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Corn…Shaping Up To Be The New Gluten?

Like gluten, corn – and its many derivatives are in everything. No joke – EVERYTHING.   From packaged foods to dairy products and chewing gum. It’s even in so many of your favourite household, health and beauty products — nooo, not my toothpaste, aspirin, perfume, shampoo, and makeup?!    Ever get a hint of popcorn when you lick an envelope to seal it? Yep, corn’s in the adhesive strip too. (told you it was in literally EVERYTHING!)   Just take a look at the ingredient list of most packaged or processed foods, and you’ll surely recognize a few sources of it: cornstarch, corn oil, and the often-vilified –…

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Should You Avoid Food Colours & Dyes?

Despite the growing trend of healthier and safer food products being introduced into the marketplace, you might be surprised to learn that the consumption of artificial food colours, has been increasing over the years, especially among packaged products marketed to children.   Food colours and dyes have been around since the mid-1800s and were originally created from coal tar – today, they are typically made from petroleum. (yum!)  Many food manufacturers choose to use artificial dyes vs. natural ones because they create more radiant hues, whereas natural food colours tend to create more of a pastel look.  Artificial food colours are used by food manufacturers in a variety…

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What is a “Health Halo” and are my foods wearing one?

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you already know you should be including lots of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.    But when you step into a grocery store, things get a bit more complicated. The majority of store shelves are crammed with a tempting assortment of pre-packaged and convenience foods.    So, how do shoppers know which foods are healthy options?    Most people turn to nutrition and health claims found on food packaging labels to help them decide which products to pick and which to skip.    You may think you’re doing a good thing adding “healthful” sounding foods to your cart…

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How Exercise Impacts Your Energy Levels

 When you’re completely exhausted, the last thing you want to do is lace up your shoes for a workout. But if you’re tired of being tired all the time, you may want to rethink the idea of regularly exercising.   Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for increasing our energy levels and you don’t need to do a lot to reap the benefits.   In fact, a University of Georgia study found that performing 20 minutes of low-intensity exercise could decrease fatigue by up to 65%!   Physical activity as simple as walking, yoga or a leisurely bike ride (for only 20 minutes!) can do so…

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Life “Hacks” of the Longest Lived People

Think living a long and healthy life well into your nineties or even one hundred years old is only for those lucky few who hit the genetic lottery? Think again.    Lifestyle factors, i.e. the things you do every day over the long-term – can add up to increase the number of quality years in your lifespan. Look no further than the people of Blue Zones for proof of how powerful everyday habits are when it comes to staying healthy for the long haul.    The Blue Zones are regions around the world where people have very low rates of chronic disease and…

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Goitrogens: Thyroid Blockers or Harmless?

Hormone health is all the rage these days. It’s almost become trendy in some ways!    You may have heard about eating to balance your hunger hormones, reproductive hormones, and blood sugar hormones.    But what about your thyroid hormones?    You might not think much about how food relates to your thyroid unless, of course, you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder – then you tend to really become aware of your lifestyle choices and personal environment.    The thyroid is responsible for producing the hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which play a big role in regulating your metabolism. Remember, metabolism is…

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Diet soda – is it actually better for you?

You don’t have to be a health nut to know that soda isn’t good for you. But is it really all that bad?  Is it ok to just have it once in a while? And if you’re going to have it, is it better to have the regular ol’ sugar-filled version or the zero calorie “diet” kind?   Well, let’s weigh-in on the facts:  Regular soda – as bad as they say?  PROS:   It doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin) that have gotten a really bad rap lately  CONS:  The sugar! A 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons; almost the daily limit…

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Red Wine – Is it really good for you, or just health hype?

If you’ve heard that red wine is one of the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages, it’s for good reason.  Thanks to the antioxidants found in the skins of grapes from which it’s made, red wine has been widely publicized as being “healthful”. The kind of antioxidants found in red wine, like RESVERATROL, have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.    Inflammation and oxidation are considered the root causes of most disease, so consuming antioxidant-rich foods is a key component in disease prevention.    Moderate consumption of red wine has been linked to improved heart health, along with other health benefits, like decreasing the risk of:    Alzheimer’s…

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What the numbers on the bathroom scale really mean/daily weight fluctuations

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!    Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:  1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.    2| When you wake up after fasting – usually for around 12 hours, you’re completely dehydrated…

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Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what?  Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be.     Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery – and feel better!   Fuel your machine  You’d never head out on a long road trip without filling your tank with gas, right?!   Skipping your pre-workout fuel is the equivalent to hitting the road with an empty gas tank. You may get off to a good start, but you’ll likely be…

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