Zahra Abbas

Guelph, Canada

About me

Hi my name is Zahra, my friends call me Zii! I have been involved in the world of holistic nutrition and wellness since 2000. I like to think of myself as a Creative Alchemist. Ive been blessed to get to do gratifying work as a Wellness Ambassador. Stay in touch! Guelph, ON, Canada

REVIEWS (219)

Bye, bye Winter Hair Care

Ah spring time is on the horizon. Why not give your mane a spring detox and make over? Dry and cold winds can deplete your hair and scalp of moisture. Overtime your locks can become dry and brittle. Try this easy and pampering recommendation to protect your mane to look lustrous and feel silky smooth again. Apply True Moringa - All Purpose Moringa Body Oil with Peppermint, to your hair and scalp, leave in hair for 30 minutes or wrap your hair in a towel and leave in overnight. Moringa oil does not clog scalp pores, strengthens hair follicles and combats frizz. Keep it in your hair overnight into the next day (really it's not greasy at all?). Wash it out with a mild, sulphate free shampoo, like the very juicy ACURE Mega Moisture Shampoo and reveal an uber moisturized hair and scalp. Next give your scalp the sustained moisture lock it deserves. We love the organic hair mask for its triple threat recovery from the dry blustery cold air that shocked our scalp and hair during the winter months. Apply one to two times a week the John Masters Organics Hair Milk, Rose and Apricot.  The premium ingredients like...
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Brush off Winter "Pomenantly"

Feeling like you need a kick in the pants to get yourself out of the stuper of winter?  Well we’ve got a fantastic Brush off Winter “Pomenantly” recommendation, to leave those feelings of hibernation and S.A.D in the dust and wake up to the freshness and rebirth of Spring time. Pomegranates are indeed a fruit of the winter months but no need to leave these gems of a fruit to last season.  Getting back to the swing of fitness as we get more daylight?  Drink Pom Wonderful (pomegranate juice).  Pre and Post workout pomegranate juice makes for a fantastic workout drink, 1-2 oz before or after a workout and or 1-2 oz in your water bottle for an intra workout. Pomegranates contain nitrates, which is converted to nitrite and can then help support blood flow, helping the body bring more oxygen to  your muscle tissue, improving your work out  and recovery. Not quite hitting the gym because you still feel stuck in hibernation mode?  We can all relate.  The lack of daylight turns our melatonin production to super high mode which makes us feel extra sleepy.  As we get more daylight this feeling of lethargy and even S.A.D (seasonal affective...
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Tooth Fairy Approved

Oral health is key for overall health.  Did you know that having poor oral hygiene practices can negatively affect your cardiac, digestive, lymphatic, and bone health?  A major risk factor in the decline of oral health is consuming sugary and acidic foods that don't get brushed away in time before plaque and tartar build up.  Eating sugary foods also decreases immune function and increases likelihood of periodontal disease.  Switching out refined white sugar for natural sugar alternatives is easy as pie, Monk fruit sweetener, erythrithol, stevia, are fantastic sugar alternatives. Coconut sugar, yacon syrup, and agave necter tastes like brown sugar but without the calories, spike in your glycemic level or tooth decay. With so many options now available for cooking and baking.  Adding nutrients such as protein, Gymnema sylvestre, cinnamon bark and curcumin all of which have a reputation for curbing sugar cravings, help balance blood glucose to keep your sweet tooth in check will stop the crazy cycle of over sugar consumption and poor oral health.  Cinnamon bark also has been known to brighten your smile and protect your gums from inflammation.  Our Tooth Fairy Approved recommendation will give your pantry and your medicine cabinet all the essentials...
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Lemon Water Reboot

The benefits of adding lemon to our drinking water has been trending for years. Prepping lemon wedges for your day is a great idea.  Lemon is a fruit that is heavily sprayed with pesticides during farming, so definitely consider the organic variety.  So what is a person to do if fresh lemon wedges is not an option due to travel and busy days?  You can still reap the health benefits such as boosting antioxidant protection, aiding digestion, balancing weight, alkalizing your blood and improving mood and alertness with quick and portable lemon based supplements. Our Lemon Water Reboot is a current twist to a long touted wellness gem. TRUE LEMON True Lemon True Lemon Beverage Powder is sure to please, use this handy little sunshine in a pocket food supplement to enhance your drinking water, marinate fish, and flavor your tea.  One packet yields the taste of one lemon.  Lemon Vitality Essential Oil is food grade and organically grown, this potent sunshine in a bottle can be adding to your water to drink or your water to bathe!  Easy to carry, dark amber glass bottle that dispenses 1 drop at a time.  Go ahead, Keep calm and Reboot your Lemon...
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Phenomenal Phyto-Estrogen Superfoods

