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Enrich and Empower Your Life!



10 The Raw Truth Reasons to Stop Cooking Meals page 8

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Recent studies have shown that many people do not receive enough vitamin D in their daily lives. Our bodies can make vitamin D3, but only when our skin is exposed to sunlight under the proper conditions. This production is dependent on the season, where we live and the time of day. Even using sunscreen drastically reduces the body’s production of vitamin D. Medical studies continue to show the importance of adequate vitamin D intake for good health. Carlson Vitamin D soft gels are a great way to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the vitamin D you need.

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Real-Life Prevention and Strategies 12


Holistic Cancer Prevention 16


Prevention Potential


Green Lifestyle Tips 14

GREEN CLEAN HOW-TO Avoid Chemicals in the Home

18 FOOD PASSIONS Igniting the Senses 10

Sesame, Hemp and Carrot Slaw Pesto, Carrot & Parsnip Fettucini


A Natural & Scientific Approach 24

Beauty from Within 20

DISCOVER GLA Beautiful Skin Begins Within


Building a Strong Foundation 6


THOUGHTS TO DIGEST Tips for Digestive Health






Tortilla Soup Hot & Sour Soup


Join the Journey to Better Health 8


The Raw Truth 18




Discovery and Treatment

Amazonian Fruit of Love



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HEALTHY DIRECTIONS ALBERTA EDITION April/May 2013 Vol. 2 No. 2 Healthy Directions is dedicated to offering inspiring health and lifestyle information to enrich and empower your life. Cover Photo Colin Erricson ( Editor Charleen Wyman Contributors Ellen Simone, BPHE, HD, ND, Cherie Soria & Dan Ladermann, Douglas McNish, Linda L. Brown, BA, ND, R.BIE, Pam Reiss, Nicola Kempinska, BKin, BA, ND, Susan Janssens, ND, Greg Anderson, Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe, MS, Kyley Hunt, BKin, ND, and Renita Rietz Editorial Written contributions and photos are welcome. However, all content is subject to editorial review.

Advertising Sales: Jon Cousins 1-877-276-1849 Visit our website for current health and eco news, features, recipes and more: Look us up at: Healthy Directions Magazine


hile no sure-fire, easy cure or prevention plan for cancer exists, there are many real-life, everyday strategies that can help put the odds in your favour. Reducing harmful substance exposure, diet improvements, taking vitamin D and addressing emotional issues can all contribute to improved wellbeing and lower risks. This issue our writers focus on a variety of easy to follow, researched anti-cancer approaches. We also offer more cancer news and connections on our new interactive website at: As the warmer weather approaches, here’s how to have one of the greenest lawns on the block and be proud of it. Make it eco-friendly! By not using cosmetic pesticides (pesticides for home lawn and garden use) it can be a luscious, bright vibrant green and “Green”. The link between chemical exposure and cancer dates back as far as the mid 1600’s with Italian occupational physician Bernardino Ramazzini describing examples of occupationally-induced cancers in De morbis Artificum Diatriba (“Disease of Workers”). Today, research is on-going on hundreds of potentially harmful substances at work and home. The Canadian Cancer Society posts an updated list of these substances along with environmental risks at: Cosmetic pesticide use bans first in Quebec in 2006 and then in Ontario in 2009 have contributed to reduced cosmetic pesticide use in those provinces. According to Environment Canada statistics, across Canada, 15% of Canadian households with a lawn or garden used chemical pesticide in 2009 (when the statistics were last updated), compared to 31% use in 1994. Lobbying efforts to reduce cosmetic pesticides continue in BC and Alberta, where usage rates still remain high. View the statistics at: Why wait for a ban? Interested in getting your lawn “Green” but don’t want to let the dandelions win the war this year? Consider: aeration, dethatching, over-seed, frequent mowing, composting clippings or allowing them to fall to mulch the soil, putting nematodes to work (microscopic worms) to enrich and patrol the soil, corn gluten, drought resistant grasses like fescue or buffalo grass, or landscaping with native plants adaptive to the environment. Make your neighborhood a safe haven for kids, pets and the planet. Last but not least, Healthy Directions is excited to announce the relaunch of our website as a daily, natural health resource. Read current health and eco news, features, recipes, follow events, win prizes and more. I invite you to visit: Yours in health and happiness,

Charleen Wyman, BA Journalism, BA English Editor, Healthy Directions Healthy Directions is an independent journal produced by Cousins Publishing, six times a year in Canada. All content is copyrighted by Cousins Publishing. ISSN 1488-6308 Important: Always seek the opinion of your medical or naturopathic doctor before starting any complementary health program. Any information contained herein is intended towards that purpose; thus “Healthy Directions” and its contributing writers will not be held liable should this advice not be followed.


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OUR CONTRIBUTORS Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS is Canada's leading women's health expert and has been researching nutritional medicine for over 30 years. With degrees in nutrition and biochemistry, she is the author of eleven books including A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones and A Smart Woman’s Guide to Weight Loss. Her website: has over 4,000 pages of helpful nutrition information.

Health and wellness writer renita rietz has spent over a decade researching nutritional strategies to increase the innate rejuvenative capacity we all possess by harnessing the pharmacologic and phytotherapeutic potential of indigenous foods and plants.

Cherie Soria is the coauthor of Raw Food For Dummies®. She has been teaching the art of gourmet raw foods to individuals, chefs, and instructors for nearly twenty years. Dan Ladermann is the coauthor of Raw Food For Dummies®. He is a Certified Hippocrates Health Educator and raw vegan nutrition instructor. Together, Cherie and Dan own and operate Living Light International.

