Category: health

FITNESS OPTIONS IN VICTORIA

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Here in Victoria, BC there are not many options for health and fitness. Part of the problem is that there are only about 350,000 people over a 80 mile stretch along the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The old Times Colonist 10K run is now operated by a small group who have been able to …

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TRACKING NUTRITION

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There are many apps available for tracking nutrition. We use Apple phones and the Apple health app can work with several nutrition trackers. We use MyFitnesspal but there are many others. The data eventually is fed into Apple Health. Apple Health can then make charts with daily, weekly, monthly and even annually. Over time more …

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MSG DETOXIFICATION

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is found in Asian style foods like noodles and other dishes. Monosodium glutamate has no nutritional value, but does not harm the body. It is safely certified by the Joint Commission on Food Additives (JECFA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). MSG is widely used throughout Asia. …

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GLUTEN FREE?

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Lots of restaurants are jumping on the gluten free diet bandwagon. The move is driven by several reasons. Cœliac sprue occurs in approximately 1 in 2000 which makes it rare.  Cœliac sprue  symptoms include gastrointestinal problems such as chronic diarrhoea, abdominal distention, malabsorption, loss of appetite, and among children failure to grow normally. It is an …

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WATER, HYDRATION & HEALTH

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Water is essential for life. Water comprises from 75% body weight in infants to 55% in elderly and is essential for cellular homeostasis and life. Water is so important that humans cannot last more than 3 days without it. Unfortunately there are many unanswered questions about this most essential component of our body and our diet.  …

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WALKING AND RUNNING FOOTWEAR

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While there is footwear marketed to walkers, the majority prefer to use running shoes. The main reason is that running shoes are a much larger market and they get more design and development. Competition keeps prices low. Its a good idea to track runners with your activity tracker.  This will give you a much better …

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APPLE HEALTH

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Apple Health has been available for the iPhone since iOS 8. It has been updated several times with updates to the OS. Few health apps interact with the iPhone properly. The ones that do provide some insight into health and overall fitness. We have not tested every app available as there are many of them. …

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WALKING VS RUNNING FOR WEIGHT CONTROL

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Running burns more energy than walking does but the metabolism for running tends to use carbohydrates preferentially over fats. Walking tends to metabolize fatty acids for energy which helps pressure adipose cells to release more of them leading to reduced body fat. While a person needs to walk about twice as much as a runner …

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ACTIVITY TRACKERS & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

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Most people have no idea how much food they really need. Most also do not know how many calories are in a given meal. Today most have a basic smartphone. We use Apple however most apps are available for android phones. We use Garmin devices which are readily available at low cost. The Vivosmart 3 …

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BABY POWDER

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Baby powder is a common product in drug stores. Unfortunately most consumers have no idea what it is made of. Most baby powder is made from talc. Talc is hydrated magnesium silicate. Sometimes baby powder is made from cornstarch. Talcum powder is dangerous if inhaled since it may cause aspiration pneumonia or granuloma. Granuloma is where the …

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