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Back To School Vegan Nut Bars

These easy-to-make snacks are packed with protein and fiber.

Ingredients

1 cup Inari Organic Raw Almonds
1 cup Inari Organic Medjool Dates, roughly chopped (pits removed)
1/2 cup Inari Organic Cranberries
1/4 cup NOW Crystallized Ginger
1 cup Inari Organic Toasted Coconut Flakes
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 orange, zested
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp Inari Organic Raw Cacao Nibs
1 tbsp Inari Organic Chia Seeds

Directions

  1. Line a 9″ x 9″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, finely grind the almonds. Add the dates, cranberries and ginger and pulse a few times to break everything down.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process until everything is in small bits. If the mixture is not coming together, add a tablespoon or two of water.
  4. Dump the mixture into the prepared pan and gently spread and pat it down until it reaches all sides and is fairly even.
  5. Wrap in parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for a few hours before slicing.

Source: Alive Magazine.

Grain-Free 4-Coconut Pancakes with Strawberry Anise Compote Recipe

The fresh produce at this time of year makes eating local and healthy a lot easier! Weekly visits to the local Farmer’s Market reveal different fruits, vegetables and berries that are jam-packed with flavour.

At this time of year, you can make your fresh berries go a lot further by transforming them into jams or compotes. This delicious recipe from Alive magazine features a Strawberry Anise Compote on top of Grain-Free 4-Coconut Pancakes. Yum.

Keep bugs away – the natural way!

We are well into Spring now, and if you have to the lake you’ll probably have had an encounter or two with mosquitoes! This past week has been great for mosquitoes as it’s been cool and damp.

There are a lot of you out there who are looking for natural alternatives to protect yourself from them. In store, we carry Mozi-Q. It’s a homeopathic remedy used for reducing the frequency and severity of insect bites. Mozi-Q tablets contain a formula with 5 homeopathic remedies that help keep the bugs away.

Seasonal Allergies? We can help!

Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? Do you have itchy, eyes, a runny nose and feeling generally tired? Bioenergetics can help you find relief!

Call us today to book an appointment with Moragh Lippert, RHN, Registered Bioenergetics Practitioner. She will help find the best solution for you!

DIY Spring Cleaning Recipes

Making your own cleaning products for the kitchen is both economical and good for your health. When you’re using baking soda, vinegar, and water, you can feel pretty confident that the cleaning you’re doing isn’t hurting you or the environment.

What You Need

Ingredients
Vinegar
Baking Soda
Lemon
Essential Oil (optional)
Water
Dish soap

Equipment or Tools
Spray bottle
Bowl
Sponge
Scrub brush
Measuring spoons

Instructions

All-Purpose Cleaner Using funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon dish soap, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Give it a stir/shake. Let it sit for a minute, now fill bottle with warm water and shake it up. Give it a few more minutes to calm down, and add a few drops of essential oil if desired.

Garbage Disposal Freshener Take the pulp from a lemon (preferably one you’ve squeezed to use for something else) and toss it in the garbage disposal, along with a few thin strips of the peel. Run water and turn on disposal.

Sink or Stovetop Cleaner Put a 1/3 cup baking soda in a bowl. Mix in enough warm water so that you get a nice moist paste. Put paste on sponge or brush and scrub away. Make it as you need it.

Spring Cleanse: which is best for you?

We put together this blog post for you so that you can learn more about Renewlife cleanses, and which one would work best for you depending on what you’ve done in the past and how much time you have to dedicate to your cleanse.

Happy cleansing!

CleanseSMART

Revitalize your health in 30 days!

CleanseSMART is an advanced total body cleanse that works on every area of elimination; lungs, liver, kidneys, skin, blood, lymphatic system and colon. It is designed to work without the need to follow a strict diet

Cleansing 2-4 times per year can help ensure good health, reduce the risk of disease, and increase energy levels.

CleanseSMART is a 30 day, total body cleanse that works to eliminate toxic materials from the body and improve liver and bowel function without the use of harsh laxatives.

 

 

First Cleanse 

First time cleansing?

First Cleanse is a 15 day total body herbal cleanse, formulated specifically for the ‘first time’ or ‘sensitive’ cleanser. First Cleanse is strong enough to be effective, yet gentle enough ease the body into the process of cleansing and detoxification. With the amount of toxins we encounter every day, cleansing is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. First Cleanse is designed to stimulate the body’s 7 channels of elimination: liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, blood, skin, and lymphatic system.

First Cleanse is designed to work regardless of diet or lifestyle making it the perfect introductory cleanse.

 

 

Rapid Cleanse, Rapid Results!

Rapid Cleanse is a therapeutic strength cleansing program that works to cleanse and detoxify your entire body in 7 days. It’s perfect for those that only wish to perform a short term cleansing program, would like to cleanse to jumpstart weight loss or those individuals who would prefer to do a shorter cleanse but demand results.

