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Feb 072017

28 Days of …

February is a month dedicated to sharing and caring. Across the nation hundreds of thousands of people celebrate and share their love for one another on February 14th, reminiscing in love at first sight, and all of the memories that have brought them to where they are in their relationship today. But the love doesn’t stop there, in many provinces and territories, families across Canada take the second or third Monday of the month to dedicate it to sharing the day with their Family. Cherishing moments and making memories to revisit for years to come.

You see, to some February can be a very dark and gloomy month. The very midst of the winter, consisting of short, cold, grey winter days and long, dark winter nights. This is the time of year when many people fall into the darkness of depression or experience what is known as S.A.D. What many of us forget is the love that is shared throughout this month. We all know how hard it can be to get out of that slum. We’ve recovered from the Christmas Holidays and the excitement of the New Years Celebrations, we’re deep in our New Years Resolutions, possibly at the stage where we want to keep pushing but it is seems like there is no hope.

It’s time to SNAP out of it!
Yes, YOU! You can do it! Get outside or get up inside and move! Studies have shown that exercise can promote the release of endorphins in our bodies which can affect our mood. And remember your Vitamin D. If I had a penny for every time I have seen Vitamin D information at the store, in my emails, on my newsfeed – even on Google.
Vitamin D in Drops,
Vitamin D in Soft Gels,
Vitamin D in Powders,
Vitamin D from the Sun,
Vitamin D from Food,
Vitamin D! Vitamin D! Vitamin D!

“Vitamin D is not primarily found in food, like many other vitamins, but typically absorbed by humans through the sun’s UV rays or from dietary supplements. It’s crucial to maintain sufficient vitamin D intake for a number of reasons; they include healthy bone growth, heart health and potentially even mental well-being, though vitamin D’s impact on mental health is still being studied and currently inconclusive.”

So remember, February is not meant to be a dark and gloomy month. It’s not time to rush into Spring yet, it’s time to embrace the month. The days are getting long so embrace the love and moments shared throughout the month. On February 14th tell the person(s) you care about how much you care about them and why. Spoil them, or spoil yourself. Remember, you are as important as anyone else on the planet. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to about someone else, it’s about love, sharing and embracing Love. Don’t forget Family Day is right around the corner, too. This is another excuse to get out and do something you love to do with family and friends. It’s another day to share with those that you care about. Go skiing, tobogganing, hiking. Or if being outdoors isn’t for your niche, play some board games, get creative with arts and crafts.
Get off your phone, tablet, computer and enjoy your surroundings, including the individuals included in those surroundings.

February is Heart Month. A full 28 days to share your heart and care for your heart.

 

Oct 282016

Dressing up and going door-to-door with friends exciting, but let’s face it – if you’re a kid, Halloween is about CANDY!

This year it doesn’t have to be.

Looking for big box, sugar filled alternatives? We’re sure the below recipes will satisfy that sweet tooth…7a1abd03719c39040c4b9b05bda3a335

Banana Ghosts
Ingredients:
6-12 bananas (each banana makes 2 ghosts)
Mini Chocolate Chips
Nut Butter of your choice (optional)
Popsicle Sticks
Directions:
Peel the bananas and cut in half (width wise) The tapered end will be the top of the “ghost”. Use two mini chocolate chips to make eyes by pressing the pointed end into the banana, you can use the nut butter or the chocolate chips for the mouth. If the chocolate chips just won’t stick use your choice of nut butter as the “glue”. Push the Popsicle stick into the bottom (flat / cut) end of the banana. Voila!

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Tangerine Pumpkins
Ingredients

  • Tangerines (mandarin oranges or clementines, seedless)
  • Celery stalks and leaves
  • Orange peeler
Instructions
  1. Peel tangerines (oranges) keeping tangerines in tact.
  2. Wash, dry and slice celery
  3. Cut 1-2 inch narrow pieces from the tops of the celery and insert into the peeled tangerines
  4. Cut leaves from the celery tops and arrange to look like pumpkin leaves.

