Monthly Archives: November 2009

Whats the word on L’ Glutamine?

~written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist

L’ glutamine is the most widely used amino acid within our bodies, found with in both the bloodstream and in muscle tissue. When the body is under extended stress, levels of glutamine can become depleted, resulting in needed supplementation from external sources.

Glutamine is used to produce protein, used for energy and as fuel for the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract and for most cells in the body.

In the digestive tract glutamine is used to promote the healing of damaged cells by stimulating regeneration and growth for new healthy cell turnover, to minimise the effects of food sensitivities and allergies and to protect and help heal a leaky gut. Quality of glutamine is important. The best sources of glutamine are from fermented beets. Lower quality glutamine products are sourced from crab shells and by-products of glucosamine.

L’glutamine can offer the best health enhancement with taken during times of increased intestinal permeability (antibiotic use, leaky gut syndrome and times of extended stress). L’ glutamine can assist with enhancing energy levels, and an improved sense of wellbeing,

Dosage varies depending upon the reason used, although 500 mg taken 3-4 times daily is often a standard, recommended dosage. This supplement can be taken during the day or at night to support further healing during the sleep cycle.

For athletes, glutamine can help enhance recovery after a workout, healing due to overtraining. L’ glutamine helps to enhance immune system function, used as a fuel for white blood cell function, and studies show that glutamine helps to enhance the lymphocytes cells which fight illness.

For individuals working with balancing the bodies PH, glutamine acts as a buffer for acidic conditions and plays a role in the maintenance of a healthy acid/ alkaline balance.

First-time ‘Thai Massage’

Client Special Offer Enjoy 15%OFF the regular rate for any “Thai Foot Reflexology,and “Thai Yoga Massage”, when visiting Sharon Brown-Horton as a first time client at the Alchemy & Elixir Health Group & Wellness Centre from now until Dec. 22, 2009.

Share the Love ~ the Holidays are just around the corner! With each Gift Certificate you purchase (from now until Dec. 22, 2009) for a 60-min.Thai Yoga Massage or a 60-min.Thai Foot Reflexology Massage at the regular rate, you will receive a Gift Certificate for a Complimentary 15-minute Thai Massage or Thai Foot Reflexology service that you can enjoy yourself (non-transferrable).

The more Gift Certificates you purchase, the more massage time you accumulate! Gift Certificates (purchased) are good for 1 year from the date of purchase and are transferrable, but non-refundable. Call Sharon Brown-Horton at 604.773.2645 to request your service or Gift Certificate.

Gift Certificates can be sent to you by courier (week-days) when purchasing with a credit card for an extra delivery charge. Offer good until December 22, 2009. Visa & Mastercard accepted.

Healthy Shopping & Demystifying Food Labels with Sharon Green, RHN

SHOPPING WITH SHARON ~Sharon Green, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) in private practice at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group in the West End of Vancouver.

Are you confused by labels? What does the % mean, how does it apply to me? Incorporating whole foods into your diet, does not require a label. What are whole foods? Come join me for an hour, learn how to read labels & include better food choices into your life.

Where: Choices Market Yaletown, 1202 Richards, Vancouver

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Time 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: $7.00

Contact: Sharon Green at email: (604)-729-3844

The Ultimate Cleansing and Detoxification Seminar

Learn all the steps needed to create a cleaner body and eliminate toxic buildup. During this full day workshop we will cover ways of cleansing safely, review popular cleanses on the market, discuss nutrition and herbal medicine and cover the following information on cleansing effectively:

Detoxification and Cleansing: What is cleansing and detoxification? What should anyone cleanse? How does one properly detoxify the body? What are the benefits of cleansing? How does one cleanse safely?

Steps to Boosting the Immune System: A compilation of everyday life stresses, poor nutrition and environmental toxins are detrimental to the immune system and therefore the integral health of our body. Tips for improving, strengthening the immune system.

Signs and Symptoms of Toxicity: Lifestyle changes to facilitate optimal detoxification, review basic anatomy, learn ways our body detoxifies and key organ systems to support, what health issues can be symptoms of toxicity.

Toxic Check List! Products to Avoid at all Costs: Toxins are not only ingested but can be absorbed into body through various products. Tips on what products to avoid putting on and in your body, face and hair and ingredients to avoid at all costs!

Cleansing Herbs: Effective Herbal Medicine to support the organs of elimination improves the bodies detoxification ability and herbs which can be used safely every day to support the bodies cleansing capacity.

Nutrition and Cleansing

Buildup and Breakdown Foods: Foods that are buildup foods and foods that are breakdown foods within our bodies. This occurs in our bodies not in the foods, well-being is a result of a balance between the two relations within the body. How to integrate additional breakdown foods in our eating practices & create a more alkaline system.

Better Food Choices for a Healthier Body: Two guidelines to follow: Eat foods that are high in nutrition (nutrient dense) and are largely unadulterated (not highly processed). How to choose and shop for better food choices.

Excess Sugar: Excess sugar in the diet can lead to toxicity and gross nutritional imbalances. How sugar affects our well-being.

Insoluble & Soluble Fiber: Ideas for incorporating more insoluble & soluble fiber into our meal selections to lessen toxic buildup.

Taught by: Sharon Green, RHN, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group #320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver, BC

Saturday. January 16, 2010 Time: 900-1530

Cost: $ 80 (cash or cheque) plus gst

Space is limited. Pre-registration and prepayment is required

Phone: 604-7683-2298 or register online at

Herbal Medicine Making Class

Learn The Ancient Art of Herbal Medicine Making!

An introduction to herbal medicine taught by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist. We will cover traditional use and a hands-on approach to integrating herbal medicine into your household. Master techniques of blending herbal teas, make infused oils and herbal vinegars. Gain confidence in using herbal medicine for common health complaints, and general first aid. Time will be spent learning 5 herbs in detail and working hands-on with the plants.

Saturday, January 9, 2010 Time: 9:00- 1730 hours Cost: $ 105 (including GST) all materials and handouts provided.

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group # 320-1026 Davie St. Vancouver, BC.

Space is limited: Pre-registration and prepayment is required. Call 604-683-2298 or email at to register.

Effortless Meditation & Mindfulness Workshop…. Learn how to Meditate Effortlessly

taught by Alycia Hall Wellness Coach

Effortless meditation & mindfulness….

Learn to Meditate Effortlessly in One Evening!

With over 10 years of experience, Alycia has discovered an approach to meditation that is both simple and highly effective. This interactive workshop will help you develop the tools and skills needed to incorporate a daily meditation practice without effort! No experience in meditation required

More About Alycia:

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Cost: $20 (includes GST)

Preregistration required: call 604 551 9402