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Before You Visit Our Stores | Covid-19 Safety Practices

In-store Covid-19 safety practices we’re taking to help you feel more comfortable before visiting.

At The Low Carb Grocery, we want you to feel as safe as possible before, during and after visiting one of our grocery stores. So, we put together a safety video that highlights our new Covid-19 protection practices, with a light approach so we can all avoid that nasty pressure that sometimes comes with a Covid-19 discussion. To see the video, please watch “Before You Visit”, otherwise read on to learn more about our safety practices.

Also, for the most up-to-date information on our Covid-19 safety practices and store hours, please visit our FAQ page.

The “New Normal”

Unfortunately, we’re all in this battle against Covid-19 together – globally! And it’s important that we all do our part in slowing the spread, so we can get back to a comfortable daily life. And to assist getting there sooner, we at The Low Carb Grocery, have set a list of safety rules that protect you and our staff so we can all feel safe and protected against the virus! At the minimum, here is our list of Covid-19 safety guidelines. We ask:

  • Customers must wear a face covering to enter the store.
  • Customers are asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the store (hand sanitizer is provided at store entrance – inside).
  • A limited number of customers in-store at a time (up to 6 people).
  • Limit 1 person per household to enter the store (to regulate the limit up to 6 people).
  • Customers are asked to practice physical distancing.
  • Customers are asked to follow the 6 ft markers in the checkout line.
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards are installed at checkouts.
  • Staff must also wear a face covering.
  • Staff disinfect the counter, payment terminals and baskets/carts after every use.
  • Washrooms are closed to the public.
  • Contactless method of payment (tap) is preferred.

We understand that some of these regulations may pose a challenge to your daily routine, but to ensure the safety of everyone who walks in our doors, we have decided to enforce these rules. So, let’s break down why these guidelines are important to follow!

Face Covering to Enter Store

We recognize that face masks can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, and they’re often not in our muscle memory to carry one with us. However, wearing a face-covering is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of this virus, especially in smaller indoor spaces like our stores. When wearing a face covering, you’re protecting yourself, our staff, and slowing the rate of transmission to those who may suffer severely from the virus. Let’s help Canada and our communities become a leading nation against the spread of Covid-19!

1 Person Per Household – Why?

We have a maximum capacity of customers allowed in each store at a time. Unfortunately, we reach that capacity very quickly when 2 or 3 – or more – people from the same household enter the store at once. Though we can allow exceptions if you’re shopping with handicap needs, you are a senior citizen, parent with child, or any understandable reason – as long as you are prepared to kindly provide your reasoning before entering the store. It’s just a simple practice that we ask so we can provide groceries to more households.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing – remaining at least 2 metres apart from other customers and staff in the store. While it may not come naturally to us, or be possible in every instance, we ask that you do your best to remember this safety rule. And, to make it as effortless as possible, we placed markers around the store and at checkout to serve as a reminder.

Hand Sanitization Upon Entry – Look for the signs

We have hand sanitizer stations at all of our stores, and we ask that you please sanitize your hands before shopping. This prevents the spread of germs while you browse our shelves, in case you touch an item or surface that others may come in contact with. This also gives our staff and other customers peace of mind about shopping and working in our stores so everyone can comfortably return to shop around and work. If you have any issues finding the hand sanitizer – or are unsure of which rules we have in place – please look for the signs around our stores, or you can ask any of our staff for assistance!

A Final Word

If you don’t feel comfortable shopping in-store or are more vulnerable or susceptible to the virus, we have a number of other shopping options that may work better for you.

You can shop from our inventory online with free delivery on orders above $99. We are doing our best to process online orders quickly, so they can reach you as soon as possible. If you live near one of our stores, we also now offer an in-store pickup option. You can select the items you wish to purchase on our website and choose this new option at checkout. We will inform you when your order is ready to be picked up. It’s very easy!

Please do not visit our stores if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, have travelled outside the province within the last 14 days, or have been in physical contact with any person who has tested positive with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

We are happy to see you again! And, we hope that our safety practices help you feel safe before, during and after your next visit to The Low Carb Grocery. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach us by email, phone or on Facebook or Instagram, and we will do our best to respond quickly. Let’s stay safe, together!

7 Benefits of Ginseng You Never Thought Possible

Want to feel better naturally and boost your energy and immunity without the crash of an energy drink?

These new ginseng powered functional beverages from Farmaroot may be the answer!

Farmaroot uses the natural healing and energizing power of Canadian-white ginseng to boost your levels naturally. Powered by a proprietary full-spectrum ginseng extract Farmaroot completely sets caffeine and sugar aside to provide a powerful balancing tonic that boost your immunity while also reducing stress and naturally helping to maintain your youth. These keto-friendly natural beverages are packed with 500mg of locally grown ginseng, nearly ten times what is used in your standard energy drinks. Try this sustainable energy source today! Buy now.


