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Dirty Dozen List: nonorganic veggies and fruits you should never eat

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t… but not all nonorganic fruits and veggies are equally contaminated by pesticides and chemicals.

Some fruits and vegetables are safe. However, some shouldn’t even be touched with a stick 😂  They contain too many pesticides.

This is why every year, the Environmental Working Group creates the Dirty Dozen list which states the 12 most contaminated veggies or fruits. Because of that, those would be the most harmful for your health.

They also create a list of the 15 cleanest, so you know what’s really safe for you and your family.

The Environmental Working Group uses data from the USDA on pesticides. Of course, in Canada, we have stricter rules concerning pesticides, but still… it gives you a good idea!

For instance, strawberry is the worst of all. One sample that was tested had as much as 22 pesticides in it. It’s so sad because it’s such a delicious fruit (one of my favorites, personally) 💔

In 2nd place, you have spinach.

The thing is many people recommend incorporating spinach to your diet. They’re full of vitamins and other great nutrients. But, eww; eating nonorganic spinach makes you ingest a lot of pesticides. Therefore, it’s way better to consume it organic to get all the benefits without any harmful substance.

Without future ado, here’s the complete list, ranked from super worst to less worst (but still bad):

  1. Strawberry
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarine
  4. Apple
  5. Peach
  6. Pear
  7. Cherry
  8. Grape
  9. Celery (watch out if you’re juicing non organic celery juice)
  10. Tomato
  11. Sweet Bell Pepper
  12. Potato

What a sad list.

There are so many fruits that I love on it.

By the way, if you’re into juicing yourself, try to avoid using nonorganic ingredients that are in this list. Juicing makes you consume A LOT of fruits and/veggies in one shot… so it means you drink A LOT of pesticides.

Pesticides cocktail anyone?

That’s what I thought. No one really wants that 🤢

You probably also want to know what non-organics are safe for you? Here they are:

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onion
  6. Frozen Sweet Pea
  7. Papaya
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mango
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

You’re probably wondering… why are strawberry and spinach are the worst of all?

To understand better, let’s take a look at each one’s result during the testing of Environmental Working Group.

Strawberry 🍓

* A single sample of strawberry showed 22 different pesticides/pesticide breakdown product

* 20% of strawberries tested positive for 10 or more pesticides

* As much as 16% of strawberries contained carbendazim, an endocrine disruptor that harms the male reproductive system

Spinach 🍃

* Spinach samples had, on average, 1.8 as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. A lot more!

* On average, the level of pesticides on non-organic spinach equaled 7.1 different chemicals. Ouch!

* Their worst sample contained 18 different pesticides or pesticide breakdown.

So what’s so dangerous about the Dirty Dozen?

Fertility factor

Well, first of all, the report also focuses on the fact that high pesticide residue is linked to infertility. Harvard studies say:

* Women who ate produce with high pesticide residue levels (2 or more a day) had a 26% percent lower risk of having a successful pregnancy when compared to women who eat cleaner

* It also impacts male infertility: men who ingested more pesticides on fruits and veggies suffered from poorer sperm quality

Why does it matter? Because sperm counts of men living in North American, Australia, Europe and New Zealand have dropped 50 percent in less than 40 years.

Brain damage factor

The Dirty Dozen report also focused on chlorpyrifos, an insecticide you can find on:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines

Scientists reviewed the evidence and found chlorpyrifos to harm your child’s brain and behavior. Unfortunately, this insecticide will be allowed to use until 2022.

Can you wash all the pesticides?

Washing helps to remove some of it, so do it. Always.

But systemic pesticides are inside the product and can’t be washed.

Here are our final thoughts on this Dirty Dozen list:

* Try to avoid eating non-organic strawberries and spinach, they have high pesticide residue.

* Don’t stop eating fruits and vegetables because of this list, it is super important for your health. Always eat a lot, but choose organic when possible, especially when you want some among the list. Just be smart about it.

