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This column is hosted by our Q and A manager Cindy Atkinson.

   

Cindy is passionate about health. Cindy is a Certified Rolfer ®, which is a type of deep tissue manipulation that realigns the body into it's most functional shape and form. Cindy learned about the body and it's cellular structure first while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology at Washington State University. Cindy has been involved in the health food industry since 2003 and was head of the Vitamin Department for 2 years. She has continued her education on the body and it's systems being certified as a Sports Nutrition Adviser as well as a Digestive Care Aid. Cindy enjoys sharing her knowledge of all things healthy and finds the greatest joy in helping people make positive changes in their lives.  

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Cindy Atkinson -
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   Dr. Tamara Browne - ND
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  Dr. Sarah Tremblay DC BPHE - Chiropractor   Dr. Travis Pillipow DC BSc -Chiropractor
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  Shannon Larrett-Bliss, CNP,  ROHP  Nutritionalist   Maria Carr -
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Question:
What are some things you can do to help support your brain health?

https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/quiz/health-and-wellness-quiz
      January 30, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps. She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state.

She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure. Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something.

Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps. She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state.

She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure. Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something.

Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps.

She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state. She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure.

Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something. Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps.

She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state. She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure.

Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something. Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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Today let's globally set intent that we might just wish more people understood and have awareness....what she or he has is not a cold or the flu. It is a long term journey. A nap won't help... but rest and non-stess, non drama, non worry, non anxiety times helps.

She is not lazy but she is has waves of okay or bursts of energy and then waves of tired to the point of a lethargic state. She's maybe on meds to try to make it easier to thrive and not merely survive as there is no cure.

Many people say that she's faking it, looking for attention or that she will just have to push through it. Well sometimes she can push through the pain or burn out crash and live her life to the fullest when she can, but there are days where she can't even function without having to hold on to something. Her joints hurt. Her body hurts. Her mood is varying and she is sad a lot but often happy too. She tries to control her mood swings and depression. She often never lets you know too as she dosent want to he labelled as unwell etc. She takes her meds everyday and lots of vitamins to help keep her up, but some days nothing works.

She has an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE.

Please honor and show loving kindness and love of someone who is fighting Lupus, Graves Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystits, Crohn's, Sarcoidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, PBC, CIDP, Aplastic Anemia, Takayasu's arteritis and Stiff Persons Disease and vasculitis.

You dont have to share unless you want too as this post is about simple awareness and love to those who suffer from a silent disease that there is no one cure or path but awareness means we can have understanding and compassion for those suffering and one day they will find the key. Meantime we embrace the good days and thank our friends and family to help us on our bad days of a flare up.
      January 7, 2019

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QUESTION:

What ways could I boost my Immune System?

ANSWER:

Throughout our lives, our immune systems are under assault from environmental toxins. Living in crowded cities, traveling frequently in airplanes, and spending time in day care centers and schools all expose us to many more germs than people had to deal with in the past. We can protect and strengthen our immunity by eating right, getting enough activity and rest, practicing stress reduction, and cultivating healthy emotional states. There are also several herbs, such as astragalus, that can help enhance immune function. Obtained from the root of Astragalus membranaceous in the pea family, astragalus has a long history in Chinese medicine, where it is used to ward off colds and flu.
      December 4, 2018

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QUESTION:
How can a woman approaching middle age get more energy?"

ANSWER:
Many women start to feel like they're dragging in their late 30s and 40s. They're losing testosterone, which may act as an antidepressant, and experiencing a flux in their levels of estrogen and progesterone, which may also influence mood and energy. One of the most effective tactics for perking up comes down to how you plan your meals. "Many of my clients seem to think that by filling one meal with energy-generating nutrients—say, a green smoothie for breakfast or a salad at lunch—they've done their duty for the day," says dietitian Ashley Koff. "But your body needs several energy pit stops so you can refuel." Koff suggests small meals every three hours that combine a variety of nutrients. Her energy-boosting meal plan:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with hemp seeds.

A.M. snack: Half cup of cottage cheese with berries.

Lunch: Half a turkey sandwich with salad.

P.M. snack: Half cup of tuna salad with wheat crackers.

Dinner: Wild salmon with non-starchy veggies
      November 1, 2018

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QUESTION:
I have a very slow metabolism, so even though I exercise and eat healthy, I have a lot of trouble losing weight. Is there anything else I can do to speed up my metabolism without taking some sort of supplement?
– Krista*

ANSWER:
First, it's awesome that you're into exercising and eating healthy. That shows that you're dedicated to taking care of yourself.

But no supplement will speed up your metabolism, no matter what claims it makes. But there are some healthy ways to kick-start your metabolism. To wake up your metabolism, remember to eat breakfast every day. This is a great way to ensure your metabolism gets off to an early start. When you're asleep, your metabolism goes into slowdown mode — by eating breakfast you let your body know that you are up and moving. If you wait to eat breakfast, your body stays in hibernation mode a few hours longer. Also, people who skip breakfast tend to eat more calories throughout the day.

In addition to eating healthy, pay attention to portion sizes because calories can add up, even if the food is good for you.

Strength training is another great way to make sure your metabolism is at its peak. Through strength training, you can tone your muscles and boost your metabolism. The great thing about muscles, other than looking lean, is that they burn more calories than fat. No need to bust out the big weights for strength training — try some basics, like push-ups, sit-ups, resistance bands, or yoga.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
      September 19, 2018

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Question:
Does Vitamin D help me prepare for preventing the Winter Blues and the Flu?

Answer:
In northern climates vitamin D deficiency is common due to the fact that the sun’s rays are angled to such an extent that the UVB portion of these rays is filtered out. The UVB rays stimulate the biological production of active Vitamin D, D3. Although, in the summer a person produces about 20 000 IU of vitamin D in just 20 minutes, in the Canadian winter we produce virtually none, even if we do expose our skin to the sun (not likely!).

So how does this affect us?

Seemingly the effect is significant according to some recent research. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a myriad of health problems which occur more routinely in the winter than any other season or which occur more readily in Northern climates in general.

For instance, viral and bacterial infections including the Flu occur more in the winter. It has been discovered that Vitamin D turns on genes that boost production of antimicrobial peptides called cathelicidins which destroy viruses, bacteria, and other germs.

Low vitamin D levels are also associated with an increased risk of cancer, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), osteoporosis, rickets, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. In elderly people this deficiency is linked with weakness, an increased chance of developing macular degeneration, and a 2.5 times increased risk of death.

Testing is available to determine your Vitamin D status. Recommended supplemental intake during fall and winter is 1000-2000iu per day of vitamin D3. Dietary sources of active vitamin D are scarce and include some fatty fish (herring, salmon, sardines), fish liver oils, eggs from hens that have been fed vitamin D, and fortified milk and infant formulas. Other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are not usually fortified with vitamin D.
      September 1, 2018
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