What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Adaptogens are known to have a great natural power to combat stress in the body. They “adapt” their function according to your body’s needs. For example, depending on the state of your emotional, physical or psychological stress level, they may either have a relaxing or stimulating effect. This promotes a state of equilibrium in which your body can function optimally. In addition, ginseng has several other reparative effects on the body.

Read on to learn how Farmaroot Ginseng energy drinks can help to reduce inflammation, improve cognitive function, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, provide sustained energy levels, facilitate weight loss, and even lower blood sugar levels.


7 Key Benefits of Ginseng

  1. Reduce inflammation.

Ginseng extract is high in antioxidants. This helps fight off free radicals (toxic waste particles) in the body. A buildup of free radicals, over time, can cause chronic inflammation and possibly develop into further health concerns including diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and even cancer.

To reduce oxidative stress, it’s recommended to consume foods rich in antioxidants, and limit consumption of processed foods. It’s also recommended to exercise regularly and limit the intake of tobacco and alcohol. The following is a list of vitamins and foods that are also rich in antioxidants:

  • Vitamin C – Citrus fruits, kiwi, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, camu-camu, and more.
  • Vitamin E – Avocados, nuts, seeds, and more.
  • Zinc – Seafood, lean meat, milk, nuts, and more.
  • Anthocyanins – Eggplant, grapes, dark-coloured berries, and more.
  • Beta-carotene – Carrots, pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, spinach, parsley, and more.
  • Flavonoids – Tea, citrus fruits, red wine, onions, apples, and more.
  • Selenium – Seafood, lean meat, brazil nuts, and more.


  1. Improve cognitive function.

Studies have shown that the ginsenoside compounds found in ginseng are responsible for having positive effects on brain function. They are also the same compounds that help fight inflammation. A decline in mental function is one of the most commonly reported effects of aging. This is why it’s important to take care of your brain by providing a daily intake of proper nutrients as well as mental and physical exercise.

Omega-3 rich foods can also have positive effects on brain function. Foods rich in omega-3s include fatty fish, eggs, avocados, nuts, seeds and plant oils. Incorporating these into your diet, as well as, eating healthy, getting regular exercise and keeping your mind active can all promote optimal brain health.


  1. Reduce stress.

Ginseng is able to reduce stress by regulating immune and hormonal responses. When you’re stressed, your body’s hormones and physiology are imbalanced. However, the consumption of ginseng will actually help your body balance to a stable equilibrium. Ginseng helps by supporting your body’s natural system of organs and hormone-producing glands that are responsible for bringing you back to a “normal” state after being stressed – while also avoiding the spikes and crashes of other stress-reducing products.


  1. Strengthen the immune system.

Traditionally, ginseng has been used in Korean culture as an immune stimulant and given to patients recovering from chronic illnesses. Ginseng has shown to have effects on strengthening the immune system in people with existing health conditions by promoting the production of disease-fighting cells.

In the same way that ginseng can prevent you from getting sick, it can also improve your body’s youth by repairing itself. Ginseng keeps your cells young by removing harmful toxins in the body, boosting the immune system and improving energy levels. It also nourishes and hydrates your body and even facilitates cell regeneration.


  1. Provide sustained energy levels.

Consuming ginseng does not lead to energy crashes that you would regularly experience after consuming caffeine or sugar. When you drink coffee, soda or other sugary, caffeinated beverages, it sends your body into an energy burning mode. This produces the “rush” you experience from these substances. Once the body has rapidly burned a lot of energy, it reaches a threshold where it runs out of readily available energy and must begin repairing itself to support balance once again.

Ginseng, on the other hand, keeps the body in a consistent and sustained energy mode while also supporting the body’s self-healing system to make sure it doesn’t drop below the energy threshold. Drinking ginseng extract once daily can help with energy and focus levels. You won’t have to worry about staying caffeinated or loading up on sweets because ginseng provides a boost of energy that actually supports the body – instead of depleting its resources.


  1. Facilitate weight loss.

Another one of ginseng’s superpowers is that it can improve the body’s metabolism, which naturally supports weight loss. Specifically, ginseng helps the body burn carbohydrates in order to prevent storing them as fats. Fat storage occurs when excess carbs are consumed and not burned through exercise or regular metabolic rate. As you find a diet and exercise program that works for you, consuming ginseng can help to facilitate weight loss.

