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, www.mbwpg.cmha.ca
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!
MB Hydro Offers Many Ways to Save Did you know that Manitoba Hydro offers a low-interest loan on solar thermal heat for your pool or hot water tank or infloor system? You can have a loan for up to $7500 this will not cover the whole system but can cover a lot of the cost. This can be paid right on your hydro account monthly, while you enjoy the savings of the solar thermal system. Did you know 1 manifold of 30 tubes can provide up to 7500 BTU of heating during peak hours of sun? Converted to kw is about 7kw’s of energy you are saving per hour when it is running. Solar thermal can dramatically reduce the amount of energy you consume! The Manitoba Green Energy Tax Credit can be applied in the year you purchase your solar thermal you get 10% of the cost back on your income tax.
Lorena Mitchell, President, Evolve Green, www.evolvegreen.ca
Have you ever stepped out of the shower, grabbed a freshly cleaned towel only to be overwhelmed by a stale odor that just doesn’t smell fresh? That odor you’re smelling in your towels and washing machine? It’s mold. Fabrics can sour if you leave them wet in the washing machine. Add to that, a buildup of fabric softener can cause towels to be horribly smelly. Fabric softener doesn’t allow the fibers to rinse cleanly, and that detergent and softener build up. Your skin is exceptionally permeable; it quickly absorbs outside substances directly into the bloodstream. Additionally, any time you smell this moldy odor, you’re also breathing it in. Mold toxicity can lead to a host of health issues. Don’t ignore the signs of an unhealthy laundry routine. There is an easy way to treat washing machine and laundry mold so that it’s eliminated for good. Detergents and hot water will not treat the problem, but pureWash Pro does, every time you wash.
Kevin Shale, Low Environmental Impact Technologies, www.leit.ca
People generally have heard about floating by the terms “pods” or “tanks,” and start to feel claustrophobic. Float “Cabins” are different. Float Cabins come as large as four feet wide, eight feet long, and nearly seven feet high, and they are easily accessible easy to come out of with standard swing or sliding doors. Within each float cabin, 10 inches of water is infused with up with 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salts, this makes the water extremely buoyant. With the option to remove light and sound, you experience the sensation of floating through space. Other options include the ability to play your own music and enjoy colour therapy as well. Floating regularly helps reduce physical and mental stresses on the body. The brain gives out alpha waves associated with meditation that allows the body to recover from stress and relax. Floatation therapy is a simple way to invest in your own health and happiness.
Fluid Float Studio, www.fluidfloat.com
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, www.lalobatraumarelease.com
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. greenwoodmeadows.ca
Diabetes is a condition where blood sugar (glucose) levels are abnormally high because the body does not produce enough insulin. This condition can affect cholesterol levels, cause eye problems, kidney problems and nerve problems. Your feet must be taken care of as diabetes causes many changes. There can be neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves and affects sensation to the feet so that sometimes you cannot tell if the foot is injured. Some people carry their weight differently on their feet and calluses can form. Diabetes causes poor circulation which can contribute to damaged skin and can lead to ulcers and infections. Foot care is necessary with diabetes. Reflexology therapist will work on your endocrine system, circulatory system, immune/lymphatic system, urinary system, digestive system and musculoskeletal system. By working the feet, reflexology helps to balance the whole body and provides stress relief which also benefits your general health.
Rositha Jeanson, RCRT/Foot Reflexology Teacher, www.rositha.ca
While living with mental illness is no joke, laughing for positive mental and physical health seriously works. In fact, evidence supports the claim that a joyful heart provides a similar benefit to that of medicine. Although not considered a replacement for medical treatment, some doctors are using laughter as an adjunctive therapy. In the short and long term, laughter has been shown to, 1. Stimulate/boost the immune system; 2. Alleviate pain; 3. Reduce anxiety and stress; 4. Reduce depression; and, 5. Promote a sense of hopefulness. What if you don’t feel like laughing? No problem, fake it until you make it. Physiologically speaking, for the most part, your body doesn’t know the difference. And, faking it often leads to the real thing which may be exactly the health supplement you need to get to the positive side of negative circumstances.
Sean Miller, Canadian Mental Health Association, mbwpg.cmha.ca
Empowering author Elizabeth Gilbert asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Blue corn has been popping up as an ingredient everywhere from tortilla chips to breakfast cereal. New research suggests that anthocyanins, the nutrients that give the corn its blue color, may help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer!