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Happy Heart Day!

It’s fitting for the month of February that we discuss heart health.  It is, after all, the month dedicated to hearts (be it sweet ones, cinnamon ones, or sparkly ones in store windows).

I have heard from many of our patients (who also happen to be nurses) that they have seen an increase in the number of heart attack and stroke victims at the hospital during the months of December and January.

It’s hard to believe that Heart Disease is the # 1 killer in North America.  It is quite often over shadowed by cancer in our media.  As surprising as it is, the facts are true, it kills more people in North America than any other disease.  What causes Heart Disease and how can we improve our heart health?

Contrary to popular belief, Heart Disease is not caused by high blood pressure or cholesterol.  These issues are merely symptoms of Heart Disease.  Heart Disease is caused by a combination of the following;  anxiety, stress, lack of movement, poor diet, lack of nutrition and inflammation.

Here is a list of 4 items you can incorporate into your diet on a daily basis to help improve your heart heath:

 

  1. GARLIC – Garlic contains sulphur which acts as a sweeper for the arteries. One capsule of high quality garlic with at least 250mg of Allicin per day will get your started.

 

  1. FLAX SEEDS – Flax Seed contains omega 3 which helps to reduce inflammation and acts as both a soluble and insoluble fiber. I also recommend chia, hemp seeds and black cumin oil.

 

  1. OLIVE OIL – Olive Oil contains poly-phenols and oleate, a common fat found in extra virgin olive oil. These help failing hearts to use body fat as fuel for your body.

 

  1. TUMERIC – Tumeric is the most anti-inflammatory spice. It is known around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties.  I recommend Nature’s Relief, which is available at our office.

 

Did you know that your brain can also contribute to your Heart Health?    It’s true, taking a few minutes each day to relax can help lower your risk of Heart Disease.   Our BrainTap Technology  does exactly that.  It provides similar benefits to meditation and is designed to re-balance your brain wave activity and help your body focus on healing.

Why not enjoy a complimentary 20-25 minute “vacation” from the stress in your life.  Call today to ask  how BrainTap Technology can help you with things like; stress, weight loss, quitting smoking, and much more.

Get Educated! Get Inspired! Take Action!

Happy Valentine’s Day

From all of us at Johnston Health and Laser Center

The Impact of Sugar and 76 Reasons Why You Need to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

 

Sugar, in moderate amounts, according to Dr. Mercola, is essential to you body. As a carbohydrate, it helps supply you with the energy you need for your daily activities. Too much sugar, however, can have detrimental effects and in Dr. Mercola’s recent article “Sugar Addiction” he outlines 76 ways that too much sugar can ruin your health!  From nutrient imbalance to behavioral changes and increased risks of diseases, our society’s sugar addiction is rising at an alarming rate.

For Dr. Mercola’s full article read SUGAR ADDICTION

As Dr. Mercola stated, “It can be quite difficult to say no to sweets, especially if you have been  consuming them on a daily basis, but, once you feel the effects that lowering your sugar intake has on
your body,  it will all be worth it.”
If you need assistance helping get back on track and establishing a healthy balanced nutrition plan for your family, contact our office.  Learn more about our services here

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Johnston Health and Laser Center

The Link Between Exercise and Learning

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Time Magazine recently highlight a new study showing the correlation between exercise and learning.  The study, released Nov. 30 in the Journal of Medicine and Sport, found that the more time kids in Grade 1 spent sitting and the less time they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading in the two following years. In first grade, a lot of sedentary time and no running around also had a negative impact on their ability to do math

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Among girls, sitting for a long time without moving much didn’t seem to have any effect on their ability to learn.

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland analyzed studies that measured physical activity and sedentary time of 153 kids aged six to eight. The studies used a combined heart rate and movement sensor, and researchers gave kids standardized tests in math and reading. “We found that lower levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity, higher levels of sedentary time, and particularly their combination, were related to poorer reading skills in boys,” the study says.

While the test group was small and Scandinavian (the Finnish school system‘s freaky success is almost legendary), the study offers some evidence for what parents have been thinking for a long time: we may not be educating boys the right way.

As pressure increases on schools to show evidence of learning, many education systems have tried to provide a more academically rich environment. But sometimes this has come at the cost of physical education, which is often considered an optional extra rather than one of the core skills a student must master.

