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  1. Cannabis: How does it affect your health? What’s safe and what isn’t?
    01
    Sep

    Cannabis: How does it affect your health? What’s safe and what isn’t?

    There are conflicting reports of whether cannabis smoking harms male fertility. While studies looking at human and animal cannabis abuse confirm adverse effects to sperm health, data on moderate consumption is scarce. A recent study using Male fertility patients looked at subfertile men who had ever smoked cannabis. The results indicated that both past and present smokers of marijuana actually had higher levels of sperm concentrations compared to men who had never smoked. More research on marijuana use and fertility is still needed. 

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  2. Elderberry and The Immune System 
    01
    Sep

    Elderberry and The Immune System 

    The flowers and berries of the plant also have a diaphoretic action; helping the  immune system to mount an optimal fever response to efficiently kill pathogens that  are susceptible to the heat. At a microscopic level, elderberry promotes a healthy  immune response against viruses by increasing the number of inflammatory  molecules called cytokines. Cytokines can cause local and systemic inflammation; encouraging immune cells to  the area to help clear infection.   

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  3. The importance of a sleep routine

    This can be a difficult transition time for some of us but our bodies thrive on routine so staying on the same sleep/wake cycle as much as possible is the best thing for your health. Our immune system and hormonal regulation revolve around our sleep/wake pattern so to optimize these systems getting a consistent good night sleep is key.

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  4. Adrenal Fatigue and Lectin Consumption
    01
    Sep

    Adrenal Fatigue and Lectin Consumption

    The deleterious effects of chronic dietary consumption of foods with high lectin contents is receiving a great deal of attention these days. Many common plant foods contain lectins which the plant employs as defense mechanisms. Gluten is a lectin. When humans consume such foods, the lectins in them deploy n the gut. The immediate mechanism of their action is to provoke an auto-immune reaction by way of molecular mimicry. Lectins (there are a great many) are functionally indistinguishable from proteins and bind to cell receptors causing havoc with hormone regulation. 

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  5. Choosing a Fish Oil for your child
    01
    Sep

    Choosing a Fish Oil for your child

    Fish oils are known as Omega 3’s which are called Essential Fatty Acids. These essential fats are necessary since many important functions and tissues in the body rely on them. The body is unable to produce them on its own, therefore supplementation is needed. However, before considering supplementation, increasing fresh water/ wild caught fish in the diet should be the first source of fish oils. Fish oils are comprised of EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, docosahexaenoic acid.
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  6. BCAA Coco-sicles
    01
    Aug

    BCAA Coco-sicles

    Berries are rich in antioxidants that are crucial for anyone, especially those who exercise. During exercising, whether it be weightlifting, spinning, or running, free radicals are created in the body. Free radicals are created due to the stress that is being put on the body during exercise.

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  7. Postpartum Collagen Energy Bites

    Collagen is the main protein in the vaginal canal and is a thin lining that separates the internal and external surfaces of the vagina. Collagen plays a role in supporting vaginal elasticity, and strengthening the pelvic floor and reproductive tract, which is important for birth. Collagen is not only needed during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks, but should be supplemented post pregnancy to replenish lost collagen during birth.

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  8. The truth about net carbs vs total carbs on a low-carb or keto diet.

    While the ketogenic diet is more focused on keeping carbs below a certain range, those following a low-carb diet will also need to limit their daily carb intake. The three macronutrients are protein, fat and carbs. Coming from a standard diet you’re greatly reducing your carb intake, and unless you track, it can be easy to over eat carbohydrates in the beginning. 

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  9. Alcohol & Your Waistline: Is alcohol slowing down your metabolism
    01
    Jul

    Alcohol & Your Waistline: Is alcohol slowing down your metabolism

    Two-hundred calories coming from a handful of gummy worms does not have the same metabolic effect as two-hundred calories coming from spinach. The way food is metabolised in our bodies has much more to do with the nutrient composition than it does caloric value. Our body wants to break it down and get it out. What this means is as soon as you have a drink, your liver will start breaking down the alcohol (otherwise known as ethanol), and as a result, your body will use the by-products of ethanol for fuel over everything else. 

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  10. Sports Nutrition for Teens: Important Vitamins and Minerals
    01
    Jul

    Sports Nutrition for Teens: Important Vitamins and Minerals

    Dietary and lifestyle concerns change as a person ages, but the core vitamins and minerals that can help with exercise performance will benefit a person of any age. Young people engaging in regular physical activity should ensure that they have a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals that will help their bodies perform and recover optimally.

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