Category: Nutrition

How the Heart, Brain, and Gut Influence Mental Health

An instinct. A sixth sense, we sometimes say. A gut feeling. Sometimes when we have a decision to make we feel almost overtaken by a recognition of what we should do… or shouldn’t. When reasoning fails, words escape us and yet the instinct persists, we’re often smart to “go with [our] gut” and do what, deep inside, we feel is best. Then there are times when we act on the desires of our heart, with little regard to rational thought. Especially in love, or in sudden decisions to make  a big life change, we say we  “listen to [our]...

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Elastin & Collagen

Did you know that your skin, your body’s connective tissue, and many of its anchoring structures contain a secret weapon? It’s true! The secret weapon is called elastin. Elastin is a special building block found within the many tissues in our bodies that depend on their ability to flex. These littletalked- about, but very powerful elastin fibres give strength, tone, stretch, and “snap-back” ability to our skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Elastin is one-half of the duo that keeps aging skin looking great (the other half being collagen). Elastin also plays a key role in keeping us moving, ensuring...

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Healthy Fats In Nutrition

Remember the 1990s, when super-low-fat diets were all the rage? People avoided cheese like the plague. Even avocados got a bad rap! And on store shelves everywhere, low-fat versions of processed foods were elbowing out the full-fat offerings. Well, it turns out that it was just another in a long series of fad diets, another pendulum swing in eating habits based on very misguided information. They told us that all fat – all four kinds found in a typical diet – was bad: Saturated fats, from animal fat and tropical oils, such as coconut oil Monounsaturated fat, such as...

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How Sugar Affects Your Health

When life is good or people are appreciated, we humans use language that relates to something sweet. And when the opposite is true, well, Mary Poppins said it best: “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” We addictively turn to sugar when our “medicine” is a hard task, a big disappointment, or just a long, rough day. I guess you could say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going… to the freezer for ice cream!

Ah, but if only sugar’s story was
that sweet.

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