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Mango & Coconut Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Mango & Coconut Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie!⁣⁣The change of season is here! Longer days, warmer temperatures and a sense that the world is slowly getting back on schedule. @sabrinavirdee is rolling out a delicious treat that can be enjoyed anytime of the day. By adding natural ingredients along with a bit of love, you will be cooling down in no time with a cold smoothie in hand! Add Kaizen Naturals Vanilla Protein Powder and help build muscle, repair tissue! Check out past recipes to put together a full day of eating, snacking and enjoying time with your loved ones and friends! #livelifehealthy⁣⁣Mango & Coconut Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie⁣Serves 1⁣INGREDIENTS ⁣1½ cups Frozen Mango ⁣½ cup Frozen Pineapple ⁣½ cup Coconut Milk ⁣1 tsp Turmeric Powder⁣1 cup of Cold Water⁣1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder *optional ⁣⁣DIRECTIONS1. Add all your ingredients into your blender and mix until you have a smooth and creamy consistency. Add more water for desired thickness! Enjoy!⁣ Recipe created by: @sabrinavirdee

Happy Mother's Day from Healthy Planet!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! This is the perfect opportunity to treat all the Mama's in your life and even yourself to a few sweet gifts to celebrate this beautiful day. Healthy Planet is currently running an INCREDIBLE Mother's Day Sale, full of pampering and practical products for all Mothers! I have narrowed down my top 4 favourite products that not only do I use, but would make the  perfect Health & Wellness gifts for the Mama's in your life this Mother’s Day!   Organika Collagen – Because healthy skin is always on trend. Collagen has many beautiful benefits that does our body so good - promotes skin health, boost muscle mass, improve ingestive health, burns fat, alleviate joint pains, promotes heart health, and improves cognitive health. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, however our ability to produce it decreases less and less as we age. This is why it is so important to either incorporate foods that contain collagen in our diet or supplement it with a product like, Organika Collagen. Because let’s be real, who doesn’t want beautiful skin? Skin Essence Facial in a Jar – Spoil the Mama's in your life with this multipurpose product. You can either use this as an exfoliator to scrub away dead skin or leave it on as a mask so that the product can absorb all the oils and impurities out of your skin. Either way, this product will leave your skin super soft, supple, nourished and will brighten your overall complexion!   Everyone Hand Soap Coconut Lavender – This is the best naturally smelling hand soap on the market. I really love that it is kind to our earth, cruelty free, gluten free, does not contain synthetic fragrance, and really does a wonderful job at cleansing and moisturizing the skin.   Andalou Naturals Body Lotion Lavender Thyme – You will not catch me without some sort of hand lotion in my diaper bag. With all the diaper changing and constantly washing my hands to avoid catching my toddler’s germs, it strips away my natural oils leaving my skin super dry and cracked. I love this hand lotion not only does it DELICIOUS but it also does a fab job at moisturizing and keeping the skin moisturized for a long period of time. If Lavender Thyme isn’t your jam, they also have a large selection of other scents as well!   Written by Healthy Planet Ambassador @lifestylebycp.  Follow Cherrie as she lives her best life spreading her vision of the Health and Wellness lifestyle with the help of Healthy Planet!

Turmeric Latte Recipe

You may not know it, but it’s never too late to find out what all the buzz is about. Move over Coffee, move over Matcha Lattes, mover over Morning Tea…..there is a new boss in town and it brought all the healing and loving power that Turmeric has to offer. Turmeric Lattes are here and they are every bit as amazing as you may have heard. There are countless benefits of skipping your morning coffee and replacing it with a Turmeric Latte. From the ingredients being loaded with antioxidants, helping reduce inflammation and joint pain and protecting against heart disease, these are just a few of the reasons to jump on the Turmeric Latte bandwagon. Below we will guide you step by step on preparing and creating the very best turmeric latte your heart could desire. Ingredients: 1. Fresh Turmeric: 4 inch piece peeled 2. Fresh Ginger: 3 inch piece peeled 3. Black Pepper: pinch of freshly ground 4. Coconut Milk: 2 1/2 cups 5. Cinnamon: 2 sticks 6. Water: 1 1/2 cups 7. Nutmeg: a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 8.Cardamom Seed: 5 seeds  9. Coconut Oil: 1/2 teaspoon cold coconut oil Method: 1. Start by bringing your water to a boil and adding your freshly peeled Turmeric and Ginger . Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the roots soak. 2. In a second pot, bring your coconut milk, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds and grated nutmeg to a boil and instantly reduce heat to a slight simmer. The trick with this is time, the longer you let it simmer, the longer the flavors of the cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom immerse themselves into the coconut milk. Make sure to reduce heat to low after it reaches a boiling point. 3. Grab your blender and pour in the water, turmeric and ginger. Blend on high until you have created a golden liquid. Remove the now blended concoction by pouring over a strainer into a bowl or container to capture the liquid. What should be left in the strainer is a paste of sorts that consists of the ginger and turmeric that was blended leaving behind a silky smooth yellow milk. 4. Remove the cinnamon and cardamom from the simmering coconut milk and pull off the heat. With your blender readily available, combine your golden milk, simmered spiced coconut milk and cold coconut oil. The idea behind the coconut oil is to give it a thicker froth when blending. After combining everything in the blender, go ahead and blend thoroughly. 5. Our last step is pour into your favourite mug, add freshly ground black pepper ( Important to add the black pepper due to the fact that it helps your body absorb the healing powers that turmeric make available.) We all have our own taste buds and we encourage you to add or subtract to fit your taste. Turmeric is a gift from mother nature and can be enjoyed in many different ways. This just happens to be one of our favourite. Create your own favourite variation of the Turmeric Latte and show us your masterpiece by tagging #HealthyPlanetBreakfast on your Instagram page. Looking forward to seeing all the different variations.

