Nutrition

Breast Cancer Prevention

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Guest Post from Dr Andrea Gri

Although treatment and survival rates have improved over the past couple decades, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, affecting 1/9 Canadian women. Your Naturopathic Doctor is an important source for personalized prevention strategies but here is a summary of 3 general tips:

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Do you buy organic produce? Or have you thought about it? I encourage people to choose organic produce if they are able to but only if that doesn’t limit the amount of vegetables they consume – you all know I want people eating plenty of veggies!

Superfoods for Weight Loss

Guest Blog Post From Dr. Melissa Willms

These top weight loss superfoods that help to balance blood sugar and insulin, maintain satiety and fight off hunger pains, fuel energy, balance hormones and support your body’s ability to lose weight. Incorporate as many as you can on a daily basis for optimal results.

Recipe of the Month: Kale Chips

If you haven’t tried them yet, you might think that “kale” and “chips” are two words that don’t belong together.  But if you’re someone who’s tried this trendy super-food, you know what a terrific snack it is! You can find kale chips in many grocery stores but making your own allows you to avoid an additives. And it’s easy! Kale is a powerhouse with the most nutritional value per calorie; it is alkaline and anti-inflammatory.

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Whole Foods

We’ve all heard the term “Whole Foods” mentioned.  It’s a popular marketing catchphrase these days and heck, there’s even a store bearing the name! But what does it really mean to eat whole foods?  

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Recipe of the Month: Vibrant Kale Salad

This is my favourite salad and a great crowd pleaser. Vegetables come in a variety of colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Purple) and each colours provide a variety of plant-based compounds (called phytochemicials) which have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer activity. This salad covers four of the five colours! Most of these ingredients are currently in season so it’s a great time to make a batch.

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Does Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer?

You may have heard about a study that was published recently that made the claim that higher levels of omega-3 fats were linked to increased rates of prostate cancer.   This is a concerning statement because omega-3s are recommended for a huge range of health benefits such as heart disease prevention, anti-depressant effects and anti-inflammatory benefits– whether it’s in the form of fish oil supplements or increasing the consumption of fish in the diet. 

Peanut Butter VS Almond Butter

Peanut butter is a staple of many peoples’ diets – as a sandwich for breakfast or lunch, in baked goods or on crackers or celery for snacks.  But almond butter is becoming increasingly popular and is recommended by many Naturopathic Doctors.  Let’s take a look at how these two stack up!

If we compare 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to almond butter we see many similarities.  Both are good sources of protein (7-8g), high in heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats, a good source of potassium and similar in carbohydrate content. 

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To Eat Meat or Not To Eat Meat

That is the question? Vegetarianism is an interesting topic. One might think that as a Naturopathic Doctor, I’d be all for swearing off burgers, steak and all other meat, but in reality I’m not.  There are many potential benefits of eating a plant based diet but there are also many potential pitfalls.

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Killer Calcium?

When people think about natural health products such as vitamins, minerals and her,b many feel confident in the safety of these products based on their natural origin.  While natural health products do boast an excellent safety record overall, it is important to recognize that with any medicine –natural or synthetic – there may be long term effects. 

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