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8 Reasons to Change Your Diet Now!

chronic health issuesWith chronic health issues, the reasons might elude you because of how long they’ve been occurring. Many chronic issues stem from diet because food and beverages are a daily constant in our lives.

When you have chronic health issues, one of the first things our Naturopaths look at is the diet. The effects of unhealthy eating habits can literally weigh on you and be the result of years of nutritional neglect.

Changing your diet has immediate effects, and a long term lifestyle change with a commitment to healthy eating can have dramatic changes, even eliminating chronic health issues.

Here are 8 reasons to change your diet now:

  1. Whether you experience seasonal allergies or all year around, allergies are a sign that your body is hyper sensitive. Allergies can appear as respiratory issues, watery eyes and/or skin issues like eczema. Identifying allergens can help to ease and even eliminate allergy symptoms.
  2. Digestive Issues. Chronic constipation or diarrhea? Acid reflux or indigestion? Digestive issues are commonly relieved by a change in diet, and the changes can usually be felt quickly.
  3. Body Odour. Changes in body odour can be a result of an unhealthy diet. Fungus like candida, or yeast, thrives in diets with high sugar and gluten. So do the bacteria that cause body odour.
  4. Lack of Energy. Can you sleep for hours but still wake up feeling tired, sluggish or exhausted? Toxic build up from an unhealthy diet can keep you from being effectively using the energy in your body. Changes in diet can rev up your engine again.
  5. Sleep Issues. Without a balanced diet, your body might have issues managing your energy requirements properly. You might wake up at night due to hunger or late/difficult digestion.
  6. Depression/Mood Issues. Food acts as a fuel for your body, supplying it with the necessary items like vitamins, proteins and minerals to run efficiently. Without proper diet, your body could be missing key elements to keep your nervous system stabilized. Being deficient in certain vitamins can affect your hormones and even your mood.
  7. Chronic Pain. An unhealthy diet could be causing you pain. Certain foods can be deadly for joints. Frequent headaches are commonly associated with issues with diet.
  8. It isn’t just about calories! A balanced and healthy diet takes into account everything your body needs to run properly, including healthy fats. If you’re eating a healthy diet and you still aren’t losing weight, you might actually be missing something vital, or a seemingly healthy food might be disastrous for your unique needs.

To jumpstart a change in diet, a cleanse or detox might be beneficial.

Colon hydrotherapy can help to quickly ease some of the above chronic health issues, along with a change in diet.

Never attempt a cleanse or detox without advice from your physician.

Ready to feel better? Ask our Naturopath’s how you can change your diet now.

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Tired of Feeling Tired: Natural Treatments for Fatigue

bio pictureDr. Brian Gluvic will be speaking at the Aging Gracefully Lifestyle Show on June 27 2015.

WHERE:  Shannon Hall (Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Fairgrounds)
6050-176 St (Cloverdale Fairgrounds), Surrey
Corner of 176th Street and 60th Ave, Cloverdale

TOPIC: Tired of Feeling Tired: Natural Treatments for Fatigue

Do you feel really tired late morning or mid afternoon? Are you dependent on sugar and caffeine to make it through the day? Do you often wake in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep? Fatigue and sleep issues are often an accepted part of aging.

Fortunately, these issues do not have to dominate our lives as we grow older. Learn how simple dietary changes and nutrition can improve your energy and sleep and help you feel younger.

Dr. Brian Gluvic is a Naturopathic Physician at the Village Health Clinic. He provides family medical care with an emphasis on dietary and nutritional therapies, lifestyle counseling, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. He completed his medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and received additional training in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. Dr. Gluvic is an adjunct professor (Pediatrics) at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.

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Five Ways to Help your Children Prevent the Cold or Flu, Naturally

1)   Sleep. The research is fairly clear – reduced sleep results in impaired immune function. Sleep is the body’s way of maintaining and repairing the body and its functions, in particular the immune system. Because of their high metabolic rates, children are even more sensitive to the negative effects of sleep deprivation. During cold and flu season, stick to a regular routine and limit activities in the evening to allow children a reasonable bedtime.

