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Immunity and Vitamin D; The Pharmacist’s Point of View

It is therefore with some satisfaction that I learned today of an article published by Jean-François Legault of the Canadian Press, relating a particular study, the PROTEC study, directed by doctors Francine Ducharme (SHU Sainte- Justine) and Cécile Tremblay (Center hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal). These two Montreal researchers believe that the addition of Vitamin D could be significant.

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Memory and Cognitive Health – Ginkgo Biloba (1 of 2)

Ginkgo biloba is a large tree referred to as a living fossil, because it is the last unchanged representative of a family of trees that became extinct more than 300 million years ago. Dinosaurs have crossed paths with Ginkgoaceae. It can live more than 1,000 years and reach 40 meters in height. The leaf is mainly used for its antioxidant, neuroprotective, and vasodilator properties. Ginkgo biloba has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is one of the most widely used herbs for medicinal use around the world. A study carried out in Germany among people aged 60 to 94 reports that 66% of respondents consume dietary supplements. For Ginkgo biloba, 57% of users confirm having received the recommendation from their doctor.

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The Legend of the Black Forest… (the Cake)

The Black Forest cake has been around for over 100 years. This sumptuous dessert has a very marked geographical origin. The Black Forest is a region in southwestern Germany that borders the Alsace region of France. In 1915, a pastry chef named Josef Keller is said to have made the first Black Forest cake in his tearoom in Bad Godesberg. According to gypsy beliefs, the colors of the cake (black, red, white) were associated with the traditional costume of the inhabitants of the Black Forest. Strange, isn't it? In the 1930s, the sponge cake was best known in Berlin and in the pastry shops of major German, Austrian and Swiss cities.

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Biographie Geneviève Labonté-Chartrand, psychologue

A Holistic Psychologist Makes Her Debut on the Vitoli Blog!

While providing psychology care within a multidisciplinary team, I observed the effectiveness of complementarity in treating the individual as a whole. Unfortunately, with limited resources and the model of care being primarily pharmaceutical, I often felt that I could do more.

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Chronic Stress; the Immune System and Weight Gain

Chronic stress can be a cause of high blood pressure, but also of poor functioning of the immune system, the development of several diseases and accelerated aging. Here are some explanations to better understand these phenomena. I believe that the more knowledge we have about this topic will then allow us to be more motivated to take action to prevent or reduce its impact on our daily lives.

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Natural Products & Sirtuins; How to Prevent Disease

Sirtuins (for fellow science enthusiasts, are NAD-dependent deacetylases) have many biological functions within the human body. Such functions/involvement include transcriptional suppression, cell survival, cell death, tumor suppression, cardio-protection, Alzheimer’s disease, memory formation, circadian rhythm, DNA damage, inflammation, and much, much more! This is the reason why the popularity of sirtuins has increased over the last two decades.

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Immune System 2 of 2: 6 Supplements That Work

In our first article, we explained how the immune system works. Here we will focus on the most important supplements to consider that help immune functions. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to feel their impact, since it is a rather silent blessing; not getting sick would be their effect.

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Why Is Vitamin D So Important?

Researchers recently discovered a major facet of vitamin D. It is its modulating action on the immune system. However, its contribution to health is not new. The cold season was once associated with the spoonful of cod liver oil. A very tasty remedy! It was long before the use of antibiotics that this vitamin D-rich preventive potion against winter infections was circulating in our families, but also in the sanatoriums of the time to treat tuberculosis and drug use.

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IMMUNE SYSTEM Recipe Loaded With Zinc and Vitamin D (Seafood, Fish, Nuts)

We had the good idea, through consulting our chef Jean-François, to concoct a very special recipe to strengthen your immunity; something that is highly recommended and undeniably desired in these difficult times. To do this, our international chef has given his heart to helping you discover ingredients less known for Canadians due to our northern climate.

