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The Corporate Fix On Healthy Eating

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 29, 2016 9:33:45 PM

Yes Wellness - The Corporate Fix On Healthy Eating

The health benefits of vegetables are not up for debate.  Those of us who eat a balanced diet rich in veggies enjoy a reduced risk of many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Vegetables are a source of a wide variety of essential nutrients including potassium, fibre, and folate, not to mention vitamins A, C, and E. Dietary trends suggest our eating habits are suffering as we eat fewer vegetables (and fruits) while consuming more sugar, starch, and other processed foods.  So what gives?

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Topics: Mind Body Spirit

3 Delicious Ways to Cook With Coconut Milk

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 29, 2016 7:41:00 AM

Yes Wellness - 3 Delicious Ways to Cook With Coconut Milk

Most people tend to get confused between coconut water and coconut milk; the first thing you have to know is that coconut water and coconut milk are not the same. The thinner fluid found inside the coconut is the water and the extracted product made by blending coconut meat and the water inside is the coconut milk. As this is a very versatile product, it can be used in many different recipes in a lot of different ways.

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Topics: Mind Body Spirit

Imagine This: Getting Naked Often & Loving It

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 26, 2016 8:40:00 PM

Yes Wellness - Imagine This: Getting Naked Often & Loving It

How often do you get naked in front of the mirror? I suggest getting naked all the time. It may sound funny and seem uncomfortable at first—but you’ll get the hang of it. Spending time naked in front of the mirror or walking around your apartment in the buff will make you more comfortable with your body. When you are comfortable being naked in your own skin, you’ll become more confident and happier – this will be noticeable by others, not just yourself.


Most of us grumble how we don’t like our bodies in the nude. We focus on what’s wrong with our bodies rather than seeing the beauty of our unique curves. You need to learn how to judge your body less. Take small steps like:

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Topics: Nutrition

There’s No Place for Sugars and Grains

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

Mar 24, 2016 8:39:50 PM

Yes Wellness - There’s No Place for Sugars and Grains
 
 
 Candy is delicious.  Bread is oh so satisfying.  While there’s no doubt that sugars and grains hold a special place in our heart, there’s no room for sugars and grains in your diet.  There is a growing body of research that supports eliminating or significantly reducing your consumption of sugars and grains.  Not only do studies show that diets void of these types of food promotes healthy weight loss, but people also report improved energy levels, alertness, and focus.  So why are modern diets so high in foods that have a little-to-no health benefit, and, in fact, seem to bring a vast array of health consequences?  It is evolution, my friend.
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Topics: Nutrition

How Your Pop Habit is (Literally) Killing You

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 24, 2016 8:39:06 PM

Yes Wellness - How Your Pop Habit is (Literally) Killing You

If you can’t imagine going without your daily can of pop, you may be consuming a whole host of dangerous diseases and health disorders with every sip. Even worse, sugary soft drinks can behave like drugs in the brain, triggering a pleasurable dopamine rush that makes them tough to give up. Still, mounting evidence points to enormous benefits for those who bravely take the plunge.

With everything from your heart to your mind on the line, it may be time to kick those cans to the curb for good!  

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Topics: Nutrition

How to Train Like an Olympian By Ramona Braganza: Bobsleigh

Posted by Ramona Braganza

Mar 24, 2016 8:38:21 PM

Yes Wellness - How to Train Like an Olympian By Ramona Braganza: Bobsleigh

In bobsleigh, you have a four man-crew: one is the driver, two are push athletes, and one is a brakeman. Push athletes are the power of the team – they strength train heavy to develop enough muscle to push a 500 pound sled, with power at the start. Many of these athletes can deadlift 330 pounds and squat over 500 lbs. Ultimately, it's team work that gets them down the track.

Ramona Braganza's Olympic Bobsleigh Tip:

If your goal is to build size and muscle then take the time to learn some Olympic lifts, particularly those that that build strong hips and legs through back squats, front squats, and deadlifts. Olympic lifting torches calories not only during the workout but long after. It’s a great metabolic booster.