* Pesticides are linked to dozens of health problems, including some cancers, symptoms of ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s and a whole lot of other issues

* Keep in mind that this list is based on USA fruits and vegetables, in Canada we have stricter regulation, but still…you can never be too careful. 😉

P.S. We offer only organic cold pressed juices, organic juice cleanses and super celery, cucumber and leafy greens organic green juice.

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10 foods you’ve been eating wrong your whole life

Do you cut your watermelons in triangle shape? Do you peel your kiwis before eating them? And the peas, do you pick each one of them with a fork?

Time to change!!! Time to make your life easier.

1. WATERMELON
Instead of cutting it into triangles and having juice running down each side of your mouth, you can cut your watermelon in half and then cut lengthwise and crosswise to obtain kind of watermelon sticks. Easier and cleaner to eat!

2. MANGO
Cut it in half leaving the core behind. Grab a good mug and place the mango, between the fruit and the skin, against the mug and push it down. The fruit will fall into the glass and the peel will be gone gone gone.

3. KIWI
Did you know that the most nutritious part of it is its skin? To get all these nutrients, slice your kiwis in thin layers and eat it like chips.

4. GREEN PEAS
Picking each pea with a fork makes it hard to eat… An easy way to eat peas is to simply mash them with a fork instead!

5. BANANA
Instinctively, we try to peal it from the top but did you know that chimps and monkeys actually peal it from the bottom? And these animals are kind of the experts it comes to bananas, right? So peal your banana from the bottom by pinching the tip and it will easily split!

6. APPLE
Once you remove the stem of an apple, e-ve-ry-thing can be eaten from the fruit! No more waste.

7. SALADS
Salads make excellent lunches. But when you already mix everything the texture can become unappetizing. To change that: use a Mason jar, put the dressing in the bottom, add crunchy veggies, nuts and fruits. Then add the leaves. The veggies and other stuff between the dressing and the leaves will prevent the leaves from becoming wet!

8. TACOS
So you like hard shell tacos? We get it. Isn’t that annoying though when the shell cracks after your first bite and everything falls apart? The solution is simple: put some lettuce around the shell. It will protect it and create a double-layer to save all this amazing stuff you added in the shell.

9. ORANGE
Peeling an orange is quite a job and your fingers become all nasty. Instead, cut each edge of the fruit and make a slice from bottom to top. Then, roll it to open it!

10. PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY
What a classic! However keeping everything together can be hard. To help: place a generous amount of PB on the edges of the slices. Then add a generous amount of jelly in the middle. Finally, press the breads together.

Eat simple folks, there’s too much complicated stuff in life!😌

References
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yli5nAfiyY
https://www.biotrust.com/blog/10-healthy-foods-youre-eating-wrong/

Photo credits
Cover – Audrone Locaityte on Unsplash
1 – http://dish.allrecipes.com/how-to-cut-watermelon/
2 – https://www.finecooking.com/article/a-new-way-to-peel-a-mango
3 – Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
4 – http://frenchfoodiebaby.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-post-and-recipe-in-fight-against.html
5 – https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/06/classic-hacks-how-to-open-a-banana-the-right-way/
6 – http://mentalfloss.com/article/69134/what-are-those-tiny-spots-apples
7 – https://www.asweetpeachef.com/easy-mason-jar-salad-recipes/
8 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yli5nAfiyY
9 – https://www.tablespoon.com/posts/youve-been-peeling-an-orange-wrong
10 – http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/blogs/best-food-hacks-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich-tip-post-goes-viral

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ALVÉOLE, FOR BEES’ SURVIVAL (PORTRAIT)

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Did you know that bees’ lives are closely related to our health?

Bees are responsible of the natural pollinisation of our fields and therefore improve the cultivation of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Unfortunately, more than ever, bees are threatened all over the world.

Environmental changes, monoculture and pesticides used by many agricultural companies prevent bees’ colonies from perpetuate.

It’s a vicious circle: more pesticides > less bees > less natural pollinisation > need of more artificial pollinisation > more pesticides.

