Are foods the cause of your digestive issues? Explaining food reactivity

Digestive issues? Reactive foods may or may not be the cause.

There is a spectrum of reactivity to different foods; intolerance, allergy and sensitivity are terms often used interchangeably but actually refer to different reactions and processes happening within the body, some of which can be changeable depending on the cause.

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What should I eat? Nutrition 101 with Dr. B.

I will only use the word "nutrition" and abide by my care's motto "lasting sustainable change" with all of my treatments. I want you to eat for health. I want you to evolve your nutrition into a lifestyle, even if that means small incremental changes to make it happen. I believe the difference is diet=restriction and nutrition= abundance & vitality. I will focus on nutrient-dense food that feels good in your body, rather than focusing on what you shouldn't be eating. I like to increase the good, to crowd out what's not as beneficial.

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Packed Schedule? One Minute Tip for a Healthier You, Naturally

With treatments, I'm all about maximizing ease. I strive to integrate beneficial therapies into every day life to reap optimal benefits that comes from consistency.
Who doesn't love something that increases overall vitality, recruits the immune system, lowers stress and more importantly takes under one minute?

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Craft Your Own Valentine's Day Sweets

Sweets for your sweetie!

I've been lusting after My New Root's Valentine's Rawlos forever, patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to make and personalize them. It wasn't until after I found the idyllic mold that I committed to crafting these beauties (as well as an additional sweet) for my valentine.

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Is it Capsule-Worthy?

1. Reflect on your buying patterns.
This is the most important part of building a Capsule Wardrobe and practicing Minimalism. While the next steps are incredibly cleansing, this is the cornerstone of making your Capsule Wardrobe a lasting sustainable change. Every time you consider adding a new article of clothing to your wardrobe ask the question, "Is it Capsule-worthy?"
If you're seduced by flashy store-fronts, discount signs and online-shopping, alter your routine and change your habits (... it may be easier said than done).

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The Perfect Hostess Gift: DIY Mulled Wine Kit

Now that exams and clinic responsibilities recede, I can finally let myself think about Christmas.
I've been patiently waiting to assemble some herbal goodies, feeling inspired by the holiday spirit. Christmas time accentuates my love of playing with herbs because it gives me the opportunity to share with family and friends my passion of herbal medicine.

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11 Sleep Hygiene Tips to Optimize Your Sleep

Sleep issues are one of the most common concerns I see as a clinical intern. Even if it's not the main reason someone is coming in, I see patterns of people unable to slow their mind down before bed, or  waking up multiple times a night unable to fall back to sleep.
We know sleep is essential for our well-being, and that thought in itself can make sleep more challenging... 

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Beauty Sleep: A Night-time ritual

My night-time ritual uses some of my favourite PURA products. There is something so simple about a bedtime routine, but when it involves all-natural, mindful products lovingly made by someone as passionate as Lane I can't help but feel spoiled. With PURA, there is no hiding behind ingredients or manufacturing process. PURA openly and passionately shares every ingredient and each roller, mist, or mask is made in their apothecary-studio in Edmonton, Alberta.

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How to do Castor Oil Therapy the Easy Way

If you've read previous articles of mine, I'm all about ease. If a therapy cannot be well integrated into my life, the odds of it finding a space in my routine are slim. The traditional castor oil pack involves soaking flannel with castor oil, wrapping it around your abdomen often with saran wrap, and applying heat. To me, this is too much clean up and a hot mess waiting to happen. Of course, there is a easier way. 

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FALL FEATURE: The Art of Preserving

Transitioning from summer into fall is one of my favourite times of year. The air feels more clean and crisp, the beautiful warm colours come out as well as my scarves, boots, and sweaters (yay!)

Another great part of this time is starting the hibernation process of culling away the beautiful produce the summer gave us. You're thinking, what the f' am I going to do with all these tomatoes?

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How Ritual is Essential to Your Well-being

It seems ritual has been lost within our culture, but our mental/emotional and spiritual health demands it. We tend to be a society that tunes out, rather than turns in. 
Mornings aren't functional without a strong cup of coffee, winding down includes flipping on a Netflix show, or justifying a stiff drink to remedy a long, stressful day. What has been lost is an opportunity for connection-- creating a space to find stillness within ourselves.

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DIY SKIN-HEALING Herbal Salve Recipe

I recall making salve for the first time in a botanical medicine-making class. It was an incredibly frustrating experience and our group's salve never reached the desired consistency. Anxious of failure, I wondered how many attempts it would take to create a salve on my own. But, luckily with the aid of a helpful formula, my salve turned out the first go, and is the perfect melt-under-touch consistency.
The trick is...

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SUMMER FEATURE: Rethinking 'Fit'ness

With beach season upon us we are bombarded with subliminal, and not so subtle, messages to perfect our body. We create unrealistic expectations for ourselves, and when we don't achieve our goals we feel like we failed. We feel inadequate. 

For myself and for the health of my patients, I want a healthier outlook on physical 'fit'ness. How can I employ activity with a supportive motivation based on wellness rather than inadequacy?

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Herbin' in the Kootenays: Botanicals in everyday life

It's no secret that I love herbs.
Because of this nerdy-ness, I always seek out herb gatherings, conferences, workshops-- anything to continue learning about all that herbs have to offer.

This past weekend I went to Kootenay Herb Conference in scenic Creston, BC. What a setting to learn about herbs! A beautiful creek nearby, giant cedars sheltering tents, and meadows of wild flowers and medicinal "weeds". 

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