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Ingredient Spotlight: Zinc

Zinc has been a popular topic these days, and for good reason! Let's dive into the research. Firstly, zinc is an element that has long been known to be essential for health. Zinc is supported by research when it comes to the immune system and more specifically viruses. Studies show that even mild... Continue Reading

And Then Came June…

Or as the popular meme states: Welcome to level 6 of Jumanji! We are, to say the least, truly living in unprecedented times and by the time I return to the new norms of the work I love as an Acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I will have been home for the duration of the... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Ground in Anxious Times

It’s been an unusual few months for all of us. The world is feeling a little topsy turvy and our existence has been turned on it’s head. We can been forced to shift our lives in so many different areas. The tightly woven fabric of our previous lives has been dismantled. Now, as things begin to... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Express Self Care

We hear about self-care all the time. What does this look like? It doesn’t always mean a bath, a massage, a sweet treat, time with friends or time alone. But, it definitely can! To me, self-care means tending to what you need INTERNALLY. Here are my 5 tips for self-care: Set boundaries. The... Continue Reading
Warming Turmeric Mylk Recipe

Warming Turmeric Mylk Recipe

Is there anything more satisfying than a cup of something warm and tasty? These days, it’s cold outside and life is just so busy… but the simple act of relaxing with a comforting drink can be incredibly therapeutic. I know it’s easy to reach for a sugar-packed hot chocolate or... Continue Reading
food sensitivities

Are Food Sensitivities Just A Trend

  As a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™, I hear a lot of questions (and a lot of doubt) about food sensitivities. It seems as though more and more people are becoming sensitive to a variety of foods, but along with the increase in awareness comes an increase in doubt over... Continue Reading
Integrative Medicine

The Scope of Integrative Medicine Today

Integrative Medicine involves amalgamating both Conventional and Naturopathic Medicine (botanical medicine, Asian medicine, injection/intravenous therapy, nutrition, lifestyle medicine), and may also include using other modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Psychology, Chiropractic... Continue Reading
toxic load

Ask Ralitza: Is “Toxic Load” a Thing?

Toxic load. It’s a term that gets passed around from one holistic practitioner to another without regard for understanding of the patient. What is this concept and how applicable is it to most of us? More importantly, does it even matter? To put it simply, toxic load is the accumulation of... Continue Reading
Boundary setting

How To Set A Boundary

What is a boundary? A boundary is an expression of what I want, and what I don’t want. One of the trickiest aspects of setting a boundary is figuring out what we, ourselves, want or don’t want. There are three habits that can make this difficult: Many of us have been conditioned to... Continue Reading
thyroid testing

Does it Matter What Time of Day You Book Your Thyroid Testing?

Thyroid testing. If you’ve ever gone in to your doctor for a basic physical assessment, you’ve likely gotten bloodwork. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) is likely to be a part of the basic blood panel, especially if you’ve presented with symptoms of fatigue, constipation, thinning hair,... Continue Reading