Why Magnesium Is The Most Essential Mineral You Need

Why Magnesium Is The Most Essential Mineral You Need

By Sheena Ewan of #RawRedemption

Do you have enough magnesium in your daily intake of food, liquids and supplements? Most individuals do not get the recommended daily intake.

So how would you know?

• Well you would likely have a healthy intake of legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and whole grains in your everyday diet.
• You might also be taking a supplement or vitamin that contains no more than approximately 350 mg of magnesium.

It’s a mineral your body needs for everyday #health maintenance as it helps to create energy from your food intake as well as make new proteins for your muscles to feed off of. It’s also an important mineral to keep your bones, muscle and nervous system healthy.

Since it is essential to your body’s optimum functioning, it is possible to notice a #deficiency quite quickly with more pronounced symptoms over time.

For shorter-term deficiency, symptoms that might show up are:

• Muscle cramps (often times in the lower leg and/or at night)
• Irritability and/or anxiety
• Poor sleep patterns
• Migraine headaches
• Eye twitching
• Chronic pain

As it happens, magnesium has been proven to be an effective #pain reliever for migraines as well as post-operative healing in a study by Deborah Tepper, MD in the Journal of Head and Face Pain (2013).

Tepper notes that women who experience a “menstrually related migraine” can benefit as well as those who experience a migraine “aura”. Migraine auras can indicate an oncoming #migraine headache and making sure to have magnesium, as part of your daily health regime may be something to look into. Increasing your dose or looking at your diet to see if you are receiving the appropriate amount of #magnesium is the first step in addressing whether you may need more magnesium.

Visit buff.ly/2k2aaBT online or call 416.466.5773 to book an appointment to find out more about how a naturopath can help you find out what your body needs to achieve it’s optimum health potential.

We are located conveniently located, just a few minutes from Greenwood station: 663 Greenwood Avenue (just 30 steps north) at Danforth Avenue.

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How to Keep Your Energy Up This Holiday with Ayurveda

Improve Energy with Ayurveda by Dr. Leena Athparia, ND

Improve energy with AyurvedaAccording to Ayurveda, there are 3 doshas, or bio-energies that make up your constitution: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.  Kapha is made up of the earth & water elements and is not only found in each individual, but also around us.  In the winter season, with the cold and snow, Kapha is at it’s highest.

If your constitution is dominant in Kapha, winter may be the most challenging season.  When Kapha becomes imbalanced, tendencies such as sluggishness, laziness, fatigue, depression can set in.  You may find it difficult to get moving in the morning, or find it challenging to be motivated.  Weight gain, asthma or lung issues, sinus congestion can set in during the winter, particularly in Kapha individuals.

Do you relate to any of the qualities of Kapha?
However, kapha is not necessarily a bad thing.  Only when it becomes imbalanced, does it lead to issues in the body and mind.  Kapha individuals are often compassionate, loving and caring people who bring stability and commitment to those around them.  Maintaining balance is essential in feeling healthy and happy on a daily basis.

Kapha Management

Winter is the time when you need to play a close check on Kapha.  The good news is that if you take care of Kapha balancing, you can prevent the winter blues and minimize health concerns such as coughs and colds.

To balance the qualities of Kapha, you want to focus on “Warming”, “Drying”, and “Lightening”.

Tips for balancing Kapha

  • Improve energy with AyurvedaEat food with flavours that are pungent (spicy), bitter and astringent (these tastes are drying and lightening in nature)
  • Stay warm and avoid dampness
  • Schedule exercise daily – ideally early in the morning (this helps move Kapha)
  • Drink warm fluids, avoiding cold food. Try ginger tea.
  • Use warming spices such as : ginger, clove, cinnamon, marjoram, thyme
  • Favour light and dry foods over heavy foods such as dairy, cheese, red meat, deep fried food.
  • Dry dressing with bright colours (red, orange, yellow)
  • Get creative and motivated. Start a new project or a hobby.
  • Clear the space. Declutter by removing old stuff. Move furniture around for a fresh start.
  • Try garshana, or ayurvedic dry herb massage

If your constitution is dominant in Kapha, try making some changes this winter and you will notice more energy and vitality!  Kapha diet and lifestyle should be lively, full of energy and stimulation – this is the time to beat the winter blues, start exercising, wearing bright colours, adding spices to your food and staying warm.

