“Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.”
– Jay Kesler, author of Emotionally Healthy Teenagers.
With the holiday season upon us, the ties that bind us are never more pronounced than they are at this most wonderful time of the year. Steeped in family tradition, the holidays give us a reason to connect with the ones who matter most. Some of my fondest holiday memories are of my grandparents and our trips to the small prairie town they called home. A pot of tea was always ready for our arrival and the smell of fresh baking drifted into the opening of the doorway when we stepped into their old Victorian house. Continue reading It’s great to be grand – the health benefits of a close grandchild-grandparent bond→
When I founded Aviva Natural Health Solutions seventeen years ago, my primary focus was to offer research-based dietary, supplement, exercise and lifestyle recommendations that could help people achieve optimum health. Continue reading Say Yes to NO, the miracle molecule→
I have always considered myself a healthy person. I believed I ate properly. I exercised enough. I felt I would never age because I was doing the right things for my body. Well, I learned the hard way that I was totally wrong. I was living in my own little world and I was beginning to age without truly noticing the effects. Continue reading Change the way you age→
“If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Mickey Mantle
Canadians are living longer than ever before. In fact, the average Canadian woman can expect to live until the age of 84 and men until age 80. As life expectancy increases, however, so does the number of Canadians living with chronic disease and pain.
According to a report from Canada’s chief public health officer, 80 per cent of seniors are living with a chronic condition and at least 30 per cent have multiple chronic conditions. Chronic conditions are defined as health problems requiring ongoing management over a period of years or decades. Examples of chronic conditions include arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, chronic back pain, diabetes and depression. So while we may be living longer, the quality of those years is often diminished by pain and illness. Continue reading To do or not to do: exercise and chronic conditions→
Each day you face multiple demands, such as taking care of loved ones, making financial decisions or developing priorities at work. Your body treats these demands as threats. How you respond to these demands will play a big part in your overall happiness and how long you live.
When you encounter a perceived threat – for example, a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, or you receive an upsetting text or email from a family member or friend — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body and releases hormones. The release of these hormones causes increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure and boosts your energy supplies. These hormones also increase sugars in the bloodstream and alter your immune system. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear. Continue reading Mindfulness can help you deal with life’s stresses→