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A mushroom a day keeps the doctor away

A mushroom a day keeps the doctor away

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Well, not quite. But all mushrooms, even white button mushrooms, contain beta-glucan-rich polysaccharides that have anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-viral and immune-supportive properties. There are over 3000 different species of mushrooms, and while some are poisonous, the more common commercially-available medicinal mushrooms include: chaga, cordyceps, lions mane, maitake, shiitaki and turkey tail.

Try a new mushroom today!

 

Ref:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684115/

2. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/60aa/3c43e20c7af0631b92f8c3e94f37b41e105c.pdf

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19885842

4. https://www.britannica.com/list/7-of-the-worlds-most-poisonous-mushrooms

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Hypothyroid and low progesterone

Did you know that low progesterone and hypothyroidism symptoms look very similar? Both hormones help us maintain a healthy metabolic rate and body weight. Often chronic stress (eg: emotional, environmental, illness, malnutrition) will rob our system of the hormonal building blocks we need to make progesterone and thyroid hormones.

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Sleep is the Best Medicine

Sleep is actually the best medicine. I am reminded of this  every Saturday when my kids sleep in.

We need to sleep to grow and heal. If we don’t sleep well it is as though we are not eating our veggies or protein. How can we expect ourselves to be happy and healthy? There are numerous articles reporting the importance of sleep and healing. If you suffer from recurrent infections, digestive disturbances or repetitive muscle injuries, ask yourself if you are sleeping well. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, while children need 10-12 hours in a 24 hour period.

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Savour Your Summer

Even though the birds are starting to fly south, it is important to savour your summer.

Find time to appreciate your summer while it is still here. Get outdoors for a hike in the woods, visit some waterfalls, do the mountain stairs or go for a bike ride along the shores of Lake Ontario. We are automatically relaxed when we are outdoors and “forest bathing”. If you can create the habit of spending time outdoors now, you may even continue your new found activity in to the fall and winter, and ward off the wintertime blues!

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Mindfulness ways to deal with September

September can feel like the start of a New Year. Summer holidays are behind us, kids are back to school, and we are back in to our regular (hectic) routines. That is why it is important to take time for yourself before stressors build up. Consider starting some mindfulness techniques to deal with daily stressors before you are too frazzled to cope.

Some ideas:

1. start your day with yoga and a sun salutation 

2. deep breathe and envision your breath entering, nourishing, and leaving your body

3. experiment with your favourite essential oil; rub a few drops in your hands then inhale deeply

4. Zen doodle or colour

5. have a massage, bowen or acupuncture treatment

6. go for a hike in the woods

Staying ahead of stress means it can’t negatively impact our health

 

 

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