Not All Minerals Are Good For You…

Posted on May 31, 2018 -

Your body needs essential minerals to function properly. Dietary minerals support growth and development, build strong bones and teeth, support nerve function and blood building, and regulate metabolic processes that convert the food we eat into energy. Some of the essential minerals we need are calcium, iron, and potassium. Minerals are found in whole foods,…Read More

Should You Consume Synthetic Beta Carotene?

Posted on May 28, 2018 -

Beta-carotene is a strongly coloured red-orange pigment found in fruits and vegetables, like carrots, winter squash, and sweet potatoes. Beta-carotene is a vitamin A precursor, meaning it converts into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in gene growth and development, maintaining the immune system, and…Read More

Stay Away From Synthetic Vitamin E

Posted on May 23, 2018 -

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that performs several important functions in the body. It is critical for maintaining eye health, slows signs of aging skin, and acts as an antioxidant that protects the cells from free radical damage. Beyond eye, skin, and hair health, vitamin E plays a key role in balancing cholesterol and…Read More

Why Use Vitamin K2 Topically?

Posted on May 16, 2018 -

Vitamin K plays a key role in blood clotting, which is why it’s been referred to as the “coagulation vitamin.” There are two types of vitamin K: K1, found in plant foods like avocado, broccoli, and brussel sprouts; and K2, found in butter, egg yolks, and meat products. Vitamin K1 is often obtained solely through…Read More

Liquid Vitamins for the Win!

Posted on May 10, 2018 -

Vitamin and mineral supplements come in many forms, including liquids, capsules, and powders. There is much debate about which is best, and ultimately the answer depends on the vitamin in question and what you need it for (quick energy boost? long-lasting physical healing of a specific ailment?) In this blog we’re going to focus on…Read More

6 Tips to Achieve Work/Life Balance

Posted on May 4, 2018 -

If you’re working the traditional eight hours per day, 40 hours per week work schedule (and lots of people work more than this), that’s approximately 25% of your time spent working. When work starts to spill into other areas of your life, not only do you lose precious time to be with your family and…Read More

Improve Your Gut Health

Posted on April 17, 2018 -

Gastrointestinal (GI) health is critical for optimal functioning of all systems of the body. There are 100 trillion bacteria in the human body, and most of them live in the intestines. Having a sufficient amount of beneficial bacteria in your gut keeps your digestive and immune systems in check, helps the body absorb vitamins and…Read More

Vitamin A: Benefits & Risk of Deficiency

Posted on April 12, 2018 -

Vitamin A is a group of fat-soluble organic compounds stored in the liver. Included in this grouping are retinol (which you’ll often see in anti-aging skincare products), retinal (needed for proper functioning of the retina in the eye), retinoic acid, and several provitamin A carotenoids (ie. beta-carotene). Vitamin A is essential for growth and development…Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga

Posted on April 11, 2018 -

Yoga has been around for thousands of years in Eastern cultures, and has more recently become established here in the West. Especially on Vancouver Island where we’re based, it’s hard to go more than a block without seeing a yoga studio! But there are several reasons yoga has become so popular. The benefits to strength,…Read More

Vitamin D and Anemia

Posted on April 4, 2018 -

Vitamin D (aka the “sunshine vitamin”) is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes several functions in the body. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium to stimulate bone and joint health, improves digestion, increases concentration and memory, boosts mood, supports immune health, and prevents certain disease and ailments (breast cancer, heart disease, depression, and weight gain,…Read More

What Anxiety Is and What to Do About It

Posted on March 29, 2018 -

Anxiety is a state of worry, apprehension, and fear. It is the body’s response to stress and uncertainty, whether an imminent danger or something perceived only in the mind as potentially harmful. In today’s world, fear isn’t provoked only in response to fight or flight-inducing situations such as a bear running after you (although on…Read More

Quick Tips for Healthy Joints

Posted on March 26, 2018 -

Healthy joints are essential for our physical functioning, and we need to care for our joints in order to keep them in solid working order. Especially as we enter spring and leave winter, it’s time to get back into regular movement and lubricate our joints after the cold weather hibernation. Like the solid foundation of…Read More

Use Food to Change Your Mood

Posted on February 27, 2018 -

Though science hasn’t yet found a food that instantly elevates mood or cures depression, there are definitely some bites you can choose on a daily basis to improve your overall long-term mood. The basic principle behind using food to help with your mood is that eating certain foods can alter brain structure, aiding in brain…Read More

Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Posted on February 26, 2018 -

It’s common to feel some level of stress and anxiety in today’s world. Driving in traffic; too much time spent staring at a computer screen; managing never ending to do lists… these are all enough to raise stress levels and feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Sometimes it can be tempting to get away from it…Read More

Probiotics: the Good Bacteria?