Our diets today, unfortunately have many hidden and not so hidden sources of high estrogen foods and environmental estrogens.  If Estrogen is a natural hormone that our body naturally produces why would high estrogen foods be a bad thing?  The thing is the overload of the estrogens from foods and environmental factors also known as Xenoestrogens — synthetic or natural substances that mimic estrogen — are all around. The end result is a condition known as estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance has been studied to contribute to low progesterone levels, poor thyroid function, weight imbalances, fibroids, cysts, dysplasia and tumors.  You can balance out high levels of estrogen by incorporating the Phenomenal Phyto-Estrogen Superfoods health hack to your wellness routine.  Phyto Estrogen superfoods will give your body the right type of estrogen which will then help the body produce adequate Progesterone levels and decrease symptoms of estrogen dominance.  Taking maca may help to increase progesterone levels by balancing the estrogen to progesterone ratio.  Maca is a simple root cruciferous with very broad spectrum hormone balancing and antioxidant effects on the body. Warming up a cup of non-dairy milk add a heaping teaspoon of powdered (and if possible gelatinized) Maca makes for...
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Optimize Your Energy

Put that kick in your step with our ultimate Optimize Energy recommendations.  Keep this arsenal of rocket fuel in your pantry so you can add variety to your daily energy dips.  No need to only rely on just plain Jane coffee or sugary energy drinks.  Guarana gives your tired body and mind a better caffeine alternative to help you bump up your vibe.  Panax Ginseng has been studied for decades and the proof is in the pudding with this powerful mind energizing herb.  Now for spectacular, easy to mix and drink and off the chart delicious is the combination of coffee and mushroom, on paper it may sound off but in reality your taste buds will thank you and so will, your pumped up self. The power of a lightning bolt (well not literally) can be harnessed and fed to your cells with powdered beet.  Beets contain naturally occurring nitrates, this stuff turns into nitric oxide and reduces the oxygen cost of low intensity exercise while increasing tolerance to high-intensity exercise.  CoQ10 is most beneficial for high energy required organs such as the kidney liver and heart. This gummy is a heart healthy, antioxidant boosting little treat, that gives cellular...
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Feel Better After the Party

No matter what the time of year, it seems like there’s always an outing to go to that involves alcohol consumption. Whether it’s a birthday party, work event, girls night out, you name it and there’s drinks. If you want to indulge and enjoy your drinks without feeling the sluggish after effects the next day, then this recommendation is for you. Don’t let a case of the hangover blues hinder your healthy lifestyle or progress to wellness. The Zaca recovery patch is formulated with a powerful blend of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids that will bring you feel-great mornings, clear-headedness and bright eyes after a night out. This patch is easily applied and is small and simple to hide under your clothes. Keep Vita Coco coconut water handy, as it will replace lost electrolytes, minerals and rehydrate your cells. Lastly, popping a vitamin B complex before you start drinking, as well as the morning after is a great preventative method that many people swear by. Try the Nature's Way Alive! Multivitamin for Adults, gummy vitamins that feel like you’re eating candy.    
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Easy Kick-starters for your Digestion

Have you had a long winter of consuming heavy, sluggish foods? Feeling backed up and bloated? This recommendation is your key to kick-start digestion and start feeling lighter in time for the warm months ahead. Consuming gut friendly foods will greatly improve your digestion but if you’re not ready to overhaul your diet, supplementing with a digestive enzyme will help the process of breaking your food down before it enters the rest of the digestive tract. Try Thorne Research Bio-Gest. Another simple was to ease into improved digestion is consuming Bragg Live Food Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Start your morning with a glass of warm water and a health splash of apple cider vinegar. Try including ginger tea like Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger into your beverage rotation, as it’s very soothing to the system and aids in digestion.
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Hard as Nails

Strong healthy looking nails complement any look. Get your nails in tiptop condition with this recommendation. If your nails split easily and you have spots of discoloration appearing, you may be lacking zinc, a vital supplement to nail health. Talk to you health care provider about including Jamieson Zinc into you supplement routine. Nature's Bounty Folic Acid helps generate new cells and tissues in your body, promoting nail growth. L-Lysine is an amino acid and helps build proteins in hair, skin and nails. Try taking Webber Naturals L-Lysine Vegetarian Capsule, 2 capsules 3 times daily or as directed by a physician. You’ll be on your way to strong, beautiful nails in no time.  
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Ward off Cold and Flu Season

