• Health

    The Reason You’re Getting Sick

    It’s that time of year again when the weather is changing and I’m starting to hear lots of sniffles in the clinic! There are lots of patients who seem to be doing everything right. They are eating their greens, washing their hands like crazy and even taking a bunch of supplements but just don’t understand why they keep getting sick! Well the answer most of the time ends of being… sugar.   DID YOU KNOW?  1 tsp of sugar could suppress your immune system for 2 hours!   Too much sugar slows down and confuses the cells that make up your immune system. These cells normally attack bad bacteria throughout…

  • Health

    5 Simple Yoga Poses to Relieve Anxiety

    Anxious much? It happens to all of us but how you deal with it will determine the toll it takes on your health. A great tool to use for physical and mental calming is Yoga – a series of poses that serves as a natural anxiolytic (to break down anxiety). Anxiety is part of the sympathetic nervous pathway. Chronic states of anxiety can lead to negative health outcomes since your parasympathetic pathways (ex. digestion and immune system) halt to a stop once the sympathetic system is in overdrive. Yoga was designed to redistribute blood flow and oxygen in the body to ease the mind and musculature in a way that favours the parasympathetic system. I…

  • Beauty

    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…

  • Health

    Natural Hangover Cures

    It happens… we all overindulge once and a while. Instead of popping an Advil and feeling sorry for your nauseous self all day, I have solutions to make the morning after much more tolerable. What better way to kick off 2017 by freshening up with these 8 natural hangover remedies guaranteed to work! Happy new year! Coconut water My #1 go-t0… this is mother nature’s gift for hungover people! I love coconut water because not only does it rehydrate hungover skin but it is also is filled with the electrolytes, potassium and anti-oxidants that were depleted from a night of drinking. Coconut water is a much better fluid alternative to coffee…

  • Health

    Benefits of Okra +Recipe

    Are you feeling… -bloated? -tired? -sluggish? -irritable? -constipated/ irregular? -craving sugar? -difficult to lose those few extra pounds?       You may need okra in your life!   Okra is a vegetable that is packed with the BEST kind of fibre. Okra’s fibre creates a mucilage effect that basically lubricates your colon rather than the common drying/constipating effect that you might feel after eating cereals, grains or powdered fibre(ex. Metamucil). Fibre is SO important and a lot of adults are deficient nowadays! Okra helps regulate our bowels, eliminate effectively and detox our organs and skin. Okra is also extremely nutritious! It is full of potassium, folic acid, Vitamin C, calcium…

  • Health

    The Superpowers of Chaga + Recipes

    The seasons are changing and the sniffling from people around me has begun! The start of fall is the perfect time to introduce Chaga and my Superpower Potion Chaga drink! Chaga is an amazing adaptogen that helps your body adapt to internal or external stressors. I have been drinking chaga tea almost every other day the past two weeks in order to help me feel energized and avoid catching a cold as we welcome in sweater weather. Chaga not only helps with weather change but also keeps me going during stressful periods in my personal life and school. Preventing burn-out is so important especially with exams a few weeks away.…

  • Health,  Travel

    Healthy living in Vancouver, Marijuana and Beauty with Mary Zilba

    This summer, I travelled out west to beautiful British Columbia. During this trip, I met some interesting people, learned the lifestyle, and got to do some preceptorship work with some of the best naturopathic doctors in the country. While I was in the vibrant city of Vancouver, I fell in love with the healthy and laid-back lifestyle! Vancouver is filled with luscious nature, gorgeous views and the people are just be as fantastic! I am so excited to have had the chance to interview one of the coolest ladies in Van City… The Real Housewives of Vancouver star and Canadian Popstar, Mary Zilba! . . . .  JAMIE: You haven’t always lived…

  • 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…

  • Health

    Plants in the Home: 3 Reasons to Keep These Indoor Plants

        Do you have plants in your home? Any at all? Not fake but real live luscious plants. It is so important to have plants in our homes and here is 3 reasons why:   #1. They purify the air we breathe! With cold weather around the corner, we all will be sealing up our homes. Without constant ventilation through the house, the air gets stuffy and the quality of the air indoors will decrease. Have you ever heard of VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These compounds released into our homes everyday and negatively effect our family’s acting as carcinogens, causing unexplained headaches, skin or mental irritation, low energy and…

  • Health

    Gluten-Free Refreshing Tabbouleh

    Hello again, everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while… I just finished writing my board exam (NPLEX I). It was the first of two board exams Naturopathic Doctors will write. I have been studying like crazy over the past 6 weeks so excuse my lack of updating the blog! I’m SO excited that the exam is out of the way because now I can focus on a month of relaxation before school starts up again in September! What better way to kick off summer than with a refreshing new recipe? I’m headed to a BBQ this afternoon in Toronto and I decided to bring my signature tabbouleh! Tabbouleh is…