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Understanding low progesterone

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Understanding low progesterone.

Progesterone is the most important hormone in the female body and also not understood by most women. Hopefully this post will help fix that!

Progesterone is one of the female sex hormones, which gets released after ovulation and only if you ovulate. If you don’t ovulate, you will not make progesterone! Women can ovulate and make progesterone but not make enough depending on their personal situation (we will look more at what can interrupt progesterone levels below). I like to explain progesterone to my clients and followers as our most important hormone. It is our sanity and vitality hormone. The hormone that encourages fertility, youthfulness, calmness, motivation, fulfillment and libido (wink wink). Progesterone is involved in so many aspects of being your most healthy and optimal self, yet many women I speak to are unaware of the importance of this essential hormone.

Read more here…


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Histamine, migraine and PMS

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So what about histamine and MIGRAINE? Specifically migraine that many women experience with PMS or before out menses?

Histamine symptoms are actually more common in women because of our hormones,  and often track with the menstrual cycle, occurring when estrogen is high at ovulation and then again just before the period AKA PMS.

  • Estrogen stimulates mast cells to release histamine and down-regulates the DAO enzyme that clears histamine. While, histamine stimulates the ovaries to make more estrogen. The net result can be a vicious cycle of estrogen → histamine → estrogen → histamine.
  • Progesterone stabilizes mast cells, up-regulates DAO, and can therefore reduce histamine… but most women have issues with low progesterone due to chronic stress. So of course are not metabolizing and detoxifying histamine efficiently.
  • It is proposed that symptoms of estrogen dominance are actually symptoms of high estrogen.

Several symptoms on the symptoms list here are typical symptoms of PMS which makes sense because histamine rises and falls with estrogen. Histamine is highest just before ovulation and then again during the days before the period. Histamine can also cause period pain because of its inflammatory effect.

Read the full article here.


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Tricks and tips for a better nights sleep!

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Tricks and Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep;

If you have been following me (at all) and have seen the studies in here (in my Facebook group) on how poor sleep slows metabolism thyroid, and more… then you KNOW how important sleep and sleep optimization is.
The basics are pretty simple and can be all some people need:
Shut down your computer, cell phone, and TV at “least” an hour before you hit the sack. All electronics off, ideally 60-90 minutes before your head hits the pillow. We want as little stimulation as possible in the evenings.
• Save your bedroom for sleep and sex. Think relaxation and release, rather than work or entertainment. If you are a highly strung person – running on adrenaline and cortisol all day – then reading before bed with a candle, orange or red light for lighting may be just the ticket for you to shut off your brain.
• Create an evening routine and bedtime ritual. And DO IT! It’s not the time to tackle big issues or do the laundry. Instead, take a warm bath, meditate, or read, or do something relaxing. Think – “I need to push my stress hormones down”.
• Stick to a schedule, waking up and retiring at the same times every day, even on weekends. Work with your circadian rhythms, instead of against it. Research shows us that having consistent sleep wake times not only encourages better sleep but also good hormonal patterns.
• Watch what and when you eat. Avoid eating heavy meals and alcohol close to bedtime, which may also cause gut and blood sugar issues, and make it hard to fall asleep and get into DEEP sleep. And steer clear of soda, tea, coffee, and dark chocolate after 1/2 p.m. Caffeine can stay in your system for 8-12 hours. If you have sleep issues then I advise no caffeine after noon.
• Turn out the lights. Darkness cues your body to release more of the natural sleep hormone “melatonin”, while light suppresses it. INCLUDING the little red light on the TV or clock. Research shows us that for every 30 minutes of blue light exposure suppresses melatonin for up to 90 minutes. So if you are watching tv before bed, then you are suppressing your melatonin and ability to get into deep sleep. 
Having a quiet cool room is essential for good sleep. The body like to be cool when sleeping to get into deep and REM sleep, and if there is any background noise (white noise may be the exception), it can stop you getting into deep sleep – even when you don’t think its a big deal or effects you. Essential oils may help too – Lavender and Vetiver are good options. 
Check out my podcast on “Deep sleep” to understand more on how to help your sleep; 

But sometimes people need a little more help. This is where we look at aids like;
  • Calming teas such as Reishi, Tulsi, Valerian, Passionflower, Chamomile and Skullcap.
  • Magnesium which is a relaxant and helps relieve tension throughout the muscles and nervous system. Magnesium citrate can act as a mild sedative that helps the body to fall asleep. It also increases deep sleep and decreases nighttime cortisol. I like to start at 300-400 mg before bed.
  • GABA which is an anxiety blocker. Most people who have insomnia or wake during the night are suffering from anxiety. The adrenaline and cortisol dump during the night wakes them and then they struggle to fall back asleep. GABA is beneficial for many people dealing with this and Adrenaline Dominance.
  • Collagen in the evening can be very beneficial due to its glycine and ability to push you into deep sleep. Glycine also helps with blood sugars, inflammation and dropping the body’s core temperature – all essential for optimizing recovery!
  • Ashwagandha taken from 6pm onwards can help shut down cortisol and improve melatonin and sleep quality. This is generally in supplement form.
Then there are some people who need EVEN MORE help! In this case we might consider one or a couple of these;
  • Topical progesterone 5%. There is research and a lot of supporting work by Dr Michael E Platt on the effectiveness of topical progesterone from pushing down adrenaline, cortisol and inflammation, and thus supporting good sleep.
  • CBDa can be very helpful at relaxing the body and supporting sleep quality.
  • Melatonin in doses from 3-10mg can be helpful for some people, but if you find yourself groggy the next day or feeling “off” you may need a lower dose, split doses, or your body doesn’t actually need melatonin – its making enough of its own.
  • Tryptophan is a precursor to Serotonin and Melatonin. You can boost Tryptophan in the evening by consuming; turkey, chicken, eggs, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, avocado and white fish. Calcium and vitamin B6 help with absorption. You can also get a supplement of L-Tryptophan taken twice daily, once with carbs, and the second before bed. You can help convert Tryptophan to 5-HTP by pairing it with vitamin C and folate. 
  • Taurine has been shown to push down stress and anxiety, and increases the body’s natural GABA production. Doses range from 500-1500mg before bed.
  • Theanine or L-theanine increases alpha waves (found in REM sleep).
  • Vitamin B6 before sleep can help with REM sleep and remembering dreams. We would be looking at 240mg here.
  • Zinc and vitamin C may support sleep. Zinc boosts testosterone and vitamin C can help with progesterone. Sufficient levels of both are calming and help with sleep quality.

