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Category: Health and Nutrition

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Can a Hockey Player be Vegan?

A vegan diet can be quite healthy for a hockey player, but only if you plan your meals carefully. Being a vegan means more than just not eating meat and dairy. A poorly planned vegan diet will be missing many important nutrients. If you are not ready to make the effort to plan balanced meals, […]

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Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline: Prevention and Possible Treatments

Let’s take a look at ways to prevent this illness. For more clarity, and because Alzheimer’s is hard to diagnose in the early stages, the prevention tools presented here will cover both Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline. Between you and me, you don’t want to wait until the diagnosis (or for it to […]

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Sweeteners and Weight Loss: A winning Combination?

31 December, 2016 No Comments

***To make this article easier to read, I use the term sweetener(s) to cover non nutritional/artificial/synthetic sweeteners.*** With the arrival of the new year and the resolutions that are taken at this time, losing weight is often a priority for many. This article doesn’t focus on weight loss itself, as we have already covered this […]

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The Microbiome of a Hockey Player

13 December, 2016 No Comments

If you could see all the organisms that make up your microbiome, the first thing you would see is that there are many more of them than you by a factor in the trillions. Researchers always blow me away with the estimation that we may be carrying as much as 5 pounds of microbial weight! […]

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IBS Holiday Survival Guide

13 December, 2016 No Comments

The festive period, with its parties and family reunions is fast approaching. In principle, this time of year should be synonymous with joy and getting together. But, if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the Christmas period can easily become unpleasant. As traditional Christmas dishes often contain onions and garlic, as well as being […]

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Choosing Gluten Free Drinks

During the holiday season, opportunities for drinking one (or a few) drinks increase. These occasions can be a source of concern for people who follow a gluten-free diet because gluten can be hidden in alcoholic drinks! So, if you or any of your loved ones are suffering from celiac disease and should avoid gluten, it […]

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Kombucha: Digestive and Anti-Cancer Elixir?

28 November, 2016 No Comments

Each week, there seem to be new products appearing on our supermarkets shelves… it can be really difficult to know which ones have actual health benefits, and which ones should be avoided. To save you from having to do the research, let’s have a look at kombucha together, the various health effects attributed to it […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis – What Is the Best Diet to Reduce Inflammation?

14 November, 2016 No Comments

I’m sure you’ll agree when I say rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can REALLY damage your quality of life. On a daily basis, you’ve got to deal with pains and swollen joints. Often you have to abandon some of your favourite activities, like dancing, cycling and piano playing. What’s more, anti-inflammatory medications have a host of […]

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Diet

7 November, 2016 No Comments

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is characterized by an excessive proliferation of bacteria in the small intestine. Normally, the majority of bacteria are found in the large intestine, or colon. However, certain conditions or illnesses can cause bacteria in the colon to migrate up the digestive system, towards the small intestine. This can cause several […]

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3 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Candy (and not overdo it)

Are you able to enjoy Halloween candy without over-doing it?  Did you know that how we approach Halloween treats is how we will approach other food temptations?  This topic is important since every holiday (ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter) has food temptations. The good news is that we do not have to […]

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Microbiome and Obesity: More Closely Linked than we Think

11 October, 2016 2 Comments

Scientific progress is lending increasing clarity to the role of microbiomes (the set of genes possessed by micro-organisms that inhabit our body). New, often unsuspected roles have been attributed to them in recent years.  Microbiome is actually involved in digestive health, normal brain function, immunity and the development of certain diseases such as cancer.

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FODMAP Content in Soy: High or Low?

26 September, 2016 No Comments

Understanding foods’ FODMAP* content isn’t always obvious. One of the foods that many people are confused about is soy. This confusion is partly due to the fact many different products are derived from it (tofu in all its forms, milk, tempeh, edamame, etc.). Indeed, some of them are high in FODMAPS, while others are low […]