Featured Product: Bullet Proof MCT Oil

About Bulletproof the Company:

 

Bulletproof is the industry leader in coffee, nutrition, supplements and technology. Our mission is to help people perform better, think faster, and live better using a proven blend of ancient knowledge and brand new technologies, tempered by research, science, and measured results from our customers, top athletes, and medical professionals. Our customers know that our supplements, foods, and technologies are the purest you can get anywhere, and you can expect to feel a difference in how you perform the first time you experience them.

Environmentally conscious and ethically sourced products build a sustainable foundation for future generations to thrive. Welcome to being Bulletproof, the state of high performance where your body, mind, and nervous system work together effortlessly to help you perform at levels beyond what you’d expect.

Dave Asprey, Founder and CEO spent 20 years to hack his own biology, ‘biohacking’ and upgraded his brain, he lost over 100 pounds and maximized his performance. The proprietary Bulletproof process optimizes every step of coffee production for performance by minimizing the opportunity for performance-robbing mold toxins that can contribute to chronic health issues.

 

Bulletproof Coffee Beans are meticulously grown at high altitude on single estates in Guatemala, are hand-harvested, carefully processed and roasted to maintain maximum integrity and flavor. The final roast undergoes proprietary lab testing to verify that the coffee meets the Bulletproof quality control and purity standards. Bulletproof coffee beans are grown, harvested & roasted to minimize the opportunity of mold toxins and undergo third-party lab-testing for 27 types of the most common mold toxins. Beans are medium roasted in small batches to enhance the naturally occurring antioxidant capacity and flavor, supporting energy, mental focus and performance.

 

Bulletproof’s Brain Octane is 100% Caprylic Acid, the most ketogenic MCT from the most precious part of the coconut. Brain Octane is the shortest of the MCTs and is 18-times more concentrated in Caprylic Acid than regular coconut oil. Supporting cognitive function, it is processed rapidly and easily digested, being quickly and easily absorbed by the brain & body and is not stored as fat. It converts the most ketogenic MCT into energy and is used by the brain faster than other fats or oils. It is metabolized differently than other types of fat and does not increase cholesterol, making it the top choice for reaching peak brain performance all day. It is odorless, flavorless and liquid at room temperature and can be substituted for other edible oils to support more intense mental activity.

 

MCT Oil isn’t just for coffee!  You can make all kinds of tasty treats with it – check this recipe out:

Recipe & Content provided by Jordan Pie

This is a delicious keto chocolate shake with minimal ingredients that takes less than 2 minutes to make. It’s low-carb, contains quality fats and protein, and is full of energy. The cinnamon and vanilla both add depth to the flavor to this shake and the added coconut milk makes it smooth and creamy. I also love adding in a pinch of quality salt when I make any type of chocolate recipe because it enhances and balances out the chocolate flavor.

Keto Chocolate Shake With Coconut Milk

Makes 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of grass-fed collagen powder
  • 1 – 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Mitosweet or low-carb sweetener of choice, to taste
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of filtered water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Brain Octane Oil or MCT oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a high powered blender and blitz until everything is well combined.
  2. Adjust the sweetness if needed.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy.

Nutrition Information per serving:

  • Calories: 390
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Total Sugar: 4.3g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sodium: 153mg

 

Find many more super yummy recipes on the Bullet Proof website.

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!

 

 

 

RECIPE: GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BALLS

vegan gluten free chocolate protein bites

These gluten free vegan balls are the perfect protein packed snack for all occasions

This is a guest post written by Erica Streick, CNP  from Organika’s Blog

These gluten free vegan protein balls are a great way to get a kick of energy during you midday slump without overloading on processed sugars and empty calories.

The cacao nibs add a nice crunch while providing high amounts of antioxidants like polyphenols, which are great for anti-aging and cardiovascular health. This snack is fiber rich making it great for blood sugar regulation, colon health, as well as keeping you satiated for longer. I added a scoop of Organika® Vege Pro plant-based protein powder to offer 21g of plant-based protein. This protein has a unique blend of 8 medicinal mushrooms containing adaptogenic and immune-modulating properties to give your immune system a boost.

