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Let’s Exhale…

  Now that we’ve all survived another holiday season, let’s exhale and welcome the new year. Here are the top 10 benefits to practicing deep breathing on a regular basis: 1. Detoxify and release toxins. 2. Release tension. 3. Improve posture. 4. Improve energy. 5. Improve stamina. 6. Can assist with weight control. 7. Elevate mood. 8. Deepen relaxation. 9. Deepen meditation. 10. Free to do and very costly not to do.

our daily routine can be a pain … literally

We live in a world where we’re constantly in a hurry, juggling multiple tasks and carrying our belongings with us everywhere. And, believe it or not, this can have serious consequences on your back health. In fact, back pain sends more patients to doctors than any condition other than the common cold.1 Here are some common activities that negatively impact Canadian’s back health: Scenario How to fix it Commuting1: just like sitting at your desk, hunching over your steering wheel can cause your muscles to tighten, curving your back.  Over time this can result in long-term lower back problems. This is important for the 15.4 million Canadians who commute to keep in mind2. How to fix it: be sure to…

Fitness Motivators

  Do you want to be more active, but have trouble getting motivated? Starting a new habit and sticking to it is difficult for many people. So many things get in the way, and your favourite comfy chair or TV program can look very attractive after a long, busy day. But did you know that fitting in just 15 minutes of focused activity each day can start you on the way to an energized lifestyle? Who knows where it will take you! Here are some tips to help you get started: 1. Visit www.fitin15.ca Fit-in 15 is an interactive, web-based program developed by Canada’s Doctors of Chiropractic, experts in muscle and joint function, and champions of healthy living. Fitin15.ca has…

Heart Health Facts Woman Should Know.

Heart Health Facts Woman Should Know.     Nearly every minute, a woman dies from heart disease in the USA/Canada- it is the number 1 killer of woman.   Woman are more likely to die from heart disease then men according to the AHA.   Women are less inclined to call 911 when they believe they may be experiencing hear attack symptoms.   When it comes to heart disease, woman experience unique causers, symptoms and outcomes compared to men.In addition, certain conditions appear to increase heart disease risk in woman including pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, gestational diabetes, migraine headaches with aura, early onset menopause and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.   Woman’s heart attack symptoms are often different…

IS YOUR BODY READY FOR DREAMLAND

A bedtime routine can help you establish and maintain good sleep habits. These gentle stretches can be help you to calm your mind and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. STRAIGHTEN UP POSITION *Stand tall with your feet together. *Align your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. *Pull your belly button in towards your spine. BENDING STAR *From Straighten Up Position, move your feet shoulder width apart and raise your arms to the side. *Breathe in slowly. Bend your spine to one side, raising one arm over your head. *Slowly return to starting position. *Repeat twice per side. TRAP OPENERS *From Straighten Up Position, breathe deeply and let your head hang loosely to the front. *Keep your shoulders…

10 Tips for Proper Posture in Adults

FOR OLDER Good posture delivers increased energy, better breathing, improved circulation, and less wear-and-tear on your joints. If your spine is not properly aligned, your muscles and ligaments have to work harder to keep you upright and this can result in strain and pain. Try incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine and talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to keep your spine aligned and your aches and pains at a minimum. 1. Place a small towel or pillow in the curve of your lower spine to provide additional support for the low back when sitting. 2.When sitting, make sure that both feet are flat on the floor. 3. Sleep on your back or side rather than…

Broccoli Sprouts and their Medicinal Power

This month we are moving beyond “awareness” of breast cancer to taking action – beyond mammograms and ribbon displays. Because, really, they don’t stop breast cancer. Last week I shared with you the power of pomegranates (if you missed it, look up the previous email from us). This week, let’s cover broccoli sprouts and their medicinal power. Plus, I have a brand new recipe for you – the Broccoli Sprout Shot (see below). Many people assume that broccoli sprouts are the same as broccoli. Yes, they are the “baby” version of a full broccoli head, but nutritionally, they contain a few compounds in vastly higher amounts than mature broccoli, namely: Sulforaphane Best known as the “cancer cell killer”. Broccoli sprouts…

7 tips to keep kids’ backs healthy

We all worry about our kids’ health. Cold and flu, cuts and bruises are all normal parts of childhood that we stay on top of. But how often do you think about your child’s back health? Research shows that more than half of younger Canadians experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. (I remember once in high school carrying the vacuum cleaner down the stairs and experiencing such terrible and sudden back pain that it took an hour before I could even stand up again. I wish I had listened to what I had been taught about proper lifting!) There are a number of factors that can affect children’s back health, and fortunately we…

9 Foods That May Be More Nutritious When Cooked

Sometimes, adding heat makes veggies better for you in some ways. Here are nine vegetables that might be better for you when cooked: Spinach — This dark green leafy vegetable shrinks up when cooked, which makes it easier to eat more. And more spinach equals more nutrients! Spinach contains oxalic acid, which can hurt your body’s absorption of calcium and iron. But steaming spinach has been shown to cut the oxalic acid by five to 53%. Steaming also allows the spinach to retain its folate content, a B-vitamin that helps your body produce DNA. Asparagus — A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Food Science & Technology found that cooking asparagus increased its antioxidant and cancer-fighting activity (including…

5 Effective Low Back Exercises

We all have different pain triggers affecting the low back. Improper spinal movements, a fall, sport injuries and many other muscle strains can all make an impact. Watch the video below for five easy exercises to help prevent and potentially reduce low back pain. You may need more stability while others may need more mobility, so it’s important to check in with a chiropractor to make sure these exercises are right for you! #1 Diaphragmatic Breathing Start by laying on your back with knees bent. Place a hand on your upper chest and the other over your belly. This will allow you to feel the movement of your diaphragm as you breathe in and out. Breathe in slowly through your…

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