There’s nothing worse than being stuck at home with a cold or worse, the flu. Take these preventative methods to kick this cold and flu season in the butt. Start by boosting you immunity with Nature's Bounty Vitamin D3 Gummies. Vitamin D serves many functions in the body, and a deficiency seems to impair immunity. Antioxidant rich SURO organic elderberry syrup provides fast, effective relief from colds and flu, cough and sore throat. Keep Adrien Gagnon - Echinacea, Cold Relief for Kids and Adults on had when illness strikes. Particularly useful for respiratory infections, Echinacea contributes to reducing the severity and duration of the symptoms of colds and flus  
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Those Sleepless Nights

 So much buzz around getting enough sleep, more and more people worldwide are actually giving sleep the attention it deserves to up their self care game.  What happens when the zzzz’s are not coming and you are left counting the proverbial sheep?  Our, Those Sleepless Nights Health recommendations will get you back into a cushiony, sweet dream like slumber in no time.  Melatonin and magnesium are two nutritional supplements that work on your biological clock and your nervous system by resetting your clock so you fall asleep within 15 minutes of hitting the hay and soothing your muscles and nervous system to allow for deep relaxation.  Lavender is an essential oil that you can diffuse in a cold air mist diffuser.  Lavender aromatherapy promotes relaxation, you can apply it to your temples too before bed, drop one droplet onto a cotton ball and tuck it into your pillow case.  St. John’s Work a herb that promote relaxation, better moods and good sleep cycles (consult medical practitioner before taking this if you are on other medications).  Homeopathy is the natural medicine practice of following the idea that “like treats like”, try out Coffea Cruda a remedy that derived from coffee bean...
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High vibe your bedroom – Spring edition

Feeling like the gloom of the winter months has put a damper on your vibe?  Brighten, and lighten up your room this Spring time with our High Vibe Your Bedroom recommendations.  Your bedroom needs to exude feelings of peace, tranquility, happiness and health, to help you rest, recover, imagine and manifest your best life.  We’ve included the must haves to transform any bedroom space from blah to Zen. Himalayan salt lamps give off a light pink glow and push away negative ions, giving your space a warm hug.  Bambo fiber throw pillows are uber soft and a perfect landing for your head or to cuddle up with, the softness gives you a little extra TLC.  The power of incense and aromatherapy provided by diffusers on your sense of smell is pretty soothing.  Dream catchers and mandalas are created with sacred geometry help to create high vibe focal points to your bedroom. Add crystals to the 4 corners of your room to remind you of grounding yourself to nature and wake up or wind down your day on your personal yoga mat.  Add bits of earthy goodness to your bedroom with fanciful succulents to ease your mind and destress from your...

Keep the Bugs at Bay

Dealing with itchy insect bites is the least enjoyable part of spending time outdoors. Keep the bugs off and away from your skin with this health hack.Non-toxic Simba Natural Mosquito Repellent Sticker will offer 72 hours of natural bug protection from mosquitos. Try AVON Skin So Soft Bug Guard Insect Repellent Towelettes for a quick and easy way to apply bug repellent, the towlettes are light-feeling, with quick-drying protection from mosquitoes for 5 hours and deer ticks for 7 hours. To treat any insect bites you may have already contracted try applying After Bite Outdoor Insect Bite Treatment. Enjoy the outdoors season without the insect bites!
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Choosing Your Best Mat

Are you a wanna be yogi but don’t know where to begin? Thinking about rolling out the mat and starting a practise, only to realize your 7-year-old squishy yoga mat from the one stop super store might not cut it anymore? The endless options of yoga mats on the market today can be overwhelming. Is a $40 mat the same as a $150 brand name one? Why are their different thicknesses!? This health hack along with an article from PopSugar will set you on your way to a peaceful practise in no time. The Manduka PRO Yoga & Pilates Mat will give you great bang for your buck and will withstand for years to come. Environmental effects are very important to keep in mind when purchasing a yoga mat. The planet will thank you if you decide to purchase the Prana Eco Henna Mat. Your joints and bones will be comfortable and stable on a thick cushioned mat like this one from Reehut 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density NBR Exercise Yoga Mat   
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Attack Acne