Not only are these energy balls full of nutrients but they taste like a treat and satisfy any sweet cravings you may have. I make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer since they are great for work, pre workout snacks and sweet cravings alike!

gluten free vegan chocolate protein balls

Chocolate Protein Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of Organika® Vege Pro
  • 1/4 cup organic gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup organic nut butter of choice (pecan butter is amazing)
  • 5 organic medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp organic cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp water (if required)

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or high speed blender, and blend until the mixture becomes a dough-like consistency.
  2. Roll the dough in 1-inch balls and place in a container in the fridge or freezer.

FEATURED PRODUCT: Sytrinol by Prairie Naturals


Novel Nutrient Lowers Cholesterol by 30% in 30 days

By Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe

 

There is no substance as controversial as cholesterol, and no substance about which there is more confusion. The fact is, 900 out of 1,000 people can control their cholesterol levels with dietary changes and nutritional supplements alone. Cholesterol is essential to health, which means that our body has to manufacture it in order to keep us alive. Cholesterol is needed to make many of our hormones, vitamin D and bile acids which aid fat digestion and to keep our cell membranes intact.  For 70 percent of the population, an increase in the consumption of cholesterol-laden foods decreases production within the body by means of a protective, regulating feedback system. The other 20 percent may have to use dietary changes and nutritional supplements to keep cholesterol levels in check. Less than 10 percent of people with high cholesterol will require medication to keep levels in check. This is probably a shock to most people considering that cholesterol lowering statins are the number one prescribed drug in Canada today.  But while some healthy cholesterol is good for us, too much of it may clog your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

Cardiovascular disease accounts for the death of more Canadians than any other disease.

32% of all male deaths in Canada in 2002 were due to cardiovascular disease. For women, rates are even higher – 34% of all female deaths were due to cardiovascular disease.

 

What’s Normal Cholesterol?

It is generally accepted that a total cholesterol level above 5.2 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) adds to the risk of heart disease. There are two main types of lipoprotein: called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) often referred to as “bad”cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good”cholesterol   LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to your cells and increased levels are associated with atherosclerosis. HDL takes cholesterol away from cells and back to your liver, where it is either broken down or excreted. That is why it is known as good cholesterol. Cholesterol becomes a problem if you have a high level of LDL combined with a low level of HDL. Your LDL should be kept at less than 2.5 mmol/L.

 

High Triglycerides Damage Arteries

Triglycerides also play a role in heart health; in fact, high triglycerides may be a better predictor of heart disease than high cholesterol. Excess triglycerides are highly destructive to artery walls and may promote hardening of the arteries. Normal triglyceride levels range from 140 to 160mg/dl and the ideal level is 140. Most people are not advised there are other options to lower cholesterol and cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are often prescribed. Statins work by blocking the production of cholesterol, and although effective, have side effects including headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and muscle pain. They have also been found to deplete the body of co-enzyme Q10 an important heart-protective nutrient. Statin drugs also increase your need for the vitamins A, D, and E, and are implicated in increased risk of cataracts. And those using statins who have muscle pain must report it to their doctor immediately and stop taking statin medications. Lower cholesterol in 30 days. Thankfully nature provides us with Sytrinol, a safe, effective cholesterol and triglyceride lowering nutrient that works in 30 days. It is made up of a blend of powerful antioxidants including polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) and a range of palm (alpha, delta andgamma) tocotrienols. Studies have revealed that Sytrinol is able to significantly lower total cholesterol, LDL, and triglyceride. Better still, the formula has also been shown to increase HDL levels.

 

Sytrinol lowers LDL and keeps your arteries clear

Polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs), one of the main active ingredients in Sytrinol, are a group of compounds derived from the peels of citrus fruits. The two most common are tangeretin and nobiletin, which are extremely potent bioflavonoids. More than 25 years of documented research provides evidence that these particular bioflavonoids deliver heart health benefits.

