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 Live juices from fruits, vegetables and herbs are a great dietary aid for helping the body to heal.  Wheatgrass, chlorella, barley and spirulina are healers that help stimulate cells, build red blood cells, cleanse the liver and fight toxins.  Vegetables are health restorers that help remove acid waste, boost immune system and balance the metabolism.  Fruits are body cleansers that help lower cholesterol and provide energy. Let's get started with some juice boosting recipes!

Alzheimer's disease has affected 10% of Americans at the age of 65 and 80% of individuals over the age of 85.  This is a disease of both sexes from nutrient deficiencies.  It is characterized by nerve fibres that has a permanent tingling around the centre of the brain where the memory is located and dying cells that can lead to dementia.  As you can see, it is more than a loss of memory.  Some experts believe that it is a result of free radicals or a compromised immune system.  Studies on men and women over the age...

 Did you know that 50-60% of women are prone to getting a urinary tract infection (UTI)  in their lifetime? The ratio of women to men that develop UTI is 8:1, which is shocking because the urinary tract is usually sterile.  The pathogen that causes UTI in a significant number of individuals is called Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E. coli.  The reason for the higher ration of women developing UTI is due to the urethra being shorter.  There are 6 classifications of UTI:

1.  Uncomplicated infection - normal urinary tract

2.  Complicated infection -  infection in an abnormal urinary tract like backward flow of urine to kidneys from bladder or kidney stones or blockage in ureters tube(s)

3.  Isolated infection - first episode or 6 months apart of UTI

4.  Unresolved infection - failed therapy due to 2 different bacteria or bacteria are resistant 

5.  Reinfection - same pathogen regrows two weeks after therapy or different microorganism grows...

April 2, 2018

 With IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), the complete hollow gastrointestinal (GI) tract is involved in this motility disorder, which is the inability of fluid and organisms to move.  IBS isn't an inflammatory condition, but can cause inflammation.  The symptoms of flatulence usually indicating indigestion, abdominal pain and bowel function alternating from constipation to diarrhea, just constipation or just diarrhea.  Low intake of fibre holds accountability for part of this problem and poor digestion is another part.  The gut becomes inflamed and is hyper-intensive when these two aforementioned problems are coupled together.  You can tell there is inflammation from mucous in the stool.  Inflammation and poor digestion together gives a good indication for dysbiosis. 

In order to create normal peristalsis, fibre is required.  Without normal peristalsis, the gut wall will narrow because it has nothing to push against.  When stressed, i...

March 17, 2018

Your body is self-healing with the proper nutrients.  By making constant adjustments, your body stays in balance (homeostasis). Like the saying "with every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction", as hormones speed up or slow down metabolism and muscle contractions can speed you up or slow you down.  Symptoms appear when the body isn't in homeostasis and this is when your body needs your help.  If you continue to ignore symptoms by masking the problem (the band aid effect), then the symptoms will eventually turn into something more serious:

Eczema can become asthma

Migraines can lead to liver issues

Leaky gut can cause allergic reactions

Low blood sugar can lead to diabetes

Stress can weaken the immune system

Lower back pain can be from overworked kidneys

High cholesterol can lead to an underactive thyroid

Did you know that any symptom can be an allergy? According to Naturopath doctor Carolee Bateson-Koch, this is believed when there is an unexplainable symptom like a banana causing a...

February 28, 2018

Why do we try so hard to over complicate food? Simple tastes just as good as complicated and high technical dishes.  Restaurants have wonderful salads that are packed full of many different toppings that they believe you want for that healthy choice. The added nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cheese and another crunchy element (dry noodles, corn chips, croutons) can add extra calories, salt and sugar.  The calories can always be used up throughout the day by exerting energy.  That 'catch up on the gossip' luncheon with your friend can continue with a 30 minute walk with hand weights, so you can re-enact the some boxing scenes from Rocky.

Sodium intake should max-out at 1500mg for the day. It is easier to keep that potassium-sodium ratio balanced, blood pressure in check, blood vessels and kidneys have a little less strain.  Nobody wants to be stressed at work, so why would you stress your organs? As the boss of your body, you might need some better training.  Never take your bo...

