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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
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Picture 8 : Scott Webb on Unsplash.com

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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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5 AMAZING THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SMOOTHIES

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Smoothies are quite the thing right now!

Celebrities are sharing their secret recipe (Blake Lively and her beet detoxifying smoothie, Gwyneth Paltrow and her peachy protein smoothie and many many others!).

We’ve also seen some of our friends posting pictures of these healthy beverages on social medias. You can order them at any trendy coffeeshop…

We won’t lie; we think it’s good news!

Sure, smoothies help reduce cravings and improve hydration.

But that’s not all! Did you know that smoothie can also :

1. GIVE A HEALTHY GLOW

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Depending on what you decide to put in your smoothie, it can help you have a nicer and fresher skin tone. Add some mango, orange, pumpkin or carrot to your blend: they are full of carotenoids which play a role in skin’s condition.

2. HELP WITH IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

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And many other digestive problems, actually! You see: as smoothies are liquid, they make it easier for your body to break down the nutrients of the veggies and fruits they contain and to digest. Also ingredients such as spinach, kale, celery, carrots, strawberries and blueberries are full of alkaline which help reduce the discomfort of acid reflux.

3. PROMOTE FIBERS’ CONSUMPTION

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With all the fruits and veggies they contain, smoothies are a really good source of fiber and help you consume the 25 grams to 30 grams that are recommended daily. And why are fibers are so important for your body? They help digestion, control blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Where can you find them? In many many fruits and veggies. To name a few: avocado, dattes, apples, berries, pears…

4. DIVERSIFY YOUR NUTRIENTS’ INTAKE

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The more varieties of (organic) veggies and fruits you put in your smoothie, the more nutritious it gets and the more it can help your body get rid of some toxins that your liver and/or blood might have accumulated. Learn more about papayas, beets or garlic for example; you’ll be surprised by their numerous virtues!

5. REDUCE RISKS OF DIABETES

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Studies have shown that smoothies can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, especially when you add leafy greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, sprouts, etc.) to your mixture.

Now we get why drinking smoothies is kind of a big deal. We can’t wait to activate the blender and make some!

But hey! Don’t forget: smoothies can quickly become too sugary and high-calorie when you add sweet things like sorbet, sweetened juice or sweetened yogurt. Keep it simple, organic and natural. Your body will be happy!

FIND DOSE’S NEW UPCYCLE SMOOTHIES: HERE!

By Cloé Lachapelle

references:
https://easyhealthysmoothie.com/benefits-drinking-healthy-smoothies/
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-fruit-smoothies-6124.html
http://www.eatingwell.com/article/276763/health-benefits-of-juicing-vs-smoothies/
https://www.brit.co/celebrity-smoothie-recipes/
https://www.livescience.com/52487-carotenoids.html

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HOW TO FIX A DISGUSTING SMOOTHIE

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It has happened to all of us at least once: we’re full of good intentions and decide to make a healthy smoothie, but almost spit it when we take the first sip. But what do you do when you don’t want to throw the weird, bad tasting, beverage in the trash and waste all the good things that you have unfortunately mixed together?

We found solutions for you. They’re super easy and honestly can fix almost every smoothie mistake!

PROBLEM: IT TASTES LIKE DIRT

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Sometimes, when you put too many raw veggies in your mix, it can taste a bit earthy… Broccoli is good for dinner but a whole bouquet can be intense in a smoothie. What you have to do: add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. It will cover the weird taste, add a little touch of sweetness without being too sugary nor caloric! And if you don’t want it to be sweet, you can add grains or nuts, such as peanuts, sunflower seeds or cashews. It will become creamier with a nutty flavor.

PROBLEM: IT’S TOO SWEET

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You like bananas, but maybe you’ve went a little bit crazy for your morning drink and it’s now just too sugary? What you have to do: add some lime or lemon juice or a little bit of cider vinegar. Acidity compensates for sweetness!

PROBLEM: IT’S THICK AS RUBBER (OR ALMOST)

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Its texture is hardly drinkable… You need a spoon, worse: a fork, to consume it. If you wanted a smoothie bowl, it’s okay… but if you were planning to drink it on-the-go, it’s problematic. The solution is quite simple. What you have to do: add some fresh juice (cold-pressed of course!), coconut water or fruits that contain a lot of water, like watermelon for example, to your mix.

PROBLEM: IT’S TOO LIQUID

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It’s not good when you’re “eating” your smoothie, but having the feeling you’re drinking flavoured water isn’t better when you wanted something smoother. What you have to do: the easiest thing is to add ice cubes! Otherwise, frozen fruits, a banana, yogurt or half of an avocado can solidify your beverage just enough.

