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Archive for July, 2012

Clinic Tip of the Month: A Balanced Fitness Routine
Posted on July 31st, 2012

Aerobic Fitness: The cornerstone of most programs, aerobic exercise helps your heart and lungs function better as it increases oxygen in the blood. Aerobic exercise targets large muscle groups and increases heart rate. Swimming, dancing, and biking riding are each great aerobic activities. 30 to 60 minutes is the daily recommendations. Muscular Conditioning: Regular strength training assists in reducing body fat, increases lean muscle mass, and burns calories, thereby protecting the body from injury and increasing stamina. Resistance machines, free weights, resistance bands, and even homemade weights can be used to strengthen your muscles. Stretching: Aerobic and muscular exercise cause our muscles to contract and flex. It is important to stretch them out in order to improve flexibility and range…

Impact of Stress on Health
Posted on July 17th, 2012

A great deal of illness and disease is stress related. Stress is usually with us throughout the day and too often into the night as well. It impacts us environmentally, physically, emotionally, and nutritionally. Stress actually has the potential to cause weight gain. It also causes energy depletion, memory impairment, sleep disorder, stroke, changes in blood pressure, heart attack, headaches & migraines, cancers, and a lack of focus. When we experience stress, our bodies produce excess hormones that affect the brain and nervous system. For example, the hormone, Cortisol, sends signals to our brains telling us to consume more carbohydrates so that they can be stored in case of future stressful situations. Over the past 30 years the number of…

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Fruits and Veggies: To Buy Local or Organic?
Posted on July 3rd, 2012

This dilemma will spark discussion among all of us who love to eat fresh, wholesome foods for our bodies – especially in the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are abundant. So, what’s the best choice? Below are some facts to help you make more of an informed decision. Local – most often refers to produce within 100-150 miles (approx 240 km). Eating local produce means you’re eating seasonal and fresh (remember those yummy cucumbers from your grandmother’s garden?), supporting our local farmers and reducing our carbon footprint. Food for thought: in a society that loves the ease of eating a variety of foods all year round, eating local greatly decreases our options of produce availability. Organic – produce…

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