Well Street Blog

The avocado.  This fruit is now well known as a superfood for good reason.  Here’s a highlight of what makes the avocado a nutritional powerhouse: Healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats Why it Matters:  Good, heart healthy fats. A good helping of fibre =Helps your heart and digestive tract Chock full of vitamins (C, E, K, B’s) and minerals (iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc copper,...
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Everywhere you turn stress is touted as the bad guy.  Stress can not only impact your overall mood, increasing your risk for depression and anxiety, and your physical wellbeing, contributing to heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes,[i]but can also influence job performance, job safety, absenteeism, and disability. One in four Canadian employees will take an absence for...
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Many people feel blue after the holiday season and have a post-holiday hangover when January arrives. A combination of many factors can trigger the problem, including family anxieties, financial concerns, the lingering flu season, the continuing winter season, and unsettled routines with the ups and downs of holiday socializing. There are also many people who may or may not...
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Health Canada has just unveiled the new Canada Food Guide. And it is a serious revolution in nutritional education! After decades of drilling the concepts of “serving sizes” and “food groups” and the US “Food Pyramid”, this new Food Guide is so different, it doesn’t even mention “serving sizes” or “food groups” but instead is chock full of recommendations...
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With the days getting shorter, we’re getting into that time of year where we’re most at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency.  Why? Well, Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine Vitamin” because we get 90% of our Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight (specifically UV-B). In the winter months, our exposure to sun decreases and...
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“Happy holidays” – it almost slips out as automatically as “how are you – fine thanks”.  But the holidays are not always happy for everyone. This season of “cheer” and “merriment” and “joy”can leave some feeling like the outcast if they’re feeling down, blue, depressed, angry, anxious, stressed out, or burnt out.  As much as we may enjoy aspects...
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Effective well-being in the workplace is a global concern, and employees are becoming more vocal about their health issues and needs. Disengagement, burnout, digital overload, lack of sleep and mounting anxieties are having a profound impact on employee performance. Recent research from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, found more than a third (34 per cent) of Canadians cite workplace...
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Great advice from Dr. Alexia, on how Meditation does not have to be a struggle. Here are four valuable perspective gems that can help you experience ease with meditation. Give them a try and see what happens. 1. Meditation is an Experience Our experiences are all encompassing. Essentially being present and attentive with what is here. My eyes may be closed or...
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GET THE FACTS…. You are contagious 1-2 days before you start showing symptoms and up to a week after You can spread it to others up to 6 feet away. Flu viruses in droplets (like from a sneeze) can live in the air for hours Flu viruses in droplets survive even longer in colder temperatures Flu viruses can live on hard objects for...
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The flu vaccine causes the flu The flu vaccine does not cause the flu because it is the inactivated virus in the vaccine.  If you get the flu after getting the flu shot, it’s likely that you were exposed to the flu virus either shortly before or shortly after getting the shot.  It takes up to 2 weeks for...
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