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Influenza and Vaccination in 2021: The Pharmacist’s Opinion

Currently, the effectiveness of the vaccine is variable and ranges from 40 to 60% depending on the year. But year after year, the influenza virus is a major cause of death worldwide, estimated by the WHO at around 10/100,000 inhabitants. In Quebec more specifically, it is 5.2/100,000, affects between 3 to 7% of adults during a season, and causes 3,500 deaths per year in Canada.

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Move to Preserve Your Autonomy

Like all human beings, when faced with the impossible, many of our elders become discouraged and lose the taste and interest in doing any activity that would cause them to move their body since they do not see the benefits. And yet there are several benefits, the most important of which is the preservation of your independence! In this article, we'll explore how staying active helps you maintain your independence, even after an operation, injury, or fall.

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Guide to Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Did you know that it is possible to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by more than 50%? Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80% of dementia cases. The World Health Organization defines dementia as a deterioration in memory, reasoning, comprehension, orientation, learning ability, numeracy, language and judgment. This article brings together a lot of information that is relevant to understanding dementia and Alzheimer's disease while providing useful tips for reducing risk or slowing progression.

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The Year 2020; Lest We Forget

2020 would have been a great year. Although there was much sadness, there was also some good news worth celebrating. We would like to reflect on this year to highlight our accomplishments, but also learn from it. Here is our 2020 overview...

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Taking Care of the Family: 5 Important Points

Caring for the family refers to a lot of facets this year that add to the considerations one might usually have. Family is a powerful factor in longevity, and feeling useful helps manage stress and build resilience. Did you know that people who have had children live significantly longer? Thus, taking care of the family is a source of happiness, satisfaction and healthy longevity.

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Divine poultry with cranberries

The health benefits of cranberries are mostly associated with reducing the risk or recurrence of urinary tract infections. Recent studies have shown that some of its polyphenols, proanthocyanins and flavonoids, may help reduce cavities through several mechanisms of action. This small fruit, native to Eastern North America, was used long ago by Native Americans for its health benefits. Cranberries were used, among other things, to cure the first settlers from scurvy.

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6 tips to fight fatigue: Article 2 of 2

We will now integrate the two other facets which are: the use of quality food supplements and the advice of psychologist Stéphane Migneault. As mentioned in the first article, the objective here is to emphasize that fatigue is multifactorial and should also be tackled by several simultaneous approaches in order to obtain the best results.

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Scientific research: demonstrations of health benefits – Article 4 of 4

In the previous article, we described the risk/benefit balance in assessing the suitability of a health approach. Thus, after discussing the risks, we will now define the 5 categories of information considered, related to the evidence of health benefits: 1) Consumption history; 2) Scientific literature; 3) Identification of a mechanism of action; 4) Preclinical studies; 5) The results in humans.

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Biographie Véronique Bourbeau

A multidisciplinary approach towards health with our new collaborator

Véronique Bourbeau is a certified naturopath who graduated from the Naturopathic Science Teaching Institute, and is a clinical herbalist who graduated from the renowned Canadian Academy of Phytotherapy. She has over 20 years of education, teaching and giving her services as a consultant in global health.

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Food, your ally towards youth

Are you scared of needles or certain anti-aging products? Good news! By eating healthily, we can rejuvenate, gain vitality and, above all, do so in good health. Author, speaker, and doctor in biology, Éric Simard describes four ways to act against aging through diet.

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biographie Sylvain Audet, acupuncteur

Discover the energetic vision of this new collaborator!

Being attracted to martial arts and oriental philosophy at a very young age, combined with a marked interest in health sciences, human beings and their well-being, I began my studies in acupuncture at the age of 17. One of my motivations was to be able to help care for people, while helping to maintain and restore their health by sharing my knowledge. It is not without saying that at the end of the acupuncture course, a major challenge arose, namely the translation between this thousand-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the Western world of today.

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Live 100 years and be healthy… A question of personality?

Among the factors associated with longevity, the personality of the individual is supported by a large number of studies involving centenarians from Japan, Sweden, the United States and Europe. It is evident today that the majority of centenarians share common personality traits. It goes without saying that if these personality traits are common to a multitude of nationalities with completely different customs, they must facilitate or partly explain the longevity of these individuals.

