Becoming a Carnivore, by Kelly Hamilton, C.H.N.

Becoming a Carnivore

by Kelly Hamilton, C.H.N.

This is my personal account of how a zero-carb, meat-based, full-on-carnivore diet has changed my life. In less than a month.

I’d like to start off by saying that I am by no means a doctor, therefore I am incapable of diagnosing anyone with anything, nor recommending any sort of diet protocol to help fix anyone that’s dealing with… anything. I am merely a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, who knows a thing or two about quality food, and has done years of experimenting with nutrition. 


To really get things going, I will list the myriad of symptoms that I have been dealing with over the last five or six years or so.  Some intermittent, and some persisting the entire time, or even my entire life.

  • Bloating – like legit “6-month pregnant” style after every meal
  • Intestinal bleeding (that showed up in my stool on and off for a few years)
  • Itchy skin
  • Chronically dry and very itchy, scabby scalp that resembled psoriasis
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Seasonal allergies (came on around 5 years ago or so, bad enough to make me HATE the spring)
  • Hormonal issues that included: amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle for two years) and then severe dysmenorrhea (extremely painful, VERY long, and awful menstrual periods – safe to say I made up for the lost time)
  • Cystic back acne
  • Weight fluctuations and a particularly hard time losing weight despite efforts
  • Mood imbalance
  • Mild depression/anxiety

Basically, I felt as though I was a train wreck. I tried a host of different approaches to solve many of the problems. I followed a strict ketogenic (high fat low carb) diet, a cyclic ketogenic diet, a simply high fat diet, water fasting, bone broth fasting, taking ALL of the supplements, playing around with different shampoos, cutting out random food groups, a strict elimination diet free of all allergens – each trial with very little success to be perfectly honest. (Although, the high saturated fat, which remained a staple throughout the last 4 years brought my period back initially, so I will give credit here where credit is due.)

And then a coworker told me about a podcast they had listened to with a girl who had cured some far more serious chronic health problems by going full carnivore. It sounded crazy enough, thus, I decided to give it a go.


I concluded that my carnivore diet would now consist of: quality, locally sourced meat, cooked in only butter, and Himalayan pink salt. Oh, also herbal tea, and organic coffee.

The following is a chronology of what took place next. It’s not all nice, but it’s all real. 😐

I had been doing a ketogenic diet prior to this for about two months, with less than 30g of carbs, so I suspected the adjustment would be seamless. Let me tell you, it was not.

Day 1-2:

The first two days, I felt pretty ok other than my still prevalent seasonal allergies.  My bowel movements were weird and less “together” than usual but I was feeling alright.

Day 3:

By the third day, I was dragging my butt. My bowel movements were now (*disclaimer* TMI) straight water and bile, needed the bathroom ASAP, and there were multiple per day. #fun On top of this, my entire body felt as though I had the flu – deeply achy muscles, and my lower back/sacral area hurt so bad I could barely walk. My head was foggy and I felt like concentrating on anything was impossible. I was sweating so bad at night that I had to get up and change a couple times. I started napping a lot, which is very unlike me.

Day 4-6:

These symptoms persisted for a few more days, which sounds like enough to make a person up and quit. However, what also happened by day 4 is that my severe seasonal allergy symptoms mostly cleared up. My back that had been riddled with zits, was clear for the first time in, like, years, my joints felt much more mobile, like they’d been so inflamed for so long I hadn’t known the difference. My mood felt more stable, and I had less anxious thoughts. I also dropped almost 5lbs by day six (likely water retention and inflammation, but still, it felt good). The itchy scalp “psoriasis” had vanished, which might very well be the best part since I’d had that for my whole life.

Day 7-13:

Once the chronic diarrhea cleared up 😐 , which took another couple of days, I had ZERO bloating. I also now had the flattest stomach I can remember having.

Day 14+:

The energy took an additional week or so to come back, but by day 14, I was feeling like a new person entirely.

It has been just shy of thirty days on the carnivore diet, and I am still feeling so much sharper in my thought processes, I have zero bloating, and all of the symptoms that had subsided have stayed away! There have been a total of 3 sporadic days where I fell slightly or completely off the wagon, and I have paid in symptoms the next days, including: itchy scalp, depressed mood, seasonal allergies, and some slight acne.

My hormonal system will probably take some more time to level out, it’s really too soon to know, but I feel hopeful that this might be the key to that, too.


I plan to continue with this “miracle” carnivore diet without cheating for at least two more weeks solid, at which point I will slowly grow my repertoire of foods one item at a time. #startingwithchocolate #justkidding #butimissit

I by no means feel (or know) that this diet could or should be used as a full time, forever protocol. To me it feels like a healing protocol. I will heal whatever gut related issues that I am dealing with by sticking to a meat-based, allergen and all plant-food-free carnivore diet, with the hopes that I’ll repair the potentially leaky gut I have, or whatever else is going on, and eventually be able to eat a “healthy” and balanced again.


For now, I am honestly loving the foods I get to eat, and I feel like I rejoice in the lack of decision fatigue on where and what to eat. I have saved a ton of money on food already, despite what you might think since it’s all meat, and I have basically retired my bad snacking habit.

I really try to vary the types of meat that I consume, but so far my preference is for red meat. Also, I regularly consume cod liver (weirdly enough, I love it now), salmon, sardines, and pork/boar sausages. Among some others here and there.