And, more pesticides = more toxicity for our health!

Fortunately, there are green enterprises such as Alvéole.
This Montreal-based company is the project of three friends which academic backgrounds had nothing to do with bees! Two of them studied music and the third one studied chemistry and English literature.

However their common passion for apiculture and their environmental values guided them in the creation of Alvéole in 2012.

After working together as beekeepers in Manitoba, Alex, Declan and Etienne wanted to get involved in the ecological cause and educate people about environmental issues.

Their beekeepers’ knowledge is their way to achieve their goals!

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Adopt your own bees!
Alvéole provides hive that can be installed in urban areas. Large cities, such as Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Ottawa, now have legislation prohibiting the use of pesticides which help our bee friends expand.

The company educates by giving classes in schools, workplaces and at home, and gets involved with the hives it offers; hive that you can personally install on your own roof.

It’s a simple and underrated way to take care of the environment… and your tastebuds! Because, of course, you can harvest all the honey that is produced by your little bees. Double YES!

And if some people can be reluctant, know that you can find many detailed information about the process and maintenance of hives online. Plus, the video capsules on the website are really interesting and easy to understand.

Recently, Alvéole that also owns about 50 hives of its own launched its urban honey products, available online. You can now taste honeys harvested on your city’s roofs!

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Every gesture counts
Sure, one bee’s work is pretty small but when all bees work together, they can do a lot!!! One hive contains approximately 50 000 bees and produces 10 to 15 kg of honey (sometimes more, during a particularly flourishing season).

It’s the same for us, humans; by uniting our little daily actions, we can create a huge and positive impact on our planet.

So, when do we install our hive?

Learn more about this inspiring and passionate company here!

And, did you know that?

  • One hive contains 50 000 bees… so Alvéole is responsible of 45 millions of bees!
  • The difference between bees and wasps? The first one is vegan, build its hive with bee wax rays and dies when she stings. The second is carnivore, lives in a paper hive and can sting more than once.
  • It’s flowers that make the color and the taste of honeys. I.g. bees from Westmount harvest linden’s pollen which has a taste close to mint… Therefore the honey taste a bit like mint! Yum!

Otherwise, how can help bees?
Eat organic. Grow organic honeybee wild flowers. Stop using pesticides and herbicides. Install a clean supply of water, that you’ll frequently change, to help the little workers of your neighborhood. Every gesture counts.🐝

Thank you Alvéole, especially to Jade Carier-Saucier, Sales and Marketing Director, for your generous answers and precious time!

By Cloé Lachapelle

Pictures: Alvéole Facebook

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RECIPE: PLANTBASED BUDDHA BOWL😍

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Bowls are one of our favorite things to eat: put everything you love into a bowl and mix together.

That must be why they are the thing right now… Poke bowls, Mexican bowls and Buddha Bowls!

We gotta admit: we like following food trends. So that’s why we created this super healthy, yummy and vegan Buddha Bowl recipe of our own.

It’s the perfect lunch or light dinner. Bon appétit!

Ingredients
🍚For bowl:
– 1 cup of cooked quinoa
– ½ cup of roasted chickpeas
– ½ cup of red cabbage, minced
– 1 mango, diced
– 1 carrot, minced
– 1 avocado, diced
– handful of cashews
– 1 green onion, minced
– 1 tablespoon of curry powder

🍶For tahini dressing:
– ¼ cup of tahini
– ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
– ¼ cup of olive oil
– ¼ cup of soy sauce
– the juice of one lime
– 1 teaspoon of garlic, minced
– 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix chickpeas, the curry, one tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Lay out this mixture on a pan and place in oven for 25 minutes. Stir often.
2. Mix all the tahini dressing.
3. When chickpeas are roasted, put some quinoa into the bowls and add solid ingredients on top. Add dressing on top. Mix well… or eat it that way!😉

We drank it with Samba: available here!