Not sure if you’re Kapha is unbalanced?

There are quizzes you can do online to give a rough idea, however, it is always best to have a thorough assessment by a qualified practitioner to assess your current state of health (full intake, tongue and pulse assessment) and contributing factors to your health.  What you should eat, and when you should eat, along with daily routine suggestions can all be customized based on your unique constitution. Ayurvedic herbs and therapies such as nasya and massages can also support balancing you.

>> Make Appointment Online with Leena, ND

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Yuri Murakami, ND was interviewed on “What is Naturopathic Medicne” for Neighbourhood Living Magazine June 2016 issue (pg. 35) Read more from the online magazine below.

Yuri’s Village provides naturopathic and holistic medicine from the newborn to the elders. For this issue we asked the owner, Dr. Yuri Murakami, ND about naturopathic medicine.

Can you tell us how Naturopathic Medicine differs from Western Medicine?

What is Naturopathic Medicine Dr.Yuri: ” We know that the body has an amazing ability to heal and restore health itself, so we work to encourage and facilitate this healing mechanism in the most efficient way using natural medicine.

We use the scientifically proven knowledge like Western Medicine, but also we use the wisdom that has helped people for a few thousand years!”

What do you mean by “holistic” medicine?

Dr.Yuri: “Holistic medicine means that we treat the ‘whole’ aspect of individual. We consider a person is a dynamic combination of the body, emotion, mind, spirit, genetic, and environment. The ‘dis-ease’ can start by having an imbalance in any of these. For instance, the symptom of “headache can be due to hormonal change, food sensitivity, or simply a stress. By finding the cause of an illness from whole aspect, we treat the root of illness and also prevent developing further illness in long run.”

At last, tell us your goals:

Dr.Yuri: “We are here to help people to achieve their optimal health, but also to educate them to be confident in taking care of their health. Through getting our services, patient start to lean about health and eventually about themselves, and this becomes the tool for them to live well and joyfully in health.”

Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in Ontario and many work health benefits can cover their services. Start taking care of yourself and achieve optimal health at Yuri’s Village this summer! – Neighbourhood Living Magazine



An Easy Way to Check Internal Toxins in Your Body – A Spring Detox

Ayurvedic Spring Detox

by Leena Athparia, ND

Ayurvedic Spring DetoxHave you ever noticed that thick white coating on your tongue when you wake up?

According to Ayurveda, that coating is one of the many symptoms considered as ama – internal toxins.  Ama results from undigested and unabsorbed food that accumulates in the digestive tract, turning into a sticky substance with unpleasant odour. It is waste material that is neither excreted nor used by the body. Small amounts of ama are normal in the digestive tract – it becomes a concern when ama is not eliminated efficiently, building up in the system and spreading deeper into the tissues.

There is a lot of hype about detox these days.  How often to do you hear your friends talking about doing a detox or detoxing to lose weight? How often do you see ads of products for “liver detox”?  In spring, (or after holidays of indulgent eating) many people go to the health food store to pick up “detox kits”.  Though these kits contain herbs & products that may contain herbs that detoxify the liver and other organs, you want to make sure you are doing the right kind of detox that you need. A liver detox in someone who has constipation will not be as effective as the toxins are not being eliminated properly.  A detox with laxatives could aggravate you if you have a sensitive digestive tract. If you are on medications, liver detoxification using herbs could impact the dose and effectiveness therefore, a detox with food or saunas may be advised.

When ama accumulates in the body over time, it can become a breeding ground for colds, flu, chronic diseases and cancer. It is important to clear out am on a regular basis to maintain health.  There are many methods to support detoxification and clearing of am.  Which method depends on your constitution and requires assessment and customized treatment by your ayurvedic practitioner or naturopathic doctor.

