What’s New at the OG?

During the month of April many new products become available to us – and you!  We’ve been carefully sifting through the new products and we’re excited to bring some pretty spectacular products to you.  Here’s a sneak peek:

New Roots Herbals – have a look through the vitamin section – we’ve brought literally dozens of new products in by this knowledgeable company.  You’ll find them competitively priced; yet New Roots products are often the highest quality and highest potency on the shelf!  Make sure you have a close look at these guys!  Most of their products are on sale this month.

Sisu Children’s Line – we’ve brought is the hugely popular Sisu U-Cube Gummy MultiVitamins, Gummy Cal/Mag for Kids, & Gummy tart Vitamin C.  Your kids are gonna love them – come in and ask for a sample.

Truly Turmeric – wild crafted whole root turmeric & black pepper paste.  This paste is therapeutic grade turmeric with black pepper to enhance the healing properties of the turmeric.  Blended in coconut oil with a twist of lime – we’re super excited about this one!  (Find it next to the therapeutic coconut oils in the grocery section).

Denman Island Grizzly Bars – a tasty way to support our local rain forests this Easter Season.  (We’ve got the bunnies too!)  Take a picture with the bar for your chance to win a trip to Tofino!  #GrizzlyBar

Better Than Pasta Konjac Noodles & Rice alternatives – High in fibre, low in carbs, these tasty noodle and rice alternatives keep you feeling satisfied while keeping your carb intake down.

Flora Health Teas – we’ve brought in several new medicinal teas by Flora Health.  Make sure you stop by the tea section the next time you’re in the store.

Radico Organic Hair Dye – These all natural chemical free hair dyes are permanent and safe to use for the whole family.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Genuine Health’s shelf stable probiotics – Our NEW advanced gut health probiotic contains 15 strains that mimic human gut flora in an allergen- and plastic-free delayed-release capsule to deliver our probiotics straight to your gut!  We keep them in the fridge with the other probiotics.

3 Brains Formulas – for over all body health.  These formulations take a holistic approach to brain health and are getting great feed back!  Look for these great products through out our supplement section.

Nirvana Pies – Pot pies made with clean, scrumptious ingredients by a local family in Richmond.  Foods that comfort the soul and brighten the spirit!

There’s so much more that hasn’t yet arrived – but will be here before the end of the month!  Make sure to take some extra time this month to look at all the new stuff!

 

 

 

FEATURED PRODUCT: Digest-Force by Prairie Naturals

digest-force-120-v-caps-300ccDigest-Force Activates Healthy Digestion! 

Indigestion is a pain. Literally. More people suffer from chronic indigestion than from any other condition. Activate good digestion quickly with Digest-ForceTM Activated Coconut Charcoal & Ginger Root Extract, the newest member in Prairie Naturals Digestive Health product category.

What are the Ingredients in Digest-Force & What Do They Do?

Digest-Force combines the therapeutic power of activated charcoal from coconut husks with ginger root extract. Blending traditional practices with herbal medicine, this unique formula provides rapid relief from indigestion safely and effectively.

 

• Charcoal from Coconut Husks – It’s a fact that our planet’s original detoxifying agent is charcoal! Prairie Naturals coconut charcoal is “activated” through a carbonproducing process using high heat, pressure and steam. This process expands the therapeutic “adsorption” (suction) effect of charcoal by making it more porous and expanding its surface area. Prairie Naturals Digest-ForceTM formula with activated coconut charcoal has the distinct power to neutralize and eliminate various toxic substances (including allergens) by binding them unto itself and moving them safely out of the body. In fact, activated charcoal has proven so effective and safe that it is routinely used in hospitals as an antidote to drug and poison toxicity!

 

• Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) Extract (10:1) – This traditional medicinal is revered as one of the world’s most ancient and effective digestive remedies. Extensive scientific analyses indicate that the primary active constituents (phytochemical terpenes gingerol and shogaol, along with oleoresin) aid & protect the digestive tract. The therapeutic use of ginger extract immediately reduces indigestion, gas, bloating and nausea.

 

 10 Important Things You Need to Know About Digest-Force

  • Digest-Force provides an adsorption function that has a detoxifying effect.
  • Digest-Force combines activated coconut charcoal combined with ginger extract to rapidly alleviate the pain and discomfort of bloating and gas.
  • Digest-Force neutralizes excessive stomach acid; relieves ulcers and acid reflux.
  • Digest-Force remedies the discomfort caused by overeating and eating irritating, allergenic foods.
  • Digest-Force is an integral part of every digestive health and detoxification program.
  • Digest-Force quickly and safely alleviates symptoms of indigestion and intestinal distress.
  • Digest-Force helps to heal intestinal inflammation.
  • Digest-Force combats food poisoning, toxins and pollutants.
  • Digest-Force reduces intestinal infections from viral, bacterial, yeast and mold sources.
  • Digest-Force corrects many of the root causes of diarrhea effectively.

 

NEW PRODUCT – Fermented Greek Yogurt Protiens by Genuine Health

 CLEAN, GRASS FED PROTEIN!

