What to eat to support probiotics in your gut

Everyone knows the health benefits of probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that promotes good health. Many people ensure adequate probiotic intake either through probiotic foods or through supplementation. But how can we help our friendly bacteria flourish in our gut? It turns out that eating the right foods can feed the good bacteria in our gutContinue reading “What to eat to support probiotics in your gut”

Tackling high blood pressure and high LDL (bad) cholesterol

High blood pressure (also referred to as HBP or hypertension) is a condition in which your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Under the new guidelines in 2017 from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, anyone with a blood pressure of 130/80Continue reading “Tackling high blood pressure and high LDL (bad) cholesterol”

What you should know about alcohol bloating and weight gain

You drink a few glasses of wine and there it is- your stomach or abdomen expands to a point where it’s uncomfortable, noticeable and embarrassing. Why does this happen? It turns out that drinking alcohol may lead to irritation and inflammation in the stomach (i.e. gastritis) which leads to bloating. Alcohol can also cause weightContinue reading “What you should know about alcohol bloating and weight gain”

Which is more important for weight loss- diet or exercise?

A healthful diet and regular exercise regime are essential when it comes to weight loss but which one is more important in achieving the results you want? If you want to drop the weight, it turns out that reducing calorie intake from your diet is more effective than exercise. “People expect exercise to be aContinue reading “Which is more important for weight loss- diet or exercise?”

Can’t lose weight? Discover these five hidden causes.

Spring has sprung and you may be eager to lose some of that winter weight. But what if you’ve tried everything and you still find it difficult to lose weight? Could there be underlying reasons preventing you from losing weight? Dr. Ardyce Yik ND has helped many people lose weight successfully by addressing the underlying causesContinue reading “Can’t lose weight? Discover these five hidden causes.”

Tips for a thinner Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Canada! Below are a few tips for an enjoyable and healthier Thanksgiving. 1) Are there any foods we should avoid during the festive season? As a general guideline, foods that are deep fried, batter-coated, starchy (such as breads, pasta, rice, potatoes) or drenched in a cream sauce or gravy should be avoided.Continue reading “Tips for a thinner Thanksgiving”

Researchers say obesity OK for some people

In a new York University study, researchers say obesity really is okay for some people who are active and eat a healthy diet, challenging the notion that everyone has to be slim and lean to live a long life. The research compared the lifespan of 6000 obese and lean individuals in a sixteen-year study. TheContinue reading “Researchers say obesity OK for some people”

A new year, a new (lighter) you

Over-indulged this holiday season? Need to shed some extra weight? Whether you suffer from a health ailment due to being overweight or just want to look and feel better, the following health tips can help you shed the excess pounds and make your health a top priority in 2011!  Write it up and break it down! ResearchContinue reading “A new year, a new (lighter) you”

“Help! I’m overweight- but I don’t eat much!”

Whenever I hear this statement in my office, I first ask for a detailed 24-hour diet recall. Some people may not be consciously aware of how much they eat, so it’s a good idea to recall what’s actually been consumed (e.g. “Let’s see. I had coffee this morning. I only had a chicken salad for lunch. I had some Häagen–DazsContinue reading ““Help! I’m overweight- but I don’t eat much!””

Lose weight to lose hot flushes

Intensive weight loss intervention may lead to fewer hot flushes during menopause in women who are overweight or obese. According to a  6-month randomized controlled study in the July 12th issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, women who lost 7 to 9% of their body weight reported an improvement in hot flushes. The women in the intensiveContinue reading “Lose weight to lose hot flushes”