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Source Centre Spring Refresh Guide

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Source Centre Spring Refresh Guide

Source Centre Spring Refresh Guide

Spring is here! This is a great time for cleansing, detox and embarking on new beginnings. We’re delighted to share this guide for designing your own personal cleanse (for best results, invite a friend to join you for greater accountability and fun!). Commit to nourishing yourself with whole foods, connection, and time in nature. Feel great this spring!

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Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

(Image: “Asparagus” by SOMMAI/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Spring is finally here! Even though the temperatures are still colder than we’d like, it’s clear that the spring is here. The days are longer and the sounds of birds can be heard clearly. A fundamental of every traditional medicine, including the Chinese, is that humans need to be aligned with nature and the natural environment which means adapting habits and activities according to the changes in the seasons and in nature. For every season there are recommended activities and specific nutritional requirements. Spring is the time when nature renews and rejuvenates itself emerging from the slow activities of winter. Green begins to emerge as the dominant colour. The corresponding organ in our body is the Liver. As the liver is responsible for cleaning blood and removing toxins from the system, it plays a vital function in keeping the immune system healthy and strong. Spring is also the time for us to get back to increasing our physical activity which is in sync with the role of the liver in controlling the function and flexibility of the muscles and tendons we use to move our body. Generally speaking, our spring diet should be rich with the things that resonate with the springtime energies: vegetables (especially green leafy ones), sprouts, and fresh fruits. When it comes to food groups, the following are most recommended for the season: Grains – Spelt, rye, oat and wheat. (35% of the meal) Legumes – Peas, Mung-beam. (5%-20%) Vegetables – All green leafs, green onion, leak, artichoke, asparagus, aromatic herbs such as parsley, coriander and dill and root vegetables like radish, daikon and even leak. (Vegetables ideally make up 50% of the meal with 5%-10% of the meal should containing protein, though it’s recommended not to overeat animal protein. Easier to digest and more appropriate for spring are fish, chicken, and chicken liver. If you are able to, it’s a great time to cut out all animal protein. Combining grains and legumes in the same meal provide the perfect protein.) Healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and sesame can be added to meals as well as sea vegetables such as Wakame and Spirulina. Spices – Aromatic ones: curcumin, star anise, hours-radish, fennel seeds, rosemary, and mint. Cooking methods should also be attuned to spring energies. Cooking times should be faster. Rather than the stews and soups we had during winter, we now want to do more juicing, steaming, wok cooking and sautéing. Enjoy your cooking and have a blooming and sunny...

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Preventions for Low Back Injuries

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Preventions for Low Back Injuries

Preventions for Low Back Injuries

Throughout the day, we bend our back more often than we should. Whether we realize it or not, bending our back has slowly become a normal habit in our daily lives. Many activities cause our backs to curl improperly; from picking something up to slouching in a chair. However, too much bending of the back can increase the risk of a low back injury. The damage caused to a spine from excessive bending can be compared to the bending of a tree branch: where a branch would snap – a spine would be injured. In order to prevent these injuries, there are many minor changes we can make in our daily lives. Here are three tips I would like to share with you in order to reduce the number of times you bend your back each day: 1.    Avoid Twisting Motions Twisting your upper body creates unnecessary stress to your spine. Alternatively, you can move your feel and rotate your entire body instead of twisting your upper body. Healthy exceptions include yoga or other guided physical activities. 2.    Don’t Bend 30 minutes into the Morning! Your spine is fully hydrated after a night’s sleep and therefore, it is more susceptible to injury from the stress of bending 30 minutes into the morning. 3.    Avoid Heavy Loads on the Back! If you’re trying to pick up something heavy, instead of using your back muscles use a lunge to focus the weight on your thighs. On the other hand, if you’re picking up something light, I suggest using the Golfer’s Lift. To do a golfer’s lift, stand on one leg and lift the opposite leg as you reach down. This will keep your spine straight as you bend down. It’s amazing how a few small changes will add up and prevent injury to your low back. Keeping your back injury free can be this easy. –...

