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Flowers Improve Emotional Health

Nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. People studies feel less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

Stop Viruses Before They Stop You!

Viral attack? Fight back! ECHINAMIDE® Anti-Viral – Soft gels or Liquid. Anti-Viral & Anti-Cold Formulas with Clinically-Proven ECHINAMIDE®. Protect your family year round with a proven herbal formula. Contains ECHINAMIDE, astragalus, lomatium, reishi, and licorice. Effective against all viral conditions, from colds and flus to herpes, laryngitis and tonsillitis. Most potent immune support, clinically proven effective to stimulate your immune system to fight colds and viruses. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial are your most potent ally against viral and bacterial infections. It contains the clinically tested and patented ECHINAMIDE® formulation, along with four other herbs that have demonstrated immune stimulation properties. Stop viruses before they stop YOU.

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MELT, Mat and Myofascia Program Results Are In!

What difference did you see and feel?

#1 response: I was and felt more relaxed!
2. Better posture and less chronic pain.
3. It is a program that I actually stayed with and did not give up on!
4. it is actually stuff I used i.e. keep doing the stretches that I remember, breathing when I am walking and pulling in my abs.
5. Felt less tightness.
6. Feel better and move more stable when standing.
7. Both MELT & Pilates feel good at stretching the body safely.
8. I set out to fix my bad back and scoliosis and sciatic pain and this is working!
9. I lowered my Blood Pressure and Blood sugar!
10. Feel more positive and happy!
11. MELT was a way for me to release tension on my own and fairly quickly; Pilates involves longer term regular practice and this program integrates the two nicely.
12. I actually use this for relaxation, posture and engaging my pelvic floor when my back starts to ache.
13. Definitely more energy, less headaches and less pain especially muscle tension-I met my goal I wanted to decrease muscle tension in my body and it happened!!!

Therapeutic Massage Helps

Everybody knows that Massage Therapy is relaxing and feels good, but did you know that regular Massage Therapy has many medical benefits as well? When some people think of Massage they visualize going to a spa, a way to treat yourself, maybe once a year. But many do not realize that Therapeutic Massage performed in a clinic by a Registered Massage Therapist can improve your overall health and well-being as well. Therapeutic Massage has been shown to help with a variety of conditions including arthritis, muscle and joint pain, headaches and fibromyalgia. As well, Massage Therapy can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression, and stress and stress related conditions. Massage has also been shown to increase circulation, lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.

Clean Eating: Curry Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Chic Peas


1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2 tbsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups coconut milk

Sauté onions and garlic in oil, add in potato and spices, add coconut milk cook to boiling and simmer another 25 minutes.

Chick Peas: 
1 can chickpeas (2 cups)
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
pinch paprika

Toast in 400º oven for 5 minutes tossing often, add to soup.

Clean Eating: Apple Crumble Smoothie


3 tbsp of gluten-free oatmeal
10 whole raw almonds
1 handful of raw spinach
1 apple, chopped
¼ tsp of nutmeg
1 ½ tsp of cinnamon
½ cup of ice
½ cup of organic 0% Greek Yogurt
1 scoop of Nature Pro Vanilla
1 cup almond or coconut milk

Blend together and enjoy!

Jackie Friesen – The Smoothie Bar

Health Spotlight: Yoga Hikes

Yoga Hikes connect you to health, nature and community. They take place year-round in different locations throughout Winnipeg and surrounding areas, such as The Forks, Kildonan Park, Silver Springs Park in Birds Hill and more. You will be guided on a hike through city streets and parks and practice yoga at scenic stops along the way.

These 1 hour (3 km) outdoor yoga classes are suitable for all levels. No yoga mats needed – just dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Your teacher will share interesting facts about Winnipeg and surrounding areas while leading you through yoga poses. Practice Eagle before a big Manitoba sky!

Visit us at for our weekly schedule, for locations, and to sign up for a Yoga Hike.

Pet Health: Fleas

Fleas love fall weather, leaf litter, mulch piles, dark warm areas and our homes. They attach to our pets for ride into our warm and cozy houses.  Fleas are also avoiding frigid Winnipeg temperatures. A single adult female flea in her three week lifespan will lay fifty eggs a day, totalling approximately one million eggs.  In ideal conditions warm and humid (our homes), eggs will hatch in fourteen to twenty eight days, become adult in five to ten days, and begin laying eggs!!

Over the counter flea control products are pesticides, often ineffective, costly, toxic to cats, not environmentally safe and kill only the adult fleas. The safe and effective option is medication. The medication has no ill effects on our pets, easy to apply, odour free, and kill the entire flea life cycle. The medication is a simple once a month application. Contact your veterinarian and be flea free!

Book Club: Disease Proof

Disease Proof, The Remarkable Truth About What Makes Us Well – by David L. Katz, MD, MPH.

The skills you need to slash your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more—by 80 percent. Though we may not realize it, our behavior has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression.

In Disease-Proof, renowned preventive medicine specialist Dr. David Katz reveals that we can reduce our risk of any chronic disease by an astonishing 80 percent—more than any drug or intervention could ever hope to do.

Recommended by Sandy Lefley

Ask Patzer Centre – Arthritis Pain?

Q: Kelly from River East “What can I do to relieve this constant, nagging pain from arthritis? The creams and pain killers seem to help a little, but only for a short while and sometimes not at all.”

A: “The fastest and most efficient method of relieving arthritic pain that I have found, is through the use of Far InfraRed Heat, which not only brings relief more quickly but also brings longer lasting relief. In the short-term, it warms and relaxes the muscles, increases Nitric Oxide which dilates blood vessels to improve circulation which in turn brings faster relief to the affected area. The long term benefit comes from the reduction of swelling and inflammation by the break-down of painful deposits of lactic acid and calcium in muscles and joints. It is important to drink lots of water to help flush these elements out of the body.”

Larry Patzer,

How Your Workouts Can Benefit the Whole Family

With long to-do lists, busy moms often put their own needs last. With a unique mix of responsibilities like; kids to raise, work, house cleaning, shopping, cooking and caring for other family members; finding extra time in the day to care for yourself is no easy task. But it’s vitally important—so your health and wellness are maintained, and the people you love will have a real-life example of how good health can affect their minds, bodies and overall outlook on life. Next time you are having trouble staying motivated to eat healthier or stay on your workout routine, keep these pointers in mind.   1. Exercise helps build muscle and lowers stress levels naturally, resulting in more patience for what really counts: your children. 2. Set the example of being in shape. 3. Confidence is contagious and when you feel good – it shows. 4. Cut out wasted time on electronics. See how our 30-minute total body workout can fit in with your lifestyle and help you transform your life. Curves Southdale