• Is Keto Right For You

    An inside look at the Ketogenic Diet

    It’s no secret that there’s been a shift towards healthier eating habits. This has brought about a myriad of organic stores that sell health-related food items, healthier prepackaged food, and a number of new diet fads.

    From the famous Mediterranean Diet, Dash Diet and TLC diet, to more weight loss related diets such as Atkins, Zone, South Beach, and Keto. Yet, which diet is the most effective? Which should you try? Given body type, health and allergy sensitivities, certain diets might work for some people, but not others. It is essential that prior to starting any diet plan you consult your doctor first, since many of these diets may do more harm than good.

    That said, this article will be focusing on a very popular diet plan; the Ketogenic Diet, often referred to as “Keto.” This particular diet has risen in popularity thanks to the countless celebrities that swear by it. Because of its popularity and the fact that it seems like a counterintuitive way to lose weight by eating more fat, it is highly talked about. Is Keto good for your health in the long run? Is it effective for everyone?

    Let us first start by defining what the Keto Diet is and how it works.

    What is the Keto Diet?

    The Keto diet involves increasing the intake of fat while cutting-down on carb consumption. But how can increasing your fat intake possibly help to lose weight? Interestingly, by consuming more fats and fewer carbs (in the right ratios) your body is forced to shift into a state known as “ketosis.” What this basically means is that you are turning your body into a fat burning machine – it will break down fat into ketones and then use those ketones for energy.

    Normally, your body would break down carbs for the production of energy. However, since a body in ketosis has very few carbs to burn, it will start to burn the fat in your food instead. This process also encourages the body to turn its own fat reserves into Ketones, which are then stored in the liver for energy – which often results in dramatic weight-loss.

    The Keto diet often involves eating foods such as:

    • Meat
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Vegetables
    • Oils
    • Nuts, etc
    DietDoctor.com Keto-friendly foods at a glance

    Can you do Plant-Based Keto?

    Many of our followers are vegetarians and vegans and after looking at the foods above, will conclude that vegans can’t take part in a keto diet. While hard, it is technically possible.

    Those thinking of partaking in a plant-based keto diet should stick to certain food items such as:

    • Low- carb vegetables such as celery, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus and so forth. (Mostly “above ground” veggies)
    • Low- carb nuts such as macadamia nuts and walnuts just to name a few.
    • Low- carb fruits. They include blueberries, strawberries and blackberries.
    • Proteins such as flaxseeds and Chia seeds.
    • Healthy oils such as avocado, extra-virgin olive, and macadamia nut oil.

    Needless to say, a plant-based keto diet is an extremely challenging diet because fruits and vegetables naturally tend to have carbs. Keto followers tend to look at “net carbs” by subtracting the amount of fiber from the number of carbs, which makes fibrous veggies such as celery, broccoli, and cauliflower desirable. However, without some serious planning in place, it will be very difficult to stay in ketosis, and you will probably end up being on a “high fat low carb diet” rather than Keto. You will probably also have trouble getting all of the necessary nutrients. And if you are currently eating a well balanced plant-based diet and getting plenty of exercise, you’re already doing your body a huge favor and should be well on your way to your health and fitness goals without having to track and plan everything you eat.

    Final verdict?

    Countless studies have shown that diets just don’t work. About 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it again in 1-5 years. Dieting can also be harmful by limiting essential nutrients, leading to the development of eating disorders, increase stress, and decrease the quality of life. Keto in particular is generally agreed to be unsustainable in the long-term. It is extremely difficult to follow for most people, and will take over some of the most enjoyable parts of life, many of which revolve around food.

    What’s the solution?

    Being “healthy” is not a fad or a trend or a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Wherever you are on the path to living well, Nekter can help you on your journey. Whether it starts with choosing a vitamin and nutrient dense green juice instead of a soda, getting your daily veggies in a delicious smoothie instead of on top of a pizza, doing a juice cleanse to help curb your junk food cravings, swapping your favorite snacks for a healthier alternative, or just purchasing more fruits and veggies and less junk food to encourage better eating habits, taking just one step a day in the right direction will take you far in the long run!

    At the end of the day, every time you make the choice to consume more fruits and veggies, you will have less room and less desire for processed and “empty calories.” Like an expensive car, your body and your brain functions best when you give it premium fuel, and you deserve the best!

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  • Getting Back on Your Feet After the Holidays

    Posted on December 20, 2019 By Pharmaca

    The busy holiday season is over—and it’s a great time to get back in the swing of self-care! Too much food, a few too many cocktails and the stress of planning events and travel can leave us depleted in many ways.

