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Health Conditions

Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Are You at Risk?

Vitamin B12, aka cobalamin, is one of the B group of Vitamins. Your body needs it to make red blood cells and DNA, and it’s critical for brain and nervous system function. It is an essential co-factor in the body’s enzymatic processes. Vitamin B12 itself can be broken down into four different, but interrelated types, which you can read about here. (LINK TO BLOG ONE HERE.) Here we’ll discuss the causes, who is at risk and the signs of a B12 deficiency, as well as how you can guard against it. Who May Be At Risk For B12 Deficiency? Seniors

Treatments for Iron Deficiency Anemia and the Need for Phytoferritin Research

KEY WORDS: Anemia: A condition defined by low levels of haemoglobin in the body. Symptoms include fatigue, heart palpitations, headaches and chest pains. Iron- deficiency anemia (IDA): A common type of anemia caused by iron deficiency due to bleeding, poor diet, or malabsorption. As iron plays a vital role in the body, IDA can lead to cognitive, motor and growth defects in children. Ferritin: A protein found in high levels in humans, animals and plants. Its principal role is to bind and sequester iron. As such, ferritin is an organic source of iron.Phytoferritin: Plant ferritin that is similar in structure

Healing ‘Leaky Gut’

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is essentially a system of muscular tubes that propel materials along its length, to enable the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of waste products in and out of the body. The wall of the GI tract is sealed by a layer of intestinal epithelial cells. As well as selectively absorbing nutrients and excreting waste products, the GI wall acts as a first line of defense by preventing potentially harmful toxins or bacteria in the gut from entering the blood. Certain conditions and treatments may damage the GI tract, resulting in loss of integrity of the

A Guide to a Better Night’s Sleep

I think we all could agree that a little more sleep in our lives would be a dream come true—pun intended! Sleep is grossly underrated. In the world of health, we have an affinity to talk about the importance of exercise, work environment, and maintaining a balanced diet at length. However, the importance of a good night’s sleep for a healthy life is often overlooked, despite that fact that we spend (or should be spending) seven or more hours every day sleeping. This is strange, considering that anything else in our lives that consumed seven hours a day would be

Dandelions: Potential Anti-Cancer Properties

The dandelion (also known as Taraxa-cum officinale) is a well-known peren-nial herb native to North America and Eurasia. Despite its reputation as a stubborn weed, the dandelion possesses redeeming properties that make it an important ingre-dient for natural health products. Dandelion root extract has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine for the treat-ment of a plethora of conditions of the liver and gastrointestinal tract. However, new evidence from the University of Wind-sor, at the forefront of cancer research, has found that dandelion root extract also pos-sesses potential an-ti-cancer properties. The potential anti-cancer effects of dandelion root extract first

Is it Really my Thyroid? Hypothyroidism Explored

Hypothyroid  is  also  known  as  low or underactive thyroid. This condition occurs when the gland fails to produce proper amounts of the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) to meet the body’s needs. Thyroid disease is estimated to affect 200 million people worldwide, with recent studies showing that as many as 1 in 10 Canadians are affected. Of those affected with thyroid dysfunction the majority are women, of which an estimated 50% remain undiagnosed. There are numerous factors that may contribute to low thyroid function including: Autoimmune disease (known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) Hyperthyroid treatment (using radioactive iodine or thyroid suppressing medications)

Menopause: What Are My Natural Options? Part 1

Menopause is a normal, natural and inevitable event that affects all women reaching middle to late adulthood. In a very basic sense, menopause occurs as a result of aging. Changes in the structure and function of the female ovaries  lead to a drastic drop in estrogen  levels and permanent cessation of menses. Unfortunately, its associated symptoms can make this process quite uncomfortable for many women and can negatively impact their social life, psychological health and overall well- being.1 The most common concern in postmenopausal women are hot flashes; these cause an episodic feeling of heat, intense sweating and flushing of

metabolic syndrome

Metabolic dysfunctioNS are a major risk factor for cardiovascular incidents such as myocardial infarction, stroke, and non-ischemic cardiovascular disease1. The constellation of symptoms indicative of metabolic dysfunction include: central obesity (apple body types), glucose intolerance, insulin resistance (eg. non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), hypertension, dyslipidemia, high markers of inflammation, and poor blood clotting (hyperfibrinolysis). Given the complexity of this syndrome, identifying and developing treatments can be very difficult. As we learn more, we gain a greater understanding about how we can approach the underlying cause of metabolic dysfunctions while managing the symptoms.Given the wide array of symptoms, metabolic syndrome was often overlooked