collagen boosting juice

Collagen-boosting Juice and What You Should know about eating the right plants

Learn how to boost your collagen production and reverse your body’s natural internal clock.

Everyone is looking for the fountain of youth and the truth is we already have it. We all contain the secret to younger looking skin we just have to learn how to tend to it.

It’s Collagen!

The same product that drugstores market and will their shelves is right in us. 70% IN OUR SKIN and 35% and the rest of us. Collagen is responsible for supple-looking skin, healthy, strong bones and well oiled joints. When it starts to wane, it’s responsible for what we see in reverse.

I believe in aging gracefully and naturally. I strongly believe in looking good naturally and doing everything to keep our bodies running at optimal capacity which meaning raising collagen stores!

A bit more info about this long chain amino acid

Collagen is the ingredient that keeps the body together. As we age our body loses the ability to effectively produce collagen.
which results in wrinkles in the face and stiff joints in the morning. So in order for ourselves to keep looking and feeling young we should be doing everything to keep our body churning out collagen years to come.

There are supplements on the market to grass fed collagen-peptides to plant based boosters. BUT the most bio-available collagen booster is sitting in your farmers market. Bright and bold vegetables, fruit and berries; dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard; bold red veggies like beets and peppers; deeply hued and bright fruits like dark berries and citrus all aid in collagen production. They do this by helping our bodies function properly and properly utilize the collagen proteins.

When our bodies are encouraged to make more collagen we reap the rewards with better skin elasticity, healthy bones and joints and more perfectly better balanced hormones.

Collagen-boosting juice recipe


  • 1 med beet root (and greens)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 2 hand fulls of spinach or kale
  • 1 knob of ginger
  • 1/2 juice of lemon
  • 1/2 juice of orange


Put all ingredients in a juicer except lemon and orange. Drink immediately for best nutrition and ENJOY.

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glow and anti-aging serum

My journey as a nutritionist has brought me to a place that resonates with me. I was at one time and it seems like a lifetime away, stuck in a place overburdened with chemicals in my food, in the air, in my personal care routine like my facial and body skin care products, make up, cleansers, you name it.

I’m happy to say now that slowly in time I have rid a huge amount of those chemicals by having complete control over the food I make, ensuring it is clean, fresh and nourishing and now I not only use chemical free body products but I make them as well saving a whole hoot of money!

Also ensuring that they contain products that are organic and nourishing whether it be facial and body moisturizers, make up products like my homemade beet blush and it doesn’t end there. I make some of my own laundry products, organic air mist, cleansing products and a whole lot more.

Moving forward, what I want to share with you now is my “Glow and Anti-Aging Serum.”

While commercial serums can be effective, I prefer the simplicity of pure, therapeutic essential oils. So I came up with an all-natural glow and anti-aging serum with the power of pure essential oils! Here?s a few details about each of the oils in this serum.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti fungal and anti aging properties. It helps delay fine lines, age spots, wrinkles, sun spots because of its skin regenerative properties. It improves cellular communication within the skin and helps your skin get it GLOW back.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranates are associated with anti-aging, and the most powerful form of pomegranate for anti-aging is its oil. The oil has extremely high antioxidant properties. These antioxidant properties fight off free radicals. These free radicals are known to damage skin cells by stealing oxygen from them. This causes the skin cells to become lifeless hence leading to fine lines and wrinkles.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is full of nutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin A and E which helps tame inflammation, reduce fine lines, control acne breakouts, soothe sunburn, and more. Studies have documented that jojoba improves the feel of skin, and provides a substantial long-acting, 24-hour skin hydration effect.

Anti?aging: Because it is the perfect moisturizer, jojoba can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil on your face comes about due to the antioxidants and the oil’s ability to “penetrate into deeper layers of skin”. The vitamin C antioxidants stimulate collagen production.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil is an amber-colored oil that is extracted from carrot seeds. It?s great for dry, sun-damaged, mature, or wrinkled skin. If your skin gets cracked and dry during the winter months, or if your skin appears dull and tired, then applying a product with carrot seed oil will help your skin GLOW again. Carrot seed oil is good for both dry and oily complexion.

