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The power of omega oils!

Your guide to the various types of omegas and how they can contribute to overall health. We’re sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, but most are unaware of the other omega fats that play various roles in improving overall health. Dieticians know there are several omegas found in foods and supplements, but it’s important to know exactly what they are, what role they play in the body, how they contribute to health, and what foods contain them. ABOUT OMEGA-3 Omega-3 fatty acids make up a vital part of the human cell membrane. They have also been linked to everything from improved heart health, mental health, and bone health to decreasing liver fat, and inflammation in the body. They’ve even been touted in the slow-down of dementia. Omega-3 is referred to as an “essential” compound, meaning the human body cannot create it on its own and

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Health

Keeping your digestive system in shape

Showing that the entire digestion process is working smoothly, regular bowel movements are the foundation of health. Here’s how to keep your system in shape. No one wants to talk about or admit to it, but according to the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology approximately one million Canadians a year suffer from constipation. Regularity of bowel movements is individual: One person may experience three a day while another may experience one every three days. At least that’s the view of conventional medicine. Natural health practitioners believe that the bowel is the foundation of good health and having two or three bowel movements daily is essential in keeping not only the bowel healthy, but also the whole body. Essentially, if your bowel movements occur less frequently than your food intake, you are suffering from constipation.  Bowel movements are essential to a healthy body. Unless we cleanse the system of toxins daily, they

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Health

2020’s top 4 fitness trends

In order to go forward, we need to look backward. We are now in a new decade – technically, it’s a fresh start, but online, I see everyone using the hashtag “#2020” as a reflective noun. You know the expression, “Hindsight is 2020”? People are becoming a lot more mindful and aware of themselves and what is essential. They’re taking a deeper look within and into their past, in order to figure themselves out, instead of just looking outward for external gratification or help. So it’s only fitting that for an industry which used to be based on looks, the fitness trends in 2020 are shifting to be all about your mindset –  figuring out your wants, needs, and habits. This is a list of not just new and upcoming trends for 2020, but also current fads that are going to skyrocket this year! Each one designed to make your

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Health

A guide to nutritional supplements

Most North Americans don’t come close to meeting all their nutritional needs through diet alone. Three simple recommendations go a long way toward addressing this gap. In the last decade, more people than ever are taking nutritional supplements. Research shows that over half of the population of North America take some form of dietary supplement on a regular basis. Why are so many people taking supplements? Because they know they are not getting all that they need from their diets and realize that supplements make them feel healthier. Many studies have demonstrated that most North Americans consume a diet inadequate in nutritional value. Comprehensive studies sponsored by Health Canada and the U.S. government revealed marginal nutrient deficiencies in half of North America’s population. Moreover, with selected nutrients in certain age groups, more than 80% of the group consumed less than the recommended dietary intake level. While it is theoretically possible for

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Fitness

Health benefits of walking

We take moving and walking for granted. But loss of spinal motion – whether from a sudden back injury or from a gradual loss with growing older – can rob us of the simple pleasure of taking a stroll. And especially as studies show the benefits of regular walking, it’s smart to take a look at HOW we walk, and to be mindful of moving well. Most of us never take the time to focus on subtle asymmetries between sides as we step from our left foot to the right. But chiropractors, therapists and trainers know back pain, as well as ankle and knee problems, often result from the long-term muscle and joint stress of quirks in how we stand and walk. Increasingly, professionals use a new breed of “motion control exercise” (MCE) to treat people and literally improve how they move.  In a recent meta-study, or study of other

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Health

Treating arthritis with diet and exercise

Seeking options to treat her painful psoriatic arthritis, Johanna Legge, 57, says she found something “by mistake.” Her find was the Paddison Program, which she claims is the sole reason she has returned to good health. Rewind Johanna’s story to early 2013 when she lived in Vancouver. “I would have swollen ankles, which appeared like sprained ankles, and the medical community couldn’t figure out how I could sprain my ankles so badly, and not know when and where I did it,” she recalls. “I had no answer.” The pain was excruciating. “It felt like you put a vice-grip on my ankle. I also didn’t sleep when I had the worst flare-ups.” Legge was an environmental enforcement officer, which required her to do a lot of ladder climbing. Saw mills and pulp mills were among her many industry job sites. “I would go to work and shove ice packs in my

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Longevity

Adding digital to your will

You’ve got thousands of pictures and videos of the grandkids on your phone. Maybe more somewhere on your computer or in Google Photos or iCloud. Maybe you’ve got a Facebook page to connect with the grandkids as well? Following them now on TikTok? One of the fastest growing markets for smartphones and tablets is those over 55. And all that content gets stored somewhere online. We all want to and plan to live forever, but the reality is, accidents can happen and other unforeseen incidents. You want to be sure that those photos, videos and maybe other digital content, can still be available to the family. But trouble can arise when we lose our loved ones. Especially if those images are stored with a U.S. provider like Facebook, Apple or Google. Getting to them can take years and mean a U.S. court order. If you’re prepared to go through that.

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Health

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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Longevity

What to look for in pet food: is ‘human grade’ enough?

Make sure your best friend is getting the most out of their pet food. The North American pet food sector is a multi-million-dollar industry, between new brands coming out and older brands getting updated ‘make-overs’, how is the average pet owner going to navigate on what truly is the best for Fido? There are numerous things to consider, however, here are my top three:Ethical and Sustainable sourcing; Ethical and Sustainable sourcing; As a lover of all animals, I want to make sure the meat that I’m feeding isn’t just quality, but rather, it had a quality of life, from start to finish. I want to know that the manufacturer is picky with sourcing, and only deals with suppliers who also want the best for their animals as well, from transport right up to time of slaughter. Look for the Certified Humane stamp on the bag and/or the Global Animal Partnership

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