The Naturmend Blog

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Adrenal fatigue – is it really a thing?

The so-called diagnosis of adrenal fatigue is often brushed off by many medical professionals as something made up by alternative health care practitioners such as ND’s, functional medicine MD’s and others. Alternative health care practitioners and patients alike get frustrated as the only... Continue Reading

Why folic acid isn’t good for you.

Before we delve into the topic of folic acid and folates it's important to get the language correct. Folate is the term used which includes all types of folate including folic acid. Folic acid does not equal folate, but is a type of folate. Many people, including health professionals, will refer to... Continue Reading

mitochondria – and 3 reasons you should care about yours!

You might be wondering what heck are mitochondria and why do I care? They are critically important little structures inside your cells that are doing very very important work. More and more we understand them to be central to healing chronic illness. What are they? Mitochondrion (the plural of... Continue Reading

recipe: kale & black lentil salad

With the heat this Summer in Calgary I’ve found myself craving more vegetarian lighter meals. I’ve rediscovered beans in this process. The latest one I’m playing around with are black lentils, also known as beluga lentils. They seemed a natural fit with black kale. I find them surprisingly... Continue Reading

recipe: summertime popsicle

It's summertime, school’s out and Calgary didn’t flood - lots of reasons to celebrate. These two recipes are a great alternative to unhealthy sweets. They contain no added sugars, only pure fruit. If you have kids or a bit of a sweet tooth yourself, try these very healthy popsicle recipes for... Continue Reading

5 signs that you might be entering perimenopause & what you can do about it.

Perimenopause is defined as the time ‘around’ menopause. Specifically the time just before menopause when the body is transitioning to this new phase of hormone production. For some women this can last 6 months and for others 10 years. The average length of perimenopause is 4 years (1).  It is... Continue Reading

5 great breakfast ideas (dairy free, gluten free, egg free, sugar free)

Often when I’m helping people with diet, I get the question: “what will I eat for breakfast?”. Sometimes we are just trying to reduce sugars in their diet or we are removing some common allergens such as dairy, gluten or eggs. With no sugar, dairy, gluten or eggs it's hard to come up with... Continue Reading

recipe: blender chia pudding

Being a busy person that I am, yet insistent on healthy food, I like an easy and fast recipe like this one. All you need is a blender and 20 minutes. Prep time is actually 2 minutes, but you do have to wait for the chia seeds to gel after blending. You can make this recipe at night for your morning... Continue Reading

recipe: green smoothie for long winters

As usually happens this time of year, I start to crave raw, fresh, colder foods. Large green salads and green smoothies. I was making some refreshing green smoothies in March when the weather was starting to let up. I’ve noticed I’m not so interested in them lately with this winter weather... Continue Reading

3 misunderstandings of detoxification

First let's talk about what it means to detoxify. Detoxifying is the act of removing toxic substances or qualities. So then the purpose of a 'detox' would be to remove toxic substances from your body. Right? Yes, but it's important to understand what the usual detoxification strategies of our... Continue Reading