Grapefruit Jack-O-Lanterns with Fruit Salad

Ingredients
3 large apples (at least one granny smith)
2 medium oranges
2 large lemons, juiced
Grapfruits
1 cup of grapefruit chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 – 3/4 cup pistachios
1  Tbsp craisins
2 Tbsp golden raisins
Instructions:
1. Using a serrated knife, cut out a top and scoop the insides out of the Grapefruit. Save the top and as big of chunks as you can.
2. With a small pairing knife, carve out a jack-o-lantern face.
grapefruitjackolanterns23. Fill it with Fall Harvest Salad – ingredients from above(adapted from here):
3 large apples (at least one granny smith)
2 medium oranges
2 large lemons, juiced
1 cup of grapefruit chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup/Liquid Syrup of Choice
1 Tbsp honey/sweetener of choice
1/2 – 3/4 cup pistachios
2 Tbsp golden raisins
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Apple Monsters

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 green apples, each quartered
  • JEM Hazelnut Spread
  • Cacao nibs
  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1-2  per apple bite
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth.
  2. Coat the inside of the cut gap with Hazelnut Spread.
  3. Place 4 cacao nibs on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
  4. Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
  5. “Glue” each Cacao Nibs above the mouth with a dab of JEM Spread to stick.
  6. ENJOY!

Spooky green apple monsters for Halloween party

Oct 252016

Holy Basil, It’s Cold Outside!

# 3 Tulsi Masala Tea

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Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is a herb native to India where it is valued as a sacred plant. It is there known for its adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Tulsi is said to contain many phyto-chemicals that counteract the negative effect of stress and support the body’s immune response.
Holy Basil tea is a very popular Ayurvedic remedy traditionally used to treat lung, digestive disorders, colds, coughs and headaches. The tea contains no caffeine and can very well substitute any afternoon coffee or tea beverage. The spices in the Tulsi Tea helps to drive medicinal qualities of Holy Basil. The spices listed in the recipe below can easily be substituted for your favourite spices. For a lighter flavour in the summer months, licorice or rose petals could be used instead of ginger, clove and nutmeg.
Grab these items from your pantry
2 tsp Tulsi powder
½ tsp ginger powder or 1” piece of fresh ginger thinly sliced
¼ tsp cinnamon powder (or freshly ground cinnamon)
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
¼ tsp clove powder
Where the magic begins…
Infuse the above ingredients in 4-6 cups of boiling water for 20 minutes.
Strain and add honey or sweetener of your choice. Relax and Drink while warm.

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Information and recipe provided by Neelam Toprani, CEO & Founder of Sewanti

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Oct 252016

Bitter Sweet

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#2 Ashwagandha Drink

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, has a wide range of benefits and significance in Ayurveda. Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years as a rejuvenating and Adaptogenic herb.  In Sanskrit word “Ashwa” means horse and “Gandha” is vitality – a herb that promotes vitality and virility in its traditional use to support healthy male reproductive system.

Ashwagandha is also known traditionally to benefit athletes by building blood, muscles tissues and healthy semen. It has been well-researched for its ability to support healthy aging and strengthen the immune system.

If used daily in a beverage Ashwagandha helps minimize the negative effects of stress, supports a healthy immune system and helps build sexual and reproductive balance.

Below is our second recipe to help keep you warm while incorporating the Ayurvedic Herb, Ashwagandha. This beverage could take a few days to get accustomed as it has a bitter and astringent taste but the health benefits are immense.

Grab these items from your cupboard:
One cup Water
One cup Milk of your choice (no Soy Milk)
One tea spoon Organic Ashwagandha powder
¼ tsp Cardamom powder (you can use fresh if you wish as well)
½ tsp Ginger Powder (if you prefer fresh, grate a small portion of fresh ginger)

Mix it Like This…
Boil water with Ashwagandha powder, cardamom and ginger. Let the powders steep for 5 minutes. Add milk and let it steep again till the liquid comes to a soft boil. Add your choice of sweetener to balance the bitter taste, if you wish… ENJOY!

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Information and recipe provided by Neelam Toprani, CEO & Founder of Sewanti

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Oct 252016

A Warm Drink on a Cool Day…

Many of you are familiar with Ayurveda and the benefits it has on the body but many of us aren’t quite sure how to incorporate the herbal supplements into our diet. With the cool fall weather upon us we thought what better time than to share some of the delicious recipes we’ve used to incorporate Sewanti’s Ayurvedic Herbs all while keeping warm. Throughout the next few blog posts I will be listing some of the various drink options we have become familiar with.