Coffee blended with 2 tbsp of salted grass-fed butter

– Herbal tea blended with 2 tbsp of salted grass-fed butter
– 2 boar sausages
– 1/2 lb of beef meatballs, doused in butter and salt

– 1 medium sized steak
– 1/2 can of cod liver, 1/2 can of salted salmon mixed together

– another herbal tea or bone broth with 1-2 tbsp of butter

And voila, only about 100-150g of fat, 60-70g of protein, and <1g carbs later.


Again, I am not a doctor, I am simply a short term success story of this awesome diet protocol. If you’d like to read some more amazing testimonies check out  Or, read the story that convinced me, by Mikhaila Peterson, here.

For some legit doctor advice, check out the work of Dr. Shawn Baker, MD. He’s been following the protocol himself for an extended period of time, and he’s acquired some really promising insights. He was on “The Joe Rogan Experience”, which you can check out either on the Podcast app, or online here.

Best Steak Recipe, Ever. 

I named this as spontaneous, because that’s how it usually happens for me. I LOVE steak, but I typically stock up on all my meat once a week and freeze it, planning to save the sirloin steaks for days where I’m really treating myself to help keep myself on a budget. This usually results in me wanting a delicious, juicy steak like, right now – spontaneously. So, I have developed this steak cooking protocol, and now I rarely pre-plan because it’s so much better than any other steak cooking recipe I have ever tried.

Guest Blog: How to be a Healthy in a Toxic World by Dr. Sara Celik, ND

How To Be Healthy In a Toxic World

Do you have stubborn unexplained symptoms? Are you feeling fatigued and run-down? Have you ever considered that toxins could be the underlying problem?

There’s no denying that we live in a toxic world— each day we slather chemicals on our skin, eat foods that lack nutrients, breathe in polluted air, and forget the importance of slowing down.

Today’s norm is demanding, taxing, and utterly exhausting.

With greater demands being placed on our detoxification organs, cleansing the body of toxins is more important today than ever before.

Dr. Sara’s Detox Tips: 

  1. Increase Water and Daily Fibre

The average patient I see is dehydrated. Rather than relying on caffeinated beverages and/or sugar-packed juices, choose detox water to help flush toxins from the body. Detox water is super easy to make — simply add lemons, limes, cucumber, ginger, or fresh mint leaves to purified, filtered water.

Inadequate fibre leads to constipation and creates a stagnant, sluggish colon. To get the most benefit from a cleanse, ensure 30–40 grams of fibre per day. Without adequate fibre, toxins are not fully removed via the bowels, which leads to toxins being re-circulated.

2. Opt for a Full Body Cleanse Program (7 day or 30 day)

A total body cleanse enhances the elimination of toxins from ALL 7 channels of elimination (liver, lymphatic system, lungs, blood, colon, kidneys, skin). Although cleanses often focus solely on the colon, a complete cleansing program will address the whole body and is a more holistic approach.

A variety of herbal ingredients such as burdock root, dandelion root, and milk thistle work to support liver detoxification. Red clover flower is an excellent skin cleanser, while mullein leaf is a soothing expectorant herb that reduces mucous and congestion. The key benefits of a total body cleansing kit are that it contains a variety of herbal ingredients designed to maximize detoxing from all 7 channels of elimination.

3. Deep Breathe, Rest Well, and De-Stress

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget to slow down. Cleansing requires energy. The best way to supply the organs of elimination with the fuel they need is by getting plenty of rest. Rather than browsing the internet before bed, put all devices down and practice deep breathing — inhaling and exhaling through the nose.

Are you surprised that I didn’t tell you to stop eating carbs? Wondering why I didn’t mention following a strict diet?

Here’s why.

Drastic dietary changes can be overwhelming and are not necessary to reap the benefits of an herbal cleanse. Although I encourage eating nutritious foods — the more you eat, the better — the herbs will do their job regardless of what you are eating.

These three steps are most important when it comes to cleansing. If they seem too easy, remember, it’s the small steps we take that have the greatest impact on our health.

Happy Cleansing!


Dr. Sara Celik, ND

Dr. Sara Celik is a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopathic Master Clinician with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. With her extensive clinical and educational background, she is a sought-after speaker and health expert that has contributed to various magazines and television programs. Dr. Sara serves as an authority on educating the public about digestive health, detoxification and an integrative approach to optimal wellness.

Guest Blog: Gut Health with Dr Sara Celik, ND

Gut Health with Dr. Sara Celik, ND

We’ve all experienced digestive discomfort at some point in our lives. Whether it’s gas, bloating, or heartburn, people often look for natural, non-invasive ways to treat symptoms.

Let’s review five steps with easy-to-find supplements that naturally address digestive issues and improve overall gut health:

  1. Re-Establish a Healthy Gut Environment with Probiotics

Daily stress, medications and a diet high in sugar can disrupt a healthy gut environment. To increase ‘friendly’ gut bacteria in the intestines, consider a multi-strain probiotic supplement. For best results, choose a high-potency formula (e.g. 50 billion active bacterial cultures) that has a delivery system such as enteric coating. Probiotic supplements that contain multiple strains are better for overall gut health – look for one that has a variety of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.