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Topics: Nutrition

Plain-Jane No More: Flavored Water Recipes 

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 24, 2016 8:31:00 PM

Yes Wellness - Plain-Jane No More: Flavored Water Recipes 


There is no doubt that water is the healthiest beverage that you can drink. In fact, it is recommended that you consume at least eight glasses of water a day – but it can be difficult to reach this amount, especially if you find the taste of water to be plain-jane and boring. The good news is that it is possible to naturally flavor water without adding any artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

Here are some easy recipes you can use everyday to make homemade flavored water:

Citrus Fruit Water Recipe

While lemon is the most common way to make homemade flavored water, all citrus fruits can that something extra you're looking for. Try opting for a lime, orange, or even a grapefruit for a tangy, refreshing flavor.

The health benefits of consuming citrus fruits include that they:

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Topics: Nutrition

Spirulina VS Chlorella

Posted by Patti Smyth RHN

Mar 24, 2016 8:30:00 PM

Yes Wellness - Spirulina VS Chlorella

From kale juice to daily wheatgrass shots, the craze for everything green is definitely here to stay. Powerful algae like spirulina and chlorella are quickly becoming popular as super greens because of their amazing health benefits, from protecting your heart to balancing your blood sugar and even helping you to get rid of cravings.

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Topics: Nutrition

How to Win a Poker Game With an Artichoke

Posted by Jesse Manderson

Mar 24, 2016 7:52:00 AM

Yes Wellness - How to Win a Poker Game With an Artichoke

 Imagine this: you're a 21 year old aspiring world-class chef and you leave this dream behind to become a world-class poker champion. Sounds a bit crazy, but, this is the story of 27 year old Martin Jacobson. 

Jacobson recently won the title of WSOP Champion – which had a prize of $10 million. What is even more remarkable is that he credits his success to Natural Stack's most prominent supplement, Ciltep.

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Topics: Mind Body Spirit

The Benefits of 9 Herbs (you probably have them in your kitchen now)

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 24, 2016 7:51:12 AM

Yes Wellness - The Benefits of 9 Herbs (you probably have them in your kitchen now)

Your spice rack may hold the secrets to lifelong health and wellbeing and you probably don’t even know it.  Sure, your herbs and spices add much needed flare to your dinner experiments, but they can also transform your health.  These unexpected health benefits are not so surprising to practitioners of traditional naturopathy, but even scientists, who rely on rigorous research for basing conclusions, have come to understand that many common household herbs have significant health benefits from preventing or ameliorating chronic conditions, to replacing unhealthy seasonings like salt.  Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of the 9 most common household herbs.

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Topics: Nutrition

Get Motivated to Workout

Posted by Ramona Braganza

Mar 24, 2016 7:49:00 AM

Yes Wellness - Get Motivated to Workout

As a celebrity trainer in Hollywood I have been around some of the most beautiful women in the world. You might find it comforting to know, that behind all of the glitz and glam that comes from being in front of the camera, even my celebrity clients have trouble getting and staying motivated to be in their best shape.

After having trained for The Avengers, Scarlett Johansson was thoroughly exhausted from the strict workout routines and dieting that came with the movie and decided to abandon her routine and diet for an entire month! Soon after, I had to prep Scarlett for her next film, Under the Skin. How did we get back on track? By getting back into the swing of a routine, one step at a time. I started Scarlett off with half an hour workouts and followed the following three tips:

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Topics: Fitness

Four Ways to Get Healthy on a Budget

Posted by Ramona Braganza

Mar 24, 2016 7:48:00 AM

Yes Wellness - Four Ways to Get Healthy on a Budget

It may seem that being in the best shape of your life requires having money to hire a personal trainer or a personal chef – but this simply is not true.  Even my A-List clients, like Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway do not wish to spend big bucks on getting healthy. Many celebs, just like you and me, are on the go, have to take care of their families, and want to be hands on with meal preparation and working out.

I promise you that you do not need to have a lot of money, or be a celebrity, to get into the best shape of your life. Let me explain how you can get into a healthy shape on a low budget.

Tips for Getting Healthy on a Budget

1. Bargain Shop

You may not want to pay a monthly gym fee, get locked into a contract, and go through the hassle that comes with joining a gym. Why not try to create your own gym at home? Now, this does not have to be a pricey project. Instead of purchasing brand new equipment look for deals online. Many classified websites,

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Honeybush Tea Health Benefits

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 24, 2016 7:46:00 AM

Yes Wellness - Honeybush Tea Health Benefits

What is Honeybush Tea?

Honeybush is a native shrub to South Africa. It has a distinctive yellow-amber color, and gives off the fresh scent of honey from its leaves. The Honeybush leaves have been used by South African locals for centuries, to make herbal tea.

