March is National Kidney Month. While technically every month is a good one in terms of doing what we can to eat right and move more, this is a great one to focus on our overall kidney health. Most of the time, assuming our kidneys are functioning properly, they take a backseat to larger organs like the heart and lungs.
Grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and other grapefruit products are beloved by many, and for good reason. Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and potassium, and it smells great when used in products, such as lotions and bath bombs. However, grapefruit can actually stop important aspects of a medication from being distributed properly. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 85% of medications are known to have interactions with grapefruit.
Two years ago, I wrote an article about the effects of caffeine on our gut flora — and whether or not too much coffee is killing off the good bacteria in our gut. It was an interest I had because I’ve always tried to eat in a way that allows my gut flora to work optimally—but I do love my morning coffee.
The debate on affordable drug importation has heated up as the Chinese blockbuster film Dying to Survive debuts to a solid $141 million opening and $366 million in its first eleven days. It’s wildly popular, as it taps into the minds and hearts of every day citizens.
Republicans came in claiming a mandate when they tried to “repeal and replace” Obamacare in 2017—but were handed a pretty swift defeat each time they tried to bring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the chopping block. Instead of a mandate, Congress found Americans to be spooked about health coverage, and rightly so. We pay more than nearly every other country in the world and by the looks of things, it’s not about to get any more affordable in the coming years.
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, it symbolizes for many of us, a fresh start and new beginning towards having the life we dream of. In fact, even Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook is right there with us. Unfortunately, resolutions, when not implemented with concrete steps in place, can fall to the wayside, and eventually be forgotten. What happens is a lackluster year, where we feel as though opportunities were missed (because they were), and we begin to feel hopeless.
Many people have heard of seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. It’s commonly thought of as a disorder where people are happy in the summer and sad in the winter. And while this is true in some cases, there is a lot more you need to understand about SAD. Read these seven seasonal affective disorder myths and truths to learn more – don’t miss the self-help tips at the bottom, either.
Halloween can bring more tricks than treats for kids (and their families) who suffer from food allergies. In the United States alone, one in thirteen kids has a food allergy, and many of them can be severe, or even potentially life-threatening. The scary thing is, there isn’t even a leading culprit to make things easier for those trying to have allergen free candies at Halloween. Any food can cause a reaction. Ingredients such as nuts, milk, egg, soy, or wheat are in most candies and happen to be some of the most common food allergies. However, food dyes, preservatives, and other added ingredients can also trigger reactions. What’s a consciousness and responsible citizen meant to do?
As a parent, we will always struggle to do what’s best for our kids. This includes making them eat their veggies, and weighing the pros and cons of vaccination. Did you know thousands of people—kids and adults alike are saved each year through the effective vaccination of killer diseases, such as Polio, Measles, and even Influenza?
Some people start gardening as a hobby, but what they may not know is gardening is actually good for your mental health. And it’s not just being outdoors that is beneficial, it’s actually the act of gardening itself that improves mental health.
Now that summer is finally here, chances are mosquitos and other pesky summer insects will be on the hunt. As Canadians, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s most scenic forests, lakes, and beaches, which unfortunately happen to be breeding grounds for certain insects in the warmer months.
Move over transcendental meditation and yoga, sound baths are today's hottest holistic ticket in town. It might sound like a fad or trend - and, well, frankly it is trending high right now with 33 million Google search results showing up and nearly every yoga, fitness, or meditation studio adding sound baths to their offerings. But, sound baths (a.k.a., sound therapy, sound healing, sound meditation, or vibrational sound healing) have actually been around in one form or another since the beginning of recorded history.
For many of us, the last thing we think of when we see dandelions pop up in our yard is how healthy they are to consume. Instead, we start thinking of the ways we can exterminate this little yellow flower from as soon as they arise. But did you know, dandelions have a host of health benefits that may make you reconsider your yearly purge?
When most people think of pole dancing, they think of strippers. That's not quite an accurate word association anymore. In fact, most pole dancers don't even take off their clothing. And, stripping certainly couldn't be an Olympic sport, but pole dancing is actually in the running.