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6 Tips to Fight Fatigue: Article 1 of 2

I'm going to include several dimensions of fatigue that are not usually considered. Fatigue depends of course on our physical capacities, but also on our mental capacities, which in turn are influenced by our expectations and our psychological state. Fatigue is therefore usually multifactorial and should also be tackled by several simultaneous approaches in order to obtain the best results.

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Mexican-Inspired Whole Wheat Pasta Lasagna

To take into account the importance of lycopene for prostate cancer awareness month, we thought we would come back in full force by taking a previous recipe and incorporating it into another, to make a lasagna. In these difficult times, we had a brilliant idea; to introduce whole wheat pasta with extra black olives in our sauce. If, by chance, you have frozen portions of sauce, thaw first, even the day before. Otherwise, don't worry, because we'll take care of giving you back the ingredients of this culinary delight, down to the smallest detail.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Is It Real?

Fall is a special season for fatigue and depression. Everyone has heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is the phenomenon caused, at least in part, by the reduction in the period of natural light. Therefore, it’s normal to feel a drop of enthusiasm during the fall, and this year will be particularly difficult for many people. I will give you 7 tips that could help you.

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COVID-19 and the Concept of Anti-Aging as a Prevention?

This article was aimed towards the scientific community, raising awareness towards the idea of anti-aging/senolytic drugs in the treatment of what seems to be our current nemesis, COVID-19. This article will explore the idea of anti-aging compounds as a prevention for illness, including COVID-19. What Are Anti-Aging and/or Senolytic Drugs?médicament antivieillissement et/ou sénolytique?

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Prostate Cancer: 5 Things You Should Know

Here in Canada, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in men. Statistics show that; approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer; 23,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, representing 20% ​​of all new cases of cancer in men in 2020; 4,200 men will die from prostate cancer, which represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2020. On average this would mean that, 64 Canadians will be diagnosed with prostate cancer daily, and 11 Canadians will die from prostate cancer daily. Although it is a deadly cancer in men, the death rate from prostate cancer has declined significantly in recent decades thanks to the increase in early detection.

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Biographie Dino Halikas

Enter the World of Naturopathy With This New Collaborator

Dino Halikas is a certified naturopath who graduated from the Montreal Naturopathic Science Teaching Institute in 1997. He holds a certificate in medical biology from the University of Quebec at Trois Rivières and has taken numerous courses in functional medicine with international experts. He continues to develop his knowledge in the field of nutrition by reading the most recent publications on a weekly basis. He has been working in the field of integrative health since 1992.

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Mayan Pumpkin Seed Dip (Sikil p’ak)

Oilseeds are plants grown for their seeds or fruits rich in fat, such as rapeseed or sunflower (seeds), or almonds and nuts (fruits). Pumpkin seeds are recognized for several health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids which can be helpful for prostate problems. They also contain tocopherol which is a precursor of vitamin E.

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Scientific Research: Risk/Benefit Ratio – Article 3 of 4

In previous articles, we have reviewed the process of scientific research by describing the different types of studies and quality standards. Despite the fact that these are interesting points, what defines as scientific result as being good or not? This article will give you a better understanding of how the results of a scientific study are analyzed. When it comes to analyzing the health benefits of a product, it is very important to rely on the risk/benefit balance.

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IMMUNE SYSTEM 1 of 2: UNDERSTANDING HOW IT WORKS

Throughout our lives, the immune system constantly changes. Since it has to defend us against infections from the outside world, it spends part of our early childhood distinguishing between "self" and "non-self". It must differentiate between what is part of our body and what is not, so as not to react against our own organs and our own tissues.

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Special Segment on Breast Cancer: 5 Things You Should Know (Article 2 of 2)

Breast cancer affects a large number of women every year. In the first article, we explained what cancer is, giving statistics on the incidence of breast cancer compared to the other most common cancers. We closed off our last segment by listing its risk factors. We will now discuss hormone replacement therapy and risk reduction.

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A Treatment for Fibromyalgia!?

