June 30th, 2015

5 Tips For Travelling While Pregnant

Are you planning a relaxing “babymoon” before your little one arrives, or are you preparing to travel for business in the mid to latter stages of your pregnancy? Here are some tips to make your trip comfortable and stress-free.

Here are some helpful tips to make travelling while pregnant comfortable and stress-free. Image from BabyCentre.co.uk.

Here are some helpful tips to make travelling while pregnant comfortable and stress-free.
Image from BabyCentre.co.uk.

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June 25th, 2015

5 tips to defend your skin against summer

5 ways to protect your skin from the sun

Don’t let the warm weather lull you (or your good sense) to sleep. Beware the sun.

Summer is upon us, and for all its glory the season makes a number of things perilously difficult. Getting a good tee time, for one. Booking a week’s vacation basically anywhere. And, yes, confronting ourselves before a full-length mirror, in our bathing suits.

What summer doesn’t need to be is an affront to your skin. Whether young or old, you should follow a few simple rules to ensure that the summers ahead of you and your skin are many.

  1. With sunscreen, the more acronyms the better. SPF indicates only the level of protection from UVB rays. Make sure to find a sunscreen with UVA protection as well, and go for an SPF of 30 or higher.
  2. Use lots of it, and often. An adult needs approximately 2-3 tablespoons to cover the whole body (the size of a golf ball)—and another teaspoon for the face. Reapply every two hours, as sweat, water and other factors can diminish its effectiveness. And don’t forget ears, nose, lips, hairline and feet!
  3. Kids aren’t simply tiny adults. Children have specific needs when it comes to their skin, which is extremely sensitive. Choose a delicate sunscreen made specifically for kids. Also, be nice. Spray aerosol sunscreens onto your hands first, then rub it on their face. (The other way around is certain to produce tantrums.)
  4. Stay safe by hitting the bottle. It’s not advice you hear often, since it applies strictly to suntanning. Basically, the safest tan is one you can spray on. Whether you’re looking for a hint of colour or to be festooned in Olympic bronze, you’ll find a cream, gel, or spray to suit your needs. Two caveats: 1) Obviously, a fake tan provides no protection from the real sun. And 2) Wash your hands vigorously after application.
  5. Aftercare is as vital as pre-care. Sun and ocean water can dry out the skin and leave it begging for moisture. Make sure to apply a layer of rich lotion or oil after you shower—and always wash sunscreen off at the end of the day.


June 18th, 2015

Breakfast of champions recipes

Tip: Whole nutmeg may be sold still encased in a brittle, brown shell, or the shell may be removed. If necessary, remove the shell using a nutcracker. Use a rasp grater, such as a Microplane, to grate fresh nutmeg.  It has an incredible aroma and imparts a much more pronounced and exotic flavour to foods than the ground nutmeg sold in the spice section.

Tip
Whole nutmeg may be sold still encased in a brittle, brown shell, or the shell may be removed. If necessary, remove the shell using a nutcracker. Use a rasp grater, such as a Microplane, to grate fresh nutmeg. It has an incredible aroma and imparts a much more pronounced and exotic flavour to foods than the ground nutmeg sold in the spice section.

Morning glory muffins

(Makes 12 muffins)

These popular, wholesome muffins combine the chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavours of apple, raisins, coconut, and spices. They’re a perfect way to start the day—or enjoy one as a snack!

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
12-cup nonstick muffin pan, generously sprayed
with vegetable oil cooking spray

  • ½ cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup (125 mL) wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. (7 mL ) ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. (2 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated carrots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated apple
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) raisins or chopped dried apricots or figs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) canola oil

 

muffins

  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir in carrots, apple, coconut, and raisins.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites and egg.  Whisk in brown sugar, yogurt, and oil.
  3. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until just combined.(Batter will be thick.)  Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 24 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.  Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes; then transfer muffins to rack to cool.

 

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June 11th, 2015

Breakfast of champions

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Getting your day off to a nutritious-and tasty-start.

