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Insulin has an especially dramatic influence on enzymes called lipases. Lipases are like little Pac Men who run around your body, releasing body fat from its cushy containers so it can be shuttled into muscle cells to get burned off … Continue reading

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Speak to almost any anthropologist and he/she will tell you that 99.9% of human physiology developed in the wild, thousands of years ago. As some Paleolithic experts have said in the past, “We are in a sense living with Fred … Continue reading

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  There is a reason I started this blog, and that is to educate you using a simple approach about an industry that holds so much mystery to the common consumer. Having said that, I’ve worked a long time in health food stores, and … Continue reading

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Mood and food are intimately related as certain flavours and aromas trigger memories of special occasions and feelings of contentment. All emotions including stress and anxiety trigger chemical responses in our body as hormone levels fluctuate and the sympathetic “fight or flight” system kicks in. With each meal, we have the opportunity to counteract or subdue the stress response with the foods we choose. Continue reading

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As with skin, beautiful hair starts from the inside out with the building blocks of lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, and healthy oils. Deficiencies in specific nutrients can change the appearance and texture of hair. Find out what foods you can eat to keep your coif thick and shiny. Continue reading

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General nutrition support for PMS can help women manage bloating, mood swings, cravings and anxiety when their hormones are getting the better of them. Key diet strategies include: choosing natural low-fat foods, cutting down on sodium, abstaining from alcohol and caffeine and eating low GI carbs when a craving for sugar hits. The latter is particularly important because changing estrogen levels alter insulin levels which in turn, make managing blood sugar tricky. Continue reading

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During the Tang dynasty circa 800 AD, there was a Buddhist temple that was covered with goji vines. Over the years, countless berries fell into the well that supplied water to the monks who lived and prayed at the temple. These monks became famous because into their old age – well beyond 80 years old – they maintained full black heads of hair, lost no teeth and exuded the glow of good health in their faces. According to Earl Mindell, who, centuries later, documented the remarkable longevity and health of the Tang monks, one man even lived to be 252 years old! How has this accomplished? By the daily consumption of goji berries. Continue reading

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Known as Peruvian ginseng, this herb would make them physically strong however, people soon realized that it also heightened their sex drive and started discouraging maca intake for the sake of protecting the women from overly aggressive men. Continue reading

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Though there’s still no firm consensus on the exact definition of a superfood, nutritionists generally agree that foods with higher than usual antioxidant, fibre or essential fatty acid content can be called superfoods. To fully understand what makes a food super, let’s look at each of these components separately. Continue reading

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Let’s all let out a big sigh for acai (ay-sigh-ee) berries! Grown only in the heart of the rainforests of Central and South America, these berries have the potential to decrease risk of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s and even … Continue reading

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