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Should You Take Vitamin D?

There has been a lot of hype about the "sunshine vitamin" in the past decade due to its many important roles within the body. At my first meet and greet with a family physician in Calgary, he gave me a requisition to get my blood work done. After scrolling through the checked boxes on the sheet I asked if I could also get my vitamin D levels checked. To this…
Kristin Brown
November 1, 2015
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Minerals for Health – Magnesium

Magnesium is needed within the body for many different reasons – strong teeth and bones as well as a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system. Concern regarding magnesium status in the body is not often brought up to me by clients – with the exception of clients dealing with renal insufficiency. This is likely because when we get our annual blood work done, magnesium doesn’t seem to ever come up as…
Kristin Brown
October 25, 2015
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Sleep Hygiene – Sleep.. What?

When I ask my clients "have you heard of sleep hygiene?", to this day not one person has answered "yes". I often get a range of responses from "does that mean you have a shower before you go to bed?" to "I wash my sheets every week". Sleep hygiene is defined as "habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis". I care about the sleep…
Kristin Brown
October 17, 2015
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Hormones, Chemicals, and Weight

We hear it said all of the time "eat less, exercise more" to lose weight. If it were that simple, why would 1 in 4 Canadians be considered 'obese'?  Hormones have a significant impact on our appetite and, as a result, how much food we consume in a day. Three of the hormones and chemicals that play a important role in what, when, and how much we eat are: Leptin Leptin is a…
Kristin Brown
October 17, 2015