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Is Your Morning Coffee Killing Your Probiotics?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 15th, 2016  Match Score:4

Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.

Today I had to ask myself this question: does drinking coffee kill probiotics? This question came to me in particular due to an experiment I’m trying with a well-known nutrition supplement program and shake system. The woman I spoke to about the system was adamant that my daily 2 cups of coffee were the reason I wasn’t seeing the addictionesque results from using their products. She claimed the acid from the coffee was killing the probiotics in the nutritional system (and not the fact I already eat well, and exercise daily).

Well, this of course made me curious because of everything I’ve already read and studied about gut flora and probiotics. For instance, the best probiotics

I get why companies like this exist and make big money. There are 40 million Americans suffering from chronic gut stress, according to Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP, the Co-author of Trust Your Gut, Senior Consultant at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. More than that number are chronically obese, have energy lags, and are looking for the magic pill that fixes everything. Unfortunately, this often comes with a blind faith and a blind eye. Neither of which I’m best known for. I’ve always found it’s important to do the research and come up with your own conclusions whenever possible.

What are Probiotics Good For?

I’m sure many of you may have heard of probiotics, but you may be wondering what they’re really good for. Sure, they’re in your yogurts and such, but why do we need them? Or more importantly, what do they do?

Probiotics help to:

• Assist in digestion

• Kill or slow down the growth of bad bacteria

• Kill or slow down the growth of yeast in the body

• Detoxify and protect your intestines

• Reduce cholesterol

• Aid in absorption of minerals and vitamins

• Support the immune system

• Reduce the risk of cancer and tumors

• Help the body produce vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6

• Regulate pH value

• Reduce cholesterol when values are high

• Reduce the effects of depression

Freeze-Dried vs Live

So, this company I was talking about earlier may be freeze-drying their probiotics so they can withstand room temperature. While our freeze drying process has increased the viability of probiotic strains over the past few years, conditions have to be right. If any moisture enters the packages, the strains are activated and thus subject to the damaging effects of any other probiotic that hasn’t been refrigerated.

When purchasing live strains, it’s very important to buy them from a company that keeps them refrigerated. As I stated earlier, this includes the shipping process, too. If you buy live strains online, you want to be sure they’re kept in a refrigerated car and packaged with materials that keep the probiotics cold once they’re sitting on your doorstep.

Here’s the Rub

Now that we’ve talked about what probiotics are good for, it’s important to make sure they live long enough to do their magic. So what about this coffee kills probiotics issue?

There’s no evidence whatsoever coffee kills the probiotics in your system. However, in some instances, coffee (both brewed and instant) have increased the levels of Bifidobacterium (good bacteria) in the gut.

The interesting thing is, heat can kill probiotics. Perhaps this is where people get confused since coffee is hot and it happens to be something nearly everyone consumes first thing in the morning. The way around this issue is simply to avoid eating or drinking anything hot for 30 minutes before or after taking your probiotics—which should always be taken on an empty stomach.

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What you really should be concerned about:

While the acid from coffee doesn’t kill the probiotics, too much can still do bodily harm if left unchecked. I know that’s hard to hear, if you like your java. Here’s the harsh truth. Too much coffee/caffeine can lead to:

1. Sympathetic Nervous System Stress

2. Cortisol Levels

3. Adrenal Gland Burnout

4. Insulin Resistance

5. Catabolic Muscle Breakdown

It was important for me to note that while my daily coffee ritual was likely not the cause of my abnormal results from the nutrition company, drinking coffee can still be a problem. It’s health effects are far more reaching than the simple “awake" feeling I get in the morning. If you’re a coffee drinker (who doesn’t plan to give it up) and who also takes probiotics, timing is your most important piece of information in this article. Then again, timing really is most important for anyone taking probiotics. Remember, take them on an empty stomach with nothing hot to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before and after. Follow that rule and you’ll be just fine.

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Can Being Having an Acidic pH Cause Disease?

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 22nd, 2016  Match Score:4

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.

When the pH in our bodies are out of balance, there are tons of things that start to go wrong. For instance, as we become too acidic, our digestive system doesn’t work properly. Not only does this mean the rise of constipation and other issues, but also nutrient deficiencies. This is because your body ends up unable to absorb all the nutrients from the foods you’re eating. As your digestion is disrupted, insulin and cholesterol levels rise and your immune system falters.

SEE ALSO: Beware the Dangers of Vaping

In addition, an acidic body is much more susceptible to disease. This includes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity, and more.

How Do You Become Acidic?

There are a number of ways your body can get off course and venture towards being to acidic. Some of the ways include:

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Poor Diet

Dehydration

Constipation

Stress

Antibiotics

Sedentary Lifestyle

We live in an increasingly sedentary world. Unfortunately, this means many facets of our bodies get neglected. Exercise stimulates neurogenesis

Symptoms of High Acidity:

Being highly acidic can have some surprisingly common symptoms. Many of which you could miss if you weren’t looking for a common cause. Check them out:

  • 1. Irritability
  • 2. Brain Fog
  • 3. Constipation
  • 4. Low Endurance (Exercise)
  • 5. Salt Cravings
  • 6. Rapid, Shallow Breathing
  • 7. Fatigue
  • 8. Headaches
  • 9. Loose Teeth
  • 10. Tooth Sensitivity
  • 11. Inflamed Gums
  • 12. Mouth Ulcers
  • 13. Gastritis

  • 14. Acid Reflux
  • 15. Ulcers
  • 16. Dull Hair
  • 17. Dry Skin
  • 18. Pale Face
  • 19. Leg Cramps
  • 20. Infections
  • 21. Depression/Loss of Joy
  • 22. Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • 23. Thin/Split Nails
  • 24. Restless Sleep
  • 25. Morning Exhaustion
  • 26. Excessive Weight Gain

How Do You Correct It?

In order to correct your body’s pH, the first thing you need to do is find your baseline. You can’t determine how far off the norm you are until you have a number in your head. From there, you can start taking daily measures to put yourself right again. Here are a few tips to try:

• Test your pH – You can purchase fairly cheap over-the-counter pH strips at your local superstore, or online that allow you to test your body’s alkaline-acidic balance. Generally speaking, this can be done one of three ways:

 Urine – Urine taken first thing in the morning, but after you’ve already gone once or twice, seems to be the most effective way to measure your body’s pH.

 Saliva – Though this is a quick and easy way to test your pH, it doesn’t have as much support by the medical community. Testing saliva could be used if acidity is suspected to be high, and you’re simply looking for a quick answer.

 Blood – This is a less used option, as its not overly accurate. Blood pH generally only fluctuates when there’s an acute event happening – such as kidney failure, lung disease, or poisoning.

• Get familiar with the pH spectrum of foods, so you know what’s acidic and what’s alkaline

• Increase intake of dark colored fruits and veggies

• Reduce intake of high-protein, processed foods, flour, sugar, coffee, tea, and alcohol

• Drink lemon water

• Try miso soup

• Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil

• Use buffered vitamin C powder

Diets to Try

If you’re concerned about the acidity of your pH balance, there are full diets you can try.

Alkaline Diet

Gluten-Free

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

When our bodies are in balance, not only do we feel better, but we’re able to ward of bigger issues. No disease has ever been found to thrive in a neutral or slightly alkaline pH environment, but the worst will always thrive in an acidic one. Understanding your own body chemistry so you can live your best life is a great start to overall health. When you find you’ve veered a bit off course, you’ll then know what you need to do to get yourself back on track.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.


Is Coffee Killing Your Chance of Being GERD-Free?

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 19th, 2018  Match Score:4

Is Coffee Killing Your Chance of Being GERD-Free?

Two years ago, I wrote an article about the effects of caffeine on our gut flora

Caffeine and GERD

4 in 10 people

However, just like with probiotics and coffee—there’s no hard and fast rule stating it always causes GERD symptoms. In fact, there aren’t any well-designed studies showing that eliminating caffeine actually improves GERD symptoms, which is part of the reason the American College of Gastroenterology no longer recommends removing it as a blanket treatment for GERD patients. A 2012 study

Safe Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix with GERD

Caffeine itself can trigger a number of unwanted side-effects when consumed in higher dosages. Over-caffeination can be the biggest culprit for coffee-related heartburn. As we discussed, when caffeine levels in the body are too high, it triggers the LES to relax too much. However, it’s unclear what level may be too much for GERD sufferers. If caffeine doesn’t seem to be the problem, but drinking coffee is—it could be the amount of acid in your java. Here are a few tips to consider when trying to find the right balance between getting your caffeine fix and avoiding GERD symptoms:

1. Keep caffeine to a minimum.

According to Health Canada

2. Stick to shade-grown coffee.

3. Cold brew coffee is less acidic.

4. Darker roast coffee might also be a better fit.

5. Add a little salt to your coffee grounds.

6. While we’re on the course of making your coffee a bit more alkaline when you brew it, try adding egg shells to your brewing process to bring down its acidity.

As humans, we always want a quick fix to our problems. However, with GERD, a quick fix may not always be the most effective one. As it turns out, bigger lifestyle changes such as being more active and losing the extra belly fat are most beneficial.

Other beneficial lifestyle changes most experts agree could reduce GERD symptoms include:

• Elevating the head of your bed by six inches

• Refraining from eating 3 hours before bedtime

• Avoid alcoholic beverages

• Stop smoking

• Remain upright for at least two hours after eating

• Take antacids as prescribed by your doctor

• Increase your intake of fiber

For those working to manage these lifestyle changes while living with GERD, there are a few medications on the market that may help. Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)

Having GERD can mean altering the way you live your life, so it can be as comfortable as possible—even despite the uncomfortableness of the symptoms. Knowing what your personal triggers are really is the key to developing a game plan that works for you. Get the proper amount of exercise and reduce your weight to a healthier level to start with. While there may not be a distinct connection found between coffee/caffeine and GERD, there is something to be said about anecdotal evidence. For many people, the acidity in coffee can be a trigger—and it’s important to honor that connection if it’s there for you. Find alternative ways to lower the acidity of your morning java or eliminate coffee altogether for a healthier alternative.

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Combining Extra Cup of Coffee and Exercise Improves Kidney Function

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 9th, 2020  Match Score:3

Combining Extra Cup of Coffee and Exercise Improves Kidney Function

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. However, your kidneys are just as important. Every moment of every day, they’re filtering your blood and help you to eliminate waste through urine. They also regulate your electrolytes, balance sodium and fluid levels in your body, and even help control your blood pressure. When they stop working properly, waste builds up in the bloodstream, proteins and sugar can end up in your urine, and your body starts retaining fluid because sodium is no longer being balanced.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when there is a gradual loss of kidney function, meaning, they stop working optimally. If a decline in function continues, it can mean spending the rest of your life relying on dialysis to do the work for your kidneys. And trust me, from someone who watched her grandmother spend her last few years hooked up to a dialysis machine, it’s no fun.

Risk Factors & Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease

The cardiovascular system and kidneys are intertwined. When you take care of one, you are automatically taking care of the other. So, if you spend years ignoring your blood sugar or blood pressure, you’re most likely also doing damage to your kidneys. While it doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) as a certainty, having heart disease

The reverse is also true. Having chronic kidney disease increases your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular health issues, according to the Mayo Clinic. A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings

In fact, having diabetes is the leading cause of CKD. Following closely behind is high blood pressure, as the 2nd leading cause of CKD. Obviously, if you have BOTH diabetes and high blood pressure, you are most at risk, especially if you are aged 40+. Other risk factors include smoking, having a sedentary lifestyle

The scary thing is, CKD’s symptoms don’t always present themselves as obviously as they could. Sometimes, they start with a little nausea in the morning that dissipates as soon as your vomit. Other times, it could be a decrease in mental sharpness, loss of appetite, overall fatigue and weakness, insomnia, and muscle twitching or cramps. In some cases, you can produce more or less urine or swell up in your feet and ankles. All of these can be associated with other health issues or even stress. So, it’s important to talk to your doctor if anything unusual, no matter how mild, begins to happen.

New Research on Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease

There are a number of ways you can help to reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease. You can quit smoking, increase your water intake, limit your alcohol consumption, control your blood sugar, and eat more fruits and veggies. A plant-based diet full of whole foods is especially important. Check out these 15 detox recipes for kidney health

Coffee’s Effects on Kidney Disease

Tea might have caused a ruckus during the Revolutionary War, but coffee has revolutionized how we consume caffeine. As it turns out, there are a few studies that have come out in the past few years that link coffee consumption with a reduced risk of developing CKD, at least for women. In fact, a 2008 study out of Korea

Another study from Portuga

While additional studies are finding the same effects, there is still speculation as to why coffee seems to have a protective effect on women’s kidneys. Some speculate it’s the antioxidants found in coffee, while others believe there is an antidiabetic effect that occurs when drinking it. According to a WebMd post

Keep in mind that while a higher dose of coffee might reduce your risk for CKD, caffeine consumption can trigger unwanted side-effects if you also suffer from GERD. Be sure to check out our previous article

Exercise and Kidney Disease

If you’re not a coffee drinker, have no fear. There are other ways to reduce your CKD risk. In fact, as it turns out getting more exercise is linked to a 9% reduced risk

For those in the study who were most physical, they walked an hour or more daily or ran at least two hours weekly. Those in the least physically active (but not sedentary) group walked 15 minutes or less daily.

