November 4, 2011

Echinacea – is your product any good?

If you go to a health food store and look for a cold/flu formula or tea, the most prevalent herb in the combinations will likely be Echinacea.  It is so common in these formulas for good reason – it is a powerful immune modulator (helps cells react faster and more appropriately) and increases white blood cell counts, particularly natural killer cells (the ones we need if we catch the virus that’s going around).

November 4, 2011

Kale chips!!


One of my most favorite things!  Quick, easy, packed with nutrients, and a great way to use up your early autumn kale bounty.  They are highly addictive, so make plenty.


November 4, 2011

Shedding the light on fall/winter blues

Are you one of many Vancouverites that feel great during the summer, but dread the rainy, dark fall and winter?  For many people, decreased light levels mean lower energy, depression, oversleeping, overeating, and carbohydrate cravings.  It is thought that imbalances in melatonin, cortisol, vitamin D, and various neurotransmitters are responsible for this condition, known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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