Did you know that those with four legs can help those with two legs? Owning a pet may be genuinely beneficial for your physical and mental health. From helping you be more active, calmer and more sociable, to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lowering your risk for heart disease and even extending longevity, owning a dog has been found to have wonderful health consequences.
We all know that it is important to spend time in the sun. It feels good and provides us with vitamin D that is so necessary for our health. The problem, however, is that too much sun exposure combined with not having enough protection can cause painful sunburns. When it comes to protection and sunscreens, there is a lot to be said about choosing the right sunscreen.
As William James observed, “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” Let’s face it, a wandering, stressed out, anxious, sleep-deprived mind is not a happy, healthy mind.
Most people have a range of cleaning products hidden under their sink, but due to the known harmful effects of many of these chemicals (e.g. bleach and ammonia), many people are looking for safer, natural, alternatives. Many people know about using vinegar as a cleaning and disinfecting agent, but not as many realize that baking soda is another great option for cleaning your home. Not only can baking soda be used for your home as a healthy cleaning alternative, it also has many personal-care uses.
Everyone talks about probiotics. We have been hearing this expression a lot over the last ten years, and even see it on food labels, but do we really know what they are and how they work? Do we really need them? Let's find out.
This year we are again highlighting top fitness trends for the year. Some of the top trends are continuing from 2018 and some are new in the mix. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annually surveys fitness experts from around the world and here are this year’s top results!
But now that it’s late January, “walking in a winter wonderland” may not be so easy, especially if you are among the estimated 14 percent of the population that suffers with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) according to the CDC. Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the population may experience a milder form called the “winter blues.” So what causes SAD and how can you learn to cope with it?
Whether it’s the harm to your health that comes from chronically failed New Year RE-solutions, blaming yourself for not being able to create and maintain healthy habits, feeling intimidated by setting “the right” fitness habits, you certainly aren’t alone. Learn how to form healthy habits for good!
As a fitness professional and naturopath, I am constantly asked the difference between an osteopath and a physiotherapist. Although both professions have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology and hands on techniques, there are distinct differences with the two and they originate from quite different roots.
The term cryotherapy is used to refer to any type of therapy that involves the use of cold temperature for treatment. It has been used for many years in Japan and more recently in the Western countries. Thus, cryotherapy can be used to treat a variety of ailments. Topically liquid…