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            At Ravita we thrive to educate and empower our community. Through workshops, yoga classes, group detoxes, and direct access to our Naturopathic Physicians at Divine Elements in Kitsilano, you will learn about yourself and how to live happy and healthy! Feel free to stop in and say hi, tell us your story, your successes and your struggles. We’re here to support you!

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            Live it to Lead it!

            Drs Nicholas and Sonya Jensen ND of Divine Elements Family Wellness have teamed up with Bob Mehr, CEO of Pure Pharmacy to create Ravita Health, a unique vitamin store that carries only Medical Grade products. Their goal is to educate and empower the community about health and wellness. Through their own journey as a couple, parents, business partners, and Doctors they are constantly striving towards Mastery over health in all areas of their lives. Their two boys have been their greatest inspiration to create change in the world of health.

            From the blog

            • July 11, 2019 Anti-Inflammatory Diet
              Anti-Inflammatory Diet

              Inflammation is normal, until it’s not. Inflammation is the body’s response to heal wounds and fight infections. We need this, for example, when we cut ourselves or have the common cold. This is referred to as acute inflammation. But, when the process goes into overdrive we go into a state of chronic inflammation. Ongoing inflammation can lead to numerous conditions and states of disease. Inflammation is at the root cause of most diseases. 

              Symptoms of chronic inflammation: 
              • Fatigue or loss of energy
              • Digestive problems 
              • Skin problems 
              • Allergies 
              • Brain fog 
              • Depression, or anxiety 
              • High blood glucose levels 
              • Excess fat around abdomen 
              Top Five INFLAMMATORY Foods 
              1. Sugar in all of its forms (including “healthy” sugars like maple syrup, honey, etc.) 
              2. Refined carbs like white flour products
              3. Trans fatty acids found in fast foods and other fried products, processed snack foods, cookies, donuts, crackers, etc. 
              4. High omega 6 oils and products like safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, vegetable, and corn oil 
              5. Alcohol
              Reduce/ eliminate 
              Animal products - esp. red meat 
              Dairy 
              Refined, processed, and fast foods 
              Vegetable + canola oil 
              Alcohol 
              Caffeine - limit to 1-2 cups per day

              This is where the Anti-Inflammatory Diet comes into play. By decreasing or eliminating foods that cause inflammation and increasing anti-inflammatory foods, we can reduce the amount of inflammation in our bodies and kickstart detoxification. Essentially, “Eat more good, less bad.”

              Top Five ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Foods
              1. Leafy Greens - high in antioxidants that restore cellular health  
              2. Blueberries - low in sugar, and a powerful antioxidant high in the anti-inflammatory flavonoid quercetin  
              3. Coconut oil - anti bacterial and anti inflammatory 
              4. Turmeric - curcumin, turmeric’s primary compound, is a powerful anti-inflammatory 
              5. Salmon - source of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, which are known to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases 

              Also Include: 
              Beets
              Broccoli 
              Celery 
              Pineapple 
              Organic fruits/ vegetables - nourish your body with phytonutrients; rainbow assortment of fibre and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables (buy organic as much as possible to avoid chemicals which can cause even more inflammation) 
              Whole grains - brown rice, oatmeal, sprouted wheat, quinoa, etc.  
              Fermented foods (which are rich in probiotics) like sauerkraut and kimchi 
              Bone broth 
              Other healthy fats rich in omega-3s - avocado, olive oil, nuts/ seeds (walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds, chia seeds) 
              Beans/ legumes as protein sources (soaked/ rinsed if trouble with digestion) 
              Spices and herbs - some great anti-inflammatory options: ginger, garlic, cinnamon

              Sample Day of Eating to Decrease Inflammation 

              In the morning sip on herbal or green tea and water

              Breakfast 
              Blueberry smoothie:
              1/2 - 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (depending on thickness add water to thin it out) 
              1/2 cup frozen blueberries
              1 scoop protein powder (Pea protein and paleo protein + more available at Ravita)
              1 tablespoon almond butter
              1-2 cups spinach
              Optional: For more antioxidant power try adding a greens powder (like Greens First) 

              Lunch 
              Chickpea salad: 
              1 can chickpeas 
              1 avocado 
              1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard 
              1 clove garlic, minced 
              2 teaspoons minced fresh dill 
              1/4 cup diced celery 
              1/4 cup diced red bell pepper 
              1 or 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
              Pinch of sea salt and black pepper 
              1 tablespoon roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (optional) 

              Serve on lettuce wraps or sprouted bread with tomato! 
              https://ohsheglows.com/2015/07/21/chickpea-salad/ - adapted from this recipe 

              Dinner 
              Salmon 
              Broccoli 
              Sweet potato baked in coconut oil 

              Sometimes, simple is best - I love putting together different combos of vegetables, a source of protein, and a healthy carb for an easy and healthy dinner option! 

              Snacks (if you’re hungry; try to limit snacking)
              Apple with handful of walnuts 
              Avocado mousse (avocado, cocoa powder, coconut cream, stevia, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt) https://sugarfreelondoner.com/chocolate-avocado-mousse/
              Celery with hummus (homemade is best!) 

              +STAY HYDRATED 
              Drink lots of water

              Supplements for support (available at Ravita!): 
              Anti-Inflammation - UltraInflamX Plus 360, Curcummatrix, Curcum-Evail, Inflavonoid, Inflavonoid IC, Greens First, ACES + Zinc  
              Detox - Clear Change 10 Day Program, Ultra Clear Renew, AdvaClear 

              Disclaimer - EveryBODY is different. What works for some, may not work for others. It’s important to listen to your body and its reaction when changing eating habits. 

              Alison Smink, R.H.N. 


              References: 
              https://draxe.com/inflammation-at-the-root-of-most-diseases/
              https://draxe.com/anti-inflammatory-foods/
              https://www.hsonline.ca/managing-hs/nutrition/the-anti-inflammatory-diet.html
              https://draxe.com/anti-inflammatory-diet-helped-reverse-chronic-health-conditions/
              https://rootandrevel.com/what-is-an-anti-inflammatory-diet/

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