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Wellness information for Canadians

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism

Getting to know a little more about Hypothyroidism is a good start towards ensuring good thyroid and full-body health for all Canadians. Here are some facts and frequently asked questions about Hypothyroidism and how the thyroid works.

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UTIs

UTIs

Urinary tract infections can range from the harmless but uncomfortable to dangerous and life-threatening infections. They’re incredibly common, but are also subject to lots of myths and misbeliefs.

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Guide to the New Canadian Food Guide

Guide to the New Canadian Food Guide

The Canadian government has released a long-awaited update to the Canadian Food Guide – the guide that helps Canadians to make healthy eating decisions every day. With some new guidelines and advice that are supported by the most recent research and studies, there is lots of helpful information to guide Canadians to healthy eating that fits their lifestyle. Here are some of the important parts of the new Food Guide.

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E. Coli

E. Coli

Occasionally, food contamination with dangerous bacteria prompts our Department of Public Health to make a recall notice to keep Canadians safe. The recent recall of lettuce products due to E. coli contamination fortunately had no deaths and only a few confirmed cases in Canada, but it has left many Canadians asking questions about E. coli and food safety.

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GI and Gut Health

GI and Gut Health

Everyone has a very complex 9-meter long system going through their bodies that is responsible for absorbing the nutrients that fuel us. Our gastrointestinal system – or gut – is absolutely crucial to living, but often goes ignored. Nearly everyone has had some type of digestive issue, ranging from constipation, bloating, and stomach bugs to diagnosable gastrointestinal illnesses, and taking care of your gut will help you to feel better and be healthier. Here’s how to get starting thinking about gut health:

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Addictions

Addictions

While the New Year is a time that many people choose to take a moment and reflect on their lives and habits to make changes for the better, for others the steps to a healthier life by leaving addictions behind them is a serious issue that requires constant dedication and commitment. Addictions can happen to anyone, in any stage of life or social status, and can take over control of their life. Approximately 21% of Canadians(1) meet the criteria for substance abuse disorders – about 8 million people – and many others face addictions beyond substance use.

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Healthy Eating Over The Holidays

Healthy Eating Over The Holidays

Celebrating the holidays doesn’t have to take a toll on your diet, health, or fun. With a little mindfulness in your eating practices and habits, you can enjoy your holidays without straining your health or packing on the pounds.

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Slips and Falls

Slips and Falls

With winter weather finally settling in for the season, many Canadians are taking extra precautions to prevent the slick and icy surfaces outside from causing slips and falls. While some are simply avoiding a wintery slip to avoid minor bruises, falls can be a serious matter of health for others. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to avoid getting hurt this winter and all year.

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Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes - What You Need To Know Diabetes is very common in Canada, but is also a very serious illness that could have severe consequences if it isn’t properly managed. In many instances, diabetes can be controlled with the combined efforts of your healthcare team and...

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Coping Strategies For Better Mental Health

Coping Strategies For Better Mental Health

Stress and Your Health Stress is a physical response as your body releases chemicals and hormones to help you cope with stressors you are facing - creating a very real physical effect on your body. Not only does stress affect how you think and feel in the present, but...

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