Staying Healthy in Summer


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Sun safety

Getting a little sunshine is perfectly healthy; in fact our bodies rely on it to produce vitamin D. But too much UV can be damaging to the skin. So what are we supposed to do? I believe in moderation when it comes to sun exposure. If you are outside for 30 minutes during non peak hours (before 10 am and after 4pm) you will get enough sun to meet your daily Vitamin D requirements. If you are planning on spending some time in the sun during peak hours, it’s time to wear sun protection or seek shade. I prefer sunscreens that are made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, these are much safer options for your skin. Check out for more sunscreen recommendations.


Water, water, water! In the summer months, make sure to always have water on hand. Now’s the time to make sure you are getting your 8 glasses of water a day to stay adequately hydrated. Make your water more interesting by flavouring with frozen fruit cubes (my favorite is watermelon).


Mosquito bites can be a nuisance this time of year. Most repellents contain the chemical DEET, while effective at repelling bugs; there’s concerns about  long term safety, particularly when used on children. Alternatives to chemical repellents include essential oils derived from plants that can be applied to the skin. Essential oils work well to repel bugs and can also be used as an antiseptic to treat any bites or skin irritations. Homeopathic remedies also work well to treat insect bites. I’ve had great success with homeopathic ledum, which can help take the sting out of bites.

Interested in a natural approach to dealing with pesky mosquitoes this summer? Ask us about our Natural mosquito repellent kit.

Want to learn more ways to be healthy this summer? Book your appointment with Dr Dao today.

Have a great summer!


The Ultimate Weight Loss Boot Camp


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* A portion of The Ultimate Program can be claimed through Naturopathic benefits. Also, if your benefits include a personal health spending account, you may be eligible for full reimbursement

Healthy Homemade Sprouts


Being that it’s winter I am feeling the lack of good fresh produce this time of year. I have tried to make up for it by growing indoor herbs, but they never seem to survive in my kitchen. What I found has worked are homemade sprouts. It’s remarkably easy (and it works all year round), as well as being a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Materials you will need:


A wide mouth jar (like a mason jar)

Cheesecloth or fine mesh

Elastic band

Small bowl

Sprouting seeds (available at health food stores)

How to grow your sprouts:

1. Place jar on cheesecloth to measure the size of cheesecloth you will need. Cut the cloth to 2” larger in order to be able to fold it over the edge of the jar.

2. Measure 1.5 tbsp of seeds. Place seeds in jar, cover jar with cheesecloth and elastic band. Add 1 cup of water to soak overnight.

3. In the morning drain the water and rinse the seeds, invert the jar so that any remaining water drains out. (use the bowl to hold the jar inverted at approximately 45 º)

4. Rinse the seeds twice a day (morning and evening). Keep jar inverted in between rinses.

5. Sprouts are ready in 3 – 5 days. Transfer sprouts to a container to be refrigerated until you are ready to use them.

6. Add sprouts to salads, sandwiches or wraps. Enjoy!

This method of sprouting works best with smaller seeds, such as alfalfa, red clover, canola, broccoli, radish seeds.

You can also find sprouting kits that contain the necessary equipment for making your own sprouts available at health food stores. Good Luck!