The Healing Power of Functional Mushrooms

Join us as we host Mikael Mäkinen, mushroom expert and co-founder of FourSigmatic for an informative seminar about the healing benefits of medicinal mushrooms. Discover why mushrooms have been used for over 5000 years and dive into the modern research behind their benefits.

Please reserve your spot by purchasing a redeemable $5 voucher at the link below.

Beyond CBD: Novel approaches to pain and mood support, harnessing the power

What we will cover:

– As recent as 1990 a bodily system was identified and termed the Endocannabinoid System (ECs)

– Discover key players of your endocannabinoid system and how they act on a variety of receptors to improve pain, inflammation, mood, and immune function

– Learn how P.E.A. (Palmitoylethanolamide), the multiple target molecule supports the endocannabinoid system.

– Understand the mechanisms of action of CBD and how P.E.A. can enhance the benefits of CBD.

About Our Speaker:

Dr. Aaron Zadek is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Sport Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Dr. Zadek graduated McMaster University with a bachelor of science and received his Naturopathic Medical degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Zadek is a medical advisor for AOR and currently practices in Toronto at Upper Beach Health and Wellness. His practice focus is on clinical nutrition, sport performance, injury rehabilitation, weight management, concussion assessment and therapy. He also travels with high performance athletes managing their nutritional and physical medicine needs.

Super Human Talk and Book Signing with Dave Asprey

We are thrilled to be hosting the creator of Bulletproof, top health podcast host, and best-selling Author, Dave Asprey for a talk about his latest book “Superhuman”. In this book, the self-proclaimed human guinea pig, shares with his audience practical and applicable advice to help maximize their lives at any age. Come and learn how aging no longer needs to imply decline, but can be an opportunity to become super-human! We love to learn from this extremely intelligent and health devout super-human :).

Dave Asprey:

Dave Asprey has made his life mission to optimize human potential and performance both for himself and the many people he is able to reach through his writing and speaking. For over twenty years he has been on a quest to find innovative and science-backed methods to upgrade his own biology and redefine the limits of the mind, body and spirit, and the results speak for themselves. Now in his forties, Dave is smarter, happier, and more fit and successful than ever before.

Please reserve your spot through EventBrite using the link below 🙂

All attendees receive a $5 voucher back towards the store.

Sugar-Free Holiday Dessert Class with Chef Heather Pace

Heather Pace is a classically trained chef specializing in plant based cuisine. She’s the author of Sweetly Raw Desserts cookbook, has written 9 recipe e-books, and is the blogger behind Sweetly Raw. Driven by her sweet tooth, her motto is “Have Your Cake and Eat It Too.” Heather loves to teach people how to make healthy guilt free desserts that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. She’s taught food classes around the world, has been featured on TV shows across Canada, and has worked in all areas of the food industry. With yoga as her other passion, Heather is a certified yoga instructor too. You can find her free yoga classes, recipes, and health videos on her YouTube channel.

Instagram: @sweetlyraw

What to Expect:

Come and learn how to make keto, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, no-bake and completely SUGAR-FREE desserts that are perfect to serve and enjoy over the holidays! We will be learning how to make Peppermint Truffles, Cookie Dough Cheesecake Squares, Raspberry Walnut Chocolate Bark and Chocolate Fudge.

 

The cost of this class is $40 if you purchase your ticket before the end of November 9th and $50 after that. Tickets can be purchased at the EventBrite or the link below! 🙂

2019 Holiday Gift Guides

2019 Holiday Gift Guides

We want to help you get your Holiday Shopping done seamlessly this year… So we have put together a few 2019 Holiday Gift Guides to help you decide on the perfect gifts for the perfect price!

2019 Holiday Gift Guides for Health Lovers

Healthy Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Natural Guide to Gifts Under $20

Natural Gifts Under $20

Sample Saturdays 2019

With the Holidays fast approaching we are gearing up for our Sample Saturdays where every week starting November 16th we will have awesome demos on top products/gift ideas! These will be from 12pm-4pm every Saturday until Christmas.