Avocado Oil

Slows down skin’s aging. Plus, studies also show that consuming avocado is significantly associated with greater skin elasticity and fewer wrinkles. Much like some of the other well-known face oils, avocado oil is high in antioxidants like vitamin E (free radical-blocking) and fatty acids (skin-plumping), biotin and vitamins.

What sets the avocado apart is two-fold. First, there?s sterolin, a natural steroid that boosts collagen production, treats discolouration, and seriously softens skin. Second, avocado oil contains an abundance of lecithin, a lipid that delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream, meaning whatever you put on your face along with avocado oil will penetrate even deeper into your skin.

A little tip: When I peel an avocado I scoop out the bulk closest to the skin, mash it and massage it into my face and neck morning and evening right after washing. Notice how soft and smooth your skin looks, then apply the serum.

glow and anti-aging serum recipe

Certainly one of the best things homemade Glow and Anti-Aging Serum is that it takes SO little time to prepare!

Here is the recipe:

(makes in whole enough serum to last about 8 months)

Makes 1 small bottle or 1/2 mid size serum bottle
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tablespoon jojoba oil 2tbsp
  • 2 tablespoon evening primrose Oil 2 tbsp
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranate oil 2 tbsp
  • 30 drops of rose hip oil
  • 50 drops lavender oil or frankincense oil 50 drops
  • 30 drops carrot seed oil 30 drops
  • 5 tablespoon avocado oil


Mix all of the ingredients together into a dark glass bottle. Use every night and day on face & neck.

Tip: For extra GLOW after applying blush dabble a few drops of serum on cheek bones and massage in.

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Iron Deficiencies in Runners

Iron is a trace mineral, and two thirds of it in our body is found in hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein found in our red blood cells. No human can survive more than a few minutes without oxygen, which is why hemoglobin?s ability to transport oxygen throughout the body is a crucial for the preservation of the human body. The iron in hemoglobin is found in the heme groups within hemoglobin. Iron acts as shuttle bus somewhat in the bloodstream to bind to and release atoms, by transferring electrons to and from the other atoms as it moves between various oxidation states. When it comes to oxygen, iron picks it up, binds to it while transporting it through the bloodstream, then releases it in our tissues. Not only is iron found in hemoglobin, but also myoglobin, which is iron-containing protein similar to hemoglobin but it is found in ones muscle cells. Iron is also a cofactor involved in energy production, which is a key process when participating in exercise, seeing as energy is in higher demand when experiencing any type of physical activity or exercise. Cytochromes, which are the electron carrier found in the metabolic pathways contain iron, and in combination work together to provide energy to the body. After touching base of what exactly iron does within the body, and why it is crucial for the body, then iron deficiencies in runners can be discussed. Continue reading

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The Up and Coming Berry!

Written by Toronto Nutritionist Janet Zdichavsky RNCP ROHP

There?s a new craze upon our hands, and no it?s not the new trend in the fashion world you?re hearing about, but something much more superb! Lately in the food world there has been a certain something that has caught scientist?s eyes. While being no bigger than a grape, and yellow/orange in colour, the Sea Buckthorn berry has taken over the health world in only a short amount of time. What is the Sea Buckthorn Berry you may ask? Aside from the peculiar name, it?s being called the next big super food! This little berry has almost 50 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange does, yet it?s nearly 10 times as small as an orange. Not only does it contain an immense amount of Vitamin C, but is also packed with high amounts of other vitamins such as vitamins A, K, E, B1 and B2. All of these vitamins have some form of contribution to enhancing healthy bone growth and the immune system, enhancing the absorption of iron, assisting with collagen synthesis, coenzymes involved in the synthesis of proteins that assist in maintaining bone density, & so much more health benefits! The berry also contains other nutrients such as fatty acids, lipids, organic acids, amino acids, carbohydrates, folic acid, and flavonoids. It is shown to be healthier than the past crazed acai berry! It has other uses other than just eating as well such as; essential oils from the seeds, but most of all can be made to produce jams, juices, preserves, compote, and tea. Continue reading

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Stress Management through Diet

Written by Toronto Nutritionist Janet Zdichavsky CNP

Do you crave the double chocolate brownie when you are stressed? Well, your overeating during a stress period could be because of increased cortisol levels.