If weight loss is your goal, we recommend replacing your highly caffeinated morning coffee with a Farmaroot ginseng beverage. Since these drinks also contain zero sugar, it can help you feel more energized in the mornings by keeping your blood sugar levels stable. These drinks are naturally sweetened with erythritol, a sugar alcohol found in some fruits and vegetables, unrecognized by the body as a carbohydrate. This gives Farmaroot its pleasing sweet taste with natural fruit flavours of Sunny-Citrus and Pomegranate-Blueberry.


  1. Lower blood sugar.

Like a person with type 2 diabetes, if you need to track your blood sugar levels, then ginseng may be a solution for you. This is because the ginsenosides from ginseng have shown to affect the body’s rate of insulin production and improve insulin resistance. Generally, regulating blood sugar levels also assists with the absence of energy spikes and crashes throughout the day caused by rises and drops in blood sugar levels.

Always speak to a physician first to see if ginseng is the right supplement for you.


What is Farmaroot?

Farmaroot is a Canadian ginseng farm and beverage brand. They grow natural ginseng roots and produce ginseng energy drinks; Empower and Enlight.  Farmaroot is involved in the entire process from root to cup and concentrates on attention to detail at every point in production to ensure that their respected ginseng is available in a delicious and convenient drink that’s always “rooted in good™

Farmaroot is driven by their mission to create healthy and functional beverages with the strongest immune-boosting ginseng in the industry, grown in Ontario, Canada. Their goal is to inspire positive change in the lives and health of people by providing their organic ginseng beverages, and standing for the elimination of sugars, caffeine and other artificial additives.


Featured Products

Farmaroot produces two energy-boosting drinks, Empower and Enlight.

Empower for the active life. Empower is infused with a full daily dose of natural ginseng plus Vitamin B6 and B12 for long-lasting energy support. B vitamins directly impact and improve energy levels, brain function and cell metabolism to promote optimal health. Enjoy the delicious pomegranate-blueberry flavour of Empower before or after workouts to hydrate, replenish and detoxify the body. Empower contains 0 caffeine, 0 sugar, is gluten-free and keto-friendly, and has just 10 calories per can.

Enlight for the daily grind. Each can contains a full 500mg daily dose of ginseng extract for clean energy, detoxifying hydration and improved mental vitality. The taste profile is a deliciously balanced lemon-lime infused sparkling water. Enlight contains 0 caffeine, 0 sugar, is gluten-free and keto-friendly and is just 10 calories per can.


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For full information about Farmaroot Ginseng beverages, please visit http://www.farma-root.com.

Store Re-Opening – All Locations

As economies across Canada begin to reopen, we are excited to announce that we have gradually resumed operations at our retail stores with the implementation of new safety measures.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we temporarily closed our retail stores for the safety of our staff, valued customers and community. During this temporary closure period, online ordering continued to be available to our customers.

We have now focused our efforts to implement a strategic approach in re-opening our stores and providing service updates to help keep our community healthy. Here are some important updates we would like to share regarding your next visit to one of our retail stores:

Markham, ON

The Markham store re-opened on June 6, 2020, with regular store hours:

Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

An in-store pickup option is available by placing your order online. Wait for the Pickup/Ready notification email (expect 1-2 business days) before picking up.

Newmarket, ON

The Newmarket store reopened on June 9, 2020, with the following modified store hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday – Monday: Closed

An in-store pickup option is available by placing your order online. Wait for the Pickup/Ready notification (expect 1-2 business days) before picking up.

Burnaby, BC

The Burnaby store re-opened on June 12, 2020, with the following store hours:

Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

An in-store pickup option is available by placing your order online. Wait for the Pickup/Ready notification (expect 1-2 business days) before picking up.

New In-Store Safety Measures

The Low Carb Grocery has implemented new safety measures along with the re-opening to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. Here is what you can expect during your next in-store visit:

  • Customers MUST wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose to enter the store.
  • Limit 1 person per household to enter the store.
  • Customers are asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the store (hand sanitizer is provided).
  • We will be limiting the number of customers in the stores at one time, as per Provincial guidelines.
  • Customers are asked to practice physical distancing by maintaining a minimum of 6ft from each other.
  • Customers are asked to follow the 6ft markers at the checkout line.
  • Customers are asked to NOT bring reusable grocery bags. Grocery bags are provided by stores.
  • A contactless method of payment is preferred.

Prior to re-opening, each store location was completely sanitized, and now our staff will maintain these strict cleaning practices moving forward. After every use, staff will disinfect the counters, payment terminals and shopping baskets & carts. Plexiglass sneeze guards have also been installed at checkout counters. Staff assisting customers will be required to wear a face mask or face shield and practice physical distancing. Washrooms will be closed to the public.

As always, we remain at your service to answer any questions you may have during these uncertain times. Please consider viewing our FAQ page for the most frequent updates. We thank you for your efforts in helping us keep our community healthy and we look forward to reconnecting with you soon.