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Skin is our largest organ. Weighing in at approximately six pounds and covering twenty-two square feet on an average-sized person. The skin is charged with the essential job of guarding the body against extreme temperatures, damaging sunlight and harmful...read more
Some of the most common digestive issues Canadians face include heartburn and intestinal discomfort due to bloating and gas. Although sometimes these symptoms can be associated with other conditions, they are most often a result of the type of food we have consumed....read more
One of the most over-looked areas of improving digestion is the role exercise plays in enhancing gut health. Light exercise releases nerve signalling hormones, called neurotransmitters that stimulate the contraction of the muscles surrounding the intestines. This...read more
The digestive system requires a delicate balance of a diverse concoction of acids, bases, enzymes and microbes to function properly. So how do we support this “inner eco-system”? It is crucial that fibre is a regular part of our diets. Most Canadians have insufficient...read more
North America: Ginseng There are many types of ginseng from different parts of the world, but Panax quinquefolius (or American ginseng) is actually native to eastern North America and grown right here in Canada. Canada is currently the largest producer of North...read more
Asia: Ginger Ginger originated in the lush tropical jungles of Southern Asia and has been used for over 5,000 years for its many health properties as well as its flavour. This tuberous root, characterized by a sharp, pungent flavour, has been used in many forms,...read more
Australia: Eucalyptus For our next secret, we travel all the way down under to Australia. This continent is home to the exciting eucalyptus plant. Here’s a fun fact: there are over 700 species of eucalyptus, including the beautiful rainbow eucalyptus. Traditionally,...read more
Central America: Chia Chia seeds were originally cultivated by the Aztecs in Central America and prized for their dense nutritional profile. They are a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and are an excellent plant source of omega-3s. Chia is...read more
Europe: Chamomile Historical records show that chamomile has been used in Europe and Egypt for thousands of years. Chamomile’s health benefits are plentiful. It has been shown to help relieve mild digestive disturbances, as well as being used as a sleep aid. Chamomile...read more
Europe: Arnica When waltzing through the foothills of southern Europe, you may have seen a small, yellow flower swaying gently in the breeze. At a quick glance, this flower might be mistaken for a dandelion, but the arnica plant is part of the sunflower family and has...read more