Susan Janssens is Calgary naturopathic doctor who has been practicing for over 10 years. She provides a safe, effective, integrative and natural approach to health. Her areas of expertise are with brain enhancement, anti-aging, woman’s health and chronic disease. For more information please go to or phone 403-288-4880.

nicola Kempinska, BKin, BA, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing family medicine, with a special interest in Anti-Aging & Longevity Medicine, Women’s Health, and Pain Management. Her aim is to help each patient achieve maximal health and the highest quality of life, using evidence-based, individualized medical programs and treatments.


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Beat Osteoporosis, Keep

Strong, Healthy Bones for Life By Ellen Simone, BPHE, HD, ND At around age 40 bone loss naturally begins to occur and maintaining strong, healthy bones is crucial to preventing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a medical condition where bones become thin, brittle and porous due to loss of protein and mineral content; calcium in particular. Osteoporosis is characterized by reduced bone strength making them increasingly fragile and prone to breaking. In older adults, falls and broken bones can significantly decrease one’s quality of life.


Genetics and family history of osteoporosis Decreased estrogen levels in women once they transition to menopause Cigarette smoking and alcohol intake Diets low in calcium Vitamin D deficiency Lack of exercise Prolonged use of certain medications

TIPS TO MAINTAIN STRONG, HEALTHY BONES FOR LIFE Exercise: Aim to exercise 30 minutes per day, five days per week and include weightbearing and strength training exercises, such as, weight lifting, running, climbing stairs, dancing, yoga, and aerobics. Ensure you choose exercises at an intensity level appropriate for your abilities. The force exerted on the muscles and joints triggers your body to strengthen bone. Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking: These lifestyle behaviours are correlated with reduced bone density and increased risk of osteoporosis. Avoid cola drinks: The phosphoric acid in these drinks binds to calcium preventing absorption. They also increase the acidity of the blood and cause calcium to be released from the bones to neutralize the acid. Get some sun: 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight, avoid peak hours 11 am to 3 pm, will increase skin’s production of vitamin D. You need vitamin D to absorb calcium into bone. Vitamin D supplementation may be necessary during the winter months. Incorporate calcium-rich foods into your diet: Dairy products do contain calcium however if you are vegan or have a food sensitivity to dairy there are a variety of other foods to choose from that are rich in calcium including: soy milk, soy beans, tofu, oatmeal, broccoli, kale, arugula, oranges, figs, sardines, salmon, white beans, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. 6 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013

WHEN SHOULD I START CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS? Taking a multivitamin which contains calcium is a great way to increase your daily calcium intake. If you have been diagnosed with osteopenia (reduced bone density) or osteoporosis, taking a higher dose calcium supplement can be beneficial to maintaining strong bones and preventing further bone loss. Calcium supplements are not all the same, some forms are more easily absorbed than others. Also, calcium alone is not enough. It is recommended that calcium be combined with magnesium, vitamin D and other microminerals such as boron, strontium, vitamin K2, copper, manganese and zinc to optimize absorption and deposition into bones. When it comes to supplementation, always speak to your health care provider to see if calcium supplementation is right for you. Ellen Simone, BPHE, HD, ND practices at Alta Vista Chiropractic & Massage Clinic and Somerset Health and Wellness Centre. She welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long term health and wellness. Phone: 613-731-5775 Visit:

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10 Reasons to Quit Cooking Your Meals The Raw Truth

By Cherie Soria & Dan Ladermann Most people don’t think of cooking their food as a bad thing. Chances are, you love baked potatoes, green bean casserole, glazed cooked carrots, and much more. Sure, you’re game for the occasional salad and veggie tray with dip, but the thought of switching to a raw foods-only diet sounds pretty radical. What would you eat, exactly? Would your diet be balanced? Would you be getting proper nutrition? Well, it might be worth your while to think outside the box (or the skillet). There are a lot more compelling reasons to go raw than you might think! All raw foodists have personal stories about how raw foods helped them lose weight, heal, gain more energy or mental clarity, look better, feel better, or achieve some other benefit or goal. This diet has even attracted celebrities including Demi Moore, Sting and Madonna. If you’re totally unfamiliar with the raw food lifestyle, it essentially means that you eat fresh, nutrient-rich plant foods that have not been heat processed. When foods are cooked, many of their nutrients are lost. You can go totally raw if you’d like, or you can simply incorporate more raw foods into your existing meal plan to experience the benefits. 8 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013

LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER Most people report improved health and general well-being within weeks of switching to a raw food lifestyle. The nutrient-rich raw diet is high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), so it maximizes health and vitality. Raw foods are available in abundant variety and present delicious food choices, especially compared to diets that focus on calorie restriction and deprivation. Temporary diets are often very unhealthy and doomed to failure because people cannot maintain the regimen as a lifestyle. However, the raw diet is abundant with fresh produce as well as nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes.

REDUCING HEALTH RISKS AND HEALING THE BODY The facts are indisputable: A raw plantbased diet leads to lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and obesity. As opposed to people who eat other types of vegetarian diets (including lacto, lacto-ovo, and even cooked vegan), people who eat a raw vegan diet are less prone to obesity,

coronary disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

AVOIDING PREMATURE AGING AND PROMOTING LONGEVITY Many raw foodists look twenty years younger than people of the same age who eat cooked foods. This youthfulness is due in part to the nutrient density of raw foods, which are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamins that protect the body from free radicals, which attack healthy cells. People who are well nourished tend to feel good and maintain a healthy body weight well into their golden years.

ACHIEVING AN IDEAL BODY WEIGHT Many people believe that the body continues to feel hungry until nutrient needs are satisfied. Therefore, even if you eat enough calories to fuel your body, you’re still hungry—for nutrients! In this situation, your metabolism slows down, you stop burning fat, and you crave more food. The fast-food industry is in business to provide people with lots of opportunities to eat sugary and fatty foods, and many people are addicted to these foods. But with a raw

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plant-based diet, you can eat all you want of fresh, ripe, and raw foods without worrying about counting calories. After eating a mostly raw diet for a few weeks, your body begins to naturally regulate how much food you need by turning off its hunger-response mechanism when you have had enough.

