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July 13, 2015

Sports Nutrition for Summer - Enhancing Performance

Among fitness buffs, “carbohydrate” has become a bad word associated with empty calories. But carbs are crucial for getting that burst of power required for sprinting or pushing that bench press for your personal best. Carbs are a key element in optimizing your athletic performance.
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July 13, 2015

Sports Nutrition for Summer - Optimizing Hydration

One of the key drivers of athletic performance is maintaining the balance of fluid and electrolytes in our bodies. Hydration is a delicate balance. Even slight dehydration can bring down your performance significantly. Dehydration is associated with increases in body temperature and decreases in blood volume, which can lead to a reduction in muscular endurance and strength, and overall physical performance.
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July 13, 2015

Sports Nutrition for Summer - Boosting Power

When it comes to exercise, there are two ways to think about “power.” The first relates to the energy you need to fuel your muscles - think about the gas in a car. The other is the actual strength or force you can produce - think horsepower of a car engine. Both are important for achieving the best possible results as an athlete.
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July 13, 2015

Sports Nutrition for Summer - Power, Performance and Hydration : Intro

Canadians are becoming more aware of the role nutrition plays in taking their exercise goals up a notch. Some are pushing for a new personal best time on a 10 kilometer run; others want to add some lean muscle while losing a bit around the belly; and many are looking to boost their energy.
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March 25, 2015

Enhance your inner eco-system

The digestive system requires a delicate balance of a diverse concoction of acids, bases, enzymes and microbes to function properly. So how do we support this “inner eco-system”?
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March 25, 2015

Get your Gut to the Gym

One of the most over-looked areas of improving digestion is the role exercise plays in enhancing gut health. Light exercise releases nerve signalling hormones, called neurotransmitters that stimulate the contraction of the muscles surrounding the intestines. This helps to keep food moving through the digestive tract and prevents constipation.
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March 25, 2015

Common Digestive Problems and Solutions

Some of the most common digestive issues Canadians face include heartburn and intestinal discomfort due to bloating and gas. Although sometimes these symptoms can be associated with other conditions, they are most often a result of the type of food we have consumed.
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March 25, 2015

Deciphering Your Digestion

You are what you eat. It’s an age-old adage, but nowhere does this ring truer than when we focus on our digestive health. A healthy digestive system is integral to our overall health; it’s here that we incorporate our environment into our body through food.
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December 22, 2014

2015 Top Trends : #5 Product Certifications

There is an increase in consumers’ desire to know where their food comes from and if it has been genetically modified. Canadians consistently support labelling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), citing consumers’ right to know where food comes from and the impact its production has on the environment. While the debate surrounding GMO foods continues, suppliers are increasingly stepping up to the plate and offering certified organic products, which is an assurance that foods are produced without the use of GMOs. This trend will continue throughout 2015 in response to consumers’ demand to know what is in their food, and increased labelling activism in Canada.
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December 22, 2014

2015 Top Trends : #4 Pumpkin

Experts at the Canadian Health Food Association trade show were in agreement that there is a new superfood to look out for in 2015: pumpkin. Pumpkin flesh is rich in nutrients including beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A; crucial for healthy reproduction, immune system support, and vision.
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December 22, 2014

2015 Top Trends : #3 Fermentation

The trend of supporting digestion and immunity is also extending to fermented foods, which are no longer limited to last year’s trendy kimchi, tempeh and sauerkraut. This year, natural health lovers will begin to find a wider variety of new foods in different fermented forms.
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December 22, 2014

2015 Top Trends : #2 Digestive Health

Leaky gut… It’s a nasty name and although this concept, officially termed “intestinal permeability” is still in its infancy, it’s quickly becoming a health buzz word with implications ranging from our digestive to brain health.
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