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Stress effect on brain is threatening

by Sonia Chartier, on 15 June 2016, Stress and sleep
stress effect on brain

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Stress is everywhere. I often hear the phrase, “two things are certain in life: death and taxes”, but I think that should undergo a modern makeover to include stress.

Perhaps you have heard that song by “Twenty one pilots” on the radio, whose catchy lyrics chant, “Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days, When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out.”

It is true that stress has automatically has a negative connotation and that is because of the serious effects it can have on our health….

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Improve your flexibility with these 8 helpful tips

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 15 June 2016, Muscle and joint
flexibility

Are some people born with flexibility? Probably. But genetic predisposition is not the only factor that influences one’s flexibility.

Gender, body type, age, prior injury, and sedentarism all play a role in impacting level of flexibility. The most important factor for flexibility, however, is the use of the joint itself.

In other words, the more often a joint is exercised and brought through its normal range of motion, chances are it will be more flexible.

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Simple tips to prevent swollen feet

by Sonia Chartier, on 15 June 2016, Circulation, Healthy legs - varicose veins
swollen-feet

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Your feet and ankles can swell when fluid from blood vessels accumulate down there. Causes range from benign to serious and include being overweight, standing for long periods of time (e.g. lengthy car or airplane rides), hormonal changes.

This article will explore some of the underlying causes of edema, inform you on the serious ones, and provide you with a few tips to keep in mind.

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Beware of poison plants

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 14 June 2016, Allergies
poison plants

Poison ivy can be a nightmare for parents and kids alike, especially if it affects skin surfaces from head to toe.  The old saying, “Leaves of three, let it be” has been around as a mnemonic rhyme since the early 1900s.

Still holding true, the leaflets of poison ivy grow in clusters of three and, along with poison oak and sumac, are found in various locations across Canada…

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