INCREASING ENERGY, VITALITY, AND STAMINA When the human body is well nourished, it’s healthy and active, and has an abundance of vitality. Fats, especially heat-processed oils, slow you down because they require long periods of digestion, which steals energy from your body. Light foods, such as fruits and vegetables, digest easily and leave you with energy for activity. Also, less sleep is required when you eat foods that are fresh and light. When you consume heavy, cooked foods, especially in the evenings, several hours of sleep time are spent digesting food rather than moving you to the deep sleep zone that’s required to reach beta levels and the dream state. Raw foodists often report that they sleep one to three hours less and still have more energy than when they ate mostly cooked foods.

respiratory problems, colds, flus, and allergies. A raw diet is especially great for people who are intolerant of dairy, wheat, and soy because raw foods have virtually no hidden ingredients. Apples and carrots, for instance, are dairy- and lactose-free, wheat- and grain-free, soy-free, egg-free, and even corn-free.

NO MORE DIRTY POTS AND PANS Hallelujah! A raw diet frees you from cooking! And raw food preparation is (for the most part) quick and easy with meals that are a breeze to clean up. No greasy stoves, hot ovens, or fryers. Of course, any gourmet food takes time to prepare—raw foods included. But you can make satisfying raw meals without a lot of fuss. A knife and a blender are all that’s required to whip up smoothies, soups, sauces, and even desserts in a flash. And if you spend just one day a week making foods for the pantry and fridge, you can ensure that food prep is quick and easy for the rest of the week. 

ENHANCING MEMORY AND MENTAL CLARITY Your brain needs nourishment, and whole, ripe, raw organic plant foods provide the power you need for strong mental acuity. The essential fats that the brain needs, such as omega-3 fatty acids, are in leafy greens, flaxseed, chia, hemp, and walnuts as well as many other raw plant foods. The human brain also needs plenty of water, magnesium, and organic sodium; whole raw foods offer an abundance of these nutrients. When nutrient- and water-deficient foods (including pasta, pizza, and other fare that’s laden with hydrogenated, saturated, and cooked fats and salt) are replaced with nutrient-dense whole plant foods and healthy fats, brain function improves.

REDUCING COLDS, FLUS, AND ALLERGIES Most raw foodists find that their diet reduces or even eliminates their HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013 9

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Hemp seeds are a complete protein.



This take on classic coleslaw has virtually all the same flavors and textures but is much more nutritious, because the healthy fats in the hemp seeds and hemp oil are much better for you than those contained in generic store-bought mayonnaise. This can serve as a crunchy addition on top of a green salad or as a meal on its own.

This dish is a great way to get as many healthy ingredients into your body as possible without having to sacrifice any of the things you love. The softness of the root vegetables makes it reminiscent of traditional al dente pasta.


3 large carrots, peeled 3 large parsnips, peeled 1 tbsp cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided 11⁄2 tbsp fine sea salt, divided 3⁄4 cup cold-pressed hemp oil 1⁄2 cup raw shelled hemp seeds 3 cloves garlic 3 cups chopped fresh cilantro leaves

3 cups shredded carrots 1 cup shredded red cabbage 1⁄4 cup cold-pressed hemp oil 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1⁄2 tsp fine sea salt 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley leaves 3 tbsp sesame seeds 3 tbsp raw shelled hemp seeds 2 tbsp caraway seeds 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest


DIRECTIONS In a bowl, toss together carrots, red cabbage, hemp oil, lemon juice Excerpted from and salt. Set aside for 15 to 20 Eat Raw, Eat Well minutes, until softened. Add parsley, by Douglas McNish sesame, hemp and caraway seeds © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. and lemon zest and toss well. Taste May not be reprinted for seasoning, adding more salt if without publisher permission. necessary. Serve immediately. Photo credit: Colin Erricson



Using a vegetable peeler, peel carrots and parsnips into long, thin strips, dropping into a bowl as completed (a Y-shaped, slingshot, vegetable peeler works best). Add olive oil, 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice and 1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) salt and toss until vegetables are well coated. Set aside for 10 minutes, until softened. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process hemp oil and seeds, garlic and remaining lemon juice and salt, until somewhat smooth but the hemp seeds retain some texture. Add cilantro and process until chopped and blended, stopping the motor once to scrape down the sides of the work bowl. Add pesto to fettuccine, toss well and serve.

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A raw lifestyle supports sustainable farming, creation of healthy topsoil, protection of watersheds, and reduction of your carbon footprint. Moreover, raw food, when purchased in its natural state, contains little to no packaging; it’s packaged by nature. Cooked and processed foods in cans, plastic containers, and plastic-coated boxes add to the volume of hazardous waste.

Some raw foodists consume small amounts of meat and fish. We recommend following a raw vegan diet, which includes only plant foods. When all recipes are vegan, no animal suffering is involved. Excerpt reprinted with permission from Raw Food For Dummies®. Visit for two recipes from Raw Food for Dummies®, Better-Than-Eggs Salad Sandwich and Green Burrito.



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Real-Life Strategies for

Cancer Prevention

By Linda L. Brown, BA, ND, R.BIE As a 5-year survivor of cancer, and having healed myself naturally, without chemo and radiation (with the support of a lot of great holistic practitioner colleagues), I have spent a great deal of time working to keep myself healthy and cancer-free and to prevent recurrence. I've learned a lot along the way, and from my own experience, I'd like to share my strategies to strengthen your body and soul against cancer:

Conquer Your Fears – fear keeps you stuck, and we often attract


Quality Sleep – go to bed relaxed, early, and EMF (electro-

Eat a lot of fresh, delicious, organic fruits and vegetables – rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants, with juicing every day. Super foods such as wheatgrass and blue-green algae are powerful additions to that list.

