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Our Q and A Manager

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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QUESTION:
I have often wondered if there was a correlation between food and arthritic flare-ups?

RESPONSE:
Arthritic flare-ups can come and go unrelated to food choices. Many claims have been made about diet and arthritis but there is often not enough evidence to back them up. A balanced, healthy diet according to Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide is recommended and may help to reduce the overall symptoms of arthritis.

Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial due to their anti-inflammatory properties (particularly for rheumatoid arthritis). To increase the omega 3 fatty acids in your diet, use cooking and salad oils such as canola, olive and flax and eat cold water fish (for example: salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines) two to three times per week.

Weight is a key link between diet and arthritis. If you are overweight, losing weight through diet and exercise may decrease arthritic pain by reducing pressure on the weight-bearing joints.

For more information about nutrition, call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered dietitian,
      October 5, 2021

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QUESTION:

Were would I find a check list so we can prepare for wildfire season?.

ANSWER:
This list has some great information on what to do before your leave your home and also a check list of what to pack. Be prepared is key.
https://www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/emergency-pdf/ssi-wildfire-evacuation-checklist.pdf?sfvrsn=2
      August 6, 2021

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QUESTION:

We would like to start a low salt diet. What is the difference from Low sodium, No sodium and less sodium labels?

ANSWER:

Planning what you eat and balancing your meals are important ways to manage your health. Eating healthy often means making changes in your current eating habits. A registered dietitian can provide in-depth personalized nutrition education, tailor these general guidelines to meet your needs, and help you begin a personal action plan. Some evidence suggests a daily sodium restriction to 1500 milligrams (1.5 grams) may benefit patients with cardiovascular risks including heart failure, hypertension, kidney disease, African-American ethnicity, and all middle aged and older adults.

The best way to start is to read your labels. The sodium content is listed on the food label per serving size. Ignore the % daily value and focus on the amount of mg sodium per serving. Decrease the total amount of sodium you consume to 2,000 milligrams (mg) or 2 grams (g) per day or less.

Foods labeled Low sodium are 140 mg or less per serving.
No sodium have less than 5 mg per serving.
Less Sodium can still be very high. It just means they lowered the salt in the product from what the regular product has.

A good idea is to keep a record of the amount of sodium you consume every day. Write down the amount in mg after each meal or snack.
      June 20, 2021

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Question:
I have made my decision to get the Covid-19 vaccine but I am not sure how to register. from Fiona B.

Answer:
Not sure where you are living, so if your in Canada you could try your local health ministry website or check out this government website that has lots of details and up to date information.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines.html
      May 4, 2021

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QUESTION:

My 17 year old daughter keeps forgetting to take her medication that she MUST take for her condition but she keeps forgetting. Any advise that might help with her and help me from nagging her all the time. from Bee D.

ANSWER:

This is a common concern that many parents have or caregivers of their parents or family members.

*First she could try to place her medication close to where she will see them? by laptop maybe?
*You could together fill up tablets once a week in a Tablets dispensing tray with the days of the week on them?
*You could suggest she mark a calendar each day.

If none of these work, you might visit your local pharmacy and ask them to make up a two-week supply in a blister pack. It is usually a free service and they will also divide medications 4 times a day.
This helps if they need to spread tablets out during the day.
An example might be:
*Morning - Thyroid,
*Lunch - Multi-vitamin, Vit D and calcium,
*Dinner - Iron & Vit C,
*Bedtime - Calcium and Melatonin.

This also means that she can visually see when she has missed a tablet and you can too.
It is a great service the pharmacy offer and can really help someone get into routine too.

Hope this helps



      April 7, 2021

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Hello,
My cholesterol is a bit high so I want to pick foods that are low in cholesterol. If the product food Labels says Zero cholesterol does that mean it is okay to eat. I ask because some foods could be batter zucchini and say zero cholesterol on food label and that can't be good for you. Do you have any suggestions as how best to use the food labels and how best to pick low cholesterol foods. with thanks from Liam, Salmon Arm, BC

REPLY:

Any product that is made from an animal is going to contain cholesterol for example beef, pork, fish, chicken, eggs... This also includes all your dairy products like milk, butter, cheese... Foods that contain no cholesterol are grains, fruits, vegetables... It is important to stay below 200 - 300mg of cholesterol a day. So when looking at food labels, if there are animal products in the ingredients it will contain cholesterol. Your Doctor, Naturopath, certified Nutritionist or registered Dietitian can provide you with more details.

Cindy Atkinson
Q & A Manager
Certified Rolfer
B.S. Genetics and Cell Biology
      March 24, 2021

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QUESTION: I hear a lot about Vitamin D. How do we use it?

ANSWER:
The 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.
      February 18, 2021

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QUESTION:
Hello OK In Health eMagazine
I was wondering about some health tips for my pets during the holidays? I have a 5 year old cat and also a 18 month old dog who is inclined to get into everything. I also heard that dogs shouldn't eat chocolate and certain plants are dangerous. Do you have some healthy tips for our furry little friends during this busy family time.
From Dee, Calgary


ANSWER:
Hello Dee,
Thank you for this great question and especially at this time of year. Holiday hazards abound at Christmas time for pets and now is a good time to warn you of what to be careful of. You are the guardian of your pets and you are shouldered with the responsibility to protect them from harm, including harmful behaviour. The more obvious hazards include chocolate, tinsel and electrical cords, but there are others. Below is a summary of what to watch for, what to avoid and what to do if you suspect a problem.

Christmas Holidays and Pets - December 2011 By Dr. Moira Drosdovech
http://okinhealth.com/articles/Christmas-holidays-and-pets
      November 17, 2020

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Questions:
What do you suggest we do with all our fall leaves?

Answer:
Compost them as it is as Easy as 1,2,3... Wouldn't you prefer to see your garden grow instead of local landfills? Composting can reduce your household waste by more than 30%. Composting not only helps to reduce the amount of waste going to local landfills, but by adding compost to your garden, flower beds, lawn and trees you improve soil fertility and texture and reduce watering. Gather up your leaves and place in your compost or spread around your garden beds. Best of all, your plants will love it!
      October 23, 2020

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QUESTIONS:
I am often very tired in the afternoon and wonder if a nap would be a good idea or not?

ANSWER?
For some people eating a high carb lunch can cause afternoon fatigue or drinking to much coffee or caffeine drinks in morning. For some people a nap is like giving your body a chance to re-charge itself.
Here are four research-based benefits of naps, especially helpful.

1. Help you learn new information - sleep helps transport information stored in the hippocampus (where fresh memories are temporarily stored) to the brain's more permanent storage area in the neocortex.

2. Make you more productive - when you are sleep deprived, a 30 minute or shorter nap can help you make up for lost time.

3. Give you a jolt of creativity - when napping, your brain does a kind of "housecleaning".

4. Make you more pleasant to be around - a nap has been found to have the mood elevating powers of coffee.

The Mayo Clinic cites the negatives of taking a nap - sleep inertia (the groggy and disoriented feeling you have after waking up from a nap) and nighttime sleep problems (insomnia or poor sleep quality may worsen these problems for some, and long naps may interfere with nighttime sleep).

The best time to take a nap is generally between 2 and 3 pm for 10 to 30 minutes only. You might consider taking naps for new fatigue or unexpected sleepiness, to prepare for times when you need to stay up longer than usual, or as part of a daily routine.
      September 2, 2020
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