November 12th, 2014

Stand up to “the sitting disease”

officeWorkerAs new labour-saving devices are invented, and as the digital world continues to expand, we are sitting more and moving our bodies less. Recent studies have pointed to the dangers of sitting, going so far as to suggest that even regular exercise is not protective.

“Secretarial spread” is the old-fashioned term for weight gain that occurs from hours of sitting. Unfortunately, this term doesn’t begin to describe the harms that actually arise. Studies have shown that excess sitting causes:

  • a reduction in fat and calorie burning
  • reduced circulation to the brain (resulting in a poorer mood)
  • weaker muscles
  • an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and death.

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April 8th, 2014

A Protein Primer

Whey? Hemp? Soy? Pea?

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Protein powders are produced from many different sources. How to tell which is right for you.
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March 25th, 2014

Rock your socks

Socks: They’re a staple of our wardrobes and come in various colours and shapes. Recently, socks have taken on a sophistication that can be bewildering if you’re not a card-carrying “sockologist.” From dress socks to casual socks, therapeutic socks to spa socks, our stores carry an impressive range from functional to fashion. Read on…

Socks can play an important role in preventing and ameliorating health conditions. Therapeutic socks include those that improve circulation and swelling, socks that help prevent travel-weary legs and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and socks specially designed for people with diabetes.

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September 12th, 2013

Acid vs. Alkaline – what’s it all about?

Ste1jpgCelebrities like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have recently brought the ‘alkaline lifestyle’ to the forefront, causing one to immediately wonder: is this another fad diet? What is alkalinity really all about?

Here are the basics: Your body must maintain a pH balance of about 7.4 to survive, and your internal systems work hard to maintain this balance. Your pH is impacted by the food and drink that we consume, which are either acidic (lower than pH 7) or alkaline (higher than pH 7). Over the last near century, our diets have changed significantly to incorporate large amounts of dairy, animal protein, processed foods, and sugar-laden drinks and desserts – all of which are acidic.
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August 30th, 2013

London Drugs reminds parents of key health considerations heading back to school, back to routine

shutterstock_110699252RICHMOND, B.C., August 30, 2013 – Children and adults heading back to school and to their regular routines this fall should take simple precautions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.

“Illnesses and infections such as a cold, the flu, pinkeye, and strep throat are common contagious conditions kids are likely to catch at school by touching multiple shared surfaces,” says London Drugs Pharmacist, Pindy Janda. “Hand washing is important all of the time but particularly when there is a change in routine – such as going back to school. Busy environments like schools and workplaces provide an ideal breeding environment for viruses and bacteria and prevention is the key to staying healthy.”

In addition to hand washing, Janda explains that it is important to practice good “sleep hygiene”. This involves choosing a fixed bedtime and awakening, avoiding daytime naps as well as monitoring caffeine and alcohol consumption. Getting back into a consistent sleep routine is one of the most important things for both children and adults.
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July 19th, 2013

Traditional Medicinals

Teas that help digestion

shutterstock_75091798A number of Traditional Medicinals® teas benefit the digestion, whether it be to soothe a troubled stomach, or relieve occasional constipation. Delicious Ginger Aid® tea helps calm digestive upsets including lack of appetite, nausea, digestive spasms, indigestion, and discomforts caused by gas build-up. Eater’s Digest® tea is ideal after a meal that has you feeling uncomfortable, to help the digestive process and prevent further stomach distress. People who suffer from indigestion will also appreciate Classic Chamomile® and Roasted Dandelion Root teas. READ MORE



July 11th, 2013

Medications & Healthy Foods

They don`t always work well together…

#1 Grapefruit

shutterstock_112506581In segments or as juice, they are the perfect breakfast food, rounding off the first meal of the day with a dash of citrus and making us feel fresher and healthier. But taken with medications, grapefruit can cause problems and may in fact be dangerous. Here’s why: Grapefruit, and many other citrus fruits such as Seville oranges and pomelos (present in marmalades and compotes), contain compounds known as furanocoumarins that interfere with the enzymes which break down and destroy some of the ingested medication. READ MORE



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