Fibromyalgia (FM) was once considered a mental illness, but it is now seen as a real physical condition. Fibromyalgia can arise from various biological facets. Despite the fact that the main causes are still being studied by researchers, science has still come a long way.

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Discover Functional Medicine With This New Collaborator

Natasha Azrak, certified by IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine), is recognized for her passion and above all, her curiosity, which is demonstrated by the number of diversified training courses she has taken! She is the co-founder of Clinic VI and has the opportunity to practice the functional medicine approach together with Dr. Brouillard, where she developed unique working methods that integrate her values. She has a real passion for science and is always up to date with the latest research in natural health.

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Special Segment on Breast Cancer: 5 Things You Should Know (Article 1 of 2)

Here in Canada, it is estimated that in the year 2020: 27,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which represents 25% of all new cases of cancer in women in 2020 and 5,100 women will die from breast cancer, which represents 13% of all cancer deaths in women in 2020. Each day, this would represent an average of: 75 Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer, and 14 Canadian women will die from breast cancer. Men can get breast cancer too, but it is rare. Across Canada, 240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 and 55 will die from it. Here are 5 things you need to know about breast cancer...

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Ketogenic Recipe – Mexican Shrimp in Garlic Sauce with Guasacaca and Green Vegetables

The ketogenic diet, also known as the "very low carbohydrate diet", aims to reduce carbohydrates (sugar) as much as possible to direct energy intake towards lipids (good fats). In the ketogenic diet, lipids take over from glucose as fuel for the entire human body. With severe carbohydrate restriction, even 20 to 50 grams per day, the body must resort to an alternative source of energy produced from fat, called "ketone bodies" (hence the name ketogenic diet). We therefore offer you a special ketogenic menu; a shrimp dish filled with originality!

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There is chemistry in the air with this new collaborator

From his very first lessons in secondary five, Maxim Maheux has always been fond of chemistry. Thus, he enrolled at Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon in one of the three laboratory techniques program provided, namely the technique in analytical chemistry. After six years as a research laboratory technician at TransBIOTech, Maxim completed a two-year bachelor's degree in chemistry at the Laval University specializing in organic chemistry, and took the reins of the analytical chemistry laboratory at TransBIOTech.

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What Is the Likelihood of Becoming a Centenarian?

In the year 2000, the world population of centenarians was estimated at 180,000. It should be 3.2 million by the year 2050. What are these people doing to live so long? Are they living healthy or are they simply living with illness longer? Is it through diet, genetics, physical activity? Although it is clear that the descendants of centenarians have a much better chance of living 100 years and more, genetics would only explain 15 to 25% of the chances of longevity. The remaining 75 to 85% are said to be dependent on lifestyle habits, physical activity, body weight, diet, stress management, and emotional health in general.

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Eggs; Friend or Foe?

The food industry is constantly evolving and it's not always easy to know what is good and what is bad. Eggs were quickly singled out when it came to cholesterol. These days, one can be confused with all the conflicting information that is circulating. But, do we really have to worry about our egg consumption?

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Scientific Research: Studies vs. Quality – Article 2 of 4

Note that for each country or group of countries, there is an agency dedicated to the review process for preclinical and clinical records. In Canada, of course, it is Health Canada. If the latter do not agree, the clinical study cannot be carried out. If, on the contrary, they give their consent, the clinical study can begin.

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How to Foster a Supportive Interaction with Someone with Alzheimer’s

As part of World Alzheimer's Month, we wanted to present an article that could help you be better equipped to approach someone with Alzheimer's disease. Whether in a personal or professional context, in order to promote better interactions, it is important to consider a few aspects.

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Natural Products for Stress and Insomnia; the Researcher’s Perspective

You should know that some stress problems are related to our genetics and epigenetics, the other part is related to our personality. Therefore, some people will be very nervous and it will be quite apparent. Other people will have unpleasant feelings or recurrent thoughts that are not easily noticeable by those around them.