To be used as a last resort…

One could stack 5 HTP with melatonin and hour before going to bed. The effect can be improved with B6 and Zinc. ZMA or zinc+magnesium+B6 can also be effective.

Its important to also note;

Getting direct sunlight early in the day (or blue light spectrum), especially after waking is an important player in the circadian rhythms, hormones and sleep. Blood sugars can greatly influence sleep, you should work on balancing them. Some studies also show that grounding can help with sleep and insomnia. Reference. 

Exercise has also been shown to greatly improve sleep quality, deep and Rem. Reference. 

Avoid substance that can effect sleep negatively like;

  • Caffeine
  • Theobromine and theophylline (cacao and kola nut)
  • Alcohol
  • Excess sugar
  • Tyramine containing foods (bacon, cheese, eggplant, potato, tomato, spinach, sausage).

I hope you found this helpful and please reach out if you have any questions! And will maybe try these before resorting to medications. Good luck on your sleep quest! xo




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I recently got asked about parasites, by several of my followers actually, so I went ahead and recorded the below podcast on “How to do a parasite cleanse at home”. But while doing my research I came across some important information and interesting facts around parasites. I hope you find this interesting and helpful!

Parasites are prevalent in our enviroment and many of us have them inside us. It really is not uncommon to get a diagnosis of parasites. Especially if you travel frequently, spend a lot of time outdoors, or even have pets (and dare I say kids).

A parasite is an organism that infects the body of another living being and live off their hosts to survive. In other words it gets its food from or at the expense of its host. The parasite uses the resources of the person it’s living inside of, such as the blood (like a vampire), or the very food that that person eats, in order to survive. Parasites can be very small or meters long. Gross!

Some parasites create no symptoms at all in their hosts, while others can cause lots or symptoms and severe illness. Parasitic infections occur when parasites grow, reproduce, or invade organ systems (including the brain), that make their hosts sick. Symptoms include atopic dermatitis, rashes, allergies, excess mucus, diarrhea, nausea,  grinding of the teeth, sleep issues, inflammation/ aches and pains in the joints, and in worse cases fever, flue like symptoms, and swollen lymph nodes.

Some common human parasitic infections include the following: toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis and trichomoniasis (which is actually an STI).

You can get tested for parasites through a blood test (looking for higher eosinophils) or stool test. Your doctor may have to test your stool more than once before you test positive for parasites… at least a 3 day stool test/collection is recommended and has been shown to give a 90% accurate result. Some people might even see worms move in the bottom of the toilet (gross!).

𝘿𝙞𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬…
#parasite eggs hatch and spit out ammonia around the full moon. 🌕
So people with parasites can experience a lot more, or exasperated symptoms like atopic dermatitis, allergies, sleep issues, irritability and erratic behavior, and gut problems around the full moon. Children with parasites can be more challenging around this time too.
Crazy right?! 🤯


Some other interesting facts about parasites;
  • Worm therapy or treating people with worms, specifically helminths, is a thing! Treating people with parasitic worms may help with reducing inflammation and increasing lifespan (anti aging) by increasing T helper 2 cells, and reducing T helper 1 cells. Check it out here.
  • Parasites release a biproduct called ammonia which has lots of negative effects including mental health issues and changes in personality. Read here. 
  • Parasites can not only upset the gut and contribute to IBD issues, the can also disrupt the microbiome by encouraging the growth of bad bacteria like klebsiella which increases inflammation and has been connected to ankylosing spondylitis, AND effects your bodies synthesis of vitamin B12. Tape worm also can cause B12 deficiencies.
  • Parasites can cause micronutrient deficiencies because they are basically stealing our food.
  • Hookworms which feed off our blood (gross again!), can contribute to anemia and protein deficiencies. Reference.
  • Worms can directly effect our mental and adrenal health by directly reducing serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. This effects motivation and energy levels too. (ADHD , schizophrenia and depression included.)
  • Parasites can contribute to weight gain due the the inflammatory and stress response, nutritional deficiencies, and the lack of motivation to make good food choices or go exercise because of their impact on mental health above.
  • Worms, in one study, were shown to help with viral infections by reducing the inflammatory storm. Reference.
  • Worms, specifically tape worm can cross into the brain and lay eggs. This has been connected to seizures and Alzheimer’s. You can Google a picture of the brain that shows tunnels in the tissue and throughout the brain, its crazy!
  • Simple herbs like garlic, turmeric, and licorice can act as an anti parasitic. Along with binders like diatomaceous earth (food grade) and activated charcoal.
  • PUMPKIN SEEDS have long been used as a substance that helps expel intestinal parasites. Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of compounds known as cucurbitacin’s, which paralyze the worms. This prevents them from holding on to the intestinal walls, as they usually do during a bowel movement – thus allowing them to be expelled with your poop.


I hope you found this interesting and enjoy the podcast episode!


