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spring time
“By March, you’ll know”, read one article, on the topic of resolutions. In the early days of spring, you’ll know, it said, whether the resolutions made in January held any weight. Because spring is when our commitment to self-improvement seems...
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A new application is now available to help you keep up with your digestive health and keep track of any symptoms you may experience. Gi BodyGuard was created by the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. Armed with this information, you can proceed to talk to your physician with an accurate summary of your digestive symptoms should the need arise. Catherine Mulvale, executive director of the foundation, explains the benefits of using this free app: “CDHF’s Gi BodyGuard lets an individual communicate with her or his doctor in a whole new way. With just a few clicks using Gi BodyGuard, users can quickly, confidently and privately: Record symptoms including location and pain severity Note stool...
spring preparation
For all the goodness that comes from winter—skating, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, hot chocolate, warm fires, holidays, sleeping in—there is an undisputed sense of renewal and newness that comes from springtime. I can feel the early rumblings of the changing seasons already. Talks of “spring cleaning” and “planting gardens” are already a hit with the retailers and, over the next few weeks, we, too, will start to make the transition from hibernation to coming into full bloom for the sunny days ahead. Clearly, I’m excited. Other than your state of mind, here are a few more ways to help you un-hibernate for spring: Taking care of your “inside”: Foods that are...
Piling Stress
We often think about what we can add to our lives to be healthier—fruits, vegetables, dairy, vitamins, water and even exercise. But improving health doesn’t just have to come from consuming—sometimes it’s the things we eliminate (like stress) that can have the biggest impact on our health. In an office or in your track pants at home, here are five ways to reduce stress while at work: Relaxation Response Technique : If you can spare just 10 minutes of silence and sitting still during your lunch break, this is the technique for you. Select a word or a phrase you like. It could even be the word “peace” or “calm”...
Health
Have you ever wondered how much you spend on health care per year? How much do we really need when it comes to financing beyond our provincial health care systems? The numbers might surprise you. According to one popular financial blog, the average cost of raising a child in Canada has risen in recent years, hovering somewhere between $180K to $300K, depending on the sources you draw from. In 2004, Statistics Canada published that, according to the economics section of Manitoba Agriculture, the cost of raising a girl to age 18 was $166,549. For boys, the figure was higher at $166,972. How much of those numbers contribute to health care...
light blizzard
I’m staring out my window right now and feeling a little torn: although I love the way the icicles sparkle, it’s also a grey, gloomy day. And it’s been raining for what feels like weeks! Around this time of year, these feelings are familiar for many of us. Being born and raised in Canada, I know the dark days will only increase—dark at 4:30? Ugh—in the weeks to come, taking good moods to new lows all across the country. So what can we do? First things first: ask yourself, are you SAD? S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common type of depression that occurs when light is in low supply....
New Year 2012
For the majority of us, parties during the holiday season flow in abundance. We overindulge, consume foods high in fat, and drink more than our fair share, all of which take a toll on our digestive system. This is often when we start to toy with the idea of making a New Year’s resolution. “I always make resolutions that are good for my health, to give myself a kick in the right direction,” explains Marjolaine Joly, 66 and retired, adding that she’s given the yearly ritual greater importance since turning 60. You’re probably good and familiar with Marjolaine’s resolution this year—she wants to watch what she eats to maintain a...

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