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Live Well, Work Well – September 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – September 2018 Edition

This month we discuss Acne Awareness Month, food-borne illnesses, and the importance of fruits and vegetables. September is Acne Awareness Month Many dismiss acne as a common, treatable skin condition. However, research has shown that acne can lead to adverse emotional effects and self-esteem concerns. To help shed some light on acne and provide management strategies, Health Canada has designated September as Acne Awareness Month. Acne, which affects 90 per cent of teens and a substantial number of adults, begins when glands connected to hair follicles in skin produce an oily substance. Then, when dead skin cells clog the inner lining of the hair follicle, the oil cannot reach the skin’s surface and a bacterium grows, causing inflammation. A variety of factors cause acne, including changing hormone levels, medications and cosmetics. While acne can impact teens and adults alike, there…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – August 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – August 2018 Edition

This month we discuss common illnesses you can catch just by swimming in a pool, the health impact of poor air quality and why your phone may cause sleep trouble. Sunrays Aren’t the Only Thing You Can Catch at the Pool As the temperature climbs, many individuals will flock to the pool to find some relief from the heat. While the cool waters can be refreshing, they could also be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick. Read on to learn about the three most common illnesses you can catch from spending a day at the pool. Cryptosporidium (Crypto) Crypto, a chlorine-resistant parasite, is one of the most common culprits for post-pool day illness and can cause diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea. Unfortunately, symptoms can last up to two weeks. To avoid getting sick, don’t swallow pool water or…read more →

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 →

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