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Tajine de poulet aux olives et au citron

Chicken tajine with olives and lemon

Olive oil, along with its fruits, is the main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet. It has been among the gastronomic gems of the Middle East, including Egypt, for more than 7,000 years. There are 2,500 existing varieties of olives, of which, 250 are cultivated. Large producers like Spain, Italy and Greece, alone, account for 71% of world’s production on the market.

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Longevity? Prevention? Disease? – Who Cares!

Even society orients their perspectives in this fashion, which begs the question – WHY? It seems like we have been conditioned to have a form of detachment with our physical bodies, where we choose to only address issues when they seem to intervene with our everyday life.

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Concordia University and Idunn Technologies Unveil New Findings to Slow the Processes of Aging

A Concordia University researcher has discovered 15 new plant extracts that help fight, not against infection, but against aging. Research in the field marks a turning point in human health and preventive medicine. These natural molecules could help prevent all the diseases associated with aging, not one at a time, but all at the same time.

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Access to the right information: How training on the use of Vitoli products can help

It goes without saying that having access to information is not enough to be well informed. Many people know that our training is provided to pharmacists, doctors, nurses and pharmacy staff. We will also be offering it to naturopaths this fall. Many pharmacists have told us this is the best natural health product training they have seen yet.

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DIGESTION: Five things you need to know about the FODMAP diet

Do you know the symptoms that characterize irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, alternating loose stools and diarrhea: these are some of the symptoms. This syndrome greatly reduces the quality of life. It is the second leading cause of absenteeism from work and school.

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Fasting 5: Optimize benefits with mimetics

I will now talk to you about the possible synergies in the health of aging through the use of mimetics. What is calorie restriction mimetics? Something that mimics the lack of calories?

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Scientific Research: What You Need to Know – Article 1 of 4

Before a natural product resulting from scientific research is made available on the shelves of a pharmacy, several steps must be completed. To help you understand this process of product development, it is important to understand the reasons behind these different stages that make up traditional scientific research.

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Coronavirus and natural products; a hope for new antivirals

I am going to comment here on two scientific papers that have just been released. They describe very well what SARS-CoV-2 is, what it uses to infect the human body and to reproduce itself, with the aim of properly establishing targets for prevention or potential treatment with natural products.

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Retain Their Capacities; Dignity and Autonomy

When we think of physiotherapy, we often think of an orthopedic approach. The consultation is done following an injury, in order to be able to manage the pain and regain the mobility necessary for our activities. When using physiotherapy with elderly clients or those with a loss of autonomy, it is preferable to recommend a functional approach. The following article will explain what it is and how it differs from what we know.

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The mask, the risks and the viral load

As you all know, the mask is now mandatory in Quebec in public transport and enclosed public areas since July 18: shops, offices, shopping centers, restaurants, etc. But why specifically enclosed public areas? Which activities are most at risk? We're going to put numbers to all of this to help us breathe more freely.

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Mexican Inspired Spaghetti Sauce

Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is responsible for the red pigmentation of many fruits and vegetables. This natural pigment, from the carotenoid family, is present in greater quantities in tomatoes and watermelon. This powerful antioxidant was particularly known for its preventive effects against prostate cancer. Know, ladies, that it would probably also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

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Olive polyphenols can increase life expectancy? (Article 2 of 2)

Do you like olives? Olive oil? Do you already know that they have multiple health benefits? A group of European researchers have just published an article on their anti-aging effects.

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Artichoke Hummus

Great importance is placed on increasing the daily protein intake. We should favor vegetable proteins, such as legumes amongst others. This reduces the consumption of meat, which is beneficial for our health and for the environment. Especially since the consumption of legumes is associated with longevity for many different cultures.

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We’re all going to catch it!

Why do we say we're all going to catch it? Because, for the majority of people, that may be true, but more importantly, because we think more about the possibilities of catching it. We must put all the odds in our favor to be part of the 80% of people who will have the mild form.

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Ketogenic diet: Reaching the suggested 6 months!

After 6 months of strictly following the ketogenic diet, I felt very good about myself. In the previous article, I mentioned having noticed an improvement in my energy, the quality of my sleep and my physical endurance. Know that after 6 months on this diet, these 3 aspects were still present. I was pleasantly surprised!

