Jordan & Kyla are passionate about health; together, they have overcome many illnesses through dietary and lifestyle changes, and the art of practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Master, and Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist. For more information,

Where do you Get your Calcium?

7th March 2013

By Jordan & Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Based on a client’s nutritional assessment, I sometimes recommend that dairy be removed from their diet, which often leads to the question of where they will get their calcium. Undoubtedly, this is a valid question, since calcium is essential for bone formation, the prevention of osteoporosis, and for nerve transmission.

Unfortunately, mass media has portrayed milk and dairy products, as the only acceptable source of calcium and this couldn’t be further from the truth. It is true that dairy products do contain large amounts of calcium, but what seems to be brushed over is the fact that they are also difficult to digest and absorb. Milk, for instance, when pasteurized, loses much of its calcium and enzymes that would allow calcium absorption to take place. Skim milk is an even poorer source of calcium because it is missing the fat that is necessary for its absorption.

When trying to increase calcium levels, the focus should first be on minimizing the loss of calcium. After all, you can consume as much calcium as you want, but if your body is not absorbing it or if it is being pulled out of the body by other factors, there is not much point. Some of the most common factors that can drain the body of calcium include:

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B12 and the Appendix Connection

14th February 2013

By Jordan & Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Vitamin B 12 is considered among one of the most important nutrients today. In fact, studies are now showing that B 12 supplementation is critical in everyone’s diet, as nearly all of us are deficient in this vital nutrient. It’s recognition among many health enthusiasts has given vitamin B12 its recent claim to fame.

Vitamin B12 has always been an essential nutrient in everyone’s diet. In fact, it is only until now that we are beginning to understand the critical role it plays in the human body. There has been some recent revelations as to the connection of vitamin B12 and the appendix.

The Framingham Study

As discussed in his interview, Dr. Brian Clement explains the Framingham Study was one of the most significant biological tests ever performed on human beings; it helped better understand and quantify the levels of B12 in humans at that time. This study, which took place in Framingham Massachusetts during the late 40’s, performed many biological tests (including identifying levels of B12) of 4th generation inhabitants within the area. Interestingly enough, the study found that a very significant amount of the population ( well over 1/3) were deficient in B12 even though 99% of the inhabitants consumed meat.

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Food Cravings – The Truth Behind The “Mystery”

By Jordan & Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Food cravings seem to have touched most of us at one point or another. It is that sudden urge to want something out of the ordinary; that insatiable desire to eat a particular kind of food – the kind of food that has your mouth watering (I’m sure most of you know what we are talking about here); in fact, I bet you mouth is watering right now thinking about that very food.

In most cases, food cravings can be quelled with a simple ready-to-eat-snack, or a 2-minute-microwave-meal, however these types of choices regularly leave us with regret and, more often than not, sore tummies.

What if I were to tell you that food cravings are actually a good thing?

What if I were to say that food cravings are essential in our daily life?

Would you believe me?

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The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

By Jordan & Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Cinnamon is an ancient herb that has and still is being used by many cultures today. Native to Ceylon, (Sri Lanka), true cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, dates back in Chinese writings to 2800 B.C., and is still known as kwai in the Cantonese language today. Its botanical name derives from the Hebraic and Arabic term amomon, meaning fragrant spice plant.

Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon in their embalming process. From their word for cannon, Italians called it canella, meaning “little tube,” which aptly describes cinnamon sticks. Interestingly enough, Ceylon (the true variety of cinnamon) is rarely used in many countries as it is not widely available. Cassia cinnamon, which is by far the most popular out of the two varieties, can be found primarily in many of the western world today. The two varieties of cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon, have similar flavour, however the cinnamon from Ceylon is slightly sweeter, more refined and more difficult to find in local markets. Despite the difference between the two varieties, cinnamon as a whole, offers us many health benefits that are hard to ignore. Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine.

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Natural Remedies to Help you Quit Smoking

By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

There was a time, not so long ago where smoking was considered healthy; yep, you read it correctly – “healthy”. Back in the early 1950’s doctors were supporting this rather unusual habit by recommending certain brands over others (i.e. “number 1 recommended brand” or 4 out of 5 doctors prefer…”) These types of ads were smeared virtually everywhere, convincing the vulnerable, trusting public that cigarettes where in fact not only healthy, but a “cool” things to do.

The act of smoking itself was popularized by cinema and print adds. It became evident that this was much more than a “once in a while” activity; it was literally re-defining our social class structures. If you were not smoking, then you were not considered part of the “in” crowd. To make matters worse, nicotine was added to induce excitement and over stimulate our senses so that we always came back for more; it secured large cigarette companies repeat business.