Rapid Cleanse contains three parts. The morning formula focusses strongly on the liver and kidneys while the evening formula cleanses the colon without the use of harsh laxatives. The third part is a daily dosage of fibre to help absorb and eliminate any released toxins from the body.

Sunscreen Safety

Stock up for summer, the cottage and camping; use safe sunscreen to protect your family.

Sunscreen Tips from Body of Health in Guelph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to selecting a safe, ecofriendly, healthy sunscreen that will protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays and not leave you looking like you’re eager for Halloween to get here!  In your search, it’s important to note that there are two different types of sunscreen:  “Physical Barrier” or mineral sunscreens, and “Chemical Barrier” sunscreens.  Physical Barrier sunscreens create a reflective surface on the skin that disperses the UV light off of the skin’s surface.  Chemical Barrier sunscreens contain chemicals that can absorb the UV light before it damages the skin. When you see a “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen it means that there are multiple active chemical ingredients working synergistically to absorb the UV light.  This however, means that there are multiple health hazards associated with this chemical exposure.

Here are some ingredients to avoid when selecting a sunscreen:

  1. Retinyl Palmitate – when exposed to sunlight this ingredient may actually accelerate skin damage and tumour growth
  2. Oxybenzone – a hormone disrupter that has also been linked to lower birth weights
  3. Octinoxate (a.k.a. OCM and octyl methoxycinnamate) – another hormone disrupter and estrogen mimicker linked to changes in thyroid functioning
  4. Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine (DEA, TEA) – reacts with preservatives to cause nitrosamine, a known carcinogen
  5. Benzophenone – highly allergenic
  6. Homosalate – along with being a hormone disrupter this chemical can break down into more toxic products
  7. Parabens – estrogen mimicker along with interference of male reproductive functions

 

When picking a sunscreen there are two safe and effective ingredients that you need to look for: Zinc oxide and Titanium oxide.  These are the “active” ingredients contained in physical barrier/mineral sunscreens.  These contain nanoparticles that cannot absorb through the skin, but if inhaled they can enter the bloodstream through the lungs.  Inhalation of these nanoparticles happens when you use a sunscreen that is in the form of a spray or aerosol.  Nanoparticles are what result when you break down zinc oxide and titanium oxide into small particles that will not be seen on the body, giving you a sunscreen that does not appear white on the skin.  At Body of Health we have spray mineral sunscreens that are nanoparticle free such as The Green Beaver Company’s Mineral Sunscreen Spray, which is not white and does not leave a sticky pasty residue on the skin.

Remember that your skin is a permeable barrier that absorbs whatever you put on it.  If it is chemicals, these chemicals end up circulating through your bloodstream and eventually require detoxification/filtering by your liver and kidneys, but not before they have access to your cells causing alterations to your body’s natural chemistry.

Whenever in doubt about any of your body care products refer to EWG.org.  They have a very comprehensive database where you can check out the safety of your body products for both your body and the environment.

All that said, don’t forget that you also need adequate amounts of Vitamin D to stay healthy, so before you lather on your sunscreen spend a few minutes soaking up this sunshine vitamin!

Tania Tolfo, BA, CNP

 

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Make your own Outdoor Bug Spray

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‘Tis the season for camping, swimming, boating, biking, hiking and BUGS! Don’t let these little pests ruin your fun. Make your own natural bug repellent that you can feel safe using on your whole family!

We all know that bug bites can be a real pain, yet itchy bumps or even viruses spread by blood-sucking pests are not the end of our worries when fighting off summer bugs. Beware of DEET; the compound originally created for military use that is present in most insect repellents, and has the potential for many negative and toxic effects.

There have been medical cases linking DEET to dermal and neurological problems, as well as brain damage and generalized seizures. Some even believe that insect repellents with less, but still present amounts of DEET can be even more harmful. These repellents contain more alcohol, which subsequently allows the DEET that is present to be more easily absorbed by the skin.

Children are especially at risk and can more easily come to harm from DEET. Their skin is more susceptible to absorbing chemicals, and their nervous systems are still developing. Almost all reported cases of significant toxicity and side effects from DEET have been in children. Accidental ingestion of DEET is also very dangerous, and an accident that young children are more susceptible to.

Regardless of the number and severity of reported cases regarding DEET, it is inherently harmful to the human body. We therefore suggest fighting summer pests the natural way by creating your own natural bug repellent.

Lemon-scented oils, conifer oils, and aromatics such as basil and lavender all have repellent properties when it comes to insects. However, they need to be combined in the proper quantities with a base. Therefore we have simplified things for you and have created a highly effective and simple to make home-made bug repellent recipe!

Outdoor Spray Recipe Directions

In a spray bottle combine:

1 cup witch hazel

15 drops citronella oil

15 drops lemongrass oil

10 drops lavender oil

*Shake Well Before Use

 

Visit Body of Health to pick up all of the ingredients you need to make your own insect repellent. When you purchase all of the ingredients listed, you will receive 10% off.

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