February 22, 2018

Eczema can be caused by an array of things like allergies, medication or irritating chemicals.  It is often associated with asthma.  It is commonly found on the wrists, knees, inside elbows and face.  It looks like red skin lesions that are cracked with a thickened skin that form blisters.  This inflammatory and very itchy disease is known as atopic dermatitis.  Food allergies established with eczema are tomatoes, eggs, foods with preservatives, wheat, food colouring and cow's milk. 

What if you have no food allergies or intolerances? Nutrient deficiencies can also contribute to the formation of eczema and a depressed immune system.  Deficiencies in zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids and vitamin A.  These are definitely supplements you need to take to correct the deficiency. 

It takes time for eczema to fade away, stop itching and reducing inflammation.  Dermagen C cream is perfect for eczema and other skin conditions.  It helps with inflammati...

February 9, 2018

 The cause of the common cold can be from any 200 viruses, but typically the rhinovirus.  The cold virus makes its presence by a stuffy or runny nose, scratchy throat, maybe chills and a low grade fever.  These symptoms are the body's attempt to eradicate the viruses.  Inflamed and runny nasal passage is a guard against further spreading and invasion.  Getting more than 2 colds per year is a sign of a compromised immune system.  Colds can be prevented by strengthening the immune system.

Drink 8oz of water, bone broth or herbal teas every hour. Aim for mostly water.  Avoid honey, orange juice and other natural sugars because they depress the immune system.  Take a pure grade vitamin C.  Over the counter vitamin C can come from a poor source, contain fillers and/or sugars.  If you have citric allergies, then I don't recommend vitamin C. Thymus extract once or twice a day.  Also, Echinacea is a popular remedy for the common cold....

January 25, 2018

 The clinical definition for depression is based on the following criteria:

1.  Either weight loss due to poor appetite or weight gain with increased appetite

2.  Physical inactivity or hyperactivity

3.  Decreased interest in activities or low sex drive

4.  Hypersomnia or insomnia

5.  Energy loss or fatigue

6.  Inappropriate guilt or feeling worthless

7.  Loss of concentration or reduced ability to think

8.  Death or suicide thoughts that are reoccurring

With the presence of 5 of these symptoms, there is a definite indication of depression.  An individual with 4 symptoms could be depressed too.  You would definitely need to see a qualified doctor to be diagnosed.  There are lifestyle changes that may help an individual develop a more positive mental attitude. 

Lifestyle Change

1.  Exercise regularly

2.  Practice stress reduction/relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga pose or meditation for 10-15 minutes every day

3.  Laughter is a great medicine, so watch a hilarious movie or laugh with a...

November 28, 2017

First, I want to emphasize the word "Regular" because I am not suggesting to eliminate caffeine from your diet.  It is important to know where you find caffeine besides the more common coffee, tea and chocolate.  It is in ice cream, protein bars, non-cola soda, specialty waters and even decaf coffee has a remaining 3% caffeine left in the bean.  Be aware of how much caffeine you are consuming each day.

I sure you have heard or read about some health benefits of caffeine.  But TOO much caffeine does eventually create an imbalance within your body, which leads to different problems.  I recommend to my clients that they need to drink 5 cups of water for every cup of coffee/tea they consume.  Everyone's body is different, so it is easy to generalize the possible signs of excess caffeine like:

Irregular heartbeat

Nervousness, restlessness


Headaches, migraines

Frequent urination

High blood pressure

Something else could be causing migraines (read my other blog on migraines).  My sister used...

November 22, 2017

Many people turn to their doctor when they are feeling fatigued.  They might even look at their thyroid, glucose levels, stress, hormones, symptoms of depression or anxiety.  Sometimes it is just your body communicating with you because you let your vitamin, mineral, enzyme and amino acid levels get too low.

Let's take a look at what might be deficient in your body that is causing fatigue.

Coenzyme Q10 has a part in mitochondrial energy metabolism, therefore a deficiency causes fatigue.  It is true that your body produces coenzyme Q10, but it produces less and less as you get older.  Mitochondrial respiration decreases when vitamin A levels are low, which is the reaction needing oxygen to convert energy stored to ATP for giving every cell energy.  Also, B vitamins are cofactors in mitochondrial respiration, as it converts carbohydrates, fats and protein into energy.  Having low B vitamin levels can be another contributing factor to your fatigue.

Muscle fatigu...

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

Registered Holistic  Nutritionist

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