  1. Ensure Food Is Fully Broken Down By Taking Enzymes Before Meals

Enzymes are necessary for optimal digestion and are naturally found in a variety of foods, such as pineapple and papaya. With the average diet being enzyme-deficient – containing too many overcooked vegetables and nutrient-depleted foods – digestion is often compromised.

A lack of digestive enzymes means food is only partially digested. With undigested foods in the intestines, bad bacteria thrive and foods are left to putrefy. This commonly causes gas, bloating and other uncomfortable digestive symptoms. A multi-enzyme formula before meals can enhance nutrient absorption and help ensure protein, carbs, fats, sugars, lactose, and fibre are fully broken down.

  1. Have At Least One Healthy Bowel Movement Per Day By Getting Adequate Fibre

We’ve all heard this before – Canadians are deficient in fibre. Although food sources are ideal – legumes, quinoa, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, artichokes, apples, avocados and berries – most people are not getting enough fibre through their diet. The average person needs between 30-40 grams of fibre per day along with adequate water. The best way to ensure daily fibre needs are met is by adding a fibre supplement to your morning routine.

To find out how much fibre you are getting per day, use this free ‘Healthy Gut Cheat Sheet’ –

  1. Keep Your Colon Lubricated and Reduce Gut Inflammation with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Since our waters are highly polluted and contaminated with heavy metals among other things, it is best to limit fish and seafood to three times per week. High quality fish oil supplements with a 5 star IFOSTM (International Fish Oil StandardsTM) rating have passed rigorous testing and help ensure daily essential fatty acids are safely obtained.

Consider a daily fish oil supplement that provides both EPA and DHA. These omega-3 fatty acids work together to reduce gut inflammation, lubricate the colon and support healthier bowel movements.

  1. Deep Clean When Needed with a Gentle Colon Support Formula

Gently cleaning the colon is necessary for optimal gut health. In my clinical practice, I use hydrating ingredients like the mineral magnesium hydroxide. I avoid habit-forming herbs such as Cascara Sagrada or Senna, which can irritate and weaken the colon.

Most Naturopathic Doctors prefer using gentle botanicals such as Cape Aloe Leaf, Chinese Rhubarb Root, Slippery Elm Bark and Triphala for occasional bouts of constipation and healthy elimination.

There’s no need to treat irritating digestive complaints with irritating ingredients. Taking a holistic approach is a better way to fix gut issues and put you on a path to better health.

Happy Healing!

Dr. Sara Celik, ND

Dr. Sara Celik is a Naturopathic Doctor and Homeopathic Master Clinician with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. With her extensive clinical and educational background, she is a sought-after speaker and health expert that has contributed to various magazines and television programs. Dr. Sara serves as an authority on educating the public about digestive health, detoxification and an integrative approach to optimal wellness.

Clean up your cleaning supplies!

How Clean are Your Cleaning Supplies?

Spring is in the air, and with the spring comes the ultimate time to detox your home! But, did you ever think that your cleaning supplies cupboard may need a little detox action as well?

The Dirt on Conventional Cleaning Supplies

The truth is that most commonly used cleaning supplies… just aren’t that clean. Yes, they’re designed to kill bacteria, but what they often end up leaving in its place is a toxic residue that can arguably be just as bad if not worse than bacteria build-up.


Here are just a few of the harmful ingredients commonly found in “conventional” cleaning supplies:

  • PERC (Perchmoroethylene):  Found in spot removers and carpet cleaners, as well as dry cleaning solutions, this one is probably one of the top TO AVOID chemicals. It is a neurotoxin that may cause some seriously scary symptoms when inhaled, such as dizziness and coordination-loss.
  • Triclosan: A chemical found in most dishwashing detergents & hand soaps.  This aggressive antibacterial agent is known to have some carcinogenic properties, and it may also promote the growth of resistant bacteria if overused.  It’s been found in rivers and streams and has a toxic effect to plants and animals.
  • Chlorine: Used in copious amount of cleaning products ranging from toilet cleaners, to dish detergents, to bleach, to disinfectants… the list goes on.  In high concentrations (like in cleaning products) it is corrosive and can irritate the skin.  Breathing in too many fumes may lead to lung problems or respiratory tract damage.
  • Ammonia:  Found in glass cleaners, tile and bathroom cleaners, and other polishing agents, this chemical is a major respiratory tract irritant.  It’s extremely volatile meaning that it evaporates into a gas to be easily inhaled and cause irritant issues in the body.
  • Pthalates: Used in products with fragrances… so like.. every chemical cleaner available. These guys are definitely worth avoiding if you’re a male who values his testosterone levels, or a woman who’d rather not throw off her estrogen levels.  Pthalates are known endocride disruptors and can lead to a host of different issues in both men and women.  If a product is labeled as having a “fragrance”, be cautious and aware that it’s more than likely pthalate-containing.  Pthalates can be absorbed through inhalation and through skin contact.

Good News is that There are Healthier Options!

The truth is, that the discovery of bacteria that caused disease happened FAR before the use of harsh synthetic chemicals.  The use of man-mixed, and bottled chemicals started their major climb in popularity and market saturation during the industrial revolution.  They were a byproduct of booming production in many cases and just-so-happened to also work wonders at killing bacteria.  The one, very overlooked problem with most of them… they also harm the good bacteria and cells and thus, harm the environment, humans and animals.


