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I hope you enjoyed the first monthly edition of the WellnessNews Choices for Healthy Living® here in Moose Jaw! Healthy Living means making positive daily choices and taking personal ownership to enrich our life in areas such as our physical, emotion, social, occupational, financial, and spiritual wellbeing. Moose Jaw has so much to offer, and this monthly resource will help to connect you to so many local supports, deals and offers. Please share with your family & friends, like our FB page, and subscribe to local health tips via email – online at!

Next-Level Relationships

Ready to take your relationship to the next level with the support of not one, but two expert Relationship Coaches? Michael Snow and Nicole Mohr of MindurMindset Coaching bring their combined expertise in Neuro-linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy, and Hypnotherapy to help couples build stronger and more fulfilling relationships. Working with two coaches means: a more diverse perspective and range of expertise, a more supportive and collaborative environment, improved communication within the coaching relationship, and opportunities for self-work as individuals. For the month of March, any couple that registers for a FREE exploratory session will also receive a FREE gift!

Tired of Feeling Tired?

Are you suffering with insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain or a racing mind that keeps you up at night? Never getting a sleep where you wake feeling refreshed? Many of these issues start from an unbalanced Endocrine System. This system regulates 95% of all neurotransmitters and hormones in our body. When the thyroid isn’t functioning, the adrenal glands pick up the slack but will eventually BURN OUT! Adrenal fatigue unfortunately plagues many of us, leaving us feeling groggy, tired, anxious and depressed and with chronic headaches, brain fog and pain! But there is hope! These systems can be rebalanced with homeopathy.

4 Ingredients of Holistic Health

Holistic health encompasses physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. It focuses on every aspect of one’s life, including daily habits and routines, stress management, weight loss, mental health, hormones, sleep, and so much more. Whole food nutrition and the effects it has on our bodies, our mindset, our confidence, and our overall health and wellness is also a major focus of holistic health. With the support of one-on-one coaching, you can learn to better understand your overall health and work with a coach to create a completely customized program that keeps you on track and encourages you to stay motivated.

Business Spotlight: Strong With Nature Yoga

Strong With Nature Yoga is designed to make it easy for people to get movement into their life. Learn how to connect with yourself through mindfulness and support your life with what nature gives you. Strong With Nature Yoga helps you unite your movement practice with the community by taking what you learn on your mat out into your daily life. Workshops and events help people learn more about their own body and how to easily add mobility into their day. Private sessions allow for customized training. Check out the online classes/programs library to take with you on the go!

Product Spotlight: Green Up! with GRAMS

Green Up! with GRAMS is 100% plant-based, certified organic, natural, and GMO-free. The first and only formulation of its kind, Green Up! with GRAMS combines the raw power of greens, red fruits, and superfoods (like spirulina, chlorella, acai and goji), along with a potent dose of immune-boosting mushrooms and fatigue-fighting adaptogenic herbs. This powerful and nourishing combination offers important antioxidants, and soothing and stress-relieving benefits to help you energize your nutrition and power up your health. Diversify your diet with Green Up! with GRAMS – enjoy it daily in your favourite smoothie, juice, or simply mixed with water.

Accessing Consciousness

What change have you been asking for that, if you weren’t going to the definition of it, would alter your life dramatically? If there is an area of your life you have wanted to change, would you consider asking yourself a question? Access Consciousness® was created by Gary Douglas, who received the process of the Bars® and has since propelled a new conversation of consciousness throughout the world. Having your Bars® “run” by a certified Practitioner and Facilitator has been compared to defragging a hard drive on a computer, allowing life to come to you with ease and joy.

Improve Wellbeing through Pet Adoption

Adopting a pet is an incredible way to live life with a compassionate attitude, towards all living things. There are so many health benefits when you adopt an animal. Emotionally, pets bring a sense of comfort, as they improve feelings of loneliness and isolation. They are the hug that brings warmth and love into your family. You will exercise more, as those big puppy eyes will want to go for a walk and in return, your cholesterol and blood sugar will drop! Adoption is the most rewarding act of kindness with the benefit of having a companion of a lifetime.

Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure

Lifestyle changes are an effective way to lower your blood pressure and can be used alongside medication you’ve been prescribed. To maintain or lower blood pressure, it’s important to: 1) Exercise regularly: 30-60 minutes of moderate activity 4-7 days per week. 2) Eat healthy: try the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. 3) Reduce stress: relaxing, exercising, meditating, and getting plenty of sleep. 4) Limit alcohol and caffeine. 5) Quit smoking. 6) Maintain a healthy weight: maintain a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 and a waist circumference of less than 102 cm (men) and less than 88 cm (women).

Improve Digestion: Chew Your Food

4 Natural Solutions for Healthy Digestion

Our modern diets and mostly sedentary lifestyles can deliver a 1-2 punch, contributing to problems with digestive health that can negatively impact the function of every other bodily system. Worse still is that the symptoms of poor digestive health are now so common that many people aren’t even aware that there’s a problem. For many, symptoms like constipation or diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramping, and heartburn are considered a normal occurrence when really, these issues are part of a much larger problem that needs to be addressed (and quickly).