Keto Vietnamese Pho Broth Recipe

Pho soup 🍜 the OG of bone broth (for Vietnamese people 😂). It’s super easy and puts a little variety into your bone broth rotation.

This Vietnamese pho broth recipe is my new age spin on my Mamas traditional soup. It’s MSG free, low carb, and also Keto Friendly!

What You’ll Need:
– Cinnamon sticks
– Star anise
– Cloves
– Whole black pepper
– Coriander
– Ginger
(If you cant find these we can special order them for you!)

Vietnamese Pho Broth Spices

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Instructions:
Heat your spices in a dry pan until you have the wafting aroma in your kitchen. Transfer the spices into a spice ball (I just use a tea ball 🍵 but don’t say I didn’t tell you, it will never be the same again) cut your ginger in half length wise and sear it in your dry pan. Drop the seared ginger, cinnamon sticks and tea ball full of spices into your broth and simmer for a few hours. When you’re ready to serve your pho drop thinly sliced meat into the broth until cooked (or left over meat).

What you need for the base & flavouring:

  • Noodles (my current fave is the Better Than Thai style noodles)
  • Amano Foods Miso Paste ( ❤️ this one because it’s fermented)
  • Simply Natural Sriracha hot sauce

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While your broth is simmering prepare the rest. To keep this low carb I went for the Thai cut better than noodles but you can use rice noodles or Raman noodles (whatever your heart desires).

If you’re using better than noodles, rinse those with water then pop them in your bowl and pour your hot broth and meat over them.

To flavour your soup whisk a tablespoon of miso with water in a small bowl, once mixed stir this and the sriracha into your soup.

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Squeeze lime or lemon 🍋 over the broth and garnish with bean sprouts (or sun flower sprouts) and mint. Now enjoy!

I know if seems like alot of steps but I promise once you’ve done it once you’ll find it a breeze. Lots of times I just add whatever left over meat I had from last night or skip the noodles and garnishes and just sip it like a hot cuppa joe.

Happy souping. Let us know if you tried making this Vietnamese pho broth recipe and what you think!

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The Keto Diet, Explained.

keto-what? Keto diet explained

A Keto Diet

If you’re at all familiar with the world of natural health or weight loss, chances are you’ve come across the words: ketogenic, ketosis, ketone, or keto diet.  Though you may have heard these words, or perhaps adopted some of the main principles surrounding them, we think it’s important to know what they mean and to fully understand what this method of eating really entails. 

Definitions: 

  • Ketogenic diet – a diet that tends to promote the metabolic formation of ketone bodies by causing the body to use fat (rather than carbohydrate) as its principal energy source.
  • Ketosis – a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues.
  • Ketone body – any of three related compounds (acetone, acetoacetic acid, beta-hydroxybutyric acid) produced during the metabolism of fats.

Things can sometimes get tricky when it comes to the world of “diets”.  Often, we’re thrown a million and one suggestions as to what we are supposed to be eating daily, or even hourly.  What can help to make it easier, is to really understand what is going on in the body when we consume certain foods.  

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Using Fats for Fuel vs Using Carbs for Fuel

Fats and carbohydrates are typically thought of as the two main fuel sources for the body.  Carbohydrates provide very short term and quick supplies of energy, while fats are a long term, and far slower supply.  Carbohydrates are actually the cell’s “preferred” choice of energy… because they are absorbed extremely quickly to produce energy.  Fats are used as energy sources only in an absence of carbohydrates.

When we first wake up in the morning, our bodies are “fasting”.  This means that we haven’t eaten in 8-12 hours and in this state we have begun to use our fat stores for energy.  Thus, our body is burning ketones.  When we eat a “breakfast” meal that is full of carbohydrates, our body quickly comes out of this fasting state and uses glucose (sugar that makes up carbs) as a fuel source.  This is all fine and well if we are expending energy and burning off what we’ve just consumed.  In many cases, however, we’re consuming more energy than we actually need to use immediately, and the glucose is converted to fat and stored in the body.

