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Coffee…Not All Bad!

3. Coffee: As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee data continues to evolve. Research is shedding new light on the benefits of regular, but moderate coffee consumption. Here are a few highlights…. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that quench “bad” free radicals. Also, a reasonable source of vitamins B1, B5, B3 and minerals magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Caffeine certainly contributes to many of the properties we associate with coffee. …READ MORE

Intermittent Fasting

2. Intermittent Fasting: Fasting is not starvation. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food, while fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health or spiritual reasons. Fasting has been practiced by all civilizations worldwide for thousands of years. Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s not about what you eat, but more about when you eat. Fluids such as water, tea, small amounts of coffee …READ MORE

Sleep Problems?

    1. Quality Sleep: According to Stats Canada, about 1/3 of the population do not get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per day. Many more, get poor quality sleep in the form of falling asleep and maintaining sleep issues. Inadequate sleep, alters the body’s homeostatic circadian rhythms negatively and disallows the body to rest, recuperate, repair and detoxify, both body and brain. Poor sleep increases risks to heart disease, stroke, diabetes,obesity, depression, dementia, …READ MORE

Allergy Season

Spring has arrived! For some of us this is great news and for the rest of us, this may mean seasonal allergies. Hay fever occurs when your immune system overreacts to an outdoor allergen, such as pollen. The most common culprits are pollen from wind-pollinated plants, such as trees, grasses, flowers and weeds. The pollen from insect-pollinated plants are too heavy to remain airborne for long, and they’re less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. Common …READ MORE

Delicious dessert

Delicious, flourless sweet potato brownies that are 100% gluten and dairy free   Ingredients 1 cup mashed sweet potato ½ cup smooth nut butter of choice (I recommend almond or cashew butter) 2 tablespoons maple syrup ¼ cup cocoa powder Handful of carob chips (optional) Directions Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a small cake/loaf pan. On the stove, melt nut butter with maple syrup. In a large bowl add the mashed sweet potato, …READ MORE

Basic Protein Facts

  Protein, is one of the three major food groups, which also includes fats and carbohydrates. Proteins are made up of building blocks called amino acids. Some of these amino acids are produced by the body, while others, we need to get from our diet.  We provide our bodies with protein from animal and plant sources. Protein is essential for every cell in the body and can be found in our cartilage, tendons, ligaments, organs, …READ MORE

Pollens

POLLENS ‘Tis the season for grass cutting, blooming flowers and reaching for the box of Kleenex to deal with the seasonal allergies. The causes of these symptoms are pollens. Pollens are tiny, powdery, protein particles released by plants, into the air, to allow for the reproduction of more plants. Each plant species have their own pollen and own season when these pollens are released. Pollens can irritate our body when they enter through nasal passages …READ MORE

What is Curcumin?

What is Curcumin? This golden-coloured spice, found in East Indian cuisines, is the active ingredient of the Curcuma Longa plant, also known as turmeric.  This powerful herb is a member of the ginger family and is used widely in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Research has proven that curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Health Benefits of Curcumin decreases risks and complications of diabetes decreases chronic inflammation and pain decreases risk of heart …READ MORE

B12 injections – Your Natural Energy Booster

Looking for a boost of energy???? Even though B12 is found naturally in food, like meat products, dairy and eggs, an intramuscular injection of B12, is a quick way to boost your energy. Besides just improving your energy level, B12 injections can: Help with concentration; memory and mood Overcome fatigue Improve red blood cell formation Help deal with stress Come in and visit Wanda today at Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic for your B12 shot!!!!

ADD/ADHD

Children with learning or behavioural concerns can often be assisted with dietary and nutritional interventions. These approaches can reduce or eliminate the need for drug therapies. Good treatment starts with good assessment, which is available at KNC.

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    Intermittent Fasting

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    2. Intermittent Fasting: Fasting is not starvation. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food, while fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health or spiritual reasons.
    Fasting has been practiced by all civilizations worldwide for thousands of years.
    Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s not about what you eat, but more about when you eat. Fluids such as water, tea, small amounts of coffee etc. are not restricted in IF.

     

    These are the most popular methods:

    The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as between 12-8 . Then you fast for 16 hours in between, til lunch the next day. Ideally you do not want to eat later than 3 hours before bedtime.

    Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

    The 5:2 diet: With this method, you consume only 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days.

    IF has been shown to drop insulin levels and make insulin more sensitive. This forces more fat loss, thus assisting in weight loss. Growth hormone levels significantly rise in IF which help muscle growth and fat loss. Many immune and genetic functions balance and repair themselves with IF, leading to longevity and disease protection.

    IF can help you lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar and insulin control, improve brain and heart health, may reduce cancer risk and overall act as an anti-aging tool.

    Pregnant, breastfeeding, underweight/eating disorder individuals and less than 18 years of age people should not IF. Diabetic, hypoglycemic, low blood pressure or seriously ill people should not IF without medical guidance or supervision.

    At KNC, we have experience with IF and assisted many through implementation and monitoring of this technique. If interested, give us a call.

    Some info above is taken from https://www.healthline.com/nutri…/intermittent-fasting-guide

     

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