Spotlight on Local: Appleflats

We recently had the opportunity to meet up with the founders of Appleflats – producers of crabapple jelly and craft cocktail mixers made with locally grown crabapples based out of Perth, Ontario. How did you get started in this business? My brother Glen Smyth started the business after having a summer job fall through. We

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It all starts in the gut!

The reason why Module 1 of my MS program starts with addressing gut health is because according to the holistic model of health, the underlying cause of autoimmune reactions is triggered by intestinal hyperpermeability, commonly referred to as leaky gut syndrome. In this scenario within the digestive system, the intestinal lining becomes irritated and inflamed

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Why Do We Get a Lump in Our Throat When We’re Sad?

Whether we’re overcome with joy at a beautiful wedding ceremony, or we just watched a sad Humane Society commercial, our bodies respond in much the same way. Many of us who cry or are on the verge of crying often feel a lump-like sensation in the throat. As there isn’t an actual lump forming in

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Holiday Survival Tips for Both the Body and Mind

Delicious food, holiday celebrations and a little added stress can make sticking to your health goals a challenge. You work hard to keep yourself well and feeling good and in balance all year long so there is no reason why the holidays should be any different! Follow these simple tips to enjoy the holidays and

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Beat the Winter Blues Before They Start!

It’s dark when I wake up in the morning and dark before I leave work! I don’t know about you, but I’m already starting to miss the sun! These cold, short days are getting to me early this year. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to a change in the seasons.

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Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

Muscle cramping, weakness, fatigue, tingling or numb extremities, heart palpitations…are you getting enough potassium? There can be several different underlying causes for some of the symptoms above. In my nutrition practice however, I analyze a lot of food diaries submitted by my clients and over the years I have noticed that many people are not

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