What Are the Benefits of Honeybush Tea?

Honeybush has a variety of benefits that have been known in Africa for centuries but are not very well known in North America. Afterall, the commercialization of Honeybush tea in North America is just gaining ground.

Here are some of the wonders of Honeybush Tea:

Low Level of Tannins

Tea tannins are a group of plant compounds also known as polyphenols.  Honeybush Teas, on average, have tannin levels of 0.45%. This is extremely low considering most teas have tannins between 15-30%.

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Topics: Mind Body Spirit

If You Take Supplements, You Need to Read This

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 24, 2016 7:44:00 AM

Yes Wellness - If You Take Supplements, You Need to Read This

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you had a way to organize all of the supplements you take in a given day? Or maybe you’ve been looking for a way to take your supplements on the go – you know, without appearing like a maniac with dozens of supplement containers in your purse, car, or desk. If you’ve found yourself in this position and want a solution, let me introduce you to the YES Stak.

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What Everyone Should Know About Essential Oils 

Posted by Asif Walji

Mar 24, 2016 7:43:00 AM

Yes Wellness - What Everyone Should Know About Essential Oils 

When you are using essential oils for aromatherapy, natural remedies, cooking, or personal care, it's important that you research the type of oil you're getting to make sure that you're using the highest quality possible. Not all the essential oils you see for sale on the internet or in stores are necessarily as pure as you may want. In order to make a more informed decision about which essential oil will work best for you, it’s necessary that you understand that there are several types of essential oils, and some are much better than others.

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The #1 Secret Formula for a Hollywood Body

Posted by Ramona Braganza

Mar 24, 2016 7:42:00 AM

Yes Wellness - The #1 Secret Formula for a Hollywood Body

As a celebrity trainer, you can probably guess the most popular question I get asked: “What’s the secret to losing weight?” I’m here to tell you that there are no secrets. There are no magic pills. There are no magic cleanses. There is, however, a formula. And trust me, you’ve heard of this formula before.

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How Your Pop Habit is (Literally) Killing You

Posted by Ashlynn D.

Mar 24, 2016 7:39:00 AM

Yes Wellness - How Your Pop Habit is (Literally) Killing You

If you can’t imagine going without your daily can of pop, you may be consuming a whole host of dangerous diseases and health disorders with every sip. Even worse, sugary soft drinks can behave like drugs in the brain, triggering a pleasurable dopamine rush that makes them tough to give up. Still, mounting evidence points to enormous benefits for those who bravely take the plunge.

With everything from your heart to your mind on the line, it may be time to kick those cans to the curb for good!  

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DIY: 100% Healthy Popsicle Recipe

Posted by Elissa Erickson

Mar 24, 2016 7:38:00 AM

Yes Wellness - DIY: 100% Healthy Popsicle Recipe

I have a problem:

When it’s hot outside (and it’s been a pretty hot summer), I enjoy cold snacks! The problem with most summer snacks is that they're usually loaded with sugar (think: ice cream, freezies, slurpees, etc.). I have a hard time finding readily available summer snacks, a part from fruit. Do you have this problem too?

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Why Smart Moms Use Chlorella To Detox 

Posted by Asif Walji

Mar 24, 2016 7:34:00 AM

Yes Wellness - Why Smart Moms Use Chlorella To Detox 

If you’re pregnant, you must be looking for the highest quality in prenatal vitamins to make sure that your precious one gets the best nutrition.  You choose nourishing and healthy foods that are nutrient-rich and organic as much as possible.  After all, you have a growing life inside of you and your baby is relying on you to get the much needed nourishment he or she needs to grow a healthy brain and body.
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5 Easy Ways You Can Get Healthier by Not Sitting

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

Mar 24, 2016 7:33:00 AM

Yes Wellness - 5 Easy Ways You Can Get Healthier by Not Sitting

Unless you’ve been firmly planted under a rock for the last twenty or thirty years, you already know about most of the health hazards related to smoking. Like chronic smoking, excessive sitting  has detrimental effects on the body. Likewise, you probably don’t want to listen to me get philosophical about the benefits of regular exercise – it’s just a given.  People need to get regular exercise to ensure they maintain optimal health.  However, some pretty shocking research recently is suggesting that even if you endeavor to get 30 minutes of vigorous exercise 5 times per week – you may not be doing enough. 