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The milk for fermented GREEK YOGURT proteins+, is sourced from a California Dairy farm that is highly conscious of, and committed to ethical and sustainable practices.  The cows are raised, pastured and farmed in California, producing the milk used to make fermented GREEK YOGURT proteins+, a grass fed dairy, free from: Gluten, Soy , GMO’s, hormones, and antibiotics.

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What’s the Difference Between Enzymes & Probiotics?

Although probiotics and enzymes appear to perform similar functions, and both are beneficial to the vitality of the body (actually they are vital to sustaining life!) – they are, in fact very different in their helpful actions!!!

 

One of the major differences between digestive enzymes and probiotics is that probiotics are living organisms. They are typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics.  Probiotic functions are numerous and they bolster health all over the body.

 

Enzymes, on the other hand, aren’t living. Enzymes are proteins, meaning they’re large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Their function is to facilitate chemical reactions within the body.  Your body produces enzymes in the cells of several different organs, including the stomach and pancreas, and secretes them as needed into the digestive tract.

 

Digestive enzymes break large nutritional molecules, including protein, carbohydrates and fats, into smaller molecules that your intestine can then absorb. Probiotics, on the other hand, have a variety of functions that change with the species of organism. They can assist in vitamin and mineral absorption, alleviate lactose intolerance and produce vitamins (including K and B vitamins).

Probiotics do not, however, break down food molecules you eat.

 

Check out this video by Enzymedica and learn more:

Eating for the wrong reasons? Keep cravings at bay!

Eating for the wrong reasons? Keep cravings at bay!

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Digestion, Healthy Eating via the A.Vogel Blog

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Hippocrates said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” 

As we have all heard it before, being reasonable and living a well-balanced lifestyle can unequivocally reduce stress and sickness.

Here and now, that’s easier said than done!  Most families need two working parents to afford living more or less comfortably.  This in itself places stress on every family member. The parents, most of all, for having to juggle between work, household chores and parenting and the children because of earlier social involvement and reduced free playtime –without a screen that is.

The stresses of modern life can make you feel as though you are on a treadmill. Most of us feel as though we never have enough time to do things, and certainly not enough time for ourselves!  This naturally takes away from the connection to the Self, which is far more important than most people think. Spending time with the Self means understanding yourself; self-knowing brings a whole new perspective on the world.  It is quite contrary to the trend of self-exhibition on social platforms, which is closer to a performance than from knowing and showing your Self.  Connecting with your Self is a strong instinct, one that craves compensation if it is not met.

When not in the form of an “addiction” to social media, the compensatory reaction will come in the form of a craving: people turn to stimulants; either drugs, cigarettes or food. Compensatory behavior successfully appeases stress and discontentment. Alas, the effect is limited to approximately 30 minutes.

Compensatory behavior

It would be interesting to measure how much good this “relaxation/compensatory” behavior is doing versus how much bad it leaves behind. Everyone is familiar with the comfort felt when indulging in treats. The fact that you are doing only that, adds to the pleasure, as you are spending a treasured moment with yourself! It relieves the psyche for a few minutes, but it weighs heavily on the body.

PMS or hormonal surges provide the perfect example. Most women crave either salty foods or sweets during certain times of the month. Some bouts provoke, what we can call “the PMS monster.” A ravenous monster that induces eating binges, mostly composed of the most deliciously empty calorie foods one can find. The absolute bliss during the feast is almost surreal, until it all comes down, when foods sit there, making you feel bloated, afraid of what the fat, sugar and salt that you just ingested will do, and guilty of having given in to the “the PMS monster.”

What is actually does inside your body is changes in the blood chemistry, bringing the metabolism in a state that aggravates glands, which in turn release hormones. The hormones naturally being produced are metabolizing normally through a gush of other material and chaos arises.  This brings on “entropy”, a state of physiological chaos where too many reactions are occurring and the body is being overloaded and drained.  You know it – it’s that terrible PMS feeling!  What is worse is that in the case of PMS, your diet during the last month will affect the way your period goes the following month. Give in and feed the monster one month, and you will have the urge to feed it for the months to come! Stopping the vicious circle will get more and more difficult.

The best starting point is the liver

By detoxifying and supporting your liver, you can help keep cravings at bay. Unfortunately, when your metabolism is in a toxic state you crave junk food, driving you to maintain that metabolic state. When you clean up your act, cravings seem to disappear like magic. How do you get the magic to happen? An initial detox and follow up maintenance diet is pretty very hard to achieve because of the stresses of daily routine.

Herbal remedies to the rescue

Natural remedies can help soften the effort when trying to convert to a healthier lifestyle. Herbals can detoxify the system and help the liver function at optimum capacity, while lacto-fermented whey can help achieve regularity. Products such as Boldocynara and Molkosan can send you well on your way to better health, because they put you in action. Picking up those products is a sign that you are in action mode. You’ve passed thinking about it, now you’re doing something about it!