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Bitters and the bitter principle for gut health and bile support.

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𝑩𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 are a tool that can be used to improve gut health, bile and other organ support via the vagus nerve and stimulation of digestive acids, enzymes, bile salts and more. But what are bitters?

Medical definition of bitter principle: any of various neutral substances of strong bitter taste extracted from plants.

Bitters a are varied group of plant constituents or molecules with a pronounced bitter taste – these are the active ingredients of the plant. Bitter herbs are often hepatics & cholagogues (more on this in our biohacking Facebook group), and must be ‘tasted’ to produce these effects.

The bitter principles; The bitter principles work by stimulating the bitter receptors of the tongue and increasing saliva secretion. Thus, it is always advisable to taste and chew the herbs. Sorry your ACV pills and gummies are no good!😉

The taste or sensation of bitterness is directed primarily by the vagus nerve to the central nervous system, leading to various physiological effects – bitter tastes stimulate the vagus nerve in your tongue (although this nerve originates in your brain), which in turn signals the digestive system to start getting ready for digestion with the production of stomach acid, bile acids, digestive enzymes and peristalsis if needed. This vagal stimulation also tells the body (and mind) to rest and digest – relax and slow down. 🙏

Benefits of bitters;
– General stimulation of the flow of digestive juices (acid, mucus, enzymes & bile) from the pancreas, duodenum and liver. Aiding digestion and detoxification.
– Stimulate appetite
– Stimulate peristalsis
– Aid the liver in detoxification
– Regulatory effect upon secretion by the pancreas of the hormones that regulate blood sugar (insulin & glucagon)
– Help the gut wall repair damage by stimulating self-repair mechanisms
– Establish parasympathetic dominance, putting you in that rest and digest state
– Anti microbial
– Ant inflammatory

Some herbal examples include:
– Wormwood
– Gentian
– Yarrow
– Goldenseal
– Chamomile
– Dandelion
– Marigold
– Peppermint

Some other herbs/substances that may be considered ‘bitter’ are;
– Apple cider vinegar
– Lemon and Lime juice
– Chasteberry
– Berberine
– Yerba mate
– Bitter melon
– Cacao
– Coffee
– Green tea
– Bitter or sour berries like cranberries and raspberries.

The more bitter, sour, tart, or astringent a food, the better!

In my practice, it is very noticeable that those that have a palate more geared towards bitter food have healthier guts, better detoxification action, better success with fat loss and better long term success. 🙂

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Cholagogues and choleretics, for gallbladder, bile, liver, cholesterol and digestive support.

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What are cholagogues and choleretics?
🍃 A cholagogue is a substance (herb or other) that promotes the flow of bile from the gall bladder into the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and the liver.
🍃 A choleretic is a substance (herb or other) that stimulates the increased production of bile by the liver. Not the gallbladder but the liver… So if you’re having issues with your gallbladder, you can still promote bile production from the liver. 👍🏻

We know bile is ESSENTIAL for digestion, having healthy bowel movements, emulsifying fats in the diet, detoxifying estrogen, killing bad bacteria, and other pathogens that cause infection. And for clearing out cholesterol and fatty liver.

So here are some examples of cholagogues;
1) Gentian
2) Yellow dock
3) Oregon grape
4) Burdock
5) Aloe Vera
6) Wild yam
7) Black root
8) Globe artichoke

And some examples of choleretics;
1) Barberry
2) Dandelion
3) Yerba mate
4) Mulberry leaf
5) Shizsandra
6) Goldenseal
7) Turmeric
8) Milk thistle

But honestly all off these above herbs will have both cholagogue and choleretic activity. Choleretics and cholagogues are best taken before meals (about 30 minutes prior, but can be taken just before eating). I generally like these in tea or tincture form but they can be take in tablet form too. 


Please speak with your health practitioner for continued use of these substances. 🙂

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Alcohol and your health – The HETA guide add on

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Alcohol is allowed on most health protocols, including The HETA guide, and should be enjoyed as part of the social aspect of your health. But which ones? Because not all wine, beer and spirits are created equal.

But it is important for you to understand that — when you consume alcohol your body will NOT burn any other fuel source while alcohol is in the body. Therefore carbs/sugar and fat get stored as body fat or muscle glycogen while your body detoxifies the alcohol!
Also apart from directly affecting the kidneys and liver, alcohol effects the body in other ways too. To name a few;

  • Consuming alcohol can drastically affect how your thyroid functions — such as blocking its activity, or lowering levels of hormones T3 and T4. Alcohol is also known to destroy thyroid cells, which are sometimes used in treatment of a condition called thyroid nodules. Over time consuming alcohol can reduce the size of the thyroid, thought it initially enlarges it. This means the thyroid gland is left with fewer cells to produce T4 and T3. Continuous use of alcohol can result in Euthyroid Sick Syndrome (ESS), in which rT3 is elevated and T3 is reduced.
  • Alcohol breaks down and destroys muscles. Also known as “Alcoholic myopathy”, which causes swelling, pain and weakness in the muscles as it degrades muscle integrity. This also prevents the growth of new muscle tissue.
  • Alcohol can damage the fatty insulation or the white matter that surrounds the axion of the neurons which impairs neuronal functioning. You get a “myelin” deficit – so if your drinking and you have an issue with myelin production or mitochondrial health, or concerns about MS (multiple sclerosis).
  • Alcohol damages gut health and the gut lining, which directly impairs good bacteria, encourages the growth of bad bacteria and yeasts, reduces serotonin production ( impacting mental health) and digestion.


