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The Role of Pillows in Alleviating Neck and Back Pain During Sleep

Sleep is a cornerstone of good health, but it can be elusive for those suffering from neck and back pain. A common remedy? The often-overlooked and humble pillow plays a pivotal role in this narrative. It holds the power to transform rest into a healing balm, aligning the delicate dance between sleep and pain, and thereby influencing our overall health and vitality. In this article, we explore sleep health through a holistic lens starting from head to toe, recognizing that the journey to pain-free slumber extends beyond mere bedding choices. Understanding Posture and Its Impact The story begins with posture—our daily dance with gravity, where every tilt and turn influences our nocturnal comfort. In the hustle of our digital age, where screens become extensions of ourselves, our posture whispers tales of the times. The tale most told? Forward Head Posture (FHP), a saga of our necks stretching towards the digital

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Elevating Halifax's Dining Scene
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Elevating Halifax’s Dining Scene: The Westin Nova Scotian’s Plant-Powered Revolution!

Vegan Moussakka at Seaport Social, Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Step into a world where culinary innovation meets health-conscious indulgence at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Westin Nova Scotian takes Halifax dining to the next level! Led by the visionary Executive Chef Chris Chafe, the Westin Nova Scotian culinary team is not just about accommodating dietary requests; they are on a mission to elevate taste experiences for every palate, including the discerning preferences of vegans and vegetarians. It’s no wonder the team has consistently secured a spot in the top two best restaurants among all the Marriott properties in North America! The Westin Nova Scotian proudly unveils an expanded menu, a haven for those seeking not just delectable flavours but also healthier choices. Embark on a gastronomic adventure at the Seaport Social Bar and Restaurant, where gourmet options like the enticing Big Crunch Black Bean

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Enzymes vs Bitters
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Enzymes vs Bitters

There are many digestive support products on the shelf, both over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and natural health supplements. While some are designed to treat only a specific digestive issue or complaint, others are intended to support the body’s own digestive processes. Two of these are digestive bitters and enzymes. WHAT ARE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES? Digestive enzymes are proteins with the role of breaking down food in the body. Your own body produces them, and they are present in saliva, the stomach, the pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and in the intestinal tract. Enzymes also occur naturally in foods you eat, including fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, and fermented foods. Certain enzymes help to break down different types of food: Health issues, genetic predisposition, or digestive disturbances can mean that your body is not producing enough enzymes to adequately digest your food. For example, a lactose sensitivity or intolerance can result from a lack of the

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Deepen Your Immunity

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH: PLANT MEDICINES FOR YOUR STRONGEST IMMUNITY We often step up our health regimens when cold and flu season approaches. It’s important to understand how your immune system works and that it is crucial to support a strong immune system to help protect your health. Certain plant medicines known as adaptogens offer powerful support in fortifying critical immune responses against illness and infection by proactively strengthening your innate immunity – your first line of immune defense! ADAPTOGENS – FOR YOUR STRONGEST IMMUNITY You can protect your health – and your family’s – by boosting the body’s innate ability to fight off illness. The key here is balance! When an immune system is overactive, there are greater inflammatory reactions (e.g., severe allergies, autoimmune conditions). If it is underactive, one is more susceptible to infections. A balanced immune system is your strongest immune system, one that responds appropriately, efficiently, and

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Cold and Flu Relief

COLD & FLU RELIEF WITH HERBS There are plenty of cold & flu over-the-counter products on the market that can help ease symptoms temporarily, but they often come with side effects like drowsiness, or dryness—and, once they’ve worn off, the symptoms rear back up. The key to recovery is to treat the symptoms PLUS address the underlying infection – so you don’t just get temporary relief – you get on the path to healing. We’ve got you covered with potent formulas that work to nip symptoms in the bud – and target the root cause of sickness by supporting an effective immune response against colds and flu! PROTECT… WITH DEEP IMMUNE® Before we get to talking about specific cold & flu products, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start with the most important step… helping to prevent getting colds & flu in the first place. To this end, it’s critical

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Stress-Immunity
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Stress-Immunity Link

The Stress-Immunity Connection Even at the best of times, finding balance amidst the fast pace of modern life is tricky. The stress response is instinctive – but physiological stress responses that helped our ancestors escape predators are now triggered by daily occurrences, like traffic or work deadlines. This everyday stress accumulates, disrupting your sleep, mood and natural defenses against illness and infection. Stress management is key for supporting the strong immunity you need to protect your health! We’re all familiar with some sensations of feeling “stressed out”: tight shoulders and neck, quickened heart rate, a knot in your stomach, feeling hot and sweaty, or distracted and unable to focus. BUT stress is not just perceived stress. It is the body’s reaction to any change that requires your body to respond or adjust. In other words, stress can sneak up on you without you even realizing it! Healthy amounts of stress

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Natural Relief For Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Heartburn and reflux can be irritating or downright painful – affecting approximately 1 in 5 adults. Heartburn/ GERD occurs when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach (esophagus). While the burning sensation after eating is a signature indication of heartburn – it can also trigger other symptoms, including: Heartburn can occur to anyone, as a one-off or an incident linked to specific triggers. Some medications, pregnancy, smoking, body weight, sedentary lifestyle or having structural digestive issues, like hiatal hernia or weakened esophageal sphincter are all contributing factors. Many foods and beverages can trigger heartburn as well, including chocolate, citrus, peppermint, alcohol, tomato-based, fried, spicy, and fatty foods. Overeating, laying down after eating and wearing restrictive clothes can also lead to the uncomfortable “burn” of reflux. Fortunately – there is relief! Herbs can help to relieve the discomfort and quench the burn!

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Ashwagandha
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Ashwagandha – An Ancient Herb, Ideal For Modern Lifestyles

There’s no doubt about it – modern lifestyles can be stressful! We’re all looking for ways to live healthier, fuller lives. It’s no surprise then, that there is a surge in popularity of adaptogens, which have been used for millennia to address physical and mental stresses. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that has become more popular in recent years, where people have looked to this powerful herb to help manage day-to-day stress, improve energy and endurance, and support hormonal health. Ashwagandha – or Withania somnifera – is arguably the most prominent herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as the “Prince of herbs”, it has long been revered as a powerful rejuvenating tonic that supports resiliency and longevity. Ashwagandha’s use is found in sacred Ayurvedic texts, described as “rasayana” – one that promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness. Its name comes from the Sanskrit words “’ashva’, meaning

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Canadian Bitters
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Naturally Strong Digestion With Bitters

Naturally Strong Digestion with Bitters Heartburn, indigestion, constipation, and bloating are all familiar – and uncomfortable – symptoms of sluggish digestion. But there’s a way to stimulate your digestion and address the underlying issues of digestive discomfort – naturally and simply. Digestion is a cascade of physiological events that starts before you even put food in your mouth. That anticipatory “mouth watering” effect that happens before a delicious meal is your digestive process being sparked by sight and aroma! Bitters provide a similar effect when taken before a meal. When we eat bitter foods it stimulates specific receptors on the tongue that send messages to the brain, which prompts the release of a hormone known as “gastrin”, promoting the secretion of gastric acid. Using traditional bitters strengthens digestion and helps to set its process in motion, with benefits including: Reduced heartburn and indigestion Contrary to popular belief, inadequate stomach acid

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