Summer is wrapping up and fall is just around the corner. For many, this can be a fun, welcome change of pace. For others, it can be a stressful, anxiety-filled season. Did you know most kids suffer some form of anxiety or depression when heading back to school?
Ordinarily, your body’s pH stays fairly neutral at or near 7.4 on a scale which ranges from 0 (which is extremely acidic) to 14 (which is extremely alkaline). Most small changes in either direction have very little effect on your health.
Carissa Andrews is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.
Only until very recently, the past hundred or so years, have most humans gotten used to consistently eating three plus meals a day. Before then, meals were far sparser, and certainly more lean when set on a plate. Because of this feast or famine history with eating, there’s a theory circulating that we should be trying to restrict not only the calories we consume, but also restrict how often we eat.
Kristy Alpert is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience covering travel, food, and lifestyle topics for Canadian pharmacy drugstore.
Kristy Alpert is a freelance writer and editor with extensive experience covering travel, food, and lifestyle topics.
Carissa Andrews is an passionate author and freelancer from Minnesotan with a focus in creative writing.
Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.
There are very few herbs that can tout the beneficial aspects which have been attributed to Turmeric; a staple in Indian cuisine and curry dishes. When consumed by an otherwise healthy adult or child, turmeric—or more directly curcumin, a substance found in turmeric—can alleviate a whole host of ailments from indigestion, to reducing inflammation, and it’s even being studied for making headway with cancer cells.
Studies have been around for a long time following the myriad ways that a mother’s health and habits can affect her unborn child. For example, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking or doing drugs, vs. working out, eating right, etc.
December is synonymous with toys for the majority of us who have kids in our lives. It’s hard to imagine a Christmas without the hustle and bustle of toy aisles, or red circles in the latest toy catalogue indicating a beloved wish. As we get closer to Christmas, we picture the faces of the little ones in our lives as they open their special gifts under the tree. We anticipate the excitement, and the joy.
Having good health is a top priority for many people, especially as we come upon the holiday season and look upon the New Year. Sometimes, being healthy means doing a bit of digging to figure out how best to handle your own health, and even considerations on how to detox your body from all the bad stuff we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
We all know a healthy weight and body shape is a smart thing, and many of us can attain to reach that goal. However, if you notice your body blooming from a pear shape to an apple (ladies) or that beer gut developing, it’s time to start addressing the issues before it’s too late.
Summer is in full swing and for many families, mine included, it means plenty of beach days. I mean, how else are you going to cool down without the blissful hum of a central air unit, right? (Mental note: must get central air by next year.) However, with all the water fun comes concerns of swimmer’s itch – especially as summer winds down. In our area of central Minnesota, we’ve already had cases popping up in local lakes and let me just say – kids are not happy campers when they contract it.
Steering clear of swimmer’s itch is sometimes easier said than done, but by following the tips I’ve laid out below, you can reduce your chances significantly.
Some feminists claim this trend is unfair because it gives pudgy men a free pass, while the “mom bods" out there are still considered unflattering.
Hold up a moment while I pick my jaw off the table.
Nowadays antibiotics can be found everywhere, they are unavoidable; they are in meat, in water, in soap and mouthwash. Antibiotics are used in agriculture on animals as preventative measure. They are used in quite high amounts, so antibiotic residues can remain in the meat.
Pain in life is inevitable, but the way we manage it can vary from person to person. Some people are able to grin and bear it, while others might cringe just at the thought. Yet without pain, our body would have no way of protecting us from dangers that could become life threatening without immediate attention.
Privacy is simply the state of being unobserved. For example, changing your clothing. Keeping something private may include our fantasies and daydreams, feelings about the way the world works, and even our spiritual beliefs. When revealed, these private thoughts give another person some insight into the revealer.
Secrecy is the deliberate act of keeping something hidden.
According to studies, approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from low sexual desire, and as many as 43% may be suffering from some type of sexual dysfunction. That’s a lot of women, when you think about it. With the intense interest in all things 50 Shades of Grey, and Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ push to have the first female libido enhancing drug approved by the FDA – perhaps 2015 is women’s year to take back their sex lives.
According to a study done at Michigan State University (MSU), the answer is yes.
