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The Double Jointer Cold-Pressed Juice

Tumeric is one of my favourite types of immune support. Research suggests extracts of turmeric can relieve symptoms of indigestion, prevent irritable bowel syndrome and alleviate knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Turmeric’s health benefits are attributed to an active ingredient called curcumin. Try this bad boy cold-pressed juice the "Double Jointer" from from the good folks at Jusu Bar. Both ginger and turmeric have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, which means this soothing and delicious juice is also really good for you! What's in it Almonds, Dates, Cardamom, Turmeric, Ginger, Vanilla, Vancouver Island Sea Salt Benefits Great for reducing inflammation at a cellular level and keeping inflammation under control...

Fatso Hybrid Peanut Butter

Peanut butter isn’t just for school lunches. This versatile spread is surprisingly good for your health. The high protein and healthy oils help with weight loss, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease. For those of you who are not getting enough "healthy fats" in your diet, the fat in peanut butter is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Interestingly, a study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in mono-saturated fat had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat. When it comes to peanut butter, I have pretty good self-control except for when it comes to this new spread. Checkout why...

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...

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

With the majority of us living in cities, our toxin levels are at a high. We are surrounded by pollution from the air, water and wastes and are affected by these toxins on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate to say that our food is no different. With pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotic and hormone fed animals, our diet is also changing from how our ancestors ate. Do you eat organic? An alarming number of us don’t. Our busy lives have us rushing 24/7 and we hardly stop to think about what we are putting in our mouths. Why eat organic? People...

Microgreens: A New Approach to Urban Gardening

One of the major issues we are facing in our food industry today has to do with the quality of the nutritional value available in our produce. In addition to being sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, there are many cases where produce (usually imported) is picked before it has ripened which decreases it’s nutritional value. In a perfect world, I’d wish for us all to have our very own nourishing, luscious and plentiful organic gardens. I often dream about what it would be like living in the middle of nowhere.. perhaps circa 1600? Growing my own food and raising my own...

Healing Your Skin With Food

Skin problems, such as acne, aren't an uncommon health concern/complaint among both genders and can occur at any age, from early teenage years into adulthood. In the past year, I've talked to more than a handful of people who have experienced acne at some point in their life and have been on acne medication to help treat it. Some have had success and become acne free, some experienced no change at all and some have even experienced a temporary change until coming off the medication (which usually isn't intended for long term use) only to see their acne flare up...

Organic Versus Local Food: Which is Best?

There’s always been debate around the nutritional value of organic food.  In recent months, some studies have come out suggesting that organic food is no better than that which is conventionally grown.  But there’s also plenty of information suggesting organic food is superior to conventional grown crops.  So who do we believe? What is the truth? When it comes to ‘organic’ I think it’s important that we remember what this term really means.  Although I am a huge supporter for organic food, organic does not mean the food will be higher in nutrients.  In order to be certified organic, the food...

Advantages to Eating Organic and Local Vegetables

One of the most common misconceptions about eating organic is that it is expensive. Yes, some organic items may have a higher price-point than conventional food, but can you really afford NOT to eat organically? If you are willing to invest a little bit more money now, you could save mountains of money that may otherwise be spent on prescriptions, medication, cancer treatment, and medical bills that can result from the accumulation of toxins in your body from years of eating unhealthy foods. I will admit that it can take some time to adjust to the differing prices. I can remember...

Does the Label Organic Deliver on its Promise?

What does the word “organic” conjure up for you in your mind? For me, ten years ago before I began to research food, “organic” meant over-priced, blemished fruits and veggies. I certainly didn’t understand why anyone would pay extra for what I thought must be subpar produce. Of course, I had never seen an organic apple at that time - I just believed they would be full of worms, since no pesticides were used. Later, after I’d actually gone into a store that sold organic produce, and found my first organic apple to not only be blemish free, but also to...

Community Supported Agriculture: Affordable Local & Organic Produce

Inspired to start eating more local and organic produce but don’t know where to start? Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) might be exactly what you’re looking for! Over the last decade CSA has become a very popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food straight from the farm. How does it work? At the beginning of the growing season (late winter, early spring) the farmer will offer a certain number of “shares” to the public for purchase. In exchange you will receive a weekly box of fresh, organic produce for the duration of the season. CSA helps support local...