December 11th, 2014

Nutrition & your Metabolism Clinics 2015

Healthy eating is always a hot topic but one that can be very confusing. That’s why the Nutrition & Your Metabolism Clinic is a popular service at London Drugs. Developed by a team of dietitians, pharmacists and a physician, this clinic adds new value to your visit.

Nutrition

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January 25th, 2015

How happy are YOUR feet? (Bunions, Calluses, Corns)

How happy are

YOUR feet?

It’s time to squeeze your tender tootsies into boots again…and for bunions, corns and calluses to make their annual appearance…


After a summer of foot-freedom, it’s time for socks, shoes and boots. That often means footwear that’s tight or rigid enough to cause pressure and friction, or even alter the way your bones are positioned within the framework of your feet. Let’s take a look at the three most common foot complaints and what can be done to prevent or alleviate them. READ MORE



January 17th, 2015

Acne – Controlling breakouts

Acne

Controlling breakouts

acneAffecting as many as fve million Canadians, more people see a doctor for acne than any other skin condition. While it is true that teenagers are the age group most affected by the condition, people of all ages experience acne. In fact, roughly 85 per cent of the population will suffer from acne breakouts at some point in their lives.

At this time of year, though, teenagers are the most likely group to be thinking about acne. The stress associated with the new school year, making new friends, and so on can play havoc with the skin, causing breakouts when they are least wanted. Here, we share some tips on controlling acne breakouts. READ MORE



January 8th, 2015

Quit Smoking: London Drugs Pharmacists can help

cigarette-buttIt is estimated that a smoker will try to quit several times before finally stopping the habit of smoking, and the most successful quitters are people who have tried to quit several times. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to eventually succeed.

What happens once I do quit?

When you do quit smoking your body will experience a decrease in your blood pressure and heart rate, within eight hours levels of oxygen increase to normal in the body, after one day the risk of heart attack decreases and within a few weeks fatigue levels will decrease as will extreme shortness of breath while exercising.

Other benefits of smoking include having younger-looking skin, the return of taste and smell, and better breath.

What steps are recommended when quitting?

Writing down a specific action plan, determining the benefits of quitting, recognizing situations where one is inclined to smoke, determining an appropriate smoking cessation aid, and creating a list of activities that will replace smoking are all tools to help quit.  And a London Drugs Pharmacist can help you create and utilize these tools.

Other strategies for successful quitting include support groups and counseling.

Contact your local pharmacy to book an appointment with a London Drugs Pharmacist to learn about all the options to help quit smoking.



January 5th, 2015

Boost your COLLAGEN

Boost your

COLLAGEN

for more youthful, vibrant skin…

Have you noticed that your skin is showing signs of aging? That lines are appearing where once your skin was smooth, and the glow of youth is fading fast?

Although aging is inevitable, looking prematurely old isn’t, and much of the time, the signs we associate with growing older can be put off for a few more years. READ MORE



December 27th, 2014

Motivation: what is it?

Taking care of ourselves may sometimes feel like a full-time job. Eating healthy foods (this includes planning, shopping for and preparing meals), getting enough sleep, taking medicine, if needed, and finding time to manage stress is very demanding. How does a body stay motivated to do it all? What is motivation anyway?

Motivation is the force that drives us to behave in a certain way. Some simple examples relate to our body’s physical and emotional needs such as the need for sleep (fatigue), the need for food (hunger) and for social interaction (need for belonging).  But it is much more complicated than that. What drives us to eat low fat cheese when higher fat types taste better? What drives us to walk that extra block even though we are tired? READ MORE



December 5th, 2014

Maintain your brain!

Recent statistics indicate North Americans are living longer than ever. Canadian children born between 2007 and 2009 have a life expectancy of 79 years (boys) and 83 years (girls). In 2012, life expectancy the United States reached an all-time high of 81.2 years (girls) and 76.4 years (boys).

This exciting development is cause for celebration. Given the chance to live a long time, how can we age well? Many of us know a healthy diet and fitness will benefit our body- does that translate into our mental health too? Can we protect our brain from mild age-related decay or more serious diseases like Alzheimer’s?

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