OPW's Health Space 

OPW's Health Space is where members of the OPW team — Will (head nutritionist), Dr. Valentina Benitez (naturopathic physician), and Stevie (nutritionist) — will share their thoughts on all things nutrition, diets, herbs, naturopathic medicine and many other topics of health and natural medicine. 

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Environmental Working Group: 2020 Shopper's Guide

I was so excited when the Environmental Working Group released their 2020 Shopper's Guide! What is the EWG Shopper's Guide? Read on to find out! Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases two reports that are highly anticipated by nutrition professionals, health practitioners, foodies, and and anyone else interest in nutrition and best food practices. These reports are named the EWG's Shopper's Guide and includes their Dirty Dozen food list and their Clean Fifteen food list. The Dirty Dozen is a list of 12 foods that have been studied and found to have the highest pesticide residue from farming or production practices. While the residue levels remain below safety guidelines,

Vitamin D

A very important vitamin or hormone that is involved in a number of bodily functions, Vitamin D is quite important for optimizing your health and performance. Vitamin D is essential for bone health as the body needs appropriate levels to properly absorb calcium. It’s also very helpful for the immune system, having been shown to trigger the body's immune cells to produce antibodies when needed. Additionally, Vitamin D has been shown to protect against hypertension, cancer, some autoimmune conditions, and other physiological diseases. There's also evidence that Vitamin D is helpful for maintaining a healthy mood, thereby implicating its role in mental health as well. We mostly get our Vitamin

Nutrition Spotlight: Artichoke

Artichokes are in season! There's much to love about artichokes. They can be eaten from the leaves to the heart, and they are nutritional powerhouses. Artichokes are high in fiber, making them great for regulating cholesterol properly. They are also rich in inulin, a well-studied prebiotic that can support the digestive system and gut health. Artichokes are also a great source of protein, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium, and even iron. If that all wasn't enough, artichokes have a high oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) score, which means they have a powerful ability to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress in the body. In fact, artichokes — when boiled or steamed — r

Nutrition Spotlight: Asparagus

Asparagus is in season and almost at its prime, and because of this and its highly nutritious content, it's the perfect food to spotlight this week! Behind onions, asparagus is the next best source of quercetin among commonly eaten foods (some herbs and types of peppers rank higher). Quercetin is one of the most studied flavonoids, and its anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergic properties makes it a phytonutrient that you want in your foods as much as possible, especially now with both COVID-19 and allergies going on. There are numerous other nutrients that asparagus provides, including rutin and glutathione; the latter is an extremely potent antioxidant molecule th

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