Don’t let heel pain get you down this summer

4 questions you should be asking about your heel pain “What exactly is going on with my heel when it feels like I’m walking on egg shells?” That’s honestly a great question and to be even more honest the most knowledgeable of healthcare professionals isn’t even 100% sure. However, there is a lot that we do know about it that could at least steer us in the right direction and understand more as there are a few things that are pretty consistent. So what we do know is that heel pain is most often the result of plantar fasciosis. I know it looks like a spelling error and even my macbook wanted to correct me for grammar. This is not a typo folks there is a distinct difference between what we commonly know as plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis. Fasciitis implies that there is chronic inflammation which was something we once thought to be true. We now know that   there is actually very little inflammation when it comes to this type heel pain. This is important to know because it will help with the question of “what should I do about my heel pain?” but we’ll talk about that later.   There are a couple of consistent theories that exist when it comes to this type of heel pain. One is that people commonly ramp up their workouts/runs to fast which is typical when the weather gets better right around this time of year. We go from running for small distances on a treadmill to 10k outdoor runs. This is the easiest way to make your heel angry. Another theory is that flexibility can be an issue. If your ankle and toe movement is limited this can cause increased stress to the heel by way of the plantar fascia which is just a fancy word for all the tendons, muscles and “stuff” that runs along the bottom of your foot and inserts into your heel bone. Lastly, strength is another major key factor. If your foot, calf or glute strength is sub par your heel will let you know soon enough. “So now that I know what it is how long is this thing going to stick around for?” I wish I had better news and had a smaller window but the research is what it is at the moment and it is said that it could last 3-6 months. But at the end of the day it is dependent on so many factors. Every single one of these factors is crucial: a) Will you relax and let it heal? Everybody wants to keep doing the exact thing that lit their heel on fire but in the same breath wants the heel pain to go away. In the case of heel pain you unfortunately can’t have your cake and eat it too. b) Will you be diligent with exercises? Heel pain loves controlled low grade load. What I mean by that is that good exercises will put happy stress on your heel and allow the muscle tissue to get stronger and become more resilient. c) Will you resort to just rest? Although rest is important in healing it has to be combined with exercise. Rest alone will never heal heel pain. It may feel really good since you haven’t been challenging it. But as soon as you get back into what brought on the heel pain to begin with soon enough the pain will come back. d) What are you eating? Nutritional changes are so important in this process. We often talk about rest, what to avoid, drugs, exercises etc. What we often overlook is food. There are many ways to use food as a vessel for healing. I’m not going to get into food details as that could be a whole blog post in itself. Just know what you eat could make all the difference.   “Can this even be avoided?” For those of you out there who have never experienced heel pain before consider yourself lucky as anybody suffering could tell you it’s not a party by any stretch. The same ways one could manage and overcome heel pain is the same process by which one can avoid heel pain. It involves exercise and movement education and an understanding of training intensity and volume all of which the next question you probably have will address.   “I think I’ve heard enough what could I start doing to deal with my heel pain?” There are so many ways approach this. All you need is a bucket of tools at your disposal that addresses these 3 important things; a) Increase big toe extension b) Improve toe strength c)  Calf and plantar fascia (muscle tissue under your foot) strength Strength plays an important role in managing heel pain. Hopefully we have started to paint a clear picture for you on the many intricacies of heel pain management. Heel pain is very common and at the same time very debilitating. If you take anything from this remember that complete rest isn’t the answer. You need to introduce exercises early and often. The only thing you should be resting from is the very thing that brought your heel pain on to begin with. Reference: Sullivan et al. 2015. Musculoskeletal and Activity-Related Factors Associated With Plantar Heel Pain Hossain and Makwana. 201 ...

