06 April 2018

Copper H2O



We are really excited to have these beautiful handcrafted copper water bottles from Copper H2O in the store, made by skilled artisans using traditional methods. All of the bottles are made out of 100% pure high quality food-safe copper without any other metals alloys or linings to provide all of the time-tested benefits of using copper! A great minimalist product that can help you ditch the plastic habit & alkalize your drinking water!

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Here are their "Top Ten Reasons Why a Copper Water Bottle Can Change Your Life" :
 

1. Improves the Digestive System

Drinking from a copper water bottle is very beneficial to the digestive system. It flushes out the stomach and digestive tract and helps detox the liver and kidneys. It also increases the absorption of nutrients from food and helps encourage peristalsis, which is the rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the stomach that helps digest food and move it through the digestive system. Drinking from our copper vessels also helps kill harmful bacteria and prevent an upset stomach.

2. Builds a Strong Immune System

Copper is well-known for its incredible anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Copper is especially effective against E. coli and S.aureus, two bacteria that are commonly found in our environment and are known to cause severe illnesses in the human body. In fact, recent studies have shown that storing water in a copper vessel will dramatically decrease the risk of bacterial contamination. Copper water vessels have been used for centuries in countries around the world (like India) that lack a good sanitation system in order to help prevent water-borne diseases.

3. Supports Weight Loss

In addition to improving the functioning of your digestive system and building a strong immune system, drinking from a copper water bottle will help your body break down fat and eliminate it as efficiently as possible. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, drinking from a copper vessel can be a safe and all-natural way to maintain a healthy weight.

4. Prevents Aging

Drinking from a copper water bottle can also dramatically decrease the appearance of fine lines and slow the appearance of aging. Water stored in a copper vessel is loaded with anti-oxidants, aids the production of new skin cells, and fights off free radicals which contribute to the appearance of aging.

5. Prevents Cancer

Because water stored in a copper vessel is loaded with anti-oxidants, it is also effective at helping prevent and fight off cancer. In fact, studies conducted by the American Cancer Society have shown that copper has significant anti-cancer effects on the body and prevents the onset of cancer.

6. Maintains Cardiovascular Health

Studies have also shown that copper helps minimize the risk of developing heart disease, helps regulate blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol levels. Copper also helps prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries and dilates blood vessels to allow better flow of blood to the heart.

7. Supports the Thyroid Gland

Copper cannot be produced within the body and needs to be sourced from external sources. Studies have shown that people that experience problems with their thyroid generally suffer from low levels of copper. While copper deficiency is most common with people that suffer from hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid gland), copper deficiency is also common with people that experience hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid gland). Copper is one of the most important minerals and is essential in order for your thyroid gland and body to function properly. Drinking from a copper water bottle helps combat copper deficiency and regulate the proper functioning of your thyroid gland. In addition, copper aids the body’s absorption of iron, which is essential to maintain healthy iron levels and prevent anemia.

8. Stimulates the Brain

Copper is a known brain stimulant and helps your mind work faster and more efficiently. The brain works by transmitting impulses from one neuron to another through an area known as the synapses. These neurons are covered by the myelin sheath that acts like a sort of conductive agent. Copper aids in the synthesis of materials that are essential for the formation of these myelin sheaths.

9. Fights Arthritis and Inflamed Joints

Copper's anti-inflammatory properties help relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflamed joints. In addition, copper strengthens the bones and immune system, which makes it an excellent remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

10. Keeps Skin Healthy and Acne Free

Copper is the key component in the production of new cells that help replenish the top layers of your skin and keep it fresh and glowing. The production of new cells promotes smooth, blemish-free and clear skin. Experts say that drinking from a copper water bottle on a regular basis, especially early in the morning, can make a very significant difference to the health of your skin.

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For more information check out their website: https://www.copperh2o.com/

19 October 2017

Cold & Flu Busters


We were lucky to have Kaitlyn's input on how to prepare for cold season in our latest Stone Store flyer... and she also sent along the quick facts below.  We hope you and yours stay healthy this Fall!

 

Prevention:

          Vitamin C
o   A 5 year trial found that 500mg Vitamin C taken preventatively reduced the frequency of the common cold1 Eat more red bell peppers, broccoli and fruits like kiwi for Vitamin C!
·         Vitamin D
o   Supplementing Vitamin D deficient patients with adequate Vitamin D resulted in a reduced frequency of cold-related work absences2
o   Tip: check in with a Naturopath to measure your levels.
·         Probiotics
o   Probiotics were shown to be superior to placebo in reducing the episodes of acute upper respiratory tract infections and decreased antibiotic use and school absences3
o   Probiotics are a very important adjunct to your health regime, and can help reduce dependence on antibiotics and sick days for you and your family!  Nourish your gut with these probiotic foods: Yogurt, Kefir, Kimchi, Sauerkraut and Kombucha
o   Interested in learning more about probiotics? This will be a seminar held by Kaitlyn in the near future.
·         Echinacea
o   This herb has been used for many years and is a strong immune-boosting herbs added to many herbal blends. Echinacea has been shown to reduce the incidence of common colds and therefore is great to use as prevention 4

 

Treatment:

