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5 Simple Food Combining Tips for Good Digestion

By | December 19th, 2015|Featured Articles|

by Dominique Vanier, BScH, MEnvSc, ND (cand) With the holidays quickly approaching, so too are many nights of hearty meals, good wine, and great company. Eating large meals with heavy foods, however, may cause some indigestion, especially for those of us who have sensitive stomachs. To combat the unpleasant after-effects of dense meals, proper food [...]

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Probiotics: Planting the seeds for a healthy gut

By | December 10th, 2015|Blog|

An Interview with Caroline Farquhar, RHN by Jason Sebeslav, Owner The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market Caroline Farquhar, RHN, BA is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist specializing in digestive care and cleansing. She educates audiences through seminars, TV and radio appearances across the country on the topic of how to achieve better health naturally. Caroline is [...]

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Get Rid of Bean Gas

By | November 20th, 2015|Featured Articles|

Guest post by by Sonia Chartier, with Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Env.Sc., N.D. (candidate) It has happened to all of us: that moment when you feel the onset of gas, and the security of your own washroom is nowhere in sight. You scour your mind on what you ate for lunch. You ask yourself, “Could it have been [...]

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Ease gas and bloating with enzymes

By | July 24th, 2015|enzymes, HNU Archive|

When we understand the important role of digestive enzymes in the body, we know why some experts have changed “You are what you eat” to “You are what you absorb”! When the body cannot properly use the food its given, it doesn’t matter how good the diet is — it still won’t be able to [...]

Chocolate Helps Diarrhea: Flavonoids help reduce fluid, find researchers

By | July 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive|

A new study conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is the first to discover that flavonoids in cocoa beans can limit the development of fluids that cause diarrhea. Scientists believe that these flavonoids can be used to create natural supplements to ease diarrhea symptoms. Dark chocolate contains high concentrations of cocoa [...]

Artichoke leaf aids digestion, IBS

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Two recent studies from the University of Reading in England found that artichoke leaf extract (ALE) could significantly benefit both mild dyspepsia (indigestion) and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The first study investigated the effects of low-dose ALE on symptoms and quality of life of 454 participants with dyspepsia. Participants were randomly given 320 [...]

The Kefir Connection: Fermented milk products aid lactose intolerance

By | June 12th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

For lactose intolerant adults, drinking a fermented milk called kefir either eliminated or drastically reduced symptoms related to lactose intolerance. Researchers think that microbes in this ancient fermented milk product possess the enzyme that is necessary to digest lactose. “Many health claims exist for kefir, including the enhancement of the immune system and improved digestive [...]

Easing Irritable Bowel Naturally

By | June 4th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal tract — at least one in five North Americans suffers from it. IBS may be brought on by food intolerance, excessive stress or a sensitive colon, and may result in frequent bouts of constipation, diarrhea, gas and/or bloating. IBS can be managed through changes [...]

Artichoke cuts irritable bowel, cholesterol

By | May 29th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects up to 22% of North Americans. Characterized by abdominal pain and diarrhea, IBS is notoriously difficult to treat. Dyspepsia, a condition similar in its symptoms to IBS, has been treated successfully with artichoke leaf extract. So researchers at the University of Reading in the UK wanted [...]

Colostrum aids digestive health: studies

By | May 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Bovine colostrum is rich in immune antibodies and hailed as an excellent treatment for stomach complaints. Colostrum is the first “pre-milk” produced by all female mammals for their newborn offspring in the first 72 hours after giving birth. Colostrum supplements have been widely studied for human use. At the Department of Gastroenterology at the Imperial [...]