Tips for Healthy Living

By / Food / May 7th, 2012 / 1

Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy and the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) recently listed the top five healthy living trends and tips for spring 2012. The tips are based on what McCarthy has observed in her own practice and in interviews with natural health and organics leaders. She’s noticed that there’s a trend away from solely relying on external beauty aids, like anti-wrinkle creams. Most people are now turning to internal beauty aids. In other words, we’re looking to food to give us optimal health and wellness. In fact a recent IPSOS Reid survey showing that 73 per cent of Canadians are regular consumers of natural health products. It’s no surprise, though, is it? Almost everyone I know has moved to a healthier diet regardless if they want to look younger or not. There’s an understanding in the air that being healthy is the ultimate goal because all of the other benefits — looking and feeling younger, living longer and having more energy — will fall from that.

So, here are McCarthy’s top 5 tips:

1) Try natural products such as Omega-3’s to improve skin elasticity and improve hair health; probiotics to improve your digestion which promotes healthy skin and vitamin C to help produce collagen.

2) Try adding flavoured protein powers, flavoured Omegs-3 oils and liquid vitamin D to your favourite recipes as a simple way to improve overall nutrition. As always, make sure to read dosage recommendations on packaging and consult with your health care practitioner.

3) Detoxing the body is safe and effective when done correctly with the right supplements, simple lifestyle habits and diet. Talk to your health care practitioner about what’s right for you. The most common natural products include: Vitamin B, Vitamin C, probiotics, green supplements, fibre supplements and drinks made with various barks, roots and herbs such as licorice, dandelion, burdock and milk thistle.

4) Consider keeping stress at bay by using vitamin C, B complex vitamins, chamomile, American ginseng, green powders, Rhodiola rosea, supplements with adrenal tissue, magnesium and valerian.

5) Combine lifestyle changes with natural health products such as Rhodiola rosea, melatonin, magnesium citrate, hops, passionflower and chamomile to improve sleep.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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