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Category: Healthy Seniors

Change your focus for more Energy

What my grandmother and Pokémon GO taught me about overcoming fatigue When it comes to fatigue, there’s a balance between knowing when to rest and restore, and when to push through. Trust yourself and listen to your body. Or, just trick yourself, focus on something you enjoy, and see what happens. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish! When I visited my grandma in eastern Europe a few years ago, she taught me about the art of changing your focus. There was a lot of family drama going on at the time. She would distract me from it like a …

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The Health Benefits of Walking for 30 minutes a Day

The following information is provided for educational purposes only. Before making any changes please speak with your healthcare provider for individualized advice. Walking is a simple form of exercise that you can enjoy at your own pace. It also has a number of health benefits! Exercise should be something you enjoy, and making a habit of it can make it easier to incorporate into your daily routine. Bone Density and Bone Mass Walking can help maintain bone density and has been linked to a decreased risk of hip fracture. Any weight-bearing exercise involves support from our bones and helps to …

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Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Over 50% of Canadian households have at least one pet. Many consider pets as members of their family. People of all incomes and ages have pets; including as many as 25% of homeless persons. Many hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement residences have programs that encourage interaction with pets. Interacting with pets can positively affect our physical and emotional health, and encourage us to engage with the world around us. Pets can also offer us companionship, protection and a feeling of responsibility. Pets and Our Physical Health Pets affect our physical health in many different ways. As infants and children, pets …

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It’s More than just Calcium According to Osteoporosis Canada, at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in Canada will suffer from a fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Fracture risk (risk of breaking a bone) is very important as it can affect quality of life, and can even increase the risk of dying. Low bone density Osteoporosis and osteopenia refer to different ranges of low bone density. Your bone density, measured by a DEXA scan, is compared with the bone density of young, healthy adults. Osteoporosis is defined as bone density that is 2.5 standard …

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Seniors’ Health

Want to achieve your health goals, improve your quality of life, and achieve a better level of health? It’s never too late to make positive changes in your everyday life that can have a big impact on your health and quality of life for years to come. Katrina enjoys working with seniors, as she finds they have the time, patience, and life skills to implement simple changes that can make a big difference. Click here to learn more about our Healthy Seniors program. Feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions! Here are 4 specific Seniors’ Health issues we can help with 1) Preparing …

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What about celiac disease?

Celiac disease is not mediated by IgE antibodies and so it is considered a food intolerance by mainstream medicine. Celiac disease results in dysfunction of the immune system, especially of the gut, because of a reaction to gluten, a protein found in many grains. Patients with celiac disease can also suffer from a variety of other autoimmune conditions (where the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, because it has lost some of its ability to tell the difference between self and non-self). For celiacs, the intestine can heal with removal of gluten from the diet. However, the damage returns if gluten is put …

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What’s the difference between a food sensitivity, a food intolerance and a food allergy? 

Food allergies Food allergies are less common than food intolerances, and are typically mediated by IgEantibodies and histamine – which can cause itching. Food allergy symptoms are often sudden (seconds to minutes or in some cases hours) and can be quite severe or even life-threatening. Reactions may become more severe with repeat exposure(s), or can also occur after exposure to very small amounts of the triggering food in someone who has already been exposed to this food. People who suffer from a food allergy may need to carry an EpiPen or similar product for emergency self-treatment. Common symptoms of food allergies include …

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Preparing for and Recovering from Surgery

Surgery, though often times necessary or even life-saving, can be taxing on the body. There are lots of things we can do to help patients prepare for and recover from surgery including optimizing nutrition before a surgery to ensure your body has access to the nutrients it needs to heal, (this can be especially important in the elderly population), reducing healing time, reducing pain, reducing scarring, reducing the risk of infection, and even improving outcomes and/or decreasing the risk of complications in some cases. Know someone who is preparing for or recovering from surgery and could use our help? For …

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The Mediterranean diet in a nutshell

The Mediterranean diet is well researched. It’s linked with many health benefits; including a lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke even without losing any weight! It can also boost your good cholesterol, lower your bad cholesterol and your triglycerides; and help balance your blood sugar. It can also help lower your blood pressure! Let’s take a look at the components of this dietary pattern. 1) Lots of Veggies (and Fruits) Remember the food guide? Picture the fruits and veggies as the foundation, at the bottom of the pyramid. They’re an important part of our health. The Mediterranean diet involves eating 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Fresh vegetables and fruits are a great source of antioxidants; as well as vitamins, minerals, water, and …

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6 changes to the skin as we age

Our skin changes as we age. Some important changes include: 1) Thinning of the skin, loss of elasticity, and weakening of the skin’s ability to act as an effective barrier This can result in dryness, roughness, wrinkling, looseness, and increased vulnerability to injury such as blistering or tearing. It can also increase the absorption of some household products, personal care products or even medications we put on our skin, which is something to be mindful of. Our skin may need more care as we age, and a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream may be helpful here among other approaches. Also, the blood …

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    Renfrew, Ontario,
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    Valley Naturopath is the Ottawa Valley’s choice for personalized alternative, integrative and holistic health solutions. Serving Pembroke, Petawawa, Renfrew, Cobden, Eganville, Killaloe, Barry's Bay and Renfrew County.

  • Request Katrina as a Guest Speaker

    Request Katrina as a guest speaker

    Katrina enjoys speaking on a variety of health topics. Her talks are fun and engaging. From stress management and relaxation, to eating for heart health, to healthy aging, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Click here to request Katrina as a guest speaker at your next community group, support group, or office meeting today!

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    Any information presented here is provided for educational purposes only and is general in nature. It is not intended to be health advice for any individual. Please speak to your health provider before making any changes – dietary, lifestyle or otherwise - for direct and individualized advice. As information changes constantly, the accuracy and completeness of any information presented here cannot be guaranteed. Access of the information presented is solely at your own risk. It will be assumed that access indemnifies Valley Naturopath and any person involved in the preparation of the information presented here from any and all injury or damage arising from such use.