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#1 Shatavari Drink/Chai

Shatavari is traditionally known an adaptogenic herb with sweet, bitter, cooling and nourishing properties and well known in Ayurvedic medicine for its effects on female reproductive system.
The word Shatavari literally means “She who possesses 100 husbands” referring to the herb’s rejuvenating effect on female reproductive organs.
It is one of the main herbs used in Ayurveda for infertility, decreased libido, menopause, PMS and hot flashes as it helps to balance fluids in the dry channels and balances female hormones. Shatavari is also known useful for hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and respiratory tract infections.
Shatavari is a rich source of Phyto-estrogens. It supports normal production of breast milk for nursing mothers and relieves menopausal symptoms such a hot flashes. However for its medical use, one should refer to their health care practitioner for possible adverse or allergic reactions.
Below is a recipe for a Shatavari drink that could replace a hot cocoa or chai latte as a beverage.
What You’ll Need:
One cup Water
One cup Whole Milk, Almond Milk or Goat Milk (no Soy milk)
One tea spoon Organic Shatavari Powder
¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
½ tsp Cinnamon Powder
Or
½ tsp Chai Masala
Boil water with Sharavari powder, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. You can easily substitute the Chai Masala (Indian Chai Spice Mix) in place of individual spices.  Let the powders steep for 5 minutes. Add milk and let it steep again until the liquid comes to a soft boil. Enjoy!
Add raw sugar, lakanto sweetener or honey if needed.

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Information and recipe provided by Neelam Toprani, CEO & Founder of Sewanti

Oct 072016

NHP’s Are Not Drugs

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Health Canada is proposing changes the existing Natural Health Product Regulations, which seem to be based on a single public opinion poll and six weeks of consultation taking place right now. The proposed changes could impact how NHPs are approved, the cost and number of products available for sale in Canada, and may not respect the cultural and traditional uses of these products. Find out more and what you can do to help here: https://chfa.ca/en/natural-health-products/nhps-not-drugs/index.html
Save Our Supplements
How do you know your supplements are safe?
When you walk into your local health food store, you can find all kinds of safe, effective and high-quality supplements, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal products and traditional medicines. All these products make up the category of natural health products (NHPs) that you and 77 per cent of Canadians use for the maintenance of good health.
These NHPs could include vitamin C to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Or a probiotic to keep your immune system primed and ready to combat those winter bugs. Or vitamin D, since there are few natural dietary sources and because supplementing with vitamin D is almost universally recommended, particularly for those in greatest need, such as infants and the elderly.
Whatever NHPs you choose, it is important to know Canada is a global leader in the regulation of these products. The Canadian approach to regulation is often referred to as a “pre-approval” system, which means that all NHPs must be licensed by Health Canada before they are allowed to be legally sold to Canadians.
How do you know your supplements are going to work?
Currently, when you buy an NHP at your local health food store, you can be confident knowing that the company selling that product has provided evidence to support any health claims made.
The level of evidence required depends on the claim being made, the overall risk of the product, and the condition it is being used for. A product such as a multivitamin that makes a claim, “helps with the maintenance of good health,” will have to provide different evidence than an omega-3 supplement that makes the claim, “helps to reduce serum triglycerides and support brain function.”
No NHP can be licensed for sale in Canada without providing evidence to support the claims being made. Evidence can come from a variety of sources, such as modern studies and traditional sources, including pharmacopoeias (books published by a government, medical or pharmaceutical society) and references supporting the traditional use of products like Traditional Chinese Medicine or herbals.
Each product that is licensed receives a Natural Product Number (NPN), which is printed on the package. You can look up this NPN in Health Canada’s online database, which provides details, such as what is in the product, and what claims have been approved based on the evidence submitted and reviewed by Health Canada.
So what’s the problem?
Health Canada is now proposing changes that could significantly alter the way NHPs are regulated based on, it appears, a single consumer survey and only six weeks of consultation.
This proposal is trying to fix a system that is not broken and will be a step backward instead of forward. Our current regulations take into account the unique properties and low-risk nature of these products, ensuring that you have access to NHPs that are safe, effective and high-quality, while respecting your freedom of choice, and the philosophical and cultural diversity of our country.
What does this mean for you?
This proposal is suggesting that Health Canada will no longer review some of the products before they are sold, and would require a disclaimer on labels to the effect of, “Health Canada has not reviewed for safety and efficacy.” Additionally, current claims about the products’ use may no longer be allowed and would be removed from the label. This could limit the amount of information you receive about the products you use.
While reducing oversight on some products, the proposal is suggesting increased oversight on others. These products may require a level of evidence similar to what is needed for drugs. Requiring this level of evidence, necessary for products developed in a lab, is not reasonable for NHPs when considering their safe nature and long history of use. This will result in the loss of some products from store shelves.
These proposed changes will require companies to begin investing in substantial research for ingredients we know work based on historical use and traditional sources. This means the cost of bringing these products to market will increase, resulting in increased costs for you.
What can you do?
We need your help. Please visit chfa.ca right now to send a message to your Member of Parliament, letting them know these proposed changes are unacceptable. It will only take you one minute and will make a big difference in helping to ensure you continue to have access to the NHPs you know and love.

