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Why Sexual Function is Impacted by Chronic Stress

This week's blog post is a repost from Mercedes at Vida Health and Wellness. It's a great article that talks about how sexual function has many components to it. Mercedes is a physiotherapist in Calgary who specializes in women's health issues such as painful intercourse, embarrassing leaks, pelvic floor health for any stage of pregnancy, breastfeeding support and more. Be sure to check her out!

And now for the post....

The status quo

Many of the world’s academics will agree that physical and emotional intimacy are basic human needs. We are a social species and we seek relationships that fulfill these needs. Friendships make us happy and are integral to our social fabric, but many people also seek a different type of connection: a physical one. This drives us to find a partner, a mate, and ultimately a fellow parent. The enjoyment of a sexual relationship is human nature for a reason.

If this is the case, though, why were we (collectively) having 15% less...

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She Couldn’t Lose Weight Because She Was Too Tired

Andy was tired of feeling frumpy. She wanted her outside to reflect the confident woman she was on the inside. Andy wanted to lose the extra weight for good and hired a trainer to get her on track. Andy did everything that the trainer asked her to. She worked out hard. She ate well. She tried to balance her stress levels.
 
Nothing happened. Her weight didn’t budge. Andy got stronger but she didn’t notice any other changes. She wasn’t leaner. She wasn’t feeling better. In fact, Andy was getting more frustrated. She was putting in a lot of effort and not seeing results. Can you relate to Andy? I know many people who can.
 
It turns out that Andy suffered from Adrenal Fatigue. You know, that “myth” of a diagnosis that isn’t recognized in the medical system. The condition where you literally have NO energy to move. Despite being tired all the time, Andy still made herself workout. She used her...
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How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

I recently posted an answer on Quora to the question, “Is 5000 calories a day too much for a sedentary lifestyle?” I shared it on Facebook and then had a fabulous follow-up question about counting carbohydrate calories from an amazing lady. I thought the two were too good not to share because it’s such a poorly understood topic. As a society, we are really good at overestimating our calorie output and underestimating our intake. We struggle to determine the appropriate amount of calories we truly need to meet our needs. (Hint- it’s likely much lower than you think.) Studies even show that by having a lower calorie intake, you’ll likely be setting yourself up for better longevity. So, how many calories do you really need? Here’s what I shared:

In most cases, you’ll need less than 2000 calories per day to support a sedentary lifestyle. To figure out how many calories you truly need, you can start by calculating your resting metabolic...

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Did You Check Your Blood Pressure Today?

Checking your blood pressure may be one of the most important things you do today. As a nurse who works on an acute stroke unit, I see the impact of prolonged high blood pressure or hypertension, firsthand. It’s not pretty. The saddest part is that the damage from uncontrolled blood pressure is very preventable. Hypertension Canada states that 50% of Canadians stop taking their blood pressure medication within the first year of therapy.  Unfortunately, high blood pressure often has no symptoms, so it’s difficult to know when you have it. It can slowly creep up over time and you have no idea it’s been there. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. So what can you do to prevent irreversible damage?

Identifying Hypertension

The most important part of treating hypertension is knowing that you have it. “I feel fine,” is NOT an ok assessment of how your blood pressure is doing. Ever hear of the frog in the boiling pot of water? He...

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Five Key Steps to PREVENT Chronic Diseases Before They Start

Managing diseases has become the staple of our health care systems. You get sick, you go to the doctor, they treat you, and you get better, right?

Disease management is so much more than that. Unfortunately, with our deteriorating health, our health care systems are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. Regardless of where you live, trends are showing that health care costs are continuing to skyrocket.

This increase in diseases could be from a number of different factors. We have increased longevity due to medical advancements, so by living an extra thirty to fifty years, we are more exposed to opportunities to become sick or injured. In addition to living longer, we’ve experienced a lot of changes over the past several hundred years. We are now exposed to more refined foods, chemicals, pesticides, excessive fats, sugars, salts, increased use of feedlots, and GMOs. To add to that, we have increased stress, less sleep, artificial light exposure, decreased activity, and...

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Three Common Mistakes Made When Trying to Control Blood Sugar

The big hype right now is around balancing blood sugar for better insulin control. This message is incredibly important to help you control chronic diseases such as diabetes, lose weight or decrease inflammation. Despite being important to control blood sugar, chances are high that you aren’t getting the right message about how to do this correctly.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve spoken to clients about balancing their blood sugar, who then respond by telling me that they don’t eat sugar or processed food. After further probing, I usually uncover that they really do eat sugar and processed foods. Often in high quantities too, just disguised inside the foods they commonly eat. Where is this disconnect coming from and what do we want to do about it? Here’s three of the most common mistakes I regularly come across, along with tips on how to counteract them:

Not Knowing What Processed Food Is

I know this one sounds a bit silly, but I continue...

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