Nutrition / Nutrition / May 29, 2014

  My parents always said, “the more colors you have on your plate, the better.” They were referring to the veggies that I should have on my plate at each meal. The indication that it was good for you came from the deep and vibrant colors. It was important to have the ‘rainbow’ on your plate in order to get a well-balanced meal full of nutrients and minerals. This of course meant you had to have GREEN on the plate. Greens such as Kale, collard greens and arugula all boast nutrient dense and vitamin-rich benefits and are so versatile when it comes to incorporating them into meals. Whether you want to make an arugula salad, sauté kale or put mustard greens in a soup – it all tastes great and it’s all super simple to do. So the next time…

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Nutrition / Recipes / May 23, 2014

Eggplants are prized for their vivid color, which can be purple, white or green as well their unique taste and texture. Eggplants also contain phytonutrients that improve blood circulation and nourish the brain. While this isn’t an ‘everyday’ vegetable for most people, the benefits of eggplant make it a great option from time to time. (1) Reference

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Nutrition / Recipes / May 16, 2014

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love these appetizers! These gluten-free quinoa bites are a great nutritious appetizer that can be made for a large gathering with friends, or a more quaint dinner with your loved one. The main ingredient, quinoa, was unfamiliar to many but the interest in quinoa has increased dramatically in recent years. Quinoa is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids (which most commonly found in plants), vitamin E, protein, magnesium and phosphorous. [1] Most grains are considered to be inadequate protein sources – but not quinoa! Quinoa is a complete protein source that boasts many phytonutrients too! Reference

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Nutrition / Nutrition / April 17, 2014

There is a curious phrase “the calcium paradox” that has been making the rounds in health circles, in regards to osteoporosis. The paradox refers to the fact that westerners consume the most calcium, yet suffer from the highest rates of osteoporosis. The popular explanation of this anomaly is that our high consumption of calcium mostly comes courtesy of very acidic dairy products, so your body must compensate by stealing calcium away from your bones – as it’s very alkaline and able to absorb this harmful acidity. The end result they say is our bones experience a net loss of calcium, which seems to explain the huge increases in osteoporosis. But is dairy really the culprit, or just guilty by association? There seem to be an equal amount of ‘authorities’ on each side of this dairy paradox. The dairy lobby got…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / March 27, 2014

I marvel at the impatience and mood swings of toddlers when they want something. Kids and instant gratification go hand in hand, but the facts indicate we adults are not that different in wanting immediate fixes. The proof is that one in every ten Americans takes an antidepressant drug (1). We want to feel better. And now, or better yet, 5 minutes ago. But though antidepressant drugs may temporarily improve your mood, they will give you less to smile about – when it comes to your bone health. Antidepressant Drugs : A Chemical Balancing Act When I was growing up, I recall happily assisting my dad in measuring the pH levels in our swimming pool. There had to be a delicate balance between the acid/alkaline levels or else the water became distressed. With too much alkalinity, the pool could resemble…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / March 14, 2014

Chronic inflammation is one of the contributing factors of many serious illnesses, including: heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. Stress, lack of exercise, genetics, and exposure to toxins all contribute to chronic inflammation. But today we’ll discuss what is possibly the biggest factor in chronic inflammation: your everyday food choices. Today you’ll learn 5 foods that either fan or cool the flames of inflammation. A Brief Explanation of Inflammation Despite the words used almost interchangeably, inflammation is not a synonym for infection. The two are correlated however, as inflammation is often a result of infection. Inflammation is a survival mechanism of the organism meant to remove threatening stimuli. As well, inflammation allows the healing process to begin. This is different from infection, which is caused by a microorganism. Inflammation is divided into two types: chronic and acute. Acute inflammation…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / February 3, 2014

If the support beams in your home also signalled your oven off when dinner was ready – or directed your heater up or down, or got your kids to clean their rooms, then we could compare them to the type and breadth of duties your bones perform everyday. Here are 4 roles your bones play everyday that determine your health – from head to toe: 1. Structural Provider – and Protector We know that the 206 bones we all have help to give strength and shape along with assistance from tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle. Bones primarily provide your body with a solid foundation and serve and protect your delicate inner organs such as the brain, liver and heart from injury. 2. Blood Cell Creator Did you know that two million red blood cells (that deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / Vitamin D3 / December 27, 2013

The festive season has finally arrived! – and so have the shortest and darkest days of the year (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere). And though it’s a time of holiday cheer, there is a very easy to pinpoint reason why you might not be feeling up to all the parties: December vitamin D deficiency. This twelfth month is unlike all others, as so many cultures take time to gather with friends and family to celebrate. And there is a spirit of giving and an affinity even with common strangers that is unique to December. What is also special to this time is the Winter Solstice, where for thousands of years we’ve observed the shortest day of the year. Right now we in the north are at our furthest distance from the sun. And that means we are…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / September 30, 2012

Frailty, which is a symptom of osteoporosis, is the leading cause of death, according to Dr. Oz. It is a bigger problem than cancer and heart disease, because 25% of people who fracture a hip will die within a year because of it. A fracture can render you bedridden during the golden years, when staying active is so crucial. It is often the onset of a downward spiral that is so hard to physically rebound from, which explains this shocking statistic. However, many doctors continue to recommend typical rock sourced calciums with only added vitamin D as an antidote to thinning bones, which is so commonplace for women past age 40. Calcium, sourced from limestone and marble, was introduced to help treat osteopenia and osteoporosis more than 60 years ago -with the only real innovation since being the addition of…

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