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Les bols sont un de nos plats favoris en ce moment : déposez tout ce que vous aimez dans un bol et mélangez. Eeee, oui, ok!🙌

C’est sûrement pour cette raison qu’ils sont aussi à la mode en ce moment… bol poke, bol mexicain, bol Buddha! Il y en a vraiment pour tous les goûts!

Chez DOSE, on l’avoue, on aime bien suivre les tendances culinaires. Alors, nous avons créé notre propre recette de bol Buddha vegan, délicieux et santé!

C’est le lunch ou le souper léger parfait! Bon appétit!

Ingrédients
🍚Pour le bol :
– 1 tasse de quinoa cuit
– ½ tasse de pois chiches rôtis
– ½ tasse de chou rouge, émincé
– 1 mangue, en dés
– 1 carotte, émincée
– 1 avocat, en dés
– poignée de noix de cajou
– 1 oignon vert, émincé
– 1 cuillère à soupe de poudre de cari

Pour la vinaigrette au tahini :
– ¼ tasse de tahini
– ¼ tasse de vinaigre de cidre
– ¼ tasse d’huile d’olive
– ¼ tasse de sauce soya
– le jus d’une lime
– 1 cuillère à thé d’ail, émincé
– 2 cuillères à table de sirop d’érable

Préparation
1. Préchauffer le four à 375°F. Mélanger les pois chiches, la poudre de cari, une cuillère à soupe d’huile d’olive, une pincée de sel et poivre dans un large bol. Étaler le tout sur une plaque à cuisson. Placer au four pendant 25 minutes. Remuer fréquemment.
2. Mélanger tous les éléments de la vinaigrette au tahini.
3. Une fois les pois chiches rôtis, séparer le quinoa et les ingrédients solides dans deux bols différents. Ajouter la vinaigrette au goût. Bien mélanger… ou tout manger ainsi💁

Nous l’avons dégusté avec Samba, dispo ici!

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THE SECRETS OF MAPLE

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Winter is finally ending, meaning the time everyone is waiting for; maple sugar time; begins! This gourmet and festive tradition is sometimes associated with excess.

At DOSE, we offer you a more reasonable way to celebrate the arrival of Spring without forgetting to treat yourself: discovering our delicious juices Kick and Basil! We chose to add a small amount of maple syrup and water to these juices because in addition to giving them this pleasant taste, these ingredients have many benefits.

Maple water and syrup, what’s the difference?
Maple water is the 100% pure clear and nourishing sap. It contains only 2 to 3% of sugar and flows naturally from the trees, when the night frosts are followed by days of thaw, sign that Spring is finally coming… The sap is then sterilized to be preserved and consumed as a refreshing drink.

As for the concentrated syrup, it is made by heating the sap to evaporate much of the water. It takes about 40 liters of water to get a liter of syrup! Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that contains no additives or dyes with very interesting organoleptic and nutritional properties.

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MAPLE PROPERTIES

AN ENERGY BOOST
Maple syrup is mainly composed of carbohydrates (sucrose, glucose and fructose) which makes it a good source of energy. Glucose and fructose are two simple sugars that are easily assimilated because they do not need any digestion. Athletes will be happy to learn that maple syrup is a good ally to boost energy before, during and after a workout because carbohydrates are quickly brought to muscles. All of this while being one of the least caloric sweetening products; 177 calories for 50 ml of syrup and 40 calories for 500 ml of maple water.

RICH IN MINERALS
In addition of containing fewer calories than honey, maple syrup provides essential minerals such as manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium that are necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies. Did you know that a serving of maple water contains as much manganese as a cup of kale? This mineral is necessary for the proper functioning of several enzymes and helps maintaining bone health and cognitive function.

FULL OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Maple water and syrup are full of polyphenols; organic molecules known for their antioxidant properties. These polyphenols are more abundant in maple syrup than in other sweetening products: you can find 400 times more polyphenols in maple syrup than in agave syrup.

LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX
Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners; meaning the glucose is diffused gradually in the body thus avoiding the drops of energy and controlling the feeling of hunger. Ideal when doing exercise or a cleanse!

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KICK is the juice that will wake you. A subtle blend of the sweet taste of maple and the spicy taste of cayenne pepper, it will boost your immune system and kick your metabolism.

BASIL is a reinvented lemonade. Energetic and nutritious, it combines the hydrating benefits of maple water with the refreshing taste of basil and the many qualities of chia.

By Alice Doumangine

Picture 1: Lindsay Moe
Picture 2: Jennifer Pallian

References :
https://www.passeportsante.net/fr/Nutrition/EncyclopedieAliments/Fiche.aspx?doc=sirop_erable_nu
http://www.canalvie.com/sante-beaute/nutrition/infos-et-conseils/les-bienfaits-de-l-erable-1.781751
http://www.canalvie.com/sante-beaute/nutrition/infos-et-conseils/comprendre-et-controler-l-indice-glycemique-1.1369388
http://www.contact.ulaval.ca/article_magazine/4-raisons-daimer-le-sirop-derable/
https://therapeutesmagazine.com/manganese/

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3 REASONS WHY FLAX IS A SUPER SUPERFOOD

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We often hear about flax and how amazing it is… but do we really know what’s so amazing about it and why “health freaks” call it a superfood?

Flax is actually a small annual plant from which we cultivate the seeds and oil for consumption. It has been cultivated for thousand of years!

Here are 3 main reasons why we think flax is an amazing superfood to consume on a regular basis.

1. IT DECREASES HUNGER
Flaxseeds contain both soluble fibers and insoluble fibers. The first ones help slow digestion, which then triggers some hormones responsible of appetite’s control. Therefore it can help provide a feeling of fullness. On top of that, these fibers help your digestive system do its job efficiently.

This superfood is also really rich in plant-based proteins, which also help reduce hunger. So if you have a vegetarian/vegan diet and are looking for a way to increase your proteins intake, consuming flax is a brilliant way to do so!

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2. IT HELPS CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR
Studies have shown that people who suffered from type 2 diabetes and started consuming flaxseeds powder daily (10 to 20 grams) for a month were able to reduce their blood sugar levels from 8 to 20%, because the insoluble fibers of flaxseeds help slow down the release of sugar in blood. Hyperglycemia (too much sugar in blood) is an annoying and unhealthy issue; people who have it live with fatigue, headaches, urges to urinate, dry mouth, increased hunger, and so on. Flaxseeds can help you control your blood sugar levels and therefore reduce these symptoms.

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3. IT CAN LOWER CHOLESTEROL
Another thing pretty awesome about flaxseeds is that they are full of omega-3 fats. We all heard about these fats, but what do they do specifically? Among other things: they can prevent cholesterol from being deposited in blood vessels of your heart. Studies have shown that flaxseed powder taken daily can reduce cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol (the « bad » one) in a significant way.

An important thing to know if you are consuming or start consuming flaxseed is that it’s better to take it ground or milled. If flax isn’t chewed properly, you will simply undigest it and flush it out of your system. Another great way to consume it is to replace your regular cooking oil by flax oil.😌

At DOSE, we just launched our Upcycled Smoothie line that reuses the pulp of our juices, contains 10 grams of plant-based protein in each bottle AND 5 grams of organic flaxseeds.

You can find them here!

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Picture 1: https://www.meenusmenu.com/roasted-flax-seeds-recipe-control-weight-diabetes/
Picture 2: Recipe of “Flaxseed Raisin Bread” by Relish
Picture 3: Recipe of “Super-moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins“ by Kitchen Treaty

References:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-flaxseeds#section1
https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/how-to-eat-flaxseeds-health-benefits-tips-and-recipes-1247569
https://www.encyclopedia.com/science-and-technology/chemistry/organic-chemistry/flaxseeds
https://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/healthy-living-resources/blood-glucose-insulin/lows-highs-blood-sugar-levels
https://www.self.com/story/signs-of-high-blood-sugar

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HAPPY FOOD = HAPPY MOOD

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What if the feeling of happiness depended on the content of our plate?