Tomorrow morning, as soon as you wake up, stick out your tongue in the mirror and observe. Notice if there is a coating at the back of the tongue – it may be grey, white or yellowish.  If you have that coating regularly, then you have am in your system, and it might be a time for a detox this spring!

Read full article in Leena Athparia, ND’s blog, Sahaja Wellness

If you’re interested in a customized detox program that is natural and suited to your constitution, contact us!

5 Amazing Benefits of Probiotics!

by Yuri Murakami, ND

5 Amazing Benefits of Probiotics!One of the health subjects I always get amazed at and excited is about the probiotics. According to Probiotics.org, our body contains 10 times more probiotics than our own cells, and the total weight of probiotics is heavier than our own brain! There are so many recently published articles on the benefits of probiotics, and the research on this topic seems to continues to prove probiotics to be the key to keep us healthy.

5 Benefits of Probiotics:

  1. Digestive Health: This is the most well-known benefits of probiotics. They are proven to help treating irritable bowel syndrome, treating baby colic, and prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Probiotics also have amazing ability of aiding our body to digest nutrients and absorb them better.
  2. Weight Loss: Researchers found the obese people had different gut bacteria than people with healthy weight. Some studies also showed that using probiotics helps reducing abdominal fat in postpartum female. It is considered that the bacteria on probiotics help reducing inflammation, and also hormone regulation to contribute to the weight loss.
  3. Treating Food Allergies: Probiotics have a positive effect on our immune system, and probiotics have been used to treat allergic conditions such as seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma. Recently, researchers have been successfully treating food allergies of all kinds, from cow’s milk to peanuts, and many new strains are tested for the best effects.
  4. Treating Depression & Anxiety: Probiotics are also beneficial for the brain health, and this area of studies seems to be a new focus in the world of probiotics. It seems the probiotics have the potential to change the brain’s neurochemistry and also lower the level of cortisol in the body, keeping people calm and content.
  5. Producing Nutrients for Your Body: Probiotics are not just fighting diseases for us, but also producing important nutrients for our body. Probiotics are capable of creating and proving many of B vitamins, Vitamin K, A, and Essential Fatty Acids. So keeping them healthy will keep us healthy!

miso soupEating probiotics rich foods is a great way to improve our good bacteria in our body. One important thing is to choose either unpasteurized probiotics rich foods, or make your own so it is sure that the good bacteria are alive and healthy!

Learn how to make miso easily at home on Sunday, April. 3rd, 2016 at our clinic! Read more information >> Click here

Art Therapy as a Mind-Body Modality

The Healing Power of Art

by Grace Chiu, Art Therapist

The history of human civilization bears witness to the human impulse to create art. An innate creative need led the earliest ancient people to express themselves intuitively in cave paintings, giving meaning to their surroundings and communicating meaning with others. Within community and globally, art is a way to express and share ideas about the human experience.Art Therapy Mind & Body

Art is an important and vital expression of the human condition. Recently, we have recognized the desire to connect to our primal need to express our creativity. The popularity of adult colouring books speaks to our condition as creative creatures. We now know that participating in creative activities such as music, sculpting, painting, writing and making visual images on paper — or the use of any type of art medium — can produce remarkable physical and emotional benefits to both the creator and the viewer of the artwork.

Mind-Body Medicine

The term “mind-body medicine” is used to describe an approach that sees the mind (our thoughts and emotions) as having a central impact on the health of the body. This, however, is not a new idea — formal mind-body techniques, such as meditation and yoga, have been practiced for thousands of years. For over two decades, Art Therapy has been recognized as an effective mind-body intervention. While until now, it has mainly been used as a form of psychotherapy, studies have shown that art making complements other treatments and assists individuals in coping with many physical and psychological symptoms, including stress (this is also known as Medical Art Therapy). As new data and research continues to emerge in the fields of neuropsychology and the mind-body paradigms, we will learn more about why images and art making are key to improving health and well-being.

How Does Art Therapy Help?

