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Jesse Manderson

Jesse Manderson is a holistic registered nutritionist from Vancouver, British Columbia. Jesse's passion for nutrition began in the late 90s when he decided to pursue a vegan diet. Earning his R.H.N designation from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Jesse now offers one-on-one consultations through his business, Oak and Sage Wellness.
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8 Nutrients That Can Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Posted by Jesse Manderson

May 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - 8 Nutrients That Can Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Are you the type of person who dreads the weather becoming warmer because you start sneezing more, eyes are red, and feel itchy? This could be one thing: allergies.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Common allergy symptoms include:


Topics: Nutrition, Allergies

Allergies: What You Need to Know

Posted by Jesse Manderson

April 8, 2015 at 3:19 PM

Yes Wellness Blog - Allergies: What You Need to Know

Have you noticed a sudden increase in how often you sneeze? Or maybe you've noticed that your eyes are itchy, you have unexplainable patches of irritated skin, or have trouble breathing? It might be a case of allergies. 


Topics: Diet, Nutrition, Allergies

12 Ways to Boost Your Health With a Lemon

Posted by Jesse Manderson

August 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Yes Wellness Blog - 12 Ways to Boost Your Health With a Lemon

After a good night's sleep, your body has been fasting. This is how the words 'break' and 'fast' come together (hence, breakfast). Deciding how to begin breakfast, or break your fast, is one of the most important parts of your day. It has lasting effects that will determine your energy levels for the day ahead (amongst other benefits).

My personal recommendation for breaking your fast, and something that I do everyday, is drinking warm lemon water mixed with a capful of apple cider vinegar (ACV). Lemons have a variety of health benefits and apple cider vinegar is an immune boosting tonic. This simple drink is an easy way for you to start your day off the right way.

Let's discover twelve ways you can boost your health with lemon water and apple cider vinegar.


Topics: Nutrition, Wellness

Vegan vs. Vegetarian

Posted by Jesse Manderson

January 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - Vegan vs. Vegetarian

These days the idea of a plant based diet is being ushered into the public eye like never before. Evidence is constantly mounting in support of the healing properties that vegan and vegetarian diets can have on the human body. Over the last 15 years, I have watched the general public's perception of a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle make a complete 180 – it has go from one filled with mostly fear, confusion, and dismissive remarks to another of open arms and sincere curiosity. We seem to be in the beginning of a clear paradigm shift in the areas of diet, nutrition, and mindfulness. More and more people appear to be waking up to the idea of endorsing a lifestyle that both nourishes their body and mind while also promoting sustainable practices that nurture the earth.

History of Vegetarianism & Veganism

The concept of vegetarianism has actually been around for ages and can be traced as far back as ancient Greece and India, but the word “vegetarian” began being used in the early 1800's. Since the word's inception, vegetarianism has spawned countless books, groups, and communities as well as millions of individual stories and experiences the world over. In 1847, the Vegetarian Society was founded in the UK followed by the formation of the Vegan Society in 1944, simultaneously coining the term “vegan”.


Topics: Diet, Nutrition

The Stress Connection: Adrenal Fatigue and Digestion

Posted by Jesse Manderson

January 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - The Stress Connection: Adrenal Fatigue and Digestion

As human beings our fight or flight stress response plays an essential role in our navigation of the world around us. Unfortunately, gone unchecked, chronic stress can burn out this response and play a major role in many imbalances found within the body. In the fast paced, busy, and modern age that we live in, most people are dealing with varying levels of stress on a daily basis. Essentially, stress is the body’s reaction to anything perceived as a threat. These perceived threats or stressors can vary from acute, isolated incidents, to daily chronic issues. As humans and the world have evolved and changed over time these stressors have also shifted dramatically.

Thousands of years ago, as hunters and gatherers, the majority of our stress came from running and fighting off predators. In todays modern world, most people are neither hunting animals or being chased by them. Instead, in today’s world, most daily stress is centred in a much more emotional place. Stress is also much more frequent now, due to the wide variety of responsibilities and challenges we face every day that spark fear, worry, and anxiety into our everyday lives. Some of the most common triggers that spark these emotions and stress include financial issues, relationship issues, and pressures from work and family. It this modern day, stressors that can easily become chronic long-term stress when experienced consistently over time.


Topics: Stress, Adrenal Exhaustion, Nutrition

Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

Posted by Jesse Manderson

October 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Yes Wellness Blog - Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome has the unfortunate distinction of being both common and confusing to many people. So many individuals are living with varying levels of impaired digestion due to poor eating habits, lifestyle choices, stress, and busy lives. Concurrently, few seem to fully understand the cascade of imbalance and illness that can result from such factors. Illnesses in the gut and the suppressed immunity that follows lie at the centre of so many health issues today and Leaky Gut is at the top of the list. I hope to shed some light on this potentially destructive condition and offer some basics to both protect and heal yourself from it.


Topics: Leaky Gut Syndrome, Nutrition

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