Immune System.

If You Think You're Going To Catch A Cold, You Probably Will

AFP / Relax News | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living

Think positive thoughts.

5 Ways To Make Cold Weather Training More Bearable

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

It's getting dark and cold here in Canada. Cold weather and less sunlight changes your body in a few different ways. Here are five tips that can help you conquer the cold weather and stay on track with your fitness goals.

12 Ways To Stay Healthy During Cold And Flu Season

Andrea Sarjeant | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Sarjeant

The food that we eat and our lifestyle habits can either boost or impair our immune system. Discover the key nutrients, foods and habits to adopt to help reduce the chance of catching something nasty, and to help speed recovery if you do.

Top 5 Cold And Flu Fighting Supplements

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Cold and flu season is upon us! The usual advice to fight off colds and the flu? Plenty of fluids and lots of rest to let your body fight off the virus. But productive people want to know: isn't there anything else I can do for some extra cold and flu-fighting power?

Antioxidant-Rich Elderberry Can Help with Weight Loss

Carl Thompson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Living
Carl Thompson

Effective, safe weight loss is about more than dieting. It's about maintaining a healthy lifestyle: good nutrition and often, regular exercise. But sometimes the ability to stay active can be hampered by injuries or fatigue -- and one of the main causes of such discomforts is inflammation. Luckily, elderberry can help.

5 Ways to Cope With the Stressful Fall Season

Bryce Wylde | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living
Bryce Wylde

We're well into September which means we've entered a shift in our activities: vacations have wrapped up, kids are back at school, the days are getting shorter and we're all dealing with a routine shake-up. These changes add pressure to both parents and children alike. I've rallied up a few pointers on easy diet and lifestyle changes to adopt over the coming months to reduce stress, increase energy and boost overall wellness.

10 Foods That Will Boost Your Immunity

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living

Battling a summer cold? Time to go grocery shopping.

It Is Possible to Counteract (Some) Drug Allergies

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Desensitization, which involves gradual reintroduction of a drug, starting with very small doses, makes it possible for some people to take a medication that would normally trigger an allergic reaction. The procedure, of course, must be done under direct supervision of a health-care professional in case you develop a severe reaction.

How the Digestive System Affects Autism

Dr. Derrick MacFabe | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Derrick MacFabe

The finding that metabolism and genes in autism may not be irreversibly damaged but can actually be altered by compounds produced from bacteria, provides an important link between the gut and brain in autism, and validates the stories that families have been telling us.

It's Been a Rough Year for the Flu Vaccine

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Now that the flu season is coming to an end in Canada, many public health officials will be taking a look back to reflect on the year to see what went right and what went wrong. Upon closer inspection of the details, the problems deal more with unforeseen circumstances than error.

Can You Really Wipe Out Allergies By Washing The Dishes?

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Living

When it comes to washing your dishes, you might want to leave some bacteria behind. A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatric...

Three Holiday Foods to Boost Immune Health

Jane Dummer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

You may think it's more difficult to be healthy over the holiday season, but many of your favourite holiday foods are stuffed with nutrition. When you practice portion control and tweak preparation techniques, you'll cruise through the season with the health benefits and energy to fight off any germs lurking on the scene. Here are three immune-boosting holiday foods to include on your menu all season long.

What's In A Kiss? 80 Million Bugs

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living

In just ten seconds, one kiss can transfer up to 80 million bacteria, according to a new study published in the journal Microbiome. Partners who ki...

Why You Need To Get a Flu Shot ASAP

University of Toronto News | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Very soon, people of all ages across Canada will roll up their sleeves for their flu shots. The vaccine is already available in many doctors' offices...

Study Uncovers How Long It Can Take To Recover From Surgery

CP | Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal i...

11 Tips To Keep You Healthy This Fall

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living

Now that fall is officially here, you've probably already noticed people sniffling or appearing a bit less cheery than they did throughout the summer....

You'll Get Sick Less If You Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Our efforts to stay clean have hampered us, leaving us with no opportunity for continual exposure to those lower levels of bacteria. As a result, when we do come into contact with them -- such as eating contaminated food -- we tend to have an increased chance of becoming ill.

Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the case of measles, the introduction and widespread use of the vaccine should have allowed us to put our fears away and look forward to a measles-free world. But now that future is at risk. The reasons are varied and will be explored over the coming years but in the meantime, the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

Why Oil Of Oregano Is Your New Best Friend

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

Most of us would take just about anything if we thought it might keep us healthy during cold and flu season. It turns out that there's some evidence t...

Beat Colds and Flus...Naturally!

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

The leaves are turning beautiful colours, there is a fresh bite to the air, and it's that time of year again -- cold and flu season! Below are my top five Cold and Flu busters for you, your family, and friends (who are not perfect 365 days a year...).

Thinking of Going Gluten-Free? Why Your Gut Will Thank You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro


From Brain Power to Belly Fat: Six Lesser-Known Benefits of Green Tea

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

Green tea can combat the lazy days of summer -- and the consequential love handles -- according to a study. If you haven't jumped on the green tea bandwagon, here are a few great reasons why you should start drinking it daily.

Read my Lips: Kissing is a Germy Affair

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The mouth is full of germs and all one needs to do is lick a petri dish -- or convince someone else to do so -- to see the amount and variety of microbes that lurk inside the oral cavity. By kissing another person, especially passionately, the transfer of germs is not just likely, it's inevitable...

The Evil Way Your Eyes Fend Off Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe eye is a complex organ and has developed a unique means to fight off germs. The eye has its own separate immune function to tackle a potential infection, which is called immune privilege. Research has since learned exactly how these peptides went about killing their enemies although the results are better placed in a Clive Barker novel -- AMPs manifest the well-known concept of death by a million paper cuts...

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.