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Keto Diet or Low Carb, High Fat Diets

Ketogenic diets are very high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. They are designed to put the body into a ketogenic state, or ketosis.  The ratios of fats to protein to carbohydrates varies a bit for everyone, but the graph above is based on an average carbohydrate tolerance.  Due to the body’s preference to use glucose for fuel, it’s important to keep the carbohydrate intake to a minimum*.  This will help your body stay in ketosis and burn fat for fuel.

How do I know my body is in ketosis?

There are a few common methods of testing to see whether your body has entered ketosis.

  • Keto sticks – you can purchase sticks to test ketone levels in saliva or urine to see if you’re in a ketogenic state
  • Blood ketone test kit
  • Most people will notice a stronger smelling urine
  • The breath starts to smell a bit
  • Generally people will notice some weight loss, especially fat reduction
  • Appetite suppression

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Cyclic Ketosis

Some people who eat a strict ketogenic diet will stick to this method of eating everyday with no “cheat” days.  Others will do a carbohydrate re-feed day once a week.  This is sometimes termed as cyclic ketosis. Where you’re forcing the body into ketosis most days, and then leaving a state of ketosis for one day.

A hormone in the body known as leptin is produced by our fat cells to regulate appetite and promote satiety.  When we eat too many carbs, our body can become resistant to leptin and we never feel full. Often when people follow a strict low-carb diet for too long their leptin levels fall too low and they feel hungry more often.  A carbohydrate re-feed day can reset this balance and ensure that the body stays leptin-sensitive.


*Note: When counting or tracking carbohydrates, be sure that you subtract the fibre from the total, as it will not effect your state of ketosis.

Ketogenic diets are not necessarily suitable for every person or every lifestyle.  Everyone is completely different.

Check out our Keto-Friendly products and up-to-date food list for low carbs foods you can find at Health Essentials. If you’re trying to find something yummy to try out, check out these recipes.

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Vintage Traditions

Unveiled: The Secret of Tallow Balm for Skin Care and Its Benefits

Until recently, the modern world was oblivious to what our ancestors knew to be the absolute best substance for skin care. But, in 2009, Andrew Gardner, founder and owner of Vintage Tradition, made the astounding discovery himself during a tour of a farm in Tequila, Mexico. Tequila is, of course, where the famous liquor is produced from the blue agave plant. Even though the workers in this desert where the plants are cultivated did not use gloves, their hands were soft and not dry or calloused. He was informed that they had always used a balm which was a mixture of beef tallow and gel from the blue agave plant.

Armed with this information, Andrew created a formula that he could use and share with others. Made from a simple recipe for traditional nourishing and healing skin care, he made his Tallow Balm. This is available for others on his Vintage Tradition website. Before that time, there were virtually no skin care products available that were made with animal fats. Andrew also wrote a definitive research article on skin care. This appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Now the cat was out of the bag. The taboo on the use of animal products in skin care began to be lifted. And now tallow for skin care has become accepted due to his work.

Tallow Balm is the ONLY THING you need for your skin.

Did that sound like an exaggeration? It’s not! Without getting into all the science covered in Andrew’s article, let’s just say that tallow is extremely similar to our own natural skin oil or “sebum” which lubricates and waterproofs our skin. In fact, “sebum”, a term coined around 1700, means “tallow” in Latin! Sounds like our ancestors knew more we thought!

Traditional wisdom held that this whole-food substance was supremely nourishing to the skin. We who believe in natural health know that we must give the body what it needs to maintain and heal itself, since only the body itself can do that job. Tallow is that perfect food and nourishment for the skin. It can be applied directly to the skin to give amazing results of skin health and healing. This explains why Andrew branded his Tallow Balm as “The Whole Food of Skin Care”.

Let the results speak for themselves!

The proof of the skin care is in the applying, and the testimonials from Tallow Balm users are simply amazing. Let’s look at just a few of them from people who used it for their faces.

Face

“I love this cream! My 60+ sensitive skin has been through a lot but it is now well nourished, leaving me amazed and happy that it is never too late for one’s face to respond to what is really good and pure. NEVER BEFORE in my life did I EVER receive compliments about my complexion but I do now!

