Category: Nutrition

Berberine Nature’s Metabolic Master Switch

The mechanism of action underlying berberine’s in influence on health is due primarily to its action on adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK). AMPK is an enzyme which acts as a central energy control switch regulating how energy is produced and used in the body. It is sometimes referred to as the “metabolic master switch” because it responds to changes in energy metabolism on a cellular and whole-body level. AMPK regulates various biological activities that normalize lipid, glucose, and energy imbalances. Metabolic Syndrome & Diabetes Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a group of conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease,...

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Karlene Karst on Family, Health & Balance at 40

Did I really just write the truth, that I’M TURNING 40, in a headline? YES, I DID! And proudly so, because I think that if they say that 60 is the new 40, 40 must be… well, A WHOLE LOT YOUNGER! I remember thinking, as a kid, that if you were 40 you were (dare I say it?) “old.” Now, in 2017, my perspective is that 40 is anything but old. My thirties have been about building a business and a family. My husband and I were blessed with three healthy children – Luca (9), Matteo (6), and Capri...

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The Fountain of Youth! Lemon Water

At a seminar, one of the attendees asked me, “If you could make only one suggestion for balancing hormones, what would it be?” I said, “Start your day off with a cup of warm lemon water”. The top six benefits for drinking lemon water 1) Fighting Inflammation Lemons are alkaline in nature. On their own, yes, they are acidic, but when metabolized by the body they create an alkaline environment. More alkalinity in the body helps reduce inflammation. 3) Aiding Digestion The combination of the warm water with the lemon helps eliminate toxins and supports the peristalsis of the digestive...

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Q&A with Karen Jensen, ND

Dr. Karen Jensen received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Ontario in 1988. She is a well-known lecturer, has written extensively for health magazines, and has appeared regularly on television and radio stations across North America. She is the author or co-author of seven books, the most recent of which is Women’s Health Matters: The Influence of Gender on Disease. Although Dr. Jensen is retired from practice, she continues to write books and articles on the naturopathic approach to wellness. Recently, Women’s Voice had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Jensen...

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They’re Ba-ack! It’s Now Okay to Eat Some of Those No-No Foods

Where food is concerned, Big Science doesn’t always get it right. For decades we’ve been advised to either eat or avoid certain foods to protect our health, often with surprisingly thin evidence to back up these “new rules” of eating. And many treasured cuisines have taken a beating as their traditional ingredients and methods have been labelled unhealthy. That’s the bad news. But there’s good news. Some of the so-called unhealthy foods have now passed muster with researchers – and with studies and reports to support us, we can feel confident about welcoming them back to our tables. Here...

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