Chickens are social animals that live together in flocks. They are omnivores who naturally spend their day foraging for food. They will often scratch the soil looking for seeds, insects, clovers, grasses and other vegetation. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the 50 billion chickens reared annually experience intensive farming methods that take them out of their natural habitat. Chickens naturally live for 6 or more years but under intensive farming methods, chicken raised for meat will live less than 6 weeks before slaughter. Free-range and organic chickens will usually be slaughtered around 8-12 weeks. Chickens farmed for meat are called “broilers” or “fryers” while those farmed for eggs are called egg-laying hens. Read More
Mindful eating, it’s apparently the new “weight loss” trend nowadays. But it’s really not new nor is it a diet trend, it’s a way of life. It’s different from willpower. Some people can go on a diet and say no to certain things for a certain time but at some point, their willpower will be weakened and they will end up going back to their old ways. The problem lies in the disconnect between the mind and the body. It then becomes harder to get out of eating patterns. But when you pay attention to your body and it comes into alignment with your mind, you’ll never have to go on a diet. Here are some tips for a more mindful you! Read More
Lemons are a natural energizer that helps to hydrate the body. On their own, lemons are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. They also have antioxidants properties which are always a plus. Because up to 60% of the human adult body is water, you can see just how important drinking water is for our health. Water helps maintain regularity of our bodily functions, flushes out toxins and gives our skin a healthy glow. Combine lemon with water and you get a tasty beneficial refreshing drink that is sure to help you start your day right! Read More
Spring, a time of purification, healing and rejuvenation. It is the best time of the year for cleansing and fasting. Body cleansing means to detoxify your body from toxins that have built up over time. A spring cleanse can be a great way to start eating clean and feeling good from the inside out. There are many benefits to a spring cleanse such as fewer allergy symptoms, better digestion, better concentration, more energy, improved immune system function, good sleep, healthy skin, healthy weight management and much more. Read More
Our last blog post spoke of how toxins affect our health. With toxins in mind, let’s see how our bodies deal with toxins through the digestive process of the liver. Did you know that the liver has about 500 known physical functions?! Since that is too many to list, we will share the three most important functions of the liver: the filter, the regulator and the metabolic director. Read More
Antioxidants are literally the antidote to free radical damage. To clearly understand what we are fighting for, let’s take a look at what free radicals are and what they actually do. Free radicals are unstable, reactive molecules with unpaired electrons in their outer shell. They snatch electrons from stable molecules around them in order to regain their missing electron. This causes damage to surrounding cells. When a free radical reacts with a stable molecule, another free radical is produce and a chain reaction occurs. The major danger is when free radicals react with important cellular components such as DNA. Cells may die or function poorly when this occurs. Cellular damage are the common pathway to a variety of diseases, cancer and aging. Read More
GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms are plants and animals whose genes have been genetically altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. Genes from one species are inserted into another species in an attempt to transfer a desired trait. For example, a gene from a flounder was inserted into a strawberry in an attempt to keep the strawberry resistant to frost. In this case, the particular experiment failed. According to David Suzuki, “genetic engineering is based on trial and error rather than on precision.” GMOs long-term effects on our health and environment are still unknown and it has not been proven to be safe. Read More