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4 Supplements Formulated Specifically For Women

Supplements are designed to support different parts of the body, reduce symptoms associated with various health concerns and to promote overall well-being. There are also supplements designed for specific age groups and gender. You can purchase a multivitamin for kids, saw palmetto for prostate health, vitamin D for vegans, and the list goes on!  Sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out what is the right product for you.


Many customers who shop at health food stores like Kardish are women, so it makes sense that many health conscious brands have developed products just for us ladies. Here are a few of the must-have products that are top sellers and staff favourites.

Lorna Vanderhaeghe ESTROsmart Plus


You won’t forget a Lorna Vanderhaeghe product once you see it with their signature pink labels! All Lorna products are formulated for women with an exception for a few that can also be taken by men. ESTROsmart Plus is one of the top five best selling Lorna products throughout all Kardish locations, and for good reason! It helps to balance hormone levels, regulate menstruation, and supports the health of reproductive organs and breasts.


Ultimate Flora VS for Women

Yeast infections are a common and uncomfortable condition that affect around 75% of women at some point in their life. They are typically treated with over the counter antifungal drugs, but what happens if they continue to return? Start by adjusting your diet to reduce or eliminate added sugar and inflammatory foods like dairy and gluten.


Probiotics can also be very helpful for candida related conditions like chronic yeast infections. Try incorporating a multistrain probiotic designed for vaginal support into
your everyday life. Overtime probiotics like these can help to promote better digestion, a stronger immune response and improve overall vaginal health.

MegaFood Women’s One Daily

We hear plenty of information about the benefits of taking a daily multivitamin, but with so many varieties available it can hard to choose the right one. MegaFood makes it easy with their one-a-day formula designed specifically for women. It contains important nutrients like folate and iron all from plant-based sources. Each daily tablet also contains herbs such as chaste tree and red raspberry leaf praised for their positive effects on female health.


SISU MenoEase

With MenoEase you can “Feel the 7-day difference”! The natural changes in hormone levels as a woman reaches her fifties can cause an array of uncomfortable side effects like hot flashes, night sweats and weight gain. A product like MenoEase can help to ease these symptoms in as few as seven days. Each capsule contains therapeutic
herbal combinations like EstroG-100®, black cohosh and sage. MenoEase can be taken throughout the various stages of menopause - pre, peri and post.

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5 Chocolate Brands That Do More Than Taste Good

While chocolate makes a great gift over the holiday season, buying chocolate isn’t always easy. You may have a dietary restriction, or are shopping for a friend or family member who has one. You may be concerned about the quality of the ingredients, the environmental and ecological consequences of production, or the impact your purchase has on cocoa farmers in the global south.

The truth is, at many stores it can be a challenge to find a chocolate bar which you can feel genuinely good about. And there’s still the matter of taste, because if the chocolate doesn’t taste good, it’s going to make a lousy stocking-stuffer.

We’ve pulled together a list of five chocolate makers who not only make delicious chocolate—but go a step further by making their chocolate stand for something good.


The Camino chocolate label is made by the Ottawa-based La Siembra Co-operative, which works in partnership with 18 small-scale, organic co-operatives in 9 countries. La Siembra Co-operative imported cocoa under the Fairtrade Foundation’s guidelines before there was even a formal fair trade certification for chocolate, and became the first registered importer of Fairtrade-certified cocoa in North America in 2002.

What’s good?

Be on the lookout for:

This holiday season Kardish will be carrying dark chocolate Santas, which are fairtrade, nut-free, and organic.



Finding a stand-in for milk chocolate can be a challenge when you’re avoiding dairy. When you also need to avoid contamination from gluten, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, sulfites, and potato, that challenge gets much harder. EnjoyLife knows that even the smallest exposure to these ingredients can cause immediate or delayed symptoms for those with severe allergies, which is why they offer allergy-friendly Ricemilk Chocolate and Ricemilk Crunch bars, in addition to their Chocolate Chips!

What’s good?

