Articles and Q&A's

May 2019

Collagen: Sources and Uses

Q: Collagen can do more than benefit my skin? What’s the best way to get it into my body? A: True, collagen, along with elastin fibres in the proper ratio, restores elasticity to your skin and holds moisture in those areas, but they also benefit your bones, hair, nails, gut, and joints.
April 2019

Standardized Liver Detox

Everyone talks about “detox” but what does it really mean in terms of physiology and why is the liver always mentioned? The liver is one of the body’s main detox organs, responsible for processing, activating, and deactivating foods and medicines that we bring into the body.
April 2019

Renourish Dry Skin

Q: What can I do to get rid of my perpetually dry skin? A: First of all, see your doctor to eliminate any pathological causes. Stay hydrated with 2L of water intake daily.
February 2019

Breathe Easy with Resprit(TM)

Q: What is a quick-acting syrup that I can use during the allergy season to relief congestion and runny nose?
January 2019

Bite Off More Than You Can Digest

Eating healthy foods is wasted if you cannot digest the nutrients fully. To make the most of your diet, your body needs to systematically break down whole foods into usable nutrients. For this purpose, your body makes numerous digestive chemicals called “enzymes” that turn the food into molecules that the body can take in and utilize for biochemical reactions (eg. energy, immunity) and structural formations (eg. muscles, organs, bones).
January 2019

Stay Level Headed On That Cruise

Many of us suffer from nausea, headache, vomiting, and overall malaise when confronted with rocking motions, be it a ride on the BC Ferries, going on a whale-watching expedition in Steveston, taking your boat out to White Rock, enjoying the amusement park rides at the PNE, or taking a road-trip into the Rockies. With the cruise season just around the corner, we have a few tips to minimize motion sickness so your trip will be memorable for all the right reasons. Having Gravol™ (dimenhydrinate), ginger and even Benadryl® (diphenhydramine) help, but read on for some less well-known gems.
January 2019

Motion Sickness

Q: What is something safe I can give my family to avoid motion sickness on our cruise?
December 2018

Recovery(TM), Revisited.

Glucosamine will not work alone to rebuild your joints. This is true of both the hydrochloride and sulphate forms of glucosamine. Adding chondroitin may only slightly increase the benefits. Everyday, we have arthritic clients coming into our pharmacies remarking how they have gone through “giant Costco-sized bottles” of glucosamine/chondroitin products with little or no benefit to their joints. This does not surprise us one bit. Fortunately, Recovery™ has been around for nearly 2 decades, greatly benefiting our human and horse/dog/cat clients at Cloverdale Pharmasave and Pharmasave Steveston Village.
December 2018

Weight Loss the Ideal Way

Heading into the Holiday season, weight loss may be the last thing on our minds! However, in the spirit of health preservation, achieving a healthy weight is exactly what we should be thinking of. What do we expect from an ideal weight loss program?
December 2018

Bye Bye Dry Skin

Dry skin is an issue for people of all ages and all ethnicities. For some, the problem is mild and limited to some flakiness and feelings of itchiness and/or tightness. In more severe cases, the skin may be so dry that it may start cracking and even bleeding
November 2018

Healthy Gut for Happy Holidays

Roasted turkey, baked ham, stuffing, gingerbread, eggnog and all other sorts of treats…this is what many of us may think of in a Holiday feast! What many of us may forget until it’s too late is the feelings of being bloated or the guilt of having overindulged. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your gut for the holidays ahead.
November 2018

Prevent & Prevail Against the Cold & Flu

It’s that time of year again when we’re fielding many questions about what to take to prevent getting sick or to fight cold and flu symptoms. Getting immunized against the flu and pneumonia are always top of mind, but there is more that can be done. Those who have spoken to us before will likely know about the homeopathic preparations THYMULINE and INFLUENZINUM, but newer to the market are a couple of herbal preparations that have proven to be quite effective.