Posted on February 22, 2018 -

Bacteria has a bad rap. And sometimes, for good reason. They cause many different illnesses with varying levels of severity whether it be the common cold or pneumonia, and even diseases like tuberculosis. Though the problems bacteria cause can be frightening, it’s important to understand that bacteria aren’t all harmful. In fact, there are approximately…Read More

Your Morning Routine is Crucial!

Posted on February 20, 2018 -

The way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your waking hours. Starting your day “on the right foot” and not “on the wrong side of the bed” are phrases we commonly throw around but are actually essential for your overall wellbeing. Even if you’re not a naturally inclined “morning person,”…Read More

Suffering From Chronic Inflammation? Try Turmeric!

Posted on February 19, 2018 -

Trending now: turmeric lattes. Instagram and other social media sites are currently teeming with colourful photos of turmeric lattes from local cafes. Not only are they delicious, the latte’s beautiful, rich, vibrant yellow colour makes it incredibly appealing to the eye. Have you ever wondered where turmeric gets its colour from? The ingredient curcumin is…Read More

What’s the Deal With K2?

Posted on February 15, 2018 -

Ever heard of vitamin K2? If you’re like most people, we’re guessing the answer is no. And while this nutrient isn’t talked about much and may be easy to overlook, some say it’s the “missing link” between the Western diet and several diseases and health ailments we’re prone to suffer from.     Vitamin K…Read More

Is Exercise Really That a Big ‘a Deal?

Posted on February 13, 2018 -

I’m sure you’ve all heard the famous saying: food is 80% of the battle when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight or trying to shed some extra pounds. And for a large part, that’s correct. Eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is incredibly important for your health and weight…Read More

Cardiovascular Health

Posted on February 13, 2018 -

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart (of course) and a complex network of blood vessels (veins, capillaries and arteries) that transport approximately 5 litres of blood throughout the body per minute. The cardiovascular system is responsible for transporting oxygen, nutrients, and hormones throughout the body, supporting the immune system, and essentially, for keeping you…Read More

What is a Superfood?

Posted on February 13, 2018 -

These days, while scanning the aisles of your local grocery store, you’ll probably notice a bunch of buzzwords marketers throw onto packaging, and quite willy-nilly if you ask us. Whether it’s the terms green, organic, or fairtrade, oftentimes companies will stick these words on their labels just to draw in the attention of uneducated, less…Read More

Vitamins and Weight Loss

Posted on February 7, 2018 -

Caught a cold? You know what all your friends will say: “take Vitamin C tablets and drink loads of orange juice!” If it’s deep in the dark of winter and you’re feeling low, you may grab your container of Vitamin D to compensate for the lack of sunshine. Vitamins are often the first cure we…Read More

Can You Cheat Age?

Posted on February 1, 2018 -

We’re all getting older and the wear and tear that naturally occurs in the body is in some ways inevitable… wrinkles, sagging skin, weak bones and fingernails…these are some of the most telltale signs of aging. And while we can’t stop the aging process and we must celebrate ourselves as our bodies transform into older…Read More

Krill Oil: Is it different from fish oil?

Posted on January 25, 2018 -

You probably know that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your overall health. Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous benefits, from lowering triglycerides, to increasing joint health and lowering the effects of arthritis, to acting as a natural antidepressant, to regular tissue development and repair… and the list goes on. It’s recommended that we consume fatty…Read More

How to Create (and stick to!) Healthy Habits

Posted on January 16, 2018 -

It’s 2018! Time to implement our resolutions and make those healthy changes. If this is the year you want to truly improve your health and change yourself, read on! We are committed to offering supportive products and tips to make you the best version of yourself this year, and for years to come.   It’s…Read More

Treat Your Joints Like Gold

Posted on January 12, 2018 -

    Joint health is essential for optimal body functioning, especially as we age. There are the obvious, large joints to take care of (the knees, hips, and shoulders) but did you know know the human body has between 250-350 joints?! There are 30+ joints in the hand alone! Joints provide the mechanical structure to…Read More

New Year Better You

Posted on January 9, 2018 -

Do you have big dreams for who you see yourself becoming? Although it may be stereotypical to make new year’s resolutions, now really is a great time to assess where you’re at, where you’re headed, and what changes need to be made in order to get there. The holidays and their excessive indulging and celebrating…Read More

5 Tips to Stay Stress-Free This Holiday Season

Posted on December 19, 2017 -

Andy Williams serenades us that it’s the most wonderful time of the year…but do his lyrics mention that it’s also the most stressful? Yes there are parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting… but there are also busy shopping malls full of throngs of consumers to brave. There is also a calendar full of conversation with…Read More

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