NPP TIP Blog WaterHydrating the Body and Eliminating the Toxins 

For years, health professionals have advised us to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Generally, the rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight (pounds) in ounces of water. Most of us know that we need to drink water daily but we don’t really understand all of the reasons why this is essential to our well-being.


Drinking clean, filtered water has many benefits. Some of these are maintaining energy levels, optimal brain function, prevention of kidney stones and bladder infections, proper digestion and elimination, normalizing blood pressure, supporting weight loss, lubricating joints, and improving skin tone. Of course, it is particularly necessary in order to prevent dehydration, which can be very serious, especially in babies, toddlers, and the elderly.


Our body is made up of approximately 60-70% water. Much of that water is lost throughout the day through our body’s normal activity; through perspiration, tears, breathing, and elimination and must be replenished. With only 1% dehydration, mental performance and physical coordination is impacted before any thirst is experienced. Initially, you may become tired, have difficulty focusing, or feel a headache developing. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated and may have lost 2-3% of your body’s water content.


Water is also the key ingredient for eliminating waste products that can accumulate in your body. It supports the body’s emunctories, like the liver, kidneys, and skin, in flushing out toxins. Whatever isn’t removed must be stored by the body. Think of your home. If you don’t remove the waste, but instead, throw those green plastic garbage bags into your basement, eventually the entire house will begin to have a very unpleasant odour and the toxic material will begin to affect the upper floors. The same is true of your body. Toxins will initially be stored through the body’s wisdom but will accumulate and may eventually reappear via itchy skin, rashes, odour, unpleasant symptoms, like those similar to a cold or a flu, and, eventually, disease.


So, how do you know if you are drinking enough water? Some say, if the amount being consumed is equal to the amount being expelled by the kidneys, your water consumption is perfect. This is not always your best test. Take, for instance, a plant that is badly dehydrated. When you begin to water it, the water will run through the soil quickly with much of it ending up in the planter. But, after it is properly rehydrated, the water begins to be absorbed and dispersed to the leaves, stems, and the roots where it is needed for the plant to continue to grow and flourish. The same is true for our bodies when we begin drinking water after being dehydrated. Initially, the water will just run through you resulting in many trips to the bathroom. Eventually, though, it will be absorbed and assimilated by the body and dispersed throughout each organ and cell, as required for optimal health.


Check the colour of your urine. If you are drinking enough water, it should not be a dark yellow, but, rather, pale in colour. An unpleasant odour may also be a clue that something is wrong. Gently pinch your skin and then let it go. If you are hydrated, it should quickly return to normal.


In addition to drinking water, there are many other great ways to eliminate toxins and strengthen your immune system. Try Dry Skin Brushing, Castor Oil packs, Hydrotherapy, and Deep Breathing Exercises. These, in addition to your 2 – 3 litres of good quality water (we recommend Reverse Osmosis), will improve the integrity of most of the cells in your body.


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New Year’s Resolutions

“I Resolve…”


A brand new year, a new page, a fresh start! As we say farewell to 2020, a difficult, unusual, and introspective year, we ask ourselves to commit to making major changes. For many, it is a desire to lose weight, begin an exercise program, or kick an addiction or habit, like alcohol, drugs, or sugar. We are determined to be different. We are actually saying that there is something wrong with us – that we need fixing.


Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions and one that often fails year after year. We realize that we need a plan. But not just any plan. We may begin by asking ourselves the following questions:


Why do I want to do this? To look better? To be healthier? To have more energy? To fit into my clothes?
What am I prepared to give up? Sugar? Carbs? Snacks? $$$?
Who can help me? A weight loss group? A nutritionist? A gym?
When will I begin? Today? Tomorrow? Next week?


As a natural nutritionist, I would suggest an alternative approach. By having you complete an intake questionnaire, I would be able to assess your body’s nutritional deficiencies. A full history and consultation would inform me of your past health issues, any familial genetic diseases, medications, and current symptoms and/or medical diagnoses. This would allow me to make recommendations as to supplements, remedies, and lifestyle changes and to create a diet plan specifically for you. I would see you approximately every six weeks and offer my continued support. We would work together to help you achieve and maintain your goals in a healthy and safe manner.


