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Sugar: a child-catcher even for adults

by Sonia Chartier, on 9 August 2016, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living
sugar

Back when we humans were fighting for survival against the odds, anything sweet meant lots of lovely carbohydrates to store up against potential famine just around the corner.

And bear in mind that famine was an ongoing threat – it’s only relatively recently in evolutionary terms that shops bursting with cheap, calorie-crammed food have been available on every corner most of the hours of the day and the night.

So we’re programmed to go for sweet, and this is especially evident in stressful situations where our inner cave person takes over and prompts us into survival behavior. Even those of us who don’t really have much of a sweet tooth under usual circumstances might find ourselves unaccountably tackling the chocolate biscuits when the pressure’s on…. Continue reading >

Gardening with beneficial insects

by Sonia Chartier, on 13 April 2016, Environment, Healthy Living
beneficial insects

When considering organic gardening, we have to consider the environmental impact of conventional gardening.

Many studies have been done about the mixture of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Reports show serious immune, hormonal or neurological impacts of the current toxicity levels of our groundwater…

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Top 5 habits to change to lower your cholesterol

by Sonia Chartier, on 12 January 2016, Digestion, Healthy Living
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co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

We live in a society of plenty. We have plenty of choice when it comes to food, drinks, and lifestyles. As we everything, we choose the path of least resistance (e.g. the cheaper options, the most convenient choice, etc.). It is easier to eat at McDonald’s than to prepare a home-cooked meal.

It is easier to play video-games than go out for a run. It is easier to quit smoking in the New Year than taking that first step today—well, maybe this one isn’t that easy! The point is that we all lead busy lives and we do the best we can with whatever we have, so we cut ourselves some slack. Agreed….

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Fragrance allergies, it’s not all in your head!

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Living
fragrance allergies

For many people, typical holiday scents bring back cherished memories. But for others, they can bring migraines, itching or respiratory problems.

In fact, an increasing number of people are so sensitive to scents that simply getting through the day can be a big a big challenge for them, not to mention a huge headache.

Natural products can help, but it’s important to know which ones to choose.

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Hyperactivity or normal behaviour?

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Children's Health, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep
hyperactivity

co-written by Irma Schutte

The noticeable change in the behaviour and performance of our school children is giving cause for concern. This change does not necessarily mean that children are less gifted than they used to be. There is no doubt that it arises largely from our changed environmental conditions, especially the ever increasing flood of stimuli to which they are exposed today.

These behavioural problems also spill back into their family lives. Anxiety, aggressiveness and opposition to any form of discipline are becoming more apparent in preschool children.

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