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Cold and flu – Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 11 August 2014, Cold and Flu
cold and flu

The cold season changes our environment in ways that challenge our body: more germs to catch from the office, school, gym, planes or public transportation; extreme temperature variations; less sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities…

The smart thing to do is to prepare our body to meet these challenges and continue to enjoy good health.  Prevention is key for getting through the cold and flu season successfully. It is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to infections.

During periods when you experience excessive stress, fatigue or prolonged exposure to virus or bacteria, your immune system may be too overwhelmed to function properly and successfully prevent infection from occurring. When that happens your objective is simple:  relieve symptoms and get better fast.

The people who are most at risk of catching a bug are smokers.  So if you are stressed, lacking sleep and smoking (usually more when stressed), then your risk level is quite high because all those things affect your immune system. Continue reading >

7 tips for a healthful holiday!

by Sonia Chartier, on 7 July 2014, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep
tips for a healthful holiday!

It’s never too early for holiday planning. Not just getting the tickets and the itinerary, but ensuring that you stay healthy and happy throughout every minute of it.

#1 Be Zen

Does the mere thought of boarding a plane or boat throw you into a panic? Sure, letting your fears get the upper hand means never having to deal with motion sickness—but you’re also missing out on a whole lot of great memories.

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Where to Start with Healthy Eating

by Sonia Chartier, on 14 June 2014, Healthy Eating
Where to start with healthy eating

Healthy eating is the foundation of good health.  It is the way to simply promote wellbeing, prevent illnesses and maintain (or reach) a healthy weight.  As it is usually true for most things, balance is key.  For good health, you must not only eat right, but exercise is also essential.

What is eating right?  Well it is not all about good food or bad food; it is about regular diet and habits.  What you do not want is to develop “orthorexia nervosa” which is the obsession of eating only the right foods.  Then you lose the fun of eating and make yourself and people eating with you miserable. Michael Pollan sums up healthy eating in his book Omnivore’s Dilemma by saying:  eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

There are all kind of diets advertised everywhere, aiming to help with weight loss: the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, the cookie diet, the no-carb, etc.  You should not to get carried away with diets that suggest something other than a balanced diet. Over the past 90 years, nearly 23 000 different kind of diets have been published and apparently none of them works on the long term to maintain health and weight.  What are the chances that the next one will?

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BPH – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 14 June 2014, Men's Health
bph

What is BPH?

BPH is short for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia – a bit of a mouthful.  As the name suggests, it is a condition of the prostate, and as such, a men’s issue.

To explain BPH, we need to review a bit of anatomy.

The prostate is a gland part of men’s reproductive organs.  It secretes seminal fluid, which is the carrier for sperm.  It is located just below the bladder.  It is shaped like a donut surrounding the urethra canal, which carries urine out of the bladder to be expelled.

Now, the issue with the prostate is that around age 40, it tends to start growing abnormally.  As the prostate grows, it squeezes the urethra making urination difficult. It is the growth of the prostate that is called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.  Benign as opposed to cancerous, and hyperplasia means enlargement by cell multiplication.

As “abnormal” as this prostate growth is, its frequency is astounding. By age 50, 50% of men are feeling symptoms.  By age 80, it is 80% of men.  At this rate, you would think we would hear more about it.  But then, most men do not talk about health issue much, especially if it has to do with a sexual organ.  Thankfully the Movember movement is doing a great job working on that.

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