Now, to your blenders!👩🏽‍🍳

Or, if you don’t want to take the risk of failing your smoothie, check out Dose’s new plant-based Upcycle smoothies: here!

By Cloé Lachapelle

references:

https://www.prevention.com/eatclean/best-smoothie-add-ins
https://davyandtracy.com/green-smoothies/how-to-make-a-green-smoothie-without-the-bitter-flavor-of-greens/
https://easyhealthysmoothie.com/make-smoothies-thicker-thinner/
http://www.happydieter.net/7-best-ways-to-mask-the-veggie-taste-in-smoothies/

*** picture taken on Unsplash

 

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DOSE UPCYCLE: VEGAN & SMOOTHIES FOR YOUR MORNINGS

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For a while now, we’ve been looking for a way to reuse what’s left from our fruits and veggies after we juice them.

Why?
Because 41% of the waste produced in Canada annually comes from businesses and institutions (which we are a part of).

Because, in the province of Quebec only, we produce 13 millions tons of residual materials each year (1 ton = 1000kg…).

We think it’s time we reduce our waste and we want to start by reducing the volume of pulp we throw away after producing our juices.

How?
By “upcycling” which means updating a no longer useful object’s function by transforming it into something better instead of getting rid of it.

At Dose, the “object” we wanted to upcycle was our fruits and veggies’ pulp!

So we thought of smoothies, that complement our juices and are made with the same raw fruits AND vegetables.

We worked hard on this smoothies project for 8 months, full of trial and errors; full of too liquid, too solid, too weird smoothies…

Today, we’re proud and excited to finally reveal Upcycle!

Upcycle by Dose Juice: 4 different proteined smoothies that combine the nutrients of our cold-pressed juices, our pulp’s upgraded fibers and a plant-based protein.

As are our juices, our smoothies are not pasteurized, so we maintain their vitamins, enzymes and minerals.

As are our juices, they are put under high pressure to seal their freshness.

As our juices, they only contain raw fruits and veggies. No sugar added. No additive. No preservative agent. Nothing but ingredients you can recognize and pronounce.😉

Our new Upcycle line allows us to reduce our waste significantly. Currently, we are reusing the pulp of: Taxi’s pineapple, Oxy-3′s berries, Tango’s carrots and Samba’s beets.

Before 2020, we aim to reuse 100% of all the pulps that are accumulated during our juices production.

WHEN TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT ALSO MEANS TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF.

Our new smoothies contain 20% to 27% of your daily fibers requirement which are essential to facilitate your digestive system’s job.

We also added 10 grams of organic brown rice protein, totally vegan, in each bottle, to nourish yourself and give you the energy you need to go through your days.

After all, a busy lifestyle shouldn’t mean a messy diet!

Finally, each flavor contains at least one superfood known for its health benefits: turmeric, flax, goji and chlorella.

What are these new bottles of happiness’ flavors?

Bright Side (Mango, carrot and turmeric)

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Strawberry Hill (Strawberry, banana and lax)

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UpBeet (Beet, mango and goji)

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Green Light (Pineapple, spinach and chlorella)

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You can create a custom mix & match: here

You can also find a complete 8-pack: here

And a new 2 Weeks Challenge Pack with smoothies: there

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HEALTHY & GREEN CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Spoiling our loved ones?

Or taking care of them?

This Christmas, we’ll do both!

At the same time.😌

Here’s our list of healthy Christmas gifts ideas to please your family and friends!

1. BKIND, DUO FACE CARE ($65.00)
BKIND’s skincare and hair products are vegan, natural and not tested on animals! Knowing that what you apply on your skin or in your hair is not toxic for yourself nor for the environment and that it is made in an ethical way allows you to take care of yourself with peace of mind.

This Duo Face Care is one of the interesting gifts you can find on the company’s website and that’ll become a must in anybody’s beauty routine.

Gift idea > Soft and moisturized skin: here!

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2. BREATHE YOGA STUDIO, ONE-MONTH TRIAL ($49.00)
This Toronto yoga studio is offering a special deal right now: one month of unlimited drop-in classes at a really small price! It’s a great present to give to anyone who’s looking for a more balanced lifestyle as yoga helps improve flexibility and reduce stress: two major factors in living a healthy life.

Of course, this studio is an example: there are plenty of others in Ontario and in Quebec.😉

Gift idea > Relaxation, meditation and Namaste: here!