Moving on – Wine is, as many of us know, touted as good for you. Red wine specifically, but let’s be realistic – wine contains sugar, alcohol and sulphites. It does contain Resveratrol which is a polyphenol sirtuin nutrient and other antioxidants but these are irrelevant if the wine you are consuming is laden with chemicals. So wine is good for you in moderation if it is a good quality clean wine. This is where we look at organic and biodynamic wines. Wines also contain sugar/carbs… generally Rose and  white wine have higher sugar and are unhealthier then red. You can read up more on sugar content of wine here .

Finding out how much sugar you’re consuming is hard to tell, since most countries don’t indicate sugar content on the label, but here’s a basic breakdown of wine types and how much sugar they contain:

  • Bone-Dry <1 sugar calories per glass
  • Dry 0-6 sugar calories per glass
  • Off-Dry 6–21 sugar calories per glass
  • Sweet 21–72 sugar calories per glass
  • Very Sweet 72–130 sugar calories per glass


Wine is actually only “heart healthy” if combined with physical activity. In a study called In Vino Veritas (In Wine, Truth), researchers introduced wine into people’s lives and tracked the effects on their bodies. By itself, drinking wine did not significantly affect cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, or levels of inflammatory markers. But among those who worked out twice per week and also drank wine, there was significant improvement in health variables after a year of wine consumption, no matter whether it was red or white.



So the type of wine you choose is important. I try to stick to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines. We are lucky enough in Airdrie to have a wonderful liquor store Sierra Springs which has a nice stock of Organic and Biodynamic wines.

What’s the difference in these though? Let’s look —>

Biodynamic wine; This is a holistic manner of farming. It is the oldest, anti-chemical agricultural movement that predates the creation of organic farming by about twenty years.

Basically its grapes where the farmers are taking longer times for filtering, double-filtering, and extended fermentation. These are chemical, pesticide-free grapes and there are no additives. Farmers making the wines have been able to make a nice, full-body, clean wine with minimal sulfites added, which sit at about 35 parts per million which is very low.


Biodynamic wine is a wine made,

  • grapes are grown at a high elevation, specifically at 2000 feet or higher elevation
  • extended fermentation of 10-15 days, versus the standard 1-2 days fermentation that most wine companies use, which further concentrates antioxidants
  • pH levels that are at optimal levels
  • been cold stabilized and chilled to drop out impurities prior to filtration, then filtered with extremely tight filters like diatomaceous earth and micron pads, sulfites can be cut significantly, down to as low as 35ppm. With lower sugar and lower sulfites, the risk of blood sugar swings and headaches goes way down when this kind of filtration process is used
  • avoided the addition of residual sugars to the completed wine, then using a Brix scale, the sugar content of the wine can be significantly decreased.
  • The final biohack is to reduce both calorie and carbohydrate levels without lowering alcohol content.


Natural wine; These wines are a movement, not a label. The idea is to stop considering that a person is making the wine: the vintner is rather accompanying the winemaking. A natural wine is one with; organically-grown grapes, harvested by hand, rushed to the winery, fermented on wild yeasts and low levels of sulfites (or none at all). A natural wine essentially is fermented grape juice. Natural wines themselves, however, have existed for hundreds of years. When wine was first made 8,000 years ago, it was not made using packets of yeasts, vitamins, enzymes, Mega Purple, reverse osmosis, cryoextraction or powdered tannins – some of the many additives and processes used in winemaking worldwide.


A natural wine is a wine made,


Most natural wines are neither filtered nor fined. The few that are will either be filtered extremely lightly or fined with organic egg-white. If sulphur dioxide is added, it will be only at bottling and only in the tiniest quantities. Many natural wines are made without the addition of sulphur dioxide or sulphates at any point.


Organic wine; This is the growing of grapes conformed to organic farming. Organic farming is defined by regulation (country-specific) or stand-alone certification. It avoids chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Many wines labeled ‘organic’ are actually made with conventional methods: only the grapes are organic. By the way, organic doesn’t imply that the wine doesn’t have additives. There is, in fact, a list of additives, including things like yeast, egg whites, and animal enzymes (like rennet in cheese) that are allowed in organic wines. Being organic doesn’t necessarily mean a wine is vegan.

PS organic wine farmers can still add sulphites and GMO’s too.

The rules differ –

  • USA: “a wine made from organically grown grapes without added sulfites”
  • EUROPE & CANADA: “a wine made from organically grown grapes that may contain added sulfites”

The area of wine can get quiet confusing – like seriously. Some of the articles I went through contradict each other. I literally had to weed through them to find consistencies and references.

Prossecco, Cava and champange are low carb and are also a great choice if you want a refreshing drink… that can be found ‘organic’ too!

For amounts – I generally advise between 1-3 glasses of wine a week is acceptable, especially if you are on a fat loss journey and ideally on refeed day. 


When choosing wine, remember – the lower the alcohol, the lower the sugar. The lower the sulphites, the less the hangover!


Then as for other alcohols, because unfortunately, not everyone likes wine. The best beer I have found studies or backing research on are  — Craft beer . Of course we remember to check if the beer we are consuming is made from WHEAT or other grains as we know what this does to our gut and inflammation. Beer is basically just a alcohol and carbs.  Also beer is very ‘estrogenic’, which means it will add to the estrogen load and problems already in your body.


Spirits… while all spirits are carb, sugar, and fat-free, some shots are still more calorically dense than are others. A single gram of alcohol contains seven calories, so the higher the alcohol content, the more calories it contains.

It’s also worth noting that whiskey does have a higher level of antioxidants than clear liquors, especially if it has been barrel aged. Therefore making whiskey a modbiotic and it is rich in ellagic acid, which the American Cancer Society claims may slow the growth of tumors. It may also erase wrinkles, per research published in Experimental Dermatology. The darker the whiskey, the higher the polyphenols.

