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Could a Vegan Diet Help Manage Type 1 Diabetes?

This first-of-its-kind research found that a plant-based diet reduces the need for insulin while improving insulin sensitivity and heart health. A plant-based diet has long been thought of as an effective way to manage type 2 diabetes. The disease, which is often preventable, affects how your body processes glucose for energy, which stops it from using insulin properly and leads to high levels of blood sugar if left untreated. This disease can cause serious damage to the body, mainly to the nerves and blood vessels. However, a healthy lifestyle contributes positively to type 2 diabetes’s onset and management—factors such as maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly, and filling your diet with legumes, whole grains, vegetables, and nuts, while limiting your intake of refined, processed foods and animal products is highly beneficial for preventing and treating the disease. But it’s a bit of a different story when it comes to

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Ruth Clapton
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My PMS was so Bad I Wanted to Die

Eric Clapton’s daughter Ruth diagnosed herself with PMDD – a form of premenstrual syndrome. She opens up about her hormonal rollercoaster A year and a half ago, I typed seven words into Google. A few clicks later, and what showed on my screen described me exactly. The result filled me with relief, but also, panic. Eric Clapton’s daughter Ruth diagnosed herself with PMDD – a form of premenstrual syndrome. She opens up about her hormonal rollercoaster A year and a half ago, I typed seven words into Google. A few clicks later, and what showed on my screen described me exactly. The result filled me with relief, but also, panic. What came next? The words I’d typed were “hormone problems in 37-year-old woman”. But before you yawn and look away, these really were problems. For half of every month, I felt as if I was going mad. I was so

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Sleep Apnea
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Why a Plant-Based Diet Could Help You Get Better Sleep

A recent study found that eating more wholefoods could reduce your risk of sleep apnea by 19%. Here’s a statistic that might keep you up at night: An estimated 5.4 million Canadian adults have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are at high risk of developing the condition. Troubling still, while considered a fairly common condition, it’s estimated that eight out of 10 Canadians living with sleep apnea are undiagnosed. The condition, categorized as a disorder that causes you to stop breathing while asleep, doesn’t just result in a poor night’s rest. Over time, sleep apnea can negatively affect your mood, lead to headaches, and promote disruptions in brain function, while increasing your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions. There are two main types of sleep apnea: Obstructive, the most common, which causes people to experience a collapse in their upper airway that leads to recurrent

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Fitness

101 Guide to Empowering Yourself: Alternative Sports Injury Treatments

With activities on the rise, so are sprains and strains. It’s important for today’s fitness enthusiasts to take charge of their wellness and explore potential treatment options for their sports-related injuries. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to just stick to the familiar. However, depending on the injury, various treatment options and methods are available. And, just like we introduce new activities to boost our fitness regime, so can we improve our approach to our well-being and recovery. So, instead of just having the sports medicine doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor provide a plan, Team Canada’s men’s soccer team’s physiotherapist Greg Bay says that “Today’s athlete is becoming more aware of their bodies and is coming to their sports practitioners with suggestions and options for consideration. So instead of being passive throughout the process, they’re actively engaging in their management plan.” The approaches may differ based on the overall treatment plans; however, as

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April 2024 Cover Story
Cover Story

Punch Your Way to Improved Mental and Physical Health

Boxing, specifically women’s boxing, has become extremely trendy, whether it be in the fitness space, amateur, or professional world. Interest in boxing gyms and classes has increased alongside the increased demand for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes that have gained popularity due to the efficiencies of these types of workouts. Boxing can be considered the original HIIT class because of the intensity and full body workout you get in 20 minutes or less. For those of us with busy schedules and barely enough time to complete our daily tasks, boxing can be the solution to achieving a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle without spending hours at the gym. Why Boxing? Boxing provides the ultimate workout for both your physical and mental health. And it’s an inclusive sport all women can participate in—boxing offers weight classes from the minimum weight of 105 pounds to over 200 pounds. Now, let’s get into the physical

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Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture
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Break Free: Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture

Stuck in a restrictive mindset that only makes you feel bad about yourself? Here’s how to shift the narrative—for good. Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon to see our mothers on diets. Depending on your age, you may have seen her ebb and flow through a myriad of diets, such as low-fat, the “grapefruit” diet, low- to no-carb, and so many more. Watching these patterns as children likely instilled in many women the idea that restrictive dieting, over-exercising, or engaging in crash diets was completely normal. With those patterns engrained in us, combined with societal pressures and messaging that urges us to compare bodies against one another, it’s no wonder many women have strained relationships with how they eat. And while, fortunately, movements such as body positivity and whole-food nourishment are becoming more mainstream, old habits die hard. We may still feel anxiety creeping in if our clothes suddenly don’t fit

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SL Keep your heart pumping
Health

Keep Your Heart Pumping

Take a closer look at what factors affect heart health. The heart never takes a break. It is the ultimate survivor. Even if you are physically drained and exhausted, your heart keeps pumping at about 4,800 beats per hour. But it is not invincible. Taking care of your heart should not be taken lightly. Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in Canada and globally, according to the 2017 Global Burden of Disease study. While there are multiple causes of heart diseases, health conditions such as diabetes and obesity play an important role. Diabetes increases heart disease risk Adults with diabetes are four times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke compared to those without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. The alarming statistics indicate that diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have a direct connection. Cardiovascular diseases refer to conditions that involve narrowed or constricted blood

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Why Saunas Offer More Benefits Than Just Relaxation

From improved performance to faster recovery time, here’s why you may want to stand the heat. As an active woman, you know the glow that’s associated with a good, hard sweat. You feel invigorated and accomplished, and you know you’ve done something beneficial for your body. But what if you could achieve that glisten without putting yourself through a rigorous workout? Enter, the sauna. While saunas have become more trendy recently, they’ve been used in different cultures for thousands of years. The original use for saunas is a topic of hot debate, but nowadays, many people regularly use them to relax or recover from workouts. But that’s just the beginning when it comes to the health benefits that a sauna can provide. What health benefits can you expect from the sauna? Thanks to the heat, the majority of health benefits that a sauna provides are related to blood circulation. A

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Joyful Movement for Health
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Joyful Movement for Health

Deciding to lose weight or get healthier is a big decision, one that many people put off. When they finally decide, they are immediately out of their comfort zone. If they sign up for a gym membership, a dance club, or even a walking group, they will immediately be surrounded by people who have been there, done that, and have a certain look and confidence. At least that’s how it seems to someone just starting out. One of the first steps many people take is to sign up for a gym membership. Few things are more intimidating than walking into a gym for the first time. Every direction you turn you see fit people, complicated machines, and endless walls of mirrors. Asking for help is beyond overwhelming, so you march yourself over to the treadmills and spend an hour walking in place. While walking is great and a perfectly valid

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