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Virtual Care on Your Schedule with Cloud MD

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Hi everyone! A couple days ago I wasn’t feeling well, I was having some nausea and chills at night, and just don’t feel ok. It is always such a hustle when I get sick because my family doctor doesn’t work on the weekends, which means that Francisco has to ask permission to stay at home with …

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4 Products to use DAILY for overall Health!

Hello everyone! I’m super excited to share with you my favourite products for overall health. I basically started taking them six months ago and I seriously see a BIG difference. From my nails, to my hair and skin.  It took me a while to get in the habit of taking them on regular basis but …

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Probiotics talk with Annaliisa!

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria or organisms that have beneficial effects on human health – they can come from whole foods that have been fermented – like raw unpasteurized sauerkraut and yoghurt, or taken in a supplemental form.

How do they work?

In the body, beneficial bacteria make up the microbiota. Most bacteria reside in the large intestine, some in the small intestine, and other places like the mouth, respiratory tract, genito-urinary tract, and skin. They provide many very important functions in the body, including:

  • Improve overall immunity as 70-80% immune system is in the gut and they regulate immune responses
  • They help suppress excessive inflammation
  • Help to reduce the allergic response
  • Help repair leaky gut and related skin issues like eczema as they promote the function of the intestinal inner lining, enhancing its ability to act as a barrier to the entry of potentially dangerous organisms and chemicals
  • Needed for absorption and manufacturing of nutrients (vitamin K, biotin, folate and vitamin B12)
  • Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates to produce energy
  • Aid in the elimination of toxins
  • Keeping bad bacteria under control that can lead to yeast overgrowth (candida)and inflammatory digestive conditions.
  • Support healthy mood balance, especially important for depression and anxiety

 

Are they different types?

There are up to 2000 species and 7000 strains of bacteria. The most studied ones for human health are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum – which is why you will see large amounts of these in many probiotic supplements. Many specific strains are being used in different probiotics to target specific health concerns.

Are they good for everyone?

I believe they are so important for not just gut health, but overall health as the proper digestive function is the foundation where we need to start. According to scientists at the University of Toronto, “Probiotics can be recommended for prevention of diseases that are associated with altered intestinal ecology… their use should be considered in patients of all ages.”

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Can kids take probiotics?

Yes, I especially recommend probiotics to children who tend to get sick a lot, have allergies, or eczema. The type of probiotics is specific to the child’s age, as infants have different needs as toddlers, and older children.

Should you take them daily, or every other day?

I recommend taking them daily, especially if you have digestive concerns.

Do you lose weight?

One of the foundations for healthy weight loss is reducing digestive inflammation because it can alter your satiety hormones like leptin. There is new research coming out daily on probiotics, and some strains are particularly helpful for weight loss.

Which one would you recommend?

I recommend brands like Genestra, Genuine Health, and Living Alchemy. For specific health concerns, I would recommend reaching out to a qualified health care practitioner, like myself!

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Annaliisa Kapp is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who has more than 8 years of experience in the health industry. Her mission is to help you navigate through the confusing world of nutrition and guide you toward your rightful state of health and vitality. She specializes in helping high achievers regain their energy from burning the candle at both ends with therapeutic foods that improve digestion, stress hormones, optimize weight and sleep.

Outside of her successful nutrition practice in beautiful British Columbia, Annaliisa loves spending time with her hubby and two sweet girls Isabella and Annika, yoga, running, hiking, and creating amazingly delicious recipes that impress even the biggest sceptics of healthy eating!

Learn more at https://www.annaliisakapp.com/

Xo,

Athenas

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How to Pamper yourself​ this Fall

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“Self-care means, giving yourself permission to pause”

 

As most of you know, I don’t take as much “me time” as I would like to. Between my full-time job, trying to run my own business, kids, etc. It feels that I never have enough hours on the day (or I don’t make it).

One of the top reasons why I love living in Vancouver, it is that we get to truly enjoy every season. Fall it’s one of my favourite ones because the weather it’s not hot or cold, it’s just perfect. Love the magic of pumpkin everything and the fun of Halloween. I think it is the perfect season to slow down and do some self-care, physically and mentally.

Believe me, you don’t have to go and pay that super expensive massage at the Fairmont to effectively treat yourself, here are some tips that I’ve been doing and love it.

Dermaplanning

I read about this treatment at Jillian Harris and I was so curious about it! So, when my friend Crystal from the beauty perfectionist reach out to me to see If I wanted to give it a try, I said YES! It’s so pain-free and my face looks so clean and flawless afterwards!

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Diffuser/Candles

You know how obsessed I’m with these! I absolutely love my diffuser from Finlandia health, as I think it goes in every space of my house! My favourite essentials oils are lavender and clary sage!

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Pizza and Series

Yes, a little indulges hasn’t hurt anybody. Little Ceasars it’s our to go to when it comes to a nice takeout. Now, talking about series, I’ve been watching “this is us” and I’m obsessed about it. What I think I like the most about these series, is that every episode leaves you with a great life message. If you want to give it a try, make yourself a favour and get some Kleenex because you are going to need them lol!

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Music and exercise

I’m super into Spotify and morning run lately! I seriously get lost in the music and I feel perfect afterwards! I know maybe this won’t sound like pampering for some of you, but for some of us that we do not have lots of times for exercise and truly enjoy it, it does feel like a break of cleaning/kids lol!

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What’s your favourite way to pamper yourself? Leave me a comment!

Xo,

Athenas

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Getting Ready for Summer with The Chopped Leaf at Morgan Crossing

Everyone’s ( except me ) favorite season is almost here! Is already April, so there are only a few months before it’s time to show up our bodies and put those bikinis on. I haven’t lost the baby weight.. and when I say, baby, I mean since my 3-year-old was born lol!!

I gained soo much weight with my 2 pregnancies, and I haven’t get back in shape because I still make excuses to no wake up at 5 am and exercise.

They said is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise, so I’m trying to focus on eating as clean as possible, adding greens and nutrients to my diet to replace that lack of exercise, HOWEVER now that I returned full time to work, and Francisco keeps traveling, there is no much time left to cook and sadly I had lots of visits to Tim Hortons and Subway ( ewwwk lol ) until I discovered The Chopped Leaf!

It is very rare to find healthy quick meals, so I love having this option just 5 min from my home at Morgan Crossing!! Their Salads are to die for, and if you need more than greens you can make it a wrap, a sandwich, whatever you get I promise is going to be totally enjoyable!

Their customer service is amazing too! So I’m partnering with them to give away a $30 gift card for you to try their menu and judge for yourself!

I want to make your life simple so you can enter either via Facebook or Instagram!

For the instagramers:

You have to like my pic for the contest, follow me @ilove604 and @jdrai and tag someone that lives in the South Surrey/White rock area or that you would like to invite for a healthy lunch. 1 tag= 1 entry.

For the Facebook lovers:

Like our pages:

https://m.facebook.com/ChoppedLeafMorganCrossing/

https://www.facebook.com/ilove604/

And tag someone that lives in the South Surrey/White rock area or that you would like to invite for a healthy lunch.

That’s it! The Winner would be announced next Sunday! Happy Healthy Eating everyone!

XO,

Athenas