Be aware of what mixers you are using with your spirits though. Tequila is naturally sweet to taste for instance, so it can be enjoyed by simply adding soda water and a splash of lime. Tequila is also gluten-free, making it a good option for celiacs.

If drinking spirits, try stick with Vodka or Tequila! Gin is OK too (even though it makes me want to vomit!). And sweeten with Zevia or soda water and fruits, or even a splash of concentrated juice.

Avoid alcopops, they are a bad idea and if ordering cocktails, just make sure to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of the ingredients…choosing lower sugar where possible. If you would like to make some home made cocktails that are on the healthier side, I have some ideas here.

For amounts – I generally advise between 1-3 servings a week is acceptable for spirits, especially if you are on a fat loss journey and ideally on refeed day. For beer, 1-2 to a week is OK and ideally on refeed day… but generally this is something I advise against for pre-menopausal women, especially if on a fat loss journey (so please consider this). 


When having alcohol it is wise to load up on vitamin C before and after, this will help with glutathione production and take some activated charcoal… together they will bind to toxins and support detoxification pathways!


I’m far from trying to promote the drinking of alcohol! But I understand alcohol is a part of society and many of our lives. I am trying to teach you how alcohol effects the body and, help you make healthier choices for you and the life events that you may attend that have alcohol present. Check out this interesting article that highlights some of the health benefits of alcohol.


**REMEMBER to always drink smartly and safely (and PS don’t talk to strangers, drive or operate heavy machinery while intoxicated).






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What your nails can tell you.

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I am always saying to my clients that if they stop and listen to their body, it will tell them what it likes and wants. I try to do this myself a lot too, but sometimes life gets so noisy that its hard you know. But recently I saw a white patch under the nail on my index finger and thought “oh I should do something teaching about “what our nails can tell us”… So here we are.


When we pay attention to all this little signals and signs our body gives us, they can direct us towards nutritional deficiencies, underlying health issues and things like that. This is especially important in our current time/environment, where many of us are learning to be our own doctor and are taking more responsibility for our own health.

So today I wanted to give you an over view about nail signs and what they can be telling you about your body, and what may be going on. It’s really very interesting the way the body wants to tell us what’s going on through signs on our nails, tongue, hair, skin and even through our eyes (which is one of the reasons I got certified as an Iridologist or as someone who studies the Iris). Our body wants to survive – it wants to be strong and healthy, that’s why we continually build new cells and get rid of old damaged ones. And as always I am here to show you, and teach you, and encourage you on how to listen and support your amazing body. Don’t give up, don’t lose hope – there is always a way and your body is stronger than you think.


So there are many different natural practices you can us to support you on your healing journey. For some people one works better than another, and that’s ok because we are so bio-individual that its natural to take time, do some trial and error, and see what works for your body. So that all can take some time, but if we actually listen and pay attention to our body, we can move things on a bit faster and narrow things down a lot better.


One of the ways we can do this is by paying attention to our nails. Every chipped, brittle, indented and blackened nail has something to tell us. So healthy nails grow on average of 1 mm per week. This can be useful for seeing where a sign is on our nail and determining how long ago our body was having the issue that caused it. So if we were to calculate how many millimetres say a white spot is from the base of our nail, it will give us an idea of how many weeks ago that spot was relevant or when the issue started.


For the general population, nail health is most often an indicator of poor nutritional intake or poor digestion. Most nail issues usually don’t indicate a serious underlying illness. So lets look at some of those signs or symptoms that we can see in our nails.


The most common I think, and what spurred this conversation is the white spot or white patch we can see on our nails. These usually indicate a zinc deficiency or calcium excess, or you could have hurt your finger. So zinc is a very solid or defined white spot, you can also see a scattering of spots or several spots that relate back to zinc. And then if its more of a vague shape or blotch of a spot, we generally see that’s connected to calcium. If its a calcium excess or you hurt your finger, you will see the white spot grow out with your nail. Whereas, a zinc spot can appear and disappear. Mine was calcium excess for anyone who’s curious.

Now if we see the white spot was say 3 mm away from the base we can think back a see – well 3 weeks ago social isolation and home schooling started so my nutrition was terrible, and mostly just sugar and void of real nutrition. Then we can correlate and connect the dots. You can see how this can be helpful.


Next would be furrowing, ridges or groves in the nail that run horizontally. These lines are also know as “Beaus line” and can be just a natural occurrence with age, but in rare instances can signify something serious, so if you are concerned, be sure to speak to your doctor. So these  ridges indicate where the nail stopped growing due to something that has stressed the nail out. This could be illness, major stress (physical or emotional), a big lifestyle change or a big immune hit. Something like this that has thrown the body through a loop and stopped the nail from growing. Again you can do the calculations and figure out a time frame where your body was under this stress and what happened.


Next is also quiet common and that is brittle nails. This we can connect back to digestion and also the thyroid…a sluggish thyroid can contribute to brittle weak nails due to poor circulation and the inability to utilize nutrients properly. So what’s happening in your digestion that’s causing your body to not get enough nutrients and minerals to make strong healthy nails. So this might be an issue with low stomach acid, poor digestive enzymes, poor vagal nerve activity, gallbladder issues,  IBD (irritable bowel disease) or some sort of other gut issue. All of these will impact the break down and absorption of nutrients. Two nutrients that can be helpful here are calcium and silica. So some examples for calcium, we are looking at almonds, sesame seeds, bone broth, buckwheat and green veg. And for silica we look to oats, melons, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, dandelion, and again our green veg. But also constantly wetting and drying your nails/hands can attribute to brittle nails too. Something to be aware of. 🙂


Now when we see ridges that run from the base (where the nail comes out under the skin or cuticle) to the top, so vertical ridges…we are looking at low digestive enzymes. So again something that’s stopping the nail from getting nutrients properly from the gut. Vertical ridges generally appear later in life and as long as they aren’t accompanied by other symptoms such as changes in color, they are usually nothing to be concerned about. We would just go back and look at the gut and nutrition again. These can also be connected to poor circulation and oxygenation into the nail bed – so anemia here and carpel tunnel could be present.