Nobiletin and tangeretin help lower levels of LDL by preventing the manufacture of its building blocks: apolipoprotein B and triglycerides. Apolipoprotein B is considered the primary building block, making up almost 90 per cent of LDL cholesterol. Interestingly, triglycerides the main kind of fat in your body are one of the key contributors to the formation of apolipoprotein B.

Sytrinol is also made up of palm tocotrienols, which, like tocopherols, are members of the vitamin E family and are extracted from the fruit of the palm tree. Like vitamin E, palm tocotrienols control anti-inflammatory responses and degrade HMG-CoA reductase a key enzyme in your body used by your liver to produce cholesterol. Besides reducing cholesterol, palm tocotrienols have also been shown to inhibit arterial plaque formation and reduce blood platelet aggregation (clumping).

Palm tocotrienols are also powerful antioxidants, known to possess antioxidant potential far greater than that shown by vitamin E itself. In human studies, it was observed that alpha tocotrienols decreased the oxidation of LDL. This action is important as raised LDL is a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant properties of tocotrienols can minimize the damage caused by these compounds while protecting cell membranes.

 

30%  improvement of LDL:HDL ratio

To date three main studies have been carried out to investigate Sytrinols effects on high cholesterol levels. The first study involved 60 participants with raised cholesterol levels. After taking 300mg of Sytrinol each day for four weeks, the researchers found that the treatment lowered total cholesterol by 25 per cent, the bad LDL cholesterol by 19 percent, and triglycerides by 24 per cent.

In the second, smaller study 10 subjects with elevated cholesterol levels benefited after four weeks of treatment with 300mg of Sytrinol per day. Sytrinol therapy lowered total cholesterol levels by 20 per cent, LDL cholesterol by 22 per cent, apolipoprotein B (a component of LDL) by 21 per cent, and triglycerides by 28 per cent. Participants also had a significant 5 percent increase in Apolipoprotein A1 an important structural protein of the good HDL cholesterol.

Researchers recently completed a third clinical trial, a 12-week placebo-controlled study involving 120 men and women with moderately elevated cholesterol levels. Compared to those in the placebo group, subjects taking Sytrinol had a 30 percent drop in total cholesterol, 27 percent in LDL cholesterol, and 34 per cent in triglycerides. In addition, HDL levels increased by 4 percent, resulting in a significant 29 percent improvement in the LDL:HDL ratio.

The recommended dosage for Sytrinol is 300mg per day. The best news Sytrinol worked independent of diet changes. Toxicity studies have shown that Sytrinol is well tolerated, with no toxic effects following consumption of up to 1 percent of total dietary intake, or the equivalent of a 150-pound person consuming almost 14 grams per day-that’s nearly 50 times the recommended daily dosage of 300mg/day.

Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated that Sytrinol reduced total cholesterol by 30%, LDL cholesterol was reduced by 27%, and triglycerides reduced by 34% when compared to placebo.

By combining a healthy diet with Sytrinol you can achieve optimal results. Follow the diet guidelines in the chart and walk every day. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fiber. Fiber binds to excess cholesterol and removes it via daily bowel movements. You have now learned the safest, fastest method of lowering cholesterol in 30 days without the side effects of commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications. Adopt the recommendations mentioned in this article and high cholesterol will be a thing of the past.

Eat these foods for lowering cholesterol.

  • Vegetables, especially plenty of salads
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains like oatmeal, flax and chia seeds
  • Herbal teas, vegetable juices (low sodium)
  • Cold-pressed vegetable oils (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Wild fish, free-range/organic skinless, boneless chicken or turkey

 

Avoid These Foods

  • Margarine
  • Cakes, cookies, biscuits, and candy
  • White foods including bread, flour, sugar, rice, and pasta
  • Aspartame, fake fats, and fake coffee creamers

 

References:

  1. Quereshi A, Bradlow BA, Brace L, Manganello J, Elson CE, et al. Response of hypercholesterolemic subjects to administration of tocotrienols.  Lipid 1995;30:1171-1177.

