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
Should I Eat Dairy?No?! Well what about my calcium?!
"The myth that osteoporosis is caused by calcium deficiency was created to sell dairy products and calcium supplements. There's no truth to it. American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, and they still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. And eating even more dairy products and calcium supplements is not going to change that fact." --Dr. John McDougall The McDougall Program for Women (2000)
Here’s my perspective and again it’s just that…and educated perspective, so please share your thoughts below. The Dairy industry spends $300 million annually on marketing and ‘research’, doctors, dieticians and sponsorships to spread the word “drink milk and you’ll have strong bones”. Calcium consumption has been so well marketed that North American women are the highest dairy consumers world wide and oddly enough, have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Maybe not so odd…more like carefully publicized. Most other parts of the world don’t experience the rates of Osteoporosis and related fractures as North Americans and most other parts of the world are not drinking cows milk…and if they are it’s nothing like the ‘quality’ or lack there of, of generic milk we have here. It’s usually raw or fermented. Often the high protein diet is blamed for osteoporosis and not milk consumption, however, there’s also protein in dairy…and sugar. Both of these substances leave an acidic state after digestion. How does your body deal with acidity?? Minerals. Minerals are basic and the most available is Calcium and Magnesium stored in our bones and tissues. My point is, you may be drinking milk (12oz with 11g protein and 18g of sugar) once or multiple times a day, but you’re also eating processed foods and refined sugars. Possibly, to go along with that, a diet too high in animal protein (yeah a 22oz porter house steak is excessive for one meal) chased down by a few beer. You’re maybe not eating enough alkaline forming foods like fresh vegetables and some fruits. You’re likely eating more sodium and condiments than you think while drinking more coffee than should be humanly possible. Does all of these factors create a situation where the health of your bones should be questioned? Yes. And remember diet is a product of accumulation. So what you have done over the course of your life in repetition adds up. It’s true that calcium is a very abundant nutrient so we don’t need to stress all that much about getting it, and trust me there’s better sources than grain-fed, antibiotic treated, hormone injected beef commercial farming practices gives us. If you want to find quality dairy, how about even grass fed, free range cow products! Truthfully, getting enough trace minerals is how our bodies deal with calcium intake; properly placing it in the bones and tissues and available enough for balancing the effects of our diet. Logically, exercise, stay hydrated with water, eat whole foods and a clean diet of high quality foods and you won’t have to worry about your bones. Athletes and people under high stress should consider supplementing. Contact me for specific recommendations on trace minerals or for booking a nutrition coaching session. Eat clean, train mean and stay lean. Jana Finkbiner, RHN
Add some spirulina to your smoothie today and start reaping the benefits from its array of essential vitamins and minerals.

