How are those New Year resolutions coming along?…

How are those resolutions coming along? If you're like most North Americans then you're well on your way to forgetting what you even decided to change for yourself (only 8% of people who make resolutions keep them!).  53% of Americans who participated in a resolutions study cited earning more money as a top decision for 2018, with 45% sticking to the tried and true lose weight and get in-shape choice.  92% of those participants will fail. To be fair, those are lofty and many tiered goals. Losing weight requires changed eating habits, potentially changed sleeping habits, and investing in a new activity such as a gym membership or fitness classes. That's a lot of change. It can be overwhelming! I'd like to present a very practical and very meaningful guide for positive change that’ll keep you going in 2018. Go paperless! This is a step in the right direction for reducing waste and becoming a more aware and sustainable resolver. On average, households receive 69 lbs of junk mail each year. That's just the junk mail! Go paperless in your billing.  Have receipts, bills and statements emailed to you. 24 trees go into making a ton of uncoated, non-recycled printing paper (a pallet of #20 copier paper comprising of 40 cartons weighs a ton). More than 5 trees are cut down for every ton of coated, high-end, magazine-quality virgin paper. Low-end magazine quality paper claims 8 trees per ton. Let’s opt for digital magazines and audio books. The world consumption for paper has actually gone up 400% in the last 40 years!  Can you believe it?!  4 billion trees (about 35%) are cut down every year. In terms of per person use, it's around 749 lbs of paper per year. To go paperless in billing, statements takes 10-30 minutes, a one-time [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00February 23rd, 2018|Aveda, Blog, Health, Our Team, Salon happenings, Seasonal|0 Comments

Pregnancy and Beauty Products- Here’s what you need to know

The excitement of peeing on that stick, finding out it's not just the stomach bug and experiencing the joy of growing a new little human...So many changes, and so many questions, ranging from nutrition to supplementation and of course, beauty care and skin care during this 9 month incubation period. Where does one start? Well...I'll start with the roots.  Can we even put hair colour on those now? After all, it's a chemical. What is the protocol for hair colour and pregnancy? According to recent studies, hair colour and chemical services today are much less potent and penetrating than they were in the 1980's. Prior to the '90's, chemical services on pregnant women were not recommended and in fact avoided, but studies of late on women who have hair colour services while expecting, show no correlation between the service and harm to the fetus. In fact, on animal studies there was shown to be adverse reactions but on human comparisons, there appeared to be no complication to the pregnancy, possible due to lack of absorption through the skin, and less exposure to the chemical service over time (6-8 weeks for colour retouches). However, there is no harm in avoiding chemical services and the choice is entirely personal. To help give women more informed choices, here are some of the studies I found in my research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2567273/ (This one is more concerned about pregnant hairstylists and overexposure and exertion during each trimester) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543291/ (This one points to a potential link between darker hair colours, more exposure to the chemicals and the increase in childhood malignancies IF there is genetic history, but only on animal models. This study was inconclusive on human models) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009279713001282  (This one plays it safe and recommends avoiding first trimester exposure to chemicals and confuses the study by using [...]

Spring is in the Air…

Winter has finally worn out its welcome, and spring is coming. With that change in season comes warmer temperatures, longer days, beautiful flowers...and pollen. And sneezing. And itchy eyes. And runny noses. Basically mother earth is taunting us in a very cruel way. For the love of nature, how can we make it stop?! Learning what the potential cause of allergies is would be a great place to start. For that, we need to think small. Microscopically small. Back to the gut (yes, again). Studies suggest that a lack of diversity in the inhabiting colony of bacteria in the gut can cause adverse reactions from pathogenic microbes and even friendly microbes, dietary proteins and environmental allergens. The hygiene hypothesis is also a theory why allergies have increased in recent decades, from food allergies (1 in 13 children in the United States suffers from a life threatening anaphylactic allergy), to airway allergies (asthma affect 20 million Americans, and allergic rhinitis affects 50 million, while many more suffer on a smaller scale). The studies show that our western insistence on cleanliness and our lack of exposure to natural bacteria laden areas is causing an imbalance in our guts, lending to immune development disruption and increasing allergies. Antibiotics, formula feeding, and cesarean birthing techniques are adding to the imbalance.  Interestingly, the problem in the lungs of asthmatics looks like it may be the opposite problem of allergy sufferers of different natures. The diversity of bacteria in the lungs of healthy individuals was smaller compared to those of symptom sufferers.  So, what can we do? Well, knowing the problem is gut diversity related, it makes sense to introduce new and healthy bacteria to our systems. Take a high quality probiotic, or introduce fermented foods into your diet. For seasonal allergies, take in a local [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00April 11th, 2017|Health, Seasonal, Uncategorized|0 Comments