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3. CAMELLIA SINENSIS, MATCHA GIFT SET ($46.00) + ANY MATCHA POWDER
For more than 15 years, this company’s co-owners have been travelling the world to find the best teas and develop their knowledge about tea so they can bring their discoveries back on our market!

Matcha is known for its plural benefits such as: its role in detoxifying the body, its help in improving concentration and memory and its relaxing capacity. Here’s why this set will please all the people who were looking for a way to reduce stress once the holidays are over!

Gift idea > Less stress, more concentration: here!

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4. ALVÉOLE, URBAN HONEY TASTING BOX ($30.00)
This Montreal-based company produces artisanal honeys in urban environments; in the cities of Montreal, Quebec and Toronto. Its mission is to preserve bees and encourage local production. Alvéoleis also socially involved; it offers workplace and scholar trainings and promotes social rehabilitation.

This Tasting Box contains 4 different honeys that come from different neighborhoods of a same city. You have the choice between three boxes: Montreal, Quebec or Toronto, so the person to whom you give it can discover all the hues of these local honeys.

Gift idea > The survival of bees a in sweet way: here!

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5. – LYNN CRAWFORD, FARM THE CHEF MARKET: COOKING THROUGH THE SEASONS ($22.80)
Renowned chef Lynn Crawford is the master behind this cookbook in which you’ll find more than 140 recipes made with carefully chosen farm-fresh products.

For all the people who want to eat better and more locally, this book is perfect. They’ll learn what aliments to choose depending the season and how to cook them to create both healthy and yummy recipes!

Gift idea > Delicious local food throughout the year: here!

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6. ROUTINE CREAM, “THIS OR THAT PACK” – 12 MINI ROUTINES ($42.00)
To combat the common problem of smelly armpits, two Alberta-based sisters have created this company! And it’s all natural! While regular deodorants are full of chemical ingredients, what Routine Cream proposes is entirely not toxic. Yeah!

This This or That Pack allows you to discover all the company’s deodorants so you can choose what’s best for you after.

Gift idea > Smelling good without chemicals: here!

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7.  DANS LE SAC, “ZERO WASTE” PACKAGE ($34.00)
Because taking care of the environment is also a way of taking care of the ones you love (and of yourself)! Less waste creates a greener place to live and reduces our polluted print… and that can only be healthy!

Dans le sac (meaning “In the bag”) is a young business which mission is to substitue traditional plastic bags and other items people usually put to trash with reusable and textiles goods. This “Zero Waste Package” is the beginner kit and contains: one bread bag, one small bulk bag and two large bulk bags.

Gift idea > Less waste in a cute way: here!

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Now, Santa Claus, I hope you’ve taken notes to give something nice and healthy this year… Ho Ho Ho!🎅🏼

Cover picutre: Kari Shea on Unsplash

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YOU CAN STAY FOCUS AT WORK WITHOUT CAFEINE

Feeling tired even though you’ve slept a full 7 hours night? That makes you less productive and less motivated at work? Not good, eh? Plus, being less motivated and more tired make you lose concentration… Well, that makes things even worse!

But still, you keep drinking coffee everyday because you think it’s the only option for these crashes but you know it’s bad for your health when you abuse it and makes your teeth turn yellow. Ew! Well, we have good news for you: fruits & vegetables juices will help you resolve this annoying situation. It’s true! Many people start their day by drinking fresh cold-pressed juices instead of the banal and addictive cafeine beverages. And we have other good news for you: we’re offering you a 2 Weeks Challenge Pack at a special price just so you can enjoy the juices benefits for 14 days and see how good organic and fresh juices make you feel by simply having a fresh DOSE every morning to start your day!

What’s the secret of this magic 2 Weeks Juices Pack?

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Easy :

  • Each juice contains 2 to 3 portions of fruits & veggies.
  • Each juice is a little bottle of 300ml easy to add in your lunchbox and that doesn’t take much place in the fridge!
  • The pack contains 14 juices;
  • The pack is 78$ instead of 98$.
  • So it’s up to 42 fruits and veggies (many nutrients, vitamins and enzymes) in 14 tiny bottles. It’s a lot of things that boost your immune system, contribute to your heart’s health and energize your body and your brain.
  • It then makes you spend less time in bed and more time on what really counts: family, work… life actually!

So, if you want to stop the fatigue, the procrastinating and start working more effectively, try DOSE’s 2 Weeks Challenge !

Please note that the pack is available for a limited time only, as well as its gentle price of 78$. So don’t procrastinate for this either and shop here.😉

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LITTLE-KNOWN WAYS TO REPLACE YOUR COFFEE IN THE MORNING

Little-known ways to replace your coffee in the morningFor those who follow a healthy lifestyle, it is often very difficult to quit drinking coffee on a day-to-day basis. Coffee is frequently seen as our morning savior or our best friend of the...

