Healthy lifestyle habits: This means something different for everyone! It might mean limiting time on social media, taking more breaks at work, meditation in the evenings, spending more time doing hobbies, going for a tea with friends, and more.
Some statistics state that 40% of Canadians have high cholesterol and many people want to avoid going on medication for it if they can. Diet and lifestyle changes can make a surprisingly big difference in these values without needing to go on statin medications or even supplements. The Portfolio diet has been researched to lower LDL levels (“Bad cholesterol”) by 20% which is comparable to statins.
We’ve all been there…. You’re eating out at a restaurant catching up with friends and suddenly your pants start to feel snug. It’s not too bad at this point so you ignore it and continue enjoying the conversation but it keeps getting worse. Now it’s progressed to the point where it’s starting to hurt and you do what we’ve all done before…
Prolotherapy is an injection technique used to help repair damaged tendons and ligaments and originates from the term “proliferation therapy”. Unfortunately these tissues are often damaged and don’t fully heal leading to long term pain. This is because those tissues have a limited ability to heal themselves partly due to having less blood flow. Prolotherapy injections help stimulate healing even long after the injury has occurred.
Sleep issues come in many forms - Difficulty falling asleep, waking up throughout the night, snoring, not waking up rested. Many of my patients have problems with sleep which isn’t surprising when some sources say that on average we are sleeping 2 hours less than we were 100 years ago. There are lots of medications and supplements out there that can help with sleep but it’s important that lifestyle factors have been addressed first. I’ve written out some of the more important aspects of sleep hygiene and why they are important.