Art Therapy, a form of expressive therapy, has been used in many different settings, including children’s hospitals, drug rehabilitation centres, veterans’ hospitals, prisons, oncology hospitals, mental health agencies, eating-disorder clinics, and senior long-term residential care facilities. Often, the presenting emotional and physical problems prevent individuals from being able to express their feelings verbally. Self-expression through artistic media offers a way to bridge what feels like the inexpressible, acting as a balance to verbal expression. The verbal expression finds wholeness and complements the created image, aiding the individual in working through personal thoughts, perceptions and attitudes that may hinder communication. The Art Therapist asks open-ended questions to help the individual process and reflect on the created image, and this facilitates making the connections between the individual’s inner and outer worlds. The gaining of this self-knowledge is empowering and allows the individual to move forward in the healing journey.Art-Therapy-mind-body

Research in spilt-brain functioning informs us that verbal communication is only one way to express our deeper feelings and thoughts. Traditionally, Art Therapy has been regarded as more strongly related to the nonverbal artistic right-brain functions than to the left-brain functions of analysis and logic. Now, in fact, researchers have demonstrated that both hemispheres of the brain are required for art expression. Split-brain research also shows us that a balance of right and left cognitive functions of the brain are necessary for optimal well-being. In addition to its ability to engage the creative, right hemisphere of the brain, Art Therapy also engages the left-brain functions (language). Integrating creative prompts to assist with writing activities such as poetry or narrative story telling, it enables a response to the artwork or the exploration of limiting thoughts or feelings. The process of analyzing and reflecting on one’s artwork helps develop problem solving skills as one develops newly found insights in a process of reflection and reframing. Creative writing complements the art making, offering an additional opportunity to develop new perspectives. It also offers a way to build resilience through the healing power of words.

Who Benefits from Art Therapy?

The powerful healing tool of art making can be used by anyone to create positive changes and activate healing at a deep core level. And anyone can be benefited by it — even those without any artistic experience. In guided Art Therapy practice, feelings of depression, fear, guilt, grief, and worry, when expressed as an image, can release these negative thoughts and feelings from the unconscious mind.

Guided Art Therapy can involve the creation of an image by using suggestions or can entail creating spontaneous artwork (draw what comes to mind), in order to release suppressed feelings. Work with a professionally trained Art Therapist can complement other therapies and augment healing while creating an awareness of the self. Talk therapy is the traditional method of exchange in counselling and therapy and it stands as a very effective approach. Art Therapy represents another approach to healing and well-being that can be a powerful resource for many patients. Practitioners in expressive therapies, such as Art Therapy, recognize that people have different expressive styles—one may be more visual, more musical, more tactile or expressive in movement. Art Therapy can incorporate these various capacities when working with individuals, enhancing each person’s unique abilities to communicate authentically. The act of creative expression through art making supports individuals with emotional distress or physical illness and the assistance of an Art Therapist creates a safe environment to explore sometimes difficult emotions, facilitating personal growth, healing and well-being.

Grace Chiu Art TherapyGrace Chiu is an Art Therapist in private practice working as part of the community of holistic practitioners at Yuri’s Village near Danforth area of Toronto. Grace uses a multimedia approach to therapy, incorporating a variety of modalities, such as play therapy, music, poetry and narrative therapy, as a way to acknowledge that each individual’s process and expression is unique. She has successfully worked with children, young adults, adults and seniors, helping individuals to unlock their innate creative potential, building on bringing joy and self-confidence with compassion and grace. Her empirical research was recently published in the Canadian Art Therapy Journal (December 2015): Expressive Arts Therapy Group Helps Improve Mood State in an Acute Care Psychiatric Setting. For more information visit her website: www.gracechiu.ca or Grace Biography

Contact Grace to book the FREE initial consultation: Email: info@gracechiu.ca , Telephone: (647) 281-1705.


  • Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind, and Spirit by Barbara Ganim
  • Handbook of Art Therapy Edited by Cathy Malchiodi
  • Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being by Brian Luke Seaward

Doctors’ Best Healing Soups

by Yuri Murakami, ND

The air is getting chilly and we are entering in a soup season!