IMAGINE, AT MY AGE! I am so thrilled I discovered it! It is perfect for my skin. I apply it once a day in the morning. I could not believe the compliments I began getting when I started using it — praising my complexion even as I wore no make-up and USING NOTHING ELSE DAILY BUT THIS — praise from strangers and other women. What freedom and joy to use this INSTEAD of make-up. I go out with confidence knowing this balm is all I need to put my best face forward and age gracefully. I turned to it because I have always had very sensitive skin that reacted to anything.

FINALLY I found the simple wholesome product I have always wanted — with no suspicious and strange-sounding ingredients that have a string of chemicals on the label you can’t even pronounce or have allergens like soy.”

See more face testimonials.

Lips

“I’d had a split lip for about a year and a half. I tried everything to heal it—from regular old chapstick to natural oils and shea butter—but nothing worked. I used Tallow Balm for two weeks, my lip healed, and it’s been healed ever since.”

See more lips testimonials.

Moisturizer

“It exceeded my expectations! It is wonderful and soothing, absorbs quickly so you aren’t left feeling greasy, and my skin loves it. I never knew my skin could feel this soft and hydrated. It’s even making my breakouts vanish, and I was afraid they would look worse or even multiply from using the balm, but they do not. I am even using the balm all over my two-year-old, and she loves it too!”

See more moisturizer testimonials.

Eczema

“A few years ago I developed eczema on most of my body so severe I had to go on oral and topical steroids for six months. Desperate to get off those dangerous drugs I tried aloe, coconut oil, olive oil, manuka honey, raw honey, magnesium oil and the list goes on but nothing worked. Within a few hours of applying this tallow balm the itching and pain began to subside. Within a week or two I had weaned myself completely off the steroids and the eczema cleared in a couple of months.”

“To say I am stunned is an understatement. My family has tried everything you can possibly think of to help my two and a half year old daughter’s eczema. If it is out there, we have tried it. The recovery of her skin in less than two days is nothing short of a miracle! If only I had taken pictures of it two days ago, everyone would be shocked! At that time, it looked horrible. She had scratched her spots throughout her sleep, so much so that it was too sensitive for clothes to lay against her skin. Words can’t describe how you feel as a parent when your child is in pain and nothing you do seems to help. Our sweet girl would cry because she was in so much pain. It was heart-breaking.

But with just a few random applications of your balm over a couple days, our daughter’s skin is so much better! Not one spot is bleeding! My whole family is shocked!”

See more eczema testimonials.

Rashes

“Due to an undiagnosed skin issue, my face will often break out in boils, then a severe rash that dries to the point of cracking and bleeding. It is horrible! Dermatologists and doctors have given me steroid creams and lotions to no avail. I’ve tried applying coconut oil, olive oil, yogurt, raw cow’s milk—every idea I could find on the internet to relieve the burning and heal the dryness and cracking that results. Even water would cause my face to yield these burning red patches. My sister found Vintage Tradition and I immediately ordered Pretty Girly Tallow Balm based on the reviews. I just ordered my second jar as it is the ONLY thing that has ever helped and is continuing to heal my condition. It is wonderful and immediately gives me relief and calms the inflammation. I am so thankful to have found this product!”

“My natural conditioner recently changed its formula without notice, and I developed a massive allergic reaction with a rash and itching all over my face and neck. The only thing that stopped the itching and soothed the inflammation was the Tallow Balm I had on hand.”

See more rash testimonials.

Dry Skin

“I don’t use the term ‘life-changing’ loosely, but I’d like to pull out the trump card here and say that Tallow Balm literally changed my life (or at least my skin). Last winter, I had a terrible case of dry, chapped skin. Thanks to the dry, cold weather, it started getting so bad that my shoulders and upper arms were completely covered in patches of dry skin. No matter what form of over-the-counter lotion I bought, it just would not disappear. But then I found Tallow Balm. Within 5 days of applying it, the patches of dry skin were gone. GONE. Not reduced, not better. Gone.”

See more dry skin testimonials.