Beauty Guru Graydon on Skincare Rituals

At Innate Wellness we support clean non-toxic beauty lines and Graydon is no exception. It is Canadian Plant Powered Skincare!

The name comes from the Founder, Graydon Moffat, who’s mission is to harness the power of plant-based ingredients plus superfoods to make skincare which nourishes your skin from the outside in.

 

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Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue

By Evelyn Cho, RMT, R.Ac

What is it?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread body pain, accompanied with other symptoms like fatigue, insomnia, inability to concentrate and emotional distress.  In addition, there is often a co-existing disorder such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Women are far more likely to be affected than men, and symptoms usually onset between ages 20-50.

From a medical perspective…

Current research isn’t clear about the cause of fibromyalgia. There have been noted correlations of its onset after infections, physical trauma and psychological stress or abuse. Genetics also seem to play a role. There is currently no cure. Treatments include medications and lifestyle recommendations to minimize discomfort and improve general health. The most common drugs prescribed are pain relievers, anti-depressants, and anti-seizure medication.

From a Chinese medicine perspective…

Chinese medicine identifies 8 distinct types of fibromyalgia. A complicated case can involve more than 1 type simultaneously, or have different symptoms come and go.  Once the type is determined through diagnosis, a specific strategy is employed to combat the symptoms and root cause. With proper maintenance and lifestyle changes, health is within reach.

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Eating for a Healthy Brain

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

North Americans are living longer than previous generations but as lifespan increases, the risk of chronic disease does as well.

Chronic inflammation is known to have a negative impact on ourhealth by accelerating the aging process and degeneration of various organs including the brain.  Healthy food choices, following an anti-inflammatory diet, like The Mediterranean Diet and maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, can help reduce inflammation, improve brain function and slowcognitive decline.  Research presented at the Alzheimer’s International conference in 2017 found that healthy older adults that followed Mediterranean Diet or a modified version, called the MIND diet reduced their risk of dementia by a third.

“Foods that keep blood pressure normal, provide us with antioxidants, and maintain healthy bacteria in our gut, or microbiome, will serve to help keep chronic inflammation in check in the brain and entire body,” ~ Rudolph Tanzi.

There are number of important difference between the Standard American Diet (aka. SAD diet) and The Mediterranean Diet.  Below is a brief comparison of the two diets:

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Chocolatey Chia Immune Smoothie

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Looking for a change from your fruity, summer smoothie? This chocolatey, chia blend can be eaten warm or cold and combines the perfect winter ingredients. The combined antioxidants, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D & probiotic will help to boost your immune system this winter. It also contains a balance of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber that make for a balanced meal replacement.

Ingredients: Makes 1 Serving

1 1/2 Cup Vanilla Cashew Milk
½ Banana
1 Tbsp Cashew Butter or Almond Butter
½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Dropper DMulsion Vitamin D by Seroyal (1000IU)
1 Tsp Astragalus Powder by Harmonic Arts
¼ Tsp HMF Probiotic Powder by Seroyal

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How to Get Enough Calcium

By: Andy De Santis, RD and Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Andy De Santis is a Registered Dietician practicing at Innate Wellness High Park. He focuses on creating diet plans for patients of Innate Wellness. If you are interested in having a customized nutrition program created for you, please call the High Park Clinic. 

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the human body. Most calcium is stored either in our bones or our teeth, leaving a small amount found in other tissues or circulating through our blood. The way our bodies use and absorb calcium depends on the presence of specific nutrients, such as Vitamin D, and specific hormones, such as parathyroid hormone and calcitonin. Calcium levels are also influenced by specific female hormones such as estrogen (which increases calcium absorption).

Declining levels of estrogen as women age, through menopause, after hysterectomy, or via estrogen reducing drugs such as Tamoxifen (post-breast cancer treatment) can dramatically affect calcium levels. Individuals who don’t consume dairy can also be at risk for calcium deficiency but they can obtain more than enough calcium from their diet if they know other calcium rich foods! What is most important to know is that supplementing with high levels of calcium can be unhealthy and even dangerous for the body. So if you are low in calcium or suffer from low bone density – you need a balance of diet and supplementation to achieve your daily intake.

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10 Nutrition-Boosting Tips for Athletes

By Liane Wansbrough, Holistic Nutritionist

While trail mixes and energy bars are marketed as pre workout snacks, most are sugar bombs that don’t provide lasting energy. Try one to two handfuls of raw nuts or seeds (almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are great choices) and a piece of fresh fruit. If you buy your nuts and seeds in bulk store them in the freezer so they don’t go rancid.

Smoothies make a great pre-workout meal because blending helps pre-digest food, making it easier on your digestive system.

Sweet potatoes are a quality carbohydrate that can be eaten prior to a big workout or training day. Sprinkle a baked sweet potato with sea salt and drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or grass-fed butter to enhance absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Other quality carbohydrates include quinoa, wild or brown rice, amaranth, millet, squash, carrots and beets.

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Acupuncture & Weight Loss

With Laura Shin, R.Ac

One of the most frequent questions acupuncturists are asked is: Can acupuncture help me lose weight? As with most modalities and treatments for weight loss, that’s not the simple yes-or-no question it seems. When people ask that question, they often really want to know if a few well-placed needles can quickly melt away pounds. Unfortunately, although acupuncture can be a useful tool in weight loss, it’s not a magic bullet.

Acupuncture shines as a therapy because it recognizes that we are not all the same. Many factors contribute to weight gain, so treatments should not be one size fits all. Instead, acupuncturists identify individual imbalances (both in lifestyle and within the body) and help to correct them through acupuncture and diet and lifestyle therapy. […]

Eat Healthy Without Starving

By Liane Wansbrough, CNP, NNCP

Many healthy-eating plans get derailed around 3pm when the brain starts calling for sugar. If we’re hungry at this time of day it’s easy to get seriously sidetracked by muffins, pretzels or the office candy dish. This is where a little planning can make it a lot easier to pass on the junk food. Healthy, targeted snacks that have a combination of protein, fat or fiber can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals by keeping your blood sugar balanced and energy level high. Another advantage of a snack is that you don’t feel famished when you sit down to meals. Here are a few ideas to get you started: […]

The Inside Scoop on Weight Loss with Liane Wansbrough

With Liane Wansbrough, CNP, NNCP

Holistic Nutritionist, Liane, is passionate about helping patients to navigate their nutritional needs despite their busy lifestyles. As a mother of 2, she understands that cooking for yourself, let alone your whole family can be a challenge. So many people come to Innate Wellness seeking help with weight loss, which is an area of special interest for Liane. We decided to ask her about her biggest challenges and successes when helping clients lose weight.

Q1: First off, there are so many different weight loss programs. You must get tonnes of questions on what program is the best. Do you have a favourite weight loss philosophy? 

There is a reason for unwanted behaviors such as overeating. It’s helping us deal with discomfort and stress—things in our life that aren’t easy to deal with. I believe that coupling quality food choices along with awareness around the emotional driving forces, usually stress-related, in a person’s life provides a good framework for working with weight loss. In terms of specific dietary strategies, I think there is a lot of merit to returning to a plant based, traditional diet—meaning foods that our great grandparents would have eaten. That eliminates most refined, processed food and is a powerful shift towards a nutrient dense diet that’s not only good for weight loss but overall health. […]

FAQ Cosmetic Acupuncture with Laura Shin, R.Ac

Cosmetic acupuncture has generated a lot of interest as an alternative to many anti-aging cosmetic therapies. We get asked about it a lot at both our High Park and Annex location. We thought it would be great if we could give you the most frequently asked questions right from one of our trained cosmetic acupuncturists. […]