Healthy Living

How to find the right Osteopathic Practitioner

It's hard when you are sourcing out a health care specialist, especially when it may be a new discipline that you haven't tried, like Osteopathy. Here are my top 5 questions to ask a potential therapist to ensure you have enough information to make an...

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Acidity Versus Alkaline

As Live Blood technicians we often see patients/clients that are more acidic rather than alkaline. The goal for a healthy body is to keep your body’s PH level as close to 7.4 as possible. Your body and blood have a PH of 7.35 to 7.45, slightly...

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Feeling SAD a little too often?

For many of us, the holiday's represent a time for family, friends, giving, laughter, serving and love. However, for many it is a reminder of what might be missing; of what could have been;  or missing loved ones who have passed; or feeling lonely. If you...

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How to Stay Healthy Over the Holiday

The holiday season is going to be in full swing now with all the last minute shopping, crowded parking lots, wrapping presents and hosting lavish dinners. 'T'is the season to be jolly', they say, but with everything going on, it can also seem a lot...

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Got a Sweet Tooth?

Sugar Substitutes to Satisfy Your Cravings Holiday season is approaching fast and so are all the tempting goodies. The Christmas cookie exchange parties, holiday dinners and work social gatherings have begun and all the glory of baking (and eating) is in full motion! Every year we do...

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Green Smoothie Bowl

Recipe by Nindy Grewal, Nutritional Practitioner at Balance Point Health Centre. Ingredients: 1 cup of cold filtered water handful of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) - frozen or fresh huge handful of kale or spinach 1 scoop of whey or vegan protein 1 tsp of cinnamon 1...

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Halloween Tricks or Treats?

It’s that time of year again….Halloween is here with all the ghouls and ghosts roaming our streets. I for one have always loved Halloween – dressing up and being any character my heart desires each year. Now my children have followed in my footsteps and...

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Top 10 Ways to Use On Guard Essential Oil

On Guard is a 'must have' therapeutic grade essential oil blend for any home. It contains a mix of sweet orange essential oil, rosemary, clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus.  These essential oils work together to create a powerful and versatile infection-fighting and disinfectant blend.  Each ingredient in...

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Clean up Your Cleaning Routine

Let's talk cleaning.  First, I hate cleaning.  Anyone with me on this? On the other hand, I do love a clean home that smells fresh and uplifting. My sense of smell is pretty sensitive these days, especially since I cleaned up the products I use.   It's interesting...

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How to read labels…

When I became interested in the power of food on overall well-being, I became obsessed with reading labels.  I'm pretty good at it now and have even got my kids doing the same...

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Nut Loaf

This loaf may just become a staple in your home for so many reasons.  One, you can make it on the weekend and then use it in so many different ways during the week.  Crumble it up and use it as a salad topper, heat and...

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Excess Sugar and Aging

Blog by Natasha DeCarie, Certified and Registered Holistic Nutritionist There are many forms of sugar; corn syrup, cane sugar, sucrose, fructose, maltose, and sorbitol just to name a few and they all have one thing in common - they are all addictive. Sugar might not cause physical...

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Diffuser Blends for the Holidays

Even though there isn't any snow yet here in Oakville, it’s sure beginning to smell like it! There is no doubt that there are certain smells that simply remind you of the holidays. Above are 8 recipes for holiday diffuser blends that will help you get into...

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Metagenics Detox Diary…

It was time for my annual spring detox.  The signs were there.  I was a little more 'angry' at the little things, tired at the end of the day, digging into my dark chocolate stash before 9:00 am in the morning and sugar cravings taking...

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Green Detox Smoothie

If you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious green smoothie designed to support your body’s natural detoxification efforts, this Green Detox Smoothie is for you. This smoothie contains potent green superfoods: spirulina, chlorella and/or cilantro. The combination of ingredients result in what is perhaps the most potent...

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Oat Pancakes (wheat free)

These pancakes are perfect for a weekend breakfast because they are filling, healthy and delicious!  Better yet, they are very simple to make and require only a blender. That's right, only one thing to wash! 1 1/2 cups wheat free oats 1/2 cup gluten free...

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High heel heck!?

Now I will be the first to admit that high heels do look fantastic on all women and also the first to  shout at the top of my lungs that they are the worst thing you can do to your feet other than flip flops. ...

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Snowball Cookies – revamped!

Cookies, treats, chocolate…they are everywhere during the holiday season. If you want to stick to your health goals over the holidays but at the same time, not feel deprived, there are many options that are similar to our ‘old’ favourites that are worth a try....

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Orange Almond Biscotti

This was one of my all time favourite treats before I began eating gluten free.  This gluten free version is fantastic!  This version is made of healthier ingredients, not the sugar and wheat loaded ones you would purchase at the coffee shop.  Add cranberries or chocolate...

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Chocolate Zucchini Loaf (grain free)

This recipe is fantastic.  Why? It is gluten free (no bloating!) High in protein (eggs) and fiber (thank-you coconut flour) You can send it in your kids lunches - nut free! Good amount of healthy medium chain fats for energy Low glycemic - therefore no sugar spikes and dips (in...

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‘Tis the Season…Fa La LaaaChoooo!

Article by Shannon Gregory, Live Blood Analysis As the holiday season approaches, we have many stressors. We rush to buy baking to pass off as our own or stay up all night baking, to prove we can still do it all We decorate the home to look festive...

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Stressed?

Drag yourself out of bed, dress, feed the kids, drop off kids, dash to work, meet the demands of the day, dash home, throw dinner together (literally), drop kids at hockey, back home, kids to bed, collapse. Is this the rhythm of your days? Intense with multiple...

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Signs that you need a detox

We are all exposed to toxins daily. Things like - pesticides, industrial wastes, synthetic medicine, food additives, car exhaust and cigarette smoke and all of these are chemicals that are foreign to our bodies. They end up accumulating inside because our body does not know...

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Stress Less about PMS

PMS!! Do you ever feel irritable, sad, sore, achy and bloated? Do you feel like you are reaching for that family sized bag of chips or the mega sized chocolate bar way to often? Many women accept PMS as being a part of life, something that we...

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The Power of Your Food

This month I’d like to share with you a case about the power of your food. I love working with people on the topic of nutrition and assessing what they’re eating, but more importantly discussing what things can be added in to support them and move their...

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The Power of Probiotics

Probiotics.   We’ve been inundated by this word through television ads for yogurt products.  What exactly are probiotics?  Are they simply a new healthy nutrient found only in yogurt? Not at all.  The word probiotic is derived from the Greek meaning “for life”.  Probiotics are the healthy...

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Is chia the new flax?

We think so! Chia seeds are a highly nutritious food that are a great addition to your daily menu. Why? Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. The whole seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for longer periods...

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Aloe GI Support Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 cup of coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk 1 medium aloe vera leaf, filleted (approximately 1/2 cup) or 1 tbsp aloe juice 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks optional - 1 handful of fresh basil A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia...

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Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my sons in 7 and he is hungry all the time!  I believe he is going through a growth spurt because I honestly can't keep up with his appetite.  This presents a challenge for me because he eats gluten and dairy free and is...

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