Green & Healthy Living

Herschel Supply Co. “Lemonade Stand” Pop-up Shop in Deep Cove

For anyone unaware of the brand Herschel Supply Co., they are a Vancouver-based accessories label founded in 2009 by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack. The name Herschel Supply Co. comes from the name of the town where three generations of their family grew up. Based in Vancouver, Canada Herschel Supply Co. is a design driven global accessories brand that produces quality products with a fine regard for detail. Starting Friday (July 7) and remaining open throughout the summer, the Vancouver-based company will be running a “Lemonade Stand” pop-up shop at 4377 Gallant Avenue in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove. The almost 300-square-foot space...

Is Your Body Too Acidic?

A measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, pH (potential for hydrogen) is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 - the lower the pH, the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH, the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline, it has a pH of 7, which is neutral. The following is a generalized list of examples of pH: pH 0 - battery acid pH 1 - hydrochloric acid pH 2 - lemon juice, vinegar pH 3 - grapefruit pH 4 - tomato juice pH 5 - black coffee ...

Three Steps Towards Greater Happiness

In this day and age people are more like busy bubbles apposed to busy bees. We are all stressed about something, in a rush and in our own world. It’s not surprising to bump into a stranger on the street, because their eyes were glued to their phone. We are all busy - and we are all stressed. Our happiness has plummeted as our hectic life style increases. I believe there are three simple things we can do in our daily life to change the way we feel. Three steps  to achieve daily happiness. 1.  Awareness: Put your phone down, take...

Common Probiotics Can Reduce Stress Levels, Lessen Anxiety

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety. Studying how gut bacteria affect behavior in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of how probiotics may affect the central nervous system in humans. Their results recently were published in Scientific...

What is the Purpose Behind Your Health Goals?

When meeting a client for the first time I always ask a few questions about their health goals going forward. This helps me determine if their goals are realistic and how they've gotten to the point of sitting and talking with me. I can usually tell a few minutes into our conversation how dedicated this person is going to be, how much energy and time it's going to take from me to help them and whether they'll actually achieve the health goals they've mentioned. The reality is, not everyone has the drive, self confidence, dedication and purpose driving him or her...

Yerba Mate: A Traditional Source of Health and Energy

If you ever find yourself in Argentina, you will most definitely be offered a cup of their national drink: yerba mate. There, they still drink this tea-like infusion with a gourd and bombilla (a round drinking vessel and filter-straw). Slightly woodsy in taste, yerba mate is also preferred over coffee in Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. This beverage is made from the leaves of the shrub-like holly tree, native to the subtropical South American rainforest. For centuries South American tribes have sipped on this “drink of the gods” for its rejuvenative effects, giving them invigoration, focus and nourishment. Argentine cowboys...

Coco Rinse for Good Oral Health

Good dental hygiene and excellent oral health have a beneficial effect on your overall wellbeing. Glossy white teeth not only give you your brilliant smile, but the mouth-body connection has been well established by medical science. Healthy teeth and gums are linked to the prevention of many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, lung conditions, and even cancer. You may find it hard to believe that an ancient Ayurvedic practice from India can transform your body by detoxifying it. Recently, I started using a coconut oil rinse called Coco Rinse by Kismet Essentials. I was instantly impressed when I saw that...

Trust Your Gut: 6 Stomach Issues Not to Ignore

We’ve all eaten or have drunk something that didn’t agree with us. We’ve all caught a stomach bug that was settled with rest, and over-the-counter aid and some chicken broth. While many times we can go at it alone and solve a stomachache ourselves, there are certainly times where it’s necessary to see a doctor. Dr. Gina Sam Gastroenterologist with Mount Sinai in New York City and Associate Professor provides insights on symptoms indicative to common conditions and advises when it’s time to see the doctor. Indigestion Common symptoms include feeling full fast during a mean, a slicing pain, burning or tightness...

Coconut Matcha Smoothie

This is a power packed smoothie that I enjoy drinking for breakfast, or as a healthy pick-me-up! It’s easy to drink and does not leave you feeling heavy, so you’re energized for a busy workday ahead. WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS SMOOTHIE:  Matcha:  As far as its health benefits go, matcha is a powerful antioxidant. It's being used as a pre-workout supplement to increase energy and focus in the gym. Studies have also shown drinking matcha before a workout increases fat loss. So, it's a win-win. Matcha's vibrant green comes from high amounts of chlorophyll. This aids the body's natural cleansing, detoxifying and...

Fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ Bliss Balls

This eight-ingredient recipe will satisfy any sugar craving! Each scrumptious bliss ball has enough protein to keep you feeling full until dinnertime. The best part? They taste just like raw cookie dough. The protein in these bliss balls comes from Genuine Health’s fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ and is formulated to provide maximum absorption, strengthen gut health, and provide 25 grams of fully fermented protein from grass fed California dairy. Some of the amazing benefits are: digestive health, weight-management, better performance and fermentation. My favorite thing about these bliss balls is that can be enjoyed anywhere and are perfect for taking to work or...