If you’re looking to add in more movement into your daily routine, starting simple with a walk can be just the ticket. Not only can you lose weight, increase flexibility and muscle tone, but you also improve your cardiovascular system—and reduce risks to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Better yet, add in a combo of movement and weight training

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or are concerned that you might be at risk for developing it down the road, increasing your physical activity and adding a daily cup of coffee might be a great first step. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, be sure to have your doctor monitor your kidney function as well. Remember, what’s good for your heart is good for your kidneys. If you find you need an affordable heart, diabetes, or blood pressure

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How to Enjoy Your Sichuan Sauce Without Triggering Heartburn

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 23rd, 2017  Match Score:2

Photo Credit: Kou Shui Ji or Mouth-watering Chicken (口水鸡) in Sichuan Chilly Oil Sauce, by @CANPharmacyKing from Hong Kong West Restaurant Victoria BC
Photo Credit: Kou Shui Ji or Mouth-watering Chicken (口水鸡) in Sichuan Chilly Oil Sauce, by @CANPharmacyKing from Hong Kong West Restaurant Victoria BC

Heartburn can certainly put a damper on the types of foods people enjoy—spicy foods being one of the top sour stomach and heartburn causing culprits. But what if we told you it’s still possible to enjoy your favorite Sichuan sauce without triggering heartburn or bringing on acid reflux? Furthermore, what if we told you, there are actually some pretty awesome health benefits to eating those spicy suppers? Well, there are. Let’s dig in a bit deeper to understand the risks and benefits associated with spicy food consumption.

Heartburn Triggers

Do you crave spicy meals, only to regret the decision to up the hot factor a few hours after indulging? Heartburn and acid reflux are often the culprit of some intensely unpleasant aftereffects of a yummy, spicy meal. Its official name is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and it arises when food and stomach acids get up into the esophagus by escaping the valve at the top of the stomach.

Enjoying your Sichuan sauces without triggering heartburn really is a personal affair. It all starts by knowing what your particular heartburn triggers might be. The most common causes researchers have found to trigger the burning sensation in your chest include:

• Alcohol

• Citrus fruits (including juice)

• Carbonated beverages

• Coffee and other sources of caffeine

• Chocolate

• Tomato sauces

• Fatty foods (particularly deep fried)

• Spicy foods

Spicy Food Benefits

Spicy foods might be a source of contention for heartburn sufferers, but they can also have their own unique health benefits. Sometimes, it might be worth balancing out the pros and cons to see if it’s worth giving your favorite hot sauce another try. Here are our top five benefits of enjoying spicy foods to your heart’s content:

Clears Congestion

With cold season just about upon us, spicy foods are just the trick to clear up any sinus congestion that may be bringing you down. Spicy foods contain capsaicin, and it works to clear out sinus by making your nose run. There are even studies to show that spicy foods with capsaicin help to ease sinus infections

Added Flavor

Metabolism Booster

Antioxidants

Supports Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

Recipes and Tips to Avoid Heartburn

Fortunately, even if you suffer from bouts of GERD, you can still enjoy your spicy foods. Here are three important tips to keep in mind, as well as a couple of recipes you might want to try out.

TIP #1: Smaller, frequent meals

One of the easiest, and likely most obvious tips to avoid heartburn comes down to moderation. You don’t need to say no to your Sichuan sauce if you keep your portion sizes under control. That being said, many GERD sufferers get relief by eating more frequently, as well.

TIP #2: Quit smoking, get moving

Unhealthy habits have a way of making things worse. Research has begun to pile up, indicating a correlation between smoking and susceptibility to GERD. In fact, the longer people smoke, the more likely it becomes they will suffer from acid reflux. When you combine that with obesity, your chances increase exponentially. In fact, being overweight can add pressure to the valve at the top of the stomach, increasing your BMI by just 5 can increase your GERD risk by 1.2%.

TIP #3: Sleep elevated, go for a walk

Regardless of what you eat, reflux can occur any time stomach contents rise over the stomach valve. One of the best ways to alleviate nighttime reflux is to sleep with the head of your bed elevated. This can be done by elevating the head of your bed a couple of inches with wood blocks, or deploying a wedge-shaped pillow under your torso. Gravity also is important if daytime heartburn has you down. Stay upright for a couple of hours after eating, and even try going for a light walk after a big meal to keep things moving along.

RECIPE IDEA #1: Spicy Scrambled Eggs

Need a super quick, but yummy way to rev up your metabolism in the morning? Why not try your favorite hot sauce on some scrambled eggs? Be sure to maintain an upright position after eating (or maybe go for a 20-minute walk) to avoid any reflux symptoms after eating.

RECIPE IDEA #2: Yummy Sichuan Sauce

This recipe has been modified from the Quick and Easy Sichuan (Szechuan) Sauce

Ingredients:

½ tsp ground, roasted Sichuan Peppercorns

¼ tsp salt

4 tsp tahini

2 tsp organic tamari gluten free soy sauce

1 ½ tsp chili oil with flake

½ tsp olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Great on noodles and sautéed veggies.

Hopefully you’ve realized spicy foods can still have their place—even if you suffer with GERD. All it takes is a little awareness of your personal triggers, and incorporating some mindful tips for eating spicy foods so they don’t cause unwanted reflux. That way, you can enjoy the health benefits and yummy taste without ever having any of the GERD symptoms that goes along with it. Enjoy!

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Home Safety Tips with a Twist

by Jane R. LeBlanc  -  February 6th, 2014  Match Score:1

These safety tips are great for seniors and younger folk, alike. You can never be too safe around the house. Now, a night on the town? That’s a different story.

• Make sure all rugs in the house have a non-slip backing. Have a rug a dear friend gave you that you secretly hate? Now you have a reason to stow it away!

• Install grab bars in the bathroom by the toilet and tub. They’ll provide stability in these often-slippery areas (and serve as a great place to drape wet pantyhose).

• Leave a light on in the bathroom at night. It’ll be easier to navigate the area. Plus, nothing wakes you up faster than tripping into the toilet.

• Speaking of light, keep a flashlight by your bed. You never know when you’ll need immediate light or have the urge to tell a ghost story.

• Sign up for a medical alert system. It’s hard to always keep your phone on you, but a bracelet or necklace provides a convenient way to get help to your home when you need it. Just don’t abuse the system – no pressing the button for instant dinner company.

• Change smoke alarm batteries on your birthday each year, that way it’s easier to remember the once-a-year task. Also, nothing says Happy Birthday like new batteries in a smoke detector.

• Avoid wearing long or loose clothing when cooking over the stove. Or order in and wear whatever the heck you want!

• Use a coffee maker or kettle with an automatic shut off. No one can remember anything before his or her first cup of coffee or tea.

• Make sure all electric equipment bears the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label. UL is a global leader in testing and inspection of these items. Plus, it makes your electric equipment seem super fancy and official.

• Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time and get your bearings. Remember, body parts may have shifted during naptime.

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*All safety tips taken from www.aplaceformom.com and Colorado State University.


A Spoonful of Sugar

by Krasna  -  February 14th, 2014  Match Score:1

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. Everyone knows how good chocolate is, all full of antioxidants and deliciousness. Something to do with the chemical phenylethyylamine, too, that excites us in a pleasurable way. Which makes us feel good. Which makes us look good!

Which brings us to Valentine's Day, because chocolate and this sweet holiday go together like, well, like lovers. The roots of celebrating St. Valentine go back to Roman times and are surrounded by many legends, although it wasn't until the middle ages that the day became associated with romance. For the last couple of centuries, all around the world, gifts of candy and chocolate have been the traditional offerings to the object of one's affections.

It's one day when the rules of gender equality seem to be suspended. According to Holiday Insights, women buy three-quarters of all chocolate purchases during the rest of the year, but on Valentine's Day, three-quarters of the dark, rich, creamy stuff are on the men.

And that doesn't even begin to count the heart-shaped sugar cookies, heart-decorated cakes, and tiny pastel-colored candies with messages like "LUV U" and "U R THE ONE."

Then there's the popularity of candy kisses. Yes, the foil-wrapped chocolate ones, of course, but also the candy kisses that show up again and again in song lyrics, poetry and, these days, all over the Internet. The Urban Dictionary defines "candy kisses" as kisses so sweet you may need to visit the dentist in the morning, and so sweet you forget the world around you, presumably lost in love.

Now, if you think sugar is a rush of pleasure, it's nothing compared to kisses like that. Kissing stimulates most of your cranial nerves, a lot of sensitive muscles in your face, the release of neurotransmitters in the pleasure centers of your brain, and your heart to send oxygen zipping around your whole body. Oh, yes, the scientists seem to have been very busy measuring the sweetness of kissing.

So maybe, just maybe, we seek out sweets when what we really want is a kiss? Who knows? But if you don't have a sweetheart this Valentine's Day, you might try sending yourself one of those heart-shaped boxes. Make it a big one!

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Spring Is Here: Time to Replenish Your Medicine Cabinet

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 24th, 2014  Match Score:1

Most people generally think of spring as the time for cleaning out those overrun closets, or donating unwanted items to goodwill. But let me ask you this; do you clean out your medicine cabinet, too? If you're like most of us, the answer is probably no.

Out With the Old

Throwing out anything expired, discontinued/recalled, or partially used (including any over the counter medicines) is critical to a healthy medicine cabinet. Medicines lose potency when they have gone past their expiration dates and it is recommended you check your medicine cabinet at least twice a year, getting rid of medications past their prime.

If you have some offenders lurking in your cupboard, prevent pets or other people from getting ahold of your unwanted medications by following the Guidelines for Drug Disposal

Trashing Tips

Step 1: Empty medications from their original containers into one or more plastic, re-sealable bags or even a plastic container if it has a lid.

Step 2: Add a bit of water to each bag/container.

Step 3: Mix in other undesirable trash, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter.

Step 4: Seal the containers to prevent leakages and put them in the trash.

Step 5: Before you toss the original containers, be sure to scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable to protect your privacy.

Liquid medications, such as expired cough, should be disposed of in the same way. Pour the liquid into a sealable plastic bag or container along with pills and other trash. Don't pour these liquids down the drain.

What about flushing them, you ask? Only a small handful (about 12 drugs, in fact) should be flushed down the sink or toilet. For a list of these drugs, click here

Another way to manage your meds is by taking part of your community's drug take-back program. This year's US National Drug Take Back Day is April 26th, 2014 from 10am to 2pm. Check the site to find out how you can participate.

In With the New

In addition to purging the items we no longer need, spring is a great time to think ahead to the coming months, and be prepared for the inevitable; possible bug bites, scrapes, sun exposure. Also think about any medicines you typically use throughout the year, like allergy medicines or cough medicines and refill your cabinet as needed.

Here's a great list of items we recommend you have on-hand in your well-stocked medicine cabinet:

• Allergy medicines & ointments

• Pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen for headaches and/or other aches and pains

• Hydrogen peroxide for wounds

• Antibiotic ointment

• Adhesive bandages and sterile gauze pads

• A thermometer; oral or ear (check the batteries)

• Sunscreen

• Cough medicine

• Cold/flu medicine

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Five New Rx Drugs to Keep Your Eye On

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 16th, 2014  Match Score:1

Prescription drugs are forever evolving and new therapies are being added to the mix every year to make people's lives just a little bit better. Since August of last year, the FDA has approved five new drug therapies and we think you should know about them. Each offers a unique solution to various diseases or disorders ranging from helping alleviate rosacea to treating epilepsy.

ORALAIR, approved April 2014

Developed in partnership with Greer Laboratories and Stallergenes to alleviate symptoms related to grass allergies. The first of its kind, ORALAIR is a tablet that dissolves under the tongue and is taken for about four months before the expected start of the grass pollen season and is continued through the full season. The first dose is taken in the allergy specialist's office under the supervision of a physician with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of severe allergic reactions. The patient will be observed for at least 30 minutes for symptoms of serious allergic reactions. If the patient tolerates the first dose, the remaining doses are administered once a day by the patient or the patient's caregiver in the confines of their own home.

Keep Calm and Use New RX



FARXIGA, approved Jan 2014

Developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb in partnership with Astra Zeneca to combat Type II Diabetes. FARXIGA is supplied as a tablet for oral consumption. The recommended starting dose is 5 mg one time daily, taken in the morning, with or without food. The dose can be increased to 10 mg once daily in patients tolerating FARXIGA who require additional glycemic control.

ANORA ELLIPTA, approved Dec 2013

Developed by GlaxoSmithKline to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). ANORA ELLIPTA is supplied as a powder formulation for inhalation. The recommended dose is one inhalation once daily. ANORA ELLIPTA should be administered at the same time every day. The dose should not exceed one dose every 24 hours.

APTIOM, approved Nov 2013

Developed by Sunovian Pharmaceuticals to treat partial-onset seizures. APTIOM is supplied as a tablet for oral consumption. The recommended initial dose for most people is 400 mg one time daily. After a week, the dosage can be increased to 800 mg one time daily as the recommended maintenance dosage. The maximum recommended maintenance dosage is 1200 mg once daily (after a minimum of one week at 800 mg once daily).