By Jenny Travens

Blue-green algae may not be a staple in restaurant menus, but many people recognize the health benefits it offers. Spirulina algae or Arthrospira plantes particularly grow in mineral-rich waters and salty waters of South America and Mexico. These blue-green algae are commonly used as a dietary supplement because of its wide array of essential vitamins and minerals. It is found in the forms of tablets or powder that is sprinkled in food or mixed with your favorite beverage. The term spirulina is coined from its spiral structure. There are two common species of spirulina that is used for human consumption, namely, Arthrospira plantesis and Arthrospira maxima. Because of its adaptability in freshwater and marine water, these two species are easily cultured in artificial ponds. Some of the known spirulina nutrition facts are listed below. Protein Spirulina is composed of at least 60% protein. For instance a 112 g serving of spirulina contains approximately 64 g of protein. Protein is a macro nutrient that is vital in building and repairing tissues and supporting muscle activities. According to National Institute of Health, fifteen percent of the body’s weight is made up of protein making it an essential nutrient for healthy growth. B-Vitamins The B-vitamins is a group of water-soluble vitamins that is required in energy production as well as producing red blood cells. Spirulina contains adequate amount of vitamin B3, B6, B9, and B12.
  • Vitamin B3 or Niacine plays a role in the production of hydrochloric acid that is required for digestive processes.
  • Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is involved in breaking down carbohydrates and turning it into energy and maintains a healthy brain functioning.
  • Vitamin B9 or folic acid (folate) is a micronutrient that aids in cellular growth and regeneration while preventing various conditions such as anemia, fetal deformities, Alzheimer’s disease, and many types of cancers.
  • Vitamin B12 helps your blood cells and nerves in a good shape. A deficiency of this vitamin may lead to anemia, memory loss, weight loss, and weakness.
Beta-Carotene Beta-carotene belongs to the carotenoid family that is widely known for its antioxidant properties. The beta-carotene helps protects against cancer and heart diseases, boosts immune system, prevents photosensitivity disorders and improves vision. Beta-carotene is commonly found in fruits and vegetables that are red, orange, and yellow in color. In addition to, beta-carotene is also found in spirulina with about 342 mg for every half cup of dried spirulina. Essential Fatty acids Essential fatty acids are commonly referred to as the good fats. However, these fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the human body and so we rely on food that contains them. EFAs main function is the production of prostaglandins that is required for various body functions such as the heart rate, blood pressure, fertility, immune system function.  An adequate amount of good fats helps pull out the Low Density Lipoprotein or bad cholesterol and send it to the liver where it is excreted. Spirulina comes with 4% to 7% of essential fatty acids in the form of linoleic and gamma-linoleic acid. Minerals Along with vitamins and other nutrients, spirulina is also rich in minerals that are needed for the body’s daily activities. These minerals include Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Iron, and Phosporous. Although these minerals offer various benefits for the body, in general they aid in metabolism, water balance and bone health. Jenny Travens is a chief editor and a wellness coach and fitness blogger for http://www.superfoodliving.com/categories. She loves to share her knowledge about the different ways of staying fit and healthy and helps people to conquer over health related issues and maintain their fitness regime. Courtesy of Living Green Magazine
I found this article and wanted to share it. We often wonder what’s going on when we hit these highs and lows throughout the day. Ever think it’s the food you are consuming? It usually plays a large factor. Like we always say you can heal your body with food, well you can also heal your mood! http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression-pictures/bad-mood-busting-foods.aspx?xid=tw_everydayhealth_20120125_badmoodfoods#/slide-8
MUST READ! Food Additives are scary and can be very addicting. We talk about them in small detail here on our website  http://fitnessfoods.ca/food-to-avoid. Here is another article from the Hungry For Change website that I found interesting and thought I should share. We really need to be aware of what we are putting in our bodies (and our children's) and the effects they can have on us! http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid?
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Why eating clean sourced meat is better...
 
Grass Fed Meat - Since the late 1990s, a growing number of ranchers have stopped sending their animals to the feedlots to be fattened on grain, soy and other supplements. Instead, they are keeping their animals home on the range where they forage on pasture, their native diet. These new-age ranchers do not treat their livestock with hormones or feed them growth-promoting additives. As a result, the animals grow at a natural pace. For these reasons and more, grass-fed animals live low-stress lives and are so healthy there is no reason to treat them with antibiotics or other drugs. A major benefit of raising animals on pasture is that their products are healthier for you. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid,” CLA about 3 times more then grain-fed products. CLA has been long investigated for its anti-cancer activity as well as for its ability to reduce accumulation of belly fat. It also has much more vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega 3 fatty acids, this makes sense as grass contains far more of these nutrients then grain. 
Resources: Jo Robinson – www.eatwild.com
 
Organic, Free Range Chicken and Eggs - Free range chickens have access to the outdoors where they are able to graze for insects, worms, grass and wild plants. Because they are outside they are getting more exercise they aren’t as fat and they are happier then your chicken cooped up in a dark cubicle. They are also less likely to be pumped full of hormones and antibiotics that the poultry industry routinely uses on factory – farmed animals. Resources: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth ~ Jonny Bowden