2-4 Talbott SM, Roza J, Guthrie N. Effect of citrus flavonoids and tocotrienols on serum cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Series of studies submitted to Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Boulder CO.

 

FEATURED PRODUCT: Ultimate Maca Energy by Brad King

Ultimate Maca Energy 

Ultimate Maca Energy is made with 100% pure, traditionally sundried, natural and certified organic maca root grown exclusively in the Andean highland zones of Peru at altitudes of 14,000 ft. Ultimate Maca Energy maca root has many health benefits and scientifically tested properties. In addition to being a source of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids and complex carbohydrates, Ultimate Maca Energy also contains an impressive array of bioactive components and antioxidants, which are responsible for its numerous benefits.

The Various Benefits of Maca

Maca is a well-known and powerful adaptogen, which means that it is a substance that helps to increase the body’s natural resistance to environmental stresses. Recent human clinical studies have provided convincing scientific evidence supporting supplementation for healthy mood balance during menopause.

How Maca Works

Maca is loaded with vital nutrients in bioavailable forms which assist the body in its on-going process of regeneration, ultimately helping to replenish and recuperate from different problems and providing ultimate balance and wellbeing. Its actions focus mainly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, assisting the body in balancing hormones. This is where the main benefits associated with maca can be noted (e.g. mood balance).

University Certified

Ultimate Maca Energy is certified by the Natural Agricultural U
niversity of La Molina in Peru and also by Skal. The National Agricultural University of La Molina in Peru is an independent entity funded by the government of Peru that oversees all the agricultural and related activities in different areas of the country.

Learn even more here

10 Not-So-Obvious Signs Of Poor Digestion & What to Do About Them

enzyme-force-120-v-caps-300ccMost of us know the obvious symptoms of indigestion such as bloating, tummy aches, constipation and gas. You’d be surprised to know that the following 10 symptoms of enzyme deficiency might also indicate the need for supplemental digestive enzymes …

10 Not-So-Obvious Signs of Enzyme Deficiency

1.      Skin rashes and irritations. Incomplete digestion can lead to food sensitivities that manifest as skin problems.

2.      Fatigue and drowsiness. When so much energy goes to trying to compensate for a lack of digestive enzymes, is it any wonder that a body feels unbearably tired after eating?

3.      Bad breath. Our mouths are the beginning of a long digestive journey. Adequate enzymes, every step of the way, help keep breath fresher.

4.      Irritability. We all know how cranky babies get with colic. As adults with indigestion get just as irritable.

5.      Insomnia. Indigestion is noisy and painful. A happy calm yummy is crucial for a good night’s sleep.

6.      High cholesterol. All the way back in 1958, Stratford researchers realised that low enzymes and high cholesterol were linked.

7.      Weight gain. Fat utilisation is improved with enzymes, leading to less of it being stored in the obvious places – hips, belly, upper arms, thighs.

8.      Food allergies. Without adequate protein digesting enzymes, undigested food particles leak through the intestinal wall, triggering food allergy symptoms.

9.      Inflammation. Inflammation from injuries or arthritic conditions have been shown to respond well to the anti-inflammatory effect of bromelain.

10.    Sinusitis. An increased incidence of sinusitis might be related to chronic inflammation in nasal mucous membranes.

Eat More Raw Foods for Better Digestion

Eating enzyme-rich, fresh raw fruits and vegetables is definitely the best prescription for good digestion. Ironically though, improving your diet can cause some temporary indigestion. Remember, it takes time for your body to adjust, especially when drastically changing your diet to include the extra fibre consumed by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods can cause gas and bloating until your body adjusts.

Fortunately, digestive enzymes – especially Enzyme-Force with Fibrazyme™ can help with the transition. Bon apetite!