MIRVASO, approved Aug 2013

Developed by Galderma Labs as a once-daily ointment to treat rosacea. MIRVASO is supplied as a gel for topical administration. A pea-size amount of the gel is used once daily to each of the five areas of the face: central forehead, chin, nose, each cheek. It should then be applied smoothly and evenly as a thin layer across the entire face avoiding contact with the eyes and lips.

How many of these new prescriptions were you already familiar with? Do any of you take one of them? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know your experiences.

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Could Staying Up Late Induce Epilepsy? A Dangerous Habit Revealed

by Skye Sherman  -  September 13th, 2021  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Christopher Jolly, Unsplash.com
Photo Credit: by Christopher Jolly, Unsplash.com

Some bad habits are more obvious than others. We all know that smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating junk food causes harm to our health. But did you hear the recent news story about the 20-year-old girl who stayed up late too many days in a row? You might not believe what this unhealthy choice led to.

An article in CAC News

It might be hard to believe, but it seems that staying up late can possibly induce epilepsy. In this article, we’ll explore what can happen from a habit of staying up too late.

Irregular sleep: a risk factor that can lead to epilepsy

Did you know that sleep deprivation can trigger a seizure? According to the Epilepsy Foundation

This is likely why the girl in the article experienced an epileptic seizure after staying up too late for a long time. The Epilepsy Foundation also explains that changes in the brain’s electrical and hormonal activity occur during normal sleep-wake cycles. For some people, their sleep patterns are very tied to their seizure patterns, and that’s why poor or inadequate sleep can be a trigger.

The CAC News article explains, “Epilepsy is a common disease in neurology. It can be seen in any age group, and it is more common in adolescents. From the current epidemiological survey data, we can see that 50 to 60% of patients are teenagers. The doctor said that the cause of epilepsy in young people is mainly related to irregular living habits, e.g.:

1. Stay up late for a long time and deprive you of sleep time;

2. Too much eating at night;

3. Long-term skipping of breakfast leads to excessive hunger;

4. Like (excessive use) of electronic products, playing games and watching horror movies for a long time, putting the spirit in a state of high tension, etc.”

In other words, not getting enough sleep can cause serious health issues, including epilepsy. Sleep is an important function of our body and that’s why it can have such a major impact on our health. If you have epilepsy or are not sure if you have it, pulling an all-nighter to find out probably isn’t worth it.

Dangers of staying up too late

Of course, not everyone will experience an epileptic seizure by pulling an all-nighter or staying up too late. Only those with epilepsy will experience an epileptic seizure.

That doesn’t mean staying up too late isn’t dangerous for everyone, though. Even the healthiest people with no underlying conditions or diseases will experience some degree of harm as a result of staying up too late and not sleeping enough. That’s because staying up too late and not getting enough sleep is simply bad for you.

According to the NHS

That’s right: not getting enough sleep can actually shorten your life. If you want to become a centenarian

The Sleep Doctor

“Long-term sleep deprivation puts you at increased risk of:

● High blood pressure

● Heart attacks

● Obesity

● Type 2 Diabetes

● Infertility

● Psychosis

● Memory Loss

● Suppressed Immune Response

● Brain damage

● Death, indirectly

Wait, hold on–does that mean that not sleeping enough can actually kill you? The short answer is yes–in very, very severe situations.”

The article also explains that sleep deprivation has also been found to increase mortality in general. “A group of 3 studies conducted in 2002-2004 with large populations of people found that people who slept 5 or fewer hours per day (versus a baseline of seven) faced a 15% higher mortality rate from all causes

In addition, keep in mind that long-term sleep deprivation also puts you at increased risk of imbalanced hormones, which may lower sexual performance or cause ED (erectile dysfunction), or even lead to baldness

For all these reasons and more, don’t skip out on your sleep. It might induce epilepsy in some, but in all people, it will cause damage to your health. It’s not worth it to pull an all-nighter. If you have trouble sleeping for other reasons, seek medical attention from a healthcare professional. A doctor might recommend prescription medication for a sleep disorder if applicable. Some people also choose to self-medicate with over-the-counter (OTC) sleep supplements such as melatonin. However, it is always best to consult your physician or a trusted pharmacist before taking melatonin

Of course, it’s important to remember that one occasional sleepless night isn’t the end of the world. You might feel tired and grumpy the next day, but your body is resilient and it can recover. However, if you regularly get insufficient sleep or experience several sleepless nights in a row, that’s when the problems arise.

The NHS explains, “After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.”

Sleep is vital for so many of our body’s functions, including cell regeneration and repair, immune system strength, our mental and emotional wellbeing, and our physical abilities and endurance. Humans cannot live without sleep, so make sure you get ample hours of sleep every night. Stay on a regular sleep schedule for best results.

Sleep hygiene: How to implement good sleep habits

Looking for a healthier approach to sleep? One of the best things for you to do for your body is to stay on a regular sleep routine. Going to bed at generally the same time every night (and also getting up around the same time every day) helps your body best prepare for and expect when to sleep.

The CDC

● Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends

● Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature

● Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom

● Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime

● Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.”

Some other tips for better sleep are to avoid screen time for a few hours before bedtime, don’t eat a big meal just before bedtime, and create a comfortable and cozy sleep environment. Being in a dark room at a comfortable temperature with minimal sound pollution is the best scenario for sleep.

Make sure to prioritize your sleep like you would prioritize the other aspects of your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s a key ingredient.

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5 Ways to Live A “Healthy Liver” Day

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 19th, 2020  Match Score:1

5 Ways to Live A “Healthy Liver” Day

Did you know October is Liver Awareness Month? The liver is the second largest organ in the body and has some 500 or so critical jobs. Essentially, it’s a powerhouse by performing tasks such as producing proteins, cholesterol, and bile, as well as storing vitamins, minerals, and carbs. Plus, it breaks down toxins, alcohol, and medications

Since 1980, liver cancer incident rates have tripled, and death rates have more than doubled. An estimated 43K people will be diagnosed with liver cancer this year. With over one hundred different liver diseases, we felt it was important to join the cause and shed light on the incredible importance the liver has to your overall health. Because it’s such a complex organ (falling second only to the brain), understanding the simple ways we can protect it can be crucial to its overall health. Let’s take a look:

1. Maintain a healthy weight

One of the fastest growing forms of liver disease is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Another thing to note about maintaining a healthy weight – sometimes it’s a vicious circle. When your liver is overworked, it can cause lethargy and weight gain as it tries to keep up. Like the kidneys, the liver is a body detoxifier, after all. But at a certain point, it reaches its limit. When that happens, toxins can accumulate, and hormones can go out of balance. Scheduling a liver detox twice a year could help get you back on track and keep NAFLD at bay.

2. Exercise and eat a balanced diet

While exercise and eating right are two different things, they really do go hand in hand. In terms of exercise, both aerobic and weight training benefits the liver. With aerobic exercise, the emphasis is on cardiovascular health, which strengthens your heart and allows you to pump blood around the body easily. With weights, the focus is on muscle mass and bone density. This builds lean muscle mass, which can delay muscle wasting if you were to develop liver disease. It also prevents the access build-up of body fat that can lead to NAFLD, as well as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Consuming foods that are high in fat, sugar, and highly processed can stress your liver out as it tries to do its job. However, eating the right foods can actually detoxify your liver. Try adding more of the following to your diet: apples, beets, carrots, papayas, cabbage, and lemons. Each have their own way of cleansing and detoxifying the liver – as well as keeping you healthy overall. In addition, , coffee has a protective effect

3. Be responsible with alcohol

The liver processes 90% of consumed alcohol, with the remaining 10% being excreted via urine, sweat, or breath. Because of this high processing capability, the liver can’t always keep up with the toxin. Alcohol is known to destroy liver cells, and in some cases, permanently scar the liver (cirrhosis). It can lead to inflammation (also known as alcoholic hepatitis) and swelling of the liver. If you choose to drink alcohol, it’s important to do so in a responsible way—and certainly be careful if taking medications, as they can interact and increase problematic side effects. Healthy adults should have no more than 1-2 drinks per day and no more than eight per week if you’re a woman and fifteen a week if you’re a man. Drinking more than this puts your health (and liver) at high risk for developing jaundice, cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, and many other conditions. A sobering statistic: Between 40%-90% of the 26K annual cirrhosis deaths are alcohol related.

4. Monitor your medications and herbal products

The liver can be harmed when medications and herbal products are taken incorrectly. This includes taking too much at once or taking a medication too frequently. For example, while acetaminophen

Supplements and herbal products can also cause injury to your liver. Some of the most notable include Lipokinetix (a weight loss supplement), kava kava, Jin Bu Huan, germander, chaparral, shark cartilage, black cohosh, and more. Even certain vitamins, such as vitamin A and iron shouldn’t exceed their recommended daily doses, or it will adversely affect the liver, and in some cases, cause permanent damage.

5. Avoid toxins

Pesticides, herbicides, and cleaning products are known to all damage the liver. Be sure to use aerosol sprays in well-ventilated areas and double up protection by wearing a mask if you’re spraying insecticides, fungicides, paint, or other toxic chemicals. Don’t forget to wear gloves, long sleeves, etc. to make sure toxins aren’t also absorbed through the skin.

Protecting your liver isn’t difficult if you’re already trying to live a healthy lifestyle. But it can be more of a challenge if you’re not sure where to start. Canadian Pharmacy King wants you to live your best, healthiest life. For those of you wanting to learn more about liver cancer, perhaps you are facing liver cancer yourself, the American Liver Foundation has an online conference coming up this Friday and Saturday (October 16-17, 2020). If you want to participate with a supportive community, you can also join the American Liver Foundation’s new Facebook Group

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8 Winter Holiday Travel Tips for Seniors

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 17th, 2014  Match Score:1

by imagepointfr, Despositphoto.com
by imagepointfr, Despositphoto.com

SEE ALSO: “Senior Moments" May Just Be…Moments

1. Check the weather reports before you travel.

2. Winterize your vehicle.

3. Map out your route.

4. Create a travel emergency kit.

5. Keep a cellphone with you.

6. Keep you gas tank topped up.

7. Drink plenty of water before you go.

8. Go slow and leave more space.

There can be a lot of things to think about when it comes to winter traveling, but we hope that we've demystified some of it for you. Remember that with a little bit of planning and prep before hand, you can be more secure in traveling during the snow season. However you spend your holidays this year, we wish you safe, warm, and pleasant travels.

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Mental Health and “Game of Thrones”: Narcissists Oh My!

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 25th, 2015  Match Score:1

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by outsiderzone, despositphotos.com
Mental health probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think Game of Thrones, and according to licensed mental health counselor Colleen Jordan

And while in real life that wouldn’t be any fun, in Westeros it sure makes for great drama.

The Sociopath

Joffrey Baratheon is the character we love to hate and maybe that’s because, according to Jordan, he’s a sociopath – clinically this is known as antisocial personality disorder. When Baratheon is killing and hurting people and delighting in it, he shows off these personality disorder traits. Of course, in the show Baratheon dies before his 18th birthday and so is not technically diagnosable, but his sadistic ways certainly make him a shoe-in for the diagnosis had he lived that long.

Also visit infographic King Joffrey's Throne - A Royal Recap of The Game of Thrones

The Love of the Borderline and the Narcissist

According to Jordan, on Game of Thrones

“Borderlines and narcissists are attracted to each other, because the borderline wants to merge, have an identity, be safe and supported. And the narcissist needs someone to essentially worship them and provide them with validation. So the borderline’s fear and focus on abandonment actually feeds the narcissist."

The Alcoholic Narcissist

Tyrion may be a fun character, but he sure seems to have substance abuse issues and didn’t escape from the Lannister line without a healthy dose of narcissism, too. While, occasionally, he feels bad about his self-centered ways, this is quickly suppressed and medicated away with alcohol and sex – altering moods with substances is a definite sign that someone should look into a recovery program.

The Delusional Ones

Melisandre and Stannis are both suffering from delusional disorders on Game of Thrones

The Normal One

If all this has you thinking that Westeros is an insane asylum on rolling hills, fear not; there are a handful of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones and Mental Health

If you’re in love, or in hate, with some of the characters on Game of Thrones

To read more about Jordan’s take on mental illness and Game of Thrones, see A Therapist Explains Why Everyone On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Has Serious Issues

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Canadian Pharmacy King.


Probiotics: Follow Your Gut Feeling

by Liubov Edwards  -  June 10th, 2015  Match Score:1

Probiotics: Follow Your Gut Feeling

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. Antibiotics used, for example, in antibacterial soaps are flushed down the drain and unlike solid waste they are not removed from the water in water treatment facilities, and eventually the water recycled back into the water supply.

Antibiotics and antimicrobials are killers, but together with harmful bacteria they kill beneficial bacteria too. That is why after taking antibiotics you have to heal your gut with help of probiotics and prebiotics.

