Spring is a wonderful time to get active under the sun. The benefits of physical activity are innumerable, but a major benefit is heart protection. For those already diagnosed with a heart condition, taking steps to prevent progression of the illness is critically important. But I would argue for the otherwise healthy it is just as, if not more, important to maintain habits for a healthy heart to prevent illness completely.
Spring is here! With the snow melting and weather warming, it’s the perfect opportunity to get up on your feet and out the house! Unless… it makes you feel worse because of the pain in your knees…
You may possibly have osteoarthritis. It is a condition where the padding between the joints – whether in the knees, hips, or fingers – wears down. This is different from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition. Osteoarthritis is more prevalent with increasing age, as the padding stiffens and thins out.
The chilly weather makes it the best time to pack up and fly away to warmer prospects. Whether you are planning to spend your days on a beach in Hawaii or Mexico, or wandering into more exotic locales in Africa or South America, ask yourself if you are prepared before flying off. Not just packed with plane tickets and passport. Have you armed yourself for the health risks the new environment will expose you to?
Different weather, different germs, different illnesses. These are all considerations to make before embarking on your journey. Even if your destination is a “safe” country, packing the right preventatives can mitigate the havoc the unexpected can impose upon your trip. Your packing list will vary depending on where you are going, how long you are leaving for, what you will be doing, and other factors.
Do you find yourself feeling irritated or down during the winter months? Tired or sleepless? The “winter blues”, as these times are usually referred to, happen primarily due to the reduced hours of daylight. Why we respond to the change in seasons is still not well understood. But the widely accepted explanation is the lack of sunlight impacts the body’s circadian rhythm – the inner clock that guides the bodily processes which we wake and sleep to. Some even respond with severe effects on mood, and may be diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, a type of depressive condition. READ MORE
Summertime is great for backyard barbeques! But before you dig your hands into that salty bag of chips or bite into that savoury hot dog, have you checked your blood pressure lately?
About 1 in 5 Canadians have high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension. The condition is also referred to as “the silent killer” – it is symptom-less, lurking in your veins until the time is ripe to suddenly cripple you with a heart attack or stroke. Hypertension is also linked to diabetes, kidney diseases, and dementia. Because of the lack of symptoms, many people may not even know they have high blood pressure! READ MORE
Winter is here. And along with that come the biting wind and the dry, cracking hands. Especially in Canada’s Prairies, unlike the West Coast, the air is anything but humid. Is there any salvation for those parched hands?
The key is in using a good moisturizer regularly throughout the day. The list of available brands and products are endlessly long. The decision is heavily based on personal choice. You may need to try several products before finding the moisturizer with the best effect and perfect feel. However, as a starting point, try the following tips: READ MORE
The seasons have changed. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and many individuals may find this time of the year brings on difficulty sleeping. The changing environment definitely impacts our circadian rhythm, which play a part in sleep and energy levels. Coupled with some of the most stressful times of the year it is a recipe for worrisome and restless nights.