Mother was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day-and this is especially true for people with diabetes. That’s because skipping breakfast can lead to problems regulating blood sugar levels throughout the day. Missing the morning meal can cause an increase in the body’s insulin response, which may result in weight gain. And extra pounds, as we all know, is something people with diabetes want to avoid. Eating a healthy breakfast can also help you control your appetite and lead to better food choices throughout the day. Nourishing your body in the morning means you won’t be famished by lunchtime, which can make it tempting to grab the most convenient and calorie-laden foods.

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June 4th, 2015

Is your child at risk for type 2 diabetes?

LD.diabAn alarming number of children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A generation ago it was rare to hear about a child having type 2 diabetes—it used to be only adults who got this disease.  Not anymore.  Over the past 15 years, there has been a 10- to 30-fold increase in American children with type 2 diabetes, due in great part to higher rates of obesity and lower rates of physical exercise among children.  Most of the affected children and youth are between the ages of 10 and 19, and more girls are affected than boys.  Most are also from ethnic groups at high risk for the disease, such as those of African, Hispanic, and Asian descent.  Type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in Canadian First Nations children as young as eight years of age, and the incidence in this group is increasing rapidly.  In the next generation, it is estimated that the global incidence of type 2 diabetes in kids will increase by a whopping 50%.

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April 20th, 2015

Be water safe: Water treatment options for international travel

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It’s every traveller’s fear: Being on your dream vacation but unable to enjoy it because you’re stuck in the bathroom with a bad case of traveller’s diarrhea.

Most cases of traveller’s diarrhea can be traced back to drinking contaminated water. Hygiene standards vary across the world and, when you’re travelling, sometimes there’s just no way to know if the water is safe.

Sticking to bottled water is one option, but it might be hard to find in every location and it’s not the most environmentally-conscious option. Boiling water is another alternative, but it won’t remove all contaminants, and continuously having to create water-boiling stations can be inconvenient. That’s why travellers, especially those venturing to developing countries, need to think about their water purification needs.

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April 10th, 2015

London Drugs Diabetes and Insulin Management Clinics

Certified Diabetes Educators assist Western Canadians with diabetes management

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than nine million Canadians now live with diabetes, the statistic having nearly doubled since 2000. That number is expected to increase by 1.5 million people in coming years and will see one in three people with the disease by 2020.

With more than 20 people being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour, diabetes has become one of Canada’s foremost illnesses. In response to a nationwide concern over the disease, London Drugs has continued to grow its Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) Program. As part of that program London Drugs offers Diabetes & Insulin Management Clinics to assist Canadians with the management of their diabetes.

Beginning in May, Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are available on-site to book 45-minute one-on-one personal care and consultation appointments. CDEs offer assistance to people living with diabetes in handling their disease while also guiding them by making recommendations for therapy. During each clinical session, patients receive a personalized assessment, and advice on blood glucose monitoring, safe insulin injection and overall diabetes management. With an in-store Certified Diabetes Educator, London Drugs pharmacy patients have access to a health care professional who can work regularly with them to help manage their disease.

Over the years, the number of Certified Diabetes Educators at London Drugs has increased to 55 across Western Canada. With pharmacy at the heart of its business, all London Drugs pharmacists are provided with the tools to identify, assess and discuss individualized risks and implications for diabetes. It is during these Diabetes Clinics that people living with diabetes are able to gain a deeper understanding and learn more about their individual disease management.

The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that Canadians over the age of 40 be tested for diabetes every three years. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include a family history of the disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol as well as being a member of a high-risk group including those of Aboriginal, Asian, South Asian or African descent. Without proper management and care of diabetes, complications may arise in the form of heart, kidney or eye disease as well as potential nerve damage.

For full information on Type 2 Diabetes visit the London Drugs Health Library online or speak with a London Drugs Pharmacist at your nearest location. To learn more about London Drugs’ Diabetes Clinics, visit www.londondrugs.com/diabetesclinic to book your appointment.

 



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