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Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

Posted by Jesse Manderson

Mar 24, 2016 7:31:00 AM

Yes Wellness - Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome has the unfortunate distinction of being both common and confusing to many people. So many individuals are living with varying levels of impaired digestion due to poor eating habits, lifestyle choices, stress, and busy lives. Concurrently, few seem to fully understand the cascade of imbalance and illness that can result from such factors. Illnesses in the gut and the suppressed immunity that follows lie at the centre of so many health issues today and Leaky Gut is at the top of the list. I hope to shed some light on this potentially destructive condition and offer some basics to both protect and heal yourself from it.

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Topics: Nutrition

Acetyl L-Carnitine vs. L-Carnitine

Posted by Asif Walji

Mar 23, 2016 10:38:00 PM

Yes Wellness - Acetyl L-Carnitine vs. L-Carnitine

Feeling sluggish? Maybe you have a hard time with weight loss or even post-workout recovery? It might be time to consider supplementing with L-Carnitine. L-Carnitine is a non-essential amino acid that comes in a variety of forms, the most common being Acetyl L-Carnitine and L-Carnitine. Both forms of L-Carnitine differ with their benefits and therefore should be used for specific health goals. If you're interested in supplementing with L-Carnitine, keep reading to discover more.

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-Carnitine is an amino acid that forms naturally in the body and acts as a support system for the brain and nerves. Specifically, Acetyl L-Carnitine aids the Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, by enabling blood to pass the blood-brain barrier. This results in Acetyl L-Carnitine supporting brain functions by allowing blood to reach the neurotransmitter and other nerves. When more blood and oxygen gets to the brain, along with more amino acids, you will feel more energized and overall just better. Of course, if you experience excessive tiredness, it is best to consult with a physician before supplementing with Acetyl L-Carnitine.

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Are Vitamins Good For You?

Posted by Dr. Paul Zickler

Mar 23, 2016 9:41:00 AM

Yes Wellness - Are Vitamins Good For You?

The Wall Street Journal has recently reported on a number of studies indicating “that supplements have little benefits in generally well-nourished, Western populations,” insinuating that vitamins and supplements are unecessary for your health.

Yes Wellness certainly agrees wholeheartedly that the supplements the Wall Street Journal was reporting on would have little benefit in a well-nourished population. A person eating organic greens and grass fed, drug free meat, combined with regular exercise consisting of aerobic and resistance training, may not benefit from taking Centrum (synthetic) multivitamins. However, to suggest that we are all well nourished in our Western populations is so much bunk. None of the studies accurately represent the American population, in which most are malnourished with sodas and empty caloric foods making up the bulk of their diet. These foods do not contain the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are needed to be considered well-nourished.

Naturopathic doctor, Michael Long states:

“Even with totally irresponsible use, you would be hard pressed to be killed by your vitamins... In truth, studies are published every day showing the safety and health promoting effects of vitamins, especially when used responsibly (i.e. for a specific purpose, after objective testing showed a deficiency) and according to the evidence.

If you want to focus on something that will actually kill you, open your medicine cabinet and look at the drugs that stare back at you. Close to 1 million people die in North America every year as a direct result of the adverse effects from prescription drugs. The safety record of pharmaceutical drugs is not even comparable to vitamins.”

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Topics: Nutrition

Feel the Rumble? A New, Nutritious ‘Nourishing Drink’

Posted by Asif Walji

Mar 22, 2016 10:46:07 PM

Yes Wellness - Feel the Rumble? A New, Nutritious ‘Nourishing Drink’

If you weren’t able to catch CBC’s Dragons' Den on Wednesday, December 4th, you probably aren’t familiar with Rumble – a new, innovative, nutritious drink that is causing quite a stir.

Rumble’s back story is very unique. The creator, Paul Underhill, suffered from CysticFibrosis, which often times lead to a big drop in his appetite.In attempt to re-nourish his body with quality nutrients, Paul created drink concoctions in his kitchen, using organic fruits and vegetables. Seeing the need for a nutritious drink in Canada, Paul partnered with a naturopathic doctor, Kim McQueen, to create what is now known as Rumble.

Rumble tastes great (think: chocolate milk), has zero artificial ingredients , and uses body-friendly fats. Coming in a cocoa and maple vanilla flavour, a few of the Rumble ingredients include:

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