Eliminate Food Intolerances – to decrease inflammation in the digestive tract, and subsequent stress to the immune system. Testing is useful to find out what those intolerances may be.

Minimize wheat, sugar, caffeine – which irritate the system, weaken the immune system, and contribute to acidity. By removing these from your diet, you may start to feel new energy.


Address Anger – towards yourself, your childhood, your parents, your workplace, and anyone else in your life. Suppressed anger can bubble up and boil over into illness. This includes: resentment, frustration, and hatred.

the things we are most afraid of. Conquer your fears and be free!

Maintain healthy boundaries – know what's acceptable to you and what isn't. Don't be stepped on. Voice what's important to you. You are in charge of your life.


magnetic field) – free. That may mean no TV, tweeting or checking emails right before bed. Go to sleep in the complete dark and without cell phones buzzing all around you. EMF's can severely affect your sleep.

Bodywork – helps calm your body, and your mind. Massages and acupuncture all benefit your circulation and energy flow, while decreasing the effects of stress. Schedule a regular treatment, once a month, or more. Look forward to it and feel good about it.

Meditation/Spiritual Practice – it's important to have a spiritual practice of some form, and there are so many to be drawn to. Find something that feels right for you, and practise regularly.

Self-Healing Therapies – empower yourself through knowing that you can make a huge impact on your own health and future. Many very simple therapies, like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can do wonders in the self-healing of stress, emotions and physical symptoms.

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THE SOUP’S ON SIMMER TORTILLA SOUP The lime juice and cilantro give this soup an amazing fresh flavor. For a vegetarian alternative, leave out the chicken breast and add some shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.

INGREDIENTS two 7-inch flour tortillas, vegetable spray 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded, cored and finely diced 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1–2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tsp ground cumin Excerpted from 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper Soup: A Kosher 5 cups stock Collection 1 cup canned diced tomatoes (Whitecap Books) 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, by Pam Reiss cut into 1/2-inchcubes Photos by Chris 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained Freeland from Soup: A Kosher 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels Collection 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice (Whitecap Books) 1 tsp hot sauce 2 Tbsp cilantro (firmly packed), chopped

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 350°f (180°c). Spray both sides of the tortillas lightly with vegetable spray, then cut into 1/4-inch by 1 1/2-inch (5 mm by 4 cm) strips. Spread the strips in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 4 to 6 minutes, until crisp and lightly browned.

Over medium-low heat, sauté the onion and jalapeño in olive oil for 5 to 8 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and cook another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the stock and tomatoes, bring to a boil, covered, over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


Add the chicken and beans, cook 2 minutes and add the corn. Cook another 3 to 5 minutes, until the corn is warmed through and the chicken is fully cooked. Add the lime juice and hot sauce just before serving. Top each bowl with the cilantro and baked tortilla strips.


Rinse the dried shiitake mushrooms well and put them in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and 1/4 oz dried shiitake mushrooms set aside, covered, until cooled. When cool, take them 1 cup boiling water out of the water. If the mushrooms are whole, take off 1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks the stems and discard, then slice caps into thin strips. 4 cups vegetable stock Slowly pour the remaining mushroom water into 1 cup bean sprouts the soup pot, being careful to leave any residue in the 1/4 lb firm tofu, bottom of the bowl. Add the carrot and stock to the cut into 1/4-inch cubes pot, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiled, turn the 1/8 cup bamboo shoots heat down, simmer gently. Add the bean sprouts, 1/8 cup water chestnuts, matchsticks rehydrated mushrooms, tofu, bamboo shoots, water 2 Tbsp | 30 mL soy sauce chestnuts, soy sauce, sambal oelek and black pepper 1 1/2 tsp sambal oelek (chili sauce) and simmer 1 to 2 minutes. 1/4 tsp black pepper In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch 3 Tbsp cornstarch Excerpted from and cold water. Pour into the soup and mix well. Soup: A Kosher 1 cup cold water Allow the soup to cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until Collection 2 eggs thickened. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs (Whitecap Books) 1 Tbsp toasted by Pam Reiss and sesame oil. In a slow, thin stream pour the sesame oil mixture into the soup and wait for 10 seconds before 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar stirring. Add the vinegar. Garnish with the onions. 1–2 green onions (scallions), sliced thin



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Avoid Chemicals in the Home

Green Clean

By Nicola Kempinska BKin, BA, ND

The buzz in the air around springtime often seems to focus around detoxifying your body and spring-cleaning your home. People start to feel ‘alive’ again after a winter of hibernation, and want to rejuvenate themselves and where they spend their time. To start fresh this spring, why not take some simple steps to clear out the chemicals, both within our bodies and our homes. Nowadays, the average person spends around 90% of their time indoors, and studies show that the air we breathe indoors can be even more polluted than it is outdoors! Add to that the chemicals that we put on our skin each day, and we’ve got a toxic recipe with the potential to prevent us from feeling our best and even worse, possibly lead to dangerous health problems. Take a look at this list of some of the most commonly found chemicals in cosmetics and beauty products, and the dangers they may have: Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – Found in many beauty products and household cleaners. The manufacturing process contaminates SLES with 1,4-Dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product. Parabens – Found in deodorants and other cosmetics. Shown to mimic the action of female hormone Estrogen, which may promote breast tumour growth Musks – Used in many synthetic fragrances. Can accumulate in the body, showing the potential to cause skin irritation, hormone disruption, and cancer. Phalates – Found in shampoos, fragrances, and deodorants. Linked to birth defects in the male reproductive system and decreased sperm motility in adult men. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) – Used in shampoo. Thought to have the potential to cause harmful effects on the nervous system. Touluene – Found in most synthetic fragrances. Long-term exposure has been linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver/kidney damage, and negative effects on the developing fetus. Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum – These are known to clog pores and create toxin build up. They also slow cellular development, which can cause earlier signs of aging, and are a suspected cause of disruption to hormonal activity. 14 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013

MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANING PRODUCTS Did you know that research has found that a woman’s risk of breast cancer is twice as high in those who report the most use of cleaning products and air fresheners, compared to those who rarely use them? The greatest correlation has been found with air fresheners and mildew cleaners. Reduce your exposure to chemicals by using non-toxic products. Whenever possible, make your own products so you know what goes into them and save money in the process! All-Purpose Cleaning Spray – Try 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Or, for a stronger product combine 2 cups water, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, and ¼ cup lemon juice. The key to the latter formula is to make it as you go, as hydrogen peroxide isn’t stable when diluted and will lose its effectiveness after a few days. Drain Cleaner – Sprinkle baking soda down the drain followed by apple cider vinegar and let it bubble for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Red Wine Stains – Presoak the stain with vodka, and then wash as usual to remove. Window/Mirror Cleaner – Combine ¼ cup white vinegar with 1 litre of water. Spray and wipe clean. Air Fresheners – Try 100% pure essential oils to freshen your home while avoiding the artificial chemical additives.

SKIN CARE There are thousands of chemicals used in your personal care products, and with skin being your largest, thinnest, and most permeable organ, whatever you apply to it can be directly absorbed into your body and enter your bloodstream. It is actually thought that putting chemicals on your skin and scalp may be worse for you than eating them, because when you eat something the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body whereas on the skin the chemicals absorb directly into the bloodstream without a filter, heading to your organs.

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The good news is that there are plenty of natural beauty products and cosmetics available today. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is make your own personal care products – that way you know exactly what’s going into them, and have access to more whenever you run out! All Natural Moisturizers – try coconut oil for your face and body. It’s a great moisturizer and contains potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. Try it as a conditioning hair treatment too! All-Natural Acne Spot Treatment – you can speed up healing and prevent scarring by using oil of oregano on a breakout Put 2-3 drops in water and dab on acne spots with a cotton ball (do not use on broken skin, and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards). All-Natural Deodorant – aluminum is commonly used in deodorants & antiperspirants and has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s, and other health conditions. As an alternative, mix ¼ cup organic cornstarch, ¼ baking soda or arrowroot powder, and 6 tablespoons coconut oil together until smooth. Put in a jar and apply with your fingertips daily. The coconut oil is antibacterial and the baking soda deodorizes.


Wait a few days before picking up your dry-cleaning, or hang it outside for a day or two before bringing it in. Dry cleaned clothes emit chemicals right after cleaning that have been linked to cancer and neurological problems.

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Fill your home with beautiful household plants to help filter the air and provide energizing oxygen each day.

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Use homemade beauty products and natural cosmetics wherever possible

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Nicola Kempinska BKin, BA, ND practices family medicine, with a special interest in anti-aging medicine & longevity, women’s health, and pain management. She aims to help each patient achieve maximal health and the highest quality of life using evidence-based, individualized medical programs and treatments.


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The Vitamin D Promise

By Greg Anderson, Founder of the Cancer Recovery Foundation International At current rates, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer will account for the single most common diagnosis among women. Here’s the good news: we can now prevent nearly 80 percent of all breast cancers. Not early detection or early intervention, but prevention! That is a huge promise. It’s real. It’s vitamin D. If you have followed the nutritional supplement field, you know I am required by law to say that these statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Further, I am required to note that vitamin D supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. But what I can say is, do the research and decide for yourself. Here are the facts.

A BASIC UNDERSTANDING It all starts naturally with our own body’s ability to manufacture vitamin D. The single most important thing every person should know about vitamin D is that the skin naturally produces a form of it, vitamin D3 cholecalciferol (pronounced koh-luh-kal-SIF-uhrawl) – a fact that has profound implications for the human condition. Technically not a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a hormone that interacts with more than two thousand genes, about 10 percent of the human genome. Extensive research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least fourteen varieties of cancer, most notably breast and prostate cancer, as well as several other diseases. Please understand that vitamin D is something we all need but nearly all of us lack in adequate amounts. And it’s affecting our health.

THE SCIENCE Since 2005, cancer has become the leading cause of death for people under the age of eighty-five. Cancer now accounts for nearly 16 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013

one in every four deaths in the United States each year. It has also become the single leading cause of death worldwide. But scientific studies suggest that about three-fourths of those cancer deaths could be avoided! Statistics show that two thirds of the deaths that occurred in 2010 alone, for example, were related to lifestyle choices, such as tobacco use, obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition and therefore could be prevented. Enter vitamin D. Science shows that vitamin D hinders inappropriate cell division and metastasis, decreases blood vessel formation around tumors, and regulates proteins that influence tumor growth. It also enhances the immune system’s ability to fight cancer and promotes the efficacy of several chemotherapeutic medicines. In some of the most impressive research ever, studies conducted at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska have revealed that supplementing with vitamin D and calcium can reduce the risk of breast cancer by an astonishing 77 percent. This research provides strong new evidence that vitamin D is the single most effective preventive against breast cancer, far outpacing the benefits of any cancer drug known to modern science. Here’s a portion of the Creighton press release: Most Americans and others are not taking enough vitamin D, a fact that may put them at significant risk for developing cancer, according to a landmark study conducted by Creighton University School of Medicine. The four-year, randomized study followed 1,179 healthy, postmenopausal women from rural eastern Nebraska. Participants taking calcium, as well as a quantity of vitamin D3 nearly three times the U.S. government’s Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) for middle-age adults, showed a dramatic 60 percent or greater reduction in cancer risk than women who did not get the vitamin. The results of the study, conducted between 2000 and 2005,

