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Nutrition and Lifestyle

Back-to-School Family Immunity Boosters

After the relaxing fun of summer, Back-to-School season is here again. Although every school year offers its share of gratification, it’s typically also a balancing act, for both parents and kids. Trying to juggle a busy schedule and the many demands of parenting while keeping the kids healthy and ready to learn can be a challenge. For kids, the return to bedtime and homework routines and new academic and social challenges can result in increased stress, which may lead to weakened immunity. These factors, combined with the increased exposure to flu bugs and other infections, can spell sick days for

AOR’s Healthy Student Guide

Every year, university and college students assemble the checklist of items that they need to take advantage of the opportunities and experiences that higher education offers. New textbooks? Check. New laptop? Got it. But it takes more than supplies to ensure you have a successful year in school, both academically and socially. And the university/college environment can present health challenges, both physical and mental, even if you’re young and active. We’ve reviewed the science for the top daily habits as well as the vitamins and nutrients best suited to supplement the brain and overall health of students. For anyone heading

Whey Protein 101: What exactly IS Whey protein?

Whey is one of two types of proteins found in milk (the other being casein) and it is a by-product of the transformation process of cow’s milk into cheese. As we all know, protein is the building block of life but not all proteins are created equal! Whey is considered by many to be the ultimate source of protein due to its exceptional branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) profile and high biological value.  When your body converts protein, it breaks it down into amino acids. These amino acids help to repair torn muscle tissue and build new ones. The higher

Seasonal Allergies and Your Gut: What’s The Connection?

Over the last few years, the science has emerged to prove that there is actually a close relationship between the respiratory, immune and gastrointestinal systems. We now know that a disruption to your biome (those trillions of microorganisms that live in your intestinal tract) can trigger an oversensitivity to allergens in your immune system, which could ultimately make your allergies flare up even more as a result. So, how do we support our gut? One acceptable method is to eat lots of healthy foods that are rich in fibre, as well as fermented products, such as kombucha. Of course, in

Is the intake of grapefruit juice linked to increased breast cancer risk?

The human body relies heavily on enzymes to perform all sorts of functions such as: the breakdown of various foods so that the nutrients can be absorbed, accelerating various chemical reactions which otherwise would be too slow for the requirements of the body, and generating energy quickly and efficiently among others. Then there is a whole series of enzymes whose job is to detoxify chemicals, either foreign (toxins) or ones produced by the body itself including hormones like estrogen. One such large group of enzymes is called the cytochrome P450 (CYP) family which breaks down different chemicals and thus reduces

Medicinal Mushrooms: Moving to the Mainstream

Edible and medicinal mushrooms have been used in Asian cultures for thousands of years as a tonic for both prevention and acute treatment of diseases, but recently they have gained interest in the West, as mainstream medicine discovers the multiple and incremental immune pathways that these fungi effect. Their potential use in cases of chronic immune dysfunction is making these mushrooms the latest research trend in immune support and prevention. As both a food source and medicinal substance, mushrooms can be a rich source of amino acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates and other functional compounds. Numerous studies have reported

Choosing the Right Calcium Supplement

According to a 2009 Statistics Canada study, 3% of men and 19% of women aged 50 or older reported having been diagnosed with osteoporosis.1 We now know that several factors are important for bone health such as a healthy diet and lifestyle which includes the avoidance of smoking and excess caffeine, sodium and alcohol. Proper intake of several bone building nutrients, one of which is calcium, is also important. But don’t forget, in order for calcium to be efficiently used by the body, many nutrient cofactors are necessary such as vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium, boron and others. Ensuring that

Optimizing Physical Performance: The Science of Nutrient Supplementation

There are many different supplements marketed as performance enhancers in the world of sports nutrition. With athletes trying to find an edge, and opportunistic companies selling the latest fad ingredients, it is very difficult to discern what natural substances are supported by sound scientific evidence and which ones are the flavor of the month. The reality is that many of these “natural” products have little or no evidence supporting their effectiveness or safety. At worst, they may be adulterated with dangerous and banned substances. Despite the pit falls in the world of sports nutrition, good evidence is emerging to show