Fortunately, there are several ways to support healthy digestion naturally. The following are simple diet and lifestyle changes that you can make today to start improving your digestion for better health.

1. Chew your food

Although we think of the stomach as the hub for digestion, this process actually starts in the mouth. Specifically, chewing grinds the food into smaller pieces, which mix with the enzymes in saliva to start the process of digestion.

Ideally, your food should be the consistency of applesauce before you swallow and take another bite. This is a standard that very few people actually meet, especially with our modern lifestyle habits of multitasking and eating on the go. However, by not chewing your food properly, you place a greater burden on the rest of your digestive system, which can contribute to gas and bloating after a meal.

Most importantly slow down. Eating slower allows you to be more in tune with your body’s natural hunger and satiety signals so you can honour them and avoid overeating.

2. Consume whole foods

Processed foods contain toxic ingredients like artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, and chemicals, as well as harmful hydrogenated oils, trans fats, refined sugars, and excess sodium. These anti-foods are a common cause of gut inflammation, which impairs intestinal function and can lead to developing a leaky gut, as well as other chronic health conditions. In addition, processed foods have been shown to alter the balance of gut bacteria and encourage the overgrowth of pathogenic microbes in the gut (this imbalance is known as dysbiosis).

In contrast, whole foods are high in essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are necessary for optimal digestive function (plus, without all the chemical junk damaging your intestines, your body can actually absorb these nutrients!). A diet high in whole foods, especially fruits, and vegetables, also helps to replenish good bacteria in the gut and support a healthy microbiome.

Choose a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (organic and in-season), raw nuts and seeds, lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, and healthy fats/oils. If you do consume processed foods, do so infrequently and always read ingredient labels – if a product contains more than three non-food ingredients (words you don’t know or can’t pronounce), don’t consume it.

3. Increase your fiber

Fiber is something of a superstar when it comes to supporting healthy digestion and bowel regularity. Not only does fiber help to move food through the intestines, but it also feeds gut bacteria – both good and bad. To make sure you’re taking care of your intestinal health, it’s important to consume a balanced diet with the right amount and type of fiber.

Insoluble fiber does not absorb water and can’t be digested by the body. Instead, this roughage acts like a giant brush, helping to pull food through your digestive tract and keep things “clean”. This type of fiber can help to speed up transit time and is especially beneficial for relieving constipation. In the diet, insoluble fiber is commonly found in foods like legumes, spinach, coconut, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, prunes, flaxseeds, almonds, and sunflower seeds.

Soluble fiber does absorb water and swells to create a gel-like substance that controls hunger and slows down digestion to support better nutrient absorption, stable blood sugar levels, and heart health (among other benefits). Because it absorbs water, soluble fiber is also valuable for preventing or easing diarrhea. This type of fiber is easily fermented by bacteria in the gut and can cause bloating and gas if it’s consumed in large amounts. Soluble fiber is found in foods like berries, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and carrots.

Prebiotic fiber is a type of soluble fiber that feeds good bacteria in the gut. Some beneficial food sources of prebiotic foods are garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, apples, and flaxseeds.

A balance of both soluble and insoluble fiber is necessary for healthy digestive function. Fortunately, many high-fiber foods contain both varieties, so this balance is easy to maintain with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and some whole grains (if tolerated).

4. Drink more water

In addition to flushing waste material out of the body, adequate water intake is an essential component of every step in the entire digestive process from saliva to stool. When you take a bite of food, your saliva (which is made mostly of water) mixes with your food, making it easier to chew and swallow. Amylase enzymes in the saliva begin the process of digestion by breaking down carbohydrates as you chew. In the stomach, the food is further broken down by hydrochloric acid, which requires water to be produced by the body in sufficient quantities. Bile and other digestive secretions are also produced from water. Finally, water lubricates the stool and is absorbed by soluble fiber in the intestines, causing the fiber to swell and add bulk to stool for healthy elimination.

Although it’s common to assume that you only need to drink when you feel thirsty, thirst is actually a signal that the body is already in a state of dehydration. To maintain optimal hydration levels, it’s good practice to drink half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water each day. For example, a 140lb person should aim to consume 70oz of pure, filtered water every day.

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Business Spotlight: Fit 4 Life

Fit 4 Life is Moose Jaw’s newest fitness facility and wellness studio, located in the city’s oldest building. With membership rates that are less than $10 per week, the women-only club offers an environment that’s non-intimidating and provides stimulating music to keep you motivated. At Fit 4 Life, any woman can participate and see results, regardless of age or physical fitness level. With personal attention and guidance, you can feel confident that you are getting the most out of your exercise program. Fit 4 Life also offers tanning services, far infrared sauna therapy sessions, and much more!