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The harmful effect of constipation on your prostate

by Sonia Chartier, on 21 December 2015, Digestion, Men's Health
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The relationship between constipation and the prostate is kind of like the old chicken and egg conundrum. The egg: Constipation, aka the build-up of feces in the intestine (also called the bowel), can put pressure on the bladder and the prostate, which can cause symptoms resembling those associated with an enlarged prostate.

The chicken: an enlarged prostate can put pressure on the rectum and cause constipation. But wait, there’s more…

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Why sleep changes as we age?

by Sonia Chartier, on 17 December 2015, Stress and sleep
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co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, ND

Sleep is a beautiful thing. It is a state of altered consciousness when your brain is still hard at work! It is a vital physiological necessity. It’s during sleep that your body recovers, your immune system fights off infection, and cognitive functions are consolidated, namely memory.

However, there are many factors that affect our sleep. Here’s a little bit more on the topic.

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What makes your arms and legs fall asleep?

by Sonia Chartier, on 17 December 2015, Circulation, Healthy legs - varicose veins
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co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, ND

Your body has the wonderful ability to perceive its position in space. This is known as “proprioception” (proprio- = self, -ception = awareness). It does so by an intricate network of receptors and their association nerve signals that transmit stimuli (i.e. information) with regards to pressure, stretch, vibration, acceleration, etc.

This is part of the reason when you’ve been sitting (or standing) in a specific position for a too long period of time it begins to get uncomfortable and you need to move.

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Allergy and intolerance – Find out the difference

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 17 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Eating
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It is easy to confuse allergies with intolerances. They both make us feel sick, lethargic, and downright miserable.  Allergies and intolerances are your body’s reaction to particles in food, air, or through contact.

While both are a response by your immune system, they differ in many key ways: their time of onset, severity of physical symptoms, and immune system mechanism of action.

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Suffering from cold hands and feet?

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 December 2015, Circulation
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Do your digits turn numb?
Do you have a blue thumb?
Do you yearn for hot rum?
There’s herbal help to come.

A friend who suffers terribly from chilly extremities, wearing wool unless actually on Safari, found that an unexpected benefit of the menopause was that the hot flushes warmed her up!

Should you have the misfortune to be a thermostatically challenged male, or a non-menopausal female with frosty feet, there is help at heated hand.

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