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Health Conditions

Healing ‘Leaky Gut’

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is essentially a system of muscular tubes that propel materials along its length, to enable the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of waste products in and out of the body. The wall of the GI tract is sealed by a layer of intestinal epithelial cells. As well as selectively absorbing nutrients and excreting waste products, the GI wall acts as a first line of defense by preventing potentially harmful toxins or bacteria in the gut from entering the blood. Certain conditions and treatments may damage the GI tract, resulting in loss of integrity of the

A Guide to a Better Night’s Sleep

I think we all could agree that a little more sleep in our lives would be a dream come true—pun intended! Sleep is grossly underrated. In the world of health, we have an affinity to talk about the importance of exercise, work environment, and maintaining a balanced diet at length. However, the importance of a good night’s sleep for a healthy life is often overlooked, despite that fact that we spend (or should be spending) seven or more hours every day sleeping. This is strange, considering that anything else in our lives that consumed seven hours a day would be

Dandelions: Potential Anti-Cancer Properties

The dandelion (also known as Taraxa-cum officinale) is a well-known peren-nial herb native to North America and Eurasia. Despite its reputation as a stubborn weed, the dandelion possesses redeeming properties that make it an important ingre-dient for natural health products. Dandelion root extract has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine for the treat-ment of a plethora of conditions of the liver and gastrointestinal tract. However, new evidence from the University of Wind-sor, at the forefront of cancer research, has found that dandelion root extract also pos-sesses potential an-ti-cancer properties. The potential anti-cancer effects of dandelion root extract first

Is it Really my Thyroid? Hypothyroidism Explored

Hypothyroid  is  also  known  as  low or underactive thyroid. This condition occurs when the gland fails to produce proper amounts of the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) to meet the body’s needs. Thyroid disease is estimated to affect 200 million people worldwide, with recent studies showing that as many as 1 in 10 Canadians are affected. Of those affected with thyroid dysfunction the majority are women, of which an estimated 50% remain undiagnosed. There are numerous factors that may contribute to low thyroid function including: Autoimmune disease (known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) Hyperthyroid treatment (using radioactive iodine or thyroid suppressing medications)

Menopause: What Are My Natural Options? Part 1

Menopause is a normal, natural and inevitable event that affects all women reaching middle to late adulthood. In a very basic sense, menopause occurs as a result of aging. Changes in the structure and function of the female ovaries  lead to a drastic drop in estrogen  levels and permanent cessation of menses. Unfortunately, its associated symptoms can make this process quite uncomfortable for many women and can negatively impact their social life, psychological health and overall well- being.1 The most common concern in postmenopausal women are hot flashes; these cause an episodic feeling of heat, intense sweating and flushing of

metabolic syndrome

Metabolic dysfunctioNS are a major risk factor for cardiovascular incidents such as myocardial infarction, stroke, and non-ischemic cardiovascular disease1. The constellation of symptoms indicative of metabolic dysfunction include: central obesity (apple body types), glucose intolerance, insulin resistance (eg. non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), hypertension, dyslipidemia, high markers of inflammation, and poor blood clotting (hyperfibrinolysis). Given the complexity of this syndrome, identifying and developing treatments can be very difficult. As we learn more, we gain a greater understanding about how we can approach the underlying cause of metabolic dysfunctions while managing the symptoms.Given the wide array of symptoms, metabolic syndrome was often overlooked

Quench Chronic Inflammation and Pain

With Natural herbs and Nutrients Pain is fact of life. Everyone experiences it at some point or another. As people age, the factor that affects activities of daily living the most is the ability to move and function without pain or discomfort. Unfortunately, the latest research suggests that up to 50% of the population may be suffering from some kind of chronic pain, with back pain being the most common1. In many cases, the pain signal originates from a vicious cycle of structural damage, tissue breakdown, and inflammation. While most people are familiar with the concept of losing cartilage as

Stress-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction: The Hormone-Neurotransmitter Connection

several studies have examined the influence of emotions on cognition, but common everyday situations also testify to the prevalence of this phenomenon. Indeed, who has never forgotten something important under the effect of acute stress, or hasn’t witnessed a menopausal relative complaining about becoming forgetful? The mechanisms and neural circuits involved in emotions and cognition are inextricably linked, and the maintenance of this delicate neurochemical balance is easily disrupted from exposure to stress. Stress triggers a cascade of hormone and neurotransmitter release throughout the brain, affecting our thoughts, decision-making process and behavior. Understanding the Impact of Stress Hans Selye (1907-1982),