Acne is something that the vast majority of the population will deal with at some point in life. Unfortunately, this skin irritation can take a blow to your confidence. There are endless product and options to help you deal with acne, but sometimes it’s hard to know what’s worth your dollar. In this recommendation we’ll curate some of the top rated, tried and true products to help you combat your pesky acne. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is a great product to have in your acne care routine if you suffer from random pimples and spots that appear unwantedly. This spot treatment will effectively dry out and speed up the healing of irritated blemishes. It’s important to have a quality non-irritating cleanser for the base of you acne care routine. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a great soap-free product to use daily for promoting clean healthy skin. This cleanser protects the skin’s natural oils and natural pH to moisturize and soothe sensitive skin as it cleans. Since most acne banishing products lead to drying out your skins excess oil it’s key to keep your skin hydrated and rejuvenated with the good stuff. Joyal Beauty Organic Vitamin C Serum isn’t only hydrating...
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Low Glycemic Sweeteners

Whether you’re trying to kick a bad sugar habit or looking for healthy, low glycemic alternatives to the addictively sweet substance, this recommendation will hit the spot. Here we’ll share three alternatives to white sugar that will keep your waistline in check and your blood sugar normal. Dried lucuma fruit is naturally sweet but low on the glycemic index. This exotic fruit also contains a wide range of nutrients including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta-carotene, and fiber. Naturya Organic Natural Lucuma Powder has a flavor reminiscent of maple syrup and toffee. Try it in your smoothies, nut butters and favorite ice cream recipes. Next up is stevia. Organic Traditions Stevia Leaf Powder is a high quality sweetener with no added flavours, fillers, preservatives, additives, sweeteners, carriers, stabilizers or excipients! Stevia is ideal for anyone on a carbohydrate-cautious diet for it is one of the sweetest substances in nature, and one of lowest glycemic scores with no effect on blood sugar. A naturally delicious sugar like Ecoideas Organic Coconut Sugar is the ultimate Low GI alternative for baking and traditional recipes that use white sugar. This nutrient-rich, high-value food can but used cup for cup as you would regular...
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Probiotics for Infants

Whether in food or supplement form probiotics just might be one of the best things you can give baby to support his health. www.mamanatural.com has a deeply informative article covering everything you need to know about your babies gut health and why it’s so important. In this recommendation we’ll give you some top recommended products for supporting and improving your babies gut health. HMF Baby F contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and transgalactooligosaccharides (GOS), a fibre similar to oligosaccharides naturally occurring in breast milk. HMF Baby F’s powder dissolves easily into milk, formula, or water. Jamieson Probiotic Baby is a liquid probiotic supplement that comes in an easy-to-use droplet format. The flavourless drops can be added to milk, breast milk or formula, or applied directly on a pacifier, spoon or your baby’s tongue. Renew Life Ultimate Flora baby provides 5 strains of beneficial bacteria specifically chosen for their prevalence in the digestive tracts of infants and toddlers. Everyone wants only the best for their child so why not start them in the direction of great gut heath. 
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Luscious Locks

Thicker, stronger, healthy hair never goes out of style. However, some of us aren’t born and blessed with the best hair and there are many stressors and events in our busy day-to-day life that may promote hair loss and damage to your locks. In this recommendation we’ll give your some of our favourite hair health related products to get your glossy mane back in top shape. Nature's Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies with Biotin will give your taste buds a treat and your hair will also thank you. These gummies contain biotin, which helps the maintenance of healthy hair. FoliGROWTH Ultimate Hair Growth Formula is a gluten free, soy free, wheat free, and vegetarian supplement used to promote hair growth. This product uses patented ingredients like Opti MSM and clinically developed cellular support with 5000mcg of Biotin, Hyaluronic Acid, Choline, Silica, Vitamin C, and 800iu Vitamin D3. 26 herbs and vitamins. Viviscal Maximum Extra Strength Hair Growth is vitamin supplement used to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth from within. Viviscal Extra Strength dietary supplements contain the exclusive marine complex Amino Mar C™ as well as Iron, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C and Horsetail. Get the mane...
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Dry Skin Secrets

