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Lifestyle Nutrition

Always Choose Organic for These 12 Foods

healthy dietChoosing organic produce is not always cost effective, and when you are on a budget, you want to make the best choices when it comes to diet.

Buying organic produce local and in season usually garners the best prices.

Even then, it can be difficult when the price difference between conventional and organic prices vary by so much.

Pesticide contamination is a real concern, especially when these powerful pesticides continue to linger in food (and inside of you) for a long time. Workers that handle pesticides for conventional growing can experience acute side effects, like dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and skin and eye issues. Some pesticides utilize heavy metals which are toxic to the body.

Some products remain contaminated for longer periods of times than others. Some products get natural protection from thick or hard skins.

So when does organic matter the most? Here is a list of 12 products to always get organic (in order from most contaminated):

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes

Here’s 15 produce items that are the least contaminated with pesticides that you don’t have to buy organic (in order of least contaminated):

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Sweet Potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms

If you’re concerned with pesticide contamination or heavy metal intoxication, please talk to one of our Naturopath’s.

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Tired of Feeling Tired: Natural Treatments for Fatigue

bio pictureDr. Brian Gluvic will be speaking at the Aging Gracefully Lifestyle Show on June 27 2015.

WHERE:  Shannon Hall (Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Fairgrounds)
6050-176 St (Cloverdale Fairgrounds), Surrey
Corner of 176th Street and 60th Ave, Cloverdale

TOPIC: Tired of Feeling Tired: Natural Treatments for Fatigue

Do you feel really tired late morning or mid afternoon? Are you dependent on sugar and caffeine to make it through the day? Do you often wake in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep? Fatigue and sleep issues are often an accepted part of aging.

Fortunately, these issues do not have to dominate our lives as we grow older. Learn how simple dietary changes and nutrition can improve your energy and sleep and help you feel younger.

Dr. Brian Gluvic is a Naturopathic Physician at the Village Health Clinic. He provides family medical care with an emphasis on dietary and nutritional therapies, lifestyle counseling, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. He completed his medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and received additional training in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. Dr. Gluvic is an adjunct professor (Pediatrics) at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.

Latest Research Lifestyle

Go nuts

Study ties nuts to a lower risk of death, including from heart disease or cancer


Chocolate Brownies with Whipped Topping

gluten free | dairy free

Recipe by Kitchen Caleigh

Grain-free, dairy-free brownies? Is that possible? Yes it is! This is a moist, rich, full flavored dessert that will hit your chocolate craving right between the eyes.


1/3 cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa powder
6 eggs
¾ cup honey
1 Tbsp Omega Crunch Roasted Maple Shelled Flax
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup coconut flour


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Grease 7×11 baking dish with coconut oil or line your dish with parchment paper.

Melt the coconut oil and cocoa powder together in a small saucepan over medium heat. In a food processor add the eggs, honey and vanilla. Pulse until the eggs are frothy. Add the chocolate/oil and shelled flax in and mix until well blended. Add the coconut flour and pulse until mixture is smooth. Pour batter into greased 7×11 baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Allow to cool before cutting.


Ingredients: Whipped Topping

1 can full fat coconut milk (refridgerated overnight)
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp pure cocoa powder


Refrigerate the coconut milk (must be full fat) overnight (or 8 hours). Open the can and drain any liquid that remains. Spoon the thickened “cream” into a food processor. Add the honey and cocoa powder and pulse until well blended and the cream becomes light and fluffy.  Spread evenly on top of brownies.

Nutritional Info Per Serving:

143 cals, 15g carbs, 10g fat, 3g protein, 13g sugar, 1g fiber


Yield: serves 18

Latest Research Lifestyle Nutrition

Higher Salt Intake in Children Associated with High Blood Pressure

The link between high salt intake and high blood pressure in adults is well known. Fortunately, adults are increasingly taking the simple step of restricting salt intake to not only treat but also prevent high blood pressure and it’s cardiovascular complications (heart attack and stroke). Why then do we allow our children to continue to consume high levels of salt in the form of fast foods, processed snacks such as chips, and deli meats.

A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” showed that higher salt intake in children is associated with high blood pressure. The association was even stronger in overweight or obese children. Children should be consuming less than 2300 mg of salt per day but this study found that they are consuming an average of 3400 mg per day. This is comparable to the average daily intake of salt for an adult – way too much. We forget that children are not only susceptible to the same illnesses as adults but that many of these diseases start in childhood. For example, atherosclerotic plaques (the precursor to heart attack and stroke) can be found in children as young as 10 years old. Many of these conditions (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes) are not old age diseases but life long diseases that start in childhood. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

Sodium Intake and Blood Pressure Among US Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Latest Research Lifestyle Nutrition

Vegetables With Fun Names Are More Likely To Be Consumed By Children

In a recent US study involving elementary school children, researchers compared the amount of vegetables consumed when they were presented with either a fun name, such as “X-ray Vision Carrots”, or unnamed. The children ate twice as much of the renamed foods compared to the unnamed foods. Also, this study reviewed food sales to different schools. Schools that labeled vegetables with names like “Power Punch Broccoli,” “Tiny Tasty Tree Tops,” or  “Silly Dilly Green Beans”, experienced a doubling of sales. In contrast, schools that did not use amusing labels recorded a decline in sales. Perhaps as parents we need to use a little “salesmanship” to promote vegetable consumption in our children.

Wansink, Brian, Just, David R., Payne, Collin R., & Klinger, Matthew. (2012). Attractive Names Sustain Increased Vegetable Intake in Schools. Preventive Medicine