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  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Helping Your Body Beat Stress
    Stress can result from major events, both negative and positive: marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, a death in the family, or job changes or pressures. Your body is naturally equipped to deal with a certain amount of stress. But if stress increases and your reserves are low, stress can have a bigger impact. There are 3 main stages your body undergoes when dealing with a stressful event. Your body will initially mobilize energy by releasing adrenaline and increase your heart and breathing rate. If you remain in the first stage for a while, your body will begin to […]
  • Pharmasave: Coronavirus and Face Masks
    Will a face mask protect me from the new coronavirus? It depends on the type of mask. A regular surgical mask, the kind most people wear in public, will not protect you against the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This is because they do not provide an airtight seal around your nose and mouth, and are not designed to filter out the virus. An N95 respirator, the type often worn by health care workers, can provide some protection from the new coronavirus if used properly, because they can filter over 95% of virus particles and seal tightly around the nose and mouth. […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Benefits of Eating Fruits and Vegetables
    A fruit and veggie market is a feast for the eyes as well as for the body. All the colours – the bright and sumptuous reds, the verdant green, the vibrant oranges and yellows, and the deep, dark blues and purples – are a sensual delight and a bounty of nutrients. If these colourful fruits and veggies had labels, they’d read like the bottles of vitamins and supplements on health-store shelves: fibre, vitamins and minerals galore, and antioxidants. Since fruits and veggies don’t have labels, it’s their colours that reveal some of their nutritional rewards. Phytochemicals, compounds found in fruits […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Crack the Fruit and Veggie Colour Code
    Greens Go beyond iceberg lettuce! Green fruits and veggies, such as avocados, green peppers, celery, kiwi fruits, cucumbers, asparagus, and even green apples, are tasty, nutritious options. They are thought to be loaded with vitamins, such as folate, minerals, and fibre. Lutein, found in hearty greens such as kale, chard, and romaine lettuce, may help to fend off macular degeneration, a major cause of vision loss and blindness in Canada. Bell peppers, broccoli, and the underrated Brussels sprout are all powerful sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that may lower cancer risk, improve iron absorption, and promote wound healing. […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Nutritional Labelling – Get to Know it
    Do you read the nutrition labels on the food you buy? They can help inform your decisions. In Canada, manufacturers are required to include certain information on food packaging to inform consumers about the contents of their products. Together, this information can assist you in comparing products and making the healthiest choices for you and your family. There is always a list of all ingredients in descending order, from the ingredient used most to the one used least. Watch carefully for fats, sugars, and salts, as they appear in various forms. They may be listed under other names, or may […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Serving Size Savvy
    Most of us are aware of Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and its recommendations to eat a certain number of servings from each food group each day. But what makes up a serving? Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide advises Canadians to consume a certain number of servings per food group each day. This number is presented as a range, with considerations for your body size, your level of activity, your age, your gender, and physical factors such as being pregnant or breast-feeding. For grain products, the recommended daily range is: 3 to 6 servings for children (between the ages of 2 and […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Skinny on Cholesterol
    Cholesterol is a fat-based substance found in the bloodstream and the body’s cells. Cholesterol is essential for good health: it builds and repairs cells, protects nerve fibres, and is used to produce certain hormones and bile acids. We get it in two ways: the liver produces it, and it is contained in some of the foods we eat, including meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy products. A healthy daily intake of cholesterol is about the amount found in a single egg. Most of us take in more than that, which is where problems can begin. When cholesterol moves through our blood, […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Putting the Cuffs on Hypertension
    Have you been tested for high blood pressure? Your doctor may put a cuff on your arm as part of a routine check-up to test your blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is caused by blood pushing too hard against the walls of your blood vessels, and it can be a serious medical condition. If your blood pressure levels are above normal, you might be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Your doctor can test your blood pressure levels at a clinic or hospital, but you can also test your blood pressure yourself. Measuring your blood pressure at home is […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Heart Attack – Know the Symptoms
    The key to surviving a heart attack is getting medical help early – nearly half of all deaths due to heart attack occur within three to four hours of the beginning of symptoms. Keep in mind that not everyone experiences the same heart attack symptoms to the same degree – some older people and women can experience less obvious symptoms. Some heart attacks come on suddenly, but the vast majority start slowly with mild pain and discomfort. Many people experiencing a heart attack are not sure they are having one and may think it’s only heartburn or indigestion. This may […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stop Smoking. Breathe Easy.
