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Food intolerances and food additives…Be on the lookout!

by Sonia Chartier, on 2 June 2015, Allergies, Digestion, Healthy Eating
food-intolerance

It is not unusual to hear about people reacting to certain food additives. We all have friends or colleagues who react to too much caffeine or salt. Others react to dyes and preservatives in foods.

These are not allergies per se, but could be deemed intolerances. In fact, it is difficult to ascertain who will get hyper from too much caffeine and who will drink twelve cups a day and sleep like a baby.

Apart from these rather obvious reactions, there are more subtle responses to additives.  Symptoms are sometimes so subtle that they go unnoticed, and unless someone is really looking for the causes of a repetitive condition or symptoms, they may go unnoticed for decades.

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5 bad habits to change for healthy skin

by Sonia Chartier, on 21 May 2015, Body Care
healthy skin

Save your skin

Amazing stuff – skin – wrapped all round you like a great big, porous yet waterproof, sturdy yet flexible raincoat. It’s the best product the clothing industry hasn’t got. Did you know the average adult has about two square metres of skin keeping all the bones and softer bits in and the big, bad world out?

Your skin reflects many things about you.  Here are 5 bad habits to change for healthy skin:

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Empty Nest Syndrome

by Sonia Chartier, on 13 May 2015, Healthy Eating, Stress and sleep
syndrome du nid vide

A new stage for exploration in life 

Empty nest syndrome is a time in many women’s lives where they can feel a lost sense of purpose, lonely and confused about their feelings.   Stress levels may increase and coping with day-day issues may seem more difficult due to changes in motivation or mood. This phase of life creeps up on people gradually, so it’s easy to be unaware of what’s going on. More awareness and discussion will prevent women feeling isolated and as if they’re the only one unable to cope. Continue reading >

5 tips to prevent cellulite

by Sonia Chartier, on 4 May 2015, Healthy Living
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Lymphatic system and cellulite

We never hear much about the lymphatic system…unless things go terribly wrong. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in eliminating toxins and transporting fats.  But that’s not all! It is also an integral part of our immune system and we should take care of it.

Sluggish lymphatic system

One sign of a sluggish lymphatic system can show up on the hips. Indeed, poor elimination of toxins by the lymphatic system is one of the major factors leading to cellulite. Congestion in the organs in charge of eliminating toxins, like the liver and kidneys, only aggravate the problem.    Continue reading >

Venous circulation and varicose veins

by Sonia Chartier, on 28 April 2015, Healthy legs - varicose veins
Varicose veins

 Josée Fortin, Naturopath and Biochemist – Special collaboration

Summer is on the way, and many of us want to show our smooth, varicose vein-free legs. Varicose veins are formed by enlarged blood vessels in the legs, right under the skin’s surface. They are the result of damage to the venous valves, whose function is to prevent excessive accumulation of blood in a specific region. When they malfunction, venous pressure increases, which leads to a transfer of liquid into the surrounding tissues, swelling, heaviness, fatigue and leg pain.

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