There's no denying that garlic is a miracle plant – it is anti-fungal and antibacterial, boosts our immune systems and is anti-inflammatory. But did you know garlic is also used to repair damaged hair and facilitate its strong, healthy growth? Whether your hair is damaged from products and styling tools or from nutrient deficiency, garlic…
Whether you are a full time vegetarian, taking a break from meat, or simply trying to cut down, it is important to make sure that you are getting enough protein in your diet. Protein is a crucial part of our diet. It is a macronutrient, which means our bodies require a large amount of it. Protein helps to promote tissue growth, strengthen nails, grow hair, assists with bone health as well as enzyme and hormone production.
Fermented foods are all the rage of late. Whether it be kimchi or kombucha, more and more we are hearing of the wondrous benefits of fermented products. Consuming fermented foods and beverages can help to regulate the digestive enzymes in our gut and provide a host of benefits.
In the past few months, the writer of this blog has discovered apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar results from 2 fermentation processes: first the fermentation of apple juice into apple cider, and then the final fermentation of the cider into vinegar. The taste is a bit off-putting to many because it’s quite sour and tangy. When drinking apple cider vinegar, one should couple a shot glass worth of it inside of a glass of warm water. This will protect the esophagus, as the vinegar is extremely acidic. Apple Cider can also be used in a variety of other ways besides direct consumption; we will go over a few here.
Once you become accustomed to the taste (as many do within the first couple of drinks), you will reap the many benefits that apple cider vinegar has to offer. Here we will list some of these benefits and hopefully by the end of reading this article, you will be on your way to the store to buy some!
With the holidays coming to an end, most of us may be feeling our clothes tighten around the waist from all of the delicious treats and alcohol consumed this month. No doubt, it’s been a pleasure to indulge, but we must not forget how important our health is!
Perhaps, New Year’s resolutions were designed to help combat the guilt of holiday indulgence, rather than truly shape the upcoming year. Either way, let’s get out of the holiday slump and get into healthy habits that will make us alert and ready to face the challenges ahead and reach our goals in 2015. Urban Health has compiled a list of the 5 resolutions we think will help transform your health this year. Though you might have heard (or made) these resolutions yourself before, we have some practical advice on how to implement these changes and finally make those healthy habits stick!
With all the different types of diets these days, it may be hard to grasp or understand just what the different diet terms mean. As we all know, people adapt certain diets for a list of reasons, such as health, allergies, or weight loss. It’s also important to understand, for example, what our friends mean when they say they are on a raw food, vegan, or gluten-free diet. This way, we can be respectful to dinner guests and also be more mindful when choosing restaurants to eat at.
Urban Health has come up with a simplified explanation regarding the various diets to help you become more knowledgeable on what people do and don’t eat. Read on to find out about ins and outs of the more popular diets.
Many of us view fish as an exceptionally healthy form of protein, chockful of nutrients and delicious in flavour–on the surface seafood seems to be a superfood. However, for many fish on the market, this is frequently not the case. Due to fish farming, radiation levels, and other environmental hazards many fish are unsafe for us to eat and may contain chemicals, which are dangerous to the body. Additionally, the present production levels of fish farming are harmful to the ocean’s ecosystem. This article aims to help you learn more about the fishing industry and what fish should be consumed to help support both your health and the environment.
I have been a full-time vegetarian since November 2013 after having toyed with the idea several times before (I tried to become one, but never succeeded until now). Many people have asked me why and how. Here goes.
We all have favourite flavours that we like in our food. Some enjoy hot cayenne while others love cinnamon or fresh peppermint. Without the many spices of the world, our food would surely taste bland and boring! But there is more to spices than simply flavour–spices contain many health benefits unknown to the common observer. Spices are full of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, which can help us in a number of various interesting and potentially life-saving ways.
Let’s explore some commonly used spices together to become better acquainted with the healing benefits of spices. Szechuan peppercorns have been used by Native Americans as a toothache remedy as well as a cure for many various digestive ailments.
FODMAPs is a group of short chain carbohydrates standing for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. The FODMAPs diet was created at Monash University by professor Peter Gibson, who has also conducted extensive research on gluten intolerance.