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How to Prevent Shin Splints

A common injury that some runners may develop in the spring is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS also known as Shin Splints). This condition presents as sharp pain that occurs on the lower inside/medial aspect of the shin bone (tibia). It is important to take into consideration the volume of training or exercise you do during the spring season as you may have been more sedentary throughout the winter months. Following a training plan that involves slow progression will allow the body to adapt to stresses that running may impose. Performing a warm-up before exercise and a cool-down after will decrease the chances of muscle tightness and reduce the stress placed on the tibia. Additionally, exercises such as foam rolling and stretching the muscles of the lower body, particularly the calves, will help reduce your likelihood of injury. Let’s take advantage of the warmer months and spring into motion!

Jeremy LaHaie,

Sunscreen 101

Spring is in the air! It’s time to start thinking about sunscreen if you haven’t already. When selecting one, go for the “broad spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against harmful rays. Higher SPF numbers do mean more protection, but the higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. Generally, an SPF over 50 doesn’t give much more added protection, and a higher SPF does NOT mean people can stay in the sun longer. Secondly, take a look at the ingredients. Physical blockers (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide) provide the best protection and cause less skin irritation than chemical sunscreens.

Care at Home Pharmacy,

Where Is Love?

You’ve decided enough is enough. You have plenty going for yourself and you want to share your life with someone special but where on earth are you going to find them? Times have changed. We live in an electronic world but computers don’t have hearts and you don’t know if the person behind the screen is authentic. You have asked your friends and coworkers if they know anyone right for you and you have been insulted by who they have suggested! A matchmaker specializes in finding love for people who are looking for one special partner. An effective matchmaker meets with all potential clients in person and determines who the right person is for them. A criminal record check should be conducted on each client. When choosing a match-maker it is important that you work with a service that has been in business for quite some time and has many success stories.

Lianne Tregobov, Camelot Introductions,

Don’t Sweat the Setbacks

So your New Year’s Resolution was to adopt a healthier diet. Now that the first few months of 2017 have come and gone is your initial enthusiasm is starting to wane? We all have limited resources – time, energy and money and changing your lifestyle can challenge these resources and your resolve. To stay on track, focus on keeping it simple. Plan your meals for the week ahead, shop accordingly and do as much advanced prep work as possible. Keep a collection of recipes that are tasty, healthy, quick and cheap. Make double batches and freeze extras for quick meals. If everyone is hungry, serve a salad or green smoothie while cooking the rest of the meal. That way you can fill up on healthy stuff while the hot stuff is cooking. Focus on the positives and don’t sweat the setbacks. Have patience, you can do this!

Darlene Porter,

How Magnesium Oil Helped

“I have had rheumatoid arthritis for close to 40 years. I’ve started using the Magnesium Oil a month ago, by rubbing it in, twice a day — right away I noticed a difference. I’ve been not totally pain-free, but there has been a tremendous improvement. The magnesium oil provides me super pain management and works to improve the flexibility of my joints. I have found that my sleep has improved by several hours a night, I am experiencing more energy, and I ‘m able to function much better.” Carmen Kulik. 7 Benefits of using Magnesium Oil: 1. Important for heart health. 2. Helps increase energy by regulating energy levels. 3. Calm nerves by producing ‘happy hormones’ 4. Relieves Muscle Aches and Pains. 5. Health with digestion by relieving constipation. 6. Regulates levels of calcium and potassium. 7. Prevents migraine Headaches.

DnA Wellness,

Water Yourself to Grow Your Health

When it comes to healthy beverages, water has no equal. This tasteless, odorless thirst quencher is essential to your every physiological process and makes up approximately 45-80% of our body mass. Because we lose water as we age, it becomes increasingly important to stay hydrated, a task accomplished by both drinking and eating. Two-thirds of our body’s water volume is found within our cells, making them like mini water balloons. When adequately filled, they are effective in alleviating headaches, improving memory, flushing out toxins, regulating body temperature, hydrating skin, lubricating joints, and – importantly – reducing inflammation which is believed to be the root of nearly all illness and disease including mental illness. If you are looking for an evidence-based and cost-effective way to improve your physical and mental health, look no further: water is truly a life source.

Canadian Mental Health Association,

Clean Eating: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Soft, creamy, sweet and chocolatey – this plant-based, gluten and dairy-free pudding will surely satisfy.

All you need is:

1 and a half ripe Avocados, peeled and pitted

1/3 cup of 100% pure cacao powder

1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey

1/4 cup coconut milk

2 tsp vanilla essence

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Retirement Living

Begin your retirement living at Greenwood Meadows; a new life lease, 55 PLUS, not-for-profit, seniors housing complex designed to allow active, independent persons to ‘age-in-place’ with assistance while in community. The planned 74 suite, fivestory building in the heart of Steinbach, MB, will nurture a safe and secure environment that offers well-designed suites for persons of varying ability; including a ground level, interior heated parkade. The one & two bedroom suites range from 826 – 1415 square feet. Entrance fees start at $140,000 per suite with monthly rental fees dependent on suite size. First time tenants also have input to suite features and upgrades. Pre-lease booking of suites is now available.

Re-boot Your Nervous System

The Nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells, which carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord, to various parts of the body. Every movement your body makes, requires communication between the brain, and the muscles. Pain receptors send signals to the brain, when we are injured. Sometimes, pain receptors continue to fire, even though there may not be a physical cause of pain anymore, but the pain response still seems to be the same. Bowen Therapy works through the Autonomic Nervous System by facilitating neuromuscular repatterning, and modifying internal dialogue. During the treatment, gentle signals are sent to the brain to re-set the body to balance tension, reduce stress, and increase relaxation. Many sufferers of chronic muscle, joint, nerve, and back pain have experienced effective, and long lasting pain relief with Bowen Therapy. Balance the nervous system for natural pain relief.

Bernadette Kozak, Certified Bowenwork Practitioner,

Link Between Depression and Hearing Loss

Research continues to prove a strong connection between hearing loss and depression. The two are referred to as invisible conditions, as you cannot see their effects at first glance. Because of this, their effects can often go unacknowledged, unrecognized, and untreated. Hearing loss affects one’s ability to communicate, which can cause stress, fatigue, social isolation, and, in turn, depression. Along with depression, clients with untreated hearing loss are known to experience anxiety, relationship problems, low self-esteem, stress, and other negative emotions. However, hearing aids have been found to help combat these issues. A study by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) found that those with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia, and they were less likely to participate in organized social activities compared to those who wear hearing aids. Source: untreated-hearing-loss-linked-depression-social-isolation.

Lisa Reid Audiology,

Hot Flashes, Be Gone!

Celebrating International Women’s Day by attending to your hot flashes may not be a bad idea! If you are experiencing hot flashes, night sweats or other disturbances in mood and sleep, you might like to know that Brainwave Optimization has been shown to be a safe and effective therapy to manage these symptoms. During the menopausal process, estrogen levels fluctuate and eventually fall enough to cause impaired temperature regulation, possibly associated with resetting in patterns of brain electrical activity. Hot flash severity scores, insomnia and depression have been shown to be significantly reduced after participants attended to that brain electrical activity with Brainwave Optimization. Imagine yourself at a “brain spa” where you sit in a chair listening to the acoustic feedback of your own brain activity translated into auditory tones. Not only do you relax; more importantly, your brain relaxes and rebalances its activity, reducing those disturbing menopausal symptoms.

Joanne Couture, RMFT, RSW,