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The best stretches you should do everyday!

The best stretches you should do everyday!
April 20, 2017 03:21 PM

This is a post I've been meaning to put together for a while now. My friend Meagan Walker is a personal trainer, yoga treacher and team training coach at Goodlife Fitness on Weber street in Waterloo. She has helped me to put this all together for you. She is putting on a stretch workshop at Goodlife on May 27th. See poster below.   Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch This is a stretch for the hip flexors and quadriceps. It counteracts sitting & relieves tension from low back.The hipflexors ar...Read more

Four Foods to Avoid

Four Foods to Avoid
March 14, 2017 08:13 PM

Foods to Avoid in a Health Food Store These may be foods that we think of being healthy but think twice. Agave Agave is actually fructose syrup which is not good for your health (just like high fructose corn syrup). It’s highly processed and refined and thus has very little nutritional value. Stevia is a better sweetener option. Carageenan Carageenan is a food additive from red seaweed. Often, it is found in almond or non-dairy milk as well as ice cream. It’s a thickening agent that make...Read more

Heartburn Medications and their Harmful Side-Effects

Heartburn Medications and their Harmful Side-Effects
March 12, 2017 09:57 PM

Heartburn affects 5 million Canadians at least once a week. The most common class of drugs prescribed for heartburn is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). PPIs block the production of acid in the stomach. Example of a PPI is omeprazole or Losec, Porlisec. PPIs were meant to prescribed for a short duration. Evidence shows that the short-term use of a PPI for reflux esophagitis, H. Pylori overgrowth or an active ulcer is effective. The stomach and its acid are a crutial part of a good digestive sys...Read more

Are you eating your greens?

Are you eating your greens?
March 11, 2017 10:31 PM

I know, I know. Vegetables are boring. Well maybe not. Studies have shown that the more fresh vegetables one eats, the healthier you'll live. You'll lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, digestive issues just to name a few. No matter what kind of diet suits you (Paleo, Vegan etc), the truth is don't skimp the vegetables. But are all vegetables created equal? Sadly, no. The vegetables that give you the best bang for your buck are the green ones. Specifically,...Read more

High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure
January 26, 2017 10:53 PM

High blood pressure if often not felt and only discovered in routine doctor's appointments. What is blood pressure? It is the pressure that the blood creates when pumped and pushing against your arteries. The first number is the systolic pressure which measures the pressure when the heart is pumping the blood. The diastolic pressure is the second number and measure the pressure remaining when the relaxes. Just like a plumbing system, when there are things that clog arteries or the walls of t...Read more

The Most Common Causes of Fatigue

The Most Common Causes of Fatigue
January 26, 2017 10:12 PM

Fatigue When you are feeling tired and you can’t seem to function very well during the day or maybe you are falling asleep by 7pm at night, you know something isn’t right. It’s very frustrating when you can’t do all the things you had planned for the day. Well, let me tell you about the four most common causes of fatigue. https://youtu.be/lc3rEVeskGo   Iron Deficiency Menstruating women often have low iron. Your iron may be in the “normal range” but you may be on the low end and this c...Read more

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Children’s Corner - Immune System
December 21, 2016 12:19 PM

Is your child getting sick a lot? Perhaps they are bringing home viruses from school. Or maybe your baby has a rash or eczema. Here are three supplements every child should be taking:   Fish Oil Fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids which are very anti-inflammatory. Fish oil is excellent for the brain development of your child as well as for that dry skin that tends to happen over the winter months.   Vitamin D In North America, most of us are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D acts like...Read more

My labour experience – the vulnerable truth

My labour experience – the vulnerable truth
October 13, 2016 12:23 PM

I have been meaning to write down my labour experience for a while now. I find myself struggling to put things on paper as I am working hard to move on from the experience. So here goes. I was one week overdue and I hadn’t felt the baby drop. The midwife was adamant that I get an ultrasound and although I was very reluctant to do so, I felt I was forced to. The 41 week ultrasound showed a condition called polyhydramnios. This is when there is too much amniotic fluid. The speculation is that ...Read more

How to Avoid a Hearing Aid

How to Avoid a Hearing Aid
October 08, 2016 05:24 PM

Age related hearing loss has been associated with low vitamin B12 and folic acid. In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they found that the lower the level of B12 and folic acid in the 55 women examined, the worse their hearing was. Sometimes it’s not sufficient to just take a B12 and folic acid supplement. Getting your levels in the blood tested as well as looking at how well you absorb these vitamins are very important. As we age, the amount of stomach acid produced dim...Read more

Our new sign and website

Our new sign and website
September 10, 2016 03:23 PM

I hope you like the new website and our new sign!   Let me know if you have any questions or comments.