Changes take time and none of us are perfect. By asking ourselves the Who, What, Why, When questions, we can examine our thought patterns regarding the changes that we want to see and our confusion as to how to achieve them. This understanding will offer us a much better chance for success.


By working as a team with the same intentions and the right type of support and no judgement, occasional missteps will not derail your success. It is all about moving towards your goals, one day at a time – not an all or nothing approach.

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NPP TIP Blog-snowshoeingWinter, in Canada, is a magical season but, generally, the streets and hills are covered with snow and ice. Walking, running, and even hiking are not as easy or as safe as they were during our other three seasons. So, how do we exercise and stay in shape out of doors during the winter months? We suggest Snowshoeing, originally used by Native Americans and European Explorers to forage for food and travel through deep snow for almost 4000 years, and even longer in Central Asia.


Snowshoeing, now seen as a recreational exercise, is a fun way to lose the calories that we generally pack on during the winter months. It is said to burn off anywhere between 420-1000 calories per hour. The colder the weather, the more energy we use; the taller the snow, the higher we lift our legs; thus, a great fat-burning, muscle-building exercise. Snowshoeing is a terrific low-impact aerobic exercise that is easy on the joints, healthy for the heart and the lungs, strengthening for the muscles, and great for improved balance and stability. If balance is an issue, poles can keep you upright and protect you from slipping.


This is also a wonderful way to dispel the winter blues. Being in nature is known to decrease depression and stress levels. Practising mindfulness, while walking along the snowy, beautiful terrain on a sunny day, will stop the monkey mind from taking you to the past, where you house your regrets, or into the future, worrying about what lies ahead. Good for all ages, including children and seniors, Snowshoeing is a safe and healthy way for us to get outside all winter long, burn calories, strengthen our glutes, quads, and our calves, unplug, relax, and simply have a lot of fun. Check out the many schools, recreational facilities, and resorts that offer snowshoeing lessons for beginners. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Please remember to stay hydrated, so bring along your water bottle!

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Organic Cucumber

NPP TIP Blog cucumbersOrganic Cucumbers, actually members of the fruit family, have a high water content (95%) and are packed with  B vitamins, vitamin A, and antioxidants. They were once thought of only as a great addition to green salads, or a side to a meal, adding variety, colour, and a light, pleasant taste. They are now seen as helping with weight loss, constipation, blood pressure, skin, eyes, and bones while, at the same time, keeping you hydrated. You will derive even more benefits if you eat the entire cucumber, including the seeds and skin, after a thorough scrub and wash.


Cucumbers are rich in carotenoids and flavonoids that have been shown to help with blood sugar regulation. These, and other phytonutrients found in cucumbers, have also been studied with respect to their ability to lower chronic inflammation, decreasing the risk of many chronic diseases. Studies have suggested that the lignins found in cucumbers may help lower cardiovascular disease and prevent cancer. An anti-inflammatory substance, “fisetin”, found in cucumbers, are thought to have “the ability to reduce the impact of age-related neurological diseases on brain function” and may also help to “maintain cognitive function in people with Alzheimer’s Disease”.  


As a beauty treatment, cucumber slices have long been applied directly to the eyes to reduce puffiness. Spas feature cucumber slices floating in elegant carafes of water to help with water retention. In a YouTube video, a fellow, named Bryan, drank organic cucumber juice, skin and all, for seven days in a row. On day 1, he found that he was experiencing a huge diuretic effect. On day 2 & 3, he was feeling very hydrated. After day 4, he felt like he could run a marathon; full of energy.  At only 16 calories per cup, enjoy a snack of fresh, crisp slices of cucumber dipped into your favourite organic hummus.


Organic Cucumber, Goat Cheese, & Black Olive Salad

Organic Cucumber Recipe

  • 2 cups organic cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup organic goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup organic kalamata black olives
  • 2-3 tbsp organic cold pressed olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. Slice the cucumbers, into rounds, skin on or off
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half
  3. Place cucumbers & tomatoes into salad bowl
  4. Combine the other ingredients and toss with the veggies
  5. Sliced red onion may be added, if desired



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