Vitamin C
o   This vitamin does double duty when it comes to preventing and treating colds. A large trial found that 1g/day taken prophylactically during cold and flu season prevent the drop in leukocytes (white blood cells) that occurs and decreased the severity common cold symptoms5
Zinc
o   Zinc supplementation was shown to decrease the symptom duration and severity score of the common coldUp your dietary zinc intake by eating more red meat, seafood, pumpkin seeds, beans and lentils.
o   Tip: Come into the clinic for an in-office Zinc tally test to see if you would benefit from zinc supplements or if dietary zinc is enough for you!
Herbal Medicine
o   There are many botanical herbs that are effective in treating a cold or flu. Some common ones are: Echinacea, Astragalus, Reishi, Licorice and Andrographis.
o   Tip: A naturopath can create an individualized tincture for you that matches your unique immune needs or your cold symptoms 

Using Essential Oils at Home for Cold and Flu

1.    Immune-boosting shower – If you don’t have enough time to do a full steam inhalation try adding a few drops of antimicrobial essential oils to your shower for an invigorating experience. Eucalyptus and rosemary are great oils to use. The heat in the shower will diffuse the scent.

2.    Steam Inhalation – Add a few drops of Eucalyptus or Lavender essential oil to a large bowl of boiled water (I use a large metal bowl). Put your face over top of the bowl to inhale the aromas. While doing this, drape a towel over top of your head to create a steam chamber. With eyes closed, inhale the vapours for 5-10 minutes. Added benefit: This feels like a skin facial as well! 

If you would like to make a customized cold and flu prevention and treatment plan this season, book in with Kaitlyn by calling 519-821-1999 or emailing clinic@healingfoundations.ca
 
Kaitlyn plans on doing seminars on different health topics in the future. Stay tuned for when the next seminar will be available. 

References:
1.      Sasazuki et al (2006). Effect of vitamin C on common cold: randomized controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr.
2.      Schmidt & Zirkler (2011). Dietary efficacy of a micronutrient combination in patients with recurrent upper respiratory tract infections. Results of a placebo-controlled double-blind study. MMW Fortschr Med
3.      Quick (2015). Cochrane Commentary: Probiotics for Prevention of Acute Upper Respiratory Infection. Explore (NY).
4.      Karsch-Volk et al (2015). Echinacea for preventing and treating common cold. JAMA
5.      Anderson et al (1972). Vitamin C and the common cold: a double blind trial. Can Med Assoc J.
6.      Al-Nakib et al (1987). Prophylaxis and treatment of rhinovirus colds with zinc gluconate lozenges. J Antimicrob Chemother.

16 June 2017

Whole Circle Farm

Starting this week, our store will be a pickup location for Whole Circle Farm's CSA shares!
Community Supported Agriculture is a model of farming where community members typically buy a "share" at the start of the growing season, and then receive a portion of the harvest each week throughout the season.  This way, farmers have the support of their community at the beginning of the season.  They can plan their crops more accurately, and have more security for their businesses.
Whole Circle has adapted this model further, offering a flexible point system where their customers can choose which varieties and quantities of vegetables they want each week, instead of receiving a pre-set selection.
Here at the Stone Store, we support local farms in many ways.  One way is by offering lots of Ontario produce, whenever it is available.  Now, with this new CSA pick-up, we are helping Whole Circle customers get their produce at a convenient location downtown, (and maybe do some in-store shopping while they're at it).
We welcome the Whole Circle CSA members to the Stone Store and hope you enjoy shopping here.  If you are interested in more information about Whole Circle shares, visit their website at http://www.wholecirclefarm.ca/?page_id=3799

02 June 2017

Sleep solutions for kids who just won't go to bed



As the days get longer kids who were previously poor sleepers become kids who are simply not sleepers, and kids who slept fine through the winter are bouncing up and down in their beds until two hours past their bed times.

The good news is, there are things you can do (and they don't need to involve melatonin).

For starters, start looking at your child's overall health. If he or she is not getting enough protein or iron this can make her overtired as the body struggles to compensate. She may sleep at odd hours and be up all night or just not sleep well at all. 
We have a variety of protein powders suitable for kids at the store, and Salus makes a high-absorbency iron supplement suitable for kids as young as two years.
Taking care of the child's developing brain is important too, as the brain is responsible for a number of hormones (including naturally occurring melatonin) associated with sleep. A well-sourced DHA oil will also help kids focus in school. Udo's DHA is cost effective and can be found in the cooler with our probiotics. Because it is organic, non-gmo and plant-based there is no risk that it may be contaminated with heavy metals. Best of all, your child only needs a tablespoon a day, so it's easy to ''hide'' in foods such as yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, cooked soups, and even drizzled over veggies. Ask one of us if you need more ideas, we're full of them.
Finally (and perhaps most importantly) a lot of our adult customers are taking magnesium to help them sleep with a lot of success. Did you know that kids need magnesium too? Salus has a high-absorbency magnesium suitable for kids aged four and up. 

Just ask our staff member, Holly. Taking their ''apricot juice'' before bed has become a nightly ritual for her two kids.  ''It's great because it's something that's so important for the health of everyone in the house,'' she says, ''I take it to maintain bone health and prevent osteoporosis and the kids take it to help them wind down after their busy days.''

Sweet dreams, everyone!