2019 Holiday Gift Guides

2019 Holiday Gift Guides

We want to help you get your Holiday Shopping done seamlessly this year… So we have put together a few 2019 Holiday Gift Guides to help you decide on the perfect gifts for the perfect price!

2019 Holiday Gift Guides for Health Lovers

Healthy Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Natural Guide to Gifts Under $20

Natural Gifts Under $20

More Last Minute Gift Ideas!

All of our Bulletproof products are on sale!

All Bulletproof products are on sale! What are your most loved @bulletproof products? Some of our faves 〰Vanilla Shortbread Bites 〰Collagen protein that can be mixed in hot or cold liquid 〰Upgraded Coffee and of course 〰Brain Octane providing instant ketones in coffee and drizzled on food ☕

 

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Bulletproof products are on sale

Pine Pollen Love

Pine Pollen ✨ is one superfood we love at Health Essentials. It’s packed with amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and has an effect on hormone balance, aging, improving immune function and testosterone levels ( a common misconception is that women don’t benefit from this product but it’s ability to balance hormones can increase libido and it is a natural source of phenylalanine which stimulates dopamine production). Consumption of this amazing pollen also has a positive effect on neurotransmitters, hooray for better brain function.
Harmonic arts wild crafts pine pollen 🌲through sustainable practices each spring and processes at a low temperature for optimum quality

Wellness Essential Oil Rollers

All of our Wellness Essential Oil blends from our girl @sunstonearoma have gem rollers on top 💎. So now you can glide her hand crafted combinations on with a dose of crystal energy. We recommend that when it’s empty, pop the gem bead out and keep it.

This one is Calm with chamomile, rose and lavender with a rose quartz roller. It is great to wind down the evening or to keep it in your purse for anytime you need a deep breathe.

March 2018 New Shoes

We have some AMAZING new shoes in this spring! From sandals to fitness to everyday, there are some really great new styles to check out.

LUNA

Brujita

  • A new style of our favourite barefoot sandals!
  • Brujita (Brew-He-Ta) means “Little Witch” in Spanish.
  • Strong enough to handle everyday wear, elegant enough to be worn out-on-the-town dressed up
  • Come with turquoise tassels and also include 4 other bright and natural colored tassels to mix and match!

VIBRAMS

V-Soul Women’s

  • The lately Vibram geared towards feminine, indoor alternative fitness
  • Stylish, sleek and snazzy
  • Light , 5mm sole for maximum feel

V-Alpha Women’s and Men’s

  • Vibram Megagrip offers excellent grip properties on both dry and wet terrain
  • High level of durability
  • Developed for the user who frequently encounters slippery surfaces
  • The essential outdoor minimal training tool

V-Trek Men’s

  • Great tool for walking, hiking and trekking, with a nice stylish urban flare as well.
  • Provides the premium outdoor formula for grip in both wet and dry conditions
  • Megagrip sole has unparalleled grip on wet and slippery surfaces
  • Mid-cut and traditional lacing system offers up a casual, sporty look as well

V-Trail Men’s

  • The perfect technical shoe for runners and racers, an ideal off-road minimalist shoe!
  • Great for the muck and slush that winter brings out on the trail

CVT-Hemp Men’s and Women’s

  • A casual minimalist shoe offers nature lovers a breathable, sustainable slip-on shoe with a true barefoot feel
  • Vibram® VI-LITE sole features the ultimate in lightweight, shock absorption cushioning, for maximum energy conservation
  • Ideal for working on your feet & long walks in the park

VIVO

Jing Jing Cobblestone

  • A super simple women’s barefoot pump
  • Made from quality Wild Hide leather
  • Stripped back, minimalist construction which gives you natural barefoot freedom from the office commute to the bright lights of the city in the evening
  • Strong, non-marking rubber compound for sticky grip and high-abrasion when you need it most.

Keto Friendly Foods

FOLLOWING A LOW CARB KETO OR CYCLICAL KETOGENIC DIET? 

Have you seen our low carb, low-sugar keto friendly foods?  Here’s our most recent list of keto friendly foods and supplements to help you on your jouney!  We’re getting new items all the time so check back regularily for updates. We recently put together an updated food list to include this article, view it here.

keto friendly food list

Keto friendly foods in Victoria BC. Free shipping in Canada on orders over $100

HAVE YOU FOUND A LOW CARB FOOD YOU LOVE?

Let us know so we can share it with our community.  #SharingIsCaring.  Several of our team members are on a low carb, keto or cyclical ketogenic diet.  Come by if you have questions or need receipe ideas, we would love to help!

Keto Friendly Snacks


Keto friendly foods in Victoria BC. Free shipping in Canada on orders over $100.

For an in depth look at the keto diet, Explained, check out this article.

Shop For Your Favorite Low Carb Keto Foods Here

#StayKeto #FatForFuel

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matcha Latte

Shamrock Matcha Latte

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this green Matcha Latte with a little Irish twist ;). 

Ingredients:

Method:

Place all ingredients (except whipped cream) into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.  Top with Whip Cream if desired. Enjoy!

 

Guest Blog: Natural Approach to Anxiety by Stephanie Bayliss, N.D.