2)   Fluids.  The body is made up of 70% water. Our tissues, including our immune system, depend on it to function. Fluid intake also helps the kidneys to filter out the toxic byproducts of infections from the body.

3)   Limit sugars.  The amount of sugar found in 2 cans of soda has been shown to significantly impair our immune cells’ ability to kill bacteria and viruses. Sugar’s negative effect on the immune system start within 30 minutes and last for up to 24 hours after consumption. Limit added sugars in your foods to <10 grams per serving and limit fruit juice consumption to less than one cup/day.  Ideally, eat fruit rather than drink it and consume more complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and vegetables.

4)   Nutrition. There are numerous studies showing vitamin C and zinc can reduce the severity and duration of cold/flu symptoms. Increase consumption of vitamin C with fruits and veggies and zinc with nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. For children, consider a 500 mg chewable vitamin C and a 10 mg chewable zinc lozenge per day. Adults can easily double or triple these doses. Omega 3 fats such those found in fish and nuts and vitamin D from sunshine and fortified foods are also important for proper immune function. If you don’t think your children are getting enough of these fats, consider a chewable or liquid fish oil supplement with at least 500 mg of EPA and DHA daily. With Vitamin D, most of children and adults in our temperate climate do not get enough so consider giving your children 600 – 1000 IU day and 2000 IU for adults during the winter cold and flu season.

5)   Probiotics.  Recent studies on children have shown that beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus Acidophillus not only reduces the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms but also prevent infection. This beneficial effect is likely only achieved in higher dosed preparations containing billions of bacteria per dose. For children, consider a powdered probiotic supplement as this can easily be added to beverages, cereals or smoothies with little change to no change in the flavour.

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Pop drinking tied to aggression in 5-year-olds

Four per cent of parents in the study reported their children had four or more servings of pop a day. Sugar and caffeine are potential triggers for behaviour, but parenting practices and home environment are also an influence.

Drinking several servings of soda a day is associated with behaviour problems such as aggression, a new study of preschoolers suggests.

When researchers looked at 2,929 children in the U.S., they found 43 per cent of parents said their child had at least one serving of soda a day and four per cent had four or more servings daily.

“In this large sample of five-year-old urban U.S. children, we found strong and consistent relationships between soda consumption and a range of problem behaviours, consistent with the findings of previous studies in adolescents,” Shakira Suglia of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York and her coauthors concluded in Friday’s issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Children who consumed four or more servings of soda per day were more than twice as likely to destroy things belonging to others, get into fights and physically attack people compared with children who drank no soda.

Drinking four servings of soft drinks was associated with increased aggressive behaviour, even after accounting for factors such as TV viewing, candy consumption, maternal depression and intimate partner violence.

The researchers noted they can’t tell whether there is a cause-and-effect relationship between drinking pop and the behaviours.

The researchers didn’t have information on the type of soda consumed, such as regular or diet or caffeinated or non-caffeinated. Both caffeine and sugar are potential mechanisms, Suglia said. Caffeine is associated with impulsivity in children and adolescents but the scientific evidence for sugar is mixed, she added.

Nutrition Prof. Katherine Gray-Donald of McGill University in Montreal said the study has merit, even though it doesn’t prove anything.

“When we look at simply three groups of children eating low, medium and higher levels of sugar, you look at your nutrient intake, as the sugar goes up, the amount of many other nutrients just declines quite regularly,” Gray-Donald said.

“We don’t know if in a large population you may get children who are really missing some nutrients that are very important for their development. That’s hard to say.”

It’s also possible that as much as the researchers tried to control for other things, they can’t completely control for the home environment, such as parenting practices.

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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Dangers of Sugar

This is a fascinating and entertaining clip on the dangers of modern day sugar:



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Sugar: Risky Business

Here is a very entertaining and informative video about the risks associated with sweetened beverage consumption.  Please share with your family and friends.


