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September 22, 2017

Years ago in public school, many of us were taught in public school about our sense of taste.  We were told that we had 4 tastes that our tongue experiences.  Sweet (which was by way of the tip of our tongue), Salty (on either side of the tip), Sour (directly above the salty sensors) & Bitter (at the very back of our tongue).

However newer research has shown that our taste buds aren’t just clustered in those areas, but also spread out across our entire tongue.  While those tastes respond mostly in those areas, there is quite a bit of overlap.  Also to mention, thanks to the research of German scientist David P. Hnig, a fifth basic taste has now been accepted.  This taste is called Umami, and it senses MSG, and interestingly enough, it can be sensed through all of our taste buds.

Given that MSG is an overused food additive that enhances flavor, it begs the questions; has our taste buds evolved to be able to handle the severity of the tastes we are experiencing?  And could t...

August 7, 2017

We’ve all experienced hearing a song that immediately transports us back in time to a past memory.  And it’s safe to say that most of us agree that music can change our mood to some degree in record time.  It’s been long since proven that music can be useful in lowering depression, halting anxiety and increasing mood…but what about music’s ability to affect our productivity?

The idea that comes to mind about music and productivity, is that given a quick tempo, one might find themselves energized, thereby speeding up their entire work process.  Ergo, more productive.  However when studied in depth, it appears that there’s more to it;

  • Music pumped through a factory made work less boring to the workers, which in turn kept workers on the line more alert, and therefore more precise in their labor, allowing for fewer errors. 

  • Music used in operating rooms helped surgeons to perform better, keeping them engaged specifically for monotonous tasks. 

  • In noisy work places, he...

June 1, 2017

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I get asked all the time; "what does Holistic mean anyways? " Apparently inquiring minds want to know!  Well by Google.ca definition as of today:
 

ho·lis·tic

hōˈlistik/

adjective

Philosophy

adjective: holistic

  1. characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
     

          Medicine
 

               characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account                            mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
 

And that is a great definition!  As a Holistic Nutritionist, I recognize that the body works synergistically, and wholly.  I understand that everything is connected – intimately, and it is nearly impossible to affect one part of the body without having a ripple effect on the othe...

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