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were reported in the June 8 [2007] online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “The findings are very exciting. They confirm what a number of vitamin D proponents have suspected for some time but that, until now, have not been substantiated through clinical trial,” said principal investigator Joan Lappe, Ph.D., R.N., Creighton professor of medicine and holder of the Criss/Beirne Endowed Chair in the School of Nursing. “Vitamin D is a critical tool in fighting cancer as well as many other diseases.” Research participants were all 55 years and older and free of known cancers for at least 10 years prior to entering the Creighton study. Subjects were randomly assigned to take daily dosages of 1,400–1,500 mg supplemental calcium; 1,400–1,500 mg supplemental calcium plus 1,100 IU of vitamin D; or placebos. National Institutes of Health funded the study. Over the course of four years, women in the calcium/vitamin D3 group experienced a 60 percent decrease in their cancer risk than the group taking placebos. On the premise that some women entered the study with undiagnosed cancers, researchers then eliminated the first-year results and looked at the last three years of the study. When they did that, the results became even more dramatic with the calcium/vitamin D3 group showing a startling 77 percent cancer risk reduction. In the three-year analysis, there was no statistically significant difference in cancer incidence between participants taking placebos and those taking just calcium supplements. Through the course of the study, 50 participants developed nonskin cancers, including breast, colon, lung and other cancers. Lappe said further studies are needed to determine whether the Creighton research results apply to other populations, including men, women of all ages, and different ethnic groups. Please grasp the implications of this study. Over four years, the group receiving the calcium and vitamin D supplements showed a 60 percent decrease in cancer. When you discard the first year for margin of error, the study reveals an impressive 77 percent reduction in cancer attributable solely to vitamin D supplementation. These astonishing effects were achieved on what many nutritionists consider to be a low dose of vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight, which creates even more vitamin D in the body, was not tested or considered. Plus the quality of the calcium supplements was likely not as high as it could have been. It was calcium carbonate and not high-grade calcium malate or aspartate. Beyond this groundbreaking study, additional research demonstrates vitamin D to be an effective cancer preventive. The science shows women who are vitamin D deficient have a 222 percent increased risk for developing breast cancer. Numerous studies have shown an inverse correlation between breast cancer mortality and vitamin D levels—when vitamin D levels are low, cancer deaths are relatively high; when vitamin D levels are high, cancer deaths are relatively low. Today, more than nine hundred scientific studies link vitamin D deficiency with breast cancer.  Printed with permission from “Breast Cancer, 50 Essential Things You Can Do” by Greg Anderson – available at HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013 17

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Freedom from Allergies and Sensitivities


By Susan Janssens, ND Food allergies and sensitivities are a very common cause of a broad range of health concerns from irritable bowel to migraines.

FOOD INTOLERANCES A food intolerance is when an individual develops symptoms such as headaches, bouts of fatigue, indigestion, gas and bloating, irritability, and water retention from commonly eaten foods such as milk, wheat, corn, eggs (often developed in that order). The actual cause of an intolerance is unknown, and most likely is related to a mix of different factors from the terrain of your gut to how your biochemistry and digestive system are functioning. New sensitivities develop over time and can be precipitated by illness, antibiotics, stress, or a simple trip to Mexico and the ensuing Montezuma’s revenge. It is common to have between 1-5 food sensitivities and in more severe cases up to 20 or 30 foods. Food reactions are slow; it can take hours even up to 48 hours for bowel issues; so, often there is no obvious link between foods eaten and symptoms.

ALLERGY An allergy is any reaction that takes place in the body in which the immune system is involved. Common symptoms include asthma, hay fever, constant runny or congested nose, chronic ear infections, sinusitis, nasal polyps, postnasal drip, hives, eczema and irritable bowel. There are immediate IgE and delayed IgG mediated food allergies. With IgG mediated or delayed allergies it can be several hours to days before symptoms manifest and they are very similar to the food intolerance symptoms listed above. From years of testing both immediate and delayed food allergies, the most common food 18 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013

allergies are eggs, dairy, gluten, shellfish and nuts. We know allergies run in families and tend to start early. They can start from in-utero exposure, or a bit later from breast milk, or on the first consumption of food. In any allergic disease, multiple allergens tend to be at work. For example, a child may have improvement of eczema after removal of milk and eggs from the diet, but only lose all symptoms when on vacation from the family dog.

ELIMINATION OF OFFENDING FOODS Elimination of the offending foods for both an intolerance or an allergy for two weeks and subsequent reintroduction cause more prompt and severe reactions such as hives, diarrhea, nausea, gastric pain, gas, bloating, and headaches. People tend to crave food intolerances and will have “withdrawal reactions” when the food is eliminated from the diet up to seven days. Cravings tend to disappear within two weeks; however with the first introduction of the food, the cravings will reappear. Generally a person’s health will gradually deteriorate over time if food allergies or sensitivities are not dealt with. Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities cannot be measured by any standard medical testing and are determined by working through a “food elimination diet”. The standard test for allergies is the skin-prick test, which looks at how the skin reacts to a range of common allergens. Skin scratch tests work well for some types of allergens such as airborne and topical, however do not work well for foods unless the patient reaction is immediate and violent such as anaphylactic type. The cause may be that the allergic reaction is local to a part of the body and does not enter the blood stream and would not show up in the skin. Hence, the

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test of choice for delayed allergies is an IgG Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA) test that measures the levels of antibodies in blood that a person is producing towards a specific substance. The ELISA test is performed on your blood and a simple blood draw or finger poke is all that is required. There are more alternative forms of testing such as the antigen leukocyte antibody test that measures the body’s white blood cell response to challenges from a wide array of substances including foods, additives, colorings and chemicals. This test is useful when assessing a person’s reactivity to chemicals, food additives, preservatives and molds. Detective work is required to find out all of the offending substances. Allergies and sensitivities have slightly different treatment protocols. In both cases it is important to heal any “dysbiosis” or imbalanced gut flora. Often, there is an overgrowth of yeast, bacteria or parasites that cause inflammation of the gut lining. This allows larger food molecules to enter the blood stream causing the immune system to react. A deficiency of your good bacteria can also be a problem and is common because of our prolific use of antibiotics. Often, with a bit of dedication people are able to heal the underlying cause of the allergy or intolerance and are able to go back to eating a variety of foods. In the meantime avoiding the foods will eliminate the troubling health symptoms.

