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  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Fact or Fiction – Those Things That Go On in the Night
    Fact or fiction: You shouldn’t wake a sleepwalker.Fiction!Sleep mythologists once sternly warned to never wake a sleepwalker – and that rousing one could even startle them to death! It’s true that it can be quite difficult to wake a sleepwalker, since the behaviour typically happens during deep sleep. And an awakened sleepwalker would be disoriented and likely not remember the incident. But there’s no danger in waking them. In fact, you may ultimately protect them from any potential harm they might find if left to amble around the house or out the front door. The best thing to do, though, […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Tips on Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
    Do you wake up feeling refreshed, alert, and ready to meet the challenges of the day? If not, here are some tips to help you get there: Keep regular hours. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, including weekends. Avoid taking long naps during the day. These could make it harder to fall asleep at night. A short nap, however, is okay as long as you can sleep well during the night. Develop a “sleep ritual.” If you do the same things before you go to bed each night, it will train your body to get ready […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Sleep Disorders
    If you’ve tried everything and still don’t seem to be getting enough sleep, speak with your doctor. Your sleep problems may be due to a medical condition or one of the medications you are taking. Most sleep problems can be diagnosed and treated safely and effectively. Some of the most common sleep disorders are: sleep apnea (a disorder in which people stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, sometimes hundreds of times every night) insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, or waking early) restless legs syndrome (uncomfortable leg sensations and the urge to move the legs occurring […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation
    Some people choose to “get away” with less sleep, and this attitude is often rewarded in our society. But lack of sleep can actually make you less productive, even if you feel as though you’re getting more done. And sleep deprivation can do much more than hurt your productivity – it can damage your health as well. Sleep helps your body to repair itself. It also helps your mind absorb and “file” the day’s learning. When we deprive ourselves of sleep, we notice the effects both mentally and physically. In the short term, these effects include: fatigue irritability careless mistakes difficulty concentrating slower […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
    How much sleep do you really need? In general, most adults need about 7 hours of sleep per night. Children and adolescents need even more – around 9 or 10 hours per night. However, the amount of sleep people need varies widely, ranging from 5 to 10 hours per night. The important thing is to find out how much sleep you need to stay healthy and alert, and then try to get this amount of sleep each night. The right amount of sleep is the amount that lets you wake up feeling refreshed and well. You may be able to function on the amount […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stess-busting Tips
    Take control of stress with the following tips: Simplify Set priorities for yourself. Organize your time so that you do the things that are most important to you first. Let less important things go. Make decisions right away instead of putting them off. Worrying about what decision you have to make can cause unnecessary stress. Identify things that cause you the most stress. Then, look for ways to get around them. For example, if you find traveling stressful, see if you can make a phone call instead. Concentrate on doing one thing at a time. Once you have finished a […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Stress and Illness
    Stress is a health problem in itself, but it can also lead to other physical and emotional complications. Stress can indirectly cause other health problems by affecting your behaviour. Signs that you’re under stress may include: unhealthy nutrition – you may skip meals, or overeat, or eat too much of the wrong foods – for instance, sugary and fatty foods dependence on other substances – you may drink too much, smoke, or use medications or street drugs to deal with the stress moody behaviour – you may feel irritable, sad, or guilty, and behave in ways that endanger your physical well-being, from getting […]
  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: More Than Just Stress
    There are many things you can do on your own to reduce stress and improve your overall health. However, some of the symptoms of stress are very similar to those of depression. Depression is a common disorder that is related to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Fortunately, depression can be treated safely and effectively. It’s important to recognize the signs so that you can get treatment. Signs of depression: feeling “sad” or “blue” losing interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy sleeping too much or too little having less energy “slowing down” of mental or physical activity […]
  • 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 […]