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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

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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Leg cramps: Where do they come from?

by Sonia Chartier, on 9 June 2014, Healthy legs - varicose veins, Healthy Living
leg cramps

At night, leg cramps set in almost imperceptibly until you are suddenly overcome with pain and awakened from your precious slumber.

Leg cramps can occur for several reasons:

  • Varicose veins
  • Magnesium deficiency, which causes poor calcium absorption
  • Sudden decrease or increase in physical activity
  • Dehydration

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What is an Allergy?

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 May 2014, Allergies
what is an allergy

An allergy occurs when your immune system recognizes an environmental or food molecule (allergen) as a dangerous intruder to get rid of.  The dreaded symptoms are just the tools your body has to get rid of the intruder.

The allergy mechanism  is quite complex and involves the immune system and a series of biochemical reactions.  It ends up with histamine and other mediators being released in the bloodstream and causing symptoms. Allergens may result from our environment, food, medication, or personal care products like skin creams or suntan lotions.

The body’s response to an allergen results in “allergy symptoms” ranging from mild to severe, and sometimes deadly.   If you are experiencing an allergic reaction you may feel tired, hazy, dizzy, or exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms.

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How to Prevent Colds During Changes in Season

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Cold and Flu
How to Prevent Colds during Changes in Season

Do you often find yourself catching a cold during a change in season?  If so, you’re not alone.

Changes in season, weather, and temperature can make people more vulnerable to colds.

Thus, prevention and maintenance of immune health is important for overall health and wellbeing year round.   Fortunately, there are natural cold remedies that can help.

Echinacea is a herb that improves the efficiency of the immune system by helping the body to recognise pathogens and respond more rapidly, increasing the chances that the pathogen will be dealt with before it can damage the body.

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