Ask Whole9 Canada: Are Smoothies Healthy?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Amy asks, "Are smoothies a healthy choice?" People ask us about smoothies in our workshops and in our everyday consulting all the time. The media will have you believe that starting your day with a big tall glass of liquid food is the epitome of health. However, we tend to disagree. In this episode of S&STV, we discuss the research around … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Help For Cold Sores

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Emily asks, "Cold sores are ruining my love life. Help!" Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HV-1). Once you have the virus, it remains in your body permanently and can pop up every now and again. Cold sores are very contagious, so if you don't currently get them, you should be protective of your lips … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Strategies to Manage Cravings

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Kristina asks, "What strategies would you recommend for dealing with my food cravings?" Cravings or strong desires for certain foods, are something that many people struggle with. We talk a lot about how our desires for food can be the result of our unhealthy psychological response to food, hormonal imbalances and stress in our workshops, and it is … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Top Uses for Coconut Oil

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Michaela asks, "What are your thoughts on coconut oil, and its uses both internally and externally?" Coconut oil is one of our pantry staples and is something we recommend everyone use in their cooking due to its stable saturated fat properties. If you search the internet, you will literally find hundreds of uses and benefits of coconut oil, both … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What to do about skin breakouts

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Corinna in Nuremburg, Germany asks, “What are the common reasons for skin breakouts in adults?” Unfortunately, many adults (especially females) suffer from acne, and the root cause is generally the result of things going awry inside the body. Acne that you find around your jaw line is often the result of hormonal imbalances, specifically low estrogen, … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Can you get rid of a food sensitivity?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Lisa on the East Coasts who asks, “I have been paleo for over three years but continue to have food sensitivities. Is there a way to get rid of them?” We always encourage you to do your own self-experimentation after you have completed your Whole30 in order to determine what foods you may be sensitive to. However, if you find that you are sensitive to … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What are the health benefits of gelatin?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Renee from Calgary asks, “I have been reading so much about gelatin, and I was wondering if you could weigh in on the benefits of it?” Gelatin seems to be the new ‘it’ food amongst Paleo experts with good reason. In this episode of S&STV, we talk about the role gelatin plays in maintaining a healthy digestive system, managing homocysteine levels … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What can you do about nighttime leg cramps?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Susan from Toronto asks, “I get leg cramps every night when I am sleeping. What can I do about it?” Nighttime leg cramps are typically characterized by a seizing pain around your calves when you are sleeping.  They can be dreadfully painful and in some cases, can disrupt your sleep.  Fortunately, they are pretty easy to resolve and usually the result … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Should you drink coffee?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Clarissa from Toronto asks us, “Is coffee bad for you??” We'll say this up front--this is one topic that does not have a black or white answer. It is a situation where your individual context matters, as noted in the Whole9 Coffee Manifesto. We see studies that show that coffee can be good for us, but we cannot forget that coffee is a potent … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Should I supplement with Vitamin D?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Angie from Edmonton asks us, “I try to eat a varied diet as possible, and prefer to get all my nutrients from food rather than supplements. I keep hearing that I need to take a vitamin D supplement. What do you ladies think??” Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that we obtain mainly from sunlight, and a much smaller degree from food. It plays an … [Read more...]