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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

Because what you eat affects how you feel overall, it’s important to know how certain foods affect your body. Let us help you get to know the therapeutic and nutritional values of the food you are consuming. Below is the breakdown of one of our more popular winter dishes: Italian Sausage Soup.
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The way that food looks, smells and tastes are the result of the phytonutrients in food. When an onion is sliced and releases smell or when kale changes from light green to a darker green colour, phytonutrients are doing their job. The richer the colour of the food, the more phytonutrients it contains. Simply put, phytonutrients are “plant nutrients.” Along with vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, phytonutrients are essential to our health. Read More

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie 

With a new year comes a fresh start and a renewed hope. It’s a great time to let go of the past and move forward. The popular new year’s resolutions usually involve eating healthier and working out. Most people, however, only last for a week or two until they finally give up and return to their normal ways. The difference between people who are successful in reaching their goals as oppose to those that don’t is persistence. Even when they don’t see any instant changes, they keep going. Persistence mixed with discipline and knowledge is the key to lasting change. This year, instead of a resolutions list, let’s pursue a lifestyle of vitality and reap the benefits of optimal health. Read More

Christmas can be a joyous season filled with delicious food and a room full of people you love. However, family gatherings, party preparations, buying gifts and everything else that revolves around this time can cast a toll on your body physically, emotionally and mentally. The hustle and bustle of Christmas shouldn’t have to be stressful! Here are 13 tips to help you get through the holiday season with peace of mind. Read More