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Maintain your joint health with Nature’s Way Joint Movement Glucosamine. While you’re more likely to get arthritis as you age, two thirds of people with arthritis are below the age of 65. Most people with arthritis experience chronic pain, fatigue, restricted mobility, lowered mood and other symptoms that can combine to erode their quality of life. For millions of Canadians, arthritis can threaten their ability to enjoy freedom of movement, productive work, restful sleep, and an existence free of unnecessary pain. Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects 4.6 million Canadians – in other words, one in every six adults is dealing with chronic pain and discomfort daily. The Most Common Type of Arthritis Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more Canadians than all other forms of arthritis combined and often referred to as the “wear-and-tear” kind of arthritis. Osteoarthritis leads to the breakdown of cartilage (the

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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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Why the keto diet sucks

Everywhere you turn these days, it seems someone is talking about the “keto” or ketogenic diet. There’s even supplements to help the body go into ketosis. And while the keto diet may seem like a new breakthrough, it’s actually been around for about 100 years. It’s been used by doctors to help those with morbid obesity to lose weight fast when their lives are at risk. Some athletes have also taken advantage of it. Some key thoughts around ket; you’ll notice a change in body odour and it’s not very nice. It’s in many ways forcing your body to shut down and can wreak havoc on your organs. But for some, it can be beneficial when medically supervised. The keto diet for those over 55 can present a whole other set of dangers, so it’s critical you speak with your doctor. Especially if you already have kidney issues. You really

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Yoga for managing chronic pain

Gentle movement, breathing techniques and meditation allow us to work with pain and create habits to improve our wellbeing on both good days and bad. This article is not about how you can heal your pain through yoga. I think one of the worst things we can tell people with chronic pain is, “I have the solution—I can fix you,” because you’ve heard it a million times. You’ve probably tried a million different things, too. Recommendations about diet, exer- cise, doctors and clinics. “My friend’s brother said this,” etc. What I can share with you is a tool you can use to help deal with pain. Gentle movement patterns for the good days to keep the blood flowing and your joints moving and mindfulness techniques for when the pain takes over and it seems to be all you can think about. Chronic pain, no matter where it is experienced, is

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An easy guide to understanding hormones

Hormones do more than just alter our moods. Hormones are fast-acting chemical messengers that circulate through the bloodstream communicating with different organs, forming the endocrine system. Hormones are produced selectively within major endocrine glands such as the pineal and pituitary glands in and near the brain, the thyroid and thymus glands in the upper chest and throat region, the adrenals and the pancreas near the kidneys, and the gonads (ovaries and testes in females and males, respectively). Hormones are carefully regulated in the body to keep us in balance. The glands and their hormones have specific functions in the body. For example, the pituitary regulates growth as well the functioning of the other glands in the endocrine system. One interesting hormone it regulates is oxytocin, the hormone that causes the contraction of the uterus during pregnancy. Oxytocin is also known as the “love” hormone in science because it appears to

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The benefits of staying fit as we age

Aging is an inevitable aspect of life. Here are a few tips to improve your quality of life as you age. An annoying fact of life is aging. It happens to all of us and it can sneak up on us. The good news is that maintaining an active lifestyle has positive benefits on our overall health, which in turn can improve quality of life. Almost half of Canadians are now over the age of 45, and many are looking for ways to stay active or get in better shape as the years pass. We tend to think of gyms, sports clubs, and road races as being designed only for young svelte athletes.  The reality however is that more adults are making choices to ensure they stay fit through their senior years. Marlene Sykes, Coach for the Newmarket Road Runners agrees that she has noticed an increase in the ages

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The 5 pillars of wellness

lness is a journey, and we define it by the five pillars of health, lifestyle/adventure, nutrition, fitness, and mental wellbeing. We often hear the words health and wellness tagged together, but really, health is a part of wellness. We see more magazines, books, podcasts and blogs about wellness, but it can be confusing at times and defining it can be like tossing sand in the wind. At Silver, we believe that wellness is defined by five main pillars. Taken together, they comprise what it means to be well⁠—to be happy, and fulfilled. Wellness is about looking after oneself. When we look after ourselves, we can create our own best lives. And also help others, especially those who mean the most to us. The good news is, you don’t have to go to extreme efforts to live a life of wellness. Small changes in daily habits and thinking a little differently

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When anti-depressants aren’t enough

Seventeen years ago, Dr. Stuart Eisendrath piloted research into the therapeutic effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on people experiencing clinical depression. Ever since, he has been helping those who struggle with depression dramatically improve their symptoms and quality of life by changing how they relate to their thoughts and feelings. In When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression (New World Library, October 1, 2019), Dr. Eisendrath outlines an easy-to-implement MBCT program that has been scientifically proven in a U.S. National Institute of Health study to bring relief to chronic sufferers of depression by helping them realize that their thoughts are not their reality.  We hope you’ll enjoy this Q and A with him about the book. Q: What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)?  A: MBCT is a blend of some aspects of cognitive behavior therapy with mindfulness meditation.   Mindfulness meditation is an ancient Buddhist technique that has been secularized

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The greatest choice you will ever make

Life is a series of choices. Some choices we make are beneficial to our health. Others can be detrimental. Our current health and happiness equal the sum of our choices to date over the duration of our lives. Hopefully, we will continue to live to make more choices — but for how long? Sooner or later, as with life, we will pass onto our next journey — but will it be sooner or later?  Will we be happy and able to enjoy our remaining years? This brings us back to our choices. If we make poor choices, our health and happiness suffer. If we make good choices, our chances of longevity and vitality improve. Thinking that I am going to die sometime anyway, so I might as well take pleasure in poor choices for my health and happiness, is a dead-end mentality. The question is: Do you want to live

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