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American researchers have recently revealed one of the ingredients in milk may be necessary for the growth of Clostridium difficile bacteria.
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It's the middle of flu season and as expected, the virus is making its way through Canada. Thousands of people are struggling with the coughs, fever, and fatigue and looking for ways to deal with the weeks of suffering. Recently, a group of American researchers have shown a new means by which flu can survive and spread.
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It's critical that we start thinking about the effects of our long and dark winters on us now, so that we can take the steps needed to ward off the very real mental health challenges that can arise as part and parcel of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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Throughout this beautiful summer, now nearing its end, we have heard a lot of warnings about the UV index, and have been told to stay out of the sun. So, am I confusing people by saying that avoiding sunshine could hurt you?
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In the spring and summer, people are happier and spend more time outside, not only for the warm weather, but I believe, for the light. For me, there is nothing more energizing and uplifting than sunlight.When bright light enters our eyes, serotonin production is increased, and this makes us feel happy and alert.
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Whether climbing a mountainous terrain, swimming in a serine lake, or catching a glorious sunset, being in nature fosters well-being in infinite ways, including balancing our nervous system, impacting cardiovascular health, and influencing our mood.
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If you want your kids to grow healthy and strong, then vitamin D is essential for their diet.
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Warnings about excessive sun exposure because of potential skin damage and skin cancer have dominated the conversation. However, too little contact with the outdoors can also cause problems when it results in the deficiency of an all-important ingredient called vitamin D.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the oldest ailments in human existence and for anyone suffering from this condition, the symptoms can be unbearable. At the microscopic level, the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and as a result, aches. Trying to figure out how to manage arthritis has been the goal of many researchers.
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Smoothies are one of the easiest and fastest ways to get a bunch of healthy foods into a portable and delicious meal or snack. Smoothies are also great place to sneak things in that you may not eat on their own. This particular smoothie has a very special ingredient -- kefir (pronounced kee-fir).
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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?
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There are plenty of new sunscreen products on the market today and we're using them more than ever before. But with all the incidences of skin cancer, clearly something is wrong with the way we're getting our sun exposure. Here are three concepts to understand before you step outside into the sun.
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We need far more vitamin D than previously thought, according to two teams of researchers from Canada and the U.S. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is ten times lower than what we...
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Have you been watching the meteoric rise of vitamin D? Long ago I knew D as essential for regulating bone metabolism and protecting bone health, but today the list of D's benefits is an ever expanding one.
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As we head into a dark and cold winter (for some of us, it feels like it's already here), we'll start missing out not only on the sunshine, but also the vitamin D it gives to our bodies. "Our bodies...
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Catching some rays outside could be a simple solution to managing acute asthmatic episodes, according to a new study at Tel Aviv University. While previous studies cast a shadow of doubt over Vitamin...
A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign indicates that all-day exposure to natural light, even by means of a window, leads to longer sleep duration at nig...
The Canadian Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics say babies and children should get at least 400 international units (IU) or vitamin D per day. The vast majority of babies and children do not get close to this.
Taking vitamin D supplements to prevent cancer, heart disease, fractures and premature death provide few if any benefits, a new review of studies says. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, has been suppl...
Most often we get blood tests done, and if all is normal, we never hear another thing about it. If something is off, we get the call to either take one supplement or another, are advised to monitor and have another test done. How many of us actually say "Thank you, and please send me a copy?" You. Must. Start. Now.
Most of Canada and parts of the United States has been gripped in a cold snap that has seen temperatures dip below -40ºC in some places. While we may have little enjoyment from this forecast, in terms of germs and pests, this may actually be good news.
Contrary to popular belief, improving your health is possible with just a few basic habits that take only minutes a day. Follow my advice and try these simple, fast and effective tips below -- and I promise you will boost your total wellness and see a new healthy glow as soon as tomorrow's sunrise.
Someone once said to me: "For ultimate good health, instead of focusing on what you should be eliminating from your daily diet, focus instead on consuming the foods that will increase your wellness." Recently, my husband and I got a "speed-dating" style opportunity to hear what she has to say about including 10 particular foods that will "rock your socks off."
Every season in Canada has its positive side, but we all have one season that's more difficult for us -- whether it's summer's blistering heat, or winter's cruel cold. For me, it's the short, dark days of fall and winter. Here are some of the ways I stay positive and happy when the thermometer starts to dip and the sun's rays begin to wane.
Getting enough vitamin D has long been associated with maintaining healthy bones, and now a new international study gives some idea of how much supplementation an older person needs to prevent fractur...
Children born to women who had low levels of vitamin D during their pregnancy are more likely to have language problems, a new study suggests. Insufficient levels of vitamin D during pregnancy have b...
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Sick of feeling sick? Dr. Janine Bowring offers five steps to help you prevent and treat your next cold. We always talk about treating a cold or flu, but are there ways to prevent one in the first pla...
Although the dairy industry have done a great job in convincing everyone that they need to consume dairy products to avoid osteoporosis, the research doesn't support the claims. Much more important ar...
Oh, boy. Here it comes, I can feel it! "There's a new study out saying that Vitamin D causes skin cancer, can you comment?" I am really bad at not rolling my eyes and clucking my tongue. So if you sti...
What if I told you we can protect ourselves from the inside out and make our own delicious sunscreen beverage? Using some nutrient and antioxidant-rich powerhouses, I believe this drink is chock full of greatness.