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Bio Vicky

Longevity & Prevention from the Field of Research with our New Collaborator

Since infancy, Vicky has always been fascinated with medicine, health and nature. She was always immensely active when it came to enriching her community, as she considered it her duty to cultivate her talents and help others.

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Fasting article 4: Stimulate Repair and Slow Down Aging

Fasting causes metabolic changes that are beneficial, but did you know that they are directly related to the processes of primary aging? It both improves cellular repair and slows down aging. One of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world of medicine has just recently published an article on the subject.

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Circassian Chicken Salad

We can never say it often enough: it is beneficial to eat a handful of nuts daily. The portion associated with the palm of your hand is already sufficient to ensure a good supply of protein, fiber and certain minerals such as magnesium, selenium and zinc. They also contain good fats which are important for absorbing certain nutrients and for many facets of health.

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Ketogenic Diet: Changes in Just 3 Months!

Here, I will share my results with you, 3 months after the start of my ketogenic diet. I would also like to take this opportunity to describe a significant event during this period. To better understand what this diet consists of and get the details of my first days, check out the two previous articles (A danger is hidden behind the ketogenic diet...? and Three days with the ketogenic diet...)!

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Israeli Salad

Tomatoes are affordable fruits and pleasantly easy to prepare. They are a good source not just of tomatidine and tomadine, but also of lycopene which reduces the risk of prostate cancer. To make you appreciate this fruit, which originates from South America, we would like to offer you a delicious salad full of freshness.

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Olive polyphenols protect against aging (article 1 of 2)

Hydroxytyrosol is the most important polyphenol in quantity and in terms of health benefits. It is only very recently that scientific research has made it possible to understand that these multiple benefits are linked to the processes of aging.

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Three days with the ketogenic diet…

It is important to take a moment to be properly informed before embarking on this diet, because you have to change and rethink your diet. I therefore offer you some relevant suggestions.

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Richard Abel’s Turmeric Chicken

Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have made it a star food. Popularized by the media, its prophylactic use against cancer or diseases associated with oxidative stress is more and more widespread. Recent studies have identified contaminants in certain turmeric supplements, it may be best to take them through food sources.

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Spices and health: 5 tips

Spices have been used to season food, but also to color and preserve it, for a longer period of time. Thanks to their health benefits, they have also been used by various traditional medicines, all over the world, to prevent or treat certain types of diseases.

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Fasting: a major impact on my lifestyle?

However, the clients I speak to about health and healthy weight management don't usually live in the lab, and I will assume that you don't either. In this case, you have the right to ask yourself if it would be beneficial FOR YOU to adopt such an eating practice. Here is some food for thought to help you make your decision.

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Natural products: the opinion of a researcher

Who to believe? There are several aspects to consider, but above all you have to talk about the underlying science. Is it enough to eat well and be active in order to be healthy until the end of our days? What to think of the health benefits of plants that we do not eat? I'll give you my opinion, the opinion of a researcher.

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A danger is hidden behind the ketogenic diet…?

In recent years, the ketogenic diet has become increasingly popular. Even Google searches have shown it! In 2017, there was a 300% increase in searches related to this subject. However, it is not unanimous.

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Protein Intake: Article 2

In this second article, I will talk to you about what to do to increase protein intake and I will present the products of a Canadian company that I particularly like, in the field of certified organic plant proteins, the company, Nature Zen.

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The chimera and the virus… or the origin of SARS-CoV-2

Specialists have even detected several strains of the virus. Our modern chimera mutates quietly, but inexorably, like all viruses. But what is the origin of SARS-CoV-2? How did it get on Earth? Or rather, how did it come to cause so much trouble to humans?

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Natural products: we don’t need that?

Here, I will tell you about the valid reasons to take natural products, among others in the context of Covid-19. Do you think there may be good reasons to take it? Would you like to understand more clearly? Well, I'll tell you about it. I will describe certain considerations in relation to nutrients from food intake, examples of testimonials with their full name, age and region, an angle on the alternatives, the current needs according to Covid-19, and the question in regards to side effects.