Prior to the use of these chemicals, man discovered many natural anti-bacterial agents that were not detrimental to humans, the environment or animals.  Although it may sound far too good to be true, believe it or not, the earth is full of natural treasures.  It’s almost as if mother nature wants to help keep the Earth’s inhabitants alive… like for real, not for money.


Here are a few healthy ingredients to look for in your cleaning products:

  • Baking Soda: Baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, is a slightly basic solution that helps to cut through grime.  It’s naturally antibacterial and it absorbs odour. It’s also extremely cost effective, and won’t harm you or the environment! Many natural cleaning products available today use baking soda as one of their main ingredients.
  • Essential OilsEssential oils have been used for centuries for a variety of different things.  One of their main uses is as a natural disinfectant, anti-fungal and antibacterial agent.  There are many, many different essential oils, and some are more effective than others at getting the cleaning job done.  One of the very best in this department is tea tree oil.  Another fantastic essential oil blend that has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties is Thieves Oil.  Often, natural cleaning products on the market today use essential oils as both an antibacterial agent and a natural non-toxic fragrance!
  • Vinegar: This guy has long been known to be an effective natural disinfectant.  More than likely, the use of this natural substance as a cleaner is no news to your grandmother! Vinegar is a weak acetic acid that is formed by the fermentation of sugar and starches.  It’s acidic make up helps it to kill bacteria and microbes, naturally. It’s also a great stain remover, and can be used as an alternative to bleach.When used in conjunction with baking soda, the two work to cut grease and grime.
  • Castile Soap: Castile soaps are olive oil based soaps that are biodegradable, antibacterial and stain-fighting! This soap has been used for centuries in Europe and is great for most household cleaning jobs including dish-washing, DIY laundry soaps, bathroom cleaning and stain removing!


The SierraSil Story

The SierraSil Story

Have you heard of SierraSil? It’s a joint health formula made of a mineral-rich clay that has shown to improve cartilage and joint function as well as support gentle detoxification of the body – thus promoting overall health and well being. It’s clinically researched and guaranteed to show results, FAST!


At Health Essentials, we love learning about the who, what, where and why behind the products that we carry, and we thought the story behind SierraSil was definitely worth sharing!

The Discovery of SierraSil

The story goes: A prospector in search of gold in the Sierra Mountain ranges in Yosemite National Park, stumbled upon the discovery of a VERY mineral rich clay.  Such clay was sought after by the wild animals in the region, who’s instincts drew them to the nutrients in the clay.  The explorer observed the animals, and decided to harvest some of the clay to feed to his domestic livestock.  He observed that the animal’s health steadily improved, and it wasn’t long before the clay was tested on humans.  Now, SierraSil has helped MANY people achieve improved health and vitality, all due to the wisdom of the wild! Pretty cool hey?! Have you used SierraSil? What did you think? Let us know! 🙂

New Year, New You… Winter Detox Tips


New Year, New You

Healthy Winter Detox Tips

Detoxing in January can be a really great way to mentally and physically let go of the old and make way for the new.  January symbolizes a new beginning for many people, and post-holiday season, your body may be really craving a fresh start! Here our our healthy winter detox tips to help you get the fresh beginning you may be in need of this year.

The Importance of Seasonal-Specific Detoxing


There is a rhythmic flow by which our bodies naturally tend toward throughout each different season.  The way that the seasons naturally affect our bodies, is similar to the way that the seasons act on nature.  The traditional diets at each time of year change in conformity with our body’s needs at that time.

In spring we are reattaining energy. In summer we are “alive” and full of energy. In fall our bodies are slowing down and our energy levels are naturally decreasing.  In winter our bodies tend to be at the lower end of the energy spectrum.

Most conventional detox plans don’t account for this natural ebb and flow.  Most of them are designed for spring & summer, when we have naturally higher energy levels.  When we choose a conventional detox plan that goes against what our body requires at the particular time of year, we may not end up feeling so great afterwards, and we may not be servicing our selves the way we’re intending to.

What does this look like for January?

favorite-winter-foods-120413-05In the winter months, our body requires a lots of energy from food, in part due to the lack of sunlight that it is receiving.  This is a time where we traditionally would be eating heavier, more nourishing & nutrient dense meals. Most find that it’s best to stear away from the raw spring-time vegetables and raw juices recommended in a host of different detox plans.  Instead it can often work better to cook and consume the seasonal vegetables that winter has to offer.

Great news! You can consume a winter specific diet, while using the tips below to make your own detox plan that suits your body’s needs this time of year! Below is a list of our January full-body detox essentials.



Did you know that consuming liver is fantastic for the health of YOUR liver?! It’s also fantastic for so many other parts of the body due to its rich nutrient content.  Liver has been consumed, traditionally for centuries. It is regarded as one of the most nourishing parts of an animal, and is a delicacy in many parts of the world today.

It is great to consume liver any time of year, but since January directly follows the Holiday Season, eating liver more regularly this month can be a great way to ensure that this very important filtering organ is functioning optimally to help you sufficiently detox your body! (Many of us are in need of a bit of liver R&R right now!!)


Having problems wrapping your head around consuming liver? We have some options available to make it easier!  Island Bison makes delicious Water Buffalo Caveman Sticks that have well hidden organ meats in them to help you trick your tastebuds! 🙂 They’re delicious!
Also, if you’d rather prepare it yourself, here is a super simple recipe to make a delicious pate that makes it easy, and will have you wanting more … we promise! 🙂


Activated Charcoal.


