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Live Well, Work Well – July 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – July 2018 Edition

This month we discuss the World Health Organization’s recent ban on artificially produced trans fats and helpful tips for snacking smart. WHO Calls for a Ban on Artificially Produced Trans Fat The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the artificially produced trans fats found in junk and fried foods contribute to more than 500,000 preventable deaths annually. That’s why the WHO has released REPLACE, a guide for governments to eliminate industrially produced trans fat in their countries. Their goal is to remove all artificially produced trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. What exactly is trans fat? Trans fat is vegetable fat that has been chemically altered by a process called hydrogenation. This process turns healthy fat into a solid, unhealthy fat that is worse for you than saturated fat. Trans fats boost low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – June 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – June 2018 Edition

High Blood Pressure: A Potentially Deadly Danger Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is a condition in which resting blood pressure is consistently measured at 140/90 or greater. This pressure causes your heart to strain, damages blood vessels and negatively affects vital organs. Over time, high blood pressure can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. There are several factors that put people at a greater risk for developing high blood pressure: A family history of high blood pressure Obesity and inactive lifestyles Smoking Stress Low potassium levels Excessive alcohol consumption While high blood pressure can be dangerous, it is typically preventable through lifestyle changes, including: Limiting salt, fats and alcohol Eating healthy foods Being physically active Experts recommend that those with diagnosed hypertension have their blood pressure checked frequently.     Beware of Online…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – May 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – May 2018 Edition

How Much Caffeine is Too Much? Classified as a psychoactive drug, caffeine is a bitter substance found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, some nuts and certain medicines. It has many effects on the body’s metabolism, including stimulation of the central nervous system. It can make one feel more alert and give a boost of energy. For most people, the amount of caffeine they consume each day is not harmful. However, too much of it can make one feel restless, anxious and irritable. It may also prevent a good night’s sleep and cause headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. Furthermore, if heavy caffeine use stops, it can cause withdrawal symptoms. Certain circumstances call for reducing the amount of caffeine you consume, including the following: You consume unhealthy amounts of caffeine each day, more than 500 to 600 milligrams. This is about…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – April 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – April 2018 Edition

Insomnia Triggers and Treatments Around 40 per cent of Canadians suffer from periodic insomnia. Insomnia is a condition where sufferers have trouble falling and staying asleep, wake up too early and experience fatigue during the day. If left untreated, these problems can lead to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and diabetes. Insomnia is a very individual condition, and one that can be caused by a variety of triggers, including the following: Stress from work, school, and health and family concerns Anxiety Depression Stimulants Environment and schedule changes Eating too late at night There are many treatment options for insomnia sufferers that can offer relief. Many doctors recommend behavioural treatments (sometimes accompanied by medication) as an effective means of changing sleeping patterns. If sleep difficulties occur for at least one month, contact your doctor to determine the cause of your problem….read more →

Live Well, Work Well – March Edition

Live Well, Work Well – March Edition

In this March 2018 edition we discuss the dietary benefits of fruits and vegetables, common migraine triggers, and detection methods for breast cancer.   Dietary Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and vegetables are essential to maintaining your health and contain many important nutrients. The following are some dietary benefits of fruits and vegetables to keep in mind: Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories. None have cholesterol. Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, which is important for growth, healing cuts and aiding iron absorption. Diets rich in potassium help to maintain healthy blood pressure, decrease bone loss and reduce the risk of kidney stones. To increase your potassium intake, try carrot juice, lima beans or white potatoes. Common Migraine Triggers Migraine headaches are episodic, recurrent headaches that usually occur on one side of the…read more →

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