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Creating a Commitment to Fitness and a Healthier Life by Susan Lewis
January 23, 2019 04:29 PM

Walking 10,000 steps everyday is my mainstay and a lifeline. It is not an easy thing to establish a life long habit ...  fitness, in general, has required my having to create some sort of obligation to others and I have almost always built in an aspect of commitment.  In 1987, when we moved from Thunder Bay to southern Ontario with our young family, we had to reestablish some kind of fitness routine in our new community. I decided to take the fitness instructors course at the local YMCA and ...Read more

Tips for Optimum Brain Health

Tips for Optimum Brain Health
January 21, 2019 03:22 PM

Should you be concerned about your cognitive health? Consider these facts:   Dementia affects between five and eight percent of adults over 60. As the average age of the population rises, that could add up to an astounding 150 million people with dementia worldwide by 2050. Dementia is more complex than most people realize. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, many other diseases can play a role. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) happens when someone experien...Read more

Alcohol: Is Any Amount Safe?

Alcohol: Is Any Amount Safe?
December 17, 2018 11:22 PM

A glass of wine with dinner. A beer after a hard day of work. It’s not hard to integrate an occasional drink with a healthy lifestyle. Or is it?   In recent years, we’ve read that red wine is rich with antioxidants, and that an occasional beer can raise “good” cholesterol. But results from a new study suggest that even moderate alcohol consumption - the kind we tell ourselves is healthy - may actually be detrimental to our health. In other words, the much-heralded health benefits of drinkin...Read more

Staying Healthy Over the Holidays, Is It Possible?

Staying Healthy Over the Holidays, Is It Possible?
December 17, 2018 11:15 PM

Staying Healthy Over the Holidays, Is It Possible?   Are you enjoying the final stretch of 2018? It’s a fantastic and fun time of the year. Unfortunately, it’s also a difficult period for maintaining healthy habits. Check out our list of the top 10 ways to stay healthy and happy over the holiday season.   Reframe your holiday expectations. Consider this: If you think of the holidays as an exhausting test of your endurance, and holiday treats as evil temptations to be resisted with all ...Read more

Is Your Food Making You Sick?

Is Your Food Making You Sick?
November 14, 2018 09:27 PM

You’re careful about your health. You do your best to eat well, and you pay attention to the ways that your diet affects your energy levels. But something seems off. You’re experiencing annoying symptoms that you can’t explain. You’re often gassy and bloated, your skin may not be clear and glowing anymore, you may be ready for a nap after a meal and you wish you could remember where you put your keys. Why does your memory feel so foggy?   These issues are frustrating (and often embarrassing...Read more

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Marketplace Food Sensitivity Testing Clarification
November 06, 2018 03:42 PM

Some of you may have watched the CBC Marketplace segment on food sensitivities. The whole episode speaks to the high expense and supposed inaccuracy of the test going so far as to say it may cause death. We know that the media is made to sensationalize and exaggerate things greatly to increase viewership, so here is my take on it. There must be a distinguishment made between an IgE allergy and an IgG food sensitivity. An IgE allergy is what we classically see as a nut, seafood or bee sting a...Read more

Low Libido? What Went Wrong and How to  Fix it!   

Low Libido? What Went Wrong and How to Fix it!  
October 03, 2018 04:05 PM

  You love your partner, but your libido is low. Between late nights, early mornings, work stress, family obligations, and a million other balls in the air, there is little time and energy left for sex. But relationships change, and sex drive softens as we age… so, it’s perfectly normal, right?  Not necessarily. In fact, some reports suggest that our best love-making years are the ones that may lie ahead of us. A recent survey of 5,000 singles of all ages, ethnicities and income levels acros...Read more

Aspartame – Is it safe?

Aspartame – Is it safe?
September 20, 2018 03:16 PM

Aspartame was discovered by accident in 1965, when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. Aspartame is the most common artificial sweetener that goes by the names NutraSweet and Equal. Its claim to fame is that it provides a sweet taste without calories. You find aspartame in diet soda, sugar free gum, low-fat yogurt, sugar less candy etc. If something says “low-fat” ...Read more

Can your thoughts influence your health?

Can your thoughts influence your health?
August 20, 2018 03:33 PM

Our mind-body connection is far more powerful than we realize. Our thoughts influence our emotions by the way we experience the world around us. Even when we imagine future situations or visualize potential outcomes, our bodies physically respond to our thoughts. Think of how you react when someone cuts you off in traffic and nearly causes an accident. The incident may only last a moment, and, at that instant, your body immediately prepares for the potential outcome, triggering a surge of ad...Read more

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression
July 12, 2018 10:12 AM

Have you ever suffered from depression? If so, you’re not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide and that it is a leading cause of disability. Fifteen percent of adults will experience depression at least once in their lifetime. Depression knows no bounds. It can impact anyone at any point in their life, regardless of age, gender, medical history, or socioeconomic status. While depression may seem like an invisible condition, t...Read more