July 17, 2017

Fatal Drugged Driving

Drugged driving is responsible for 43% of lethal car accidents and has passed alcohol as the #1 cause of accidents.
Many of these people were taking opiates for pain management, that were prescribed legally only to get them severely addicted not only ruining their life but ultimately killing them. And if they didn't die in an auto accident there is a good chance they would have died from an overdose. 
We need a healthcare system that instead gets to the root of the problem to reduce pain instead of covering it up. 
1. Get proper movement and mobility back into your body
2. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
3. Take natural anti-inflammatory supplements
4. Learn how to live an ergonomic lifestyle to prevent problems in the first place

July 13, 2017

Environmental Factors Lead to Cancer

This recent study showed that 41% of cancers in Alberta were due to modifiable lifestyle factors (poor diet, lack of physical activity, smoking etc).
"Overall, an estimated 40.8% of cancer cases in Alberta in 2012 were attributable to modifiable lifestyle and environmental risk factors. The largest proportion of cancers were estimated to be attributable to tobacco smoking, physical inactivity and excess body weight."
You have a lot of control over your health, our bodies are constantly regenerating and repairing so if you start making healthy changes today you can prevent many problems down the road!

July 11, 2017

The Risk of a High Sugar Diet During Pregnancy

Eating a diet high in processed carbohydrates (sugar) during pregnancy is associated with a 100% increased risk for the babies to develop allergic asthma. 
Eating healthy is always important but especially for pregnant mothers. A high sugar diet during pregnancy can greatly impact the babies immune system causing allergies and asthma. 
"High maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of allergy and allergic asthma in the offspring, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) involving almost 9,000 mother-child pairs.

When comparing the 20 per cent of mothers with the highest sugar intake versus the 20 per cent of mothers with the lowest sugar intake, there was an increased risk of 38 per cent for allergy in the offspring (73 per cent for allergy to two or more allergens) and 101 per cent for allergic asthma."

July 7, 2017

Positivity Reduces Risk of Chronic Disease

Thoughts and attitude do influence your health! 
" People who experience not just positive emotions but a diversity of positive emotions appear to have lower levels of systemic inflammation, which may reduce their risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to research published by the American Psychological Association." 
Try to look at things in a positive light, no matter what it is you are doing.

Read more on this topic at http://www.apa.org

June 27, 2017

How Olive Oil Protects The Brain

Our bodies require the proper types of fats on a regular basis for good health. Eliminating fats and going on a low fat diet is bad news for your brain, nerves and hormones. 
"In a study published online June 21 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain -- classic markers of Alzheimer's disease."
In my opinion the two most powerful things you can do for mental health:
1. Reduce processed carbohydrates
2. Eat healthy fats

June 21, 2017

Chondroitin Sulfate Helps Knee Osteoarthritis

Do you have aches and pains in your joints? There is a lot you can do naturally from an anti-inflammatory diet to taking the right supplements. 
Chondroitin is a popular supplement that is typically combined with glucosamine, this article shows conclusive evidence on it's effectiveness. typically It will work for 50-60% of people by itself and when combined with turmeric it can work for up to 80% of people! 
Getting your knees and hips adjusted and doing proper stretching can also help.


Read the full article at www.medscape.com

June 20, 2017

Turmeric Reduces Inflammation

Cucurmin which is found in turmeric was found to help reduce depression and anxiety by 50% in people with severe depression while a placebo only worked in 13% of cases. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27723543]
Turmeric and curcumin are most well known for reducing inflammation in a similar way that NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) do but without the side effects. Depression is an inflammatory disease so it makes sense that curcumin would help.
Typically 1-2 grams of turmeric per day is where the therapeutic dose starts.

June 5, 2017

Eat Late, Gain the Weight

Food is energy. It doesn't make sense to eat a lot of food right before bed since it won't get used as energy but instead be stored as fat. However, it does makes sense to eat more food earlier in the day as it will be burned throughout the day and before bedtime. 
Another study looked at people who ate the exact same meals earlier in the day compared to later in the day. The people who ate the meals earlier in the day had greater weight loss than those who ate the meals later in the day.

Try shifting your meals earlier and don't binge eat before bedtime!


Read an article about timing your meals at sciencedaily.com!