Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Are You Consuming “The Dirty Dozen” ?

Chemical farming is on the increase, as farmers try to reduce pests and increase production to meet demands.  The wide spread use of chemicals and pesticides along with GMO’s are placing a dangerous toxic load on our bodies.  Pesticide exposure has been linked to cancers, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, ADHD, leaky gut, and birth defects.  These chemicals act overtime and the cumulative effects of all the chemicals we are exposed to increases our risks.  

The more we can do to decrease our exposure to toxic chemicals, the better.  One way is to buy organic foods.  Every year the Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the Dirty Dozen, and the Clean Fifteen as a guide to organic buying.

The Dirty Dozen is the list of produce items that contain the highest levels of pesticides and chemicals and should be bought organic whenever possible.  The Clean Fifteen are the produce items, which contain the lowest pesticide levels, and may be bought conventional if organic is not available.  Generally speaking, foods that have a thick outer skin, which is not consumed, are safer to buy conventional. Produce like avocados, and grapefruit fall into this group.

Whether organic or not always wash produce thoroughly prior to consuming with a fruit & veggie wash or a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.

Download and print this guide or keep it on your food for the next you are grocery shopping and buy organic whenever you can!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

Did you know more than 40% of Canadians do not get the daily required dose of magnesium? 

That is almost ½ of people that are not getting enough of this vital mineral! Magnesium (Mg) is needed by all your cells playing a part in over 350 chemical reactions, required for energy production, contributing to heart, muscle, and nerve health. 

Some signs of magnesium deficiency include:  Muscle weakness, cramps, anxiety, restless legs, high blood pressure, poor heart function, dizziness and fatigue.

Foods with decent Mg content: nuts, seeds, fish, spinach, cereals/grains – but levels are not as high as they used to be in food.  Overtime with years of intensive farming the soils have been depleted of mineral content.  Not to mention processing of food further depletes mineral and vitamins.

Supplements, what form is best? 
Mg Glycinate is bonded to the amino acid glycine, a neurotransmitter that also has relaxing properties.  This form has the highest absorption and bioavailability and is best for those trying to remedy a deficiency. 

Mg Citrate is most common found in supplements and is a good source of Mg.

Mg Oxide is least absorbed and has the highest percentage of elemental Mg per dose.

Topical Mg is also an option and can be especially beneficial for addressing muscle soreness.