Skincare Series: Say Goodbye to Skin that’s Dry! (Part 1)

2021-03-25T18:19:03+00:00By |Brio Health Clinic, Health, Health Tips|

Hello all! Long time reader, first time poster -- Receptionist Rav here to present to you my first blog post! Before we get started, I will briefly introduce myself. As some of you may know, I am one of the front desk receptionists here at Brio. I have been a part of the Brio team [...]

Oral Allergy Syndrome: A common but poorly understood type of “food allergy”

2021-03-15T19:14:58+00:00By |Dr Vanessa, Health, Health Tips|

That new or worsening allergic tickle or itch in your mouth after eating things like avocado, apple, Indian food, or even drinking high-quality nut milk is definitely not in your imagination. You may have started avoiding these foods and others entirely to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms and distress that it could spread further.     Oral Allergy [...]

Neurotransmitter Balance: Effects of Brain Chemistry on Mood & Health

2020-10-13T16:52:29+00:00By |Dr Vanessa, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

Have you ever wondered if there is a biochemical reason for the way you feel or the kinds of health problems you experience? Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the nervous system; they include serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), acetylcholine, glutamate, and gamma-aminobutyric acid a.k.a. GABA. There are over 100 different kinds of neurotransmitters in your [...]

Histamine Intolerance Part 2: How to Rebalance the System “Allergies” All Year Round

2020-10-13T16:38:17+00:00By |Dr Carin, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

Histamine intolerance reflects a hypervigilant and overprotective state of our body. Although it can mimic allergies, histamine intolerance can develop or worsen due to chronic stress, estrogen dominance and gut imbalances. Other triggers like certain foods, acute stress and temperature changes can further “fill the bucket” until finally the bucket “overflows” and symptoms appear. [...]

Histamine Intolerance Part 1: 3 Common Causes to “Allergies” All Year Round

2020-10-13T16:31:55+00:00By |Dr Carin, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

Do you get skin flushing or indigestion after alcohol or other foods? Do you feel worse after eating “healthy” fermented foods? Do you get headaches, nasal congestion, anxiety especially after eating? You may have histamine intolerance. Although most people are familiar with gluten and lactose intolerance, histamine intolerance tends to fly under the radar. [...]

Part I – Strengthening Your 1st Line of Immune Defence

2020-10-13T15:53:28+00:00By |Dr Vanessa, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

What to make the most of your existing natural defenses against colds, flus, and other respiratory illnesses? Look no further than your own reflection; the state of your skin and mucous membranes. If your hands, nose, or throat are feeling dry, replenish the lost moisture stat before an invading pathogen makes it across the [...]

3 Signs that Stress Is impacting Your Immune Health

2020-09-23T14:14:48+00:00By |Dr Carin, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

We live, and have always lived, in an environment rich with living organisms both macro and micro. Every day we come into contact with an incredible number of micro organisms that would like to take up residence somewhere on or in our bodies. To defend us from the nearly infinite variety of microorganisms we [...]

Antioxidants You Should Know About

2020-09-21T14:17:17+00:00By |Dr Vanessa, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

To truly appreciate the value of antioxidants, you first need to understand why you need them. Oxidation is the chemical process that causes oil to turn rancid and metal to rust. Unfortunately, your body is also susceptible to oxidative stress and damage. Oxygen is a necessary evil and creates harmful by-products Oxygen is essential [...]

Immune System Benefits of Liver Detoxification

2020-09-21T14:17:12+00:00By |Dr Vanessa, Health, Health Tips, Wellness|

Are you looking for additional ways to boost your immune system? Liver detoxification is the ultimate naturopathic approach to maintaining immune health and offers many additional benefits for your body. Although other interventions like taking herbal home remedies and immune supporting supplements also have their place (when taken at the right time; in the [...]