7 Weird Reasons You’re Tired All The Time

7 Weird Reasons You're Tired All The Time

Prevention Magazine - October 25th, 2013 by Cindy Kuzma. Trying to do it all comes with a huge downside. Normally, your levels of the stress hormone cortisol run highest in the morning and dip down at night, helping you maintain a normal daily rhythm. But chronic stress throws this pattern out of whack in either direction, says Marc Bubbs, ND, CSCS, founder of Naturopathic Sports Medicine in Toronto. If your body remains on constant alert, your cortisol levels may never fall off at night, disrupting your sleep. Or, your adrenal glands may eventually fall behind in cortisol production, leaving you sleepwalking through your morning. Your fix: You can’t always control the sources of stress, but you can change your reaction. Mindfulness practices have been shown to ease stress and fatigue in people with chronic medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, and they work for healthy people, too. Try this mini-meditation ...

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Do You Have Food Intolerances?

Do You Have Food Intolerances?

Toronto Star - October 1st, 2013. Written by - Barbara Turnbull Traditionally, the way to define a food intolerance is by trial and error. But symptoms — such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, indigestion, heartburn, joint pain, eczema, bloating, stomach pain, anal bleeding, sleeplessness and weight gain — are not always related, making elimination diets difficult to track. Blood tests are less time-consuming and don’t require the same motivation and compliance. Mary Tomas’s digestive problems began slowly. About seven years ago, she started to get bloated and constipated after she ate. A colonoscopy revealed nothing and doctors insisted she was fine. But her symptoms continually got worse. They became so severe, she had to buy bigger clothes to accommodate her distended belly. She had also become uncharacteristically exhausted in the afternoon and evening. “It got to a point where it interfered with my life,” says the 70-year-old Simcoe woman. “I couldn’t go to the bathroom ...

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Protein Powders – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Protein Powders – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Most athletes and exercise enthusiasts are aware that post-training nutrition is an important factor for improving lean muscle and supporting recovery.  Clients will often guzzle down a protein shake before or after training because they know its ‘good for them’ and leave it at that.  Although this is a good first step in the right direction, there is more to the protein story.  There a various types of protein sources from which these ‘protein shakes’ are derived; some superior for supporting training and some better between bouts of exercise. More importantly, many commercial protein brands have ‘stuff’ in them that are can negatively affect your gut, your immunity and your overall health.  Heavy metals, artificial sweeteners, and fillers can all be found in many forms of protein making them detrimental to overall health. Let’s take a look. The most significant difference among different protein supplement is the facilities in which they ...

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The Benefits of Being an Alkaline Athlete!

The Benefits of Being an Alkaline Athlete!

Athletes need to consume large amounts of protein, complex and simple carbohydrates in order to meet their energy demands, rebuild lean muscle tissue, and replenish glycogen stores.  While these macronutrients are necessary for performance and recovery, they can lead to an acidic body. Proteins, grains, and simple carbohydrates are typically acidifying foods, which shifts the athletes internal acid/alkaline balance toward excess acidity. This inhibits optimal cellular function and even impact performance. Most people think that the build-up of lactic acid is what leads to muscular failure, or that 'burn' that you experience when your muscles can no longer keep working. In fact, it's the build-up of hydrogen ions (H+) that acidify the cell - and not lactic acid - that lead to muscular failure.  By maximizing you vegetable and fruit intake, athletes and active people can maintain an alkaline body and avoid the pitfalls of an acidic body.  If you are ...

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Infusion Therapies For Fatigue & Recovery!

Infusion Therapies For Fatigue & Recovery!

Infusion Therapies For Fatigue & Recovery Toronto Star Newspaper – August 2012. Perched atop the TD Waterhouse Tower, the Clinic for Sports Medicine at the Toronto Athletic Club (TAC) has a commanding view of the city. But the masters of the universe being treated here must be immune to such thrills. They are as consumed by their smart phones as any pack of teens at a bus stop. “These guys don’t have an hour to waste,” says Marc Bubbs, a naturopathic doctor specializing in sports Medicine. The TAC clinic is just one of the locations where he offers assistance to the city’s elite executive athletes: “Type A, successful business people work hard and play just as hard. They can afford to take their athletic training to the next level, they want quantifiable results. This treatment takes an hour, and they have to be able to work through it. And believe me, they do cost-benefit ...

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