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Biographie de Jean-Yves Dionne

A 4th pharmacist joins the Vitoli blog!

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a pharmacist who enjoys exceptional notoriety and credibility in Quebec. Mr. Dionne is recognized as an expert in natural health products (NHPs) and possible interactions with drugs, by many professional organizations in the health field.

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Black rice pudding with mangoes in coconut sauce

Did you know that fruits and vegetables with an orange-yellow pigment could contain a molecule with unexpected benefits? This molecule has protective effects for both the brain and eyesight: it is lutein. In addition to vegetables and yellow fruits, many green vegetables also contain it: green peas, broccoli, kale and spinach.

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The Virus and Supplements: The Opinion of a Pharmacist

In a state of emergency, where many people risk losing their lives, all possibilities should be considered. You have to be open-minded, and try to do an all-round prevention, including the standard hygiene rules recommended by our governments, but also correct known risk factors (smoking, lack of sleep, diet containing too much sugar, etc.), including also recommending the use of certain supplements.

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Sarah Morin TRP

Stay in motion with this new collaborator!

Bachelor in sports intervention and physical rehabilitation therapy, Sarah Morin has worked as a physiotherapy professional in Quebec for almost 10 years. A member of the l’Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ), Sarah has and maintains a high level of skills which she updates, in particular through continuing education.

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Protein intake: article 1

This is one of the very important facets of eating that I have not yet discussed. However, proteins activate certain mechanisms of primary aging and they play a crucial role in healthy aging. It’s therefore a topic at the center of my concerns to keep people healthy for as long as possible.

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From aristotle to COVID-19

In this beautiful spring afternoon, I calmly rock myself in front of the house. The sun deliciously caresses my skin. I hear the cries of joy from the children playing nearby. My beloved wife prepares the meatballs which I will cook on the BBQ later on. Life is Beautiful. There is only one shadow across the board: the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fasting article 3: the desired intensity

A recent study shows a greater benefit from physical activity carried out before lunch in obese or overweight men. Improving the use of fat as an energy source is the basis of the benefits identified. Likewise, the use of fat during a fast will depend on the duration of the fast and the level of activity of the person.

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Karaté sportif collaborateur

A desire to inspire others animates this new collaborator

Founder of the Martial Movement program, Marcelin Cantin is president of Groupe Karaté Sportif, whose personal development program is taught in more than 100 schools and daycares in Quebec. With his extensive experience in teaching, he is the author of: "Vérités… des petites aux grandes" and "Ma sécurité, ma liberté"; as well as educational guides: "Sois, le héros de ta vie" and "Découvre l’espion en toi”.

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Reduce the risk of depression through fruits and vegetables?

In 2019, a Canadian study provided very interesting data related to depression. During this study, 27,162 Canadians aged 45 to 85 were interviewed. The researchers collected data on several variables such as depression (the dependent variable under study), age, marital status, consumption of fruits and vegetables, etc.

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I have a dream…

What day is it? Impasto, lost somewhere in space-time, I tried to remember my dream. Wall? Forest? Everything merges. Bah! Anyway, on this gray and rainy morning, I dream that the scientists will finally find a treatment for COVID-19 so that we can go back to play fútbol (or soccer as it is called here).

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Assiette de saumon avec asperges et citron.

Italian fish cooked in foil

Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly healthy fats, so-called polyunsaturated fats because they contain several unsaturated molecular bonds which give flexibility to the molecule. It is this flexibility that allows better fluidity of cell membranes and better functioning of our cells.

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The therapist’s advice during the pandemic

Do you feel that confinement affects your mental health? A little? A lot? Passionately? To insanity?! Let me offer you some of my favorite strategies to help you stay fit, emotionally, during confinement.

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femme tenant son pantalon trop grand.

Insulin, sugars, sugar replacements: good or bad?

No wonder why you are confused about this hormone, which is said to be essential for life, but which can also cause serious problems if it is constantly secreted, and in too large a quantity. This is the paradox of insulin, because it is essential for life, but it can also become a factor in accelerated aging, especially when we talk about insulin resistance.