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Liubov Edwards worked as our freelance graphic designer since 2011 for Canadian online dispensing pharmacy

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Tips and Tricks for Fun Hiking with Little Ones

by Carissa Andrews  -  June 24th, 2015  Match Score:1

Photo by Tiffany
Photo by Tiffany

June is National Great Outdoors (GO!) Month here in the United States and I can think of no better way to celebrate with my little ones than to lose ourselves in nature. We are fortunate enough to live in Minnesota, where state forests, hiking trails, and paved trails are abundant.

When I was a child, my parents never took me places to wander the woods. Instead, I grew up in a part of town with a forest behind our house and I would find myself outside from dawn until dusk, when I could. From a very young age, I would roam the woods, dreaming about what life was like when there were no conventional houses, roads, cars, etc. I’d fight bad guys (broken tree branches) with my “sword" (a large stick), build teepees, and all around explore.

These days, it may not be as feasible for our kids to do the same, but we can ensure they find themselves in a bit of nature so they can build a love for it, too.

Things to Pack When Hiking with Little Ones

1. Water – The obvious one. If you plan to be out for any length of time, you all need to stay hydrated. Have each child bring their own water bottle and encourage them to sip often.

2. Snacks – This is a biggie. Kids get hungry and by having snacks with, you’ll have a way to encourage them to go a little further. For instance, “Let’s make it to the next big tree and we’ll stop for a snack break."

3. Sunscreen – Even in the shade, it’s important to wear sunscreen. Because it should be reapplied often, be sure to bring the bottle with and keep an eye on the time so it doesn’t lose its potency.

4. Hats – Even the best sunscreens won’t protect your scalp unless you apply it there. For people with hair, that’s likely not an ideal solution. Instead, invest in a wide-brimmed hat with a UV rating to protect not only your kids’ sensitive scalps, but your own as well.

5. Layers – Weather conditions can change quickly – especially when you go early in the morning and plan to spend most of the day out. Wear light layers so you can add or remove them as the weather needs.

6. Good Shoes – Perhaps this is a no-brainer, but there is nothing more uncomfortable on a hike than poor shoes. One I highly recommend are hiking shoes by Keen. They’re a bit more expensive upfront, but they are built to last. I’ve owned mine for over 4 years and I just have to replace them this year. They make them for men, women, and children – so the whole family can easily get footwear that will be comfortable and last.

7. First aid kit – Another one that should be common sense, but you’d be amazed at how often these are forgotten. Children could easily get a bug bite, skin a knee, or something else. Be sure to pack the essentials like bandaids, topical ointment, bug bite cream, and if your little one has bad allergies, bring the EpiPen.

8. Baby supplies – If you are hiking with an infant, don’t forget to pack their essentials. Baby bottles, diapers, wipes, and something to throw diapers away. Follow the hiker’s rule of “leave no trace".

5 Tips to Hiking with Little Ones

1. Time of the day. Kids function best first thing in the morning (as do many parents!). By going in the morning, you’ll all be rested, energized, and ready to go. Not to mention the weather will be cooler, and the sun lower, making it an ideal time.

2. Frequent pit stops. Like I said above, kids need break times to refuel. However, pit stops can also mean encouraging your kids to look around and see the world, rather than focusing on the destination. Take a few minutes to listen to the wind, watch the sunlight filter through the trees, dig your feet into the grass… whatever it is, plan to take time to enjoy the journey.

3. Dangle the carrot. When kids do start to drag their feet, give them a goal to reach for to keep them moving forward. Play a game like, “First one to reach the top of the big hill gets to pick the treat when we’re done." Or “when we get to the big rock up ahead, we will stop for a lemonade break."

4. Explore like a kid. Remember that kids are born explorers. They may not want to hike in a straight line like and adult. Instead, they’ll want to get down in the dirt and explore the things they find. Remember what it was like to see all the new sights when you were a kid. Look for salamanders, wild flowers, berries, caterpillars, or anything else that may catch your eye and help you connect with your kids.

5. Let them bring a friend. Older kids may think the concept of hiking is boring – especially with their family. By bringing along a friend, they can chill out, laugh, and explore with someone their own age and who isn’t related. Sometimes, that makes all the difference.

For some great places to hike in the Vancouver area, click here. If you’re like me and live in the Minnesota area, click here

No matter what, remember that hiking with kids take time, a dash of patience, and a little imagination. However, the memories you’ll make together will be priceless and you’ll be giving them the gift of loving the great outdoors.

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De-stressing With Apps In The 21st Century

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 4th, 2015  Match Score:1

It should come as no surprise that our modern lifestyles are, or can be, chocked full of stress. As we advance, we have made many strides to alleviate some of the stresses, but new ones always seem to find a way to crop up. Are we just prone to bringing stress on? Or have we not evolved enough to learn when to release the trigger finger on our flight/fight mechanism? Whatever the answer might be, there are ways both online and off-line to calm down, and find your Zen. When life gets too hectic to make you pause, there’s an app for that.

5 Apps to Get Your Calm On

De-stressing With Apps

1. 21-Day Meditations.

2. Calm.com.

3. Breathe.

4. Infinite Abundance.

5. GPS for the Soul.

As I’m sure you can imagine, there are numerous other apps out there for distressing and meditation. The apps I’ve listed are ones I’ve personally checked out, downloaded, and used. Are there apps you enjoy and recommend? If so, leave us a comment below and tell us what they are and why you love them.

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Brother Jericho Protects Cecil’s Cubs Amidst Death Claims

by Carissa Andrews  -  August 19th, 2015  Match Score:1

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by illustration_hft, despositphotos

By now, I’m sure many of you are aware of the poaching death of Cecil the lion, a local favorite in Zimbabwe. The thirteen-year-old lion has been tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in Oxford's Department of Zoology

It’s not the first poaching conviction for Palmer, either, who has one on record for killing a black bear in Wisconsin in 2006, then lying to authorities about where he killed it. Despite going underground, Palmer did issue a statement claiming he was misled by local guides to believing the hunt was legal, and he had no idea the lion he shot was “a local favorite." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement had been trying to reach Palmer, who reportedly did voluntarily reach out to them – though what their exchange was about has not been revealed. Despite Palmer’s claims that he thought the hunt was legal, Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe Environment Minister, openly condemned the killing of Cecil as “deliberate" and “illegal."

Due to his death on July 1st, Cecil leaves behind an estimated ten cubs and authorities feared early on that meant certain death for each of them. In a fortunate twist of events, Jericho – Cecil’s pride and coalition brother (not blood brother) – has adopted, rather than kill Cecil’s cubs. In a weird way, it almost reminds me of the Lion King, except in this version, the brother actually has turned out to be a hero. The conservation believes there could be reason for some of the cubs to be Jericho’s, which gives him and the lioness incentive to keep them alive.

The story doesn’t stop there, however. On August 1st, 2015, reports circled the web claiming Jericho had become the next lion to perish as a result of poachers. As you can imagine, this sparked even more of an outcry to stop the illegal hunting of these animals. As it turns out, though, the reports were inaccurate, as Jericho was spotted alive and well on August 2nd and images of him were tweeted out by Oxford University.

Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, which gave the inaccurate information, claimed it was all a case of mistaken identity. Fortunately for all except the true victim, the pride is still in tact and the little cubs are still under the watchful eye of Jericho. From all accounts, the lion that was slain really had unfortunately not been named and the poachers have yet to be caught.

As a Minnesotan myself, I struggle with finding the mentality of Mr. Palmer to be acceptable. Truthfully, I’m saddened and embarrassed to have this happen and the Minnesotan legacy tied to it. While I accept hunting to be necessary in certain circumstances, hunting for the sport of having a head on a mantle piece – not to eat, not to keep the population under control – seems ruthless. However, that’s just this one girl’s opinion over the matter. I’m relieved to know that his cubs have not succumbed to the brutality of nature and a fate not unlike their father. My only hope is that it stays that way.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you feel authorities have gone too far? Or do you believe Walter Palmer should be extradited and face judgment in Zimbabwe? Leave us your comments below. Let’s have a discussion.

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What Your Chunky Midriff Could Mean and How to Lose It

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 26th, 2015  Match Score:1

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by andrewgenn, despositphotos.com

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.

What does gaining weight in the middle mean?

According to WebMD, not all fat is created equal. In fact, the fat around the middle (also known as visceral fat) can be a signal to pay attention. The reason the fat around your belly is called visceral fat is because it builds up in the spaces between and around your viscera – otherwise known as your internal organs.

The visceral fat, when its accumulated too much around your middle, works totally against you by creating toxins that affect the way your body functions. Chemicals called cytokines, created by the fat, can boost your chances of developing heart disease. It can also create insulin resistance, thus bringing on diabetes. You’re also put at risk for developing high blood pressure, dementia, and certain types of cancers such as breast cancer, and colon cancer.

This fickle thing about belly fat is you don’t have to be obese to have a problem with visceral fat. In fact, a number of seemingly healthy-weighted people can have visceral fat, as well. The key is to pay attention to the tape measure.

Women who aren’t pregnant and have a waist measurement of more than 35", and men with a waist of 40" or more, should consider themselves at risk.

What can cause it?

There are four main reasons people pack on the mid-section pounds.

1. Sedentary life

2. Funky diet

3. Sleepless nights

4. Stress-r-us

If you’re struggling with a medical condition that exacerbates your belly weight gain, know that any effort you make in the above four sections will still pull you further away from an impending disaster.

How do you combat it?

The first thing to note is knowledge is power. Start by breaking out the measuring tape and finding our your waist measurement. If you want to get super-precise, a CT scan or an MRI can measure exactly how much visceral fat you have, but it really isn’t necessary if you plan on making some healthy changes. Write the number down before you start, so you can stay motivated through the process.

Now, remember the four main reasons the pounds have packed on? Let’s address each of those and how to attack them.

1. Exercise more

2. There is no magic pill

3. Sleep, people

4. Breathe

Stress is killing a lot of us. It’s a silent, slow killer, though. To combat this problem, we need to become more mindful of it in all ways. Stress is anything that can increase your blood pressure and heart rate; even for a short period of time. Incorporate daily meditation breaks or download some apps

If there’s only one thing you do in order to change your habits and reduce your chunky midriff, let it be this: Exercise more. Not only does it jump start your metabolism, but it also releases endorphins – feel good hormones – which in turn, reduces stress. So it’s really a one-two punch. Your health and well-being is important, however, so if you’re concerned about the weight, take your concern seriously and do something about it.

You may also like:Doping to Beat Laziness?

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Coffee Enema: A Great Therapy for the Holidays & Winter Season

by Carissa Andrews  -  December 7th, 2015  Match Score:1

**Please remember to speak with your primary care physician before following any of these suggestions. This article is for informational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice.**

by @CANPharmacyKing
by @CANPharmacyKing

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. Especially after we’ve indulged on too many holiday goodies. Not all healthy options are obvious choices, as I’m sure many of you are aware. We’re often bombarded by messages telling us something is healthy, when in fact, it can be pretty harmful and vice versa.

One of the latest trends in detoxification and health as we head into 2016 isn’t really new at all. In fact, it’s been around, in part, since the time of Ancient Egyptians. However, it was made popular again in the 1900’s, but has since fallen in and out of medical grace. So what is it we’re talking about? Enemas—and to be more specific—coffee enemas.

What’s a coffee enema?

An enema is basically fluid of some sort injected into the lower bowel by way of the rectum. In this case, the fluid being injected is coffee, with a mixture of other ingredients. There are a number of reasons someone may use a coffee enema, but there uses vary widely. The majority of people utilize enemas in general to help with constipation and other gastrointestinal issues. In the case of coffee enemas, the trend right now has to do with detoxing the body—and in specific, the liver. Who couldn’t use a liver detox after all the long nights hovered over the Christmas cookie tray with a glass of Eggnog? Am I right? However, detoxing your liver isn’t the only benefit people who have used coffee enemas claim to have.

Health Benefits Can Include:

1. Detoxifies liver

2. Reduce acne

3. Reduce toxicity in the body

4. Cleans colon

5. Better absorption of minerals and vitamins

6. Increased energy

7. Improves digestion

8. Flushes out bacteria, heavy metals, fungus, and yeast

9. Helps with depression and anxiety

Coffee enemas as a cancer treatment?

Coffee enemas first arrived on the scene between 1917 and 1920, most prominently thanks to a German-born American doctor named Max Gerson

How do I try out a coffee enema for myself?

Coffee enemas may not be for everyone. If you’re not interesting in the methodology behind them, I’d suggest giving them a miss. However, if you’re interested in trying something different to see how it affects your health, go for it. There are a number of extremely detailed, helpful sites, if you’re interested in giving a coffee enema a try that will walk you through the whole process. Here are a few I’d suggest:

1. MyGutsy.com

2. TheSkinnyConfidential.com

3. MetabolicHealing.com

4. EatNakedNow.com

You can even listen to this great podcast

Coffee enemas are touted around the world as a great way increase your energy and release toxins from the body. Perhaps as you’re thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier and lose some weight, consider adding coffee enemas to your things to try. In some skeptic circles, the jury is still out on just how effective they really are. Yet, there are countless thousands who have tried coffee enemas and swear by them. Personally, I find that if there really is no major downfall to doing them (there are very few cons, actually – and those consist more for people who suffer coffee/caffeine allergies), why not try them and see for yourself if they have any effect. In all honesty, it’s one of the only true ways to know for sure. Who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised. Besides, who doesn’t want to start off the New Year shaking off the winter blues, cleaning out the gunk from your digestive tract, and maybe even looking hotter and having more energy to boot. I know I could totally live with that.

