#1 Superfood: Matcha, The Refresher

Continued from #2 Superfood: Gelatin, The Youthmaker Matcha: The Refresher Matcha is a powder made from grinding green tea leaves with a stone mill. It is rich in epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCG), a high-potency antioxidant that promotes weight loss, liver health and reverses the process of aging. Green tea is an effective natural antiviral medicine and has been shown to reduce the risk of infection with influenza and other viruses (Cherevaty 2012). Dr. Alaina’s Green Go-Getter Smoothie This refreshing, hydrating beverage is both awakening and calming due to the small amount of caffeine balanced by the relaxing theanine from the green tea matcha. Try it after a workout, when you’re craving an afternoon pick-me-up, or even when you’re convalescing after feeling … Read More

#2 Superfood: Gelatin, The Youthmaker

Gelatin: The Youthmaker The wiggly stuff behind “Jello”, gelatin is a fibrous protein made of amino acids, the building blocks of about a third of the protein in your body. It gives resiliency to our bones, ligaments, joints and muscles. It helps keep our skin wrinkle-free and our hair and nails healthy. Gelatin also heals the gut wall and improves digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily. If you’re focusing on anti-aging, gelatin is a great source of collagen. Choose plain, unsweetened gelatin derived from grass-fed beef and use natural fruit and fruit juices to sweeten your gelatin-based treats. Gelatin “jellies” are a great way to serve medicinal herbs and teas to kids, such … Read More

#3 Superfood: Cacao, The Rejuvenator

Continued from #4 Superfood: Flax, The Regulator Cacao: The Rejuvenator Raw cacao is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. It’s rich in antioxidants, iron and magnesium. In fact, many women who crave chocolate are actually needing the magnesium that’s found in chocolate – but only if it’s made from raw cacao (not Dutch- or alkali-processed), and the key mineral that gives raw chocolate its relaxation-promoting qualities. Raw cacao is also energizing because of the antioxidants and caffeine naturally present in this “Food of the Gods”. Try using raw cacao powder in your recipes that call for cocoa powder, and blend raw cacao nibs into smoothies using a high-powered blender for a delicious rich flavour. I created these two … Read More

#4 Superfood: Flax, The Regulator

Continued from Fall Into Health With These 5 Superfoods Flax seed is a home-grown Canadian seed densely packed with goodness. Chewed well or ground, flax is one of the best foods to support healthy detoxification by keeping your bowels regular and binding toxins so they can’t be reabsorbed into your body through your digestive tract. Think of it as nature’s Metamucil. They also supply a medicinal dose of phytoestrogens, plant compounds that naturally combat excess amounts of estrogen and estrogen-like chemicals that act as endocrine disruptors. Flax seeds also contain high amounts of omega-3 oils which are beneficial for your cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation in your body. Use cold-pressed flax seed oil in salad dressings or drizzled over cooked … Read More

Fall Into Health With These 5 Superfoods – Starting With #5…

Ready to see where Superfoods can fit into your regular weekly diet, and boost your health and wellbeing this season? You might already know that I’m borderline obsessed about how food forms the foundation of our health. Like me, perhaps you’re passionate about food when it’s fresh, local, organic, free-range, made with love, and delicious. I love to help you figure out how to use food to boost your immunity, clear up your skin and get your hormones back in balance. You might be surprised that as a naturopathic doctor I’m a “warm & cooked” food lover and get chilly and bloated just thinking about a raw food diet. I’m not a vegetarian, and when I eat animal products, I … Read More

Check ’em, Don’t Neglect ’em! A Brief Guide to Breast Self-Exams

It’s Dr. Alaina here! Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, as a Healthy Breast Expert I thought this would be a perfect time to encourage you that you know your body best, including when it comes to your breast health. Regardless of your age, I encourage you to know what’s your normal for how your breasts look and feel so that you can alert your doctor to any changes. Breast Self-Exam Quick Tips: The only way to become familiar is through regular self-checks. The best time to check your breasts is about 1 week after your menstrual period starts. Practice a breast self exam technique and stick with it (it will get easier each time). There are some risks with … Read More

Drink Your Way to Health: The Benefits of Green Tea

It’s tea time! Green tea is one of my favourite superfoods – it’s energizing yet calming – the “zen” option in the caffeinated world – antioxidant, antiaging, and even has antiviral properties. That’s right, regular green tea drinkers are at a lower risk of coming down with seasonal flu and other viral infections. It’s effective for infection prevention in kids, although you may want to choose a decaffeinated option for your little ones. Clinically, we suggest green tea as an affordable health-booster and we also use ECGC (a constituent of green tea) as a detox- and weight loss-support. Recently, we’re experimenting with matcha, a beautiful bright green powder made from grinding green tea on a stone mill. It’s a superfood that adds … Read More