I want to introduce two soups that are used as a part of treatment approaches by two well-known doctors. Both are simple recipes and do not need a fancy tool to make, and both are truly delicious for your whole family to enjoy!

1) Bone Soup
best bone soup brothBone soup or bone broth is a traditional healing food in many cultures. Dr. Weston A Price was a dentist who went on an extraordinary research to find out what kind of foods people ate where they were known for the great health and longevity. One of the findings was the bone broth.

Bone soup is also use as a key healing food in GAPS diet to heal neurological disorders such as autism and ADHD created by Dr. Natash Campbell-McBride.

Bone soup contains fundamental building blocks for regenerating human body such as gut linings, teeth, bones, and joints, and also has a capacity to improve the immune health. You can make bone soup with any bones – meat or fish, but it is better if the marrow part is exposed while cooking for maximum benefit.


  • 3-4 lb of bone of your choice (if you chose chicken, best to break the bone to get marrows)
  • Filtered water
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • vegetables of your choice (such as carrots, celery, onion, garlic etc), chopped
  • sea salt

Put the bone in a large pot with water and apple cider vinegar, sit this for 30 min to help vinegar extracting the minerals out of the bone. Add vegetables and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer slowly for 6-24 hours. Let the broth cool, and remove bones and vegetables (optional to keep it in). Add sea salt for a taste. You can just drink the broth, or use this as a stock for making soups and stews.

2) Hippocrates Soup
“Hippocrates Soup” is a vegan soup which Dr. Max Gerson used in his diet regime to treat cancers and many other terminal illnesses. In Gerson Therapy, this soup was used to replenish the potassium balance in the body to make the body more alkaline.

The original soup does not use any salt, but it has such a rich flavour that you would enjoy without needing to dash salt on!

Two keys in making this soup are:

  1. using whole part of vegetables including the skin since many of the minerals and nutrients are stored beneath the skin part.
  2. cooking the soup slowly at low heat to save the nutrients.

Best Hippocrates SoupIngredients (for 4 servings):

  • 1 big or 2 small fresh organic leeks (if not available, use 2 organic medium onions)
  • 1 pound fresh organic potato
  • 1 1/2 pounds organic fresh tomatoes
  • 1 large organic onion or 2 small onions
  • 1 sm/medium organic celery knob (if not available, use 3/4 stalks organic celery)
  • 1 small parsley root (if not available, use a bunch of organic parsley)
  • 3 clove of garlic, if desired
  • A small amount of freshly chopped parsley for a garnish

Gently scrub the vegetables well and chop them coarsely. Put all the vegetable  in a large pot, add a small amount of water to just cover the vegetables. Simmer them slowly at low heat for 2-3 hours. Blend them before eating. Garnish with parsley.

Why Eating In-Season Is Trendy Now

Why Eating In-Season Is Trendy Now

by Yuri Murakami, ND

The beauty of eating in-season does not stop at its great taste, it is also great for our health and the earth’s health too. Here are 3 main health benefit of eating in-season:


1) Adapting to the Weathersalad-dish-1366992-m

Many of the vegetables in-season help our body to regulate and adapt to the weather. For example, the vegetables in the summer season, like cucumber, corn, and watermelon tend to cool the body, and opposite is true for the winter vegetables. In the spring and fall, there are many vegetables that help to detoxify our body, helping to prepare the body for the next season to come.


2) Vital Energy 

Vegetables are all alive! Eating in-season brings the health benefit of their live energy to the full scale. This live energy of the plants are something that is not talked commonly in the nutritional field, however in many traditions, it has been valued. Our body’s healing energy is empowered so much more when the food is alive and vital!


3) Benefit for the Earth

Eating in-season is a simple act, but does helps the environment because the process of foods does not require a high energy (water, light, temperature control etc), also most likely the food come from local farm or back yard, saving the emission from the transportation of the vegetables.

The easy way to start on eating seasonal vegetables is visit the farmer’s market. Talk to the farmer and learn what’s in season! Other option is grow your own food. This comes with so much rewards too!