  • All of EnjoyLife’s products are free from the top 8 allergens, as well as casein, potato, sesame and sulfites.
  • EnjoyLife’s chocolate also manages to be certified vegan, non-GMO Project verified, and paleo-friendly.
  • EnjoyLife recently opened North America's largest dedicated allergy-friendly bakery.

Be on the lookout for:

EnjoyLife’s Ricemilk Chocolate bar, for those who miss the flavour of traditional milk chocolate.


Endangered Species

You may care about ethically traded, shade grown cacao, but how closely do you monitor where each ingredient is sourced from? To ensure that Endangered Species’ chocolate has a positive impact, this is the level of detail they go into: Whenever Endangered Species uses almonds, they use Bee-Friendly Almonds. You might think that Bee-Friendly Almonds would be easy to overlook in a chocolate bar, but it’s a small detail with a large impact. Each year, California's almond production makes use of roughly 85% of all available commercial beehives in the United States.


What’s good?

  • First American-made chocolate that uses fully traceable cocoa from West Africa.
  • Certified Fairtrade, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and many of Endangered Species’ dark chocolate bars are also Certified Vegan.
  • 10% of Endangered Species’ net profits are donated each year to their GiveBack Partners.

Be on the lookout for:

Endangered Species’ Owl Sea Salt and Almond Chocolate Bar, which supports species conservation efforts worldwide.



We don’t need to hear about the health benefits of dark chocolate to have an excuse to buy a bar, but could the chocolate we eat do more for us? Zazubean is a Canadian chocolate maker that produces a line of bars that are not only made with premium ingredients like pomegranate, hazelnut, coconut sugar, and sea salt, but also contains superfood ingredients like maca root, açai berries, yerba maté and camu camu!


What’s good?

  • Zazubean is a woman-owned Canadian company.
  • Zazubean makes organic, fair trade chocolate with superfood ingredients.
  • For those who are avoiding dairy, Zazubean also has a line of “moo-less” chocolate made with coconut milk.

Be on the lookout for:

Zazubean’s Nutbar, made with almonds, coconut, and camu camu!



Theo is a Seattle-based chocolate maker named after the theobroma cacao plant, which cocoa is derived from. Theo does not just make chocolate with Fair Trade cocoa, they are also working in partnership with the Eastern Congo Initiative, which is a non-profit organization involved in advocacy and grant-making initiatives that benefits communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Theo's work with ECI and their farmer partners enables farmers to improve their earnings, gain greater access to healthcare, and send their children to school.


What’s good?

  • Working with the ECI, Theo has trained more than 4,500 Congolese farmers to grow high quality organic, fair trade cocoa, which increases farmer earnings.
  • Theo’s chocolate is certified Organic by the USDA, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Fair Trade by Fair for Life.
  • Theo has a line of dark chocolate that they identify as suitable for vegans.

Be on the lookout for:

Theo’s 70% Dark Chocolate Bar, which was featured as an essential item in Top Chef judge Gail Simmons’ travel bag.


What is the most important factor when you’re buying chocolate? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Kardish’s internal team of chocolate experts review every comment!

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Get Out The Grill

summer more than cooking and eating our food outdoors, feeling the breeze against our skin and feasting our eyes on the lush summer landscape.


While most of our summer eating tends to be lighter fare, this sometimes doesn’t hold up when it comes to our beloved BBQ grill.  


There are very real health concerns when it comes to grilled meats.  Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, is cooked using high-temperature methods, such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame. In laboratory experiments, HCAs and PAHs have been found to be mutagenic—they cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer.  Numerous epidemiologic studies have found that high consumption of well-done, fried, or barbecued meats was associated with increased risks of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.


We would never dream of telling you what not to eat, but we do have a few alternative suggestions to help you enjoy a healthier summer barbecue!


