Category: Wellness

Forget The Spa, Try Ecotherapy

What if you could improve your health and sense of well-being, increase your creativity and find deep relaxation… all by spending time amid trees? There’s no what-if about it! There’s now scientific evidence to show that all these benefits are possible simply by spending time in a wooded area. Some call it ecotherapy. The Japanese have a delightful term for it: forest bathing. The Japanese term gives us a window into what this is all about. It’s not hiking. It’s not outdoor yoga or any other sort of discipline. You can walk, but preferably without much (or any) purpose....

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Sleep Disorders

According to Statistics Canada, one in seven Canadians have insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or experience restorative sleep. Possible Causes of Insomnia There are many possible causes of insomnia including the following: Psychological conditions – Sleep disturbance is a common feature of emotional disorders. For example, 90% of depressed people have insomnia. However, insomnia is also a major risk factor for depression. It is often unclear which condition triggers the other. Gut-brain inflammation – Anxiety and depression are common causes of insomnia, and new research shows a direct link between gut microbiota and mental health disorders...

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Cold & Flu Quashers

REGULAR HANDWASHING greatly reduces the transmission of viruses. No special antimicrobial cleansers are needed, just plenty of plain old soap and warm water. REFINED SUGAR CONSUMPTION depresses the number and activity of the body’s white blood cells. Eliminate refined sugar from the diet to bolster immunity and improve your resistance to circulating viruses. GETTING ADEQUATE SLEEP is critical to general health and immunity, in particular. Studies show that subjects deprived of sleep are more susceptible to developing upper respiratory illnesses like the common cold. In addition to avoiding sugar, maintaining a healthy diet is essential to boost immunity. INCREASE...

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The Fountain of Youth! Lemon Water

At a seminar, one of the attendees asked me, “If you could make only one suggestion for balancing hormones, what would it be?” I said, “Start your day off with a cup of warm lemon water”. The top six benefits for drinking lemon water 1) Fighting Inflammation Lemons are alkaline in nature. On their own, yes, they are acidic, but when metabolized by the body they create an alkaline environment. More alkalinity in the body helps reduce inflammation. 3) Aiding Digestion The combination of the warm water with the lemon helps eliminate toxins and supports the peristalsis of the digestive...

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Q&A with Karen Jensen, ND

Dr. Karen Jensen received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Ontario in 1988. She is a well-known lecturer, has written extensively for health magazines, and has appeared regularly on television and radio stations across North America. She is the author or co-author of seven books, the most recent of which is Women’s Health Matters: The Influence of Gender on Disease. Although Dr. Jensen is retired from practice, she continues to write books and articles on the naturopathic approach to wellness. Recently, Women’s Voice had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Jensen...

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