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Low-Sodium Meals Realistic?

We all know that a diet of high-sodium is bad for you — it is associated with increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and strokes — so why are Canadians still consuming double the amount recommended by Health Canada? The health... »

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Can Wheatgrass Help Weight Loss? We Ask A Vancouver Wellness Coach

You’re much more likely to stick to a diet if you’re interested in what you’re eating. And choosing foods—and drinks—which have health benefits will give your diet and exercise plan a boost. There are numerous benefits of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass has b... »

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Eating For A Healthy Planet: Vancouver Naturopath On Vegetarian Diets

Downtown Vancouver naturopath physicians like Dr. Carol Lin believe health and happiness come from creating balance and wellness. Following a vegetarian diet could provide many benefits, both for our health and for our planet. As naturopathic doctors... »

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Tried Immortal Mushrooms? Vancouver Naturopath Asks…

There are many wonderful foods we can eat to improve our health and wellbeing, says downtown Vancouver naturopath Dr. Carol Lin, ND. Lemons fight colds. Garlic improves circulation. And the power mushrooms Reishi and Shiitake can even extend our live... »

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Lose Weight with Omega-3? Maybe Not…

Much has been reported about the metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Recent animal studies have also claimed that omega-3 can help with weight loss due to appetite suppression, and changes in adipose tissues and fat oxidatio... »

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Do You Have High Blood Pressure? Vancouver Weight Loss Coach Can Help

High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—can lead to fatal illnesses. Is your blood pressure too high? If so, you can take steps to reduce it with advice from Bettina Mackenbach, a practicing dietitian and a Vancouver weight loss and wellness c... »


Lower Cholesterol with Astragalus Herb

From a health survey taken in 2011, it is estimated that 39 per cent of Canadians have unhealthy cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is crucial to the well-being of humans since it plays a vital role in cell membranes’ fluidity, permeability and structur... »

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Vancouver Naturopath Asks, Have You Tried Immortal Mushrooms?

There are many wonderful foods we can eat to improve our health and wellbeing, says downtown Vancouver naturopath Dr. Carol Lin, ND. Lemons fight colds. Garlic improves circulation. And the power mushrooms Reishi and Shiitake can even extend our live... »

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Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting

The vicious cycle of unsuccessful dieting—known as yo-yo dieting—makes you regain all the weight you just lost. Weight cycling is incredibly frustrating, but you can avoid it.  Yo-yo dieting is more frustrating than harmful. You deny yourself your fa... »

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High Protein Diet to Drop the Pounds

You can put more food on your plate with a high protein diet. This popular new diet could speed your metabolism and help drop the pounds. This is a diet you must follow with care. The high protein diet can be also high in saturated fat, and low in fi... »

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Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor: Green Tea Protects Liver?

Green tea, made from the plant Camellia sinensis, has soared in popularity over the recent years due to its many health benefits, says a Vancouver naturopathic doctor. It’s been shown to reduce the risk of heart diseases and can fight certain types o... »

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Lower Cholesterol with Tomatoes

Popular in salads, soups and burgers, tomatoes are also a high source for lycopene. Lycopene is traditionally used for preventing heart disease, treating infections from the human papilloma virus (HPV), asthma, cataracts, and various types of cancer.... »

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Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a very serious problem in North America, affecting millions of people. Being overweight increases your risk of developing this disease. Taking steps to lose weight is one of the best ways to protect yourself from developing this ch... »

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Anti-aging with Vancouver Weight Loss Coach

You know that maintaining a healthy weight helps your health, but did you also know that it can fight aging? We can increase longevity and vitality if we watch our weight, says Vancouver weight loss coach, Bettina Mackenbach, RD.  Losing weight can e... »

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Avoid Alcohol To Lose Weight? Not In Moderation

Great news for those of us who like a drink every now and then! You can stick to your weight loss plan and still enjoy a glass of wine. But be sensible! The key to enjoying a drink while maintaining your health is moderation. But you knew that alread... »


Avocados: More Than Just a Guacamole Base

Avocados for weight loss? Holy Guacamole, yes! It would be a good idea to start adding avocados to more than salads, sushi and guacamole for local residents. The fruit (not technically a vegetable since the seed is on the inside) has always been know... »

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A Diet Focusing on Anti-Inflammatory Foods Improves Health Says Vancouver Weight Loss Coach

Inflammation in the body can produce a boatload of health complications with cardiovascular and circulatory health (heart disease and blood pressure), as well as aggravate inflammatory responses like arthritis and osteoarthritis. Eating anti-inflamma... »

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Fats To Fear—Names And Shames

We investigated the benefits of fat-free foods and found what diets offer on eating healthy fats. “Don’t eat fats,” scream some diets. “Fat makes you fat” or even “Fat kills”. But we need some fats in our diet. The key is eating sensibly, and being e... »

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Eating Too Much Sodium?

Canadians eat too much sodium. And salty foods are often the ones which make us gain weight. By cutting down on these foods we’ll become much healthier. Schools and other entities in the know typically advise everyone to abide by the Health Canada gu... »

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Can Diet Drinks Make You Fat?

A friend of mine gulps down multiple 20 oz. bottles of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi per day.  But could it be that drinking zero calorie drinks can actually prevent you from losing weight or perhaps even make you gain weight.  Could diet drinks make you f... »

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If You Are What You Eat, and You Eat Nuts, Are you Nuts?

Eating raw nuts may help you lose weight. The health benefits of nuts added to your diet, or even replacing some forms of meat or other proteins, can be very encouraging in reducing obesity to safer BMI (body mass index). Vancouver residents will fin... »

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Obesity is Regulated by the Amino Acid Cysteine

Cysteine may cause weight gain according to a study.  Obesity affects millions of people globally, but especially in western societies where standard diets tend to be rich in fats and simple carbohydrates.  However, the amino acid Cysteine may help t... »

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Metabolic Syndrome – a Potential Fatal Combo: Vancouver Registered Dietitian

Metabolic syndrome is something that you may have never heard about, warns a Vancouver registered dietitian. “It is not a “disease” but it is the name of a group of risk factors that, if combined, significantly increase the likelihood of stroke, hear... »