Activated bamboo charcoal is  a fantastic addition to any detox program, any time of year.  Charcoal acts as a magnet to pull toxins and impurities from the body.  It can be used internally OR externally.

It is available in capsules to be taken internally, and can be taken daily during a detox program! It is also available in some of our body care products to be used externally to detox the skin.

To learn more about activated charcoal and its amazing benefits, click HERE.

Gentle Cleanse Kit.

 restorativecleansekit_r-700x657A cleanse kit is something that can help you stay accountable and really track your time and results when doing a full-body cleanse.

Botanica’s Restorative Cleanse Kit is a fantastic option for this time of the year.  It includes 4 unique herbal compounds that work to support and detox the digestive system, lymphatic system, the liver and the skin.  It is a 2 week program designed to work in conjunction with a healthy diet that has no outrageous restrictions! It is easy to follow, and stick to for 14 days! 🙂

Infrared Sauna.


When we sweat we rid of a lot of toxins that our body is holding onto! Our skin naturally works to fend off the major contaminants and toxins that it encounters on a daily basis. But, in our world of chemicals and pollutants, it just cant do it all. It could definitely use some support now and again.

A very relaxing way to detox the largest organ of the body is to sit in a warm infrared sauna for an hour.  During the winter, our bodies can tend to run cold, and if you’re not finding a way to sweat regularly, you may not be ridding of the toxins fast enough to avoid them building up in the skin!

If you live in our area, there is a fantastic salon next door with a beautiful and spacious infrared sauna! Click HERE for information on their sauna services.

Putting it All Together & Staying Committed.


Whether its the cleanse kit that’s laid out for you for 2 weeks, or you’ve planned to eat liver at least 2 days a week this month, make sure you plan to succeed! 🙂 One of the easiest ways to stick to a detox plan is to set a manageable time-frame in which you carry out the desired detox methods. In our experience, it is nice to do this for no longer than 14 days.  Anything past that can be unsustainable and unrealistic to stick to! It can also be helpful to write out your plan and tell someone that you know will hold you accountable.  Setting reminders in your calendar or on your phone can help as well!

For more tips on how to stay devoted to that fresh start and great this January, feel free to contact us at! 🙂


Tips for a FUN & HEALTHY New Years


New Years Eve Tips
Spend the First Day of 2017 Healthy

Maybe you’re the type that thinks a hangover’s worth the party, or maybe you’re the type that thinks the party ISN’T worth the hangover… Whatever the case, we want to help you get prepared to have the best of both worlds this New Years Eve! With these tips, you’ll be able to let loose and have a couple drinks, without the misery of a hangover.*

1. Prepare:


Party Smart:


You may have heard of this awesome “magical” capsule before.  Or, you may have wondered if such a thing exists. Well, it does! This amazing herbal blend works wonders when it comes to preventing hangover symptoms.  Himalaya’s Party Smart capsules contain a unique blend of 6 different herbs that support the liver.  How does it work within the body? When we drink alcohol, our liver converts it into acetaldehyde. This is the main culprit behind the nasty hangover symptoms we all know and HATE such as headaches, nausea, fatigue and irritability. When Party Smart is consumed with one’s first drink it helps the liver to break down and rid of the acetaldehyde build up quicker so it doesn’t stay in our system so long!

Hydration is Key:

car-rental-key-in-the-waterMost people know as a rule of thumb, that staying hydrated is a fantastic way to ensure adequate health post-drinking.  Hydration is important to be aware of BEFORE drinking alcohol.  Regardless of how careful you’re going to be, drinking alcohol is going to dehydrate your cells.  If you’re starting from a state of proper hydration, however, you’ll be in a far better place to ensure you’re rehydrated before the night is through!  Be sure to consume lots of water throughout the day before your drinking festivities begin!


Eat a Nourishing Meal Before Drinking:


It’s hard to say which foods specifically are going to help “prevent” hangover symptoms, but it certainly makes sense to think that nourishing your body before you consume alcohol is beneficial in many ways to ensure your system is working efficiently.   You’re about to embark on a liver destroying endeavour… consider consuming liver this evening. Eating liver is GREAT for your liver! Not down with liver? Well, it may even be correct to say that it doesn’t matter exactly WHICH foods you choose to eat prior to alcohol consumption, but rather that they are of high quality sourcing, prepared in a digestible manner and are in fact consumed BEFORE the alcohol! You’re already going to be loading your system with the alcohol bit, may as well help that digestive system out in other ways :).

2. Make Informed Drink Choices :


Sugar is NOT Your Friend:


Not to say that alcohol in itself isn’t bad for you in excessive quantities, but perhaps the real bad guy in the world of nasty hangovers is sugar.  When you drink alcohol, your body becomes dehydrated, and your blood-sugar levels fluctuate, therefore your internal organs such as the liver, are taxed dramatically  When you throw sugar in the mix, no pun intended ;), you tax your body further by increasing dehydration of cells AND off-balancing your blood sugar levels.  Dehydration and blood sugar imbalance are definitely the perfect recipe for a disastrous hangover, making alcohol and sugar the dynamic duo to avoid!

