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Health & Wellness Articles

How Can We Cope With Forest Fire Smoke?

Forest fires throughout the BC interior have exposed us all to health risks from breathing smoky air and many people are concerned about the potential harm to their health.

Humans have been dealing with smoke from fire for eons. As a result, there is a wealth of indigenous information as well as modern science from which to draw advice.

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Sun Smarts for Your Health

Sunshine time is here and like all living things we need it. Much as plants harness the sun’s rays through photosynthesis, our bodies benefit from sun exposure in many ways, probably only some of which we are aware.

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Managing Your Cholesterol

355 million prescriptions for statin drugs were written world wide last year for lowering serum cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, heart disease remains the number one killer after decades of statin use.

There is no doubt that statin drugs do lower cholesterol but what if cholesterol is not the risk factor of heart disease we have been taught to fear?

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The human body contains enormous quantities of potential energy. The average adult has 9000kcal of energy stored in each kg of fat. That’s enough energy to hike half-way across the continent burning 100kcal/hour.

You might be wondering, if I have so much potential energy why do I feel so tired? Most of us think we need to produce more energy by eating more food when we are tired. But what if we are tired because we are holding back our energy instead of releasing it?

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Recently a global news agency reported that in a study of 13 modern countries, Canada ranked 3rd for the most sleep deprived. It also stated that 1 in 3 Canadian men are getting only 4 to 6 hours of sleep per night. Canada’s ParticipAction Report card scored poorly with 1 in 3 children testing lethargic from not getting enough sleep. Clearly lack of sleep is epidemic in our society.

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There are many reasons one might feel sad and gloomy these days. Before you reach for the anti-depressant drugs, you could try these five dietary ideas plus one phenomenally effective energetic technique to help pull you out of the blues in a subtle but steady way.

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Cathy’s Comfort Drink – a Secret Recipe, shhhh…

Are you or your loved ones feeling sluggish and unmotivated in the winter months, especially after the holiday excesses?  Could your body be trying to recover from too much sugar, flour, dairy, and alcohol and other toxins? Did you put on a few more pounds this year?  Have you been getting every cold that comes around?  Do you have achy joints, dry skin, bloating and gas?

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Whole Foods as Anti-Depressants?

What is depression anyway? Depression in itself is not a true emotion. It is an amalgamation of many different emotions, including sadness, grief, loneliness, anxiousness, discouragement, and perhaps even suppressed anger. Saying you’re depressed takes away your responsibility for finding the underlying cause. It negates the emotion you are feeling and your empowerment to change it.

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5 Steps to a Slim and Healthy New Year

With Christmas over and New Year’s approaching what’s the easiest and most effective thing you can do to recover from the excesses of overeating, and the blame, shame and self criticism that goes with it? Here are some simple actions you can take to change your habit and jump start your way toward a healthier, slimmer, happier 2017.

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