The Great Stretching Debate

By Tom Holland, MS, CSCS, CISSN “To stretch or not to stretch, that is the question.” Of the incredible number of confusing topics in the world of fitness, stretching is absolutely in the top ten. Like so many other hotly debated exercise subjects, it seems we are constantly bombarded with articles supporting both sides of the argument. Yes, you should stretch. No you shouldn’t. Completely contradictory conclusions that lead you to ask, “Well, which is it?” While there are numerous types of stretching modalities, you are likely most familiar with what is known as static stretching. It’s been around for decades, your parents and grandparents did it, and you probably did it in gym class and during sports from a young age. It simply entails holding a position like touching your toes (to target the hamstrings), or pulling up on a foot while standing (to stretch the front of your thighs). The static form is the one that is the most hotly debated when it comes to stretching. Being the exercise science geek that I am, I could happily dive deep into the specific studies on static stretching, discussing things like sample size, research methods and statistical significance. But if I did, your eyes would almost immediately glaze over and you would quickly abandon the article and start checking your Facebook status or reading something else. So I won’t, and truthfully there is no need. The debate on stretching can be clarified by looking at a few simple real-world facts: THERE ARE FIVE COMPONENTS OF FITNESS In the world of exercise science there are five specific components widely agreed upon that together can support fitness: Muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition and, yes, flexibility. Flexibility, the ability of your body to move through its optimal range of motion, is thus an important component of our physical health. One of the primary ways that you can maintain your flexibility is through stretching. INACTIVITY LEADS TO TIGHT MUSCLES 11Berg HE, Eiken O, Miklavcic L, Mekjavic IB.(2007). Hip, thigh and calf muscle atrophy and bone loss after 5-week bedrest inactivity. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2007 Feb;99(3):283-9. Epub 2006 Dec 22.12Bloomfield SA. (1997). Changes in musculoskeletal structure and function with prolonged bed rest. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1997 Feb;29(2):197-20613http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/1478/why-do-muscles-tighten-up/ Thanks in large part to the advances in technology, most of us are sitting more and more, and moving less and less. This is not good. Your body was not designed to be still and the more time spent being inactive, the more health problems can arise. Another negative side effect of increased time spent sitting is tight muscles. Staying in the same position for hours upon end, day in and day out, can lead to shortened and tight hips, lower backs and more. One simple yet effective way to counteract the deleterious effects on our muscles from sitting? Stretching. ACTIVITY LEADS TO TIGHT MUSCLES 14Page, P. (2012). CURRENT CONCEPTS IN MUSCLE STRETCHING FOR EXERCISE AND REHABILITATION. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 7(1), 109–119.15http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/1478/why-do-muscles-tighten-up/ It may seem counterintuitive after discussing how inactivity can lead to tight muscles, but, yes, physical activity can also have the same harmful effects on your flexibility. This is especially true when you engage in the same type of exercise on a regular basis. Running, cycling, swimming – you name it; when you perform the same repetitive movements over and over, utilizing the same muscles in the same way, problems can arise. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to engage in numerous forms of exercise; changing the muscle recruitment patterns helps to naturally prevent flexibility issues from occurring. But, regardless of the type of exercise you engage in, muscles will become tighter and stretching will help maintain your flexibility. BECOMING INFLEXIBLE IS NOT INEVITABLE 16Bandy WD, Irion JM, Briggler M. The effect of time and frequency of static stretching on flexibility of the hamstring muscles. Phys Ther. 1997;77:1090-1096.17William D. Bandy, Jean M. Irion, Michelle Briggler. The Effect of Static Stretch and Dynamic Range of Motion Training on the Flexibility of the Hamstring Muscles Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 1998 27:4, 295-300 It is indeed true that your chronological age is just a number. You have some control over the age-related physiological changes that happen as you age, especially those that correspond with the five components of fitness, including the loss of muscle mass (body composition), loss of muscular strength and loss of flexibility. Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass as you age, can be slowed when you e ...

Vancouver Island Company Brings International Acclaim and Diversity To The Valley!

