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Women’s Health Tidbits

In most families, the woman is likely to lead in the health decisions for not only herself, but also for her spouse and children.  Women tend to be more proactive and holistic in their attitudes and often see the “big picture” better than men.  A woman’s unique anatomy and physiology makes her prone to many medical circumstances foreign to a man.  Menstrual issues, birth control, fertility, pregnancy, menopause, breast health, gynecological cancers and osteoporosis are just a few examples.  Eating …READ MORE

Are Cellphones Dangerous?

We are all surrounded by electromagnetic fields (EMFs).  The sun and earth produce their own natural forces which we cannot escape.  But modern lifestyles and technologies have now chronically exposed humans to fields much different.  For example, AC electric fields from house wiring and corded appliances, power lines and radio frequencies are part of everyday living.  Cellphones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, smart meters and Bluetooth devices are everywhere.  The real fact is that these …READ MORE

Coffee…Not All Bad!

 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. It …READ MORE

Intermittent Fasting

 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. …READ MORE

Sleep Problems?

   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, chronic pain, …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

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     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, chronic pain, decreased sex drive and premature aging, not to mention just being tired, grouchy and less productive.
    The more you work, shift work, increased stress and decreased exercise, all worsen sleep quality. On the other hand, good quality sleep increases productivity, athletic performance, learning and  mood.

    At KNC, we can measure sleep and stress hormones, evaluate sleep environment and look at all factors that may be interfering with your sleep pattern. Give us a call.

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