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Carissa Andrews


Your Sedentary Life is Killing You

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 29th, 2016  Match Score:1

Photo credit by Carissa Andrews
Photo credit by Carissa Andrews
We’ve all heard it before. Sitting on your rear all day, regardless of why, is literally killing you. There’s even a name for it: Sedentary Death Syndrome (SeDS). Did you know inactivity kills more than 300,000 Americans annually? If SeDs were a true disease, it would be the 3rd biggest killer in the country; behind only heart disease and cancer. If you’re in an office job without an outlet for movement, you may want to take note. Obesity is skyrocketing at an alarming rate. According to the CDC

Being sedentary is connected with a host of complications and ailments – including, but not limited to: hypertension, heart disease, muscle weakness, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer, and even sexual dysfunction. Of course, the best way to combat SeDS is by getting up and moving. A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week is all it takes to slash your risks of all the bad stuff SeDS has to offer in half.

Unfortunately, in an era where we’re all working longer hours, more days of the week, it’s hard to find time to get in that basic amount. Add kids into the equation and you may feel like calling it quits before you even begin. I know I have at times. However, there are some fun ways to sneak in activity into your day without it causing too much disruption to your routine.

5 Ways to Combat SeDs

1. Flash Workouts

2. Lunchbreak Run

3. Standing Desk

4. Walking Desk

5. Wearables and Apps

Sometimes, getting up and moving is less of a problem of doing it and more of a problem in remembering to find time. Luckily for us, we live in a time when wearables can track how much movement we get, how many steps we’ve taken, and are readily accessible for nearly every budget. In addition, there are myriad apps that can trigger us to drink more water (like Daily Water) or get up for a break when we need it (like Break Reminder). Not to mention ones that can help us find exercises to do (like 7MWC or Jillian Michaels’ Weight Loss), track our runs (MapMyRun

While we live in a world now that requires less movement and more brain power, it’s important to find ways to maintain our health and activity. Sometimes it’s a matter of making a decision to be more active, taking the first step, and sticking with it. “Trust the process" is the best motto I can give when you begin something new and you’re unsure of the results. A year from now, even if you only make one of the changes listed above, you may be surprised at how far you’ve come and how much your life has changed. With a little luck, that will include how much your health has changed – for the better.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.


Spotlight: New Drugs Hitting the 2016 Pharmaceutical Market

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 14th, 2016  Match Score:1

Whatever ailments you may be suffering from, new breakthroughs in medication happen every day. There are a number of new medications on the market recently that are sure to be beneficial in the years to come. There have been developments in medications for type 2 diabetes treatment, managing COPD, as well as others of importance.

Here are ten newer medications we feel would be valuable for you to know about, and we hope you do too. Let’s check them out:

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ADHD

Drug: Intuniv (guanfacine)

Manufacturer: Shire Pharmaceuticals

Treatment for: Intuniv is an extended releases oral medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children at least six years of age or older.

Available on CPK


ARTHRITIS

Drug: Cuprimine (penicillamine)

Manufacturer: Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Treatment for: Cuprimine is a chelating agent used to treat Wilson’s disease, as well as treating patients with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We recently wrote an article discussing RA, which included Cuprimine’s usage.

Available on CPK


Drug: Otezla (apremilast)

Manufacturer: Celgene Corporation

Treatment for: Otezla is used to treat patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. It is also approved to treat tenderness and swelling for patients suffering with psoriatic arthritis.

Available on CPK from Countries: Canada, and United Kingdom: taclonex in canada


ASTHMA

Drug: Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate)

Manufacturer: GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Treatment for: Arnuity Ellipta is an inhalation powder used once daily as a maintenance treatment for asthma. It’s not intended for the use of treatment as a rescue inhaler.

Available on CPK


CONTRACEPTIVE

Jaydess IUS (Low-Dose Levonorgestrel) Intrauterine System

Manufacturer: Bayer

Treatment for: Jaydess is an intrauterine system meant to be used as a contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Available on CPK from Country: Canada, and the United Kingdom


COPD (CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE)

Drug: Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium and vilanterol)

Manufacturer: GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Treatment for: Anoro Ellipta is a prevention inhalation spray used for airflow obstruction or bronchospasm in patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Available on CPK


Drug: Stiolto Respimat (olodaterol and tiotropium) Inhalation Spray

Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Treatment for: Siolto Respimat is a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) fixed-dose combination for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Available on CPK


Drug: Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium inhalation powder) Inhalation Spray

Manufacturer: GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Treatment for: Incruse Ellipta is an inhalation spray treatment meant to relive acute symptoms of COPD.

Available on CPK


DIABETES (TYPE II)

Drug: Invokana (canagliflozin)

Manufacturer: Janssen

Treatment for: Invokana is a prescription medication designed to help control blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Available on CPK


Drug: Kazano (alogliptin and metformin hydrochloride)

Manufacturer: Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Treatment for: Kazano is a prescription oral medication used in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. It incorporates two medications into one, alogliptin and metaformin HCI. This medication is meant to be used in addition to healthy diet and exercise regimens.

Available on CPK


Drug: Jardiance (empagliflozin)

Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim

Treatment for: Jardiance is an oral medication used in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. It is not intended to treat Type 1 Diabetes.

Available on CPK


Drug: Synjardy (empagliflozin and metformin)

Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim

Treatment for: Synjardy is an oral medication used in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. It is not intended to treat Type 1 Diabetes.

Available on CPK


Drug: Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin and metformin)

Manufacturer: AstraZeneca

Treatment for: Xigduo XR is an oral medication used in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. It is not intended to treat Type 1 Diabetes.

Available on CPK


EPILEPSY

Drug: Briviact (brivaracetam) Oral Tablet

Manufacturer: UCB Pharma

Treatment for: Briviact is an oral medication used as an anticonvulsant for patients suffering from epilepsy who are at least 16 years of age or older.


EYE RELATED/GLAUCOMA

Drug: Simbrinza (brimonidine and brinzolamide ophthalmic)

Manufacturer: Alcon (A Novartis Company)

Treatment for: Simbrinza is an ophthalmic eye drop used to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (too much pressure in the eye).

Available on CPK


HEART-RELATED

Drug: Entresto (sacubitril and valsartan)

Manufacturer: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp

Treatment for: Entestro is an oral medication meant to reduce the risk of death or hospitalization with patients suffering from chronic heart failure.

Available on CPK


HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Drug: Prestalia (amlodipine and perindopril)

Manufacturer: Servier Pharma

Treatment for: Prestalia is an oral medication used in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Available on CPK


HYPONATREMIA

Drug: Samsca (tolvaptan)

Manufacturer: Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Treatment for: Samsca is used to treat a condition known as hyponatremia, or low levels of sodium in the blood.

Available on CPK


IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Drug: Linzess (linaclotide)

Manufacturer: Allergan & Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Treatment for: Linzess is a prescription oral medication used to treat chronic constipation, or chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Available on CPK


ORGAN REJECTION

Drug: Envarsus XR (tacrolimus) Extended Release Oral Tablet

Manufacturer: Chiesi Limited

Treatment for: Envarsus XR is an extended release oral medication used for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in kidney transplant patients.

Available on CPK


TAPEWORMS

Drug: Albenza (albendazole)

Manufacturer: Amedra Pharmaceutical, and Generic

Treatment for: Albenza is used in the treatment of tapeworm infections by killing sensitive parasites.

Available on CPK


To find out if we these drugs are currently in stock, go to our home page www.CanadianPharmacyKing.com

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Arrival of Menopause? Your Mental Health Might Take a Hit

by Carissa Andrews  -  October 21st, 2019  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by marywojo1, from flickr.com

World Menopause Day is coming up on Friday, October 18th and in honor of it, we wanted to discuss post-reproductive health and the symptoms that can go along with this life transition. As a 41-year old woman, the idea of being perimenopausal has come up a couple of times in the back of my mind. I’ve often wondered when symptoms will really start to come on and what will impact me the most. More importantly, is there anything I can proactively do to minimize them? Or when they start, is there anything I can do to relieve them naturally? I’m sure I can’t be the only one, so let’s take a closer look at the stages of menopause, how it can affect women differently, and ultimately, what can be done to live a full, engaging life – even after menopause.

What to Expect From Each Stage of Menopause

There are three main stages to menopause that women (and men) should be aware of.

1. Pre-menopause / perimenopause

2. Menopause

3. Post-menopause

Can Menopause Affect Your Mental Health?

As a matter of fact, your mental health needs to be a priority during the menopausal years. The added stresses of a body in transition, mood swings, brain fog, hot flashes, and goodness knows what else can take its toll. And while research already says women are twice as likely to suffer depression as men, menopause

Couple with it the fact that many older women tend to be less active (both physically and socially

5 Natural Ways to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

So, with all of these body/mind changes happening and somewhat crazy symptoms, how can we combat or relieve the transition as we go through menopause? The good news is, there is a lot more you can do than you might think. Here are five awesome ways to get relief 100% naturally.

1. Stay active

2. Keep a healthy diet and weight

3. Avoid alcohol

4. Keep an active sex life

5. Healthy bacteria – Hormones are upset during the menopause transition, that part is no question. But did you know it can also mean throwing the natural balance in your vagina out of whack

Menopause Treatment Options

Not every woman is going to want to go so far as treatments, but some may find their menopausal symptoms are just too much to handle. The main treatment is in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This kind of treatment involves taking a replacement form of estrogen to supplement its natural loss. It is effective and suitable to most women and can relieve a number of symptoms.

There are two types of menopausal HRT.

1. Combination HRT (estrogen and progesterone) – a combination hormone of both estrogen and progesterone is prescribed to women who still have their uterus intact. This is because estrogen by itself can actually increase the risk of uterine cancer for postmenopausal women.

2. Estrogen only HRT – estrogen on its own is given to women who have had a hysterectomy (their uterus removed).

Either of these types of medications can be prescribed in the form of tablets, skin patches, gel, or implants. We carry a number of these products

HRT does need to come with a word of warning, however. For women who have had certain types of hormonal cancers, such as breast cancer or uterine cancer, this type of therapy should be avoided – or at the very least discusses with your doctor so you know the risks.

Every woman will eventually go through some form of menopause in their lifetime. It affects us all and having the information to proactively take it on will help us live fuller, healthier lives in our older years. Hopefully this information was beneficial to you in your journey to menopause understanding and has opened the door for asking more pertinent questions to your doctor in your next visit. For those of you wanting to join in on the menopause conversation this month, be sure to check out the Twitter hashtags #worldmenopauseday and #makemenopausematter

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Improve Your Mental Health with Gardening This Summer

by Natasha Tracy   -  July 31st, 2017  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by @CANPharmacyKing

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.

Gardening Outdoors Leads to Mental Health Benefits

Access to the natural environment and outdoor spaces is “vitally important” for good mental health says the World Health Organization. And any “green exercise” (an activity in the presence of nature) leads to positive short- and long-term health outcomes. Positive effects are seen on self-esteem and mood. According to the study What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis, the presence of water actually increases these positive effects. Other outcomes from this study include:

• Greater duration and intensity improves outcomes, but even short green exercises show benefits.

• The greatest change in self-esteem was seen in the young.

• The greatest change in mood was seen in the middle-aged.

• Those with mental illness had the greatest improvements in self-esteem.

And while most people think of outdoor activities like running, walking and cycling as being outdoor activities that benefit mental health, gardening should actually be a part of that list. While gardening may not be an aerobic activity, it still is exercise, and exercise is known to improve mental health. Gardening is also known to be correlated with satisfaction in general.

According to the World Health Organization:

“Effective interventions to improve people’s connections with nature and increase outdoor activities have been implemented across a number of high-income countries, including Japan, the US and UK. Numerous mental health benefits have been documented, including: improved concentration among children with [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] ADHD after taking walks in parks; and improved employee performance and mood after the insertion of plants into offices”

Evidence of Gardening Improving Mental Health

In 2003, the literature on gardening and mental health was inconclusive but since then, more evidence on the benefits of gardening on mental health has been found. In 2013, a review of evidence published in the Mental Health Review Journal found 10 relevant papers published since 2003. All reported positive results when those with mental health concerns started gardening. Specific benefits were noted in the reduction of symptoms of depression and anxiety. Benefits were found across the domains of:

• Emotion

• Social

• Vocation

• Physical

• Spiritual

While the evidence was of higher quality than in 2003, no randomized-controlled trials have been conducted.

Occupational therapists also recognize the mental health benefits of gardens and gardening. For example, the Center for Addiction and Mental Heath has created a “sensory garden” to provide a calming sensory experience.

Phyllis Wong, an occupational therapist praises the garden noting a client who agreed to water the garden experienced great mental health benefits. The client was very anxious and talked of constant pain. However, when she was in the garden watering the plants she, “felt at ease the entire time.”

