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How Healthy Is Your Home?

Are the chemicals you are using to clean your home actually doing more harm than good? The average household contains more than 60 harmful chemicals, which can negatively impact your and your family’s health. Cleaning with harsh chemicals can result in eye and throat irritation,headaches and even long-term effects like endocrine disruption (hormonal effects) and asthma. Consider using our superior Norwex® Microfiber used dry it catches the smallest dust particles to create a longer-lasting clean. Used wet it lifts and traps stuck-on messes Plus removes up to 99% of bacteria from a surface using only water, when following proper care and use instructions.

Seniors Real Estate Specialist – Sheri Willick

Sheri Willlick is a REALTOR® and Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Signature in Saskatoon. Sheri holds extra designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® and a Seller Representative Specialist®. An SRES® is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. What qualities make an SRES® different? *Has knowledge, experience, and compassion in dealing with senior issues. *Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation. *Tailors the marketing of a home to the needs of an older client.

Thermography and Breast Health

October is breast cancer awareness month, and preventative health care and early detection are important factors when it comes to breast health. DITI (Digital Thermal Imaging) or Thermography is a non-invasive assessment tool using an infrared camera. This helps to visualize inflammation and dysfunction in the body to assess problems in the vascular, muscular, neural, and skeletal systems. For breast health, DITI can help create a baseline of healthy breast activity, and yearly DITI follow-ups can help detect potential physiological changes and abnormalities. Since DITI looks for changes in physiology, it can be a great secondary measure alongside mammography.

Final Wishes – Cremation

Today, many Canadians are choosing cremation as an alternative to traditional burial. Although cremation may seem like the simpler choice, selecting cremation is just the first step in deciding how best to celebrate a life well lived. Just like burial, choosing cremation allows you to have a funeral or memorial service. Most people choose a cemetery setting for the final disposition of cremated remains. Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens offers nature walks, which provide memorials in a peaceful natural setting. You can choose from a selection of keepsake urns, jewelry and memorial record packages, ensuring your loved one’s memory is with you forever.

Benefits of a Sauna Experience

A sauna is a small room that is heated to between 60-90*C. The purpose of the sauna is to heat up the body, the same way that your body would if you had a fever, helping your body heal itself! Heat decreases pain signals that reach your brain, reducing any pain or discomfort and increases the flow of oxygen to muscles helping heal damaged tissues. Heat also allows your body to sweat out any toxins that have built up in the body. Saunas are also face-friendly, they assist in relaxing face muscles, aid in clearer complexion, and help remove dirt and oil. One sauna session increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to your organs, especially your skin!

Conditions Affected by Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is connected to many other health conditions of the body. While hearing loss may not be the cause of these diseases or conditions, it is considered a risk factor for many. *Tinnitus refers to the sensation of perceiving sounds that have no external source—in other words, hearing sounds that are not there. *Meniere’s disease is a chronic inner ear disorder that causes recurring episodes of severe dizziness (vertigo), ear pressure, tinnitus and hearing loss. It typically affects only one ear, although some people experience symptoms in both ears. *Treating hearing loss aggressively can help ward off cognitive decline and dementia.

Group Exercise Classes Give You More Motivation

Should other people be part of your exercise routines? That’s largely a matter of personal preference, but exercising with a companion or in a group, whether at yoga or dance classes, or small group personal training sessions, has many upsides. That’s because people tend to stick more faithfully with group exercise classes than with solo fitness routines. “A bit of gentle peer pressure and friendly competition can go a long way when it comes to motivation,” says Dr. Dawn Skelton, a professor of aging and health at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Even informal arrangements between friends have the advantage of making you accountable to somebody other than yourself. Learn about more benefits to group fitness at ProActiveFit.ca

DIY vs Professional Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter products have the potential to whiten the teeth, but these products are vastly inferior to professional teeth whitening performed at the dentist’s office. The main differences between in-store and in-office bleaching are the properties and percentage of the peroxide tooth bleaching solution, and custom trays made in house. In-store tooth bleach is weaker and therefore not as effective in removing stains. We fit you with a custom tray, which enables the bleach solution to reach the crevices of your teeth which would otherwise be missed by whitening strips. As well, custom fitted trays pose less risk of leakage of the bleach solution to the surrounding tissues which can cause irritation.

Music Therapy for Your Mental Health

Did you know that music can help improve your mental health? Music Therapists work with people with a variety of mental illnesses to help them feel supported, improve self esteem, promote relaxation, and relieve anxiety. They are trained to assess and create treatment plans according to the needs of each individual, but if you’d like to use music more purposefully at home – start by paying attention to how certain songs or types of music make you feel. How fast are you breathing? Did your heart rate increase? Are you clenching your jaw? It’s more than just whether you like it or not!

Homeopathy for Mental Health

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day, and those looking for an alternative or complement to typical mental health therapies may be interested to know the ways in which homeopathy could benefit mental health, from anxiety to depression to addiction to other conditions. Homeopathic medicine considers the whole person, including an individual’s physical, emotional, and mental state. It involves tailored therapies that use small, diluted amounts of plants and minerals, operating with the principle of ‘treating like with like’. For example, someone with ADHD may be given something that mimics the symptoms of hyperactivity to help curb the ADHD symptoms.

Health Fun Facts

You don’t actually breathe through both nostrils at the same time.
Human noses can remember 50,000 different scents.
Humans share 60% of their DNA with bananas.