Posts in General Health
Is Stress Making You Sick?: How Stress Affects Your Immune System

Stress is a consistent and significant player in your health. Nearly every cell in your body has receptors for stress hormones. When these chemicals are released in response to a stressor, either a physical or emotional threat, the cells of the body respond to activate different pathways and up- or down-regulate various functions. One system that’s sensitive to stress hormones is the immune system, your body’s defense and repair system. Interestingly, your body’s immune response to stress depends largely on the duration of the stress. 

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Canada's New Food Guide

The new Canada Food Guide is a HUGE step in the right direction. While I don’t agree with everything in the updated guide, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Shockingly, in our fairly health-seeking society, the national food guide has not been updated in over ten years! Well, it was about time. Everyone should take a look through the new food guide and digest (hehe) the new recommendations for themselves. Here are my thoughts on the updated Canada Food Guide (January 2019)…

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5 Tips to Make Your Healthy Eating Resolution Stick

One of the most common resolutions each year is eating healthier. Hooray! I can definitely get behind this resolution since diet is a significant contributor to health – in either a positive or negative direction, depending on what you are eating. Good intentions are a great start but turning the resolution into a daily habit is the important part. How do you make it stick? Here are my top 5 tips to turn your healthy eating resolution into healthy eating habits that will become part of your daily routine. 

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Happy Healthy Holidays

Christmas - my favourite holiday - is fast approaching! This means your holiday season of parties, treats, and gift-giving will soon be in full swing (if it isn’t already!).  The spontaneity and excitement of this season are enjoyable and rejuvenating, but adhering to healthy habits and routines becomes difficult. Don’t let the holidays de-rail your healthy habits or reverse the progress you’ve made toward your goals. There’s a lot you can do to stay on track and indulge in moderation. Learn a few tips to stay healthy over the holidays!

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