Have a Shot of Water Between Drinks:


As stated above, staying hydrated is a crucial piece to ensuring your “tomorrow” brings with it a hope for health.  When you consume alcohol, your body is triggered to stop absorbing as much water.  You’ve probably noticed that you have to urinate more while drinking… this is because your body needs to get rid of what you’re putting in it, and it in turn gets rid of the water with it! It is important to rehydrate throughout the evening in between drinks.


Our Drink of Choice:


Why is this our drink of choice? Is it, like, healthy or something? As far as the umbrella of popular mixed drinks is concerned, this spin on a conventional Gin & Tonic may be one of the best options for helping you feel great in the AM. Here’s why:

  • Gin is a clear alcohol, which is generally a better option due to lower concentrations of toxins.  Darker alcohols have higher amounts of mycotoxins that put more strain on the body to filter out, and can contribute to some of the nasty hangover symptoms. Victoria Gin is hand crafted locally, right where we live, and… we LOVE supporting local.
  • Using a “tonic” such as Saint-Justin’s Mineral Water is far better than using plain soda water.  This is because unlike soda water, it contains natural minerals.  Saint-Justin is unique in that they source all of their water in Quebec, and it LITERALLY COMES OUT OF THE GROUND CARBONATED. How cool is that?! They also have a lemon infused option too, which pairs fabulously with Gin as well.
  • Lastly, adding organic lemon wedges or a little bit of Lemon juice will help your system work toward alkalinity. There is A LOT of balancing going on in the body when we drink, and anything we can do to help is highly appreciated by our internal system.  Plus, you can’t go wrong with the lemon flavour!

Great Non-alcohol Options:

Not drinking on New Years? That’s okay… you’ll definitely feel great tomorrow ;). We want you to have some non-alcoholic healthy options too! Some of our favourites:

  • Rise, GT, or Brew Dr. Kombucha
  • St. Justin’s Mineral Water
  • Babe’s Honey Jun
  • Kevita Fermented Drinks

3. Help Your Body Recover:


Activated Charcoal:


Used traditionally and conventionally to detox the body and help treat alcohol poisoning (which we really hope you don’t get this New Years), activated charcoal is a fantastic way to help your body rid of the toxins you’ve just put into it!! Click Here to learn more about how Activated Charcoal pulls toxins from the body! Charcoal is available in capsule form and can be consumed as directed by the label when they night is through, before you hit the hay! We promise you won’t regret this decision in the morning… It really does help. Note: You may want to set the charcoal out with a glass of water BEFORE you head out drinking for the evening. 😉

Electrolyte Restoration:


After drinking, it’s important to restore the body’s electrolytes. Many people do this through consumption of sports drinks, but those tend to have large sugar quantities and can therefore be pretty counterintuitive.  Thankfully, there are some sugar-free options.  A really great way to restore electrolytes is with nuun tabs.  They are stevia sweetened, effervescent electrolyte tablets that dissolve in water!

The Polar Bear Swim:


A tradition known by many in various different parts of the world, is the Polar Bear Swim of January 1st.  Some view this as craziness, others as bravery, and a select few as a “fun-time” lol. Interestingly enough, cold-shock therapy is an AMAZING way to reset your biology.

You’ll notice when you plunge into cold water, your body starts to naturally breathe a lot faster.  This is a result of the autonomic nervous system, working hard to oxygenate your cells.  This response, along with many others, is your body’s natural coping mechanism that is kicked on when we get that initial cold-shock. What we can’t see, is that in extreme cold conditions our bodies synthesize various Cold Induced Proteins (CPI’s), or cold-shock proteins that help us cope and adapt to the cold conditions. These proteins have been studied extensively in animals and humans to have a profound effect on the retention of muscle (which happens to be the “heating-engine” of the body), and the strengthening of immune function. They’ve also shown to have a profound anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

If you’re not feeling 100 percent, a total nervous system reset, anti-inflammatory response AND an immune function boost are all factors that are going to make you feel A LOT better.  It’s no question that a jump into a cold-lake mid-winter is bound to wake you up, and make you feel like a whole new person, even if you’re not hungover!


*Everyone’s body metabolizes alcohol differently and therefore, someone following all of these tips is not guaranteed a hangover free morning ;). But, you’ll certainly be helping your internal organs out regardless!

Marseille’s Remedy – The History, The Blend & The Benefits.

Marseille’s Remedy
The History, The Blend & The Benefits

The Historic Folklore of This Famous Remedy

According to the long-told historic tale…. The use of thieves oil dates alllll the way back to the year 1413.  The time of the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) that devastated a large portion of France.  The Black Death spread like wild-fire amongst the citizens, and the doctors alike.  It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean ultimate demise.

During this time, however, four thieves were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying.  The thieves never contracted the plague, despite the close contact with the Black-Death victims.

At this time, the crime these 4 men committed was punishable by burning alive.  The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, that he told them if they shared their secret he would spare them of this punishment.

The Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume & spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the sea ports and the devastation of the plague.  They had prepared an essential oil recipe that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet & a mask over their mouths, kept them safe from infection.  The judge stayed true to his word.  The men were not burned alive, but instead they were hanged for their crimes.