 

For those who follow a healthy lifestyle, it is often very difficult to quit drinking coffee on a day-to-day basis. Coffee is frequently seen as our morning savior or our best friend of the mid-afternoon. But is it really good for you?

In fact, when used too often or in excessive amount, the coffee you love for its taste and energizing effect presents many drawbacks. One of them is the stimulation of the adrenal glands. Each time caffeine enters your body, it stimulates your adrenal glands which secrete adrenaline. If this scenario is repeated several times a day for a number of years, your glands will get tired. Then, they will no longer function properly, leading to a hormonal disorder. Put another way, in the long run, drinking coffee can cause important weight gains, mood swings, fatigue, and sleep problems.

Now, what if you were told there are much healthier alternatives to coffee? Here are a few of them.

Green tea

The most popular alternative to coffee is undoubtedly green tea. But what are its real benefits? Just like carrots, thanks to the antioxidants it contains, green tea is good for your eyes. It also helps lower cholesterol and gives the small boost your brain needs.

Matcha green tea

Already a fan of green tea? Jazz it up with some matcha. It increases energy level, hydration and toxins removal. In addition, it tastes great!

Wheatgrass juice

Regarded by many as a superfood, wheatgrass juice offers this much sought-after energizing effect. It not only reduces fatigue but also aids digestion.

Rooibos tea

Some like it for its sweetness, others love it for its benefits. It is recognized for its powerful immune system stimulating properties.

Maca

Added to a cup of your favorite plant milk, along with a dash of honey (or a pinch of cinnamon for a vegan version), maca is a delicious way to stimulate your body without the cons of traditional coffee. It regulates mood and provides a significant energy boost.

Green juices

Last but not least: green juices. The more vegetables they include, the better. The array of minerals they contain will make you feel energized and invigorated. You’ll forget about your daily coffee!

In short, even if you don’t completely give up coffee, choosing healthier alternatives from time to time can do no harm. Who knows, you could discover your new favorite beverage!

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Ginger: why you should trust your roots

Ginger: why you should trust your roots
Crucial in any true apothecary’s and epicurean’s pantry, this effective stimulant, antioxidant and physical cleanser is surely underestimated in everyday cooking. So why add a few sparkling here and there? Here...

 

Crucial in any true apothecary’s and epicurean’s pantry, this effective stimulant, antioxidant and physical cleanser is surely underestimated in everyday cooking. So why add a few sparkling here and there? Here are few benefits you can get from ginger (its delicious tastiness put aside):

Glowing skin

They say you are what you eat. With more than 40 antioxidants (which slow the decay of cells), ginger is assuredly a beautiful plant. Its antibacterial components make it the best natural acne-fighting weapon. They minimize the rate of acne formation and eruption by clearing the bacteria causing it. Also, the warming feeling it creates is not only appealing in the cold season, it also increases the peripheral circulation so every inch of skin feels the ginger glow. Basically, daily ginger consumption proves to detoxify the inner self, which in turn radiates inside and out. Simple math.

Abundant energy level

You are a true early bird? The kind that enjoys 7 am running sessions? Then add some chopped ginger to your morning porridge or swap your usual espresso for a ginger shot and get the metabolism boosting effects you need before you start a big 10k. With its thermogenic properties (which stimulate the nervous system), ginger increases energy expenditure and accelerates metabolic activity. Rather than adding on yet another spinning class to your already sweat inducing week, well-chosen food can work with you on the extra mile. Also, its compound known as gingerol (an anti-inflammatory) is proven to reduce after-workout pain and swelling. Stay brave: this powerful root will encourage you to keep up while the rest of us are barely waking up.

Fight heavy weekends

Need to rebalance after an overly indulgent summer? Ginger can help you with that. First, eat a bite of fresh ginger just before dinner to stoke a dull appetite while firing up your enzymes. Its ability to balance digestive problems will encourage the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It will surely make that green juice even more powerful! The spice will stimulate internal cleansing and revive sluggish digestion. You need one last argument? It’s the spice of choice for hangovers. An upset stomach and nausea are often one too many symptoms of your last long night. Try a warm mug of ginger tea to settle things down and feel the relief in your belly.

Although there is much more to know about the ingredient, you can now peacefully munch on ginger or spice up that curry leftovers. The benefits will be as bold as the flavor.

Bon appétit!

Collaborator
Marie-Hélène Chagnon St-jean