It is now known that some nutrients in foods tend to make us happier. Their action is not only fast and comforting as it is often the case when we eat greasy and sugary foods (pfff! we never do this😉). A healthy and balanced diet can have a real beneficial effect on our mood and energy!

Here are our favorite happy foods!

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BEETS
It’s hard to compete with the amazing beet. Beets contain betaine, which helps serotonin production in the brain, thus elevating our mood. They also are a source of folic acid, which stabilizes our emotions, improving our chances of happiness with every bite.

Our juices and smoothies with beets: SAMBA, UPBEET, STRAWBERRY HILL

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FRESH GINGER
Ginger is a root famous for its aphrodisiac powers that awakens our taste buds and our bodies 😉 Less known is its antibacterial and antiviral effect that helps stimulate the digestive and immune system, lowering fevers, protecting the liver and preventing nauseas and digestive disorders. Ginger boosts your body and your spirit!

Our juices and smoothies with ginger: TANGO, SAMBA, YOGI, CACTUS, BRIGHT SIDE

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SPINACH
Not only does spinach can make you as strong as Popeye but it can also make you happy, thanks to two components: magnesium and folic acid. Magnesium is known for its tranquilizing and relaxing effects, perfect when you are feeling a little down. To stay focused and concentrated all day long while keeping your good mood, one cup (250 mL) of fresh spinach will do a great job; it contains 15 % of the daily recommended level of folate.

Our juices and smoothies with spinach: YOGI, CACTUS, FOCUS, GREEN LIGHT

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ORANGES
With an orange you will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll be loading your diet with Vitamin C, which has been linked to the reduce of anxiety and depression. It will boost your immune system with antioxidants and also help your digestion. A fantastic way to start the day with a great deal of energy!

Our juices with oranges: SAMBA, ZEST

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FLAXSEEDS
Just a single serving of flaxseeds contains 6,3 mg of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 that helps boost our mood. Here’s how ALA works: when your blood levels of ALA are low, so are you; low ALA levels increase the risk of inflammation, which has been linked to depression. The flaxseeds fibers can help improve the health of your gut, making your whole body healthier and happier.

Our smoothies with flaxseeds: STRAWBERRY HILL, UPBEET, GREEN LIGHT, BRIGHT SIDE, MATCHA

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KALE
This leafy green does have some serious happiness-boosting potential! Full of vitamin C, B-6, potassium, iron and magnesium, kale is one of nature’s best anti-depression foods. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure. So useful if you feel a little tense!

Our juices and smoothies with kale: YOGI, CACTUS, FOCUS, GREEN LIGHT, MATCHA, SAMBA

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BANANAS
Banana contains up to 10 mg of dopamine, this chemical substance in our brain responsible for feelings of joy. Banana is also a source of tryptophan, a protein that stimulates the production of serotonin, the mood regulating hormone. Serotonin is known to be a powerful natural relaxant. When you feel stressed or tired, banana helps regulate our mood.

Our smoothies with bananas: STRAWBERRY HILL, UPBEET, MATCHA

By Alice Doumengine

References:
http://www.psychologies.com/Nutrition/Modes-de-vie/Articles-et-dossiers/Aliments-doudous-nous-font-ils-vraiment-du-bienhttp://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20621800,00.htmlhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/09/foods-make-you-happy/307583001/https://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/foods-proven-to-boost-mood-and-happiness/slide/4

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Picture 2 : Foodism360 on Unsplash.com
Picture 3 : Dominik Martin on Unsplash.com
Picture 4 : Chiara Conti on Unsplash.com
Picture 5 : Brian Jimenez on Unsplash.com
Picture 6 : Ricardocuisine.com
Picture 7 : Char Beck on Unsplash.com
Picture 8 : Scott Webb on Unsplash.com

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FAUNA FOUNDATION, RESCUING THE CHIMPS

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Did you know that chimpanzees and humans have more than 98% of common genes?