If your nail ‘spoons’ or becomes concave, we can usually connect this to an iron deficiency. You can also compare this to your energy levels, how well wound heel and also your menstruation. Looking to food first to address the issue before supplements is wise, and then remember that iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C.


Then the clubbing or the raised nail, something that looks like a Geckos foot. Where the nail is elevated, round and popping out, this can again show us poor circulation and oxygen to the nail cells. So this could be respiratory conditions, how well oxygen is being carried in the blood and being used in the cells. Here we can use magnesium to support cellular health, mineral water is great and also make sure we are moving a lot daily, especially outdoors and in the sunshine.


And other sign will be beaking or curving of the nail. This is where the fingernail curls over the top like a birds beak. This can show us a potassium deficiency. Also Hyperparathyroidism, Renal failure,  Psoriasis and Systemic sclerosis should be considered.



Next when we look at the color of the nail… A yellow nail may tell us that there is an infection present, or reaction to a product you are using on the hands and nails, or also that the nail has received some sort of trauma. This can go for blacked nails or black spots or ‘splinters’ under the nail too. If you have ever caught your finger in a door and got a blacked or bruised nail, then you know what I am talking about. This black appearance is a result of blood vessel inflammation under your nail and will disappear as the nail and finger heals. The splinter appearance can signify poor circulation and weaker blood vessels or blood vessel damage.


If we see opaque or frosted or ‘pale’ yellow color nails, we may see liver dysfunction or the liver is having issues. Here we would bring in liver support like dandelion, milk thistle and even burdock root. For the kidneys we might see a red tip at the cuticle. This is where the capillaries in the body might be struggling, and you might see a pale ring under the nail/on the skin at the top of the nail.


Lots of pinholes or small indentations in the nail can be connected back to psoriasis and inflammation. Again we look back to the gut first here and of course if you have skin issues you will see an improvement in the nails if you take care of said skin issues. Ridges and lines can also be connected to psoriasis too.


When we look for those half moons or crescents by the cuticle of the nail and there is none visible, this is generally connected to B12 deficiency. This can also be connected to poor circulation and blood flow. We can also check capillary return by pushing down on the nail. The nail bed should be nice and pink and then when you push down on the nail you push the blood away, this makes the nail bed go white and when you take your finger away the nail bed should instantly return pink. If it takes a while to come back, you will have poor capillary return, which means you may have low blood volume, poor circulation and poor blood flow out to the appendages.


If we see regular infections around the nail, like fungal infections, we look towards the gut and the immune system. In this case where there are reoccurring infections… as we look at the gut and immune system, we can also use some topical applications like colloidal silver, coconut oil, essential oils and where the issue is severe, you can use a topical anti fungal or antibiotic.


You can see a lot of these nail signs can be intertwined and be a symbol of many of the same issues or underlying concerns, but this just further reinforces the fact that the body is one system and should be treated and cared for as a ‘whole’.


As always, I hope you found this information helpful and please share with anyone you feel may benefit. Sharing is caring but it also helps this information reach the masses and empower people to be responsible for their own health.


Chemaine xo

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Molecular hydrogen and why I am its biggest fan!

Category : Molecular hydrogen , Water

Lets look at ‘Molecular hydrogen’ or as I like to call it “the angel molecule”… because this little molecule is so powerful, yet gentle at the same time… it must have been created by angels or some higher power. 😉

I started using molecular hydrogen in early January 2020 after I got an abnormal PAP diagnoses, where my doctor and gynecologist expressed concerns that my cells were high risk pre-cancerous cells and there was a high chance I would need a biopsy and LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure). Of course being a mom of two and a young woman with my whole life ahead of me, I panicked and quickly delved into all the science and studies I could find relating to abnormal cells.

I am the first to admit that I am obsessed with my health, my family say “over the top” and I agree I can be a bit anal. But in my defense it is very important to me to be my best and strongest, so I can live my best life and be my best for my loved ones and people around me. Anyways, my doctor and gynecologist both said things that stood out to me and I grasped onto them as my lifeline, and as the driving force for me to reverse my diagnosis. My doctor said “your cells are very inflamed” and the gynecologist said “in rare cases we have seen a women’s immune system to be strong enough to flush out cancerous cells”… that was all I needed! I heard inflammation and that there was a chance! 

I was like, “hold on, I am a biohacker and I know lots about inflammatory cells and how to hack them, and… I know how to boost my immune system and induce autophagy to help flush out damages cells!” So off I went, I had a mission and I was damned if I was going to let something like this beat me!

I have spoken about inflammation lots with my clients and followers. And I am well aware that I train very hard, and that combined with my strong work ethic, supporting hundreds of clients and trying to raise two growing boys has effected me on a cellular level and caused me to feel extreme inflammation (and exhaustion at times). For months I had not been sleeping well, my hands and face would get very warm and swollen, my blood pressure increased, my throat would swell up so much that I could feel my esophagus  and chest getting tight, I constantly had headaches, irritability and just wasn’t myself. I was so inflamed that some evenings I couldn’t even look at my phone or think straight… So I guess that’s those inflamed cells the doctor was talking about eh?!


Roll in molecular hydrogen;

Among the many things I implemented, molecular hydrogen is the one thing I believe had the biggest impact! I had heard of molecular hydrogen many times over the past 2 years and came across it again when doing my research on deuterium water.

