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We reap what we sow

Every morning he puts on his suit and tie to begin his day’s work; the worries of the day to come taking precedence over the welfare of his family. Not that he does not care about them, but he feels compelled to concern himself with living and working in a highly competitive workforce and society.

With a last look at her hair and her clothes to make sure everything is just right, she starts toward the door to go to work when her daughter approaches her.

“Mom, can I ask you something?”

“Not right now dear, I’m almost late for work, we can talk later.”

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Fight fatigue – get your stress levels in check

Fatigue, sweet cravings and mental fog … three of the most common symptoms I observe when patients have overused their stress response system in their body, otherwise known as the adrenal glands.

The majority of us living in North America are being exposed to more stressors than ever on a daily basis. Living in a fast-paced world with growing societal demands has, in my opinion, started to take its toll on our bodies, significantly impacting our personal well-being and health.

Stress is unavoidable, even desirable in some situations.

Our bodies coping strategy is using an organ system call the adrenal glands to produce a hormone called cortisol.

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How to age well — without the fountain of youth

When it comes to aging well, many of us search for secrets to unlocking the fountain of youth. However, aging is inevitable and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing!

It is a time of life where we can simplify — worry less about the “what ifs” and “should have” and more about what we have always wanted to do. The key is to stay healthy and prevent disease so that we can be in good shape long into our older years. Keep your mind sharp, your energy up and your vitality strong by avoiding these common aging pitfalls:

• You are what you eat: This old adage holds some truth! There is no question that processed and packaged foods high in sugar, saturated fats and sodium wreak havoc on our body. These foods literally weigh us down and increase our risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The most important foods to focus on as we age are protein and veggies. While protein rebuilds old and damaged tissues, vegetables protect it with anti-aging antioxidants and rich nutrients. To keep your body lean and strong, make sure you are eating a variety of lean proteins like chicken, fish, turkey and legumes, as well lots of colourful vegetables.

• Don’t lose your muscles! Our muscle mass begins to decline as we age, and is slowly replaced by body fat. This can make us feel tired and weak, and increases our risk for injury. Resistance training is the key to a healthy fat/muscle ratio. Use free weights or resistance bands to build lean muscle, or better yet, work with a personal trainer. The most important factor is to be consistent, and aim for at least three 30-minute weight training sessions per week.

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Hope for the Future

I heard dozen times that the “youths are the hope of the future and the Fatherland...”

The youths are the ones to continue the past and present generations.

In a smallest unit of the society—a family—the children are the hope of the family’s generation.

They are the ones carrying the names, cultures, traditions and treasures of the family.

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Multivitamins — useful or useless?

Multivitamins come in all shapes, forms, sizes and colours. Some are chewable, some are liquid. Some promise to give you a longer lifespan while others guarantee they will help to ward off heart disease.

With so much advertising around the use of multivitamins, it may come as no surprise that most people presume they should be consuming a daily supplement.

However, is it really worth your time, research and investment?

Taking a multivitamin is a popular practice and many of our new patients coming into the clinic are already on a multivitamin supplement. Most people have one of two beliefs about multivitamins; either that they have all of their daily nutritional intake covered by taking one, or that multivitamins make “expensive urine” and have little benefit.

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