Hilary's Veggie Burgers 


Get all of the flavour - but none of the bad stuff - with these Hilary's plant-based burgers. They’re made from non-GMO ingredients, certified vegan and gluten-free. They’re low-calorie, contain no cholesterol, are free from top allergens (like corn, egg and nuts), but still pack a nutrient punch. Pick up some burger buns by Silverhills, Little Northern Bakehouse or Udi’s


Kiju Organic Lemonade


Nothing says summer like the sweet tang of lemonade, and Kiju sweetens the deal by offering an organic version. Forget about concentrate and lemonades that are chock full of sugar; Kiju Organic 100% juices are premium, certified organic juice blends with no added sugar. How refreshing is that?


So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Desserts


Dairy free has never been more delicious!  So Delicious Dairy Free cashew milk frozen desserts are smooth, decadent, and incredibly delicious. What’s more, they’re vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified.  So go ahead - have a second scoop! Looking for more chilly dairy-free desserts? Check out Oat & Mill or Fiasco sorbetto. 

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Here Comes The Sun! Protecting Yourself Naturally

Do you see what I see? Is that the sun poking out from behind the clouds?

We’ve had a pretty grey and dreary winter, and the sun is indeed a sight for sore eyes.  And while we certainly don’t want to block out all of its health-giving attributes (vitamin D, anyone?), rates of melanoma – the deadliest skin cancer – have tripled over the past few decades.

It’s important to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. But if you’re concerned about avoiding products that contain ingredients that may be harmful to you or your children, you may be unsure where to turn.

At Kardish stores, we carry two of the best brands of barrier sunscreen, that we know you will love. Green Beaver products are made just down the highway in Hawkesbury, and are made from the safest ingredients available, and Badger products have equally high standards. Both brands offer sunscreens for a variety of needs, including for babies, kids, and active lifestyle.

Natural sunscreens also tend to be made by product makers – including these two brands -  that do not test on animals, which is always a good thing.

What’s the difference?

Barrier sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to form a physical barrier to block harmful UVA and UVB rays, whereas chemical sunscreens use chemicals to react with the skin to protect against sun damage.

Physical barrier sunscreen starts working the moment that they are applied to skin, but conventional sunscreens need a bit more time to react, and unlike barrier sunscreens, can be absorbed into your skin. In fact, they use specific chemicals that absorb UV light to prevent burning. (Barrier sunscreens can sometimes result in a “whitening” effect when applied – this is a good thing! It’s the barrier that’s protecting your skin.)

The Environmental Working Group has warned consumers to avoid products with oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Oxybenzone is found in most chemical sunscreens, and it can penetrate the skin, cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.

Sunscreens containing retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) may irritate the skin and increase photosensitivity, and concerns have been raised about developmental and reproductive toxicity, and the potential for biochemical or cellular level changes.

Barrier sunscreens are also easier on our environment; oxybenzone, octocrylene, octinoxate and other compounds commonly used in conventional chemical sunscreens have been found to pose threats to the environment.

So how can you ensure that you’re protected?

  •   Avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate
  •   Check the label to confirm that the product offers UVA and UVB protection (or “broad spectrum protection”).
  •   Know that SPF protection does not increase substantially with an increased SPF number. An SPF of 15 absorbs 93 per cent and an SPF of 30 absorbs 97 per cent.
  •   Reapply your sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or sweating
  •   Opt for lotions over sprays, as lotions provide more even coverage.
  •   Limit your time in the sun, wear a hat and cover up.
  •   Keep young babies out of the sun – cover them up and opt for shady spots to sit or picnic.
  •      Keep kids and children out of the midday sun to prevent burns.

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Five Facts About Healthier Cleaners

Does anyone else’s house need a bit of a dusting and a refresh? Okay who am I kidding, my house needs a full-on deep clean, and if you’re anything like me, yours probably does too. Many people are interested in opting for greener and healthier cleaners over conventional chemical cocktails, but are not certain of the benefits of these healthier products, or of their efficacy. If you are about to bust out or re-stock your cleaning products, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

Fact 1: They actually do work

Because companies like Seventh Generation and Nature Clean do not use harsh or toxic chemicals, some people assume that they cannot effectively clean. If you are concerned, look for brands that have third-party certifications, like Green Seal, EcoLogo, ECOCERT or Design for the Environment (DfE); these certifications also include performance standards.