Did you also know that chimpanzees and humans are genetically more related than chimpanzees and gorillas?

And did you know that just outside of Montreal, in the suburb of Carignan, exists a sanctuary where chimps are being taken care of?

Fauna Foundation is a refuge for animals that have been mistreated and/or rescued from zoos, labs and other entertainment or agriculture industries.

Seven of the eleven chimps there come from biomedical research in the US. They were used in invasive studies, including HIV research (which means some of them are infected with HIV). Before arriving at Fauna, their lives were limited to 5x5x7 feet cages.

Some, like Blackie and Dolly, lived at Parc Safari for over 4 decades. And the others, Tatu and Loulis, came from a Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute in the US, which is now closed, and where they learned to use American Sign Language! They currently still use Sign Language with Dr Mary-Lee Jensvold, a Primate Communication Scientist who works at Fauna, and other caregivers who know ASL.

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When chimpanzees arrive at the sanctuary, they’re in bad shape. Their mental health is quite fragile: some start plucking their own hair while others suffer from an important post traumatic stress disorder along with self-abuse.

Chance, one of the females, couldn’t even stand on the floor when she arrived…

FAUNA 
The devoted and passionate employees of Fauna are guardian angels and make sure the chimps” arrival is as smooth as possible. They welcome the chimps with their favorite foods and objects in order to avoid an overwhelming or too drastic transition. Then, they set a healthy routine bit by bit for these new residents.

We had the privilege to visit the sanctuary last Summer to learn more about Fauna’s mission but also the destiny of its dwellers. Dr Jensvold and all the team really ease the lives of the animals living there. If the beginning of their existence wasn’t fun and free, Fauna makes sure the rest of it is filled with happiness, good care and love.

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Doctor Mary Lee Jensvold
Dr Jensvold was the director of the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute in Ellensburg (WA) before it closed. She was also an Associate Professor in Primate Behavior and Anthropology at Central Washington University. She has worked with two of Fauna’s chimps (Tatu and Loulis) before they arrived here in 2013. She pursued teaching for a year at the university before coming to Fauna full time, back to her friends Loulis and Tatu.

Funny story: she told me Tatu was kind of angry that she was abandoned for a year… so she wouldn’t « speak » to her when she came to the sanctuary in 2014. Fortunately, everything’s back to normal now!

Chimps and juices!
Almost a year ago, before our visit, and even before we even knew about Fauna’s Foundation, we realized the refuge was buying many of our juices on a regular basis and it tickled our curiosity. We contacted the people working there and that’s how we learned that one of their chimpanzees, Tatu, drinks DOSE juice every day!

We simply couldn’t believe it!

They told us Tatu, like the others had a whole food diet, primarily vegan. However she had a few digestive problems and so drinking DOSE was a way to make sure she had an excellent nutrition. She loves our juices and has 2 per day! Can you believe that?

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Moved by Fauna’s mandate and its chimps, we decided to get involved and now freely provide Tatu with our juices.

I would like to thank Mary Lee Jensvold for her precious time and generosity. Also, thank you to and all the amazing team at Fauna for doing such an inspiring and noble job.

Dr Jensvold believes we, humans, have a lot to learn from chimpanzees, such as our place in nature and the importance of humility. We couldn’t agree more.

If you want to help the foundation, click here
They are always in need of volunteers, donations, etc.

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Health Tips

LOOKING BETTER BY SLEEPING

 

Nowadays, when everything seems to be going super fast and when time seems to be a scarce resource, people often allow themselves to sleep less or simply neglect their sleep altogether… This can lead to many problems. Of course, when that happens, people may feel different during the day: feeling less effective at work and having difficulty to focus. However, some studies showed that a lack of sleep could also affect how other people around us see us.

