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    Stay Healthy & Active This Summer with VegeGreens Multi & PhytoBerry Multi
    Written By: Nelson Narciso, DNM® www.keepwell.ca

    After a long winter hibernation, summer brings a renewed sense of vitality and a desire to be outdoors and active. With this increase in activity, comes an increase in the physical demands we place on our bodies and, in turn, an increase in free radical production. Free radicals are reactive compounds that are produced naturally by our bodies but we are also exposed to free radicals in our environment through chemicals in our food, water and air. When these free radicals come in contact with our cells, they can damage or kill them . In fact, free radicals have been associated with more than one hundred diseases . Exercise has been shown to significantly increase free radical levels and induce varying degrees of DNA damage ' especially when combined with the increased stress of exercising when the air quality is poor from smog and other airborne contaminants. In fact, a study that will be published this coming June 2013 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that breathing motor vehicle emissions changes the beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol into bad cholesterol, triggers inflammation and leads to hardening and clogging of the arteries. Although free radicals can be harmful in excess, they're an important part of our immune defence and help us fight infections and even kill some cancer cells. Fortunately, vitamins (A, E, C, folic acid, B12), minerals (zinc, selenium) and phytonutrients (resveratrol, quercetin, lycopene, lutein) all found in fruits and vegetables ' ' ' have been shown to protect our cells and DNA from some of this damage.

    Although free radical production is a natural process, the problem lies in how many free radicals we produce, how many free radicals we are exposed to and how effectively our bodies can neutralize them. Exercise not only increases our free radical production directly by the natural process of respiration (breathing) but with increased respiration comes an increase in inhaled airborne contaminants many of which are free radicals themselves . Unless kept in check, excessive free radical production and exposure can impact athletic performance , speed up the ageing process , , increase the risk of a heart attack , disrupt immune function and cause genetic mutations to cells that can then become cancerous . In fact, free radicals have been implicated in many of today's common afflictions. Even conditions that you might not associate with free radical production like Crohn's Disease , ulcerative colitis and chronic fatigue syndrome have been linked to free radicals. Free radicals are neutralized by antioxidants. Antioxidants protect cells from the destructive nature of free radicals and so it is critical that we consume antioxidant rich foods and supplements. Tufts University developed a test for measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods and supplements called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The higher the ORAC score of a food or supplement, the more free radicals can be neutralized. Scientists recommend we consume between 3000 - 5000 ORAC units daily from our foods and supplements .

    Free radicals need to be controlled to maintain healthy cellular function but it is also important to maintain an optimal cellular pH level. (pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity in the body). Our bodies consistently try to control acid-based metabolism. Metabolic acidosis is often caused by dietary imbalances such as the overconsumption of processed ''junk'' foods and the under consumption of alkalizing foods like fruits and vegetables. Intense exercise to the point of overtraining can also create an overly acidic state. By testing our urinary and salivary pH using litmus (pH) paper, we can determine our metabolic pH. Being overly acidic has been linked to a host of conditions from immune dysfunction to cancer to osteoporosis. A lesser known consequence of acidosis is its impact on performance including decreased IGF-1 activity , mild hypothyroidism, elevated cortisol levels, and lowered hGH production. Collectively, these contribute to a person being more catabolic and less anabolic.

    So how are we to control free radicals while at the same time regulate acid base levels? The answer lies in eating more fruits and vegetables. Sadly, most of us only consume a fraction of the daily recommended seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables. The ''Canadian Community Health Survey'' conducted by Statistics Canada in 2006 found ''a majority of Canadians ate fewer than five servings of vegetables and fruits a day'' . In addition, there are other factors that further restrict the availability of nutrients in our diet including over processing of foods (microwaves, food irradiation, pasteurization, canning, freezing) often resulting in significant nutrient losses, and soil nutrient depletion, that has resulted in fruits, vegetables, grains and meats being often significantly lower in nutrients than those same foods 70 years ago .

    With our hectic pace of life, we frequently neglect the important life sustaining nutrients found in fruits and vegetables and opt for convenient fast foods that are over processed and nutrient poor. By failing to eat sufficient amounts of colourful fruits and vegetables, we become predisposed to cancer, heart disease, rapid ageing, memory impairment, acid alkaline imbalance, and many other conditions too numerous to list. The likelihood of these conditions and diseases manifesting themselves can be reduced dramatically by simply consuming adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and choosing strategic health promoting supplements.

