Healthy back-to-school snacks

When school is back in session, having healthy, grab-and-go snacks on hand is essential. When you wait too long to eat, or go extended periods between meals, your blood sugar can drop, leading to headaches, anxiety, low mood, agitation and hormonal imbalances. 

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Riley Webster
How to practice being present

When we are present in the moment, our nervous systems can come out of the sympathetic, fight-or-flight response and back into the parasympathetic, calm state.  When we are relaxed and present, we naturally begin to make choices that better serve our health.

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Riley Webster
3 of my favourite summer barbeque recipes

Summer is a time when we can enjoy the plentiful foods that are in season, and often the best summer meals are the ones that are the most simple. Here are a few recipes to spark some inspiration next time you’re at your local farmer’s market picking up groceries for the week.

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Riley Webster
Try these alternatives to coffee

Summer is a great opportunity to detox from coffee.  Ayurvedic Medicine, the oldest medical system in the world with roots in India, suggests that summer is the time when our fire element, also known as pitta, is at its peak. Since coffee is pitta-aggravating, meaning it can push us out of balance at this time of year, it’s a natural time to wean off coffee and try a healthy substitute.

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Riley Webster
Summer skin care tips

Our skin is considered the body’s largest organ, and is one of the most important ones for the physical barrier it provides the rest of your body. As a naturopathic doctor, I believe in approaching skin health in a holistic way.

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Riley Webster
5 tips for choosing sunscreen

Choosing the right sunscreen can feel overwhelming, especially with all of the different options on the market. My advice is to keep it simple, and look for a few key indicators that will help to reduce premature aging and protect your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. 

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Riley Webster
Stock up on these fruits and veggies this summer

Eating according to what’s in season allows us to have year-round variety in our diets. When we eat according to what’s grown in each season, we can prevent developing allergies (which often occur when we eat the same foods year-round), eat more nutrient-dense foods, practice environmental sustainability, and even save money.

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Riley Webster
How men can keep their testosterone levels healthy

Testosterone is a male hormone that plays a vital role in men’s sexual and reproductive function, as well as contributes to muscle mass, hair growth, bone density, red blood cell production, and even emotional wellness. When men hit approximately 30 years old, their testosterone levels begin to naturally decrease. While this is a normal part of the aging process, men with decreased testosterone are at a higher risk for hair loss, prostate enlargement, and cancer.

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Riley Webster
Increase your iron levels with these foods

It can be difficult to get enough iron from our food, especially if we don’t make the time to meal prep or be diligent with our diet. The good news is that iron is found in many common food staples and can be easily incorporated into our favourite meals.

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Riley Webster
Why your iron is low and what to do about it

While some people have no symptoms of iron deficiency, some common signs of low iron include extreme fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, brittle nails, damaged hair or hair loss, and cold hands and feet. Here’s what do to about it:

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Riley Webster