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Stay away from dementia and Alzheimer’s By…

  * Emphasizing on a plant-based diet, * Eating whole foods, * Using olive oil as the primary oil, * Limiting animal products and saturated fat, * Promoting one fish meal a week. Read more here: 4 reasons to learn a new language to stay away from getting Alzheimer’s How to improve your memory  15 Resolutions to Reduce Your Dementia Risk from the Alzheimer’s Society

Do you have a desk job? Here are 3 tips to avoid crashing

Take a stand. The less overall activity you do, the less energy is required to keep you functioning, because you are not using your active tissue. Desk job = fat-burning enzymes which start switching off when you are inactive for too long and they can plummet 50% or more after a full day of not standing. Every 30 minutes, stand and stretch. Click on the link below to get your […]

90% of runners say that they rarely get sick

Why? Because exercise boosts your immune system Read more here: From ACE Fitness: Can Exercise Reduce Your Risk of Catching a Cold? From BBC News: Exercise ‘can prevent a cold’, a study shows

If I do strength and cardio in the same workout, which one should I start first?

It depends on your goals. If your goal is to run a 5 km, start with the treadmill. If it is to get stronger and toned, then do a 5-10 minute warm up and do a more intense strength training. When you start lifting weights first, your form is better than if you do it after cardio. Keep in mind that cardio burns more calories than strength training, so by […]

4 Reasons to Learn a Language Other Than Your Own and Stay Away From Getting Alzheimer’s!

Je parle français et vous? Yup, I speak both English and French.  My first language is French from Quebec and when I have moved to BC in 2007, I had to learn English!  It took me 5 months to understand and speak it. Did you know that by learning another language you stave off the age-related memory loss?  Researchers in India found that bilingual people developed Alzheimer’s disease or dementia […]

What to Eat and Drink to Boost your Immune System and Stave Off Viruses

– Chicken broth: make your own here and freeze it. Keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. – Garlic – Onions – Mushrooms – Citrus fruit – Ginger – Raw honey – Probiotic supplements – Fermented Food (Kefir, Kombucha, Miso, Kimchi.  Get the list here. When I am sick, I make a batch of that MIRACLE HEALING BROTH (Oh She Glows) VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE, SOY-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, FREEZER- FRIENDLY […]

Should I Workout if I’m Sick?

Depends… Cold: go to the gym and sweat it out.  You don’t need to run on the treadmill.  Just add inclination and play it with. Bring it down whenever you need to recuperate. You’ll fight the virus quicker. Flu: rest. Sip on homemade chicken broth.  I always have some in the freezer.  Get the recipe here. Drink plenty of fluid.  Sip on echinacea tea. Take supplements: Echinacea Vitamin C Zinc Rest. […]

3 Foods to Eat to Eliminate Night Cramps

  If you are experiencing a lot of muscle cramps, it is an indication that you need more potassium and magnesium. To replenish a lack of potassium, eat half a banana and a quarter of an avocado. In regards to the magnesium, before bed, I take a magnesium supplement. As well, if you are very active, add electrolytes to your water.  You can get electrolytes and magnesium in any natural […]

Have you ever asked yourself, “when I lose weight, where does it go”?

Good question!  Some people think that fat is converted to either energy, heat, muscles or it simply melts away. For fat to melt or disappear, it has to be transformed to get out of your body.  In fact, fat is converted to carbon dioxyde (CO2) and exits the body through breathing. The remaining portion becomes water and leaves the body by sweat, urination or tears. Here are articles to help […]

Live Longer by Following a Mediterranean Diet

A Mediterranean diet is rich in olive oil, unrefined grains, fish, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle for Busy People Mediterranean Diet 101: A Meal Plan and Beginner’s Guide Adapted from: Idea Fitness Journal

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