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By Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe, MS According to New York University researchers you have about seven seconds to make an impression on someone and your skin is a big part of what people think about us. Beautiful, glowing skin tells people you are healthy and vibrant. If we look at our childhood photos we will most likely see smooth, flawless skin. Yet for many people as early as the late 20s signs of aging are apparent including fine lines and dry skin. Once a woman goes through menopause dramatic changes can occur to the skin with increased wrinkling, dryness and a dull appearance. Fatty acid deficiency is the cause of most common skin conditions from eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and wrinkles - but not just any fatty acid. Beautiful skin requires a very special essential fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid also known as GLA. GLA builds better, more beautiful skin from the inside out. The earliest warning sign of GLA deficiency is cradle cap in infants which is a sign that mom was deficient when she was pregnant. GLA is called "essential" because we have to get it from the food we eat. Sadly the North American diet is made up predominantly of bad fats from red meats and processed foods devoid of "good" fats. And even if you eat well, to make matters, an 20 HEALTHY DIRECTIONS April/May 2013

enzyme called the delta-6-desaturease enzyme is often impaired which means you can't make the good fats like GLA from the foods you eat - the only way to get this important fatty acid is from a bottle. Younger looking skin in a bottle is something your dermatologist most likely won't tell you about. GLA is found in borage oil (20 to 24%) and to a lesser extent evening primrose oil (8 to 10%). Fish and flax oil do not provide GLA. Consuming GLA oil is the fastest way to gorgeous skin. Some of the common reasons why the enzyme in the body that makes GLA does not work are low thyroid, viral infections, diabetes and prediabetes, menopause, aging, sugar consumption - on average we eat 150 lbs of sugar per person per year; a deficiency of vitamins C, B6, B3, zinc and magnesium.

THE SECRET TO GLOWING, YOUTHFUL SKIN In one study researchers had younger women take GLA oil supplements orally and in less than 60 days, their skin was not losing as much moisture. And over a third of those who started the study with skin rashes and irritation had none. Plus GLA oil reduced dry

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skin and made their skin glow. Just think if we started as children taking GLA oil we may not wrinkle at all. Make sure your GLA oil supplement delivers a high amount of GLA (500mg per serving). Many GLA supplements just list the total oil content and you have to read the fine print for the amount of actual GLA.

GLA, MENOPAUSE AND SKIN In women who have gone through menopause the enzyme that converts fatty acids from our food into GLA no longer works. We have learned that GLA is the main component of beautiful skin. GLA makes your skin luminescent, dewy and glowing. The inability to make GLA after menopause is the reason why many menopausal women notice their skin becomes dull and wrinkled so quickly once the menstrual cycles have stopped. Without sufficient GLA the skin becomes dry, rough and wrinkled. To return your skin to its youthful glow after menopause we must supplement with GLA. GLA also reduces inflammation in the skin associated with rashes and rosacea which are also common in menopausal women.

GLA, ECZEMA AND SKIN RASHES Not only is GLA important to prevent and treat wrinkled, dry skin but GLA helps to maintain the stability and fluidity of the natural water loss barrier in our skin. Skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, cradle cap, acne and dry skin occur when we are deficient in GLA. GLA is vital for keeping skin cells moist and strong improving the protective function of the skin. Sixty patients given 500mg of GLA per day for eczema had a 90% improvement over 12 weeks. Eczema is a common problem in infants and children GLA is safe for all ages without the side effects seen with steroid creams. During pregnancy moms need extra GLA to ensure the baby does not become deficient. Cradle cap and infant eczema or dry crusts on the skin that occur on the scalp, face, armpits, chest and groin area can be treated with topical GLA oil. One study including 48 infants with dermatitis were given twice daily topical applications of GLA oil for 6 weeks with complete relief. One teaspoon of GLA oil containing 500mg of GLA should be applied twice a day.

GLA AND SUNBURN GLA also reduces the inflammation in the skin caused by the sun's UV light. A Scandinavian study showed that when people took GLA oil supplements it significantly reduced the effect UV light had on their skin. It took longer for their skin to turn red and burn. For those of us who do not like the ingredients in sun screen enhancing our skin's ability to ward off the sun's rays is a plus. We are spending billions of dollars annually on cosmetic treatments yet the solution for beautiful skin can be found in a bottle of GLA oil. Lorna Vanderhaeghe, MS is Canada's leading women's health expert. She is the author of 12 books. Visit her informative website at for FREE books and more.

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Thoughts to Digest By Kyley Hunt, BKin, ND There is a lot more talk about our digestive systems these days. How many of us know someone who has a food sensitivity or has been told they have “irritable bowel syndrome” - that irritating condition where you know something isn’t quite right but no one seems to know exactly why that is? More research and understanding is being conducted in an effort to elucidate how our digestive system works and how it can affect our overall health. We used to think digestive problems only caused symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, bloating and stomach pain. We now know that poor digestion can also cause skin issues, fatigue, the dreaded ‘run down’ feeling, headaches and low energy. It seems our tummy problems have gotten a lot more complicated over the years, but there are simple things that we can do to keep everything on track and moving smoothly. First off, let’s talk about what is going on after we chew and swallow. Proper digestion is like a good recipe; it needs the right mix of ingredients. That means the digestive system needs enough enzymes to help break down food, the right amount of stomach acid to help those enzymes work and good healthy bacteria to keep that process going and to support the immune systems. Once that process is done, only the small broken down nutrients are able to be absorbed into our blood for us to use, while the rest of our food is kept in the intestines because the cells lining the intestinal tract are nice and tight. As we get older and go through life, the stress we put ourselves through, either from what we


eat or the day to day grind, causes inflammation in the system. That inflammation can cause the cells to swell and so the spaces in between get larger, which lets larger food particles be absorbed and aggravates our immune system.

