The original idea of contact lenses goes back to the year 1508 and the Italian inventor, Leonardo DaVinci who was the first on record to come up with this idea. Naturally, technology has advanced incredibly over the 500+ years since then. More recently over the past few years, contact lens manufacturers continually come up with different ways to make contact lenses more comfortable and the safest they have ever been. People often complain of dry, red, irritated eyes when wearing contact lenses. Thanks to technology, advances keep making contacts more permeable, moist and comfortable. For more information visit: andersonvisioncare.ca/eyewear-contacts/
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.
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.
Choosing the right frame for you can be a challenge. Most opticians have special training in how to choose the right frame. They know what styles look best on each face shape and what will also work with your new prescription. They also have a good sense of colour and design. If you are having a hard time deciding, perhaps you should consider a rimless frame – these work no matter what the occasion! Once the frame is chosen, now you have lens choices, and lens treatments. Stay tuned for our article next month to help guide you through those decisions.
Aromatherapy is also referred to as essential oil therapy. It can be defined as the art and science of using highly concentrated medicinal plant extracts to promote mental and physical health. Did you know that one of the most effective ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is by diffusing? Breathing deeply relaxes the body and allows the essential oil molecules to be utilized very efficiently. Massage is another wonderful way to enjoy essential oils. Add 3-4 drops to 1 oz of coconut oil and enjoy. Never use essential oils directly on your skin without a carrier oil and NEVER ingest essential oils. Just breathe!
Occupational burnout has been defined as a recognizable syndrome by the World Health Organization. Burnout results in physical and mental fatigue, poor productivity and overall health. Employers and employees need to set healthy boundaries to create healthy, high performing workplaces. Here are some great ways to prevent burnout: Nourish a safe culture making it ok to admit if the workload is too high. Compromise and negotiate workload. Delegate. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Create a ‘not-to-do’ list. Take breaks. Practice mindfulness. Practice saying no. Offer flexibility or telecommuting options Find more workplace wellness tips at WellnessWorksCanada.ca.
Children who are considered bright underachievers often have vision problems that make reading difficult. Sometimes they’re described as auditory learners because they can remember things they’ve heard much faster and easier than anything they’ve read. A clear sign that a vision problem may be at the root of your child’s difficulties is poor performance on written or standardized tests. It may surprise you to learn that many children who have vision problems interfering with learning actually have 20/20 eyesight (with or without glasses). A Developmental Vision Evaluation is needed to determine if a vision problem is interfering with reading.
Antioxidants in foods have the unique ability to donate an electron and transform the free radical back into a stable atom. However, antioxidants all suffer from one drawback. By donating an electron to neutralize a free radical, it becomes a new free radical itself, thus contributing to the never-ending cycle of oxidation, illness, disease and death! The solution to this problem turned out to be as simple as drinking a glass of water. But not just any water. It must be high quality ionized water with abundance of FREE electrons. Free electrons are the ONLY antioxidant that can stabilize a free radical and STOP the cycle of oxidation.
Optimize your neurology and you optimize your health! Did you know that the metatarsal area of your foot has over 10,000 nerve receptors? Their main purpose in life is to report back to your brain, via your nervous system, what is happening in your body. A neurological problem, such as MS, Parkinson’s, and Fibromyalgia can compromise messaging to the brain. Voxxlife HPT helps to improve that communication. VOXX HPT is a very specific sequence and pattern of neuro-receptor activation on the bottom of the feet that triggers a signal that aides in the brainstem reaching homeostasis.
A strong foundation in childhood can lead to a healthy, happy, and productive life. Parents can help support positive mental health by forming strong and caring relationships with their children. What are some ways in which parents can support positive mental health in their kids?
Connect – talk and listen to their feelings and experiences.
Be active together – take a walk and build physical activity into family time.
Take notice – encourage and praise the positive behaviours and choices your children make.
Keep learning – encourage your child to learn from both positive and negative experiences.
Give – your time, your words, your presence.
Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection, instigating millions of doctor visits per year. Most affected are women but about 12% of men will get a UTI, and it usually reoccurs. In looking at urinary tract health, clinical studies have shown that hibiscus flower and whole cranberry reduce the ability of E.coli to adhere to the urinary tract and enter cells, therefore preventing recurrence and lessening antibiotic use. Adding probiotics like the shelf stable Friendly Trio to rebalance bacteria, and antioxidant minerals zinc & selenium synergistically help to eliminate yeast infections that can accompany UTIs, especially following antibiotics.