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“Normal” nausea or PMS?

by Sonia Chartier, on 21 December 2015, Digestion, Women's Health

Although rather rare, nausea is a very real and possible symptom of PMS. And no, it’s not because you gave into your junk food cravings despite your best intentions.

If, a few days before your period, nausea destroys your sense of enjoyment or makes you grumpier than you already are, then this article is for you.

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How to eliminate bloating during perimenopause

by Sonia Chartier, on 21 December 2015, Digestion, Menopause, Women's Health

Whatever you call it—farting, flatulence or gas—bloating is the accumulation of gas in the small intestine. This digestive disorder is particularly common during PMS and perimenopause.

So what’s the link? And more importantly, how can you get rid of it?

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The harmful effect of constipation on your prostate

by Sonia Chartier, on 21 December 2015, Digestion, Men's Health

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

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

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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