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Pulse on Health

Issue 1, April 2014

Wellness tips for a healthy lifestyle

Tired? It could be iron deficiency.

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or decades, women have bonded over a common issue:

I’m exhausted and just can’t keep up

They’ve chalked it up to the crazy pace of a modern life of checking homework and making a grocery list while tomorrow’s lunch is being made, dinner is in the oven and emails get checked by the pile of laundry. But what if there’s more to feeling exhausted than too much to do? What if it’s nutritional? Few women in their childbearing years are getting the recommended 18 mg a day of iron from their diet and once an iron deficiency takes hold, it can be hard to reverse. With 1 in 4 North American women experiencing an iron deficiency, getting tested can be just what you need to stop it in its tracks. If left unchecked, iron deficiency can move from exhaustion to PMS, depression and fertility issues.

Breakfast Energy Smoothie • 1 Tbsp Udo’s Oil

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• 1 banana • 1 cup almond or rice milk

Your health care practitioner can arrange a simple serum ferritin test that will tell you if your body’s iron stores are dropping. To help combat that possible deficiency, turn to iron-rich foods like eggs, dark leafy greens, beans and legumes and consider an easily absorbed liquid iron and vitamin supplement, such as Floradix® Liquid Iron and Vitamin Formula.

• 2 Tbsp organic Greek yogurt

Did you know? Your serum ferritin test will provide a value stated as an ng amount per ml. While the normal range for men is 12 to 300 ng/ml and for women is 12 to 150 ng/ml, what is normal for you may be different. Discuss the results with your health care practitioner.

• 10 ml Floradix® Liquid Iron and Vitamin Formula

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Fatigue Pale skin Dark circles under eyes Catching cold easily Trouble concentrating

THE MORE BO ES YOU CHECKED, THE HIGHER YOUR RISK OF BEING

IRON DEFICIENT.

• 1 Tbsp Salus® Red Beet Crystals • 1 Tbsp protein powder of your choice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink immediately and enjoy the energy! * note – while taking calcium at the same time as iron can impact iron’s absorbability, the small amount of calcium in this smoothie is unlikely to cause any decrease in absorption.


Probiotics

down there?

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t sounds funny, but the truth is, you need “good” bacteria down there.

We have all had a vaginal infection at some point in our lives.

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birth control

Eliminate varicose veins!

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t’s hard to avoid varicose veins because not only are they hereditary, but they are often part of the aging process and can be made worse with hormonal changes.

Give your legs a fighting chance by: •

Propping your legs up – above heart level is ideal

Avoiding crossing your legs

Exercising to improve muscle tone

Maintaining a healthy weight

Avoiding long periods of standing or sitting

Skipping tight clothing, especially at your waist

increase Take circuvein to n your circulatio

antibiotics

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all contribute to an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria

Normally, bad bacteria in your stomach and vagina are kept in check by your immune system and good bacteria; however, hormonal levels can change the pH of the vagina causing bad bacteria to multiply thereby wiping out the good bacteria and resulting in an infection.

If you’re eating for two, take iron made for two Pregnant women need extra help getting the iron needed for proper placenta development and to prevent pre-term labour, postpartum depression and babies of low birth weight.

So, how do you get more “good” bacteria? Lactobacilli are the good bacteria that are naturally present in the vagina. Women who have an overgrowth of bad bacteria may benefit from supplementation with lactobacilli to restore the vagina’s bacteria-yeast balance and prevent vaginal infections. The probiotics in VagiCare include lactobacilli, to help naturally, safely and effectively maintain a healthy pH and prevent symptoms of: •

vaginal discharge

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burning

dryness

itching

the appearance of Clinically proven to reduce within just 2 months varicose and spider veins inflammation Supports veins by reducing ar blood vessels Protects and tones vascul g and heaviness ellin sw e, to prevent leakag

Supplementing with an easily absorbed form of liquid iron and vitamins developed specifically for pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant ensures adequate iron is available whenever conception occurs. Why Floravit® liquid iron? •

Easy on the digestive tract

Recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Dairy, lactose, alcohol, artificial colours/flavours, gluten and yeast free


Stop Gas and Bloating Even if you are an uber-nutritiousorganic-everything-eater, you still may not be digesting your food properly. Enzymes can help break food down and promote proper vitamin and mineral absorption. Enzymes are especially important if you suffer from food allergies and lactose intolerance.

Tips on how to keep a clean, non-toxic home •

Add plants to your home to clean the air and increase oxygen levels

Clean your house from top down letting the dust settle before vacuuming

Use vinegar and water to clean your windows

Buy non-toxic, eco-friendly products

If you hire a house cleaner, find one that uses non-toxic products

Avoid products with artificial fragrances

Bottoms up with bitters!

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aken either before or after a meal, bitters help with the production of bile in the stomach to help digest fatty foods. Strikingly similar to the bitters found behind the bar, this liquid is a mixture of bitter herbs that kick-start the digestive process.

Maria Bomb = 1 Tsp. Maria’s Swedish Bitters

Defend yourself against toxins with Flor·Essence®, your daily detox. Benefits: •

Safe and effective full body cleanse

Proprietary 8-herb Ojiibwa formula

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1 oz. all-natural energy drink

Hawaiian Twist Smoothie This smoothie is a great way to get your greens complete with a taste of the tropics. • 1 ripe papaya, peeled and seeded • 3 cups orange or apple juice • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt • 1 Tsp Gandalf Spirulina powder TM

• 1 Tbsp Manuka Health Honey • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add a sprig of mint for garnish. Enjoy the great taste of getting your greens!


A pillow isn’t just a pillow

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If your pillow isn’t to blame, you may benefit from an all-natural sleep aid. Sometimes we all need a little help turning off our brains so we can sleep.

t plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep, and your health. Many artificial pillow fillings have remnants of the chemicals involved in the production process, such as formaldehyde or petroleum. No one wants to rest their head on that, let alone breathe it in all night long! Thankfully there are eco-friendly options.

Better bedtime snacks

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e all know you’re not supposed to eat before bed, right? Well sometimes it’s bound to happen. When it does, make healthy choices that will balance blood sugar levels, won’t contribute to weight gain and will keep you full throughout the night.

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The best options are foods with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Fat is especially important as it is satisfying and will keep you full longer. An ideal choice would be something high in healthy omegas, like Udo’s Oil™, as it is packed full of Omega-3,-6 and -9.

Sleep•Essence is the solution to your sleep troubles. It is designed to ease sleeplessness and insomnia. All of the herbs in this formula, including camomile and lavender, were carefully selected for their calming, sleepinducing properties.

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