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Relaxing Lavender

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Events, Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Relaxing Lavender

Relaxing Lavender

(image by Simon Howden freedigitalphotos.net) The holiday season is fast approaching and while it can be filled with a lot of joy and festivity, we also know it can be filled with lots of stresses. For some of us our workloads actually increase so as we attempt to keep up our day-to-day responsibilities, we may also feel the additional stress of finding the perfect gift for all the special people in our lives. De-stress this holiday season with Lavender Essential Oil.   Lavender is widely known for its calming properties. Here are a few simple ways you can use Lavender: Place a few drops in the wax of a burning candle and enjoy the subtle scent in the room Dribble a few drops onto your pillow cases for peaceful sleep Add a few drops to your bath water Dab a drop on the back of your neck Place a few drops on a tissue and carry in your pocket. Throughout the day, remember to pull it out and inhale the soothing scent But lavender isn’t just great at promoting relaxation. Did you know that it’s great for burns and insect bites too? And that’s not all. I work with essential oils all the time and I love them. I put them in my products and utilize them in a myriad of ways every day. At Source Centre, I hold periodic workshops discussing the health benefits and practical applications of some common Essential Oils. Sign up for our electronic newsletter or find us on Facebook and Twitter to keep informed on the next...

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Hydration & Water Bottles the Healthy Way

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Hydration & Water Bottles the Healthy Way

Hydration & Water Bottles the Healthy Way

~ image by bertvthul ~  Years ago, I thought I was onto something. I was getting more active, drinking more water, and making other healthy lifestyle choices. It seemed like a great idea to keep my water in a hard plastic bottle. Shatterproof, lightweight, and big in capacity, it seemed perfect for carrying around for work, exercise, and travel. Soon, the evidence started surfacing that the hard plastics used in bottles (and many other items) could mimic our sex-hormones and ultimately cause problems with our health and wellness. BPA, the main chemical used to manufacture those ever-popular polycarbonate containers, and phthalates, a very common compound used to give vinyl and other plastics flexibility and a soft feel, were found to be the major culprits. I was sad to waste anything but when I saw the news, all I could do was pitch my plastic bottle into the garbage. And to the heavy and fragile mason jars I went! To my surprise, little time had passed before BPA-free bottles started showing up at my local store. Confidence restored, I thought I had found water bottle nirvana once again. Think again. As the saying goes: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. In March 2011, researchers published a study (download link to study) in Environmental Health Perspectives that showed most hard plastics leach estrogen-mimicking compounds under typical day-to-day conditions. Some plastics labeled BPA-Free (sorry Vitamix) were even more problematic than the BPA plastics they replaced. What’s the bottom line? Enjoy drinking your water. It’s refreshing, a vital nutrient to our health, and tastes great. BONUS: The only thing more enjoyable than drinking fresh clean water is to eat it! It’s naturally sweetened, chock-full of a wide spectrum of nutrients, and filtered at the cellular-level. Yes, it’s fruit. Learn more about the wonders of fruit at my FREE workshop this Tuesday, October 18, 6:30pm (click for event info) Avoid plastic containers. BPA-free doesn’t mean hormone-free. Use glass containers wherever possible. Only glass containers are likely to be hormone-free.  What are people saying about BPA and...

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Easy Ergonomics for the Office

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Easy Ergonomics for the Office

Easy Ergonomics for the Office

~ image by sgback ~ Are you sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer screen?  Well, I’m sure that many of us will answer ‘yes’ especially in this age of technology and find it quite challenging to avoid, in any type of work environment. Did you know that continually staying in the same position can lead to repetitive strain injuries, changes in posture, and a build up of stress on your system? To help make sure that you support your body in the best way possible, it’s important to have the proper set-up at your workstation. Easy adjustments that can be made are: making sure your chair is at the right height, placing the screen at the proper distance and angle, and ensuring correct placement of your mouse and keyboard. A good workstation allows you to move freely and change positions easily. Using simple modifications as you work can decrease the strain placed on joints and allow for a healthier, more productive day. Join us for our Health Body and Office Ergonomics workshop to learn how to make your workspace more comfortable. Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 6 pm. Presented by Dr. Anita Rajan,...

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Fish oil may help children with ADHD related learning disabilities.

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Fish oil may help children with ADHD related learning disabilities.

Fish oil may help children with ADHD related learning disabilities.

A recent study in the Journal of Child Health Care concluded that low Omega-3 fatty acid levels may contribute to learning disabilities related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  In this study, 75 ADHD children provided blood samples and underwent cognitive assessments. The ADHD children with learning difficulties (LD) had lower Omega-3 levels than the ADHD children without LD.   In addition, the children with higher Omega-3 levels reported less anxiety and better word recall. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold water fish, fish oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts and almonds. To find out more about how naturopathic medicine can help children with ADHD, see your Naturopathic Doctor. Yours in health,Dr. Tara Andresen, NDNaturopathic DoctorSource...

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Why Regular Activity Benefits Your Health

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Why Regular Activity Benefits Your Health

Why Regular Activity Benefits Your Health

 Regular exercise gives you these health benefits: improved fitness better posture and balance better self-esteem weight control stronger muscles and bones more energy relaxation and stress reduction My favorite activity is hiking. Why? It gives me a chance to be outdoors comfortably all year long. I see amazing things I wouldn’t see driving or even on a bike. I am strengthening my muscles, ligaments and bones. I am increasing my heart rate and feeling positive energy all over. Hiking allows me to consistently stimulate my senses and my Nervous System- all a part of a balanced healthy lifestyle! Please join me on one of my groups many hikes for all levels at letshike.ca Get Fit, Get Active, Have fun! Sue...

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Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Health | Comments Off on Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture is often used in the treatment of addictions.  It works by increasing the levels of endorphins and brain neurotransmitters that are integral to the central nervous system. These shifts help to decrease the desire for the addictive substance. Over the past decade clinical research studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in helping people quit smoking.  A 2010 study in the Journal of Neurological Research studied the effects on 29 smokers. They found that the acupuncture group experienced a significant decrease in withdrawal symptoms compared to the placebo group. In addition, they found that the acupuncture group’s attention to smoking cues diminished as well, resulting in a decreased desire to smoke.  Acupuncture is one of a broad range of natural therapies and supplements that support smoking cessation.  Your naturopathic doctor can recommend a complete treatment program that meets your individual needs. To book an appointment with Dr. Tara Andresen, call (416) 923-4325. Acupuncture is included within the scope of practice for licensed Naturopathic...

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