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Bless you
Ever wonder why we say “bless you” when someone sneezes? The history may surprise you. The etymology of the phrase isn’t exactly known, unfortunately, but there are several different theories about where it originated; a little research reveals that there...
Breakfast
If you think having good digestion is out of your control, guess again. There are things you can do to help get your tummy on track to better health, today, says Toronto-based personal trainer Nathan L. Jackson, CSCS. And the bonus? They won’t cost you a thing! Just a little effort and patience. Here are Nathan’s tips to help get your tummy on track. Cardiovascular exercise. Walking, running, hiking or group fitness classes are all good options. Decreasing stress. By incorporating some time to relax, you can ward off many common digestive problems, says Nathan. He suggests gentle exercises, like yoga or thai chi to get started. Pace your workouts....
Stress
You’re doing all the right things to take control of your health, like drinking plenty of water, exercising and keeping up a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, grains and some yogurt to help promote important things like digestive health. But you feel something’s still not quite right. Experts say you may have to look no further than the stress you’re carrying around. Stress can greatly impact our digestion and general health. When stress levels are elevated, all parts of our system begin to suffer, despite how clean we’re eating or how “well” we think we’re taking care of ourselves. Untreated symptoms of stress can eventually lead to other problems in...
Music
They say that “music soothes the savage breast.” Depending on what you’re listening to, it can have a calming or stimulating effect on your body. But did you know that music can also impact your health? Music therapists, for example, not only use music to treat anxiety disorders, but also to improve the quality of life of people suffering from illnesses like cancer. Music can have an impact on blood pressure, heart rate, depression, pain and even insomnia. If you’re in the market for relaxing, stress-relieving music, opt for genres that slow down your heart rate, like classical music. We advise against rock or high-energy music, as they tend to...
Cleaning
These days cleaning your home isn’t just about getting it to gleam—it’s about making it clean and green, too, both for the benefit of your family’s health and the environment. To save yourself a little time in the store aisles, being armed with a little research beforehand can make a world of difference, especially on your budget. Ask yourself what common products you use in your home, like paper towels, dish soap, laundry detergent and oven and bathroom cleaners. Make a list of those items and then source out their “greener” counterparts or search for what environmentally-friendly items you already have in your home, like white vinegar (add a little...
Young Boy with grandfather
There are some wonderful traits we can thank our parents for, like lovely eyes, good skin and a quirky sense of humour. But there are some things we can inherit from mom and dad, like heart disease, that aren’t quite as revered. But experts say that doesn’t mean you’re helpless to change the future of your family tree. Toronto-based family doctor, Haley Draper, MD, says heart disease that runs in the family, especially in immediate relatives like your mother, father, brother or sister, could pose a threat to your heart health if precautions with your lifestyle aren’t taken early on. “Heart disease is heredity, which means that, right away you’re...
Cold mask
Every culture has its traditions. From cuisine to art to music to religion to health, the way we handle certain things in our lives can largely be based on our traditions and on the culture within which we are raised. When it comes to health, for instance, using “anti-bacterial” gels and soaps is common practice in North America, while in countries like Japan and Korea, wearing a mask to help stop the spread of illness is quite common practice. But you’d be surprised why. There is often misconception that masks are worn to help prevent contracting illness, when in fact, wearing a mask is considered a courtesy in some countries—like...