    VegeGreens Multi and PhytoBerry Multi are two remarkable superfood powders that have been combined with a high quality multivitamin mineral formula. The addition of a powdered multivitamin to the already protective VegeGreens and PhytoBerry formulae make these two products not only powerhouses of protection but remarkably convenient. Mixed with water, juice or added to your morning smoothie , these products, combined with a balanced diet, can help remedy many of the problems previously discussed. VegeGreens Multi was designed to help compensate for the less than optimal vegetable and vitamin/mineral intake of the vast majority of the population. With an impressive ORAC score of just over 2000 (not including the multivitamin contribution) it is loaded with protective vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The carefully chosen ingredients in VegeGreens Multi also contribute to its remarkable alkalizing benefits. VegeGreens Multi has over 60 supportive super foods plus 35 vitamins, minerals & co-factors. Here is a partial list of ingredients:

    '' Land Vegetables (beet, carrot, alfalfa, barley greens, spinach, parsley, olive leaf)
    '' Sea Vegetables (dulse, kelp, wakame, nori)
    '' Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale & watercress)
    '' Super Green Foods (chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass)
    '' EFA's & Other Healthy Fats (flax seed, borage, pumpkin seed, evening primrose oil, safflower oil)
    '' Pre & Probiotics (Inulin, FOS and L. plantarum)
    '' Fiber (Apple Pectin, Oat Bran Powder)
    '' Herbal Co-factors (astragalus, cranberry, milk thistle, siberian ginseng, ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, dandelion, nettle leaf)
    '' Phytonutrient Extracts (acerola, blueberry fruit powder, green tea extract, grape seed extract, bilberry extract, resveratrol, lycopene, lutein)
    '' Absorption Enhancing Compounds (fringe tree, bitter gourd, pineapple, papaya & Bioperine®)
    '' High Quality Vitamins (buffered vitamin C, full spectrum B complex, beta carotene, D3, K2)
    '' High Quality Well Absorbed Chelated Minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iodine, manganese, potassium, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium)
    '' Support Nutrients (citrus bioflavonoids, rutin, hesperidin, betaine hydrochloride)

    PhytoBerry Multi is the sister product to VegeGreens Multi and its perfect supplement companion. It is designed to provide us with critically needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to counter the increased free radicals we will be exposed to during the increased activity of the summer months. PhytoBerry Multi has an incredible ORAC score of 5000 units (not including the multivitamin contribution). This remarkable level of protection comes from an impressive blend of ingredients. Here is a partial list of ingredients:

    '' Fruit Concentrates (Goji Berry, Organic Açai Berry, Pomegranate, Indian Goose Berry, Mangosteen, Prune, Blueberry, Raisin, Cranberry, Strawberry, Acerola Berry, Apricot, Raspberry, Cupuacu, Blackberry, Sea Berry (Buckthorn), Elderberry)
    '' Phytonutrients (Rosehip Extract, Green Tea Extract, Apple Extract, White Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract, Grape Skin Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Bilberry Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Corn Silk (Zea Mays), Quercetin, Lycopene, Resveratrol
    '' Essential Fatty Acids & Oils (Freeze Dried) (Organic Non-GMO, Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphatidylinositol, Phosphatidylserine, Organic Flax Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Plantain Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Essential Orange Oil, Essential Rosemary Oil, Essential Clove Oil, Essential Thyme Oil, Essential Oregano Oil, Essential Cinnamon Bark Oil, Bioperine®)
    '' High Quality Vitamins (buffered vitamin C, full spectrum B complex, beta carotene, D3, K2)
    '' High Quality Well Absorbed Chelated Minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iodine, manganese, potassium, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium)
    '' Support Nutrients (citrus bioflavonoids, rutin, hesperidin, betaine hydrochloride)

    Get outdoors this summer and be active, knowing that with the right balance of diet and key supplements like VegeGreens Multi and PhytoBerry Multi not only will you be healthier, but you will perform your best!

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