The Glycemic Index

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a scientifically proven tool that will revolutionize your approach to dieting and weight loss. Forget fad diets, depriving yourself, and counting calories—a low GI diet is simple to follow, satisfying, and it will give you results that you can see and feel. Sherry Torkos, a pharmacist, fitness instructor, and natural…

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The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine is a definitive resource on complementary health care, combining everything you need to know about diet and lifestyle, supplements and nutrition with reliable medical information. This handy household reference contains sound, unbiased, scientifically grounded information you can trust, written in a friendly, easy-to-read style by one of Canada’s leading…

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Chia Recipes and FAQ

Oriental Salad * 4 tablespoons of Chia seeds, * 2 chicken breasts, * 6 cups of water (1,5 liters), * 2 tablespoon wheat free soy sauce, * 3 celery stalks, * 1 tablespoon vegetal oil (15 ml), * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, * A pinch of pepper. Place the Chia seeds in an oven tray…

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Functional Foods

Hippocrates wisely stated back in 400 BC, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Modern research has validated this doctrine. Today we know that what we eat is a major determinant of our health, and that food provides both nutritive and healing properties. In recent years there has been significant research on…

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Natural Solutions for Depression

Depression is the most common psychiatric ailment in Western society. Over 1.4 million people in Canada suffer with depression at any given time and it is the second leading cause of long-term disability among workers. It is much more than simply a case of the blues or feeling down. It is a true medical condition…

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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Until recently the battle of the bulge has been fought primarily by adults. Today, however, the largest growing segments among the obese are our children and adolescents. With this new epidemic come grave health consequences for future generations. While scientists are busy looking at genetic factors, hormonal imbalances, and drugs to correct these problems, we…

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Preventing Winter Colds

The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by a virus. There are over 200 viruses that cause colds; the most common is the rhinovirus. Colds are a major cause of lost work and school days, and doctor visits. Children are most susceptible to contracting the virus and may experience as…

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Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Just as a bright sunny day can lift our mood and spirit, the short and darker days of fall and winter can have the opposite effect, making us feel sad and blue. An occasional case of the winter blues is no cause for concern, but long-lasting feelings of sadness and depression during the winter months…

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Springing into Shape with the GI

Summer is fast approaching and along with it comes bikini season. Many people who spent the winter hibernating, wearing bulky clothes and eating “comfort” foods are suddenly faced with the prospect of donning their shorts and bathing suits. The desire to shed that winter weight oftentimes overrules our common sense, as people resort to fad…

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Successful Strategies for Enhancing Fat Loss

With the worldwide obesity epidemic, many individuals are searching for ways to lose weight and keep it off. While the focus is often on total body weight, it is actually excess body fat that represents the real health threat. Thus it is important to understand the role that body fat plays in health and disease…

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