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Immune Boosting: Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Recipes | Comments Off on Immune Boosting: Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables

Immune Boosting: Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables

Change of Season Soup with Chicken and Root Vegetables Using delicious fall harvest staples, this soup is great for helping boost the immune system as seasons change,  and keeps us warm during the cold winter months. Serves 3-4 INGREDIENTS 1 chicken cut into 4 to 8 pieces 3-4 cloves of garlic 3-4 onions A few slices of fresh ginger 1 cup of sliced horseradish or parsley root 2 spoons sesame oil 2 pieces of dried tangerine skin 1 cinnamon stick 250g squash/ pumpkin 3-4 pieces of black Chinese mushrooms 1 tablespoon miso paste ½ teaspoon black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Soak the mushrooms for 30-40 min before cooking. Sauté the onions and ginger until golden-brown and add the garlic and chicken. Sauté for few minutes and add all the other ingredients. Cover in water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour. During the last 5-10 minutes, add the miso paste and the black pepper....

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Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

Autumn – One Step Before The Long Cold Winter

According to ancient Chinese Philosophy the man is a representative of the universe. He’s a  microcosm of the macrocosms. Therefore, it is man’s desire to become one with nature and live according to its rules. One of the basic but most important ways to connect with nature is to synchronize life’s activities with the changing of the seasons. Among the five elements, the autumn season is controlled by the metal element. The action of metal is to cut; cut and separate the unnecessary from the necessary, to keep what’s needed and get rid of the waste. Autumn is a time to store everything that is essential and necessary for survival, and let go of all the excess from the the summer. In the natural world, we see animals trying to gain weight, store food, and prepare their homes to be warm and cozy in preparation for the long winter months ahead. Trees are no longer giving fruits and leaves fall down to the earth, all in an effort to preserve energy. For many of us, the fall is a time where we “get back to work” and return to our busy routines. Many people will work exceptionally hard as the seasons change, but without balance, they find themselves burnt out by the time November comes around. For human beings, autumn presents a time to find a healthy balance between work/family/school routines and self-care. It is a time to slow down and recover from the summer’s fast-paced activities. It encourages us to look into ourselves in an introspective way and do some internal emotional cleansing. It’s a good time for moderate physical activities like yoga, tai chi, meditation or other deep breathing exercises. The typical climate of autumn is a chilly, dry wind. According to Chinese Medicine, the wind is a “carrier” of external pathogens like viruses and bacteria. These winds tend to penetrate the body through the neck and the back of the neck; for women the lower abdominal region is another area of susceptibility. To strengthen our “immune system” energy, it is very important to keep these areas warm and covered. It is also very important to adjust our diet. It is a good time to eat concentrated foods with a contracted quality, like nuts, brown rice of any kind, legumes (especially  lentils), and an assortment of root vegetables like radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, celery root, and onion & garlic. Change of Season Soup (click here for recipe) is a great addition to the autumn diet as it tonifies the immune system and nourishes the internal organs. Generally, cooking methods appropriate to the fall season will be longer, and more warm foods should be consumed – such as soups and stews which are easier on the digestive system and help our bodies cope with the colder temperatures. Sleep is also essential to overall health and strong immunity; as cold and flu season approaches, this is the time to prioritize rest by going to bed earlier and waking at a regular time. Just remember, in order to eat you need to cook first, in the same way, a healthy winter body requires support and preparation through the autumn!   Source Centre is pleased to bring you the Health Topic of the Month. Each month, the team at Source Centre looks at...

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Healthy Ingredients: Kale Salad with Roasted Beets and Crunchy Almonds

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Recipes | Comments Off on Healthy Ingredients: Kale Salad with Roasted Beets and Crunchy Almonds

Healthy Ingredients: Kale Salad with Roasted Beets and Crunchy Almonds

Kale Salad with Roasted Beets and Crunchy Almonds Serves 3-4 This salad contains ingredients that can help the body deal with high estrogen levels (basically manage estrogen dominance). Soluble fibre in the beets can help the body clear excess estrogen. Also, kale contains indole-3- carbinol, a nutrient that seems to play a role in how estrogen is metabolized in the body. In addition, the beets and garlic support the liver, If your liver is not functioning properly it can lead to hormonal imbalances as the liver is unable to clear excess estrogen. Supporting the liver is a crucial step in dealing with hormonal issues. INGREDIENTS 6 medium beets, washed, dried and peeled extra-virgin olive oil, as needed ½ tsp garlic powder salt and pepper 1 bunch kale, washed, dried, ribs removed, roughly chopped ¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced 4 tbsp slivered almonds, lightly toasted Garlic-Hummus Dressing ⅓ cup hummus 3 cloves of garlic ¼ cup nutritional yeast ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1-2 tbsp water salt & pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take peeled beets and cut them into 1½ inch wedges. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss with a little olive oil making sure beets are well-coated. Then, place the beets on the middle rack of preheated oven and roast for 45 minutes, tossing/turning beets twice. While beets are in the oven, prepare the garlic-hummus dressing. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to get the desired consistency. When beets are tender to your liking, remove from oven and let them cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine kale and the garlic-hummus dressing. Massage the dressing into the leaves for a few minutes until the leaves begin the soften. Add the beets and sliced red onions to the salad. Garnish the salad with almonds and serve immediately with a protein of your choice (vegan/vegetarian/meat/seafood)....

