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Inspiration for a healthy life!

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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Allergy and intolerance – Find out the difference

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 17 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Eating

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
cold hands and feet

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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Are period symptoms a good predictor for menopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 December 2015, Menopause, Women's Health
predictor of menopause

Not precisely, but it’s always fun to guesstimate! Certain factors do influence the age at which menopause begins, but it’s not always the ones you’d expect. At the risk of disappointing many of you, it’s true that certain links between PMS and perimenopausal symptoms have been proved scientifically, but only with respect to some symptoms.

What you can control is your diet and lifestyle, and there are natural ways to prepare for the transition to make it less of a bumpy ride.

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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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