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The SIBO Test: Identifying Bacterial Overgrowth in your Gut

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, is becoming an increasingly common diagnosis of the digestive system linked to IBS, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue and more. And digestive distress is one of the most common concerns our patients come in with. At Brio, we’re always looking for tools for more precise diagnosis, more personalized treatments and better monitoring of progress.
Earlier this year, we asked the Brio community to help us gain insight into SIBO testing […]

By |July 19th, 2019|Health Tips|

Just Breathe: The Answer is Under Your Nose


Breath is the key to health, it is what keeps us alive, when we are born we take our first breath, as we pass, we take our last. Life cannot exist without breath. Breath work is often overlooked as an essential part of health and wellness. It is right under our nose, available to us at any time, anywhere, and the cost is nil. Our society has become a society of “rapids”. A society of […]

By |July 12th, 2019|Health Tips|

Sweet Digz Farm

Sweet Digz Farm is a small-scale ecologically-sustainable farm in Steveston BC, on leased land located in unceded Musqueam territory.

Check out their website at to learn more about their farm, their CSA Weekly Box delivery and the Saturday Market (in front of True Conditioning at London Landing, across from the Diplomat Bakery Care). You can also enjoy their produce at the Gudrun Tasting Room in Steveston.

From their website: Become a member! Join our Community Supported Agriculture program: […]

By |May 29th, 2019|Brio News, Health Tips|

Anchoring Health Practices in Gratitude

A few years ago, after chatting about our careers, the person sitting next to me on my flight asked me what my top three health recommendations were. In the years following I’ve reflected on this question and come to the conclusion that living with gratitude is one of the most important elements of good health.
What is gratitude?
The Oxford Dictionary defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return […]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Brio News, Health Tips|

Photobiomodulation for Seasonal Allergies: A Natural Approach to Hay Fever

Are you one of the many suffering from seasonal allergies?
Are you constantly increasing your dosage of antihistamines?

This has been a long winter in the lower mainland, and we can’t wait for the spring. Many of us are anticipating seasonal allergies to begin hitting us in late March and early April. To help you be proactive and preventative, we would like to share with you a therapy we use at Brio Integrative Health Centre.

We are the first […]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Brio News, Health Tips|

Healing Inside Out w/Glutathione

Many of us have become aware of the term; we have purchased the buzzword products; but perhaps not know the exact mode of action and benefits of said terminology. Antioxidants! We hear about them with blueberries, with supplements, with beauty products. However, what is an antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a substance that removes potentially damaging free radicals in a living organism. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells and optimal vitality occurs when these […]

By |February 15th, 2019|Health Tips|

Our Largest Organ?

In this day and age it seems like humanity has explored every nook and cranny of the Earth, let alone our own anatomy, so when it came out to the public just over a year ago that there had been a new discovery of an organ, it made headlines- well, in health science circles anyways!

It wasn’t long before that scientists were debating whether the mesentery, the folds of tissue providing support and circulation for our […]

By |February 9th, 2019|Brio News, Health Tips|

Shoulder Pain: Photobiomodulation to the Rescue! (PART 1)

In the above video, I highlight an area of the body that can be effectively treated using Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)/Photobiomodulation. In 2018, we worked with a large number of shoulder-related injuries. These shoulder injuries ranged from acute types of sports injuries to chronic “frozen shoulder” injuries.
What types of shoulder injuries can be treated with LLLT/Photobiomodulation?

Rotator cuff tears and strains

Supraspinatus tears

Bicep Tendonitis

Adhesive Capsulitis (“frozen shoulder”)



Shoulder Impingement

Is LLLT/Photobiomodulation painful?
The treatment […]

By |February 8th, 2019|Brio News, Health Tips|

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:


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


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

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