Whether you suffer from dry facial skin year round or live in a cold climate and have the harsh weather to blame, most people will need to manage dry skin issues at some point. Keep the products in this recommendation handy whatever the climate you’re currently living in and never suffer from flakey, rough, dry skin again. For a non-greasy fragrance free daily moisturizer try EUCERIN 5% Urea Replenishing Face Cream. This light formula is dermatologist recommended and wont clog pores while keeping moisture levels in check. Rose hip oil is a super star when it comes to combating dry skin as well as, reducing fine lines, correcting dark spots and an uneven skin tone. Kosmea Rose Hip Seed Oil not only works on the skin but can also be used for dry nails and scalp. Try adding a few drops of this oil into your favourite moisturizer for super powered moisture. Live Clean Fresh Face Hydrating Creamy Cleanser is a PH balanced cleanser that wont strip or dry your skins natural moisture. The certified organic botanicals and orchid extract in this cleanser seal in moisture and replenishes the face.[B01GPKVYLM], [B00BO0B3BU]                
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Dry Brushing for Health Skin

Are you curious about dry brushing and the benefits? Dry brushing is the latest well-being craze for a reason. The simple brushing techniques will kick-start your lymphatic system, which helps you remove toxins from the body. Mind Body Green has a step-by-step article on how to get started and we’ll give you the tools you need to get on your way to dry brush success. First you’ll want to purchase a natural bristle brush, not a synthetic one. GranNaturals Dry Skin and Body Brush is an ideal brush as it has a long enough handle to reach all parts of the body. After dry brushing you’ll want to moisturize your skin with a fruit oil such as coconut or rosehip oil. Nutiva Organic Virgin CoconutOil and Organic Rosehip Oil are both high quality oils that you will want to rehydrate your freshly dry brushed skin with. Try dry brushing twice a day for 30 days and see the results for yourself.                          
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Tasty Toppers to Amp up your Salads

Salads don’t have to be boring and tasteless. It all depends what you put into it! Switching up your salad ingredients is key to enjoying what’s on your plate. In this recommendation I'll share some of our favourite nutrition and taste boosting products to keep handy in the pantry. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds pack in 10 grams of both protein and omegas per 30 gram serving. Hemp seeds aren’t only nutrition packed but also offer a delicious slightly nutty taste. Everland Organic Pumpkin Seeds are a great addition to sprinkle over your salads. These seeds are rich in iron and fiber and offer great crunch and texture to meals. Manitoba Harvest Chipotle, Onion and Garlic Hemp Heart Toppers are another delicious hemp seed option. These hemp seeds have fewer cabs per serving then both chia and flax seeds. These Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds are also available in onion, garlic and rosemary flavor.                                      
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Top Plant-Based Protein Powder Picks

Many protein powders on the market are whey based and full of ingredients not so friendly to the vegetarian or vegan diet. As more and more plant-based protein powders become available its hard to know which on is your best bet. In this recommendation I'll highlight some of the best plant-based protein powers available to you right now. Amazing Grass Organic Plant Based Vegan Protein Superfood Powder in Rich Chocolate Flavor is for the ultimate chocolate lover. Amazing Grass also makes this protein in vanilla and chocolate peanut butter flavor. This protein doesn’t only taste good but it also contains 7 alkalizing greens, 9 nutrient-dense fruits & veggies, 6 carbs, 0g of sugar, 3g of fiber per serving. Hard to beat that nutrition and taste profile! Vega Sport Protein Powder, Vanilla is another plant-based protein powder that’s at the top of the list. Also available in Berry, Chocolate and Mocha flavor there’s bound to be a favorite flavor for every athlete and gym junkie alike. Nova Scotia Organics, Plant Protein is suitable for even the pickiest buyer as it’s peanut free, soy free, gluten free and free of any synthetics or irradiated ingredients. Skip the dairy and get the benefits all...
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Revive Winter Skin

Whether you’re back from a winter get away or winter is coming to a close where you live, there’s a good chance your skin –specifically face- needs a break. Rather than trying to get your skin back to the summer time glow you once had with multiple layers of makeup, why not really take care of your skin and let your natural glow resurface. Our first health hack product is a great exfoliate. Remove the dull, dead layer of skin that’s ultimately stopping your completion from glowing with TreeActiv Face Exfoliating Acne Scrub Pads. Next apply a face balm like Province Apothecary Restoring + Soothing Face Balm to moisturize, restore and soften dull skin. Province Apothecary’s face balm is gmo free, cruelty free and made in Canada. Lastly, add a toner into your glowing skin care routine. Apply Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera before you apply makeup. For a final touch try spritzing Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater after your makeup is applied (or throughout the day) for a dewy look that mimics a freshly applied highlighter. Fool everyone with your post winter glow.                  ...
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