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How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

Its that dreaded time of the year where your January fitness enthusiasm is slowly dwindling in a February cloud of smoke. If your resolution was to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are six easy solutions to get you back on track. Be realistic– The best way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. Instead of resolving to never eat your favorite food again, strive to avoid it rather than banish it. Make a “pros” and “cons” list- It helps to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong.People who put their goals on paper are significantly more likely to achieve them than are those who merely make mental vows. Reward yourself– Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that dosn’t contradict your resolution. Dont beat yourself up– Dont obsess over the casual slip, that wont help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take it one day at a time. Stick to it– Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Don’t give up– If you run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-february , dont get discouraged. Start over again. Recommit yourself for 24 hours, you can do anything for 24 hours, the 24 hour increments will build on each other and before you know it you will be back on track. – by Elaura Storey, Source Centre Intern...

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Just 7 Minutes a Day

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Short Entries | Comments Off on Just 7 Minutes a Day

Just 7 Minutes a Day

Is getting out of the house in the freezing weather as hard for you as it is for me? Even living in a warm and cozy home, I still experience ever-freezing hands and feet. This winter, one thing did the trick for me: exercise! While most of us are health-conscious, it can be tough to squeeze time (and be motivated) for a workout. The solution may be quicker than we think. In reports like “High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment”,  high intensity circuit training can deliver many health benefits in quickly and with no special equipment. It takes only 7 minutes (feel free to do more cycles!), a chair and a bit of space with an empty wall. You can conveniently find free apps on iOS, Google Play, Windows, or even your Pebble Watch to time your routine. There is also a website for non-smartphone users! This 7-minute workout did magic for me this winter, how about you? How are you staying warm and fit this winter? Share your thoughts below! -Helane Tweet...

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New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

New Year Resolutions: Achieve Your Goals for 2014

This New Year it seems that, yet again, everyone is making resolutions. Do you have a resolution for 2014 but aren’t sure how to see it through? Choosing a method or strategy for reaching your goals can be overwhelming.  Not to worry, though, Source Centre is here to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Read on for a list of common New Year resolutions, and what Source Centre can do to help you accomplish your goals for 2014. Lose Weight and Get Fit As the most common New Year resolution, the commitment to getting fit is the reason why it is impossible to snag a treadmill at the gym the first few months of the year. Everyone is there with the same goal, trying to lose weight and get into shape. Source Centre would like to offer other options besides the gym, where you don’t have to fight over gym equipment or a space to lay down your mat. Join us at Source Centre every Monday night at 7:30pm for Yoga with Leila. Starting January 9th, every Thursday Source Centre will also be hosting a Pilates class with Alwynn Taylor at 8:00am. Quit Smoking Quitting smoking is no easy task, especially after holiday stress. Add in the short dark days of winter, and the constant cold, and quitting smoking may seem virtually impossible. However, studies have shown that chiropractic therapy can help dissolve addiction. Brain function relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement in the spine. An abnormal position or movement of spinal vertebra can lead to nerve interference, distorting communication between the spinal cord and brain. Known as “vertebral subluxation,” it is this disruption between the brain and the spinal cord that chiropractic work focuses on. These subluxations interfere with the brain’s reward system, resulting in the need for an individual to escape undesirable feelings such as withdrawal from nicotine. At Source Centre our chiropractors Dr. Leo Quan and Dr. Allison Barriscale can help you quit smoking by restoring your spine and inner reward system to it’s full functioning state. Eat Healthier and Diet This New Year resolution has the potential to actually do your body more harm than good. It is important not to confuse eating healthier with eating less, but rather eating more nutritious foods and less empty calories with minimal nutritional value. Whether your desire to eat healthier stems from wanting to lose weight, gain weight, reduce disease risk, or live with a food allergy, our nutrition services can provide the support you need to successfully accomplish your New Year resolution. For nutritional counseling, contact Nutritionist, Fumie Yamaguchi , or our Naturopath, Tara Andresen. Get More Sleep Getting enough sleep is an essential part of keeping your body healthy. Not only is sleep crucial for brain function and memory consolidation, but lack of sleep can lead to undesired weight gain. How can Source Centre help? Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) connects the body’s inner rhythms with focused attention, gentle breath, movement and touch. By expanding your body awareness you can help your body relax, helping you not only to fall asleep, but to also sleep more deeply. Still not quite sure what SRI is? Join Source Centre January 15th, January 29th, and February 13th for introductory workshops to SRI. Be Less Stressed Reducing your stress level goes hand-in-hand with getting more sleep. If your goal is to be less stressed in 2014, Source Centre has a variety of services that can help you achieve your objective. Need a stress management plan? Source Centre will be hosting a Stress Management workshopon January 15th at 7:30pm....

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