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Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Fibroids – Health Topic of the Month

Following a July 2015 radio piece about the risks of minimally invasive fibroid surgery on CBC’s The Current, we asked the health team at Source Centre for their opinion on dealing with uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are usually non-cancerous growths in the uterus that are usually caused by hormonal imbalance. Uterine fibroids can be detected during pelvic exams; only larger growths can be detected by pelvic ultrasound. Symptoms can include heavy menstrual bleeding, spotting between cycles, and pelvic pain or pressure. Interested to learn more? Read on.     Dr. Tara Andresen, Naturopath Fibroid growth is stimulated by hormonal changes, in particular by estrogen and progesterone. Naturopathic treatment focuses on improving estrogen clearance which can work to improve fibroid symptoms. Treatment includes diet changes as well as nutrient and herbal supplementation. Diindolylmethane (DIM) supplement is a good example of a naturally occurring phytonutrient that improves estrogen metabolism.   Divya Yadava, Registered Holistic Nutritionist Uterine fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus that are usually caused by too much estrogen in the body. As a nutritionist, my approach would be to eat foods that can help reduce estrogen. By eating a diet rich in soluble fibre, probiotics, cruciferous vegetables and liver-supportive foods you can help your body clear excess estrogen naturally. My favourite estrogen-busting meal would be a fresh kale salad with roasted beets and crunchy almonds topped with a garlic-hummus dressing, served with a protein of your choice. Click here for recipe. Changing your lifestyle is also a big part of the puzzle – lack of exercise and stress tend of increase estrogen levels. As a holistic nutritionist, I can create a program that combines customized diet and lifestyle recommendations to help you banish excess estrogen and prevent future fibroids.   Yuval Blum, Acupuncturist Uterine fibroids are known as ZHENG XIA in ancient Chinese medical texts. Fibroids may cause abdominal pain, swelling, and bleeding, yet require completely different acupuncture treatments because each fibroid stems from a unique cause. For example, I often find that an imbalance of the liver organ and its meridian can manifest as fibroids, so performing acupuncture along this meridian can help balance the energy flow through the uterus, which is on the same meridian. Acupuncture has helped many of my patients strengthen the liver, reduce estrogen, and shrink the fibroids.   Lana Kevic, Art of Feminine Presence, Womb Blessing Signs of dis-ease or imbalance appear in a person’s energy field long before manifesting in the physical body. When fibroids appear in a woman’s reproductive system, variations in the energetic field can cause, or be said to result from blockages in creative expression. Our desires and vision are suppressed, and result in physical growths in the centre and birthplace of our creativity. Energy work can offer a subtle and powerful path towards healing.   Dr. Leo Quan, Network Chiropractor When we’re under prolonged stress – physical, emotional, mental, or environmental – we can easily cause a state of disconnection between brain and body. When there’s a disconnect with the uterus, it can lose its ability to repair and regenerate, as well as fend off growths like fibroids. A healthy fibroid-free uterus is a uterus that is connected to the nervous system. Network Chiropractic adjustments to the spine can stimulate the nervous system to grow new connections...

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How Network Chiropractic can Change Your Life

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on How Network Chiropractic can Change Your Life

How Network Chiropractic can Change Your Life

The other day I was making dinner while listening to CBC’s As it Happens, when I heard “the voice”. That is, Andy Barrie’s voice, which immediately lured me to really listen in. A warm familiar voice, Andy is a former Metro Morning host, which I continue to wake up to daily, catching up on the news of the day as I get ready for work. Andy was being interviewed to share the highs and lows of his journey with Parkinson’s and the results of his treatment with “Deep Brain Stimulation” or DBS. In a nutshell, DBS uses electricity to “stimulate” the brain to suppress the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Andy shared that DBS is even used to treat people with anorexia and chronic depression. This came as a surprise to him when he first learned about this from his doctor. He thought anorexia and depression were primarily psychiatric diseases. Andy’s doctor explained,“There’s no such thing as a psychiatric versus a neural disease. Everything in the brain is expressed in some way or another.” Hearing this, I was struck by the importance of our nervous system. Until hearing Andy Barrie, I didn’t see how vital the nervous system is for our emotional, mental, and physical well-being — or in a word, “Everything”. My next thought was then, how powerful chiropractic can improve my body’s everyday function… for everything. Chiropractic is not just for back pain, neck pain, headaches or when our bodies don’t seem to be functioning well. Chiropractic is also for maintaining proper everyday functions like rest, repair and digestion. Going to see Network Chiropractor Dr. Leo Quan, for over two years now, I’ve learned that the key to chiropractic is making your nervous system more effective. Network Chiropractic, a gentle method of chiropractic that clears up the “traffic jams” in the nervous system caused by stress and disease, helps your brain to better communicate with the rest of your body. It’s helped me with my back pain and neck pain. It’s helped me feel less stressed and be better connected. Network Chiropractic is a great tool for restoring and enhancing the nervous system. With Network Chiropractic, I’ve felt numerous health benefits from treating chronic pain to mental and emotional well-being. Want to experience the benefits of Network Chiropractic first hand? Call us at (416) 923-4325 or email health@sourcecentre.ca to book an appointment with our chiropractor, Dr. Leo...

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