There's no need to go out and buy those super sugary, highly salty sport drinks. You can make your own at home for dirt cheap and it honestly tastes better, and is better for you.
This one is super simple. I can't take credit for this recipe, it was passed on to me by my wise supervisors while in med school.
This recipe is for 1 litre of water. You can adjust the scale to make as much or as little as possible. I suggest making a big batch to keep in the fridge on standby.
Please feel free to submit comments or questions
Updated May 31 2015
Now that the snow has melted, the sun is out, temperatures are rising, moods are happier and people are spending more time outside. But for some, there's an ugly side to the coming of spring....the return of allergy season.
For those of you that are familiar with allergies, you know the classic symptoms all too well:
On top of the above mentioned approaches, naturopathic doctors offer specifically tailored plans to help you with your specific allergy symptoms. These plans may consist of botanicals, acupuncture, homeopathics, and supplements. There are many options to help you minimize these symptoms. These approaches can help curb the intensity of your allergy symptoms and get you back out enjoying your day.
Consult with your healthcare provider for your best treatment and prevention options.
Usually the chat about probiotics comes up pretty often. A lot of people are aware of probiotics, but aren't always clear on exactly what probiotics are or what they do. I like to explain what probiotics are and how they can help the health of the individual. Quite a few people know about probiotics from yoghurt or from an ad they saw on TV. However, very few of my patients really know how probiotics can help their specific health concern. This is a great opportunity to learn and take charge of their health and make informed decisions. So let me take this opportunity to try and explain what probiotics are and how they work.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are small bacteria that are used to increase and or replace the good bacteria already present in the body. They promote a healthy digestive tract and support defense mechanisms.
There are over 500 different strains of bacteria that live in your digestive tract. It is believed that there are 10X more bacteria in your body then there are normal cells. They combine to weigh roughly 1 kg. The genes from these organisms may be as much as 150 times larger than the total human gene content. That's a lot of bacteria!!
The 4 most dominant classes of bacteria are: Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, Proteobacteria,and Actinobacteria.
There are many many different strains of probiotics for sale out there, each with a claim as to why that strain is the best (that is a whole different topic that should be discussed with your healthcare provider). It is believed that different strains of probiotics have different functions in the body.
How do probiotics work?
Probiotics have multiple functions in the body such as:
When can I use probiotics?
Probiotics can be useful in many scenarios, here are the most common situations:
Thats the simple explanation of what probiotics are and how they work. Before picking any probiotics, consult with your healthcare provider to find the best strains for you and your health needs.
Updated May 31 2015
I was talking to a patient last week about her new years resolution to get healthy. She mentioned to me that she was interested in doing a detox, like the one she saw on that popular Dr show. I said "ok, no problem, but my detox plan is different than his though. My plan is longer than just a few days." She paused briefly and looked a bit puzzled. I asked "what's the matter?" She said, "wait a sec, what exactly is a detox?" I said "that's a great question...allow me to explain..." This is what I told her:
Detoxification is any process of decreasing the negative impact of xenobiotics (external foreign toxic molecules) on bodily functions. It includes biotransformation of endogenous (within the body) and exogenous (outside the body) molecules into excretable metabolites and or waste products.
There are SIX main pathways of elimination:
How the Liver detoxifies
The Liver is the primary organ of detoxification. Detoxification occurs in the liver through 3 major pathways: Phase I, Phase II and Phase III.
Always consult with your healthcare provider to have the proper guidance to complete your "detox".
Dr Landon McLean is a Naturopathic doctor accepting new patients in Whistler BC