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Injuries: Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT)

What is Low Intensity Laser Therapy "LILT"? Your body requires extra energy to repair injuries. "LILT" helps to jump-start the body's own natural healing process by delivering "light" energy to the tissues. This light energy is deeply absorbed into damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments & cartilage. By stimulating the production of ATP; cells get the fuel they need to repair injuries. This process increases the blood supply which results in quicker healing. LILT Saves a Racehorse's Career This therapy was successfully used on a racehorse that had developed arthritis and chip fractures in its knee. Because of LILT, this horse was able to race 4 more times (so far) and win the last race! Without LILT, the horse would have been put down or put out to pasture. [...]

By |2019-02-25T14:42:59-07:00February 25th, 2019|Ailments, Alternatives, Skin Care|Comments Off on Injuries: Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT)

Canada Food Guide: New & Improved

The Best Food Guide so far... I am so pleased with the new Canada Food Guide! Congratulations to all Canadians who participated in the surveys that were provided! These surveys collected the feedback used to create a much more accurate example of what healthy eating should be. It is REALLY encouraging to see that so many people are realizing the importance of increasing their plant-based diets! No mention of Organic & Non-GMO plants in Canada Food Guide Now, we need the government to take steps to improve the quality of those plants. Only pesticide-free, organic plants are truly healthy to eat. In other words, GMO plants (plants genetically implanted with genes that make them resistant to herbicides & pesticides) AND the use of these poisons on [...]

By |2019-02-15T08:32:19-07:00February 12th, 2019|Alternatives, Food, Government, Nutrients|0 Comments

Grains & Legumes

Whole grains These contain high fibre, complex carbs and are rich in healthy fat and sodium.  Except for wheat, whole grains help reduce body fat and are good for blood sugar disorders. Sprouted grains offer the greatest nutritional value Fermented grains contribute to a healthy gut All whole grains (except wheat) help reduce fat Rye has the most lysine, is low in gluten and best for weight loss Spelt is highly nutritious: it stimulates the immune system, has high carb content, fibre, protein & B-Vitamins Avoid all overly processed grains that are white.  The white colour is a result of the processing which ends up removing all the nutritional value of the grain for a longer shelf-life.  You end up ingesting nothing but empty calories... [...]

By |2018-04-04T21:56:03-07:00May 5th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Grains & Legumes

Drinks

Water More than anything, your body NEEDS water.  And most of us definitely don't get enough!  Try to drink water regularly throughout the day to keep properly hydrated.  As long as you're drinking enough water, you can also have some of your favourite beverages that aren't laden with sugar while also avoiding the sugary drinks altogether. Caffeine, carbonated drinks and the tannin in black tea contain ingredients that interfere with iron absorption Coffee There is plenty of information available stating whether coffee is good, bad or whatever.  Depending on your health and the type of food you normally eat, your consumption of coffee can be good, bad or whatever.  If you have certain health issues, caffeine is definitely not a good thing, so you could [...]

By |2018-04-04T21:19:52-07:00May 5th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Drinks

Ingredient Substitutes

No need to throw out all your favourite recipes! If you're like me and you enjoy cooking from recipes in magazines or recipe books, you don't have to throw them out because they call for unhealthy ingredients you no longuer want to use.  And sometimes you don't have the specific vegetable or liquid listed and would like to use up something you already have kicking around in your cupboard or fridge before it goes bad.  Here is an alphabetical list of healthy ingredient alternatives you can use as a substitute so you can still enjoy the meal with a slightly different twist. Beef Burgers: veggie or nut burgers = portobello mushroom burgers Berries: dried cranberries = dried apricots Beet Greens: spinach, swiss chard, watercress Bread [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:03:19-07:00May 4th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Ingredient Substitutes

Snacks & Desserts

Satisfy your Cravings! Usually, a snack entails something ladden with sugar or salt, not to mention preservatives, and generally does not supply our bodies with any nutritional boost.  Snacks tend to please the palate while not satisfying our body's needs; which is why we find ourselves perpetually craving yet never satisfied.  All those empty calories combined with lack of exercise end up packing on the pounds while keeping us hungry. Here are some ideas for healthy snacks: there are endless options for healthy snack bars in the health sections of grocery stores, look for those with low sugar and salt content and follow the following guidelines: 150 to 250 calorie range Min. 10g protein from non-gmo soy, whey or pea Min. 4g of fibre less [...]

By |2018-04-04T23:15:08-07:00April 5th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Snacks & Desserts

Food Labels & Additives

Beware of "healthy-sounding" catch words on food labels! Beware that certain claims highlighted on food labels don't necessarily indicate the product is healthy for you.  Unless you read the "Nurtrition Facts" table, these catchy claims only indicate specifically what they are stating: Cholesterol Free: means there's no saturated fats from animal sources Diet: you are inclined to consume larger quantities as you presume these are "healthier" options but sugar substitutes end up causing more harm than the non-diet options Fat-free & Low fat: many of these foods contain fillers like fruit puree, fruit juice, dextrin, syrup, sucrose or glucose-fructose (which are all carbs) to add texture and flavour lost with the fat Farmer's Market (or any term using the word "farm"): this does not indicate [...]

By |2018-04-04T21:44:38-07:00March 1st, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Food Labels & Additives

Salt

You don't have to try hard to consume your daily requirements for salt.  As a matter of fact, we unfortunately consume too much every day without even realizing it.  Here are some guidelines to help keep the salt intake at a safer level: choose products with less than 200mg of salt per serving thoroughly rinse your canned goods whenever possible as this will remove excess salt substitute salt with seaweed flavourings like Arame, Hijiki, Dulse, Wakame, Kelp or salt-free alternatives like Mrs. Dash

By |2018-04-04T23:07:57-07:00January 26th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Salt

Pasta & Rice

Avoid all "white" choices as these are over-processed and depleted of any nutrients as a result.  Choose whole grain options including multitudes of different grains and even seaweed choices. Pasta The options are almost endless, including making your own out of vegetables by peeling them into spaghetti-style lengths.  You can do this with almost any long shaped vegetables like zucchini and carrots.  And don't forget about Spaghetti Squash, mother nature's own homemade version of pasta!  It's pretty easy to find the following pasta options: Flax Rice pasta: high fiber & protein and packed with nutrients Seaweed Noodles: no cooking required, nutritious and low-carb; just rinse and serve Sweet Potato & Buckwheat noodles are just another example of many different options available Vegetable wheat pastas are [...]

By |2018-04-04T22:55:32-07:00January 25th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Pasta & Rice

Poultry & Eggs

Definitions of store Labels for poultry and eggs: "Free Range" are birds that have access to the outdoors "Free Run" birds are not confined to cages and have room to move around but not necessarily outside "Hormone-Free": hormones are not allowed in North American poultry production so this claim is irrelevant except to reassure consumers' concerns" "Organic" means poultry is fed 100% organic food, free of animal by-products, antibiotics or GMO's "Raised without Antibiotics": these birds have significantly lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria than birds raised in dismal, cramped conditions that are ripe for the spread of disease "Vegetarian-Fed" means feed contained no animal by-products BUT may contain GMO's if not organic For even more detailed info about different labels on eggs: https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/04/egg-labels-explained/#more-23226 Chicken If [...]

By |2018-04-04T23:02:35-07:00January 25th, 2016|Alternatives|Comments Off on Poultry & Eggs