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Women more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease

Women represent 72 per cent of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease according to a new nation-wide campaign launched by Alzheimer Society.

Dr. David Westaway, president of Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, said it mostly comes down to the fact that women have a longer life expectancy than men. READ

Canada is sending a third mobile lab to West Africa to help with the Ebola fight

Canada is sending a third mobile laboratory team to West Africa to help with the fight against Ebola. READ

Whooping cough still percolating through Central Zone

Central Zone is still in the midst of a whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak — and it is the only Alberta health zone currently facing an outbreak. READ

Two flu deaths in Central Alberta

Two of the province’s 23 flu-related deaths have occurred in Central Alberta as the flu season has almost reached its peak. READ

Why colon cleansing might be a good idea

One process that some people may not want to talk about — or think about, for that matter — but should be given some serious thought and consideration is colon cleansing. While it may not be the most fun of processes, it can really make a significant difference on how you feel and function on a day-to-day basis. Let’s walk you through the main benefits of colon cleansing so that you can see why this is a must-do for optimal health status. Weight loss First, most people would be surprised at just how much weight they may lose if they proceed to do a good colon cleanse. 00If you have a high amount of buildup in your colon, washing this out is going to produce instant weight loss and then, as your body is functioning better after that, it’ll also help you continue to see faster weight loss after it’s over. Colon health Next, you’ll also experience better colon health as well. If you are regularly doing colon cleansing, this can be a good way to reduce your risk of cancer or other conditions relating to the colon and GI tract. While this may not be an immediate concern for you, over time, without proper colon care and maintenance, it can become a real issue. You don’t have to colon cleanse often to reap benefits for disease prevention, but it does need to be done regularly. Improved digestive system function After doing a good colon cleanse, you’ll also experience improved digestive system function as well. You’ll be able to break down and utilize your food far better, thus you’ll be at a lower risk for nutritional deficiency and all the health concerns that go along with that. Since you’ll be making better use of the foods you eat, this can also lead to higher energy levels as well as your body is able to utilize them rather than just storing them as body fat. Enhanced concentration Finally, you’ll also find that you may experience a boost to your concentration level as well. Remember that your brain needs important vitamins and minerals to be functioning optimally as well and it’ll only get this if you are utilizing the foods you eat properly. By doing a colon cleanse, you can be sure that is the case and there are no issues regarding mental processing or concentration. So make sure you aren’t overlooking the power of the colon cleanse. While it may not be the most enjoyable process, it’s one you should be doing if you value your health. Cabel McElderry is a local personal trainer and nutrition coach. For more information on fitness and nutrition, visit the Fitness F/X website at www.fitnessfx.com. READ

B.C. nurse released from hospital after testing negative for Ebola

A B.C. nurse practitioner who was being tested for Ebola will be reunited with her family on Friday after health care workers confirmed she does not have the virus. READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Stories to help deal with the season of sickness

This week I launch my book, The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being. Because it is the season of coughs, sore throats and colds, I thought three plant stories from the book might be of interest. READ

Probiotics can change your life

It may not be what’s trending on Twitter right now, but it is certainly coming to the forefront of more people’s nutritional conversations, as it should. READ

The future of our health — well-being for kids

After presenting to a group of middle school students on the topic of nutrition recently, I got a taste of what it would be like to be a parent — tough. READ

Give body the help it needs

By the time we’re 30 years old and beyond, our lives have undergone a great deal of change. Often we are on our second career, we’re starting a family — whatever it is, it’s safe to say life has really changed. For most of us through our mid-20s to our mid-60s, much of our time is spent on our working life. READ

Woman loses over half of her body weight

Alicia Snell stepped on her new scale and stared at the number. 28 pounds. READ

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