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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: a Risky Habit

I have emphasized the perils of sugar-sweetened beverages in many past posts and in my seminars. Sugar-sweetened beverages which include sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks (including juices) have been shown to contribute to obesity and increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) and some cancers (pancreatic, endometrial, breast, bowel and other cancers). We are just beginning to appreciate the risks of this habit.

Recently, researchers collected data from 50 countries and looked at causes of death. They established that sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to about 180,000 deaths around the world each year. 133,000 were due to diabetes related deaths, 44,000 deaths were due to cardiovascular disease, and 6,000 were cancer related deaths.

The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume less than 450 calories per week of sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce risk for these diseases. Children should be limited to 200 calories per week. This works out to about 3 servings a week (355 ml) for adults and about 1 serving per week for children.

As smoking and sedentary lifestyles have become an apparent cause of preventable death, the habit of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages seems to be heading in the same direction.


Mozaffarian D, Micha R, Katibzadeh S, Lim S, and Ezzati S. American Heart Association Meeting Report from the EPI/NPAM Spring 2013 Scientific Sessions. Mar 19-22, 2013.

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Could Restricting Sugar Reduce Youth Violence?

I have treated many children that were brought to me by parents who were concerned about the influence of diet on their child’s behavior, particularly aggressive type behaviors – like physical abuse of play mates or siblings. In some of these cases, diet played a significant role while in others it didn’t. There isn’t a lot of evidence (only some small poorly controlled studies) to help define what role diet plays in these circumstances but there is enough to warrant more attention.

A recent study looked at consumption of soft drinks and violent behaviors. Unlike past studies, this one also controlled for a handful of other factors (sex, age, ethnicity, BMI, alcohol or tobacco use, sleep deprivation). This helped to ensure that any correlation found between sugar consumption and violent behavior was not influenced by these other factors. The study found that the higher the consumption of soft drinks the more incidences of violent behavior – such as carrying a weapon, physical abuse towards peers, siblings or dates. Specifically, five or more cans of soda per week significantly increased the likelihood of violent behavior. Of all the variables that were tracked, only tobacco and alcohol consumption showed any correlation with violet behavior.

This study wasn’t perfect since it didn’t account for other variables that may have influenced behavior such as other soft drink ingredients (caffeine, preservatives, colorants). But, it does suggest, as previous studies have, that sugar may influence mood and behavior in certain individuals. Considering not only this but the host of other health issues, like obesity and diabetes, that added sugar consumption contributes to, we need to make an effort to restrict our children’s consumption of added sugars, particularly sweetened beverages.


Solnick SJ and Hemenway D. The ‘Twinkie Defense’: The relationship between carbonated non-diet soft drinks and violence perpetration among Boston high school students. Inj Prev 2011 Oct 24.

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Sugar Sweetened Drinks lead to Obesity

Obesity is an important risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Several studies have shown a correlation between excessive weight gain and the consumption of sugary drinks like sodas, juice drinks, and sports beverages sweetened with sugar. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has published the results of three very convincing studies that seem to remove any doubt about the relationship between sugary drinks and obesity. The first study spanned several decades and involved more than 33,000 Americans. It looked at patterns of drink consumption and their relationship to genetic predisposition to obesity and rates of obesity. By addressing genetic risk this study ensured that the results were due to the drink consumption and not genetics. Within a group of individuals with similar genetic risks for obesity, the researchers found that obesity significantly increased with increased sugary drink consumption.
The remaining studies looked at changes in weight and body fat in normal weight children and overweight/obese adolescents when sugar sweetened drinks were replaced with sugar free drinks. Both studies were randomized and placebo controlled (the children did not know which drink they had and they were randomly selected to receive either). With normal weight children, the group that received the sugar free drink gained significantly less weight than the group consuming the sugared drink. Similar results were found in the overweight/obese adolescents.
With your children’s diet, the most important step you can take to reducing risk for obesity and resulting disease is to significantly limit their consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. Replace these beverages with water and a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good quality protein sources such poultry, dairy, fish and meats. And, don’t forget exercise.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Genetic Risk of Obesity. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.