So I started looking more at studies coming out of Japan and from Dr. Ohta and Tyler Lebaron. I also looked at work by Robert Slovak and Alex Tarnava. Who are all well renowned for their work around water and hydrogen. Needless to say, what I uncovered blew my mind!

So what is molecular hydrogen?

Well Hydrogen as we see it on the periodic table of elements is expressed as ‘H1’ and is the smallest lightest atom in the universe, as well as the most abundant. The Molecular Hydrogen, commonly written as  ‘H2′, is a molecule formed by two hydrogen atoms that share their electrons. It is also incredibly small which is where it’s magic comes from! Because it is so small it can penetrate into every tissue and cell in the body with ease. Hydrogen is inert (meaning it is stable and unreactive), very safe and is able to penetrate right through the membranes of our cells, which most other substances can not do. Molecular hydrogen is hydrogen it its gaseous form. 

There is an abundance of studies on hydrogen and its benefits on mitochondrial health, cellular health and overall health. Hydrogen functions on the regulation of gene expression. Its most potent effects can be seen on inflammation and energy production.

One area of study is hydrogen’s effect on ‘oxidative stress’, this is where stress damages cells and DNA due to an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body (caused by acute and chronic stress, toxins, excess sugar and trans fats). An abundance of oxidative stress is where we see chronic inflammation, poor blood flow and disease occur. When we look at hydrogen we see it is a very strong anti oxidant that when consumed, immediately starts to work on supporting the mitochondria and bringing down inflammation by distributing throughout the body withing 10 minutes and staying there for up to 24 hours.

Hydrogen has a direct connection to the regulation of autophagy too. Which is the body’s way of cleaning out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier, stronger cells. Which is one of the ways hydrogen has been shown to help with Alzheimer disease and dementia. 

Hydrogen rich water or HRW has been shown to improve mitochondria function and energize the cells/body, improve blood flow and circulation, and improve skin tone, moisture and health, so much so that hydrogen beauty bathing and hydrogen beauty spas are very popular in Japan.  Molecular hydrogen has also been shown to improve hormonal function and psychological stress in mice and in humans!

This study out of Europe published in April 2019 shows how hydrogen rich water was effective at reducing NAFD or non alcoholic fatty liver disease. And this one out of Harvard Medical school and Bostons Vhildrens Hospital in 2019 showed “Inhaled hydrogen could protect the brain during heart-lung bypass” in newborns! 


This conclusion from a study published in 2016 “Molecular Hydrogen Therapy Ameliorates Organ Damage Induced by Sepsis” , I hope, would be the convincing factor on if one should try molecular hydrogen or now….

Molecular hydrogen therapy has a protective effect on sepsis, which has been proved by pathological biopsy, level of inflammatory factors/anti-inflammatory factors, oxidative stress reaction, behavioral experiment, and other related indicators of organ function. Although there is a dispute of affections of molecular hydrogen therapy in liver and kidney, the mainstream view shows molecular hydrogen therapy is benefit to organs, such as brain, lung, liver, kidney, and small intestine.


It is believed that hydrogen will be the next area of Nobel Prize winning in the future.

I could go on and on with the study references for the efficacy and benefits of molecular hydrogen or hydrogen rich water (HRW) but back to my own story… On February 11th 2020 I attended a Calgary women’s clinic to have a ‘colposcopy’ and ‘biopsy’ performed, this was 3-4 weeks after I started HRW and other health supporting protocols on hopes to rid my body of these so called “pre-cancerous cells”. I did a meet and greet with a clinic nurse for about 40 minutes who, just like my doctor and gynecologist, told me to expect the worst and that from my PAP my cells looked very high risk and I was likely going to need a LEEP.

So I go in to the doctor, she proceeds with the colposcopy and a takes a cell sample from higher in my cervix… pushes her chair back and says “that’s it, I am not doing any more, there is nothing here, your cervix looks perfect”. I asked her twice “so your saying my cervical cells had zero reaction to the acid mix?”… she said yes and that I was good to go, nothing to worry about. And that she would let me know when the cell sample came back … she said the reason she took a cell sample from higher in my cervix was to see where these abnormal cells came from on my PAP.

Now… I’m not saying molecular hydrogen ‘cured’ me but I am saying I haven’t felt this good since before I started drinking HRW and my inflammation is non existent, literally no symptoms or energy crashes since my first glass of HRW! I do feel it played a part in my healing protocol and I will continue with it for the foreseeable future. I really hope if you decide to try molecular hydrogen that you reap the benefits I do!

I currently also have some clients taking molecular hydrogen for Cancer support, fatty liver, inflammation, gut health and overall cellular health…the feedback has been v3ery positive so far. We have even seen massive increases in energy and fat loss.

If you watch the science and medical health space, you will see hydrogen as a medical tool is getting more popular by the day, again that’s because of its safety and effectiveness.

There are two types of molecular hydrogen I use and have had my results with… one is made by  Robert Slovak with Water and Wellness which I get here, I have ordered off their website but unfortunately the exchange rate and import fees for Canada are very high! And the other is made by Alex Tarnava and Dr. Richard Holland at Drink HRW and I get it here. Both are very effective and I advise you try both brands and monitor which you feel the benefits from most, then stick with that one.

For optimal results, you would  drink hydrogen rich water 2 – 3 times a day, and you do this by adding 1 tablet to 250 ml of clean room temperature water. As soon as the tablet is dissolved, you want to drink the whole glass as quick as possible, so as to not lose too much hydrogen into the atmosphere. Check out this video for exact instructions!

*Side note; it is advisable to ‘cycle’ molecular hydrogen and the healthier you are, the less you will feel a difference but that doesn’t mean it is not working or benefiting you!