Cortisol, a steroid hormone, is also known as Stress hormone. It is an essential hormone that is produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress and its role is to increase blood sugar levels by converting it from protein, reduces inflammation and suppresses the non-essential functions in an emergency situation such as the immune system. It prepares the body to survive stress. However, excessive secretion of cortisol due to chronic stress leads to many side effects including weight gain, high blood pressure and cholesterol, fatigue, muscle wastage and bone loss. It is the high cortisol levels that cause you to crave the cheese puffs or chocolate in a stressful situation. Chronic stress and increase in cortisol levels can lead to an increase in body fat, especially in the abdominal region. So next time you feel stressed, reach for the following foods to lower your cortisol levels:

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Celiac Disease Relief from Brain Fog Symptoms

Written by Toronto Nutritionist Janet Zdichavsky CNP

Have you ever had difficulty concentrating and felt you were operating in a fog? This common condition is aptly known as Brain Fog. Its symptoms can include forgetfulness, confusion, poor concentration, lack of clarity, feeling tired and difficulty in completing tasks. Although brain fog can be caused by many conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome or factors such as lack of sleep, recent studies indicate that it is also one of the symptoms for Celiac Disease.

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Winter Food Remedies: Iron Packed Borscht

Written by Toronto Nutritionist Janet Zdichavsky RNCP ROHP

BorschtOur winters in Toronto can be challenging at times. The cold weather and snow, lack of sunshine, all the extra clothing we wear, and just getting from one place to another takes a lot more strength than living in the sunny days, not to mention the snow we have to shovel as well. Making sure you have adequate iron levels in these winter months is especially important to make you stronger. By the end of the week I have found making Iron Packed Borscht helps me with just that, feeling stronger, not to mention what a treat and how delicious it taste and easy it is to make. Continue reading

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Detoxification the Right Way

broccoliBeing a Toronto Nutritionist for many years I?m totally aware of the importance of detoxification and all the different diets, and cleanses out there that are offered to you. What your really being offered is a quick fix! ?Many of you are under the impression that cleansing is the answer to detoxifying the body and very low caloric diets are recommended which translates into rapid weight loss. Rapid weight loss though is not a healthy way to go and is not the answer to cleansing. Studies have shown that fasting, low caloric diets etc. can increase the risk of organ injury from new toxins because it depletes nutrients required to sustain detoxification pathways. Detoxification is an extremely complex process. The liver filters blood, enzymatically breaks down and removes toxins through phase 1 and phase II detoxification. During phase 1, toxins are prepared for elimination via the phase II detoxification pathway. Continue reading

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Sports Nutrition – Eat Well, Play Well

Written by Toronto Nutritionist Janet Zdichavsky RNCP ROHP

Healthy FoodsHockey players not only work hard but they play hard, from practice to competitive games.? The question is how and where do they get all that energy from?? Optimal nutrition is something that all athletes strive for in order to increase their performance for longer periods of time, lessen their fatigue and recover quicker between training sessions as well as from competing.[1] Continue reading

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Cancer Prevention Foods

Written by Toronto Nutritionist Janet Zdichavsky RNCP ROHP

cancer prevention foodsAbout 35% of all cancers can be prevented by following one simple rule – eat healthy, eat less. Obesity, foods rich in fats, refined flour and sugar are frequently the cause of diabetes and cancer.

Having too much food (especially animal proteins and fats) is one of the main causes of cancer. Obesity is already considered as an epidemic disease in the US, Canada, and several European countries. More than six percent of adult population is obese. Obesity is the common cause of deaths through esophagus, colon and rectum, liver, pancreas, prostate, uterus, cervix and ovarian cancers. Continue reading

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