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How to Help your Baby Recover from Thrush Naturally

7th November 2012

By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Oral thrush is a condition in which the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of the mouth. The white ‘cottage cheese-like’ lumps are actually present on the inside of the lips, cheeks and/or tongue. This fungus is normally present in our bodies, but certain circumstances such as stress, poor diet, a weakened immune system and/or use of antibiotics may alter its balance, causing rapid reproduction and a yeast infection to develop. For babies, thrush can also be passed to them through their mother’s nipples during breastfeeding.

Before using antibiotics and potentially worsening the underlying issue, why not try the following natural home remedies.

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Five Health Benefits of Steam Inhalation

By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Steam inhalation is a method of introducing warm, moist air into the lungs via the nose & throat for therapeutic benefit. Essential oils are often added to provide additional relief. Ancient Egyptians recognized the good therapeutic effects of inhalation therapy through the use of public baths. Steam inhalation has since become a simple and effective home remedy for various health issues.

1. Respiratory Benefits

Inhaling steam is a great treatment for respiratory complications and is recommended for dealing with common cold, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, and allergies. Dry air passages are moistened, and mucus is loosened/eliminated easier by coughing or blowing the nose. The moist air also alleviates difficulty breathing, throat irritation and inflammation.

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Understanding Protein and Protein Sources

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

The most powerful tool to restore and maintain your health and vitality is education. It is one of the most important tools each of us has in order to understand how food effect’s not only our body, but every aspect of our personal lives.

Protein plays a key role in helping our bodies achieve optimal health and vitality.

What is Protein?

Protein is classified as one of three macronutrients (along with carbohydrates and fats) and is an essential part of nutrition. The molecular structure of protein contains carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen, while fats and carbohydrates are made up only of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. Protein is second only to water in the body’s physical composition and makes up approximately 20% of our body weight. It is a primary component of our muscles, hair, nails, skin, eyes, and internal organs – especially the heart (muscle) and brain.

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Ten Other Uses for Salt

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

As described in our previous article, salt is essential to the functioning of many of our bodily processes. Without salt, we would simply perish. Our cellular interactions are highly dependent on many of the minerals present within salt for proper division and assistance in eliminating waste and absorbing nutrients. When we talk about essential salt, we are not talking about the highly processed variety we often find in a box which has been labelled “iodized” (95% sodium chloride), we are taking about salt present in both the foods we eat and full spectrum salt like Himalayan or Celtic sea salt.

When adding salt to our food, we must always practice temperance, and choose a variety that has not been processed so that our bodies can benefit from the other minerals within it. In conjunction with the sodium reduction strategy that is being undertaken in many countries today, we have provided to you below some rather uncharacteristic uses for conventional “table salt”. Essentially, we feel that table salt can be better used for things other than consuming. In effect, rather than throwing it out entirely, let’s see what other things we can do with it.

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The Medicinal Properties of Lilies

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

Lilium spp. or commonly known as lily, can be described as a hairless perennial herb with single, erect stems from whitish, scaly bulbs. Many of these species are native to Canada, and can be found mainly in cultivated gardens and sometimes along wet roadsides and railroads. The flowers are quite showy, usually dark-dotted in the throat, appearing form May to August. Lilies are seldom plentiful, and when they are picked or mowed, the plant dies. Digging, mowing, and over-picking have caused the near extinction of these beautiful wildflowers in many populated areas. The different variety of lilies include the Canadian lily, the Tiger lily or Columbia lily, and the Wood lily, each ranging in different sizes and colours. The Canadian lily is by far the most common of the three species.

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Ten Tips to Get Kids Eating Healthy

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

Do you find it difficult to get your kids to eat healthy?

Are they picky?

Do they only want boxed cereal for dinner?

Children have the highest requirement for nutrients due to their rapid rate of growth and development. It is vitally important that we provide them with healthy options to support optimal health and instil good eating habits for the future. Nutritionally complete meals are a must! It may be difficult at first, but the rewards will last a lifetime. The following are some tips and tricks to help you change your child’s perceptions towards healthy foods. Try them out and see if they work.

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The Importance of Leafy Greens in Our Diet

By Jordan & Kyla Miller

Contributing Writers for Wake Up World

If we had one wish, it would be that everyone consumed at least one whole head of organic lettuce (or equivalent) everyday. You see, contrary to popular ‘mainstream’ belief, lettuce (and its relatives) are quite nutritious. Most of us are told, at a rather young age, that lettuce and its counterparts are characteristically comprised of mostly water, and as a result, are devoid of any nutrients. When presented with this information from the mainstream media outlets, most of us will and have accepted it as truth without any further need to question it because of our strong belief that the media knows most everything, and therefore, we should believe everything it is saying.

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