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Effectively Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition and requires specific, lifelong management. It’s estimated that more than 6 million Canadians are at risk of developing diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not enough to be type 2 diabetes. Managing your health is critical to helping delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Your pharmacist can support you in managing your diabetes effectively by reviewing any current medications, educating you about diabetes symptoms to be aware of, supporting you with healthy lifestyle changes, and offering products and tools to monitor your blood glucose.

Choosing an Orthopedic Brace

Orthopedic braces are medical devices designed to address musculoskeletal issues that may arise from disease, a congenital condition, or an injury. They are used to properly align, correct the position, support, stabilize, and protect certain parts of the body (particularly the muscles, joints, and bones) as they heal from injury or trauma. Orthopedic braces are available for many parts of the body, including knees, shoulders, back, hands, and feet. A qualified medical professional can determine what type of orthopedic brace is ideal for you, as well as the fit, type of support, function, and level of stability or protection.

Caregiver Burnout is Real!

The never-ending tasks that are involved in caring for a loved one can play havoc on the caregiver’s personal life, as well as their health. Many caregivers will die before the person with dementia that they are caring for does. It is vital that caregivers take care of their own health by attending their own doctor appointments, eating well, exercising, and spending quality time doing things that bring them joy. Caregivers should also reach out to other family members and professionals with experience caring for a person living with dementia for support, guidance, and help caring for their loved one.

Natural Product Spotlight

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Letting Go of Stress

Did you know stress is energy-based and one cannot see stress in the body under a microscope? We can only see the effects of stress and what it does to the body and mind. Never relaxing fully, never truly breathing deeply – your body is unable to go into parasympathetic mode, which means there is no healing and no digesting. What are you doing daily to allow your body to de-stress? Bars sessions are like cleaning out the hard drive of your brain to be more in the now and to think clearer. Are you ready to let go of stress now?

Magnesium Deficiency?

Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency include restless leg syndrome, irritability, and insomnia. Some experts estimate that over 80% of the population are deficient in Magnesium, while others argue it’s closer to 95%. Either way, the statistics aren’t good, and it is something we need to remedy. That’s where Magnesium Premium Lotion by Pure Joy Naturals comes in. This gentle concentration of magnesium chloride is a nourishing natural skin product which is fragrance-free and contains Arnica essential oil for effective symptomatic relief. It takes advantage of the absorptive properties of your skin (your body’s largest organ), putting it to work so you can reap the benefits.

Prevent Holiday Stomach Issues

Enjoy the holidays, and the food, without stomach troubles. Here’s how! 1. Walk it off. This helps with digestion. 2. Drink herbal tea. Steep 1 teaspoon each of mint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, sage, and basil in a cup of hot water and drink. 3. Try apple cider vinegar. Mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water, and drink in the morning on an empty stomach. 4. Eat right. Get enough fibre and protein. 5. Drink enough water. Drink a few glasses of room temperature, filtered water to rehydrate and remove toxins.

This Season, Don’t Shop ‘Til You Drop

There are ways to avoid holiday shopping strains. Many shoppers are not accustomed to long hours of walking malls Wear comfortable and supportive footwear. Perhaps even take a pair of walking shoes with you. Take care when loading and unloading your shopping cart(s). Take care with heavy items as not to strain your back. Have an employee take your heavy item directly to the till for you. Take frequent breaks. Take your water bottle and stay hydrated. Care when loading and unloading vehicle, avoid twisting if possible. Place heavy objects on a seat versus deep in the trunk. Have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Gifting Yourself this Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Where Christmas is magical and festive for some, while for others, it is a depressing, stress-filled, overwhelming experience. Give yourself a gift this year by taking care of YOU in the midst of the chaos! Here’s how you can work on surviving the Christmas blues and overwhelm. 1. Limit your spending to what you can actually afford. 2. Eat nutritious meals and get your sleep. 3. It’s OK to say NO to invites, parties, and situations that leave you stressed. 4. Make your Christmas your own, and gift yourself some peace this year.

Healing Cell Signaling

The human body has between fifty and three hundred billion cells. Inside every cell, we have mitochondria (some cells have thousands). Mitochondria, when functioning properly, produce redox signaling molecules. Cell signaling carry life-sustaining messages to cells, and your cells respond to those messages, keeping you alive and healthy. As we age, cell signal weakens they can disrupt gene expression. But if you had a way to regulate gene activity with redox signaling molecules, cellular communication would remain strong. Our bodies heal on a cellular level, and the genetic instructions that dictate healthy body function don’t get through without redox signaling.

Exercise for SAD

SAD stands for Seasonal Affected Disorder, which is mainly attributed to the reduction in sunlight hours in winter and is your body’s reaction to the changes in season. With SAD you might feel sluggish or moody, have a loss of appetite, and even lose interest in activities you normally love. One way to combat these feelings and the wintertime blues is to get your body moving! Exercise, even light exercise, has been shown to improve mood and energy through increased blood flow and the release of certain endorphins, as well as improve sleep and alertness, and reduce anxiety and stress.