Eating Nuts Associated with Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Regularly eating nuts as part of a healthy diet offers many benefits, and recent research shows that a lower risk of heart disease could be among them. Heart disease is among the top 5 causes of death in Canada, and has many causes that are considered to be preventable. Heart & Stroke Canada estimates that [. . . more]

“What’s New in Sex?”

The title for this article is a line of dialogue spoken by actress Marlo Thomas, who portrayed Rachel’s mother Sandra Green on TV show “Friends”. In this episode, Rachel’s mother was ready to enter the dating scene again after splitting from Rachel’s father and posed the question bluntly to her daughter. It was a funny [. . . more]

Reducing Salt in Your Diet Has Many Benefits

Table salt consists of two elements, sodium and chloride, and both are essential for normal physiological functions. Sodium plays key roles in maintaining the water balance in our bodies and ensuring that nerve impulses can be transmitted to and received by various tissues. The kidneys are responsible for helping to regulate the amount of sodium [. . . more]

Natural Alternatives to Drugs for Healthy Joints

Joint pain can occur when the soft tissues that support the joint become damaged, either through injury, or everyday wear and tear. Repetitive motion/strain damages the slippery cartilage that caps bones in a joint. As the damage increases, bare areas of bone may be exposed. When unprotected bone surfaces rub together, pain and stiffness result. [. . . more]

Exercise Can Help You Quit Smoking

A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in December 2017 suggests that even moderate intensity exercise reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms in smokers. Researchers at St. George’s University of London exposed mice to nicotine for 14 days and measured the effects of exercise intensity on their nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The mice were [. . . more]

Obesity Increases Risk of Developing Dementia

According to recent research, having a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) may increase the risk of developing dementia later in life. The study, published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Journal in November 2017, analyzed data from 1,349,857 dementia-free adults living in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Sweden and Finland and determined that those with [. . . more]

Sleep Apnea Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common but serious chronic condition associated with snoring that increases your risk for cardiovascular conditions and other illnesses and is a major cause of daytime fatigue. OSA is frequently associated with obesity or overweight, but can occur in people of any weight at any age. It causes you to [. . . more]

Psoriasis Severity Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Psoriasis is a skin condition with genetic and inflammatory origins. It causes areas of the skin to be reddened, roughened, itchy and topped with coarse silvery scales. The areas where it affects the skin are called plaques, and while it can show up anywhere, it is most likely to affect the elbows, knees, scalp, trunk [. . . more]

Fish-Derived Omega-3 Best for Breast Cancer Prevention

A new study reveals that omega-3s derived from fish are better than plant-based omega-3s for preventing the development of breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Guelph discovered that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are around eight times more effective in preventing the development of an aggressive form of breast cancer, known as [. . . more]

Alcohol Linked to Greater Risk of Cancer

For those who enjoy it, drinking alcohol can be a way to relax and socialize. Over the years, research has highlighted a few health benefits associated with “moderate drinking”, meaning 1 serving of alcohol for women and 2 for men per day. In a review published in March, 2014 , lead researcher Dr. James O’Keefe, [. . . more]