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Drink Up!

Summer is here, and it’s extremely important to make sure you’re drinking enough water to avoid dehydration! Especially for older individuals, dehydration can result in dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure and irregular bowel movements. Most adults should drink at least 8-12 glasses of water per day for adequate hydration. Here are a few tips to ensure you’re drinking enough:
• Drink water with your meals and keep a jug of water on the table for easy access.
• Carry a water bottle with you at school, at work or when running errands.
• For flavor, try adding lime, cucumber slices or lemon to your water

Living with Vision Loss?

It can be a difficult time when a family member experiences a loss of sight. When vision loss is affecting a loved one’s independence, safety or mobility it may be time to start a rehabilitation plan. Besides trauma, eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and some inherited eye disorders can cause mild to severe vision loss. Talk to your Optometrist so you can understand your vision loss and prognosis. Your Optometrist can guide you about Vision Loss Rehabilitation Manitoba, and low vision assistance. Services and support are available to enhance a patient’s independence.

How to Maintain a Healthy Body & Mind

Your body needs to be in proper acid/alkaline balance to maintain good Health. Therefore it is important to be mindful of what you EAT, DRINK and THINK! First, eat more raw foods and avoid overly processed and high sugar content foods. Secondly, drink Alkaline electron-rich water to promote superior hydration, detoxification and antioxidation to neutralize the acids that are caused by foods, drinks and lifestyle choices. Thirdly, stress can cause over acidity in your body. Find effective ways to de-stress your mind and body by getting enough rest, exercising, breathing and meditation, and doing things that give you more energy and make you happy!

Take it Step by Step

It’s been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Successful people don’t necessarily set out to do big things, but they do a lot of little things that accumulate into huge triumphs. What’s the thing you want to change in your life? A relationship, an addiction, a problem at work, your health? Even though you might have a big goal in mind, try to boil it down to one or two “next steps” and focus on those. This approach will offer up a cycle of positive reinforcement that will help achieve your bigger dreams.

In Your Neighborhood

Looking for a good summer read? Stop by the Good Neighbours Active Living Centre’s Used Bookstore, located in Bronx Park Community Centre at 720 Henderson Highway. A great variety of books, puzzles, DVD’s and CD’s are available at great prices for people of all ages! We also have a “Free Books” area outside our bookstore. Our friendly volunteers will be happy to help you. The Used Bookstore is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. If you are looking to downsize your book collection, the Used Bookstore is always happy to receive donations. For more information, please call us at 204-669-1710. Hope to see you soon!

Words to Live By

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
-Benjamin Mays

Spring Into Love

Spring is a season of clichés — birds singing, bees buzzing and people falling madly in love. The love sickness can be blamed on one very real thing. Dopamine! Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical your brain uses to make you want things. There are other systems involved in love, but when it comes to new love, dopamine is the main culprit. The newness of spring provides an ideal context for starting a new relationship. The changing weather and sunshine energize us — especially after hibernating all winter. We’ve survived winter and now it’s time to start your search for love with the help of an experienced matchmaker.

Not All Water Is Created Equal

Water is essential for your health. It is also very important to consume the right KIND of water. Drink ‘GOOD WATER’ such as mineral water or hard water, which has lots of calcium and magnesium. Find water with a strong reduction power that has not been polluted with chemical substances. This can help keep your body at an optimal alkaline pH levels. Some say that alkaline water can help prevent disease, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and also aid with digesting acidic foods. Besides the possible health benefits, it can also be used for cooking, beauty, and cleaning.

Avoid Slips and Falls

As the weather gets nicer, we become more active outdoors, going for runs or long walks. Here are a few tricks to decrease your chance of injury when you’re out and about.
When taking a step, instead of having the foot far in front of your body, try taking a smaller step so the foot stays closer to your body. This keeps your body perpendicular to the ground and allows for a more stable base. Practice balance exercises, and strengthen your hips and core, to keep your body strong and able to react to changes in your centre of gravity.

Do You Need to Take Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in red blood cell formation, nerve function, cell metabolism and DNA production. It can be found in meat, poultry, fish and dairy, or as a supplement. Your body can store vitamin B12 for many years so most individuals will not have a B12 deficiency. However, the following people may be more prone to deficiency: vegetarians/vegans, older adults, or people with digestive tract conditions that affect the absorption of nutrients. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to fatigue, anemia, muscle weakness, intestinal problems, nerve damage, and mood disturbances. Visit your physician or pharmacist to discuss whether you should be taking a vitamin B12 supplement.

Garden Guru

Want to get the most out of your garden this year? Here are a few tips passed down through the years. When planting your seeds, always plant three in a hill: one for the good, one for the crow, and one to grow. Plant crops that grow above ground during a waxing moon, and plant crops that grow below ground on a waning moon. A homemade pesticide can be made from tobacco to spray your plants. And lastly, some have found that burying a piece of iron beside your roses will make them more fragrant. If it worked for our grandparents maybe it’ll work for us too!