    It takes practice and time to quit smoking, but it can be done, and the benefits of stopping smoking are worth the effort. There are many ways to quit smoking, such as the “cold turkey” method or a system to gradually taper off smoking. Each person is unique, and different strategies work better for different people. Smoking cessation medications Smoking cessation medications include nicotine chewing pieces (gum), the nicotine patch, nicotine inhaler,oral sprays, nicotine lozenges, bupropion, and varenicline. Research shows that when used as directed and combined with support groups or counselling, these medications can increase your chance of success. Speak to […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Setting Weight Loss Goals
    While sliding into a smaller size may be your long-term goal, try to approach it one day at a time. Set short-term goals for yourself – it will make the task less daunting. Track your progress and reward yourself as you reach milestones. Have a plan, and know what you have to do to meet your goal. Don’t try to lose too much – or too little.For weight loss to be beneficial to your health and to have a long-lasting effect, you should aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. To do this, you need to use 500 […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: The Losing Formula for your Weight
    Sure, there’s no magic bullet for easy weight loss. But the winning – er, losing – formula isn’t as complicated as you may think. Here are some strategies for successful weight loss: Set a realistic goal. Weight loss is yet another example of slow and steady winning the race. Rather than trying to drop a size by tomorrow, set a goal of 1 to 2 pounds (no more than 1 kg) per week. Keep in mind that it takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound – so to meet this goal, aim to cut 500 to 1,000 calories a […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Carbs Be Gone?
    One day they’re in, the next day they’re out again. But whether we’re talking about Atkins or South Beach, low-carb diets are one kind of fad that never seems to die. If you haven’t tried a low-carb diet, you may not know that many of these programs restrict all kinds of carbohydrates, and not just the obvious ones, such as bread, rice, and pasta. For example, Atkins, perhaps the best-known low-carb diet around, also excludes most grains, beans, fruits, potatoes, and starchy vegetables, while allowing lots of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and butter. Low-carb diets work because when you consume […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: What’s the Problem with Quick Weight Loss?
    Being overweight has been shown to take a considerable toll on our health, from upping our risk of heart disease to diabetes to some forms of cancer. So you’d think it would be wise to lose weight any way you can. But losing weight on an unsafe diet plan or repeatedly losing and gaining weight, as can happen as a result of fad dieting, can also cause health problems. The vicious cycle of losing and gaining weight is often referred to as yo-yo dieting. While some people may tell you yo-yo dieting can make it harder to lose weight the next time around, […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fat vs Fiction – What Diets Work?
    Lose 15 pounds by the weekend? Get your dream body while eating whatever you want and without having to go to the gym? Shelves full of books and hours of infomercials will try to have you believe otherwise, but there is no magic formula that can get you the body you want. Yes, losing weight can be a daunting task – which explains the appeal of programs that promise to make weight loss easy. But all too often, fad diets result not only in regaining lost pounds, but in putting on extra weight as well. That’s because safe, effective and, […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Active Living for the Holidays
    Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow? Whether you’re a fan of the white stuff or not, it’ll be hard for many of us to avoid the snow this winter. Rather than hibernating until spring, embrace the fun, festive, seasonal spirit and take part in some winter fitness. You could gather your family and friends and make winter fitness a group thing. Or you could head out into the snow with only yourself and a playful, adventurous attitude. Either way, find a place for fitness in your holiday schedule. Physical activity can help relieve stress and burn off […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Savour the Flavours of the Season – Without Overdoing it!
    The rush of the winter holidays can make it challenging to stick to good nutritional habits. Many things can divert us from our best intentions. All sorts of social events, tempting treats, last-minute shopping excursions, travelling out of town… these holiday extras may interfere with our regular eating habits and derail a healthy diet. This season, try out these tips for healthful and happy holiday feasting. Hit the grocery stores. Stock your shelves with healthy, can’t-miss foods. During this hectic season, it’s common to feel run down, so it is especially important to maintain a healthy nutrient intake. Keep fresh fruit […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Alcohol – Be Holiday Smart!
    Cutting back on drinking is a common New Year’s resolution. Holiday parties are full of socializing, yummy treats, and often a bit more alcohol than many of us are used to. With all the social events and toasting to the New Year, some of us can lose track of how much alcohol we’ve consumed. Head into this holiday season with heightened alcohol awareness, and beat the January resolution rush. While at parties, pace your intake of drinks. Wait an hour between drinks, and make sure you have something to eat so that you are not drinking on an empty stomach. […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stay Stress-free this Holiday Season
    Stress piles up around the holidays. What should be a time of peace, joy, and giving can become a time of hurrying, rushing, and worrying. It’s important to find a way to balance holiday stress so you can enjoy the true pleasures of the season. Know your “enemy.” Identify what causes you stress and find ways around it. For example, some people find stores too crowded in December. If you need to shop, try shopping online from the comfort of your home, or order by phone or mail. Take a half-day off work to shop when stores are less busy. Give […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: What is Your Risk of Prostate Cancer?
    Prostate Cancer Risk Factor Quiz Take this quiz to learn about what can affect your risk of developing prostate cancer. While we don’t know the exact causes of cancer, there are trends that men with prostate cancer share. How old are you?The older you are, the greater your chance of developing prostate cancer. If you are a man under 50, you have a 3 in 1,000 chance of having prostate cancer. If you are in your 50s, you have a 2 in 100 (2%) chance. Between the ages of 60 and 69, you have an almost 7% chance. And that […]