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Cravings and Emotional eating

Category : Cravings , Nutrition , Sugar

I wanted to compile a few of the posts I did on cravings and emotional eating on my Facebook page, in one place so I could direct my clients and followers to one place of reading, I really hope you all find this somewhat helpful and put some of the tools herein into practice!



There’s an aspect of health and fat loss that gets missed most of the time… ‘emotions’.

Most women experience emotional eating, men not so much, it’s a female thing unfortunately. Women are emotional beings, we are nurtures, we are care givers, we are feeders. We feed babies when they are born, when they cry it’s usually because of hunger so it’s natural to us to associate food with emotions right?!

So then when a woman is particularly unhappy, depressed and not satisfied in her life – she is more likely to turn towards food to make herself feel better or as a way to avoid negative emotions, than a man would.


Lets first look at the biochemical reactions that take place when we experience cravings… it usually goes a little like this 🧐

Eat sugar -> spike insulin -> insulin and blood sugar drops -> sugar cravings increase in aims to bring insulin back up.


When we are stressed it looks a little like this;
Stress -> spikes cortisol and adrenaline -> causes the body to look for serotonin and dopamine to feel good and safe again -> sugar increases dopamine production making us feel good for a while. When the hormones drop, the cycle begins all over again, starting with increased cravings.

What about sleep?

Poor sleep -> reduces available energy causing the brain to stress and malfunction -> the brain send out a signal to look for the fastest most easily absorbed form of fuel… sugar.

Seems pretty obvious but most people when they have uncontrollable eating or cravings don’t stop to reflect on what’s going on inside them or what’s driving this. So let’s look again… what are some more things that drive up cravings and emotional eating 🍽

– poor sleep
– late night eating
– eating sugar
– eating junk food
– dehydration
– nutrient deficiencies
– stress
– overwhelm/multitasking (having too much to do)
– feelings of sadness or upset
– alcohol
– loneliness
– relationships
– work
– kids
– low self esteem
– health concerns
– food (being unprepared with food or feeling guilty) ☹️



That leads us to the ’emotional level’.

It has been recognized that there are certain feelings or emotions that connect to cravings of certain foods, being aware of this can help you understand your cravings better and better deal with your emotions.

They are as follows;

  • crunchy snacks like crisps and crackers can connect to chronic underlying anger issues
  • cravings for high-fat food stemmed from chronic fear, tension, anxiety and depression
  • ice cream ‘soothes’ depression with its creamy texture
  • the number one food craving, chocolate, contains the same chemical the brain creates when we feel romantic love, meaning women in particular may crave chocolate because it creates the feeling of being loved. Chocoholism may be a cry for love, intimacy and romance. It’s the perfect antidepressant for the lovesick.
  • burnout or fatigue from pushing yourself too hard might cause you to crave the stimulating effect of red meat or sharp cheese
  • loneliness, stress and emotional distress drive cravings or the want for alcohol
  • chewy or crunchy foods like cookies, M&M’S and crackers can also signify stress or frustration
  • feelings of loneliness, emptiness or sadness can cause cravings of pasta and pizza 🍕 


Studies suggest every food corresponds to a certain mood or emotion. In 1982 the American university professor Bernard Lyman asked 200 people to imagine themselves experiencing various emotions, including anger, loneliness and joy, and at the same time asked them what food they’d like to eat.
They indicated strong preferences for desserts when feeling happy and loving, but when anxious they wanted snack foods, both of the healthy and junk variety.

Each food is craved because it has amino acids, neurochemical catalysts, or vasoconstriction catalysts, which will energize your body or soothe your brain chemicals, making you feel better ‘for a short time’.


How to assess your sugar or junk food cravings.

We crave sugar for three reasons:

1️⃣ When we need more motivation/dopamine/self-worth
2️⃣ When we have depleted our energy sources
3️⃣ When we feel stressed or unsafe.

So next time you reach for a cookie or chips – check in and ask yourself:

  • How have I managed my food/energy levels today?
  • Am I craving sugar because I’m hungry?
  • How stressed have I been this week?
  • Have I done anything to help myself mange my stress?
  • Am I using sugar to help me cope?
  • Has my self-esteem been affected by something today?
  • What can I do that would leave me feeling rewarded/accomplished/motivated?
  • Is sugar replacing the reward of achieving something?
  • Am I happy?
  • What is making my heart ache? When you feel a binge or craving or bout of emotional eating come on – stop and take a moment to focus on these questions. Focus on deep breathing, quiet your thoughts and become present in what’s going on. Then figure out what else you could do to distract yourself and make yourself feel better;
    Go for a walk
    Massage essential oils on your temple and neck
    Foam roll
    Practice some yoga poses
    Call a friend
    Or whatever it is that doesn’t involve food. 🙂
    Changing this pattern in your brain allows you to connect new brain neurons and create new habits and skills for times of struggle that benefit you rather than making you feel worse.


There is a neurological, biological, and emotional basis under our cravings.


There are also some nutrient and mineral deficiencies that have been connected to emotional eating….

They are;
– Magnesium
– Zinc
– Iron
– Calcium
– Sodium
– B12 and B6

These vitamins have also been associated with feelings of sadness, anxiety and shaking or tremors.

So staying on top of our bodies nutrient needs is going to benefit us on many levels but also help us manage cravings and emotions a bit better.


This post was compiled to help you reflect on what might be driving your cravings and emotional eating. I hope you find it somewhat helpful. One book that I highly recommend if you want to delve more into the world of emotional eating is “Constant cravings” by Doreen Virtue. Its a good read that gives lots of insight into why we may be craving a certain food. 🙂