10 Easy Ways to Improve Digestion

  1. Take Prairie Naturals Digestive Enzymes at every meal
  2. Breathe deeply and relax before beginning a meal
  3. Be thankful for what you are about to enjoy
  4. Eat an abundance of fibre-rich foods
  5. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables
  6. Drink more water (between meals)
  7. Go for a walk after a meal
  8. Chew effectively and for a longer period of time
  9. Sit down to eat
  10. Eat less

How Our Digestive System Works

Just imagine a 30-foot maze-like passageway winding its way through the centre of your body. This miraculous food transport system is your digestive tract. The digestive tract, also called the gastrointestinal tract, has numerous connecting points along its route where food is broken down into simpler chemical forms (nutrients) by specialised enzymes. Digestion and absorption of macro-nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are dependent on enzymes and by the health of the duodenum.  

The Mouth & Stomach

The smell and sight of appetising food is the first signal the digestive system receives to begin the amazing process of digestion. Even before the first morsel of food enters your mouth, the digestive juices start flowing.

With the first bite, ptyalin, an amylase enzyme in saliva, begin the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose. Chewing food well (some experts recommend 100 times per bite) promotes better digestion even before food enters the stomach where the most active chemical digestion begins. Stomach muscle contractions assist the digestive process by kneading the partially digested food while gastric juices containing hydrochloric acid (HCI), pepsin, rennin and water begin the protein-digesting process. Some fat, and to a lesser degree, carbohydrates (which have been converted to sucrose) are also partially digested at this phase of the digestive process.

This potent mix of chemicals is so strong that the stomach’s membrane lining secretes a protective mucous barrier to prevent these corrosive gastric juices from damaging the walls of the stomach.  Without adequate mucosal protection, the stomach lining would be burned by its own acids, creating painful stomach ulcers. Digestive activity in the stomach lasts from one to four hours per meal depending on the combination and amounts of food ingested.

Liquids pass through the stomach most quickly; next come carbohydrates, then proteins, and finally fats. The secretion of intrinsic factor is another important function of the stomach. This protein substance is absolutely necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12 during the next stage of digestion in the small intestine. The pyloric sphincter at the base of the stomach opens to release this mash of semi-digested food, called chyme, into the small intestine.

The Small Intestine

There is not much that is “small” about the small intestine. In fact, this 20-foot section of the digestive tract is charged with achieving a huge task – the unlocking and absorption of micro-nutrients from macro-nutrients. The activity of enzymes in the small intestine is supported by enzymes contained within the food we eat or enzyme supplementation we take. Over the course of approximately three hours, the small intestine, with the aid of the pancreas, liver and gall-bladder, breaks down proteins into amino acids, carbohydrates into simple sugars, and fats into fatty acids.

As chyme enters the small intestine, the pancreas, nestled below the stomach, contributes alkaline pancreatic juices necessary for the successful completion of the digestive process. These juices contain numerous enzymes.

If fats have been eaten, the gall-bladder releases the bile it has stored. Bile is produced by the liver and is not really an enzyme, but rather a fat emulsifier that separates fat into small droplets that pancreatic enzymes break down for absorption.

The small intestine is comprised of three sections, the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. Each of these sections absorbs different nutrients through the intestinal walls. For example, calcium, vitamin A, thiamine and riboflavin are absorbed by the duodenum. The jejunum absorbs fat and the ileum absorbs vitamin  B12.

The Large Intestine

Basically used as a holding tank for waste produced through the digestive process, the large intestine, also referred to as the colon, is largely an elimination organ, although vitamin K, water and some electrolyte minerals are absorbed in this final section of the digestive tract. A great many bacteria live in the colon, some of them friendly and beneficial, and others, harmful and disruptive. Inadequately digested food substances can be absorbed by the body as toxins or can feed noxious intestinal bacteria.

Proper elimination of waste and bacteria from the colon is dependent upon a high fibre diet, adequate water intake, healthy intestinal flora and complete digestion of food. Fibre literally binds toxins and aids their passage through the colon while water encourages smoother elimination. Fibre also encourages the growth of healthy intestinal flora (probiotics).

Having a clearer understanding and deeper appreciation of the way our bodies process and utilise the foods we eat will ideally help us be more mindful of the choices we make that affect this daily miracle that we simply call “digestion”.  Bon appetite!

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