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YMCA Choose to Move

YMCA of Okanagan. Health and Fitness. Your health is our bottom line. Are you over the age of 65, physically inactive and living with a chronic condition? Do you want to learn how to build physical activity into your lifestyle to support your health and over all well-being? Are you interested in meeting new people and being part of a safe and supportive community? If you're not already a member of the YMCA and your Doctor says it's OK, here's a great opportunity to get your life back on track! This a free, 6 month program guided by professionals and personalized to your abilities, interests and goals. Call 250-491-9622 Ext. 234 to learn more and register. https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/Programs/Health-Fitness/Health-Management/Choose-to-Move https://vimeo.com/260147155

By |2018-05-30T15:42:40-07:00May 25th, 2018|Ailments, Lifestyle, Okanagan, BC|Comments Off on YMCA Choose to Move

Functional Medicine: Looking for Root Causes

What is "Functional Medicine"? It's the most comprehensive type of health care! Why? Because the doctors who practice Functional Medicine treat each person as an individual. Forget about "one size fits all"! Whatever your condition, these Doctors will take the steps necessary to figure out the root cause of your problem. And once they find the cause(s), treatment will include dietary adjustments best suited for your genetic makeup. Since nutrition plays a big part in everyone's health, what can YOU do to help figure out your Ailment? Functional Medicine is a wonderful hybrid! Functional Medicine is Naturopathic medicine combined with the latest scientific research. But this is not a new concept; it was created by Jeffery Bland, M.D., in 1990. It is based on the theory that [...]

By |2019-02-15T12:15:44-07:00February 6th, 2018|Ailments, Diseases, Health Care Services, Lifestyle, Nutrients|0 Comments

Eating

"Mindful Eating" What?!?  Instructions on how to eat??? YUP!  There are do's and dont's for proper food digestion.  Our ancestors didn't need instructions on how to eat as it was a natural behaviour that was not assaulted by modern day distractions caused by lack of time.  We need to relearn "mindful eating".  For many, ingesting food has become a rushed process of shoving whatever is edible down the pipe to refuel the body as a result of a growling stomach. BUT, to get the most out of your food (the most bang for your buck!), you need to follow a few pointers that should become part of your eating habit:  Consuming liquids with foods dilutes the digestive juices: best to drink 30 min before or [...]

By |2018-04-05T18:48:30-07:00May 19th, 2017|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Eating

Diet Types

Pros and Cons Here are descriptions of various diet types that exist to help you understand what kinds of foods are consumed by those who follow these particular diets. Blood-Type Diet: A very credible food regimen based on your specific blood-type.  Very well-researched theory that outlines how different foods are assimilated by the human digestive system based on the 4 different blood types.  Foods are categorized as being beneficial, neutral or to be avoided: http://www.4yourtype.com PROS: Everyone's body is different so something that works for one person may not for another.  This type of diet caters to individuals in a much more specific manner.  Once you know your blood type, you can really focus on eating the foods recommended for optimum health while avoiding those [...]

By |2019-08-22T16:17:04-07:00July 8th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Diet Types

Fundraising

Help us raise money to find a cure for ....! Although all fundraisers are well-intentioned, it is pretty disconcerting to see all the effort being made to raise money to find "cures" rather than spending that time and effort raising awareness as to how we can avoid these diseases in the first place. In June 2016, I listened to a local radio program that spent an hour talking about Prostate Cancer and the upcoming "Ride for Dad" to raise money for more cancer research.  The guest speaker had just had surgery for Prostate Cancer and his Dad had just passed away from the same disease the year before.  Not once did I hear the words "Prevention" or "Nutrition" mentioned throughout this entire show. If you [...]

By |2018-04-05T19:20:58-07:00June 10th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fundraising

Smoking

If you haven't started smoking but you're thinking about it, SAVE YOURSELF A LIFETIME OF GRIEF AND DON'T DO IT! People start smoking for social reasons because they think it makes them look cool... it doesn't. Start by reading what it says on the packet of cigarettes. What smoking will do for you: You'll become addicted The odour is atrocious but your sense of smell will be numbed by the effects of the drug, however, people whose noses work fine will make an effort to stay away from you and the cigarette smoke Those people who don't avoid you will be harmed by the second hand smoke from your cigarette The cigarette smell invades everthing nearby including your clothes, your car, your house, your office [...]

By |2018-04-05T21:16:43-07:00April 6th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Smoking

Pregnancy & Newborns

Some women aren't really motivated to look after their health until they become pregnant.  But once pregnant, with the realization that the baby's growth and health is totally dependant on what you put in your body, many of you will feel motivated to take extra care, as well you should!  In order to give this life growing inside of you the best possible care it deserves, you really need to become aware of all the chemicals present in our foods and environment that could cause harm to your growing fetus. Immunity Supplement with Vit. D to minimize incidents of allergies to dust mites & eczema in infants by strengthening their immune response Herbicides Reduce your exposure to herbicides like Glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto's [...]

By |2018-04-05T20:12:01-07:00March 31st, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Pregnancy & Newborns

Home Environment

Air-Filtering Plants Unfortunately, our homes inevitably contain toxins from various sources contained in household items.  So it's a good idea to have some natural filters like plants to help cleanse the air.  Here is a list of the top air filtering plants: Aloe Vera English Ivy (Hedera Helix) Spider Plant (Chlorophyteum Comosum) Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata - toxic to animals) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa") Goldon Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum) Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis Exaltata) Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) Draceana: Red Edged (D. Marginata), Warneckei (D. deremensis) & Janet Craig (D. demenensis) Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums remove benzene from the air Candles These should be made of pure beeswax or soy to avoid benzene, toluene and other hydrocarbons fragrant candles give off phthalates

By |2018-04-05T19:05:34-07:00March 24th, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Home Environment

Hair

Standard hair products contain a myriad of chemicals, including many that are known to be harmful.  The products you put in your hair will get absorbed into the skin and accumulate over time.  Look for healthier hair products in the "Natural & Healthy" areas of your grocery store or go to a health food store for safe options. Standard Hair Colourings contain the following harmful ingredients: Ammonia: can lead to upper respiratory tract symptoms and hand, wrist & arm dermatitis for hair dressers Coal Tar ingredients: AKA "aminophenol", "diaminobenzene" & "p-phenylenediamine (PPD) are all known human carcinogens. PPD is considered toxic in Europe but widely used in Canada.  These can irritate the skin, causing blistering, burning and itching Hydrogen Peroxide: a chemical called monoethanotamine can [...]

By |2018-04-05T19:27:47-07:00March 23rd, 2016|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Hair