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December 31, 2017

It wasn't until 1913 that vitamin A was deemed necessary for growth.  This discovery was found on young animals, as they were fed a diet restricted in natural fats.  Of course they animals became unhealthy, established a poor immune system, an inability to grow, inflamed and infected eyes.  Don't worry about these animals because they were fed cod liver oil and butterfat to quickly relieve them.  This is when vitamin A became known as 'Anti-infective Vitamin' and gained a lot of recognition as the vitamin that enhances the immune system.

The primary deficiency in vitamin A may be from inadequate dietary intake, and the second reason is due to some type of interference with the absorption or the transportation or even the storage of vitamin A in the liver.  Let's break this down into more specific causes:

*  liver disease

*  insufficient bile acid causing malabsorption

*  zinc deficiency

*  abetalipoproteinemia (interference with absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins f...

December 9, 2017

 What exactly is cholesterol?

It is a softy, waxy, lipid (fat) substance that is present in every cell in the body.  Cholesterol is important because it is the insulation around nerve fibres, helps conducts nerve impulses, active in the manufacturing of digestive acids, a component used in many hormones (especially the sex hormone), brain tissue is 17% cholesterol, helps transports fats and helps produce vitamin D in response to sunlight, under the skin.  If we eat less cholesterol, then our bodies will produce more because it is extremely important to our body.  Your body needs to manufacture about 1000mg of cholesterol (plus cholesterol consumed) everyday to perform these functions. 

What influences cholesterol?

*  heredity (some people have defective genes that overproduce cholesterol and some people have productive genes that allow high cholesterol because their genes can adapt)

*  diets rich in saturated fats

*  cholesterol

*  refined carbs (white pasta, processed s...

November 29, 2017

 You never know when you might need a gluten-free recipe for a friend or a family member who is dropping by in half an hour for a quick visit.  Or just a small batch of quick cookies that takes only 15 minutes.  This is one of my recipes in the Holistic Weight Management - Fat loss program.  I wanted to share because it is a guilt-free recipe that you can bring with you for you shopping snack or to a friends house.  I have a few friends that suffer with celiac disease and I don't want them to miss out on a great cookie.  The fat releasers in this recipe are nut butters and eggs.  Of course, I explain all about food that are fat releasers in the program.  It is true, you can eat more and lose fat.

You'll Need:

  • Parchment paper

  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. almond butter (I get my almond butter freshly ground at the store)

  • 2 tbsp. sugar alternative (I use coconut sugar as it has fibre, minerals and lower on Glycemic Index)

  • 1 egg white (2 tbsp.)

  • ¼ tsp....

November 28, 2017

First, I want to emphasize the word "Regular" because I am not suggesting to eliminate caffeine from your diet.  It is important to know where you find caffeine besides the more common coffee, tea and chocolate.  It is in ice cream, protein bars, non-cola soda, specialty waters and even decaf coffee has a remaining 3% caffeine left in the bean.  Be aware of how much caffeine you are consuming each day.

I sure you have heard or read about some health benefits of caffeine.  But TOO much caffeine does eventually create an imbalance within your body, which leads to different problems.  I recommend to my clients that they need to drink 5 cups of water for every cup of coffee/tea they consume.  Everyone's body is different, so it is easy to generalize the possible signs of excess caffeine like:

Irregular heartbeat

Nervousness, restlessness

Insomnia

Headaches, migraines

Frequent urination

High blood pressure

Something else could be causing migraines (read my other blog on migraines).  My sister used...

November 22, 2017

Many people turn to their doctor when they are feeling fatigued.  They might even look at their thyroid, glucose levels, stress, hormones, symptoms of depression or anxiety.  Sometimes it is just your body communicating with you because you let your vitamin, mineral, enzyme and amino acid levels get too low.

Let's take a look at what might be deficient in your body that is causing fatigue.

Coenzyme Q10 has a part in mitochondrial energy metabolism, therefore a deficiency causes fatigue.  It is true that your body produces coenzyme Q10, but it produces less and less as you get older.  Mitochondrial respiration decreases when vitamin A levels are low, which is the reaction needing oxygen to convert energy stored to ATP for giving every cell energy.  Also, B vitamins are cofactors in mitochondrial respiration, as it converts carbohydrates, fats and protein into energy.  Having low B vitamin levels can be another contributing factor to your fatigue.