Full disclosure: You may have to let them sit on the problem area a bit longer before scrubbing.

Fact 2: They can kill germs and bacteria

Harsh chemical compounds are not the only thing that kills germs: Tea tree and thyme oil, and plain old vinegar can also do the trick. “Disinfectant” is a legal term and is considered to include bactericides, fungicides, virucides, mycobactericides, tuberculocides, sporicides, sterilants, or combinations of these. Ingredients in disinfectants are regulated and tested by Health Canada and display Drug Identification Numbers (DINs) on their label.  

Fact 3: The chemical agents within them are safer for you and your family

Who spends more time on the floor than your kids and pets?  Because of this affinity for being horizontal, they are more susceptible to the chemicals in cleaning products than adults; In fact, young children are 10 times more vulnerable to carcinogenic chemicals than adults.   Gentler, more environmentally conscious products that are free of carcinogens, harsh chemicals, and phthalate-based fragrance are a safer option than conventional cleaners.

According to Seventh Generationchemicals of concern can hide behind the term "fragrance" in ingredient lists on your cleaning products - chemicals that have been linked to serious health effects including allergies, asthma, cancer, and reproductive harm.

But please, even if you use a greener cleaner always keep children and pets away from the area being cleaned and always keep cleaners in a secured area.

Fact 4:  They are better for the environment
The major concern is the chemicals which are contained within conventional cleaning products. There are thousands of chemicals in common use, which may pollute streams and rivers and may take a long time to degrade into harmless products. Some may not break down at all but may persist in the environment. These may enter the food chain, being eaten by aquatic creatures and perhaps eventually by us.

Fact 5:  They aren’t way more expensive
There’s absolutely no cheaper cleaner than vinegar and baking soda. However, if you like to just grab a bottle and run, alternative cleaners have become more popular and have dropped in price in recent years.   Plus this month, we have a great sale on Seventh Generation, which was one of the trail blazing healthy cleaning companies!

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Exploring The Healing Properties Of Sea Buckthorn Oil

What is orange in colour, sour in taste, and grown in areas throughout Europe and Asian?  Why, Sea Buckthorn berries (also known as hippophae rhamnoides) of course! Clinical investigation suggests that the oil, which is available in supplement, topical oil and cream forms, has a wide range of positive effects.


Have you heard about Sea Buckthorn’s many benefits, and want to give it a try? We suggest Sibu, which is featured in our flyer this month. Want to learn more?  Read on.


Mysterious Omega-7

Omega-7 fatty acids (also referred to as palmitoleic acid) are hard to come by in the diet. With small amounts being found in macadamia nuts and cold water fish, the best source of this monounsaturated fat is sea buckthorn berries. However, little research has been done on the benefits of omega-7 supplementation when compared to omega 3 and 6.


Skin Health

Sea buckthorn pulp oil has specifically been shown to improve atopic dermatitis when taken internally.  It has also been shown to improve symptoms in postmenopausal women experiencing vaginal dryness, itching and burning making it a natural alternative for women who are unable to use estrogen treatments.

Using sea buckthorn oil topically in the form of lotions and cream may also provide benefits, as much of what it put onto the skin in absorbed into the body. Animal studies have shown that sea buckthorn oil has significant wound healing abilities, making it a great treatment for sun damaged skin.


Cardiovascular Health

Historically, sea buckthorn berries have been used for digestive ailments, skin issues and cardiovascular support. In today’s era, heart disease has become a major concern. Palmitoleic acid found in sea buckthorn oil has been shown to reduce coronary heart disease risk and increase insulin sensitivity.

Be Mindful

It’s important to keep in mind that our bodies require a specific balances of all the essential fatty acids, with some being more prevalent than others in our diets. Take for example omega 3 to omega 6. We often consume too much omega-6 in the Standard American Diet (linked to inflammation and disease) and consume very little anti-inflammatory omega-3. Being mindful of food sources of essential fatty acids when incorporating a supplement is key. Always follow label recommended doses and consult your health care provider for contraindications and interactions.