• Beauty,  Health

    Hair Loss: Treating the Root Cause + My Story

    When getting to know my patients, I always ask about hair loss or thinning. Hair health is super important! It’s basically your body’s way of printing out data of your nutrition, disease state, aging rate and even your mental/emotional status.   Now for my story… I always loved my hair and it became part of my identity, as it does for most people. Luscious hair is the ultimate sign of health, youth and beauty! Needless to say, when I experienced hair loss… it wasn’t fun.   I’ve been meaning to write this story for many years now. Let’s face it.. nobody wants to feel vulnerable. After a bit of encouragement…

  • Beauty

    Five Weird Ways to Use Activated Charcoal

    It’s black, messy and almost creepy looking but the mineral power of activated charcoal can really improve your life in 5 big ways! My naturopath told me to pick up a bottle of Activated Charcoal capsules to bring with me to my trip to Asia last summer. If I was feeling a tummy ache after street food in Thailand or after a strange chicken curry in Bali, I popped one of these and felt better within a short amount of time and resisted a nasty food poisoning. I have been experimenting with this powerful black stuff since that trip. Here are 5 ways that I find activated charcoal useful: Acne…

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    Anti-Dark Circle Eye Mask

    It’s midterm week and my eyes are showing it! I love this simple, natural eye mask because I always have the ingredients and it really makes my eyes look less puffy and less dark! I couldn’t believe the difference it made the first time I tried it. A lot of women suffer from under-eye circles and darkness and even resort to expensive fillers that can leave bruising. There are a lot of product options on the market but many either have steroids or alcohol which will actually worsen the dark circles over time. I used to use Kiehls Midnight Recovery eye cream until I realized how much alcohol content it…

  • Beauty

    Recovery Hair Mask Recipe

    TIFF is here in Toronto and while everyone is looking at the fashion and the famous faces… I’m gawking over the fabulous HAIR! Everyone wants luscious locks with the perfect amount of shine and bounce just like what we’re seeing on the red carpets this week! In honour of this, I’m going to share my all-time favourite natural hair mask recipe. Here are some glossy hair goals from TIFF over the past few days that will inspire you to try the hair mask:   I have used tons of expensive hair masks especially after travelling this summer and trying to fix the damage it caused. Sadly, I don’t like 90% of the hair…

  • Beauty

    The Supermodel Workout: 6 Steps to a Gigi Hadid Body

        The three main assets that we all love to admire on a supermodel is their tight bums, flat abs and long, lean legs. I always am looking for ways to target these three areas at the gym and have reached out to a pro on the most simplest way to achieve the Gigi Hadid body. I’ve always wondered… how does supermodels like Gigi Hadid get that overall toned body while keeping her curves without gaining bulk? I asked my friend & personal trainer, Emily Bloom, to show me how to make this possible for anyone! Emily is the perfect girl to ask since, she herself has that Gigi…

  • Beauty

    Beauty ideals: Asia vs. America

    If you follow me on Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook… you know I’ve recently travelled and spent the month in Asia. The best thing about travelling to the other side of the world is exploring their culture and traditional practices of achieving everyday health and beauty. Every country has a certain beauty ideal and media around the world can hold completely different standards of beauty than other countries. The various global perceptions of beauty has really sparked my interest and I have always paid attention to this every time I travel. During my stay in Asia, I really wanted to learn what their culture considered attractive in comparison to how I…

  • Beauty

    My Better-Than-Botox Secret

      So the other day, one of my friends asked me if I’ve had Botox… when I answered no, she made me go through several facial expressions to prove that I wasn’t lying! I’ve never had anything injected into my face. My secret is COLLAGEN! Here’s how I discovered it: I tore a ligament in my ankle last summer and my colleague at school recommended that I try powdered collagen supplementation. Not only did this collagen product help my ankle recovery (my Chiro was amazed) but I noticed an amazing side effect– plumper skin!  Collagen is an abundant protein that sits in the dermal layer of the skin. An adequate…

  • Beauty,  Health

    10 Workouts to a Perkier Butt

    Bikini, tight dresses and short-shorts season is just around the corner! What better way to prepare like trying out new and easy exercises to lift and tone your derrière! I asked my good friend Emily Ferris, a bikini body competitor, to give me her most effective workouts targeted to strengthen the glutes! Emily is an amazing workout partner, super motivating and her body is super inspiring! I love working out with fun people who know what they’re doing. Here’s a picture of Em that motivates me when I think I’m too tired to go to the gym… These exercises that we put together aren’t too complicated and we tried to make them look as…

  • Beauty

    How To Get A Flat Tummy

      Eat gut-friendly foods. The gut loves lean protein, healthy fats and a balanced bacterial flora. My favourite kind of food for the gut is anything with a dose of probiotics like fermented Sauerkraut and Kimchi. As a bonus, these two are made of cabbage which has a slight natural laxative effect. I like Bubbie’s Sauerkraut, $9 (only 3 ingredients: water, salt, cabbage- love it!) and Live Raw’s Kimchi, 10.99$. Gut-friendly foods involve every ingredient that is found in my “HealthyGut Salmon Salad”: Serves 2 people: Two big handfuls of a mix of spinach and arugula, 1 avocado, sliced cucumber, oyster or crimini mushrooms sautéed a bit in olive oil,…

  • Beauty

    Why You Should Try Cold Water Treading

    I’m a huge fan of hydrotherapy because it makes me feel so great for such easy and cheap treatments that address so many health concerns. Cold water treading is an old traditional secret from the 19th century. It is found to be beneficial for poor circulation, sinus congestion, varicose veins, runners with exhausted legs, insomnia, nervousness, people with occupations that involves a lot of standing, even general fatigue. I use it whenever I’m in on my feet all day or after wearing high heels. Ever since I learned about this treatment, I always do it when I come home from a night out in stilettos when my feet and legs feel swollen and heavy. I used…