Muscle fatigu...

November 15, 2017

About 11 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes.  The risk of kidney disease, loss of nerve function, heart disease and stroke are greatly increased with diabetes.  Complications associated with diabetes are cataract formation glycosylation and slow wound healing.  What is diabetes?  It is a chronic metabolic disorder of fats, carbohydrates and protein marked by hyperglycemia, and characterized by blood sugar levels elevating after fasting. 

Type I diabetes mellitus - caused by autoimmune destruction of beta cells (insulin-secreting) of the pancreas.

Type II diabetes mellitus - a result of decreased or lost sensitivity to insulin.  The major contributing factors are obesity, a high glycemic diet with low fibre and protein.

The difference between diabetes II and metabolic syndrome is the degree of insulin resistance.  Mostly likely an individual had metabolic syndrome before developing type II diabetes.  Metabolic syndrome gives you periods of hyperglycemia (high glucose leve...

November 12, 2017

My son described this soup as sweet, salty, rich and creamy.  Also, it should be enjoyed only once a month and the green tomatoes were really yummy.  I make him my official taste tester because his honesty helps me perfect all my recipes.  I created this recipe because we experienced a cold summer and the tomatoes didn't ripen.

Green tomatoes are loaded in vitamin B, vitamin K and antioxidants.  B vitamins help your body produce energy from protein, carbohydrates and fats.  Vitamin K helps your blood clot properly.  Vitamin A and C are antioxidants found in green tomatoes that help support your immune system.  Don't forget the minerals.  Although the mineral content is low in one tomato, there are getting 5-10% of your daily requirements of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese and potassium.  These minerals have a specific function for your bones, muscles, nerves and in your blood.  With 2 grams of protein and fibre, you can help control your hunger and blood sugar.  Let's g...

November 5, 2017

 Why isn't soup as good as it used to be?  Although, that sugar and salt content in canned soup gives it a competitive edge for taste.  My mom made the best homemade soup and continues to make soup for the local soup kitchen. 

You might ask why, and the answer is....it is SO nutrient dense...good for you body....and TASTES SO GOOD!!  She feels it is better to give people good nutrition and make it with LOVE because everyone deserves good health.

The base is bone broth.  (If you are Vegan or Vegetarian, then legume broth is an excellent choice).  Don't buy the chicken or beef stock you find in the grocery store because a true, rich, mineral and protein loaded stock IS NOT LIQUID at room temperature.  When you boil the bones, fat and cartilage down, you get a jelly like substance when it cools. 

This is what I ended up with after I simmered then boiled the bones for 3 hours.  This is what bone broth should look like when cooled. This makes me wonder what...

November 4, 2017

We all can relate to the pain, nausea, ill-feeling, depression, irritability, light-headedness, sensitivity to light and noise that comes with a migraine headache. It can shut you down for 36-72 hours.  So what caused your migraine in the first place? 

1.  The most common cause of migraines is food sensitivities. 

Partially digested foods are absorbed and the body does not recognize  them.  Your immune system launches an attack on what it believes to be a foreign invader.  The immune system's course of action is an allergic response, which results in specific food sensitivities or allergies.  Pathogens create harmful toxins that get absorbed, particularly yeast/molds produce many toxins that are other causes associated with migraines like:

2.  Inflammation

3.  Leaky gut syndrome

4.  Dysbiosis (imbalance of microbial colonies most commonly found in the digestive tract).

How in the world can food sensitivities cause a migraine?

This is wher...

October 14, 2017

Quick and easy little snacks that are full of minerals. Calcium, magnesium and manganese are often deficient in many people, which contribute to future health related problems and disease.  Try to use organic and raw snacks to get the maximum health benefits. Whip up a batch and feel good about having a snack.

1 cup hemp hearts

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup almond flour

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

1/2 cup flax meal

24 chopped dates

2 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. coconut sugar (optional for extra sweetness)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Roll into 20 balls.

4 balls=600mg calcium+185mg magnesium+0.46mg manganese

ENJOY!!

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

Registered Holistic  Nutritionist

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