While you are in action mode, Boldocynara will cleanse your liver and Molkosan will feed your friendly bacteria so that you can begin to reverse the cycle and lose the cravings for certain foods.  In addition, signing out of social media will help you refocus on the real you.

Why is sugar bad for you?

Gleaned from:  http://www.livescience.com/36188-sugar-bad.html

Professional opinions on the dangers of sugar:  

Dr. Zachary Bloomgarden, professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine believes:

Sugar is bad for you a because it has calories, and because if you have diabetes or a diabetes-related condition — let’s say high blood fat levels — then having sugar will increase your blood sugar and your triglycerides, which is a risk factor for heart disease. (Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood.)

If you have someone who has diabetes, their problem is that either they aren’t producing insulin, or are resistant to it. Without insulin, eating sugar will increase blood sugar.  But, essentially, diabetes is not just about blood sugar. It’s about, blood sugar and triglycerides, and lipid levels.

Sugar is very calorie-dense. So you can easily consume a lot of sugar in soft drinks, and in all kinds of food that contain added sugar. It’s not that the sugar calories are more fattening than any other calories. It’s just calories are calories, and sugar packs a lot.

Rachel Johnson, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington believes:

The bottom line is that sugar does one of two things. It either displaces more nutritious foods in your diet, which means you’re screening out nutritious-dense foods, or it adds calories to your diet. So if you’re adding calories on top of an already nutritious diet that puts you at risk for weight gain.

There’s been a lot of research in recent years looking at the impact of added sugars — not the sugar naturally occurring in fruits and dairy products. What we know is that added sugars put you at a higher risk for a poor lipid (fats) profile: Higher triglycerides, lower HDL (the good cholesterol) and higher LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) in the blood. A poor lipid profile increases your risk for coronary heart disease.

There’s also been some research that has shown that added sugars increase your risk of high blood pressure. And added sugars seem to promote inflammation, and more and more we find that inflammation is not good for the heart.

Marisa Moore, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes: 

There are several problems with excess sugar. All types of sugars do promote tooth decay. The more often you’re eating sugary foods, then the more often you give that bacteria in your mouth time to go to work on the sugar.

When we look at the types of foods that are high in added sugar, they often are not high in nutrition. So eating a lot of sugar is a general indication that maybe you aren’t eating as healthy of a diet as you could.

The other problem is that it can be a contributor to obesity and weight gain, that is because you are replacing foods that would be nutrient-dense with empty calories.

Weight gain has been associated with high risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Sugar, no matter, where it’s coming from, does tend to increase our triglycerides, or fat levels in the blood, and higher triglycerides increase your risk for heart disease. Everything goes back to heart disease; it is the number one killer of Americans.

Stephanie Dunbar, director of nutrition and medical affairs at the American Diabetes Association believes: 

There’s a couple issues with sugar. The biggest thing is that there’s no nutritional value. Foods that tend to have a lot of sugar added, they don’t provide the satiety that you get from other more healthful foods, so people tend to consume more calories when they eat foods with more sugar in it.

The other worry is sugar-sweetened beverages. If you eat a cookie or a piece of cake, you have hormones to signal that you feel like you’ve had something to eat. That doesn’t happen with a soda.

It doesn’t mean that people can’t have a treat occasionally, but most Americans are getting too many calories through sugary foods and sugar-sweetened beverages. That means you’re not getting fiber, you’re not getting vitamins, minerals.

What we recommend for diabetics, is if someone’s going to have a small piece of cake, or a small piece of pie, then you would cut back on the other carbohydrates in the meal. If you normally have half a cup of rice, if the treat is going to be one cookie, then you have to have very little rice. The portion sizes for the most sweets are very small, but the sweets aren’t. The cookies they sell in the stores, some have 400 calories. A cookie is equal to a large salad in terms of carbohydrates.

Mary Ellen DiPaola, dietitian at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center believes: 

Glucose is the body’s major fuel and is broken down from carbohydrates, a combination of sugar molecules, in the foods we eat. Simple sugars such as sucrose (table sugar) and juice (fructose) are composed of only one or two sugar molecules and are converted to blood glucose faster than more complex carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables.

Carbohydrates come from all food groups except proteins and fats. Fruits, vegetables, starchy foods, milk and yogurt are all sources of carbohydrates. Sweet foods and beverages such as baked goods, frozen desserts, candy, juice, soft drinks and other sweet liquids also contain carbohydrates in the form of simple sugar. Table sugar, honey, molasses, syrup, jelly/jam, and any other sweet additions are also carbohydrates termed as “simple.”

All these very tasty and fun foods and beverages can displace more nutritious complex carbohydrates, which provide vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber — a multitude of power-packed nutrition. Simple sugar is also correlated with tooth caries (cavities), poor energy levels, and can lead to sugar cravings as the body never becomes fully satisfied from healthful foods.

Eating naturally sweet fruits and dairy or dairy substitutes (i.e. soy milk) can also satisfy sweet cravings as well as take the place of simple sugar treats.

 

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