Why Gardening Helps Your Mental Health

It’s not known why gardening improves peoples’ mental health. It might be the case that for a person with depression any reason that creates the desire to get outdoors and into the sunlight is a good reason. It might be the motivation of tending to plants that gets him or her out of bed in the morning. It might feel very hard to get up, but knowing your plants need watering, may be the motivation you need to do something positive.

For a person with anxiety, doing a task that is non-anxiety-provoking, simple and peaceful may be enough to quiet the thoughts of anxiety for a time. It allows them to focus on the task at hand and practice mindfulness, which is known to calm anxiety.

In all cases, seeing life you helped create and nurture is rewarding in and of itself and knowing that you can be successful in growing this life is good for a sense of achievement and self-esteem, which is often low in those with mental illness.

Of course, gardening can’t cure a mental illness, but gardening can help reduce some of its symptoms for many people. And with no side effects except a possible sunburn, gardening is a therapy worth trying. So get outdoors in the beautiful weather, get dirty and see what benefits you might experience.

References

Center for Addiction and Mental Health, "Introducing CAMH’s Sensory Garden

Jane Clatworthy, Joe Hinds, Paul M. Camic, (2013) "Gardening as a mental health intervention: a review

Jo Barton and Jules Pretty, (2010) “What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis

World Health Organization, (2014) “Social Determinants of Mental Health

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Kingsblog.


8 Beverages to Ease Gout Symptoms This Summer

by Carissa Andrews  -  July 6th, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Aurelian Săndulescu (:, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Aurelian Săndulescu (:, flickr.com

For those who don’t know, gout is an inflammatory arthritis and it affects about 4% of adults. Gout is caused by hyperuricemia, which basically means too much uric acid builds up in the body. When this happens, crystals can get deposited in the joints, which can trigger the swelling and inflammation. Although best known for attacking the big toe, gout can also ta width="" height="" title=""/rget other joints as well including your ankles, elbows, wrists, knees, and fingers. Because uric acid levels are affected by what we consume, summertime

Does this mean you can’t enjoy summer as much? Of course not. There are a few ways you can help ease gout symptoms naturally, just by paying attention to what you drink. There are plenty of great beverages you can consume that won’t flare up your gout symptoms and cause you to sit this summer out. Let’s take a closer look.

Ease Your Gout Symptoms with These Beverages

Just by knowing which drinks are triggers and which drinks are safe, you can ease your gout symptoms and still have a great time this summer.

1. Water

2. Coffee – When taken in moderation, caffeine can block the ability to create uric acid caused by purines. The key here is to drink coffee

3. Tea

4. Low Fat Dairy

5. Pure Fruit Juice

6. Smoothies

7. Decaffeinated Beverages

8. Red Wine

BONUS: 6 Beverages Gout Patients Should Avoid

Drinking the right beverages can help you manage your gout symptoms. But the truth is, there are also a few drinks out there you should avoid altogether so the symptoms don’t flare up. Let’s take a quick look at them.

1. Hard Alcohol

2. Beer – Sorry, beer drinkers. This alcoholic beverage contains a large amount of purines, which can turn into uric acid if the kidneys can’t keep up. Along with this, studies have shown that by drinking beer, people are 1.5 times more likely

3. Soft Drinks

4. Excessive Caffeine

5. Fructose Based Juice

6. Energy Drinks

Speak with your doctor if you think you may have gout or are at risk of developing it. In addition to watching what you consume, there are a few medications, such as Colcrys, that can help you manage gout symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking Colcrys

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Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection & How to Tame it in Kids

by Carissa Andrews  -  March 28th, 2017  Match Score:1

Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection infographic

It’s believed nearly 70 million adults and children worldwide land somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum. This is a huge number and one where the trends keep rising. In recent years, an interesting trend has been uncovered.

Poor gut-brain health has been already linked to several neurological, and health-related issues from depression, to poor skin. We’re only beginning to uncover the true scope of how our internal health affects our total health. However, it appears one of the ways an unhealthy gut can impact children is in the for of Autistic symptoms. Right now, the scientific community is at a loss for which comes first: the unbalanced gastrointestinal tract, or Autism. Let’s take a closer look at why.

The gut-brain connection to Autism

Children with autism are 3.5 times more likely to suffer chronic diarrhea or constipation, than their peers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, it’s even been stated up to 90% of children on the Autistic Spectrum suffer from one form of gastrointestinal (GI) issue or another.

Some of the most common GI issues autistic children suffer with include:

1. Chronic Constipation

2. Chronic Diarrhea

3. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

4. Leaky Gut

One of the interesting things to come of this revelation is its possible treatments. When you treat the microbiome in a child’s gut, it has been found to alleviate many Autism symptoms. This has also been replicated in mice

How to improve kid’s digestive biome

Kids can be particularly finicky eaters, but when you add ASD on top, the struggle can be upped tenfold. My eleven-year-old son’s best friend is on the autistic spectrum, and there are certain foods he simply won’t touch. No amount of reasoning, or disguising them will change the outcome. For him, the key is finding something he already likes and incorporating a probiotic (or at least healthier) substitute that he might accept. It’s all about trial and error.

Here are a few ways parents can begin to improve their child’s gut microbiome so it functions more optimally:

Go Gluten-free:

Go Casein-free:

Go GFCF:

Dubbed the Autism Elimination Diet

Go with Probiotics:

It’s no secret, a key component to a healthy GI tract is consuming enough probiotics. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your child’s diet:

• Fermented foods:

o Sauerkraut is a wonderful source of natural probiotics, but you need to be mindful of what kind. Raw, naturally fermented sauerkraut contains lactic acid and living probiotic microorganisms that are the agents of fermentation. For maximum benefit, learn how to make this amazing superfood at home. Kids love it when combined with roast beef (think Reuben’s) or paired with organic/natural sausages.

o Kombucha is another great source of probiotics, but must be used wisely with children. Not only can the taste be masked to their favorite juices, it does have some notable side effects to be cautions of. Homemade Mommy also provides some yummy recipes

• Yogurts: Yogurt can be a healthy way to get more probiotics, if eliminating casein isn’t on the agenda. For a wonderful list of criteria and advice on giving healthy yogurt to your kids, click here

• Supplements: When all else fails, supplementing could be the way to go. Be sure to ask your dietician about which way is right for your child.

o These supplements can be in the form of probiotic drinks, pills, or even alkaline, greens formulas, such as Greens First for Kids

It’s important to note that when you remove dietary sources in any diet, a substitution should be found to fill the gap. For instance, both casein and gluten are forms of dietary protein, and without a proper substitute it could developmentally delay children who do not get enough protein in their diets. If you’re concerned your child might not be getting enough protein, or other important dietary nutrients, it’s time to call in a nutritionist to monitor things. They can work with you to add in foods or supplements to address any gaps in nutrition.

Remember, a healthy gut microbiome is beneficial for not only children with autism, but all people in general. The myriad gut-brain link connections are only beginning to be uncovered, but it’s safe to say the healthier the gut, the healthier the brain and body. Maintaining a healthy inside at an early age will not only decrease unwanted issues and behaviors, but it delivers a springboard for a lifetime of health and wellbeing.

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website

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12 Health Reasons Dandelions Should Be Your Next Superfood

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 1st, 2017  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing

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?

In fact, I’d go so far as to call them the next superfood. Dandelion roots and greens are packed with antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber—and more. Let’s take a closer look at the many ways dandelions are known to enhance our health:

Health Benefits of Dandelions

1. Strengthen bones

2. Stimulates insulin production and lowers blood sugar levels

3. Lowers blood pressure

4. Treats acne and skin diseases

5. Keeps your kidneys functioning properly

6. Helps promote digestion and cure liver disorders

7. Treats anemia

8. Aids in weight loss

9. Prevents UTIs

10. Relieves constipation

11. Immunity booster

12. Cancer-Fighting

Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing

Dandelion Recipes

Did you know you can eat every part of a dandelion? From the flower, to the leaves and stalk, and even the roots, dandelion is a nutritious superfood to incorporate into your daily diet. Here are a few ways to use them:

Flowers: Be sure to pick younger, tender plants as they are less bitter. They can be pressed into teas, wines, and even jellies and syrups. I can personally attest to this one. Not only is it super-healthy, but it’s also super delicious! Here’s the recipe I used

Roots: Dig down deep and pull up the entire mass of entanglements. Sometimes, many flowering plants can be attached to the same root system. Clean the roots off until all the dirt is removed. Then you can boil, roast, sauté, or even eat them raw.

Leafy greens: The leaves can be incorporated into any kind of salad you’re already consuming. The leaves and stalk can also be ground or chopped and made into a pesto.

Remember, when harvesting dandelions, make sure you’re taking them from a yard that has not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals – and with any luck, not next door to anyone who treats their own yard, either (as the chemicals can be airborne). You’ll want your plants to be as close to organic as possible to get the maximum health benefit.

Dandelions Salad | Photo Credit by CANPharmacyKing
Photo Credit: by CANPharmacyKing

Save the Bees – a side note

With the bee population dwindling, you might be surprised to know that busting out the weed killer to get rid of these bright yellow flowers isn’t helping the cause. Dandelions are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, giving the bees their first source of nutrients to make honey from. By killing it off, the bees have nowhere to turn to and many end up dying before the season has even begun.

There are myriad ways this hardy little yellow flower is awesome—from superfood health reasons, to environmental reasons. This spring and into summer, before you pluck, spray, or mow these beauties over, I hope you pause to consider a few more possibilities. You might just be surprised by the results!

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


Surprising New Connection between Caffeine and Erectile Dysfunction

by Carrie Borzillo  -  October 10th, 2017  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Sue Thompson, from flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Sue Thompson, from flickr.com

Caffeine has long been given a bad rap. The famous Mayo Clinic states that consuming more than 500-600 mg of the stimulant a day may lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.

But, new research has shown that coffee — which is full of several important nutrients such as riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, niacin, and pantothenic acid — Has many health benefits ranging from preventing diabetes to avoiding kidney stones to helping with erectile dysfunction.

Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas found that men over 20 years of age who drank the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to report ED issues than men who didn't drink any caffeine.

Furthermore, the reports, "Men who consumed between 85 and 170 milligrams of caffeine a day were 42 percent less likely to report ED, while those who drank between 171 and 303 milligrams of caffeine a day were 39 percent less likely to report ED compared to those who drank zero to seven milligrams a day. This trend was also true among overweight, obese and hypertensive men."

Though scientists are only beginning to understand the relationship between caffeine intake and erectile function, some studies are showing promising results. "One study found that men who consumed the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee daily had a reduced chance of erectile dysfunction. This was even true for men with high blood pressure and obesity, which are independently risk factors for ED," says Joshua R. Gonzalez, MD specializing in sexual health and urology.

The explanation is somewhat simple: Caffeine chemically has a similar effect as the oral medications used to treat ED, such as the prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis. "It leads to the dilation of blood vessels. Dilation leads to increased delivery of blood into the penis and could ultimately improve erectile function," explains Dr. Gonzalez.

Not only can caffeine increase blood flow, but it also stimulates higher levels of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy center of cellular metabolism. This is important "good blood flow to the penis needs high ATP levels to crank up erection intensity," says Jesse N. Mills

On a similar note, a study published in the United States National Library of Medicine showed that coffee could drastically improve physical performance in general, which can help with stamina and performance in the bedroom as well.

The study reported that caffeine increases adrenaline levels in the blood, which triggers the "fight or flight" hormone that makes the body ready for intense physical exertion. "Caffeine makes the fat cells break down body fat, releasing them into the blood as free fatty acids and making them available as fuel. Given these effects, it is not surprising to see that caffeine can physical performance by 11-12% on average," states the report.

It's not surprising that manufactures of popular caffeine products, such as coffee and tea, are starting to promote their products with descriptions that say they can help with ED.

Photo Credit: Coffee Gift Baskets from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Coffee Gift Baskets from Amazon.com

For instance, Amazon is selling the Erectile Dysfunction and Pharmacist Coffee Gift Basket

Photo Credit: Manhood Herb Tea, from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Manhood Herb Tea, from Amazon.com

And, Herbal Medicinal Loose Leaf Tea-Stallion Tea

Photo Credit: Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com

Still, it is unclear if ingesting caffeine could actually prevent ED in the first place, as opposed to these finding that say it can help it. "But, these initial findings are encouraging," adds Dr. Gonzalez.

Photo Credit: Herbal Medicinal Loose Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com
Photo Credit: Herbal Medicinal Loose Leaf Stallion Tea, from Amazon.com

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Carrie Borzillo


7 Myths and Truths About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

by Natasha Tracy  -  November 14th, 2017  Match Score:1

7 Myths and Truths About Seasonal Affective Disorder

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.

1. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Is a Distinct Disease

False – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is actually a descriptor (also known as a specifier) of another illness. It can be thought of as describing a seasonal pattern of mood disturbance. Therefore, a person would not be diagnosed with “seasonal affective disorder” itself but, rather, a mood disorder such as major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern.

2. Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Dictated By Where You Live

True and False – There is a relationship to seasonal mood patterns and latitude. This holds true for both the “winter blues” (general sadness that is not severe enough to be an actual mental illness) and SAD patterns of mental illness. For example:

• At the 25th parallel north (Island of Key Largo, Florida, etc.), seasonal affective disorder has a 2.8% incidence rate and the winter blues happens to about 7.5% of people.

• At the 35th parallel north (California, Arizona, Texas, etc.), seasonal affective disorder has a 5% incidence rate and the winter blues happens to about 13.9% of people.

• At the 45th parallel north (Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, etc.), seasonal affective disorder has a 7.2% incidence rate and the winter blues happens to about 20.2% of people.

However, while there is a relationship between where you live and whether you experience a seasonal pattern to mood, your location does not dictate this, but, rather, puts you at a higher or lower risk.

3. Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Just About Depression

False – Seasonal affective disorder does, typically, have a depression component but it can have manic/hypomanic (elevated mood) components as well. In other words, those with bipolar disorder can also have a seasonal pattern to mood; more severe SAD cases tend to be part of bipolar disorder. In fact, it’s recommended that anyone who has been identified as having seasonal depression should also be screened for hypomanic/manic symptoms. This is because both side of the cycle, if present, must be treated in order for SAD treatment to be successful. What does up, must come down.

4. Seasonal Affective Disorder Is Only a Problem in the Winter

False – Fall/winter depression is the most common form of SAD but spring/summer depression is also possible. If a person experiences depression in the fall/winter, he or she is likely to experience excessive sleep, increased appetite and a craving for carbohydrates (these are known as atypical depression symptoms). If a person experiences depression in the spring/summer he or she is likely to experience insomnia and loss of appetite (these are known as typical depressive symptoms).

5. Lightboxes Always Effectively Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

False – Lightboxes are often an effective treatment for those who experience a mood disturbance due to decreased sunlight and, in fact, often produce a positive response within only one-two weeks. These lights mimic sunlight by putting out 10,000 lux of light. A person with SAD sits under the lightbox (not looking directly into it) in the morning to decrease SAD symptoms. That said, not every person responds to a lightbox and some people respond adversely. For example, those with seasonally affected bipolar disorder, may actually experience symptoms of mania or hypomania due to use of a lightbox. It should also be noted that lightboxes are often used in conjunction with medications for the best result.

6. The More Time the Lightbox Is Used, the Better for SAD

False – Lightboxes are an effective replacement for the missing sunlight of the winter, but simply more hours sitting under the lightbox is not necessarily better. Research shows that lightboxes should be used in the morning and that afternoon, evening and night use is ineffective. Usually, 30-60 minutes a day is therapeutically beneficial.

7. Lightboxes and Medications Are the Only Treatments for SAD

False – While lightboxes and medications

Self-Help Recommendations for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD

There are some self-help recommendations from S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, Mood Disorder Program Director, to be used as precautions against mood-affected illness.

In the fall/winter:

• Lift the bedroom shades in the morning.

• Minimize sunglasses use for at least part of the day.

• Seek the sun.

• Take a walk at noon on sunny days.

In the spring/summer:

• Use light-blocking shades and pull them down to limit direct sunlight in the bedroom (use an eye mask if you don’t have light-blocking shades).

• Avoid the sun.

• Wear sunglasses outside at all times.

Self-help recommendations for seasonal affective disorder should be tried before other treatments as those changes alone may help less severe cases of SAD. If these SAD self-help recommendations don’t work, it’s time to consider combining them with other therapies.

If you think you have mood disorder with a seasonally-affected component, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Reference

Ghaemi, S. Nassir, MD, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Facts and Misconceptions

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Natasha Tracey is a professional writer and author for Bipolar Burble. She currently worked as a freelancer for Kingsblog.


Can These 8 Surprising Ways Reverse YOUR GERD?

by CANPharmacyKing  -  January 15th, 2018  Match Score:1

With as much as 3 out of 10 Americans experiencing GERD related symptoms like acid reflux, heartburn and sulfur burps on a weekly basis, it’s a huge modern day problem. Most sources will quote that avoiding coffee and trigger foods should provide the necessary help, but unfortunately - more often than not, these tips do not bring the calm to the stomach. This is why we have researched and created a list of 8 NEW and SURPRISING tips that will help you fight off GERD easily.

The inforgraphic also includes a list of most helpful GERD medications

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Sidestep Arthritis with a Better Gut Biome

by Carissa Andrews  -  April 30th, 2018  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Messi Lewi Flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Messi Lewi, Flickr.com

Arthritis, in all its various forms, affects 54.5 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and of those, 43.5% have limitations on their daily lives because of it. It’s estimated by 2040, 78.4 million adults

For most people, arthritis is a symptom of getting older. While arthritis can strike at any age, the majority of people diagnosed are 65 years or older, particularly for those with osteoarthritis. For those with rheumatoid arthritis, the average patient is diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60.

While the term arthritis is thrown around a lot, it simply speaks to joint inflammation. The term can also be associated with nearly 200 conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), to gout, to fibromyalgia, and even lupus. Arthritis describes conditions that affect joints and connective tissues surrounding the joints—though some like RA and lupus can affect the immune system and various internal organs.

Common causes for the development of arthritis:

• Joint injury (traumatic arthritis)

• Joint degeneration (osteoarthritis)

• Autoimmune response (such as rheumatoid arthritis

How Can Diet Affect Arthritis?

Chances are, if you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, you have osteoarthritis (OA). It’s one of the most common forms of arthritis because its caused by simple wear and tear on the joints. Cartilage exists to protect and cushions joints, so bones don’t collide. As we age, this cartilage can wear down, eventually leading to painful movement. The pain many people feel is directly related to the loss of cartilage in their joint as bone rubs on bone.

Cutting edge research has been linking unhealthy gut bacteria to the rise in osteoarthritis in higher income countries, such as the United States, Canada, and the UK. As it turns out, an unhealthy mix of bad bacteria is speeding up the breakdown process in cells—and particularly the cartilage in joints.

Because of this cartilage loss, OA sufferers develop symptoms, which typically include:

• stiff or sore joints, particularly after repetitive use or activity

• stiffness after resting—but improves throughout movement during the day

• pain that worsens after a fluster of activity or toward the close of a day

• bone spurs, bony enlargements, and limited range of motion

So how do you get an unhealthy gut biome? Junk food, high-fat fast-food diets are likely to blame. This type of diet not only causes obesity, but scientists are finding an explosion of bacteria that trigger inflammation. And guess what—inflammation leads to arthritis. When inflammation is high—the body triggers the immune response and can start attacking itself. This is also a leading issue for rheumatoid arthritis, since it’s not just caused by normal wear and tear the way osteoarthritis is.

Prevention Goes a Long Way

There are no treatments to slow or reverse osteoarthritis once the cartilage is worn away. Instead, your best line of defense is prevention. In order to prevent the inflammatory responses leading to arthritis and other health related issues, it’s important to be more aware of how you can assist your body in the reversal or prevention process. While it might not be possible to totally avoid all variations of arthritis, we can aid the body in some natural defenses so it’s not as receptive to overuse wear and tear, or even triggering the autoimmune flare ups. This includes:

• Eating healthy, anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding foods like:

o Unhealthy fats

o Hydrogenated oils

o Fried foods

o Organ meat

o Dairy products

o Processed carbohydrates

o Sugar

o Excessive sweet drinks

o Food flavorings

o Preservatives

o Artificial food dyes

• Maintaining a healthy weight (to avoid secondary osteoarthritis caused by too much mass)

• Cleanse and detoxify the body by drinking water or following your doctor’s advice on cleanses.

• Take supplements such as:

o Probiotics

o Prebiotics

o Omega 3s

o Antioxidants

o Ginger root

o Nettle leaf extract

o Glucosamine

o High dose vitamin C

• Exercising to strengthen joints and increase flexibility.

Interesting 2018 News on Arthritis

If you’re already in a position where arthritis has been diagnosed—and prevention is no longer a viable option, you may be interested to note some of these amazing recent breakthroughs in arthritis research. Let’s check them out.

In 2018, nanotechnology is making its way into the world of osteoarthritis. In recent studies, a nanopore device

A new, flare-responsive hydrogel

Non-surgical method to treat knee pain from osteoarthritis

Another new development is in the world of genetic profiling—which may be the way of the future for RA patients looking to try new medications

While our diets may play a crucial role in whether or not we nudge our bodies toward arthritis, being forewarned is being forearmed. Doing what we can to protect our digestive system, and in particular, our gut biome so it manufactures healthy bacteria—and not inflammation causing bacteria is important. There are lots of ways to do this, and by taking extra precautions to prevent arthritis from taking hold is a smart way to manage current or future pain and live our lives as fully as possible.

Other Related

Is There a Connection Between Pregnancy & Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website


From Regulating Cholesterol to Boosting Sex Drive; The Many Health Benefits of Figs

by Carissa Andrews  -  September 9th, 2019  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by brandonmatzek, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by brandonmatzek, flickr.com

Figs, also known as anjeers to some, are a natural superfood with a variety of health benefits. According to a study

7 Health Benefits of Figs

If it takes a bit to convince you to add something new to your diet, allow us to explain the numerous health benefits that come from consuming figs on a regular basis. There are plenty of heavy-hitting bonuses you get from this tasty little fruit. Some of the most prevalent include:

• Blood Pressure Regulation

Not only will taking a break in your day to enjoy the flavor of a fig calm your nerves, the potent mix of low sodium and high potassium in figs are a great defense against high blood pressure. Most people who end up with hypertension have high sodium/salt intake with low potassium.

• Weight Loss

Often recommended to people who are obese as a way to satiate a sweet tooth, figs are high in fiber (approx. 2.9 g), which helps reduce weight. However, because of their dense caloric count and source of nutrients, you don’t need to consume much to get the health benefits.

• Cardiovascular Health

Figs pack a punch against triglycerides, making overall numbers to drop after consumption. Because triglycerides are a major factor behind various heart diseases, getting those numbers into healthier levels can mean increasing overall cardiovascular health.

• Sexual Dysfunction

Figs have a long history of being thought of as a fruit that is a potent fertility and/or sexual enhancement supplement. This is thanks to the superfood value of all the vitamins and minerals bound in such a tiny package. It’s entirely possible for figs to boost your energy and sexual stamina.

• Prevents Constipation

The super-high fiber content in figs helps to promote healthy, regular bowel movements. The fiber in figs also works to add bulk and mass to bowel movements, which means when consumed in low quantities, it prevents diarrhea and unhealthy or irregular bathroom trips. It’s important to note, if too many figs are eaten, it can have a laxative effect, which can trigger diarrhea, however.

• Antioxidant Support

When you’re trying to reduce the damage on your body caused by free radicals, figs are where it’s at. In fact, they are incredible at removing toxins from the body. They are high in flavonoids and polyphenols, as well as have high levels of alkanes. This helps to regulate your pH levels and even treats a number of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

• Lowers Cholesterol

Figs are a natural source of pectin, a soluble fiber that keeps your bowels operating optimally. But more than that, when the fiber from figs move through your digestive tract, it carries excess clumps of cholesterol from the blood and helps it get eliminated from the body.

Some studies

Where to Get the Best Figs?

Did we convince you to give figs a try? Excellent. Figs can be found at most grocery stores and even some local farmer’s markets. The best time to get fresh figs is between early June through September. So, right now is the perfect time to get these delicious, sweet treats fresh from your produce section. However, there are plenty of great new companies who offer organic, dried varieties, all of which can be found online. Check out Nature’s Wild and Organic Sun-Dried Turkish Figs

Healthy Recipes to Try

Looking for a few easy ways to incorporate figs into your diet? You’ve come to the right place. Adding figs can be super easy by just eating them raw or getting some dried figs. But if you’re looking for more, here are two quick and easy recipes to test out.

RECIPE ONE: Milk and Figs for Sexual Enhancement

If you’re looking for a natural way to boost your sexual prowess, try soaking 2-3 figs in milk overnight. Eat them first thing in the morning and see how they affect your performance.

RECIPE TWO: Homemade Fig Bars

Who hasn’t had a fig bar (also known as Fig Newton in the US)? These chewy, tasty cookies can be made at home with just a few simple ingredients. If you have figs, honey, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and flour – you’re ready to rock and roll. Click here

RECIPE THREE: Fig & Balsam Jam

This one is another favorite of ours. If you love jam on toast or a dollop on top of your ice cream, get ready for your new favorite. All you need to make this delicious jam is figs, sugar, vinegar, peppercorns, and lemon juice. Click here

If you’d like to get more health benefits from figs or try out more recipes, there are tons of posts using hashtag #figsbenefits on Instagram. As you can see, figs can offer some incredible health benefits when added as a regular part of your daily diet. If you’ve been looking for a superfood that’s nutrient dense and offers tons of unique health benefits, look no further. Instead, head down to your local produce section or farmer’s market and buy some figs today.