    Oregon’s Wild Harvest specializes in growing and producing a variety of herbs that can help with just these complications (learn more about their organic farming practices here). Here are a few of their best-sellers that can be good to have in your arsenal for the new year.


    Support for a good night’s sleep

    Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome, where it was prescribed for insomnia. It’s still a go-to in natural supplements for helping encourage relaxation and sleep. It is also used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress, epileptic seizures, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Perfect for supporting immunity when you’re feeling down

    Astragalus is an adaptogen used to build and strengthen the immune system. It helps balance the body during times of stress when the immune system is weakened and susceptible to environmental challenges. It’s been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and is now used for many conditions, including diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, upper respiratory infections, heart disease, hepatitis, fibromyalgia and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

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    Boost energy, relieve the effects of stress and more

    “If I had one herb to take every day for the rest of my life it would be ashwagandha,” says Oregon’s Wild Harvest co-founder Randy Buresh, RN. “It is considered an adaptogen, which means it can help the body adapt to the daily effects of stress.” Ashwagandha also helps support adrenals, thyroid, brain performance, immune function, endurance and stamina, and so much more. It has been shown in studies to help lower the stress hormone called cortisol, that when elevated, can lower immune function and contribute to insomnia. Ashwagandha has also been studied for anxiety and social phobia, and a clinical trial showed improvements in anxiety, focus, as well as decreased stress and less fatigue.

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    Milk Thistle

    A good way to counteract too many holiday celebrations

    The active ingredients in milk thistle are a group of plant compounds collectively known as silymarin, which is known to have antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Historically, people have used milk thistle for liver disorders, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, and gallbladder problems.

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    Milk Thistle Dandelion

    Even greater liver support

    This unique formula combines the benefits of milk thistle with dandelion, which has a long history of use for problems of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. Today, dandelion is used as a blood “tonic,” as a diuretic, for minor digestive problems and for other purposes.

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  • How to: Adopt a Pet

    Aug 26th 2019

    Adopting a pet can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. You’ll gain a best friend, a cuddle buddy, and a workout partner all rolled into one.

    Before you adopt, take some time to do your homework by researching rescue groups and breeds that best fit your lifestyle. Not sure where to start? Here are some things to consider before you adopt.

    1.What type of pet is right for your lifestyle? Whether you are adopting a rambunctious puppy or a mellow cat every pet needs love, attention and exercise. Before adopting, think about how a pet would fit in to your daily routine and work schedule. Take time to consider how long you are away from home. Will you have time to play with your pet or walk them daily? Consider how much space you have in your home and yard. Will your pet have enough room for exercise? Lastly, if you are a renter, it is important to be absolutely sure that your landlord allows pets.

    2.Research breeds and characteristics – Whether you are adopting a cat, dog or rabbit, it is important to choose a pet whose needs and characteristics best fit your lifestyle. For example, if you enjoy a more active lifestyle an animal with high energy would be a great fit. If you prefer a more laid back lifestyle, consider a pet that would prefer to snuggle with you on the couch, such as a senior dog or a cat.

    When it comes to the adoption process, it is not uncommon to have your heart set on a certain breed or look of a cat or dog; however it is important to be open to all the options. There are a lot of available animals, so keep an open mind and go where the chemistry takes you. You may be pleasantly surprised about who you end up with.

    3.Finding a shelter or rescue – Once you have narrowed down the perfect companion for your lifestyle, research local shelter and rescue groups via websites and social media. Available animals will be posted with a cute photo and character description, detailing their personality, size, age and any known history.

    If you are open to lots of options, shelters receive animals of varying breeds, shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a particular type of pet, there are rescue groups that specialize in breed or age specific animals. For example, if you are looking specifically to adopt German shepherd or Russian Blue cat, there’s a specialized rescue for that.

    4.Check the requirements –Once you have picked a shelter or rescue group to adopt from, look into what paperwork is required. Each group will have their own process; some groups have an application to be filled out and will interview the prospective adopter. Others, especially with specialty dog breeds, may want to do a home visit or check with a landlord. Many groups accept applications in advance so you can be pre-approved before an adoption event.

    5.Find your pet! – There are several ways to meet the animals that have caught your eye. You can set up meet n’ greets or attend an adoption event of your chosen rescue group. If you don’t already know, Pet Food Express stores host adoption events for local rescue groups every weekend.

    If are looking for the crème de la crème of adoption events, join us at the Bay Area Pet Fair on September 14 and 15. The Pet Fair is one of North America’s largest pet adoption events, with 70 rescues attending with over 2,000 adoptable animals. Rescue and shelter volunteers will be available to introduce you to all the available animals. In addition, Pet Food Express staff will be on hand to set you up with all your pet nutrition and supply needs.

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