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COVID and Gut Health

From long-haulers to nearly symptomless and everything in between, COVID-19 is proving to be a complex and nasty virus. New research is showing there are some symptoms you shouldn’t ignore when it comes to your gut. And gut health plays a vital role in your overall body health and even your brain health. Early on during the pandemic, Chinese medical researchers found that stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal) and some fecal-oral transmission was one clear source for the spread of the virus. While it was known that oral and nasal transmission were a factor, this added to the complexity of how the virus moved amongst humans. “…

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Healthy Recipes

Chickpea stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Perfect pretty much any time of year, stuffed with protein. A great side or even a main if you like! Ingredients 4 medium sweet potatoes 1 15 ounce can of chickpeas (or cook up your own) 1 Tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt ½ teaspoon black pepper (or more depending on your preference) ½ teaspoon cumin 1 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons tahini Crushed red pepper flakes for serving Instructions Cut the potatoes in half and bake for 45-50 minutes at 365 or until soft. Don’t take out the insides completely! Save some to scoop on top Mis together the cumin, spinach, salt, olive oil and blackpepper Place mix into stopped out potatoes Bake in over at 350F for 10 minutes Drizzle tahini on top Enjoy! Image Courtesy Pinterest by Ceri-Ann Loram

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Health

Menopause: Natural part of life but social taboo

In my house, menopause is not a taboo subject. I talk about it openly with my husband, two daughters and son, and I want them to do the same with me. After all, they are all here with me as I am transitioning into my third act of life. It really is a family experience. For the most part, the only people who talk about menopause are women near or in middle age. However, the more we discuss this change of life, the less mysterious and shameful it will become. Sure, there will be some discomfort and embarrassment around “the talk,” just like there is around the puberty talk. Yet about half of the world’s population enters this natural stage of life, so it seems a bit odd that we have reached a point after many millennia where menopause is still considered taboo.   But not for much longer. Western society

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Health

Can some drugs delay ageing?

Research into pharmaceuticals that can extend life is ramping up. Some existing drugs are proving interesting. In late 2014, a group of world renowned scientists in the study of ageing gathered in Toledo, Spain to discuss this very topic and they’re out to prove it can work. We’re not talking about those fictional stories of dialing back the clock to your twenties, coupled with all that learned wisdom that we’d like to do. This is research into putting on the brakes or at least slowing down the effects of ageing. The focus is mostly around age-related diseases and conditions. Drugs that can delay ageing or stop some diseases from progressing or even starting, could add many healthy years to a person’s life. That has social and economic benefits, including reducing the burden on health care and enabling people to live more productive lives longer. One such hot drug is the

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Health

Menopause Quiz

How much do you really know about menopause? Take our quiz to separate fact from fiction.

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Resonance

Equinox

Morning Zoom meditations with Yogi Yogendra Mishra. He is in India. I am in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chant the mantra out loud, then silently, then lie in Shivasana (corpse pose). “Om Shanti, om shanti, om shanti. Peace, peace, peace,” he says. “Become the master of your mind, or it will be the master of you.” It is the Equinox, the time of equal nights and days. Traditional cultures didn’t have atomic clocks, but they were aware of the seasons. They were more scientific than most modern humans, who can’t find north without a GPS. According to ancient traditions, we are moving into goddess energy – the fecundity of spring. Traditional cultures have their rituals, gods and goddesses, symbolizing the passage of time, the seasons, birth and death. They are in tune with nature. In Nova Scotia, for a few days in mid-March we have new snow. It is cold. I

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Mind

The pace of world change is accelerating

We all know that the only constant in life is change. For many hundreds of thousands of years, the pace of change for humans was fairly steady and to some degree, predictable. Until it wasn’t. Now, change is accelerating at an unprecedented speed. The pace of life is also accelerating. Much is due to our advances in technology. In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes said “For the first time since his creation, man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem – how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy his leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well.” Nearly a century later and while we may one day get there, we aren’t today. Perhaps in more dystopian terms, says theoretical physicist turned philosopher Geoffrey West, “Rather than being bored to death, our actual

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Fitness

Take good care of those feet!

We use them every day but we don’t seem to pay them much attention unless something goes wrong. Good foot health as we age is important. It’s kinda funny how much we use and rely on our feet, but we don’t do a whole lot to take care of them as we should. Because when we hurt our feet, well, that’s pretty much it until we get them better. When our feet are out of commission, it has a knock-on effect on our whole body from legs to hips and our spine. An ear infection can even toss off our balance and make walking harder. So here’s some things you can do to keep on walking or running or skipping or paddling or… Tips for Good Feet Health Start with shoes You need the right size. Sometimes, we might try a slightly smaller or bigger size and try to compensate.

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Fitness

Build a portable home gym

No, you don’t need weights — and bricks and mortar. Just a few pieces of adaptable gear that let you push, pull and get your workout in. Canadian fitness guru Nichelle Laus answers readers fitness questions in Silver and Optimyz Magazines. Q: With the gyms being closed right now, what equipment should I have at home so I can do online classes? A:This is such a great question, and I absolutely love it because it shows that there are people out there who aren’t willing to settle for a life of complacency or laziness just because gyms are closed. It shows people still want to move deliberately and get their exercise in, which warms my heart. Honestly, while gym closures have been hard on us, it’s also been an incredible opportunity for us to grow as coaches because it has challenged us to program on a whole different level. I’ve

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