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Act Your Age!

Act Your Age!
You’re heard it before: Act your age! Well, the same rule applies when it comes to choosing your probiotics. Throughout the human life cycle, the bacteria that make up the gut microbiome normally maintain a positive symbiotic relationship with their host, providing far-reaching metabolic, immunological, nutritional, and psychological benefits. However, an unbalanced microbiome—known as intestinal dysbiosis—can wreak havoc on one’s health. In order...

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Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis

Probiotics, or “beneficial bacteria that confer a health benefit” (catchy right?), have been one of the fastest growing market segments for dietary supplements and health products of late and have also been receiving a lot more research attention. Pub Med shows there have been nearly 1400 research papers published in 2016 alone on the topic. Most people know probiotics as supporting digestive and immune health. One of the more recent areas of inter...

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The Pain of UTIs

The Pain of UTIs
UTIs. The razorblade-like pain and the pressure…it’s just so uncomfortable. Many of us know these symptoms well; it is the second-most common infection in the body. 50% of woman will have at least one Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and 20% will have more than one. Men, your risk of UTIs is much lower, but if you do get one they can be much more serious. The best medicine is preventative medicine. Keeping a balance of good bacteria in the body can h...

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Cheers to a Happy Bladder

Why is it that women are more likely to get UTIs throughout their lifetime compared to men? It may just come down to the fact that women are born with a shorter urethra (duct from bladder) than men. Therefore, bacteria are more likely to succeed in causing infections due to the shorter travel distance. What a disadvantage! Burning sensation when urinating, foul odor, or frequent urge to urinate are no strangers to those who’ve suffered from UTIs. ...

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Say Goodbye to that Darn UTI!

Written by guest blogger: Jill Anenberg Lawrence www.jillanenberg.com I know, I know, you wish you were talking about Justin Timberlake’s new song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Unfortunately, that’s the phrase you’re using to describe your UTI to the Doctor. How did you even get this bacteria brothel in your bladder? Most females can’t help but blurt out “cranberry juice and yogurt” before you even finish T-I. So what are the sure-fire symptoms you’re...

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Your Body’s Superhero – The Immune System

By Lisa Kilgour, Nutritionist Lisa Kilgour is a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN), founder of lisakilgour.com, and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. In 2016 Lisa spoke about the gut-brain connection at TedX Kelowna, and was voted “BC’s Favorite Nutritionist” by Natural Health Care Canada in 2010. She currently lives in the breathtaking Okanagan Valley, BC, surrounded by good food and stunning scenery. It’s here. Tha...

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Avoid the school nurse with Flora...Moms, you're welcome!

Written by guest blogger: Jill Anenberg Lawrence www.jillanenberg.com There’s an unfamiliar silence in the house that hasn’t been felt for months. Oh my gosh, you haven’t yelled, “Clean up your stuff!” in the last 20 minutes. Right as you’re about to lose your mind, the kids are sent back to school to expand their minds. Let’s keep our freedom and ensure they avoid the school nurse and remain healthy so the rug rats won’t be returning home for sick...

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Children's Health for the School Year

Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Midwife in general family practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. She specializes in women and children's health. She is also an instructor of Obstetrics and Pediatrics at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Additionally, she provides continuing education for health care providers in natural treatments in the areas of obstetrics and pediatrics. Children’s Health...

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