Master Herbalist Lisa Taylor
Did you know that essential fatty acids (EFAs) can help your child with focus and attention? Now that school is heading back in, it will be all that more important for your child to focus and have good attention during the school hours. An excellent way to accomplish this is by giving your child sources of EFAs in the morning with their breakfast and also packed in their lunches at school.
What are sources of EFAs?
Salmon, Herring and Mackerel fish are an excellent source, and for this reason, I recommend that clients give their children the Botanica Omegalicious fish oil. They are delicious, naturally flavoured Tangerine, Coconut Pineapple, Mango Peach and Key Lime and taste more like a dessert than a fish supplement. You can add this oil to your child’s yogurt, put it on their pancakes or just simply serve it to them off a spoon.
Other sources are: hemp seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, almonds, broccoli, spinach, olive oil, whole grains and eggs so add these foods to lunches where you can.
Our brains are 80% fat, and so it’s important for all of us to be having an EFA supplement daily. Not only that - EFAs have been shown to improve eye health so all the better for your child’s eyesight as they are now focusing on their school work.
If you are using the Botanica Omegalicious Fish Oil, for children 1-2 tsp/day, teenagers 1 tbsp/day and adults 2 tbsp/day would be recommended. In Calgary this brand of oils can be found at most health food stores, especially Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic, Blush Lane and Amaranth Whole Foods.
For more information or to talk with Lisa Taylor our Master Herbalist for a consultation.
Did you know that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death among men? More recently I’ve had male clients for health assessments and part of the conversation is in regards to keeping their prostate healthy. One of the many things I learnt while studying to be come a Master Herbalist was “zinc for the dink”, because zinc has been shown to play an active role in maintaining prostate health. It has been shown that zinc helps prostate cells resist malignant transformation by creating an intracellular environment toxic to cancerous cells. The recommended dosage I use with all men is 50 mg/day which can be taken in supplement form or with your diet. As an example, for each 100grams - cooked oysters has 78.6mg, lean cooked beef has 12.3mg, pumpkin seeds have 10.3mg and cashews have 5.6mg so make sure to eat these foods to get some well needed zinc.
In addition to zinc, there are herbs like Saw Palmetto, which is used to help enlarged prostate. The herb does this by shrinking the inner lining that puts pressure on the tubes that carry the urine. When there is a family history of prostate issues, or if there is already evidence of an enlarged prostate this herbal supplement would be suggested, in fact many doctors are using this supplement with their patients. Lisa T can use the tools of iridology and sclerology to assess the health of the tissue of the prostate and make recommendations according to what will best serve the client. For more information please book an appointment with Lisa Taylor.
By Lisa Taylor, Master Herbalist and Iridologist
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