Lisa has a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She completed over 300 hours of in-class training, 50+ hours of practical training and many case studies, which focuses on specific individual health concerns. She graduated the program in 2020 with honours.
Lisa offers one on one support to those interested in optimizing their health through nutrition. Sore joints, inflammation, skin issues and mental health are just a few health- related topics that can be addressed through food. She believes educating clients is the best way to see lasting results and is able to provide that through ongoing connection and meal planning. By completing a personal assessment, Lisa is able to determine the body systems that need attention and suggest nutrient intake from various foods and supplementation.
Meal plans are offered on a weekly or monthly basis and are geared to the specific needs and preferences of the client. Support is available for questions, concerns, accountability and follow up.
Lisa is family oriented, married and has been at home raising children for the last number of years. In her free time she loves to be a creative maker and she’s a natural soaper. She loves essential oils and incorporates them into her daily life. Lisa also loves to be active outside and camp with her family.
This vitamin is necessary for the cells involved in the immune system to function properly. It is required to eliminate old cells, unneeded cells and unhealthy cells. Low levels of vitamin C in the body results in an impaired immune function and a greater chance for infection. You can supplement with this vitamin, following the dose recommendation on the packaging. You can also increase your vitamin C amounts by eating the right foods. Foods highest in vitamin C are: black current, kiwi fruit, guava, strawberries, red & green bell peppers, oranges, pineapple, mango, parsley, papaya, tomato, peas, grapefruit, lemon, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and honeydew.
Beta carotene is best consumed through food and supports immune function when done so. It is a precursor to vitamin A, meaning it is converted to the necessary vitamin in the body. Vitamin A works with vitamin D to reduce inflammation and regulate the immune response. Foods highest in beta carotene are yellow, orange and red foods, and leafy greens: carrot & carrot juice, pumpkin, sweet potato, apricot, kale, spinach, collard greens, turnips, winter squash, dandelion greens, cantaloupe, and mango.
Low vitamin D levels are associated with increased infection rates. Research shows that immune function increases with adequate levels of this vitamin. During the summer months, safe sun exposure provides us with ample vitamin D. During the less sunny months, supplementation is necessary. Some may argue that the recommended dose suggested on the packaging is low. Consult with your medical or naturopathic doctor to determine which amount is right for your body.
Ginger helps the body eliminate toxins through the lymphatic system with its anti-oxidant properties from the compound, gingerol, found in it. Ginger can be added to many dishes or consumed through tea form.
Bone broth contains collagen and amino acids that support immune function by promoting gut health. Gut health is necessary for adequate immune response as it is the site of nutrient absorption. The nutrients in bone broth also reduce inflammation. There are many local suppliers or you can make it yourself. Drink it as is or add it to soups, stews, or use instead of water while cooking grains.
A buildup of toxins in the body results in lower immune function. Green tea contains quercetin, a flavonoid high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, assisting the body in excreting unwanted toxins. The most available form of green tea is called Sencha. Matcha is another, higher grade powder form, in which you mix directly in water, consuming the actual leaves as opposed to steeping them. Match is more expensive than the other varieties, however, only a small amount is required to reap the amazing benefits.
Studies show that the anthocyanidin, polyphenol and flavonoid compounds found in elderberries are effective in fighting colds and the flu. The berries are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which are beneficial for supporting the nasal cavity, especially during times of infection. Consuming elderberry syrup has the ability to greatly reduce the time and severity of flu and respiratory symptoms. Look for So Elderberry Good www.soelderberrygood.com found in many health food stores. It is a local company who brews small batches in St. Albert, Alberta. Follow the recommended dose on the bottle.
The digestive tract functions optimally when beneficial bacteria is present. Enhanced immune function is one of the benefits to a healthy population of this bacteria by regulating function of certain immune cells as well as detoxifying the colon. When supplementing with probiotics, it is a good idea to switch strains with each new bottle. Probiotics are also found in fermented foods like: sauerkraut, plain yogurt or kefir, fermented vegetables, and kombucha (fermented tea).
This mineral is often thought of as one of the most effective supplements for boosting immune function by helping immune cells mature. It is an antioxidant and can potentially reduce the duration of colds and cold related symptoms. It is also an aid for nutrient absorption and digestion, which is necessary for adequate immune function. Levels of zinc can be increased in the body either by supplementation or through food. Some foods with high levels of zinc include: lamb, grass fed beef, chickpeas, cashews, pumpkin seeds, plain yogurt or kefir, chicken, turkey, eggs, mushrooms, wild caught salmon, and cocoa powder.
An exercise routine is important in strengthening the immune system, as it has direct influence. Studies show that deterioration of the immune system is greatly reduced by physical activity. Aim for 30 minutes a day and don't get caught up in the actual activity. Walking, an activity/sport with friends, house cleaning, gardening, as well as weight lifting, HIIT workouts, and cardio training are all ways to support a healthy lifestyle with exercise.
Sleep is essential for the body to function optimally. The likelihood of illness and infection without adequate sleep is high. It is during sleep that the body rests and rejuvenates, allowing all body systems, including the immune system, to operate as intended.
Frequently washing hands for at least 20 seconds protects you and others around you from germs and bugs that are lurking on surfaces that are touched. Door knobs, flushing toilets, grocery carts, desks, and handrails are just a few surfaces where germs can spread. Help stop the spread with hand washing before and after touching these surfaces. Avoid touching your face and eating without proper hand washing first.
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