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Tis the Season!

One of the things I love about Spring-time in Ontario is the fresh, local produce that is readily available and on sale. I don’t worry as much about buying organic when I know the produce is from Ontario or Quebec. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, when produce travels thousands of miles or is stored for […]

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Health Benefits of Omega-3

I was talking to my sister the other day about the importance of getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids, and she brought up a good point: if Omega-3 supplements are essentially compressed fish oils, aren’t you worried about mercury poisoning?  This is a valid concern. Mercury poisoning is definitely an issue right now because of the […]

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What are Antioxidants?

Before I started my nutrition course I knew antioxidants were good for me, but I wasn’t exactly sure why or what they were. Basically, when something is classified as an “antioxidant” it prevents molecules from becoming oxidized or becoming free radicals. Free radicals are oxidized or unstable molecules with unpaired electrons. When they are in this […]

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Vitamin D for Dark

Does anyone remember that commercial where a woman is sitting at her desk working and she looks at her clock and it reads 4:35pm, she than looks outside and it’s dark, and she bursts into tears? It’s one of my favourite commercials because I think all of us Canadians can relate to her in the […]

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What do you know about Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is probably one of the most well-known vitamins, but also comes with a few common misconceptions. Put a check-mark next to the points you think are true: 1. You can only take one dose of vitamin C/day 2. Vitamin C cures the common cold 3. The best source of vitamin C is from oranges […]

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The last of the B vitamins

Biotin, choline and inositol are the last of the B vitamins, and they are often grouped together because they all have a similar function, which is to help your body metabolize fats. In fact, they are often supplemented in weight loss programs, and can be helpful in reducing the progression of atherosclerosis (disease caused by […]

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Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid: Veggie Casserole Recipe

We are almost done with B vitamins, I promise. One of the last ones I’m going to talk about is B9 or Folic Acid. This vitamin’s super power is particularly important because of its role in red blood cell production and cell growth & reproduction. This function makes it very important before & during pregnancy […]

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Need Some Energy?

I don’t know about you, but the winter is really getting to me this year. I thought that my week in Jamaica would keep me feeling revitalized until at least the beginning of March, but lately I’ve been feeling like the wind is out of my sails. It could be because the temperature has been […]

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A Woman’s Best Friend

Continuing with the benefits of B vitamins; we’ve made it to Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine. This vitamin has many benefits, but its super-power is especially helpful for women because it helps balance our hormones and with fluid retention. That being said, it’s usually taken when there is an increase in estrogen; like during pregnancy, when taking […]

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Feeling Stressed? Simple Chili Recipe

I’m going to continue taking you through the B vitamins for my next few blogs, and I’ve been going in order so next on the list is vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid. This particular B vitamin is known as the “anti-stress” vitamin because it’s involved in the production of cortisone and other adrenal hormones, which […]

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