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La Terre entourée par le COVID-19.

The empire strikes back

The Star Wars theme song. It’s my phone ringing. I really like this saga. Panic! My stepfather just woke up with a temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius. He's having trouble breathing. At this time, with the COVID-19 pandemic raging everywhere, it is intuitive to think that he is affected.

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Natural products: and what if we told you the truth?

Who to believe? It is best not to tell people what to think, but to give them the basics of understanding so that they are able to develop their own opinions based on the facts at hand and not on the opinions of others. It is futile to say that everything is bad or that everything is good; both are wrong.

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Femme avec un masque travaillant à la maison qui est stressée

Are we victims of covid? How can we not be?

Generally speaking, we believe that our stress comes from stressful situations that can occur in our lives. As is currently the case. It’s easy to conclude that all this fight caused by this virus is the cause of the stress that we feel.

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Homemade cloth masks!

There are actually a few methods to make your own homemade mask and help reduce the spread of Coronavirus: Covid-19. We took the time to share this article and to take the images from the CDC website so that the information was quickly available to more people. This article shows you how to properly install a mask on your face and presents different ways to DIY your own mask from home.

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An excellent virus

In his famous number "L’argent" presented in 1969, Yvon Deschamps said that it was better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick. He was never as right as he was right now. This COVID-19 pandemic is really giving us a sense of “Back to the Future”. The last time we fought an enemy like that was a long time ago in the eighteen hundreds...

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Femme portant un masque et utilisant un désinfectant pour les mains.

My mother and SARS-CoV-2

My mother always said that "little beasts don't eat big ones". It is true, but since the beginning of the year 2020, especially since the end of February as far as our western regions are concerned, invisible organisms have put mankind to their knees.

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Barley risotto and mushrooms with a touch of spinach

Whole grains have multiple health benefits. They help reduce cardiovascular risk, metabolic syndrome problems, lower blood pressure, as well as reduce the risk of cancer. With all of these benefits attributed, they are a central ingredient for healthy aging.

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Fasting article 2: metabolic changes and resistance

Why does starving yourself have beneficial metabolic effects? Why could this increase our health longevity and prevent important illnesses?

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COVID-19: A guide to containment

This guide is particularly suitable for older people, but families will also find useful information here. It is a duty for everyone to ensure the well-being of our seniors during this pandemic.

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When yoga makes its place at the table!

Over the course of my yoga training, this became obvious: practicing yoga in its broad sense necessarily leads to eating in a more intuitive and conscious way!

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Vitoli Energy: for difficult times

Need a little energy, without increasing your stress? Here is a product that increases your energy level while improving your state of mind. You've probably already noticed that when you are stressed and/or have accumulated fatigue, coffee does not seem to help much, at least not for long.

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Pharmacienne qui vérifie une ordonnace à l'ordinateur.

Coronavirus COVID-19: recommendations from a pharmacist

[...] (1) participate in the efforts in keeping the population well informed, (2) to prevent a panic from reducing the effectiveness of the preventative measures announced and (3) to establish new recommendations concerning visits to pharmacies and the renewal of prescriptions. Here is a summary of these three points.

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Coronavirus and Stress: Everything You Need to Know

This is, of course, easier said than done. Here are some explanations that can help you understand why stress reduces the efficiency of the immune system and some tips to help you better cope with the current situation.

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Fasting, article 1: the biological basics of reflection

Food is always a subject of choice for our books in Quebec and for our health. It is a source of comfort, pleasure and nutrition (or not). But what about the subject of fasting? The pleasure of not eating? The benefits of having no nutritional intake?

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Quercetin and coronavirus: eat it if you are interested!

In the past few weeks, quercetin has been presented as a drug that could help fight the coronavirus. This is very interesting news, but the most interesting is that you can eat it every day, in a wide variety of vegetables.

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New technologies in Dentistry

Constantly evolving, technological advances in the health sector offer new methods and new treatments that are more effective and suitable for everyone.

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