A Study on the Mental Health of Those Who Read 50 Shades
Amy Bonomi, chairperson and professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, conducted a study with more than 650 women between the ages of 18-24 and found disturbing trends in those who chose to read 50 Shades of Grey.
If your credit is less than stellar, and you’re trying to attract a mate, experts are saying that rather than pumping your time and money into making your appearance better – you should work at bringing up your credit score.
In some ways, though, I simply can’t relate. I met my husband on Twitter, of all places. And if I were basing our relationship on his credit score, there would have been no chance. Not because his credit score stunk, but because he didn’t have one. Period. At least, not a United States based credit score. He lived in England at the time, therefor the credit he had built his entire life didn’t jive with anything we have in place over here.
Being involved in a toxic relationship is brutal – whether it's with a parent/child, co-worker, or our most intimate relationships. When a relationship becomes toxic, or even stressful, our bodies take a hit. Of course, no relationship is blissful and conflict-free all the time. So how do you know when your relationship has crossed the toxicity threshold?
Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the United States) is an important holiday to discuss with our children. However, it is also one that we may have to work at to hold their attention, particularly for the younger ones. There isn’t the prospect of candy or presents, and it entails having to explain some of the harsher realities of human nature. War, death, freedom, and valor are each as challenging as they are important to teach. But how do we get our kids to show some interest and even retain what it means to celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans Day?
If you live somewhere like me, you’ve seen a pretty basic pharmacy design and layout that extends to pretty much any and every retail pharmacy. Needless to say, the architecture and design can be somewhat lacking in inspiration. Fortunately, there is a new wave in pharmacy architecture that proves to be a bit more enticing.
Traditional pharmacy architectural design generally focuses on:
If you happen to be one of the millions of people who take medications regularly, you know that prescription bottles can become a bit of a challenge. If you’re like me, you hate throwing away anything that can be composted, burned, or recycled/upcycled. Many recycling centers don’t recycle prescription bottles due to the number of plastic they are made from (typically #5). Fortunately, there are some creative, thrifty ways to re-use your bottles, and keep them out of our landfills at the same time.
Before you get started on any creative project using old pill bottles, there are three important tips to remember:
There’s much to be said about the uses and benefits of joining and participating on Twitter. For starters, you can find others who share a diagnosis, interest in healthcare reform, interest in specific forms of medical research, or share other interests you will want to pursue. You'll find people to ask questions of, or people to share your own resources with. This type of talk keeps you mentally healthy, which is something we all can benefit from.
See the Canada Day parade, live jazz performances & more at Granville Island.
As we get older, we’ve been told it is normal for our brains to shrink in size and our memory to be compromised. However, Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not inevitable to our future. In fact, brain mass loss can be slowed down or halted all together with a little bit of knowledge.
Here are 6 tips provided by CanadianPharmacyKing.com to keeping your mind healthy as you age:
1. Move that body.
It's true; we enjoy keeping our readers well informed, and on their toes. So with that in mind, we have our first Canadian Pharmacy King Pop Quiz to help you uncover some great information you definitely want to know about. Now's the time to get some insights you may have missed, but most of all have some fun!
1.) What should you be sure to have with you if your medicine is confiscated while traveling?
a. Extra medicine
b. A cellphone
c. A letter from your doctor
Here's a clever and interesting recent quote from philosophersmail.com: "An interest in - improvement is a sign of hope; hope that we'll work out how to fix stuff: wars, inequality, battery life, anger, dropped signals and - most important of all (yet most secretly) - ourselves."
It's interesting because the word "fix" isn't often used with the word "hope." Yes, we hope for peace, equality, long battery life, tranquility and good cellular coverage.
It makes the medicine go down, right?
And that's not all the delightful things sugar can do"a good thing, since we eat over 50 pounds of it (24kg) each year.
There's plenty of evidence that a moderate amount of sugar is quite a good source of energy, and it makes our skin plump and glowing as well. The sugar industry reminds us that it's much better for us than other kinds of sweeteners. So maybe a little isn't a bad thing.
And let's not forget that you can't really have good chocolate without getting some sugar...
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