Money and school hours that might have been spent on P.E. are now devoted to libraries, science labs and better tech gadgets. All of these are worthy teaching tools, but they promote a very sedentary style of learning. Add to this the reliance on testing, which, again, has it merits, and you have kids sitting down for longer and longer periods every day. Most U.S. schools don’t require any P.E. or recess.

The connection between exercise and learning is not new, but the Finnish study provides stronger objective evidence that the increased emphasis on sedentary academic activity among the youngest learners may be fruitless if it comes at the cost of physical activity. Boys whose days were more sedentary when they were in first grade (a crucial year for learning to read) made fewer gains in reading in second and third grade. They also did worse at math for that year.

The authors aren’t sure why the difference between boys and girls is so stark. Not as many girls participated in the study, so that may have influenced results. Moreover, it may have less to do with the difference between the male and female brain; for girls, academic achievement may be more influenced by factors such as parental educational support, peer acceptance, teachers’ positive attitude and their own motivation.

A great success story from the school highlighted in the video!  The results are something that we all can learn from.  With New Year’s just around the corner, why not make more physical activity part of your routine?  The results…well they have been documented time and time again!

We would like to take the time to thank our patients for a fantastic 2016.  We have been honoured to walk along side your health journey this past year and we look forward to working with you again in 2017.

Just a reminder that we are taking the time between Christmas and New Year’s off…see you again in 2017!

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2017!

The Johnstons

Snow! Snow and More Snow!

skiing-16270_960_720We know that snow isn’t for everyone…but we are one very excited bunch!  Skiing has become the passion of our family and the last week of snow dumping has helped to ensure that the ski season is here to stay!

Skiing really is something that you can do as a family…lots of opportunities right here in your backyard.

Snow Valley, Horseshoe Valley, Blue Mountains, Mount St. Louis Moonstone!

But..if skiing isn’t your passion, it doesn’t mean that you should stay indoors all Winter.  There are great activities that don’t require hills and helmets!  Last Winter we were able to (in between mild spells) head to #Arrowhead Provincial Park and taking in skating by candle light!  This is a super fun trip…which can also be done in the daylight if you prefer.  This year the weather has been cold enough that ice will soon be ready at the park.  Check out their website for the latest updates…but they are aiming for the last week of December to be ready and open.

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Have you tried your own backyard rink?

We have some friends that do this faithfully each year.  With a little bit of muscle…your rink will be ready in no time.  With cold nights…the temps are perfect to get your rink underway.  The debate is on as to whether you need a rink kit (large tarp and boards) or if you can just spend some time stomping and watering.  But the end result will definitely see you and your family outdoors more this winter…getting some natural vitamin D and cardio work outs!

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Don’t forget about snowshoeing!!  Reasonably priced snowshoes can be found at your local Costco, sporting store or Canadian Tire and we of course, have many many trials available in our region:

#Springwater Park #HardwoodHills #HorseshoeValley #ScanlonCreek just to name a few….and the Simcoe County Forests have so many trails…all right in our own backyard.

So…get Active this holiday season!  Enjoy!

The Johnstons

No Snow? No Problem!

Many us are eagerly anticipating the arrival of snow this season.  While we are enjoying unseasonable warm temperatures late in the Fall, it does sometimes pose some challenges in keeping everyone entertained and active outdoors.

Last Winter we also had a few pockets of really mild weather (in between the blasts of snow!) which made us have to think outside of the traditional Winter activity box when keeping active!

Today’s Parent Came up with some fun ideas to help keep kids active and entertained last year.  Here are a few of their ideas:

Skating – sounds like you need snow, right?  Well, in Barrie along there are many many indoor facilities that you can take advantage of.  Check out the City of Barrie’s listings to see hours and locations.

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Bingo Hiking – Create your own bingo cards before you head out to the park or the woods with the kids. Get them to draw pictures in each square of things you may find on your walk: an acorn, a pine cone, a common bird and a rare one, adjusting the level of difficulty to the age of your child.

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Picnicking – Picnics are usually associated with the summer, but they don’t have to be. On a really cold day, you can spread out a blanket in the living room, and gather the kids, their friends and teddy bears for a picnic. Or bundle up and go to a nearby park and have your picnic there.

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Bowling – a great way to let off steam and include the whole family!

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For the complete list of non-snow activity ideas visit Today’s Parent!

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