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Chocolate for the Body & Soul

Don’t you wish chocolate grew on trees?
Good news…  it does! Theobroma cacao, Greek for “food of the gods” is the chocolate tree.

About 15 years ago, I visited Tobago (one of the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago) and came across a cacao bean farm. The fruit trees had large yellowish-red pods, about the size of a small football. Our guide opened a pod to expose a juicy white pulp containing the famous cacao beans arranged […]

By |January 11th, 2019|Health Tips, Uncategorized|

Recipe: Lentil & Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus Wrap

 

The holidays are a busy season, and we are always on the look out for easy, tasty, and healthy recipes for when we’re on the go.

Enjoy this delicious lentil & sundried tomato hummus wrap from The Simple Veganista. For this recipe and more, visit: https://simple-veganista.com/2014/06/lentil-sun-dried-tomato-hummus-wrap.html

 

Plenty of protein and flavor in this wrap. Makes a great addition to the brown bag lunch!

INGREDIENTS

lavash bread (whole grain pref.) or flour tortillas
1/2 cup cooked lentils, per wrap
leafy […]

By |December 7th, 2018|Health Tips, Recipes|

B Vitamins & Brain Health

In September, Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Richmond Naturopathic Doctor, featured a docu-series on Brain Health at Brio Integrative Health Centre. The response was fantastic and the series received a lot of positive feedback from patients.

Here is a comment from one patient: “I learned so much about my brain! I didn’t realize how much my sugary diet, inflammation from food allergies, hormone imbalance, habits around my cell phone use, environmental toxins and my lack of B Vitamins […]

By |September 29th, 2018|Featured Products, Health Tips|

The Fall Season: 3 Ways to Show Your Lungs Some Love

Every season has its own purpose and function. In contrast to our culture where “more is better”, in nature the fall season is a time of eliminating what is unnecessary – to ultimately make space for growth and health. One of the things I appreciate about Chinese medicine is how it connects the rhythms and cycles of nature with the phases of our lives and cycles of our bodies.

 

When we examine the changes seen in […]

By |September 21st, 2018|Health Tips|

Withinus Collagen is back in stock!

Back by popular demand is Withinus Collagen! We brought it in for the month of July and it flew off the shelves. Some of the Brio team introduced it into our daily regimes and have LOVED it. From smoother and fresher skin, anti-aging properties it’s a wonderful addition to your supplement routine.

Here is what they say about the benefits of Collagen from their website, Withinus.

Collagen is one of the most important structural components in our […]

By |September 14th, 2018|Health Tips|

Sleep-Wake Cycles: The Darker side of Light

Everything in life has a cycle.  Our moods cycle.  Our Seasons cycle.  We have a day and night cycle.  Our food and vegetable crops cycle.  Everything in life has it’s own innate rhythm.  To achieve optimal health requires living in complete accordance with the body’s rhythm.  Any slight disruption of this rhythm and there are effects and symptoms.  One of the most sensitive rhythms of our body in this modern world is the sleep wake […]

By |August 22nd, 2018|Health Tips|

Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

Wow, what a summer we have had here in Vancouver.  It has been absolutely beautiful.  We really did deserve it after that winter, and hopefully everyone has taken advantage of being outside and enjoying how beautiful BC really is.  Even though we are nearing the tail end of summer, we thought we would shed a little light of one of the most powerful healers out there.  The sun.

The blue skies, bright sun are quite energizing.  […]

By |July 6th, 2018|Health Tips|

Cleaning Up Our Skin Care

When I was in naturopathic school, one of my favourite classes was herbal medicine lab where we would make tinctures, creams, balms etc. out of wild-crafted herbs. Of course, my handmade products didn’t look quite as “perfect” as commercial products, but I loved that I knew exactly what was in each creation I carefully made. More importantly since then, I’ve realized that there are so many extra ingredients contained in most commercially-made products. These ingredients […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Health Tips|

The benefits of Spirulina!

In TCM, green foods build blood via chlorophyll.  Under a microscope, chlorophyll has an almost identical molecular makeup to hemoglobin.  Hemoglobin is the structure that carries iron in red blood cells.  Spirulina is a single cell algae.  These sea algae are extremely bioavailable to the human body.  Meaning, ingesting just a tiny amount, is very easily absorbed by the body. Taking 1 tsp per day to build iron/ferritin levels and event prevent hair loss.  It […]

By |May 4th, 2018|Health Tips, Recipes|

Phototherapy for Seasonal Allergies

Are you one of the many suffering from seasonal allergies? 
Are you constantly increasing your dosage of antihistamines?  Are you looking for a natural solution for your allergies?

Brio Integrative Health Centre is the first in western Canada to bring in the RJ Laser Light Needle.   This technology uses photo therapy (L.A.S.E.R. light) to improve the microcirculation in the sinuses, thus alleviating symptoms of runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes.

 
How does Phototherapy work?
We have all seen how […]

By |April 19th, 2018|Health Tips|