Thieves Oil History of Black Death Doctor


From then on, the doctors who treated the Black Death victims put the herbal infusion on their hands, ears, temples & feet, and wore beak-like masks stuffed with cloths containing this special blend.  The beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”. You may recognize this somewhat terrifying uniform as a scary Hallowe’en costume worn today.   Exactly the way you’d want your doctor to dress, right? AH!



The Blend

Marseille’s Remedy is a blend of 5 essential oils:

Syzygium aromaticum





Citrus limon




Cinnamomum verum




Eucalyptus globulus




Rosmarinus officinalis
Thieves Oil rosemary Blend



Benefits & Uses

This versatile blend can be used for more than just the Bubonic Plague due to its now well-known anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties!

Here are some of the ways that this remedy can be put to use as a natural alternative to many of the chemical-filled & toxic bacteria fighting products on the market today!

  • Add a few drops to water & use as a hand sanitizer!
  • Diffuse into the air to clear phlegm and congested airways
  • Mix with carrier oil such as jojoba oil and apply topically to relieve inflammation
  • Diffuse into the air to kill air-borne pathogens 
  • Use diluted on feet, head & hands as a natural fungicide!
  • Dilute in water and use as a natural bug repellant.


Activated Charcoal – Detoxify inside & out!


Activated Charcoal:
for full body detox.. inside & out.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal, otherwise known as activated carbon, is charcoal that has been treated (generally by heat) to increase its adsorption – or binding affinity to toxins! 

How does it work?



Activated charcoal attracts positively charged toxins and molecules, that will bind to its negatively charged exterior.  Through the heating process, the charcoal molecules become extremely porous, increasing their surface area and allowing the particles to bind within their pores.



How YOU can detox from the inside out using activated charcoal!

Let’s start with the inside!


Detox from Inside Using Activated Charcoal

Detoxification of any part of our body starts deep within our internal organs.  Our organs work hard to keep our bodies functioning optimally & thriving! Often, however, it can be hard for our bodies to contend with a build up of toxins such as chemicals, alcoholic substances or unhealthy foods that our modern world tends to be riddled with. Charcoal can assist the body in ridding of these toxins that can build up and stay over time.  Charcoal can be helpful for people dealing with mild food intolerances, a night of indulging on alcohol, or digestive upset such as gas & diarrhea.

It is important to note that since charcoal is so great at bringing toxins with it, it must be of a clean & pure source! It wouldn’t suffice to reach into a barbecue, or a fire-pit and use the charcoal remains.  Although they definitely look similar to the activated and safe varieties, they are full of toxins themselves, and could do much more harm than good if ingested.  It is best to look for the activated charcoal supplements as they usually come in capsule form to ensure easy administration and avoid contamination.


And of course, you can use this awesome toxin-binder externally too!


Pull Toxins from Your Skin Using Activated Charcoal

When used externally, activated charcoal can literally pull out and remove toxins and chemicals that your skin has absorbed. The strong charge that it holds allows it to be an extremely effective way to remove what we don’t want from the largest organ in our body (our skin)!

Our skin is our first line of defence against everything the outside world throws at us.  Using natural ingredient skin care products with no chemicals in them reduces the amount of toxicity that our skin is directly exposed to, but our modern world is full of toxins.  That’s why using a charcoal product to get rid of some of the bad we’ve been holding onto (without even knowing) can be extremely beneficial for our overall health!

There are plenty of ways that we can add charcoal into our everyday skin care routine.  One of the best is to use a natural soap containing activated charcoal.  The soap cleans the skin, while the charcoal pulls all the bad stuff out!


Facial Cleansing Soap – REVIVE by Sunstone

This awesome charcoal soap is made locally, by our favourite aromatherapist, Jennifer, from Sunstone Aromatherapy :)!

Jennifer uses only clean and natural ingredients to create her magical products, so you can rest assured you’ll be detoxifying your face (or body) in the cleanest way possible with this bar of soap!







Body Cleansing Soap – BLACK CREEK SWIRL

Have you ever used a traditional tallow soap? Did you know that tallow soap has been used for centuries? It’s rich in fat soluble vitamins that support healthy skin, and allows bacteria to slip off of the skin easily!

Made locally, in Black Creek, this soap is great for the health of your skin, and has a delicious black liquorice scent :D.  With added charcoal for toxin-pulling, and added antibacterial properties, your whole body will feel clean and detoxed.  This soap is great for sensitive skin, and can be used on the face – and works great as a creamy shaving bar!


Another great way to use activated charcoal externally is in a skin brush!!  Activated charcoal-containing brushes allow you to use whatever soap you’d like, while getting the benefits of activated charcoal toxin removing power! 🙂  The face brush is SO soft (like, unbelievably soft) for use on the sensitive skin on our faces. It leaves your face feeling extremely clean and your skin smooth!  The body brush is a great way to get rid of dead skin, and toxins. 🙂 Be sure that you’re using a natural soap, or just warm water,  in conjunction with these brushes for maximum toxin detox! 🙂









Brush your Teeth with Charcoal!

That’s right, you can use charcoal to brush your teeth!  Charcoal is great at whitening and really great cleansing your mouth and teeth.  If you have capsules at home you can open one of them, and usually there is more than enough powder in one capsule to get a great cleanse.  Do be careful though, it does stain counters and sinks impermanently.  Check out the video below from Katie, “The Wellness Mama”, as she takes you through a step-by-step on how to use activated charcoal to brush your teeth!

