• Melatonin – for a better night’s sleep

    Melatonin – for a better night’s sleep
    Melatonin has been widely used to ease insomnia. It also protects the cells in our body from harmful free radicals, boosts our immune system, prevents the development of certain cancers, and helps extend life longevity. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, which helps in regulating other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm (body clock). This rhythm is...
  • What is acrylamide, and why should you care?

    What is acrylamide, and why should you care?
    Acrylamide is a chemical found naturally in many foods. When these foods are processed at high temperatures, the levels of acrylamide tend to rise. This is of concern to health professionals because acrylamide has been identified as a possible carcinogen. Acrylamide was among the chemicals on the Government of Canada’s Batch 5 Chemical Management Plans Challenge, launched on February 21, 2009. This challenge was issued...
  • Guest blog: Registered Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

    Guest blog: Registered Dietitian vs. Nutritionist
    With thanks to Natasha McLaughlin-Chaisson, Registered Dietitian. As a Registered Dietitian, I often come across very confused clients who have received nutritional advice and information from different sources. The issue with this is that the information is often contradictory and clients do not know who or what to believe! The following information will help you find credible sources of nutrition information. What is a...
  • Does cell phone use increase your risk of brain cancer?

    Does cell phone use increase your risk of brain cancer?
    Cell phones have become an integral part of our daily lives. The International Telecommunication Union estimates that there are over 4.6 billion cell phone subscriptions worldwide. This has sparked a public health concern, and much debate about cell phones and whether or not they are a risk for brain cancer. Numerous studies have been conducted, yielding different results. Cell phones communicate by transmitting RF (radiofrequency) waves...
  • Does night shift work impact your health?

    Does night shift work impact your health?
    Thank you to one of my readers who recently posed this question:  Does working graveyard shifts affect your sleep patterns and eventually your overall health?  I would have to say that yes, it does. Several studies have demonstrated a negative association with working at night and poor sleep habits. Humans have evolved into a day=work, night=rest schedule. This is referred to as our circadian rhythm. We have our most restful...
  • The genetically modified food debate

    The genetically modified food debate
    Genetically modified foods or genetically modified organisms (GMO) is a term used to describe crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. Such crop plants have been modified in a laboratory to enhance various traits, such as the ability to resist herbicides or improve nutritional content. This type of enhancement is usually done through a breeding process; however,...
  • The rising concern of glutamate

    The rising concern of glutamate
    Glutamic acid (or the neutralized form called glutamate) is a building block for proteins. Humans produce it naturally, and it can also be found in certain foods. Glutamate is found in many cells of our body and is a neurotransmitter, a messenger between nerve cells. Glutamate found in food is usually bound, for example, as part of a protein. Unbound glutamate has the ability...
  • What is endometriosis?

    Thanks to one of my readers for recently asking: what is endometriosis?   Endometriosis is a gynecological disorder characterized by the abnormal growth of cells that are similar to those from the interior walls of the uterus. Endometriosis implants occur when endometrial cells, those that are shed every month during menstruation, attach to tissue outside of the uterus. These implants are commonly found in...
  • The golden wonders of curcumin

    The golden wonders of curcumin
    Curcumin, an active compound in the well-known spice tumeric, has many health benefits that go beyond simply tasting great. Curcumin provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant benefits. In India, curcumin is used to prevent infection from cuts and burns as it promotes healing and stimulates recovery. Because it provides anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin is also used as a supplement to alleviate symptoms caused by various inflammatory...
  • What are the health benefits of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)?

    What are the health benefits of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)?
    Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a form of fatty acid that naturally resides in body cells and is important because it helps our bodies produce the energy required to support normal bodily functions. The main role of ALA is to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy. About 40 years ago, biologists discovered that ALA is a powerful antioxidant, neutralizing toxins and other free radicals found...
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