 

 

Sep 132016

Unplanned Telecommunications Outage – No Phone or Fax

This issue has been resolved.

 

Due to an issue with our Telecommunications Provider we currently cannot receive any incoming calls or faxes. Although, we apologize profusely for this situation we are working to resolve it, along with the telecommunications provider, as quickly as possible.

If you wish to contact us please feel free to email: orders@bioresource.ca and we will do everything we can to assist you.

We apologize for the inconvenience, all while we greatly appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation.

For more details: https://wightman.ca/blog/2016/09/unplanned-service-outage

Aug 042016

Ayurveda, The Sister Science of Yoga

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Turmeric
Holy Basil
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Are these all starting to sound, “Oh so familiar”?

Not only is the weather hot right now, so is the latest line we are representing. Sewanti  is an Ayurvedic Supplement and Padmashri Massage Oil Company based out of Western Canada. They are a proud pioneer company to have Ayurvedic multi-ingredient classical formulations approved by Natural Health Product Directorate of Health Canada for safety, efficacy and quality.

How do they differ from the rest? They have a team of experienced Ayurvedic physicians and QA/QC team to ensure their products are 100% vegetarian, and free of additives, microbiological, heavy metal and GMO contaminants. Also, they have extensive experience working with Westerners who travel to India to undergo intensive regimens of detoxification. Based on this experience, Sewanti has developed five key products that address many of the health issues seen at our affiliated Ayurvedic hospital in India. Now, through Sewanti, these five Ayurvedic products are available in Canada and the US.

Many of you have likely heard the many benefits of Ayurveda and the positive effects it can have on and treat the body and  mind.

Check out this link which explains why hot days of summer in June and September is Pitta Season along with 5 Top Cool Times from Sewanti on how to beat the heat this summer with Ayurveda.

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May 262016

CHFA Expo West 2016

First of all, we would like to send a BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the CHFA Expo West Show this passed weekend in Vancouver. To the vendors that set up shop, shipped the mass amounts of products and people to Vancouver and greeted and answered attendee’s questions with open arms and ears. To the CHFA staff for organizing such a successful show, yet again, you do an amazing job and you make the planning process a breeze. And lastly to those of you that attended the show as a spectator – the retailers, practitioners and all of those in between – you are what makes the show a success, without your attendance we would be nothing but a bunch of health fanatics standing in booths with an abundance of products and information. We truly could not operate without your support and we greatly appreciate your continuous support and drive.

For those of you who were at the show you would have witnessed an abundance of new and exciting news at the various different booths. Much more than many can absorb in a two day event. For the latest news at BioResource please contact your regional Sales Associate or contact Head Office via phone: 1.800.792.2082.

Now for the fun stuff – check out the fun we had and the great company we had the chance to spend time with over the weekend. Although, we were unable to capture all of the amazing attendees we were able to grab a few of these shots:

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We couldn’t do it without the crew! Raw Elements, Four Sigmatic, Lakanto, Sunwarrior, Carlson Labs & BioResource all gathered in one big happy place.
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Of course the show wouldn’t be a success and we also couldn’t do it without our faithful retailers dropping in! Thank you for those who traveled near and far!

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Alberta and Lotus Aroma took Vancouver by storm!


Back to business, we suppose…

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A little fun with the team from at BioResource and Carlson Labs

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Mindy & Wagner showing off the exciting new flavours of Warrior Blend coming to Canada SOON!

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Carlson’s Expert Educator, Jolie Root, explaining the benefits of Omega 3’s


Now For A Little Behind the Scenes Fun…

These folks did a great job, unpacking, setting up and repacking again after the show. It was smooth sailing.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

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