In fact, participants who took part in a study by having not slept enough were qualified as looking less healthy and less attractive than when they had had enough sleep. Another study also demonstrated that people who hadn’t slept enough were perceived as having puffy eyelids, lighter skin, red eyes, more wrinkles and fine lines around their mouths, and simply looking sadder in general. This study even concludes by saying that a person’s eyes and mouth are key communication elements and that, when altered, could have an impact on their social sphere as a whole.

So, here are a few tips to improve your sleep quality (for your health as well as for your looks!):

 

 

Stay away from caffeine after 3PM

This includes teas, matchas, coffees and any other stimulant products that can keep you awake.

 

Bedroom: for sleep and sex only

Your bedroom shouldn’t be the place for anything else except these two activities as to not disrupt your sleep.

 

Calm atmosphere

Room’s temperature should be cool, not cold, and the decor should be peaceful. Also, you should choose sheets that are not too warm.

 

Avoid alcohol

Maybe you fall asleep more quickly when you take a glass or two, but your sleep cycles are disrupted.

 

Don’t nap for more than one hour, and do it before 3 PM

 

Get up if you can’t fall asleep!

If you’ve been in bed for 30 minutes and are still not sleeping, get up, get out of the bedroom and do something that doesn’t involve a screen (reading or writing for instance). Come back to bed only when you feel like you will easily fall asleep.

To your pillows! Go!

 

Priscillia Vaillancourt, candidate au doctorat en psychologie

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Discover

UPCYCLING: IMPROVED RECYCLING

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Each year, more than 13 millions tons of residual materials are produced in the province of Quebec only. And, alone, the non residential sector of Canada creates over 15 millions tons of waste.

Our waste directly impacts our soil which directly impacts us. It contaminates what we eat: plants that grow in the soil, livestock that eat it… and therefore can create many health problems, food poisoning or congenital illnesses for instance.

Luckily, awareness toward the polluting effect of waste is increasing.

One way to reduce waste is to upcycle.

To what?

Upcycling! It’s like recycling to the highest level.

Recycling needs an extern source of energy (water, electricity, etc.) to transform a product.

Upcycling means to take something (an object, food, anything) that is no longer good nor functional and, instead of throwing it in the trash or in the recycle bin, you create something else with it, changing its utility.

Not only you transform the object but you actually transform it into something even better than its original form, upgrading its purpose.

Such a revalorisation of things prevents you from creating more waste but will also help you in a practical and/or decorative way.

Upcycling is therefore a way to lower your negative impact on the environment of course by reducing your waste, but it’s also a great manner to explore your creativity and to save money. #winwin

Here are a few examples of pretty and useful things you can create at home instead of getting rid of your stuff.

Outside planter, made from a dresser (found here):

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Wall covering, made from building material residues (found here)

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Pencils holder, made from food jars (found here):

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Cushions, made from sweaters (found here):

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Sandbox, made from an old boat (found here)

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Planter, made from an old light bulb (found here):

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It’s on you now! Show off your skills, create something but, most importantly, have fun and reduce your environmental footprint.🌿🌱

By Cloé Lachapelle

references:

https://www.consoglobe.com/upcycling-rien-ne-se-perd-tout-se-transforme-cg
http://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/chroniques/476462/le-surcyclage-un-phenomene-irreversible
https://www.optireno.com/tendance-deco/quest-ce-que-lupcycling-ou-le-surcyclage/
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l02/cst01/envir25a-fra.htm
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l02/cst01/envir32a-fra.htm
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l02/cst01/envi42a-fra.htm
https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/indicateurs-environnementaux/emissions-gaz-effet-serre/province-territoire.html
http://poubelleprovince.radio-canada.ca/Etat-des-lieux/Quebechttp://poubelleprovince.radio-canada.ca/Quizz
https://www.ontario.ca/page/waste-management
https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-and-effects-of-soil-pollution.php

*** cover photo : planter, made from a plastic bottle (https://waterstories.nestle-waters.com/environment/ways-to-upcycle-plastic-water-bottles/)