So you think you may be losing hair…

It started with a few extra hairs in the shower. Now you’re seeing them on your pillow in the morning. Asking your friends if they notice your scalp more. Is it all in your head? Chances are, you could be experiencing a form of hair loss. 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by age 35. That number doubles for women coming up to age 60, at 80% experiencing noticeable hair loss. On average, a human head has 110,000 follicles, and can lose 100-200 hairs a day. In the US alone, 21 million women, and 35 million men are experiencing hair loss. So what are the latest and greatest tools to help with hair loss? Many new studies are being published that show a correlation to nutrient deficiency and thinning follicles. 40 years ago iron deficiencies in women were thought to contribute to increased hair shedding and that has been proved many times since. L-Lysine, an essiential amino acid, also plays a strong role in preventing follicle loss. Double blind studies confirmed the intake of both those nutrients provided a significant hair loss reduction response in test subjects. Mineral imbalance is also a cause of hair loss. Copper, Zinc, Silicon and Iron all work in a balance, and when one is increased with supplementation, one may be decreased in response. For example, Zinc should not be supplemented without Copper, or Copper will deplete in the body and the two minerals work together to promote a healthy environment for hair and skin. For this reason, it can be a great idea to get a hair mineral analysis done. Deficiency in Biotin and Vitamin A can aggregate hair loss. How about that more extreme type of hair loss, the kind that doesn’t respond or slow to any form of diet reformation? [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00February 24th, 2017|Hair Health, Health|0 Comments

Curb Those Holiday Cravings…

The smell of cookies, sugar plums, and turkey is in the air...That’s right, Christmas is coming. A time of giving, family, joy and sometimes, overindulgence. What is it about those cold snowy nights that makes us want to eat...And eat...And EAT. If it’s any consolation, those who experience food cravings are not alone. 97% or women and 68% of men are going through the same hunger pains. (www.nci.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1799279). These cravings may be more out of your control than you know. Tiny little creatures living in your gut could be to blame! The Microbiome, a hopefully diverse and complicated world living inside us all. These microbes can prefer their own favorite foods over yours, and may even override the brain directly in dietary choices (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21885731).One of the ways science has been able to detect this is by studying the by-products of metabolized dietary substrates called Metabolites. In studies involving chocolate cravings, the metabolites in “chocolate-desiring” compared to “chocolate-indifferent” are varied and different! (www.nci.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17929959) These different types of metabolites can alter genes, effect mood (www.nic.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16945350), and interfere with appetite. So with these critters in control, what can we do? Well, we can take our control back! These 3 suggestions can put you back in the drivers seat, and help you make brain-derived dietary decisions. Invest in HIGH QUALITY Probiotics. While you’re at it, makes sure to get plenty of Prebiotics (Food to feed the probiotics) such as fermentable fiber, or resistant starch. And finally, eat with NUTRIENT DENSITY in mind. Have you heard the saying: You are what your food ate? It’s the same principle. Feed the microbiome that you want to have, and it will be a symbiotic relationship. If that cookie is something you want, instead of an uncontrollable need, then you are in control of your cravings. Here’s [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00December 22nd, 2016|Health, Holiday|0 Comments