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Mental Health This Winter

Winter months can be difficult for those experiencing a mental health challenge or illness, especially during and following the holiday season. There are, however, a myriad of evidence-based ways to boost your physical and mental well-being. One important tool is vitamin D. Research clearly shows the benefits of this powerful vitamin for improving body and thereby brain health. Our bodies synthesize this nutrient through exposure to the sun. However, during reduced daylight months we are unable to get what we need from our solar source. If low mood persists, contact your healthcare provider or local CMHA for additional information and resources.

Essential Oil of the Month

Eucalyptus: 100% Pure Joy Naturals essential oil is a go-to remedy for colds and the flu. Eucalyptus essential oil can be used to calm a cough in several ways. A person may want to try: adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil and rubbing the mixture onto the chest and throat or diluting eucalyptus oil in boiling water and inhaling the steam. It is also a wonderful treatment for sore muscles, a key ingredient in nontoxic household cleaners and much more. Botanical Name: Eucalyptus radiata. Plant Part: Woods and Leaves. Origin: Australia.

Don’t Blame Your Cold

Despite the name, when you get painful blisters called cold sores they are caused by a virus, but not the kind that makes you sniffle and sneeze. They happen because of an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You can’t cure HSV or a cold sore, but you can alleviate the pain it causes by avoiding spicy or acidic foods, applying ice, and using over-the-counter remedies. Look for medicines that contain numbing agents such as phenol and menthol to reduce cracking and soften scabs. Talk to your Central Alberta Co-op pharmacist if you have questions.

Product Review: SOLBRÜ Restore

Solbrü Restore is a sophisticated, modern elixir, made in Winnipeg with a blend of balancing herbs and functional mushrooms, inspired by ancient herbal remedies for detox and liver support. It’s a delicious alcohol-free, small-batch infusion that can be enjoyed as a shot, on the rocks, in an alcohol-free cocktail, mixed with nut or oat milk, or juice. These functional mushrooms and herbs contain phytonutrients that can decrease the effects of stress and support liver function, digestion, and immunity, all in a great-tasting elixir that includes notes of ginger, orange, apricot, and spices. 2 new flavours coming soon!

Stress Management Coaching

Stress and anxiety can impact us in many ways, emotionally, mentally, and physically. High-performing individuals often find themselves having trouble sleeping, experiencing high blood pressure, or becoming easily distracted. You may be feeling fatigued, depressed and not like the energetic and ambitious person you used to be. If this sounds like you, you might be overwhelmed by stressors that stem from your career or other areas of your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed and under major pressure, a stress management consultant can help you take back control, offering personalized support and coaching to control your triggers and manage how you react to stress.

What’s Happening in my Carpet?

Mold and bacteria can settle deep into carpet fibers. These biological microbes are alive and thriving, and if your carpet remains dirty, they will continue to grow. Did you know that conventional shampooing methods will cause re-soiling due to lack of rinsing and extraction of the chemicals used? Spots and stains will resurface because they were only pushed a little deeper. Sand, dust and other particles that get embedded in your carpet will cause abrasion of the fibers, making the carpet look dull. Light no longer reflects properly as the tips of the carpet tufts plume, causing a shadow effect – permanently. This can be prevented by annual professional steam cleaning!

Men and Hearing Loss

Did you know that men are at more risk of hearing loss then women? Men are 3 times more likely to develop noise-induced hearing loss as they typically work in loud environments and partake in louder hobbies like shooting and woodworking. Certain medications have a link to hearing loss. Regular use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory meds in men under 60 have a profound effect on their hearing. Men are more likely to be smokers, which can have a negative impact on your entire body including your hearing.

The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Connection

• An estimated 40% of men who have type II diabetes have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and 50% of long-term OSA sufferers have high blood pressure. • Studies show that depressed people are five times more likely to have OSA than non-depressed people. • Sleep apnea is strongly associated with obesity (even moderate obesity). • In the US, an estimated 40,000 cardiovascular deaths are thought to be related to OSA each year. Ask your Doctor about getting a sleep study done to see if Obstructive Sleep Apnea might be affecting your health.

We are Here to Help!

Your family doctor and Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) are here to support your health and wellness. We can help with whatever ails you, not just COVID-19. RDPCN group classes for help with anxiety, healthy lifestyle, grief, happiness, pain, diabetes, and relationships are available through a live online format. Call 403.343.9100 to register. To connect with your family doctor, call their office. Visit for a list of doctors accepting new patients and for information on RDPCN programs.

Allergen-Free Vehicles

If you suffer from allergies, you know how frustrating the symptoms can be: stuffy or runny nose, throat irritation, cough, eye irritation, and even stomach problems. Did you know that allergens like dander, mites, mold, mildew, pollutants and other allergen-causing particles can linger in your vehicle? While it’s a great idea to clean your vehicle yourself here and there, a professional detailer can safely and effectively remove a buildup of allergens using professional-grade products that ensure a more thorough cleaning. This can keep your vehicle allergen-free, and protect your health and the health of your passengers.

Meet Your Local Pharmacist

Jennifer Fookes, RPh., BSc. Pharm, owns Mortar & Pesto, an independent pharmacy that bridges modern medicine and traditional healing. She is an integrative pharmacist with special skills in compounding, bioidentical hormones and nutritional approaches to health. One of the first pharmacists in Alberta to create a consultation-based practice and incorporating natural supplementation in conjunction with medications. Her unique pharmacy is filled with natural product supplements that you would find in a health food store. Jen has taken additional training in functional medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Uniquely, she uses quality of life indicators such