Afternoon fatigue is no joke...but it can be stopped
August 4, 2016
It’s three o’clock in the afternoon, you can feel your eyelids becoming heavy, a headache growing, and a hazy fog overcome you. You’re craving your second (or third!) coffee, a sweet treat, or maybe just a nap. Yes, it’s the dreaded mid-afternoon slump. Whether you’re at home with the kids or busy at the office, life doesn’t come to a stop at 3 pm. Here are five Naturopathic Doctor approved ways to defeat afternoon fatigue, with boundless energy levels from the beginning of the day right to the end.
Transform your birth experience with this mexican shawl
July 28, 2016
Photo Credit: Julie-Anne Mauno
As a Doula, I know how challenging it can be for a woman giving birth to feel connected to her body, especially in situations such as being hooked up to a hospital monitor or IV. That’s why the Rebozo—a long Mexican shawl—has become my new favourite labour support tool. It has the potential to transform any birth experience, to deepen your relationship with yourself and birthing partners, and to give you a closer bond with your child. It’s beautiful and extremely versatile.
As the days get longer, hotter and brighter, the chance of getting a sunburn increases tremendously. There are three classifications of sunburns: first, second and third degree. A first degree sunburn is the most common, with its well known symptoms including hot, red, and sometimes blistered skin.
Will your abs really split open during pregnancy? Well, If I'm being honest, yes, your abs will likely split during pregnancy. It is actually quite common during and post pregnancy and is called diastasis recti.
3 common air pollutants that affect our health, and what you can do to avoid them.
July 12, 2016
Image: Shutterstock / Africa Studio
Air pollution is often discussed in terms of outside air. But the air inside your home can become polluted as well – from the products you use and actions you take. Summer is a great time for airing out your home, which helps flush out some of the contaminants, but there are steps you can take to help improve your air quality year-round to help reduce asthma and allergy symptoms and other long-term side effects of chemical exposure.
The importance of label-reading foods cannot be emphasized enough. When choosing foods for you and your family, you should know exactly what you’re consuming. Although it's best to opt for whole, fresh foods or meals made from scratch, there are times when certain packaged foods and snacks are appropriate (or may be necessary for convenience).
Summer is finally here! This means longer, sunny, and warm days – oh, and pesky insects of course.
For the most part, mosquitos and other bugs and insects that bite or sting humans are simply annoying and not a major threat other than causing itchy welts, swelling, or some pain at the site. However, some can carry or cause threatening diseases such as West Nile or malaria (mosquitos), Lyme disease (ticks), and severe allergic reactions (bees).
Advice from a dental hygienist on proper tooth care
June 27, 2016
There are many different views and opinions when it comes to your child's dental health. When do you start brushing? How many times a day? When should you take them in for their first dental visit? Who do you see? We have certainly had the same concerns with our own children so we have interviewed Chantal Pannell, a dental hygienist who owns her own practice.
A girl getting her first period is a pretty big deal. Although some women see it as a nuisance, this annoying thing that happens once a month, it actually marks a milestone in a girl’s life. Menarche (the first period) represents her ability to conceive and bring life into this world. That’s not to say that young girls should be making babies as soon as they get their periods! But, it’s important to educate girls on what is actually happening in their bodies and what menstruation (a period) represents.
EcoParent is a quarterly magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Fun and inspirational in tone – and never judgmental – we appeal to the already eco-savvy, but remain accessible to the newly eco-curious. Food, fashion, books, travel, health & beauty, home & garden, and so much more!