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Health

Okra; The Power Veg

Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers,” is a green flowering plant, which belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. Originating from Ethiopia, okra contains a heap of vitamins and minerals including potassium, folic acid, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. Okra’s rich vitamin C content and strong antioxidant presence also acts as an immune booster against unsafe free radicals. Vitamin C also stimulates the immune system to create more white blood cells, which can help battle other infections or viruses in the body. The unique vegetable is mucilaginous when cooked, which means it produces a slime-like substance. The mucilage is common in most plants and actually contains soluble fibre. In fact, eight medium-sized okra pods are estimated to contain about three grams of fibre. The bulk fibre has several benefits including helping digestion, cutting hunger cravings, and increasing satiety. Okra has been suggested to help manage

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Health

5 ways to boost your brain health

As we move age, we want to stay smart as well as fit. Keeping your brain healthy is just as important as your body. Here’s 5 things scientists say you should do. Exercise Daily: Sure it may seem obvious and we tend to think exercise is just good for our bodies. But it’s also good for the brain! A study by the Mayo Clinic in Germany found exercise increases our oxygen uptake, which is good for the brain. It showed exercise reduces cognitive decline. All you need is 20-30 minutes a day; even a brisk walk helps. A good cup of tea: Not coffee, tea. From orange pekoe to green tea, teas are just great for the old noggin. Coffee can help ward off Alzheimers, but tea is good for brain connections and neuroplasticity according to research. Proper thing what? Good heart health: Turns out, looking after the ticker is

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Health

Building a healthy relationship with food

How to embrace NO DIETS or FOOD RESTRICTIONS, and create a HEALTHY, LASTING RELATIONSHIP with food. First things first: Diets don’t work. The last thing our world needs is another diet. Diet culture leaves us feeling unworthy of experiences because of our weight, body shame, or lack of food control. We’re constantly surrounded by poor body messages that tells us to restrict ourselves to feel happy, worthy, and even loved. That needs to change. With intuitive eating principles and a shifted mindset you’ll have the opportunity to feel free when it comes to your relationship with food and truly feel like yourself again. If you’re like me, you’ve tried every diet with little success. I’ve gone from diet to diet, restricting myself from certain foods or taking unnatural supplements to see results. But the truth is, when I finally reached my “goal” weight, I still felt disappointed, unfulfilled and starved, both mentally and

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Longevity

Canadian government financial aid for seniors

We tend to think that most if not all seniors are okay during the COVID pandemic, but many aren’t. Or need an extra boost. Perhaps you know some seniors that could use these programs. Some have also been impacted by market losses. Here’s what’s on or being planned. Initially, on May 12, the Liberal government announced an added element to the Old Age Support program called the Guaranteed Income Supplement payment. Now they are adding additional support measures. Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) The GIS is available to low-income seniors and comes in the form of a monthly, non-taxable benefit that’s added to the OAS pension. The maximum monthly GIS for a single senior is currently $916. It’s also income-tested and reduced at a rate of 50 per cent when adjusted income tops $18,600, and is eliminated once income is over $40,593. This one-time payment for seniors is available to individuals

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Fitness

The art of Chi Running

ChiRunning takes you back to the natural and efficient style you had as a kid. I came into this world flat-footed and flailing with the upper body structure of an NFL linebacker—thanks, Dad—and the ground speed of the average Clydesdale. To further drive home my point, grade school gym class was less a time of physical activity and more a time to reflect on how best—dramatically—to avoid physical activity. After decades of perfecting my ability to fake injuries or illnesses not reported since the turn of the century, I ventured into the world of personal fitness. Slowly at first, with modest weight lifting and some aerobics classes, but pretty soon I was pounding the pavement every morning for a run. Soon, I was a regular at my physiotherapist’s office, on a solid diet of anti-inflammatories and wrapping myself in ice packs whenever I felt like rain was coming. Though there

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Longevity

Five Things Centenarians Taught Me about Longevity

A few years back, while writing the book Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise, I had the chance to sit down with several people who had lived past their 100th birthday. Much of what they said was similar, as if it were scripted. Common sense that we seem to have forgotten over the years.  While my new friends may not have understood the science behind their advice, they knew from personal experience that it was all true. Living a long life isn’t that hard, but it takes discipline. Here’s a bit of what they all seemed to agree upon: Never Stop Moving They all seemed to find a way to keep moving. One of them still had a gym membership, while others were sure to go for at least one long walk a day. In addition to staying fit and limber, research shows that

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Longevity

How to debunk a conspiracy theory

We’re hearing more and more about conspiracy theories these days. From seemingly benign ones to fantastical ones such as the world being ruled by lizard people. Some can be dangerous for people. Here’s how to debunk a conspiracy theory. Perhaps my favourite statement to people who start going down the rabbit hole of a conspiracy theory is to ask them; “have you ever tried to manage a project involving ten or more people?” If you think about that, it’s an easy first step to realizing why 99.9% of conspiracy theories are pure fantasy. So why do people believe in conspiracy theories anyway? According to Dr. Karen Douglas, a British psychologist who conducted research into this topic, that was published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, there are three primary reasons; The desire for understanding and certainty A desire for control and security The desire to maintain a positive

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Mind

So, Covid’s made you a Hot Mess. Now What?

If in addition to all things covid, you suddenly realize that everything in your life sucks, it may be time to make some changes. And if you’ve graduated from life sucks to official hot mess status, the sooner you fix it, the better. You may not even know where to start, so here’s a foolproof plan that you can work on while stuck at home to get back on track. Stop Blaming Everyone Else. This may actually be the hardest step. When things go wrong we tend to look at others and point the finger. But it simply can’t be everyone else. Taking ownership of mistakes and shortcomings is often painful, but it’s an essential step. Clean up Your Social Media - Nobody cares. Really. Read back through your posts and see how many times you complained, used foul language, or went on a full blown rant. It’s been said that psychiatrists can diagnose

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Mind

How to positively influence others

You don’t have to be a “somebody” to be a leader. You, just as you are, can be a positive influence on others and change lives. The word “influence” gets thrown around a lot these days. Once upon a time, it felt like I only heard the word “influence” in a negative con- text from my mother who was constantly trying to steer me away from hanging out with the “too-cool-for-school” kids. But today, the word “influence” has become a real hot topic. More than ever, leaders are looking to positively influence their teams in the workplace, parents are focussed on positively influencing their children’s emotional development, and people online are striving to become “influencers” in order to, believe it or not, influence people. But what exactly does the word “influence” mean? I’ll admit, leadership and influence aren’t things I grew up think- ing about. But as my journey has

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