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December 25, 2019

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Beyond thought

Floating allows your muscles to relax and your mind to reset. I’ll have more of that, please. Like any new experience, I am apprehensive at first. After showering, I slip into the floatation pod, reach up and close the covering overhead. I lay back, floating at near zero G in a shallow bath of Epsom salts. There is mood lighting and ambient music–or darkness and silence. You choose. Time passes. I begin to relax, the tension gradually ebbing away from body and mind. Thoughts surface and drift away. After an hour I slide out and shower again.  The experience is called Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). A one-hour session is compared to hours of deep restful sleep. It lowers cortisol levels, the hormone produced by chronic stress, and can provide relief to those suffering from chronic pain. I have my first float at The Compass Rose Health and Wellness centre

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Health

When headaches need medical attention

Headaches are common, and in some cases cannot be avoided. However, there are ways to reduce their likelihood. Ironically, for frequent sufferers, your go-to treatment could be playing a role. And sometimes a headache is more than just that and needs medical attention. Headaches are typically classified into three main categories: migraine, tension type, and cluster. The theories behind why these types of headaches occur are complicated and there is not a defined consensus. There are lifestyle choices that are thought to play a role, like extremes or irregularities in sleeping, eating, stress, and exercise. Where possible, these triggers should be avoided. Most mild, infrequent, headaches can be managed with self-treatment. However, there are some red flags that signal medical attention is required: Sudden onset (within seconds/minutes) of a severe headache Severity getting worse, as frequency increases Presence of fever, stiff neck, and/or altered consciousness Weakness, body aches, and/or weight

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Fitness

A how-to guide to a successful fitness transformation

My five essentials for getting in the best shape of your life—and staying there. Overall mind and body wellness is a journey, not a destination—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be broken up a little. Doing this work is hard. If it weren’t, everyone would be in shape. Here are five easy tips that will make this journey a little easier and more successful. Maintain a positive mindset  When it comes to transforming your body, the biggest key to your success is a having a positive mindset. It helps you stay focused on the outcome, but being positive and focused also encourages your body’s hormones to remain balanced. When you’re positive, you lower your body’s stress response, which lowers catabolic cortisol. Cortisol can stifle fat burning and eat away at lean muscle. Keep focused by celebrating small wins. I also recommend regular meditation, which will help reduce stress and keep

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Longevity

Supplements for sleep, sex and stress

We’ve picked out the best supplements you can take to boost your sex life, get a better sleep and de-stress a little bit better. Not everyone needs supplements and you may not need them all the time either. Sometimes they can help alleviate stress symptoms or get you a better nights sleep when you need to. CanPrev Adrenal-Pro blends essential nutrients and adaptogens to boost your energy while easing stress and fatigue caused by overworked adrenal glands. Take it to enhance both your physical and mental performance and for an overall improved sense of wellness. canprev.ca Preferred Nutrition  Ultimate Anti-Stress, formulated with natural ingredients, supports your adrenal glands and reduces the effects of stress, to relieve nervousness, promote healthy sleep and help calm and soothe. pno.ca New Chapter Holy Basil Force promotes calm and balance and is Non-GMO Project verified—ingredients are carefully reviewed for GMO risk all the way back

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Health

The 4 pillars of immunity

The four problem areas you need address if you want to stay flu free this season and beyond. Are you feeling under the weather this season? There are ways to prepare your body for this time of year by putting focus on the four pillars of immune health and providing each one with natural health support.  How to build a Strong Immune System Nutrition Nutritional imbalances have been linked to decreased immunity and increased risk of illness. To help the body identify, break down and dispose of invading bugs, our immune system relies on a diverse collection of nutrients. Macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and fat help our system build antibodies, which function to identify and remove viruses and bacteria. To perform to its fullest, the immune system also requires micronutrients like folic acid, vitamins A, C, E, B6 and minerals including copper, zinc, selenium and iron.  It’s best to get

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Longevity

Do sex and cannabis go together?

A study from The Journal of Sexual Medicine led by gynaecologist Dr. Becky Kaufman Lynn found that marijuana use prior to sex makes sex more pleasurable for women. The internet is full of claims that marijuana can improve sexual experience, yet, scientific data is lacking. So Lynn decided to lead a study at the Saint Louis University medical school after women kept asking her for advice about mixing cannabis and sex. The objective of the study, later published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, was to determine if marijuana use before sex affects the sexual experience, by how much, and what is affected. The study found that “the majority of women…

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Longevity

Is Facebook just a reflection of society?

Seemingly from every angle, Facebook is under attack, sometimes justifiably so, other times, perhaps a little overzealously. We are quick to blame Facebook as we are Twitter, Google, TikTok, Snap or any other social media platform. But is it really the job of those platforms to determine social behaviours and norms? Etiquette, and what is real or fictional? Perhaps we as humans need to also take a step back and look at ourselves as a global society and species? Facebook has become the punching bag for all that ails us on social media today, the focal point. But it is not Facebook that creates and disseminates divisive political content, that is done by political parties and very often now, foreign actors such as Russia and China intent on destroying democracy. Angry comments, fighting over who is right and wrong, sharing revenge nudes of exes, bullying, ghosting, throwing shade…these are not

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Longevity

Getting your mind ready for winter

This is the season when Nature lies dormant—but plans for spring. What can we learn from her? The season that will not be defined is winter. Many have complaints about this time of year: It is cold, dark, and gloomy. It is harder to drive, energy bills are sky high and we’re all stuck inside. I know, that is but one side of it but let’s follow it along a bit further. Winter as a place or time of internment is prison–Alcatraz was like that. One of the arguments for internment is to give the person who has acted outside of the law a time to reflect on better ways, to recharge and to prepare to contribute when the internment is over. Putting it this way, prison doesn’t sound all that bad. Winter is the season of internment. We have the “inter” of internment. Do we have the benefits? If

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Fitness

How to deal with shin splints

Most often associated with those who are active, this ailment can be kept at bay by taking time to warm up properly. Repetitive stress injuries can manifest themselves in a variety of ways and can appear all over the body. In athletes, most repetitive stress injuries manifest as common overuse injuries. This can occur with the “overuse” or continued use of a muscle or tissue without an adequate recovery period. Typically, the pain associated with repetitive stress injuries first appear when an individual is performing the causative activity, like running, for example. But, as the condi- tion worsens, the pain can begin to ap- pear in activities of daily life! An example of a repetitive stress injury is the dreaded “shin splint” or “tibial stress syndrome.” This condition is divided into two categories, Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) or anterior tibial stress syndrome (ATSS). Both MTSS and ATSS can are

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