Healthwise: Battle cold and flu naturally this season

December 23, 2012 4:55 pm
“Dr. Penny Kendall Reed has been practising naturopathic medicine since 1997.”

Healthwise: Battle cold and flu naturally this season Jennifer Chauhan Ottawa is covered with snow, residents are busy preparing for the winter holidays and anticipating meals shared with friends and family. As wondrous as this season is, it is also prime time for colds and overtaxed immune systems. It seems […]

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Healthwise: The Power of Positive Thinking

December 14, 2012 10:58 am
Make the choice to be happy

It’s perfectly normal to feel down and out sometimes, especially during these long and dark winter days. But when your negative thoughts and attitude begin to hinder your productivity, personal relationships and overall happiness, it is time to kick positive thinking into high gear. Fake it until you make it If […]

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Healthwise: Small Changes, Big Results

December 13, 2012 7:23 am
Reduce stress and improve your sense of happiness.

As we inch towards the end of the year and prepare for a clean slate in 2013, it is important to prioritize our individual wellness. By “wellness” I mean mental and physical health, life satisfaction and a sense of overall wellbeing.  It is easy to get caught up in the […]

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Healthwise: Natural Health Solutions

November 30, 2012 11:24 am
Natural Health Solutions

It seems that more people are going back to the basics when it comes to their health, and this includes turning to natural cures for minor ailments. Often, the ingredient you need is already in your pantry, so why look any further? Here are some of the ingredients you can […]

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Healthwise: Maintaining your Health over the Holidays

November 26, 2012 11:00 am
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We all know that the holidays are approaching fast. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of social commitments and to-do lists. However, maintaining our mental and physical health this season is critical. It is sometimes easier to sacrifice healthy food choices, adequate sleep and relaxation in […]

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Healthwise: The Benefits of Meditation

November 19, 2012 12:00 pm
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In the past, health was almost always associated with the physical body. Nowadays, more people are discovering the benefits of exercising the mind. The advantages of adding brain-teasers and crosswords to your routine have been lauded over the last few decades because they sharpen the mind and help keep dementia at bay. But […]

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Healthwise: Revitalize Your Health with These Five Superfoods

November 7, 2012 1:33 pm
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Ever heard of superfoods? Nowadays, it is a term that is thrown around often but may not be understood by everyone. A superfood is a food that is nutritionally dense and considered especially beneficial to health and well-being. These foods can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease […]

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Healthwise: Healthy Sleep Habits

October 31, 2012 10:33 am
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The crucial role of sleep in everyday functioning becomes ever more apparent when you are not getting enough rest. As a result of too many sleepless nights, you may battle headaches and chronic fatigue, feel greater irritability, struggle to concentrate and discover you have more difficulty problem-solving throughout the day. […]

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Healthwise: Are you treating the symptoms or the cause?

October 24, 2012 12:35 pm
cold season

I once knew a man who complained of chronic headaches. He managed his ailment with multiple daily doses of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  After months of suffering, he lamented the state of his health over lunch.  We questioned the fellow and came to identify the fact that he never drank water. […]

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Healthwise: Living with anxiety and depression

October 12, 2012 10:19 am
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I am honoured to be welcomed as the new Accredited Health Blogger for Ottawa Life Magazine. For my first post as such, I have decided to explore an illness that affects a significant number of adults: anxiety and depression. Because of this particular time of year, and given the recent […]

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The “Rugby Parent” polar opposite of rink-side counterpart

August 7, 2012 6:00 pm
Members of the Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Football Club men's team prepare for a scrum in a game at South Nepean Park.

It’s a Wednesday night at South Nepean Park in Barrhaven and friendly trash talk and laughter are being thrown around along with a rugby ball. A group of parents are doing their own round of laughing and talking. They occasionally stop to watch the impromptu game of touch rugby that has broken out among the half dozen teenage boys and offer an encouraging shout or two.

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Somatic Movement, Computers & the Red Light Reflex

June 1, 2012 4:42 pm
Sitting and computer work can be an adaptive or maladaptive process.

Today we spend much of our work or personal time in front of computers. While this is often considered normal in the frantic pace of contemporary life, working on computers can be a great source of muscular tension and stress in the body. Somatic movement can correct this reflex, align the body and make it more functional while creating greater health in the muscles.

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The NHL’s Strange Cup Final

May 30, 2012 7:57 am
Stanley Cup Finals

The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are vying for the honour of being the lowest-seeded Stanley Cup champion of all time. A recap of the erratic NHL playoffs and a preview of the strange championship round that will top them off.

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Eulogizing the Senators

May 9, 2012 8:43 am
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If there’s any lasting message that should be extracted from the 2011-12 Ottawa Senators season, it is this: the season cannot be defined by seven games or two goals or even 36 seconds. This season, of any, was never about the final result. To eulogize these Senators, to properly capture a season filled with 82 divergent twists and turns, you have to start by considering the unrelenting roar of a single horn.

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Ottawa Senators Monthly Report: March and April

April 9, 2012 10:32 am
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The Ottawa Senators finished in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, and will face the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. Here is our sixth and final monthly recap of the ups and downs of the Senators.

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Jen’s Jibberish: All About the Butt – Discover Your Inner Booty Beauty

March 29, 2012 3:40 pm
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Who doesn’t appreciate a nice rear view? It’s nice that there is a month dedicated to the butt. However, I am not talking about what’s on the outside here. It’s all about your inner booty beauty.

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The Final Four: Kentucky, and the Rest

9:03 am
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The Kentucky Wildcats enter the final weekend of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball championships as overwhelming favourites. The perfect collection of talent and teamwork at the collegiate level, is there any chance that Kentucky falls instead of cruising to the title?

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