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Parkinson's Disease Research Roundup: May 2020

by Carissa Andrews  -  May 18th, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: Parkinson
Photo Credit: Parkinson's UK Sheffield, flickr.com

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system condition that’s caused by a loss in neurons in a location of the brain called the substantia nigra

Worldwide, there are roughly 10 million people who suffer from this disease. With the world in a bit of chaos since the coronavirus pandemic hit, it may be difficult to know when certain signs are Parkinson’s and when it’s actually COVID-19. While most are diagnosed after their 50’s, many of the symptoms of this progressive disease appeared far earlier.

Early Warning Signs

Because patients with Parkinson’s have a number of changes happening in their brain, there can be a number of symptoms to watch for. However, early warning signs can be more difficult to spot. Particularly because new research is suggesting the onset of Parkinson’s can begin a decade or more before official diagnosis. However, some warning signs to be mindful of include:

Sudden Handwriting Changes

Undetectable Tremors

Reduced Sense of Smell

Mood Swings

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Constipation

Latest Research

Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology have found evidence linking Parkinson’s disease to a possible autoimmune attack a decade or more before a person receives a diagnosis. Their findings can be read in Nature Communications. However, they aren’t the only ones to suggest this. A 2017 study published in Nature

While not entirely out of left field, new research being done also suggests Parkinson’s disease could start in the gut

It’s possible caffeine consumption

Treatment & Popular Medications

Please consult your doctor for the right Parkinson’s treatment and medications. Do not take any medications without consulting with your doctor.

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are available to help alleviate some of the symptoms to improve the overall quality of life. Treatments can include physiotherapy, medication, and even surgery.

Some of the popular Parkinson’s medications include:

Carbidopa/Levodopa/Entacapone

Rasagiline

Cabergoline

Pramipexole

Opicapone

It may also be interesting to note that evidence is suggesting Zhichan powder

Parkinson’s and Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus pandemic is reshaping our planetary reality, there are some symptoms and warning signs of the disease that can be mistaken for Parkinson’s disease and vice versa.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s is a lowered or complete loss of smell (anosmia). As it happens, it’s also the case with COVID-19. While Parkinson’s patients typically don’t completely lose their sense of smell, reports are finding coronavirus patients are more likely to develop anosmia, that complete loss, even if it is only temporary. If you notice a reduction or total loss of smell, particularly if it’s accompanied by any of the coronavirus symptoms, such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or malaise, headaches, aching muscles, be sure to tell your doctor right away.

Parkinson’s patients are prone to anxiety, depression, along with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Self-isolation can make this worse, so connecting regularly with friends and family via technology is crucial. It may also be helpful and therapeutic to dance

The good news is, the Michael J Fox Foundation, a Parkinson’s research foundation which was established by the actor, has been updating the Parkinson’s community on the impacts of COVID-19 on Parkinson’s patients via their Information and Resource Hub

Living with Parkinson’s is a life-altering diagnosis, but there are new developments and research ongoing that may crack open our knowledge of how the disease works. Some of which, have the potential to eliminate the disease before it even starts, if theories hold up. In the meantime, staying healthy in this coronavirus era – both mentally and physically – is key. Keep taking the medications prescribed to you by your doctor, eat well, get the rest you need, and be sure to stay connected to those you love.

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9 Heart Healthy Tips Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

by Carissa Andrews  -  February 10th, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Amy Gross, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Amy Gross, flickr.com

Can you believe it’s already February 2020? While everyone is talking about love, romance, and how to rekindle the flames of the heart, over here at Canadian Pharmacy King, we want to remind you about the easiest ways to keep that heart healthy. In order to have great relationships, we need to around long enough to enjoy them, right? So, having a healthy heart is on your agenda this year, fear not, we have you covered with these great tips and easy eating habits you can start incorporating into your day. Ready? Let’s check them out!

1. Ditch the TV

2. Get Your Cardio On – While there’s no magic bullet in terms of keeping a healthy heart, the consensus points to cardiovascular exercise (aka aerobic exercise) is your best bet. What you do is not as important as making sure you do something regularly. This means, finding an exercise that keeps your heart pumping in the cardiovascular zone

a. HIIT

b. Repetitive Cardio

c. Marathon Running – Speaking of running, one of the largest growing segments for fitness is amateur marathons

3. Weight Train Like You Mean It

4. Eat Like You Mean It

a. Whole Foods

b. Clean Meats – Speaking of clean meats, this one deserves its own little segment. We all love a good steak or burger, but research shows the best meat for a healthy heart is actually fish

c. Chili Peppers – Do you love spicy foods? If so, we have good news for you! A large study found that eating chili peppers

d. Green Tea – We’ve known this one for a while, but it’s worth a mention. Regularly green tea drinkers were recently found in a study published by the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology

e. Get More Fiber – Having a healthy gut is vitally important to your overall health. As it turns out, eating foods that increase the good bacteria in your GI tract can contribute to a healthier heart. Research is finding that by consuming snacks like walnuts

5. Go Big (Breakfast, That Is) – Two recent studies have found that eating a fifth of your overall daily caloric intake

6. Dig on a Dog – We’ve got a whole article

7. Quit Smoking – It doesn’t matter when you started smoking as much as it does when you decide to quit. In fact, after 48 hours, your taste and smell improves. Within 72 hours, it’s easier to breathe. And after a year, your risk of heart attack

8. Prioritize Your Sleep

9. Manage Stress Better

a. Meditate

b. Yoga

c. Repetitive Cardio (Replay)

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Every body’s chemistry is different, which can mean eating certain foods is off the table for you. If you have any disabilities or physical limitations, work within your parameters and always follow your doctor’s recommendations. Don’t forget, here at Canadian Pharmacy King, we also carry a full line of heart medications

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With Stress on the Rise, So is Acne

by Carissa Andrews  -  November 23rd, 2020  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Alena Chendler, flickr.com
Photo Credit: by Alena Chendler, flickr.com

For most of us, 2020 has pretty much been synonymous with “stress.” Between the fear of getting the novel coronavirus, and the combination of working from home or distance learning, we’re lucky to be holding it together at all. Many of us are finding ourselves picking up unhealthy habits, some of which can be worse than others.

While stress itself doesn’t cause acne, the unhealthy habits we can pick up as coping mechanisms can lead to breakouts. In addition, research has found that when you’re already prone to acne, or are trying to deal with it actively, high stress can make it worse. On top of it, when stress is high and our emotional well-being has taken a hit, thanks to acne, it’s not surprising that depression levels can spike.

If there’s one thing this year has taught us, it’s that we need to protect our mental health whenever we can. Small wins, like stress reduction can have a knock-on effect that not only helps with our overall mental health but can give us the added boost of better skin, too.

Managing Stress

Look, there’s probably never been as stressful of a time in most of our lives. With the exception of some of the events in our grandparent’s lives, things have been relatively calm in the United States and Canada. However, with the rise of COVID-19 and the various lockdowns, stress levels have definitely shot up.

When you combine this data with the fact that 91% of acne and rosacea sufferers believe stress causes their acne to flare up, then finding ways to combat it becomes an ideal way to treat a number of issues at once. If you’re dealing with acne that’s flared up due to stress, some ways you can reduce your stress levels include:

1. Take a beat

2. Breathe

3. Meditate. The power of meditation with mindfulness has been exploding in recent years. Many studies have been done, linking meditation to stress reduction

4. Workout

5. Get outside

6. Sleep well

7. Protect your gut

8. Talk it out

Treating Acne

Reducing stress isn’t the only way to treat acne. Combating it by trying out a combination of tactics can be pretty powerful. Some of the additional ways you can treat acne, whether you’re stressed or not, include the following:

Wash gently with soap and water

Most acne sufferers have oily skin, which is what causes some of the blockages in the first place. Washing gently with soap and warm water can have a very beneficial effect at cleansing the skin. Be sure not to irritate the skin with harsh soaps or by scrubbing to hard.

OTC treatments

There are plenty of over the counter (OTC) treatments you could try before you go on to more drastic measures.

Tea tree oil

Zinc

Retinols

Alpha-hydroxy acids

Vitamin A

Vitamin B3

Prescription treatments

Look, at the end of the day, your acne doesn’t need to be super severe in order to get prescription treatment. If it’s painful, inflamed, or simply bothering you, set up an appointment to visit with a dermatologist. These days, they’ll likely set up a quick 15-minute Zoom meeting and get you one your way with medication that can help. One of the medications they will likely prescribe is:

Lymecycline (Tetralysal)

While there isn’t much we can do to change the outside circumstances this year has put upon us, we can take steps to reduce our overall stress. This will help us cope with life in general, but it will also do wonders for our well-being – and our skin, too. If you’re seeking a prescription strength, like Lymecycline, or an over the counter medication for your acne, be sure to visit reach out to us at Canadian Pharmacy King by calling 1-877-745-9217. We’re here to help in any way we can.

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9 Amazing Benefits of Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seeds

by Carrie Borzillo  -  October 11th, 2021  Match Score:1

Photo Credit: by Nick Collins
Photo Credit: by Nick Collins

The weather has cooled, summer is officially over, and pumpkin-flavored foods are in every coffee shop, grocery store, and farmer’s market around us. While the smell and taste evoke warmth and coziness and fills you with thoughts of grandma’s Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, there are several other reasons to love this seasonal gourd. Pumpkin has a slew of health, beauty, and wellness benefits ranging from giving you glowing skin to protecting you from certain cancers.

Pumpkin seeds in particular are chock full of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, and K, and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Here is the breakdown of what’s in an ounce of pumpkin seeds in relation to the recommended dietary intake guidelines...

● Calories: Approximately 151

● Fiber: 1.7 grams

● Carbs: 5 grams

● Protein: 7 grams

● Fat: 13 grams (6 of which are omega-6s)

● Manganese: 42% of the RDI

● Magnesium: 37% of the RDI

● Phosphorous: 33% of the RDI

● Iron: 23% of the RDI

● Copper: 19% of the RDI

● Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI

● Zinc: 14% of the RDI

Check out these nine amazing benefits of pumpkin...

1. Brightens & Clears Skin

Pumpkin, applied topically, is truly a superfood for your skin. This time of year, you can find pumpkin facials, masks, and peels at any day spa or check your local beauty store for retail products, such as Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask.

The main beauty benefits of pumpkin include reducing acne

"Pumpkin pulp is a powerful antioxidant (beta carotene), which is a precursor to retinol (Vitamin A) so it’s brightening to the skin and plumping too. It’s a very active enzyme so they actively digest dead skin cells so it’s also very exfoliating. Furthermore, there are minerals present in pumpkin pulp that are fantastic skin conditioners," Sam Dhatt, DermaQuest CEO and Lead Chemist, explained to Les Nouvelles & Esthétiques & Spa magazine.

If you don’t want to hit the spa or shops, try this DIY at-home pumpkin mask courtesy of Ava Shamban, M.D., a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist via Prevention

Ingredients:

● 2 cups pureed or canned pumpkin

● ⅓ cup finely ground almonds

● 4 tablespoons plain yogurt

● 4 tablespoons honey

● ¼ teaspoon olive oil

Instructions:

1. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Apply the mixture to clean skin and let it sit for 5-10 minutes while you are in the bath or shower. (the enzymes in the pumpkin are most active when they are moist).

3. Remove with a clean microfiber cloth and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

2. Protects Our Hearts

Pumpkin seeds are especially good for heart health in a variety of ways. The magnesium in the seeds helps to lower blood pressure

Case in point: A recent study of postmenopausal women

3. Reduces the Risk of Cancers

The powerful antioxidants in pumpkin seeds help reduce the risk of various cancers

4. Improves Prostate Health

Along with helping prevent prostate cancer, pumpkin is also good for men’s health

5. Manages Diabetes

The high amount of magnesium in pumpkin and pumpkin seeds is also responsible for helping people manage their diabetes by helping to lower blood sugar levels. A study of over 125,000 people found those who ate foods high in magnesium showed a 33% lower risk for type 2 diabetes in men and 34% in women.

6. Improves Sperm Quality

Zinc, which pumpkin seeds have a bounty of, is known to improve fertility in men by increasing the testosterone levels and improving the quality and quantity of sperm. The high level of antioxidants in the seeds also contribute to increased testosterone, which improves overall prostate health and having a healthy sperm count.

7. Boosts Immunity

Pumpkin seeds’ Vitamin E and zinc

8. Improves Sleep

Pumpkin is also a rich source of the amino acid, tryptophan. You might have heard that part of the reason many get sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner is because of the tryptophan in turkey. Well, that tryptophan is also in your pumpkin pie. This is the amino acid that gets converted into serotonin, the feel-good hormone, in the body, and melatonin, the sleep hormone, both of which help you sleep better.

9. Helps with Digestion

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Diets high in fiber promote good digestion, constipation relief, and help maintain regular bowel movements. Additionally, the fiber in pumpkin seeds also help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

If you want to get more pumpkin in your life, there are pumpkin supplements you can buy in pill, capsule, or oil form. Or you can whip up this healthy, family-friendly snack:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

● 1 fresh whole pumpkin

● Either 2 teaspoons of melted butter of 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

● Salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C)

2. Scoop out the seeds and separate them from pumpkin guts.

3. Rinse the seeds to make sure there is no pumpkin pulp or strings.

4. Toss the seeds with butter or olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

5. Lay out flat on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, shake them up a bit and bake for another 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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