5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness
5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying....

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

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5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying. Read how the practice of Mindfulness can benefit your workout!

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise
Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through...

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with...

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

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Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Recently, she was given some astonishing test results: no osteoporosis in her spine.

Read about how she reversed the effects of her disease!

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad
Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking...

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

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Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking to add knowledge and skills. Check out her "go-to" warm, hearty salad! 

Not One Ironman, but Two
Not One Ironman, but Two

Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal...

Not One Ironman, but Two

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Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal that is close to his heart. With the help of our Senior Trainer and triathlon guru, James Corcoran, Neil is preparing to compete in two Ironman competitions in 2018 - Ironman Switzerland this summer and Ironman Florida in November.

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care
You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

You Don't Need to be an Executive...

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why...

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

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You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why can't I talk to my doctor over the phone? I'm sick on vacation, I need some help!"

These were the common questions and concerns we were hearing from our patients. Well, we listened and as a result developed our Executive Medical Program. We took all the concerns our patients were having and created a program geared towards saving time while offering preventative healthcare.

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life
Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on...

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a...

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

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Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance...

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller...

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

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Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller muscles - and why you shouldn't neglect them in your workouts.

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the...

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game of squash.

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength
Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

Five Reasons a Director of M&A...

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A...

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

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Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A Integrations at one of Toronto’s leading banks, to discuss how he balances his professional ambitions and personal time in pursuit of his fitness goals.

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018
Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Why Strength Lab may be your new...

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the...

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

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Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the Adelaide Club's new Strength Lab classes.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness goals.

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!
Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Resolve to be fit, once and for...

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's...

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

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Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's resolutions.

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!
The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym:...

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide...

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

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The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide Club. Everything from kettle bells, sleds, and turf to get you in the best shape of your life.

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips
How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

How to avoid the holiday weight...

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on...

How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

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How to avoid the holiday weight gain: A nutritionist's top 10 tips

Our Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Dena Ryde, shares her how-tos on keeping your fitness goals on track for the holiday season.

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program
Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

Bring out your inner athlete with...

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three...

Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

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Bring out your inner athlete with our new A-Ride program

As of December 4th, we're introducing our new A-Ride program, featuring three exciting classes made for you to get your ride on.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

This week's instalment from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp!

Fall Fitness at the Club
Fall Fitness at the Club

Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the...

Fall Fitness at the Club

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Fall Fitness at the Club

Even though the seasons are changing, fitness still remains a constant at the Club. Group Fitness continues to be a popular choice amongst both men and women.

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez
Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach...

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman...

Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

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Trainer spotlight: Swimming Coach Roman Ramirez

We would like to introduce our latest addition to the TAC team, Roman Ramirez!

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in...

5 Minutes with Meg

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5 Minutes with Meg

Introducing a new column from our Director of Personal Training, Meg Sharp. Tune in regularly for more!

Dietary and supplemental nutrition

Dietary and supplemental nutrition
Posted: Aug 20, 2017

If you’ve stepped foot into a health food store, or even the pharmacy or grocery store, you’ve likely been faced with endlessly available supplements, ranging from multivitamins to meal replacements. It’s no wonder people are confused.

Are they necessary? Which are effective? How do you choose and what do you need? There are many factors to consider in the quality of supplements. There are different forms of a vitamin, added binders, and fillers to be considered. With this in mind, I am often tempted to encourage my patients to focus on dietary sources for their nutrition, but the Standard American Diet (SAD – how ironic) is moving further and further away from the consumption of high-quality, nutrient-dense, balanced diets. Combine this with poor farming practices, nutrient deficiencies are not shockingly becoming a widespread epidemic.

Nutrients play a central part in metabolism and the maintenance of tissue function. Deficiencies can lead to concerns such as poor immune function, DNA damage, contributing to accelerated aging, increased risk for chronic disease like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and obesity, and suboptimal cognitive function. Not to mention the more superficial concerns of weak hair and nails, and wrinkles.

Here are some reasons why you should take a second look at your diet; not only what you’re eating but where your food is coming from, and consider supplementation:

1. Farming Practices

a) Soil Depletion: The choice technique of industrial farming is monocropping: growing only one crop in a large area of land. When the same plant is grown repeatedly on the same land, the same nutrients are in demand and soils become depleted of their nutrients. When this happens, crops absorb less, and we consume less. family medicine | chiropractic/active release technique | psychology | physiotherapy acupuncture | registered massage therapy | naturopathy | orthotics | osteopathy | vitamindrip health link reinventing health care | info@adelaideclinic.com | adelaideclinic.com | august 2017

b) Non-Organic: Foods treated with pesticides stop producing polyphenols which is what plants use to defend themselves against pathogens. In humans, polyphenols are strong antioxidants that help protect us from free radical damage therefore slow the rate our body ages, reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, and alzheimer’s disease.

c) Industrial Farmed Meat: Grain-fed meats are common in industrial farming. When compared to grass-fed meat, grain-fed meat has less micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids. Industrial farmed meats and seafoods also carry higher levels of toxins which can increase need for nutrients.

d) Importing: Most grocery store plants aren’t harvested fresh. They travel great distances before they reach our plate, having them sit on trucks, shelves, and counters for weeks. This requires them to be picked before they’re ripe and able to reach optimal nutrient density and even decrease over time.

2. Water Depletion

Water can also be depleted of minerals. There are huge variations in mineral content (we often notice this as the flavor of water). Tap water tends to have more minerals than bottled because filters remove minerals including magnesium.

3. Standard American Diet

The SAD, the typical diet of Americans, is high in meat, dairy, fat, sugar, refined, processed, and junk foods and low in fruit and vegetables. Did you know that it’s recommended to have ideally 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? It’s rare the majority of people meet even half that. This style of eating is void of nutrients, high in ingredients that increase inflammation and cause tissue damage further reducing nutrient intake, and creates an acidic environment in the body that leaches nutrients from the body increasing disease risk.

4. Aging

With aging comes a decrease in stomach acid and digestive enzymes, making it more difficult to breakdown foods and absorb nutrients.

5. Exercise

One of the keys to optimal health. However, if you’re doing more exercise, more nutrients are in demand for energy and recovery, and can deplete stores of nutrients. The take-home message is that in theory, we should be able to get all the nutrients we need from food, but in practice, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult. It’s more realistic to consider what’s reasonable for you (eating local, organic, meal prepping, etc) and what’s not, and find a balance between your diet and what supplements you take to live a long and healthy life. 

Article by by Dr. Cristina Allen, Naturopath

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