Have you used charcoal to detox your body internally or externally? What do you think? 🙂 We’d love to hear from you!!


Greens+ Extra Energy – The Staff Scoop.

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Have you ever tried Genuine Health’s Greens+ Extra Energy? Well we did, and WE LOVED IT!


Greens+ Original formula and History:

Greens+ is a nutrient-rich greens formula that was created by Psychologist, Sam Graci in 1989 to help treat behavioural problems in adolescents.  Sam worked closely with problematic teens and noticed that a profound difference in behaviour occurred upon dietary adjustments.  The original formula was made to be a dietary supplement that would help cover a lot of the bases that are missing in the majority of people’s diets.  It is an amazing source of over 23 phytonutrients sourced from many nutritious vegetables and fruits.  Greens+ has proven again, and again to be a fantastic nourishing super food blend that is alkaline-enhancing, & digestion-improving.


Greens+ Extra Energy:

The same amazing Greens+ Formula, but with an added natural caffeine kick to help boost your energy and increase your mood throughout the day.  Greens+ has been Canada’s favourite green food supplement for over 20 years, bringing improved health, energy, and vitality into our lives. The extra energy version gives a boost of balanced and sustained energy! It contains energizing natural ingredients including taurine and naturally-occurring caffeine from the kola nut.

One serving daily provides:

  • Nutrient-rich Greens+ including an entire range of powerful nutrients from fruits, veggies, superfoods, sea vegetables, and standardized herbs, delivering all of the nutritional goodness these potent foods offer.
  • Long-lasting natural energy with no over-stimulation or energy “crash” side effects.
  • Increased mental clarity and vitality.
  • Sugar-free alternative to energy drinks and coffee.


Kola Nut:
The Kola Nut is what the original “Cola” was made with as it has amazing energy increasing qualities, and it tastes great! Traditionally the kola nut was not consumed in sugar-filled, synthetic sodas that are void of any beneficial properties… but rather it was eaten for its “mind-clearing” benefits.  The kola nut has some amazing focus & energy increasing qualities.  Not only is it a natural stimulant, but it also has been known to increase cerebral blood flow, improving cognition! The kola nut can increase oxygen levels in the blood, further increasing energy throughout your mind & body!

Greens+ Extra Energy comes in two delicious flavours, to suit your preference. One is a delicious, tangy, and very popular Orange flavour.  The other is a fantastic, creamy, & energizing Cappuccino flavour.  They’re both really great, and are sweetened with stevia so they can be enjoyed guilt-free any time of day with no energy crashes! 🙂


We tried this amazing formula for a month and this is what we thought:



“I absolutely LOVE Greens+ Extra Energy! I drink it everyday at work in the afternoon for a refreshing energy boost. It tastes the best out of any greens I’ve had and mixes super smoothly. I love the way it makes me feel!”
– Catherine






“Greens+ Extra Energy (particularly the Cappuccino flavour… YUM) is literally the only reason I can wake up in the morning. I roll out of bed, sleepy-eyed, before saying good morning to anybody, mix up my Extra Energy shake, thoroughly enjoy it…. and then I’m ready to take on the day. I love how happy and energized Extra Energy makes me feel.  It is a must have each morning, and I even sometimes will have a second midday for a pick-me-up. 🙂  I tested my alkalinity after using Greens+ Extra Energy for a month and it truly does help keep my pH slightly alkaline!”
– Kelly



“Greens extra energy is my absolute favourite way to get a burst of energy without a crash.  Essential for keeping up with a two year old 😜! I love a green drink in the afternoon especially if I haven’t eaten enough veggies that day. ”
– Tiffany



“Greens+ Extra Energy is great! I usually drink it as a mid afternoon pick-me-up during the work day. I feel so good when I drink it :)!”
– John

img_9590“I LOVE Greens+ Extra Energy. I tried the cappuccino flavour, I wouldn’t say it’s a true cappuccino flavour but more a cocoa coffee flavour profile (it was delicious!).  It’s the perfect thing to start my day with and was nice to have something that wasn’t fruity in the morning. It was delicious blended in with chocolate protein and almond butter, but I mostly had it solo with water and maca powder.  The thing I enjoyed most about it was the mental alertness it gave me and the extra boost of greens, cause who doesn’t want more greens right 🙂 ! #obsessed ”
– Lynn

Ty's Morning Ritual-
“Greens+ Extra Energy Cappuccino is my favourite thing to drink in the mornings during my sauna session.  It is a quick, easy, and delicious way to get an extra dose of greens in.  Greens+ Extra Energy makes me feel great, and helps me with multitasking during the day.  The natural caffeine, bee pollen, and taurine also provide a long-lasting energy supply with no crash!”


“I have a  Greens+ Extra Energy Orange shake every morning!  The orange flavour is my favourite. It’s definitely the best tasting greens I have ever tried. I love taking it with me on camping and hiking trips because it’s light and easy to pack and I’ll occasionally have it mid-afternoon for some extra energy (no pun intended 😉 ).  I’ve never had anything that wakes my brain up like extra energy does anytime I have it!”
– Brady


Have you tried Greens+ Extra Energy before?  Do you love it as much as we do? What time of day do you find it works best for you 🙂 ?  Let us know! We love receiving feedback on our products!