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Digestive Enzymes:

The benefits of digestive enzymes include weight loss, better digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and more! The human body produces digestive enzymes that break down the food you eat into nutrients. The nutrients are then absorbed into your body through the small intestine. As we age, our bodies naturally start to produce fewer digestive enzymes… which can cause discomforts such as bloating, gas and indigestion. When you are lacking all the enzymes you need, your body doesn't digest properly, and as a result, your body doesn’t absorb the nutrients it needs.


If you experience bloating, gas, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, low energy, or irritable bowel syndrome, you may be lacking digestive enzymes. Digestive enzyme supplements are completely natural and aid in breaking down your food so you can properly absorb the nutrients. By simply taking a digestive enzyme with every meal, you can avoid symptoms like bloating, acid reflux and gas!



The term probiotic is derived from Greek, and literally means "for life." It's used to describe the good bacteria that inhabit the human intestinal tract.There are many health benefits to probiotics. Probiotics promote proper intestinal environment (also known as "gut flora"), and stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and boost the immune system. By strengthening this important part of the digestive system, probiotics have been shown to help with the following conditions:
  • Antibiotic-induced diarrheaThank you for reading our blog!
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Eczema
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
Antibiotics are great at what they are meant to do, kill bacteria. The problem is that they kill all the good bacteria in our intestinal tract. After taking an antibiotic, it is extremely important to replenish that killed bacteria with a probiotic. Without good bacteria in the gut, the immune system is compromised, resulting in a wide variety of health issues.
You can get probiotics in supplement form or in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir… all of which we carry at Total Health Foods! Stop in today and make your gut happy.


Ginger is an herb that has a fiery, pungent taste. It’s full of vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and sodium, vitamins C, E and B6. It also contains protein, fiber and essential oils.One of gingers most common uses is for aiding in digestion and soothing the digestive tract. It assists in the digestion of fats and proteins. Ginger improves appetite and is a natural digestive aid. It can be used to relieve gas, bloating, and stabilize an upset stomach. The herb can prevent symptoms associated with motion sickness. It can reduce cold sweats, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It has also useful to help deal with morning sickness during pregnancy. You may use the whole ginger root in cooking, or you can take a ginger supplement such as a ginger chew, tea or capsuled herb.
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Sun Butter is an allergy friendly alternative.

Why pick an alternative?

Sun butter is a great alternative to peanut butter. It’s a seed butter made from roasted sunflower seeds and it’s 100% nut and gluten free… perfect for kids who suffer from many food allergies. This is also great alternative and a respectful way for your child to still enjoy his "PB&J" when there may be a child in their classroom with peanut or tree nut allergies.

Is it nutritious?

Yes! High in vitamin E, protein, iron, zinc and magnesium, it outshines the average peanut butter! It tastes similar to peanut butter; some even say it’s better! It comes in creamy and crunchy. Sun butter can be added in place of peanut butter in any recipe.

Where can I get Sun Butter?

Stop by Total Health Foods today to pick up a jar, or ask the juice bar to add some to your smoothie! It tastes great in the Mud Slide Madness!



Amanda Gyuran, CHHC.

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Maca Root is truly a super food. It balances hormones, strengthens bones, reduces inflammation, helps brain function, improves memory, provides endurance and energy, boosts mood, supports reproductive health and is loaded with minerals.
It contains 60% carbohydrates, 9% fiber and almost 10% protein. Dried maca powder is high in lipid content, including linoleic and oleic acids. It's very mineral-rich with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, iron and contains trace minerals such as zinc, copper, selenium, silica and manganese. And to top it all off, maca contains nearly 20 different amino acids, giving you a wide variety of benefits for your on-the-go lifestyle!
Know as the natural Viagra, maca is a scientifically proven aphrodisiac. Scientific experiments have shown that people who eat or take maca supplements experience an increase in sexual desire and fertility! Recent research shows that men who were fed a diet of maca-enriched foods have a higher sperm count, and greater motility of the sperm cells. Men have also reported that maca helps erectile dysfunction, and aids them in achieving better sexual performance. Women who consume maca also experience an increase in libido and fertility, with the extra benefit of relief from PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Can you eat too much maca? Yes, of course. Maca is a powerful super food herb and should be consumed with respect. 1-2 tablespoons each day is enough to see the effects and it is recommended that you take a week off during every month of consistent use.
Are there any side effect or interactions to overeating maca? In toxicity studies conducted in the U.S. maca showed absolutely no toxicity and no adverse pharmacological effects. In animal studies, the more maca animals consumed, the stronger and more sexually active they became. In spite of all this, moderation is advised.
MACAroon recipe:
  • 1/2 cup fresh dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dried, pitted cherries
  • 3/8 cup organic maca powder
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, walnuts or pecans (for toppings)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (for toppings)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder (for toppings)
1. Combine cherries, dates, maca and coconut oil in a food processor and process until smooth.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm enough to roll into balls.
3. Roll into 1 tablespoon sized balls.
4. Add nuts to food processor and process until roughly chopped.
5. Roll balls in the chopped nuts, coconut or cacao powder and keep refrigerated!
Amanda Gyuran, CHHC.

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Garden of Life’s raw protein powder is a great way to turn a smoothie into a complete meal! It contains 17 grams of organic sprouted protein and has all 10 essential amino acids, that our body cannot make itself.  Not only does it contain protein, it supports digestive health by providing live probiotics, protein-digesting enzymes and vitamins A, D, E and K! It's certified organic and contains no binders, fillers or synthetic ingredients.

Why raw and sprouted? Raw means all the ingredients have been unheated, with all their nutrients still in tact. Sprouted means that every grain, seed, and plant in the raw protein has been germinated and brought back to life! Sprouted raw foods increase enzyme and nutrient activity, making all the ingredients more digestible and easier for your body to absorb.

Garden of Life’s raw protein is suitable for those on vegetarian, vegan or low carb diets and those with sensitivities to milk, whey and soy! It’s great for those trying to lose weight and build lean muscle! With natural, vanilla, and chocolate flavors you can add it to any smoothie or shake to create a delicious high protein meal replacement! You can even bake with it, by replacing a portion of your flour with the raw protein to create a high protein treat!

Next time you stop by Total Health Foods to get a smoothie, be sure to add on raw protein to make it a breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Recipe for Protein Pancakes:


  • 1 scoop vanilla Raw Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries


  1. Mix together Raw Protein Powder, almond milk, egg whites, cinnamon and flaxseed then add mashed banana and blueberries.
  2. Pour into a pan that has been coated with coconut oil, heat on medium.
  3. Cook one side until you see the little bubbles, might take longer than a normal pancake.
  4. Flip over and cook the other side until the middle is done.
  5. Top with powdered stevia or pure maple syrup!


Amanda Gyuran, CHHC.


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