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Cannabis for a Better Sleep

If you’re one of the millions of people who have trouble sleeping, you may have considered trying cannabis. The cannabis plant has been used for centuries as a sleep aid, as it helps to regulate systemic bodily functions and biorhythms, including the sleep cycle. One recent study found that cannabis shortens the time it takes to fall asleep, both for people with sleep problems and people who fall asleep without trouble. Among people with active difficulty falling asleep, cannabis use resulted in an average of 30 minutes less time in falling asleep. Among the group of already strong-sleepers, cannabis helped them fall asleep even faster, by 15 minutes.

Starting the Conversation

Starting a discussion about care needs with a senior loved one can be difficult. Deciding when to start the conversation is important. It is never too early to discuss what care might be needed and the desires of the person that will be receiving care. Nine out of 10 seniors want to remain in their home as they age and in-home care can help them. There are many options for in-home care, from the type of care services to the number of hours a week. Making plans before there is an emergency or sudden problem in the senior’s home helps alleviate stress for everyone.

Boost Your Defenses With Bioenergetics

Computerized Bioenergetics is comprised of Biofeedback testing and Bioresonance stimulation. Biofeedback testing identifies strengths and weaknesses in your immune system. Bioresonance helps to stimulate detoxification of the lymphatic system, liver, kidney and bowel. This enables elimination of viruses, bacteria, yeast, and parasites, rather than having them recirculate and create a toxic environment throughout the body. Bioresonance also helps to boost immunity by stimulating specific organs and harmonizing your immune system. It can also aid in the absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals essential for your immune system. Now is a great time to boost your immune defenses with Bioenergetics.

Flu Season is Here

The most effective way to decrease complications and reduce the impact of the flu is to get a flu shot. Health Canada recommends everyone 6 months and older should get the annual flu vaccine as soon as it is available because it takes about two weeks after your flu shot for the protective antibodies to develop in the body. Get you flu shot early to protect yourself before flu viruses begin spreading in your community. Along with the flu shot, always practise good hygiene, eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. Speak with your Pharmacist about flu shots, prevention, and symptom relief.

Osteoarthritis & Exercise

1 in 6 Canadian adults has arthritis, the majority being osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a disease of the joint cartilage with multiple contributing factors including genetics, previous joint injury, body weight and muscle weakness. Pain associated with OA may cause individuals to avoid physical activity which can lead to secondary complications and worsening of symptoms. Physiotherapists are experts in exercise prescription for conditions such as OA and can help you safely engage in exercise in a way that can decrease pain, increase strength, allow continued participation in activity and possibly prolong the life of your joint.

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Foods Affect Feelings

What we eat can impact our mood, memory, and mental wellness. Our brains are filled with a variety of chemicals, hormones, and receptors that all react to the food we eat. In fact, serotonin is actually produced in our guts, and is directly impacted by what we eat. For example, the grumpiness we feel when we are very hungry can be combated by eating foods high in protein and fibre to keep us feeling full. Omega-3s and other brain-boosting amino acids can help with depression and improve mental wellness, while B vitamins can help us feel more energized.

Fix Your Tech Neck

One of the most common postural issues we see in the office is forward head carriage (FHC). You may have also heard it referred to as text neck, tech neck, iHunch, forward head posture, or dowager’s hump. This nasty habitual neck posture has been steadily rising due to our smartphone addiction and computer use. It is a postural issue that many people do not know that they have! Over time, this condition can lead to muscle imbalances as the body adapts to hold the head up straight. Every inch your head goes forward adds 10lbs of stress and pressure to your spine.

Local Community Spotlight

An important part of the community, Lions Housing Centres was established 55 years ago, and boasts over 540 rental suites in two of their properties. Lions Place, at 610 Portage Avenue and Lions Manor located at 320 Sherbrook with both offering independent living. Lions Place is their largest building which encompasses full amenities for the 280-plus residents. In there you’ll find a community hall, pool tables, shuffle boards, fitness centre, newly renovated greenhouse, hair salon, large library, mini-mart, and restaurant. Both buildings are easily accessible to Winnipeg transit, close to hospitals and have 24-hour security on site seven days a week. Check out their new website – LHC.ca

People in Our Lives are a Mirror

The people we encounter in our lives inform and teach us what to hold onto and what to let go of. Some people mirror and show us what we desire and long for, others show us the places that need freeing where we get triggered and stuck within ourselves. Our reactions towards others shed light on the values we have and what’s important to us. It’s easy to blame and make others wrong. The more we can take ownership and communicate our needs, feelings, boundaries and desires the less our mirrors run our lives and the more we can take in their gifts.