How to make homemade nut milk

– Healthy Milk Alternatives –

by Leena Athparia, ND
Dairy products are increasingly becoming a source of concern with the current state of the dairy industry.  Many of us simply cannot digest milk or experience health concerns that range from digestive upset, cramps, eczema, mucous and more.
Recently there has been a surge of alternative nut-based “milks”, also known as ‘nut mylks’ to cater to the growing demand of dairy alternatives. These are made from sources such as almond, sunflower, soy, hemp, coconut and cashew.
However, store-bought nut milks may contain preservatives, sugar and other additives, so it’s best if you can make your own.  It’s not that difficult once you get practice, and it is cheaper. I personally like almond milk and am including a recipe here. Almonds are a great source of calcium & protein, have a sweet, pleasant taste and are easy to digest.

Make your own Almond Nut Milk:

 1. 1/2 cup almonds – soak overnight
2. Rinse & peel (if you’re really tight for time, you can skip peeling)
3. Blend in the blender with 2 cups of water – it can be cold water or hot water if you want warm milk (best in a glass blender)
4. For extra taste try adding a pinch of: 
    – Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder – and blend again.
5. Sweetener – maple syrup, honey, or dates if desired

For an Indian twist – try heating the almond nut milk with a pinch of saffron, and then add honey at the end for an evening drink. No need to strain unless you prefer a smooth texture.

(Best made fresh, but may be kept in the fridge for a few days)

Enjoy hot or cold, or use as a base for smoothies !


Spring Detox? Here are the top 5 herbs

by Yuri Murakami, naturopathic doctor

Doing a gentle detoxification (detox) is a helpful way to recover the body’s vitality, especially the people with chronic disease like sinus congestion, mild allergy, fatigue, over weight, and so on. It can also help to prevent further worsening of the condition.

There are many ways and school of thoughts to do detox, but the very basics are the same. First step is to avoid the toxins that go into the body by eating healthy food for example, and second is to support the body to eliminate toxins efficiently.

Many herbs can be used to help the body effectively removing toxins and here are Top 5 common herbs for the detox.

fern-1429164-m1. Dandelion
Both root and leaves of dandelion can be used for the purpose of detox. Root is an excellent supporter for the liver to heal, protects from the damage and also stimulates the bile flow to improve digestion and weight loss by removing toxins. Leaves can be eaten as salad or lightly steamed. It is high in potassium, and is a good diuretic to support the kidneys.

2. Schizandra
Schizandra berries are one of the multi tasking herbs that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for ages. this herb supports all the pathways (Phase 1 & 2) for the liver detox. It has been used to treat in severe liver issue by normalize liver enzymes and regenerating the liver. It can be also used to adapt to stress easily by increasing endurance. Schizandra is also high in vitamin C and E to fight the free raicals.

3. Milk thistle 
This herb is well known for benefiting the liver, but it also helps the spleen, kidneys and digestion. There are a number of studies have done on the milk thistle and its therapeutic use. The most amazing fact about this herb is its ability to protect the liver such from chemotherapy, free radicals, heavy metals to name a few. It also help to regenerate the liver, and able to increase glutathione level in the body by 35%! 

4. Turmeric
Turmeric is another powerful liver detox herb and also known as a anti-inflammatory herb used commonly in treating jaundice, rheumatoid arthritis, and IBD. It has been also getting attention on its anti-cancer effect. It is a bitter in taste which stimulate both digestion and the gallbladder function. There are number of both traditional and new recipes that you can enjoy turmeric more in your food!

5. Marigold Flower
This beautiful orange flower is like a sunshine in the early spring melting down the snow. The main action is de-congesting lymphatic system and liver by removing toxins and inflammation. It is also a healer for the heart, skin, uterus, and veins.

We have a special herbal tea blend, “Rainbow Detox” that includes some of the herbs above and supports a variety of organs  for safe toxin removal available at our naturopathic clinic in Danforth, Toronto for $10. Contact us for the purchasing detail: yuri@yurisvillage.com or 416-466-5773