetic treatments.  Her passion is in Holistic Skin Care using Aromatherapy and Reflexology. She is a professional at the art of skin and beauty within. She has been in the industry since 2005. You can feel confident knowing that you are receiving the best treatments and products backed by knowledge, experience and ongoing education. She is certified in Advanced Esthetics along with Medical Esthetic treatments.  Her passion is in Holistic Skin Care using Aromatherapy and Reflexology. She is a Certified Fitness Instructor and a healthy lifestyle addict. She continues to educate herself in Holistic Health treatments. She is personable and dedicated to encouraging her clients to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul at every age and stage.   She will be joining us every Friday at our Dupont location. See her list of services below!


4 Basic Supplements for Cold & Flu Prevention

You can TREAT your cold OR… you can PREVENT it! Here are the top 4 basics for immune support this winter.

1. ACES with Zinc. Includes immune boosting Vitamin C but also antioxidant and mineral supports for the immune system including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Selenium & Zinc.

2. Protein Powder. Too simple to be true? Not […]

By |September 27th, 2016|Cold & Flu, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Heart Qi, Stress & Acupuncture

By Laura Shin, Registered Acupuncturist


Acupuncture is probably best known for its ability to reduce pain and speed healing. Perhaps less well known is its effectiveness at helping control the body’s response to stress. While in ancient times stress came from the constant search for food, shelter, and safety; today, it more likely comes from work, traffic, financial pressures, and relationships. Our nervous system evolved, however, to allow us to respond to stressful situations. First, by helping us confront any challenging situation with the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight reaction and then by returning the body to balance or homeostasis with the parasympathetic nervous system, which is commonly called the state of rest-and-digest. We are meant to spend more time in homeostasis, but it seems that nowadays we are far too often subject to constant levels of stress that don’t allow us to relax. […]

Boost the Nutritional and Medicinal Powder of Your Smoothie!

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Smoothies are a simple way to improve nutritional intake, balance blood sugar and a great vehicle for medicinal herbs and super foods to address health concerns such as stress and low energy. I generally recommend smoothies as a breakfast option, but they can also be enjoyed at any time of the day.

 Basic High Nutrient Smoothie Recipe

1 serving of protein powder (either vegan or whey)
½ cup of frozen berries
¼ – ½ avocado
½ banana
½ cup of spinach
1-2 tbls of flax seed or chia/salba seed or 1 tbls of each
Blend using a hand blender or a traditional blender


By |September 6th, 2016|From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Naturopathic Tricks for Tummy Trouble & Stress in Kids

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

What are the most common causes of tummy aches in children?

Stomach Bug/Parasites

Many a mom ends up being told by the doctor that the stomach pain keeping their little one home from school is just ‘in their head’. This is understandable because children tend to somaticize their worries into stomach pain, musculoskeletal discomfort, and headaches. However, it can be in their head AND in their stomach. In fact, really, it is NEVER just in their heads. This is because of the important and intimate connection between the gut and the brain. […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Are Essential Oils Safe for Consumption?

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Did you know that essential oils started with the medieval physician Avicenna (980 – 1037) from Persia who invented the process of distillation? Before that, plants containing essential oils were used in many ancient cultures for the medicinal and fragrant properties found in the whole plant. These oils were some of humanity’s first medicines! Today we have refined the extraction of essential oils with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, chamomile, marjoram, jasmine, peppermint, lemon, ylang ylang, and geranium being some of the most popular.

Recently, a number of essential oil companies have begun to recommend pure essential oils for oral consumption. In the multi-level marketing strategy taken by some of these companies, consumers are approached by sales people promoting the health benefits of oral essential oils as safe and effective. I am frequently asked by patients whether this is actually safe. There is no straight forward way to answer this question because there are different ways essential oils can be consumed and there is not a lot of specific research on the safety of oral dosing (especially with the pure oil). […]

By |August 9th, 2016|Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Super Powered Cucumber Juice

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Did you know that cucumbers have super powers? Although they are a rich source of water they are also super packed with vitamins, minerals, lignans and other phytonutrients. Here are just a few examples….

Multi-Vitamin Power: Cucumbers contain rich amounts of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, manganese, silica, and fiber.   […]

Melon and Raw Honey Hydrating Mask

By Seanna Cohen, Holistic Skin Care Expert

Had a little too much fun in the sun recently? Even though you try your best to protect yourself with SPF and shade it’s sometimes inevitable that the sun gets the best of you. The next time that happens, instead of reaching for a chemical laden, artificially green coloured “aloe vera” gel (which actually contains very little aloe), try this D-I-Y recipes to cool, soothe, and hydrate your skin. […]