It was December 2003 when the news broke that would launch our company on a global scale. A highly regarded American Journal published their results of a lengthy comparative trial, testing the top 18 products in North America designed to halt the inflammation and pain associated with common degenerative conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis, neck and back pain. Horse Journal (October 2003) proclaimed Recovery® the “best overall for arthritis”. We were simply blown away reading our name highlighted as the best product in the business in what is considered to be like "the bible of the horse industry"! Where the 17 other elite products from the USA and Europe failed to achieve worthy results in the relief of pain and inflammation, Recovery® showed 80 – 100% improvement in trial participants in only three to five weeks. What is even more interesting is how this proves our product efficacy. The trial participants were elite horses, and the administrators of the trial were veterinarians from the Horse Journal in Connecticut, the equine industry’s most prestigious journal. You simply cannot fool an animal or induce a placebo effect. The equine industry is the most competitive industry in regards to natural pain-relief products because show and race horses cannot receive drugs to counteract pain and inflammation. Horse trainers administer natural products—and they must work as word spreads rapidly in the horse world. Recovery® is now so popular that many of Team Canada's and Team USA's horses are administered it in their feed on a regular basis as a preventative measure and to I prove performance.  *What does this mean for you? When it comes to relief of pain and inflammation, the only difference between a horse and a human is two legs. Recovery® is a broad-spectrum product designed to improve the body’s ability to heal and halt damage that precedes inflammation, spasm, pain and immobility. It also improves the skin, breathing, and digestion. We believe that Recovery® is the most powerful pain relieving and anti-inflammation product on the market. It addresses the root of the problem, which is CELL DAMAGE. * The Path that led to the discovery of Recovery® * The journey began over a decade ago when, as a student of molecular biology and nutrition, I began to question the precise mechanisms that cause the cells of the body to age and break down. Recognizing that much of this cellular breakdown was due to oxygen-induced molecular instability, I set about developing a formulation to inhibit this instability. The formulation, named Recovery®, consisted of plant compounds that are known to protect the plant from physical and chemical aggressors. While in Holland, I had the opportunity to test the efficacy of Recovery® on many of the European community’s top professional ballet dancers. Like many sports, ballet often results in pulled muscles and tendons, particularly the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) at the outer edge of the kneecap. This ligament is so vital to the proper movement of the leg that damage sustained to it can result in loss of mobility for a year or more and often ends a dancer’s career.  After taking Recovery® for a few weeks, doctors assessing the effects of the formulation noted a significant reduction in expected recovery times. Dancers, who would normally be troubled by stiffness and loss of mobility following the natural or surgical repair of the ACL, were able to quickly regain mobility and return to the stage. Following my return from Holland, my brother Trevor and I were able to work with equine veterinarians, horse breeders and trainers. Horses are subject to numerous problems in their legs due to their relatively heavy body weight. Their risk of injury increases if they are raced or jumped. In much the same way as with the ballet dancers, horses also recovered more quickly and successfully from injuries and surgical intervention.  The results with people and animals were so dramatic that Trevor and I, with the help of our mom and dad, decided to form a private family company in 1999 to manufacture and sell Recovery® to veterinarians. The veterinarians experienced such significant results with the animals they were treating that they began telling people that they should also be taking Recovery® which in turns led to the launch of the human version of Recovery®.  *How Recovery® works*: Recovery® works in two distinct ways: by increasing the cell’s receptivity to anabolic (building) compounds such as insulin and thyroid hormone, and by reducing catabolic (destroying) action due to oxidation. The effects of treatment with Recovery® are realized throughout the body and include decreased pain, spasm and inflammation, improved circulation, improved drainage and improved healing. Many clinicians find Recovery® successful in alleviating conditions th ...

Pain Relief for Muscles and Joints

Absolüt Arnica Gel provides quick topical relief for bumps, bruises, muscular aches, sprains and swelling caused by sports injuries. Made from freshly harvested, organically grown, handpicked Arnica flower heads, its powerful anti-inflammatory action is strong enough to soothe even arthritic pain. It also protects cartilage from being damaged by chronic inflammation.   The Absolüt Arnica advantage   The application of a gel rather than a cream ensures that the Arnica penetrates directly into the skin rather than sitting on top. The result is a very swift reduction in symptoms, usually within 10-20 minutes of the first application. What’s more, it is odor free and its effectiveness does not wear off after a few weeks of use, but will continue to provide relief for as long as needed.   The Clinical Evidence For arthritis sufferers, cartilage damage translates into pain. Studies show that Absolüt Arnica blocks the overproduction of inflammatory substances, including the enzyme collagenase, which destroys cartilage.(1) A comparative study also showed that Absolüt Arnica gel is as effective as Ibuprofen gel to relieve pain.(2)     Absolüt Arnica Gel has no contraindications with any other medication or supplements. It can be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding as well as on children 2 and up.   Ref.: 1- Suter A. , Jäger C., Merfort I. Something to protect the cartilage? Arnica montana shows interesting chondroprotective properties. VI CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE FITOTERAPIA Y TÉCNICAS AFINES, November 7-9, 2008, Oviedo (E) 2- Widing R, Suter A Saller R (2007) Choosing between NSAID and Arnica for topical treatment of hand osteoarthritis in a randomized, double blind study.
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