Natural Approach to Anxiety by Stephanie Bayliss, N.D.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness affecting adults in Canada. At least one in four Canadians will experience an anxiety disorder in their life. Many of these people will experience social and occupational impairment due to the debilitating nature of the anxiety. 1 The treatment of choice for anxiety is typically pharmacological therapy, and to a lesser extent, counseling.

It is important for individuals to feel empowered when choosing the right treatment plan, and to have collaborative care amongst their healthcare providers. It is of the utmost importance that your primary healthcare provider does a thorough work up of your anxiety prior to initiating any treatment. Anxiety is not just a mental illness; there are also many physical conditions that can manifest as anxiety. Examples of this are thyroid irregularities, which are becoming increasingly more common, as well as blood sugar disparities. For more information on thyroid testing and treatment, Aviva Romm, MD has written extensively on this topic.

Diet

Dietary changes that can make substantial changes to your mood include limiting sugar, gluten and GMO products. A world renowned integrative psychiatrist, Kelly Brogan, wrote an in-depth article outlining these changes and why they may be harmful.  

 

Supplements

Apart from the conventional approach to treating anxiety with anti-anxiety medications, there are a multitude of nutritional options. The most safe and effective are vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins and probiotics.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is rampant amongst Canadians due to the limited amount of sunlight exposure we have. Testing for vitamin D is not included within MSP in BC due to the assumption that everyone should be supplementing, but it is still a helpful test to run to know how much supplementation you should take to replenish your stores. Speaking with your primary healthcare provider about specific dosing is recommended, but typically minimal dosing is 1000-2000 IU a day up to 10,000 IU a day. When choosing a vitamin D supplement, ensure it contains vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), as this is the active form of vitamin D.

 

Magnesium

Magnesium supplementation can make dramatic changes in physical (e.g., muscle hypertonicity, constipation), as well as mental and emotional well being (e.g., insomnia and mood). Plasma magnesium levels have been demonstrated to be lower in patients with schizophrenia, depression, and mania as seen in bipolar disorder when compared to healthy controls. In this study, as patients achieved improvement in their symptoms, the plasma magnesium levels increased, suggesting that a magnesium deficiency contributes and potentially exacerbates symptoms consistent with these conditions. 1 Not all forms of magnesium are equivalent. When looking for a magnesium supplement be sure to choose magnesium bisglycinate if you are looking to improve absorption from the bowels and have a systemic effect.

 

B Vitamins

B vitamins are involved in the production of neurotransmitters, myelin, DNA and RNA. They are also important co-factors in the production of cortisol, our primary stress hormone. Vegetarians and vegans are at particular risk of running a deficiency of vitamin B12, given that animal protein is the predominant source of B12. A good example of potential consequences of B12 deficiency is a published case study of psychiatric symptoms manifesting as a B12 deficiency. 2 When looking for a B12 supplement, choose methylcobalamin, as cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of B12, that is not well utilized by the body. Discuss with your primary healthcare provider if a B vitamin supplement is right for you.

 

Probiotics

We have all heard of the gut – brain relationship and the importance of our microbiome. Recent research clearly outlines how gut integrity influences mood. A striking example of this has been demonstrated in animal research. To elicit a depressed state, researchers administered LPS (lipopolysaccharide) from gram-negative bacteria, which causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The immune response that occurs as a result of this inflammation subsequently led to symptoms of depression. Using fluoxetine, a commonly prescribed antidepressant, the researchers were able to eliminate the neurobehavioural symptoms that had been induced by LPS after 3 weeks 3. We can therefore hypothesize that maintaining healthy flora within our gastrointestinal tract is fundamental to mental health. There are multiple strains of bacteria contained in some probiotics that have proven directly beneficial to mood, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus in depression. 4  While some strains of Bifidobacterium can alleviate anxiety. 5  There are a surplus of probiotic options available on the market, so ensure the one you are choosing has sufficient amounts of colony forming units (CFU’s) for your condition, and requires refrigeration.


This information is provided as a general source of information only and should not be considered personal health advice. Please ensure you consult with a professional health care physician for your personal health concerns.

 

Stephanie Bayliss is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Victoria BC at Acacia Health and is currently accepting new patients. Her practice has a focus on mental health, chronic disease and neurological conditions. For more information her website is www.drstephaniebayliss.com


References

  1. Kessler, R. C., McGonagle, K.A., Zhao, S. et al. (1994). Lifetime and 12 month prevalence of DSM-III-R psychiatric disorders in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey. Archives of General Psychiatry, 51, 8-19.
  2. Berry, N., R. Sagar, and B. M. Tripathi. “Catatonia and other psychiatric symptoms with vitamin B12 deficiency.” Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica108.2 (2003): 156-159.
  3. Kubera, M., Curzytek, K., Duda, W., Leskiewicz, M., Basta-Kaim, A., Budziszewska, B., … & Lason, W. (2013). A new animal model of (chronic) depression induced by repeated and intermittent lipopolysaccharide administration for 4 months. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 31, 96-104.
  4. Evrensel, Alper, and Mehmet Emin Ceylan. “The gut-brain axis: the missing link in depression.” Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience 13.3 (2015): 239.
  5. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2014 Nov;26(11):1615-27.