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    5 Natural Bug Repellents
    We know with the warm weather comes those pesky bugs. Whether you want to ward off ticks or keep the mosquitos at bay, there’s a few natural products you can use. And that is why we like to stick to the natural stuff. Here are 4 of the bug sprays we carry (plus a recipe to make your own outdoor spray!)
    CNF x Alvéole: Facts about Bees
    Community Natural Foods has some buzzing new employees. That’s right – we’ve got bees! In partnership with Alvéole we are now hosting beehives are each of our store locations. Thousands of bees will be pollinating the urban flora that surrounds us during these next summer months.
    Natural Solutions to Help Reduce Seasonal Allergies
    The Benefits of Urban Gardens & Beekeeping
    An urban beehive is an unparalleled educational tool as well as a promoter of important attitude changes with respect to the environment. And, it can have a positive impact on the surrounding ecosystem! That’s why Community Natural Foods now have beehives at each of our store locations! The installation of a hive in an urban environment requires minimal resources, but brings a flood of direct and indirect benefits, notably social and ecological. The practice brings together city dwellers, allows the repurposing of an unused space, highlights a variety of issues related to the environment, industrial agriculture, pollination and greening while producing local, artisanal honey.
    Is Grilled Food Carcinogenic?
    t’s summer – the lilacs are in bloom and in every neighbourhood you walk through, there’s a smell in the air of grilling! And with many spending more time in the backyard this summer, we wondered, is bbqing actually good for us, or is it possibly carcinogenic?
    Your Guide to Natural Deodorants
    Similar to natural sunscreen, the biggest question we get when it comes to natural deodorant is – does it work? The short answer is – yes of course, but you have to do some trial and error to find that one that best suits your scent and style. So we’ve broken down the types of natural deodorants out there to hopefully ease the process of picking one.
    Skincare & Makeup Tips for Mother's Day
    The coronavirus has made us constantly mixing up our days, but one date we definitely don’t want to forget is Mother’s Day. Recently, Nichole Saxton talked about makeup for mom and gives us recommendation on choosing a great gift for mom (or yourself).
    Who is the gal behind Little Tucker?
    Little Tucker treats might be little in size, but they are large in flavour and their impact on the natural food industry. Laura Incognito is the brain behind Little Tucker, the superfood vegan energy balls and Snickeroo treat. We at Community Natural Foods saw the fire in Laura, not to mention were all big fans of her product and were happy to be the very first big grocery store to carry Little Tucker products.
    What does Spolumbo's RWA mean?
    Straight out of Calgary, Spolumbo’s is here to clarify what RWA is. RWA stands for Raised Without Antibiotics, which means the animals under this standard have never received an antibiotic in their lifetime.
    Staff Picks for Staying Positive During COVID-19
    It's a weird and wacky time right now. Stress levels and anxiousness are at an all time high for many people. So we asked our staff what they're doing to get through these times to remain positive & healthy. Here are some of the responses.
    The Vegan Ketogenic Diet
    At first glance, vegans and ketogenic dieters have little in common. One eats no meat; the other eats it liberally. One loads up on carbs; the other takes pains to avoid them. They seem to be on opposite ends of the eating spectrum. If you are passionate about animal rights and still want to be lean and healthy, and you’ve found that your body does better with fewer carbohydrates, it is possible to combine these approaches. You can go vegan as a keto dieter or keto as a vegan.
    What is Quercetin?
    Quercetin (pronounced kwur-set-in) is a plant-based flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Quercetin can be found in plant-based foods like apples, broccoli, onions and tomatoes. It’s also in powerful herbs like ginkgo biloba, St John’s wort, and elderberries.