Health benefits of Yoga

January 18 2021

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress

Top 10 Health Benefits of Yoga :

1. Improves Flexibility

2. Builds Strength

3. Increases Muscle Tone

4. Improves Balance

5. Supports Joint Health

6. Prevents Back Pain

7. Teaches Better Breathing

8. Fosters Mental Calmness

9. Reduces Stress

10. Increases Self Confidence

Hydrotherapy - the power of water

November 23 2020

Hydrotherapy is the practice of using water in any of its forms to heal, soothe, and relax the human body. It has been used since the early days of the Romans when hot springs and Roman bathhouses were popularly used for the same reasons. Hydrotherapy dates back to the days of the sweat lodges that were commonly used by Native Americans. 

Hydrotherapy includes the use of steam, ice, and water for the purposes of healing. It can involve saunas, steam baths, ice packs, whirlpool baths, and more.

Each of these methods is used in an effort to bring about relief from pain or tension using a combination of moisture and temperature. Hydrotherapy treatments are often available at health spas and fitness clubs and can be attempted at home.

Heat-based hydrotherapy uses heat and water in the form of steam baths, vapors, and warm or hot baths. Cold-based hydrotherapy uses cold compresses or ice packs in an effort to narrow or constrict blood vessels.

This constriction causes the circulation of the blood to slow down along with a reduction in any swelling that is present. Cold-based hydrotherapy is intended to reduce the presence of fluid in the treated area as well. 

You are what you eat

October 15 2020

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. In fact, up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active.

A healthy diet can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by:

  • improving your cholesterol levels
  • reducing your blood pressure
  • helping you manage your body weight
  • controlling your blood sugar.

Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating a variety of healthy foods each day. This includes eating plant-based foods more often and choosing highly-processed or ultra-processed foods less often. In essence, to maintain a healthy body and mind you need to eat natural foods - especially those veggies and proteins!