MINDFUL EATING We live in a world of constant stimulation and are on the go a lot, which is how fast food and to-go packaging became standard issue. Take a little time back. Mindful eating is helpful in so many ways. It has been said the digestive tract has more nerves than your brain! That means when you are stressed at work, in the car, at home watching the news etc. everything in the gut is tightening up. Stress causes the body to release adrenalin, which is great if you are running away from someone but not if you are trying to have a nice meal. Being relaxed while you eat and eating slowly helps to reset the body into a parasympathetic, or rest and digest mode, meaning better circulation to the stomach and better digestion.

EATING WELL We have all heard the basics of eating well - more vegetables, less junk food, smaller-regular meals. Ensuring enough of each nutrient is as important as making sure the food you like to eat likes you back. If you are eating certain foods and just not feeling quite right, it might be time to look into food allergy or food sensitivity testing. Overeating can also stress the body and the stomach. Eating a diet that is high in fibre helps to keep things moving, and is very important for people who have cholesterol or heart problems. Avoid drinking too much while eating as a lot of liquid dilutes the enzymes and stomach acid that help with digestion.

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SUPPLEMENTS & THERAPIES Probiotics: use of antibiotics, other medications, too much sugar and stress can all cause an imbalance of the bacteria in our intestines. These bacteria help us digest our food and keep our immune system healthy. Herbs: there are many digestive herbs suited for any tummy trouble. The most common forms are in teas - like ginger, chamomile, fennel and mint to soothe upset tummies and nausea. Bowen therapy: a gentle soft tissue manipulation therapy that helps to restore balance and resets the body to a parasympathetic mode, to rest and digest. If you are having digestive symptoms, the first step is to make an appointment with your health care practitioner; so, they can properly evaluate what is going on and make suggestions that are best for you.  Kyley Hunt, BKin, ND, practices at The Gaia Health Care Clinic and Bow Valley Club, in Calgary, Alberta.


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The Amazonian Fruit of Love


By Renita Rietz The ever growing search for new, exotic fruits from all corners of the globe is challenging the monoculture of fruit homogeneity that confines consumers to a relatively predictable selection of fruits. One exciting newcomer in this expanding repertoire is a South American superfruit known as borojo (pronounced bo-ro-ho). This small tropical tree, native to Columbia, Ecuador and Panama grows best in humid rainforests under shady conditions. The tree produces a large green fruit roughly 7-12 centimeters in diameter, similar to a large grapefruit or a small melon with a dense brown, fleshy pulp containing anywhere from 100-600 seeds. Although the tree is found in the wild, it is increasingly being cultivated in Columbia due to its use as a functional food. Not a new discovery, borojo fruit has been prized by the indigenous peoples of Columbia, Ecuador and Panama for centuries. The pulp has been used as part of the daily diet in the form of sauces, drinks, jelly and in a more modern context in ice cream, desserts and as an exotic flavour. A traditional drink known as “Jugo del Amor” or “Juice of Love” is made by using the pulp of the fruit, pointing to its common usage as an aphrodisiac and a folk remedy for energy, vitality and enhanced libido. In a traditional context, indigenous cultures of Central America have used borojo to stabilize blood

sugar levels, improve hypertension and as an overall daily health tonic. Nutritionally speaking, the fruit contains fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin C, a range of B vitamins and amino acids such as lysine, tyrosine, leucine and valine. Although much research has yet to be conducted on this fruit, a recent independently commissioned study at the Center for Advanced Food Technology (CAFT) at Rutgers University discovered a novel phenolic antioxidant compound unique to borojo. In addition to the unique polyphenol identified, the antioxidative capacity or ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) Score of borojo was calculated at a value of 5,400 per 100 grams, which although is no where near a 30:1 concentration of camu camu at 60,000 per 100 grams or a freeze dried acai berry powder at 50,000 ORAC per 100 grams, it still exceeds the humble blueberry, which roughly weighs in at 3,000 per 100 grams. Whether it is green tea, cacao, acai berries, camu camu berries, maqui berries or red wine, polyphenols have been shown to positively influence health in a variety of ways. Polyphenolic antioxidants protect us from the onslaught of free radical damage that occurs daily to our cells, which inevitably accelerates the aging process. Research has shown that a diet rich in

polyphenols offers benefits that go beyond the modulation of oxidative stress by demonstrating a potentially preventative role in the progression of degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular issues, cancers and osteoporosis, as well as, a decrease in inflammatory processes and blood sugar control. Borojo has a very unique combination of flavours that gives it a slightly tart taste with notes of citrus, plum and vanilla. Seek 100% pure Borojo powder with no added fillers, flavours or sweeteners. Add 1-2 teaspoons to yogurt, cereal, on top of berries or make exotic raw desserts, ice creams, puddings, jams, raw superfood truffles and power bars. To create a nourishing, lowglycemic energy smoothie combine borojo with other superfoods such as sprouted chia powder, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut and acai berry powder. It will be interesting to keep an eye on this emerging fruit as new research validates the traditional uses of this exciting food. We do not need to wait however for the science to discover the myriad of beneficial compounds. We can enjoy this unique superfruit and trust in the intuitive wisdom of South American ancient cultures. Renita Rietz is a health and nutrition writer who educates on the phytotherapeutic potential of indigenous foods and plants for prevention and regeneration. E-mail:

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