Wellness

My Kidneys Failed, And Yours Could Too

Todd Hauptman | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

Kidney disease is sometimes referred to as a 'silent killer' because approximately 90 per cent of BC residents with early stage kidney disease show no symptoms. The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. The BC Renal Agency encourages you to take their free and easy online assessment to see your risk level. Early diagnosis can often slow or stop the progress of kidney disease.

Why Some People Never Seem To Get Sick

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of vitamins, it seems to be a losing battle year after year. Yet some folks never appear to get affected. They just sail through this treacherous season without a hitch. How do these lucky few do it?

7 Ways To Reignite Your New Year's Goals

Jen Lawrence | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

This does not mean that you need to spend the next 40-something weeks on the couch, elbow-deep in a bag of chips. There are plenty of ways to reignite your resolutions and have year-end success.

The 4 Steps To Exceptional Living

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Using the principles I have developed over the years I have found a path to exceptional living. As a professional therapist I have been able to apply these principles to the clients I work with and have assisted them in achieving an exceptional life as well.

Start Breathing Like It's Keeping You Alive (Because It Is)

Gillian Mandich | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

By bringing attention to the breath throughout the day we can cultivate self-awareness. Something as simple as learning to breathe properly can have a significant impact on both your body and mind, leaving you feeling more efficient, productive and energized!

Expert Advice On How To Boost Winter Immunity

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Living
Christine E. Laprade

If you spend a lot of time on social media or watching reality shows, you might have heard of a high profile doctor or seen some posh black or gold caddies in some for your wellness feeds.

Here Are The 5 Best Nutrition Tips To Start 2017 Right

Abby Langer | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Let's start 2017 on a hopeful note, shall we? Especially with our nutrition. Let's make 2017 the year we all get enlightened, give ourselves some love, and start understanding what our bodies really need to achieve optimal wellness -- physically and emotionally.

3 Habits To Break And 3 Habits To Make This Year

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Habits are habituated behaviours which are acquired by frequent repetition -- these "habits" then become a regular part of our functioning. These practices can slip into our lives without us even noticing as they feel so natural. It can be very difficult to give up or break a habit. We often hear people talking about wanting to break a bad habit, but we shouldn't forget that habits aren't always bad for us.

Standing Desks And Sitting Desks Are Both Bad For You

Margot McKinnon | Posted 12.26.2016 | Canada Living
Margot McKinnon

Regardless of how you might spend time at your desk, both sitting and standing can cause aches, pains, fatigue and discomfort after a long time, simply because you are not moving. Sitting creates immense pressure on your disks and vertebrae -- it's a very demanding position for your spine to sustain!

Improving Outcomes For Patients With Inflammatory Arthritis

William Osler Health System | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada
William Osler Health System

By Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia, MD, FRCPC, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, William Osler Health System Patients hear it all the time: "It's just arthritis...

A Head Spa Experience Can Put Your Life In Balance

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

I try to care for myself throughout the year. Not just the holidays or when it is stressful at work. If I am in a more balanced frame of mind, I can t...

Columbus Ohio City Wellness Guide

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Christine E. Laprade

Ohio has been making headlines recently. I was in town last month for my very first time and I can't believe how little publicity Columbus is getting,...

6 Simple Habits Of Happy, Healthy, And Fit People

Todd Hauptman | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

For decades, we have been told that diet and exercise are essential to our overall health and wellbeing yet there are still significant underlying health problems in North America. Nearly 11 million Canadians have diabetes and more than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. These statistics show that despite the variety of diet and fitness fads there continues to be a major global obesity problem.

Canadians Are Living Longer Than Ever -- But There's A Twist

Ted Bruce | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Ted Bruce

If you asked Canadians why life expectancy in our country continues to rise -- now 79 years for men and 83 for women -- many might attribute the increase to advances in medicine, such as new pharmaceutical research and surgical interventions. Scientists working in labs, in other words. It's not so simple.

Family Meal Planning Tips To Get You Through The Winter

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

With the shorter days, many of us are inclined to go into hibernation mode, snuggling on the couch under warm blankets and ordering takeout. By getting the whole family involved in meal planning you ensure that the task of feeding your family healthy meals doesn't fall all on one person's shoulder.

A Step-By-Step Method To Employ The Power Of Patient Activation

Dr. James Aw | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. James Aw

One of the buzzwords in the medical profession is something called "patient activation." That's the challenge of enlisting regular people in health maintenance. To state it more plainly, it's all about trying to get people interested in saving their own lives. Which seems like it should be pretty easy, doesn't it?

Losing Weight: What You Eat Is More Important Than When You Eat

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

Stop me if you've heard this one -- "Whatever you do with your diet, DO NOT skip breakfast." Eating first thing after we wake is one of the dictums of dieting and we've all heard it so many times we don't question why we are eating, even if we may not be hungry.

Plan A Pet-Friendly Escape To Seattle

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Travel
Get Leashed Magazine

While perhaps not as famous as its coffee or penchant for precipitation, Seattle's uncanny canine distinction makes it an ideal place to visit with your dog.

8 Ways To Lead A Grateful And Healthy LIfe

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Gratitude is a state of feeling grateful towards something or someone, and it comes from the Latin word "gratus," which mean pleasing, agreeable and thankful -- so to be grateful is to be filled with thanks.

Want Good Mental Health? Then Get Ready To Move The Mind

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Thoughts and feelings without movement can become toxic, limiting us and keeping us away from what we need. Consequently, movement is essential to our life and health. There is no exceptional living without movement.

This Is Not Your Average, Sugary Smoothie

Dr. Rhea Mehta | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Rhea Mehta

Fortunately, not all smoothies are unhealthy or dangerous -- in fact, green smoothies, when made with the correct vegetable to fruit ratio, along with healthy fats and plant proteins, not only provide greater nutrition than many common sit-down meals, but also serve as an easy, real-food alternative to many dubious prescription medicines.

Why To Make New Year's Resolutions In The Fall

Gillian Mandich | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

By identifying areas of opportunity for growth and development in your life and committing to starting today (as opposed to waiting for News Year's resolutions in January to roll around) you can assess areas of your life that require attention and immediately start to take action.

I Was One Of The Many Students Facing Depression And Anxiety

David Easey | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
David Easey

The winter semester has just ended, and instead of feeling relaxed and elated, I feel tense, exhausted and utterly tortured. The last few months of university had proven to be extremely challenging for me. I could barely manage to stay afloat. The pressure felt overwhelming, and the cracks in my life were becoming fissures.

Your Family Doesn't Have To Get Sick This Fall

Dr. Bryn Hyndman | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Bryn Hyndman

With the change of pace September brings, shopping for school supplies isn't the only way to get ready for the new season. The return to a busy routine and communal environment can take a serious toll on the health and wellness of everyone in the family. To avoid getting sick and to minimize stress, making simple lifestyle changes during the month of September will help you and your kids ease into the back to school routine.

Frequent Sex Is Good For Some, But Not All

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living

Don't get too excited.