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Our Q and A Manager

This column is hosted by our Q and A manager Cindy Atkinson.

   

Cindy is passionate about health. Cindy is a Certified Rolfer ®, which is a type of deep tissue manipulation that realigns the body into it's most functional shape and form. Cindy learned about the body and it's cellular structure first while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology at Washington State University. Cindy has been involved in the health food industry since 2003 and was head of the Vitamin Department for 2 years. She has continued her education on the body and it's systems being certified as a Sports Nutrition Adviser as well as a Digestive Care Aid. Cindy enjoys sharing her knowledge of all things healthy and finds the greatest joy in helping people make positive changes in their lives.  

OK In Health’s Professional’s Expert Panel     

Cindy Atkinson -
Certified Rolfer®  
   Dr. Tamara Browne - ND
Naturopath 
  Dr. Sarah Tremblay DC BPHE - Chiropractor   Dr. Travis Pillipow DC BSc -Chiropractor
Sara Fitzharris –
Homeopath
  Shannon Larrett-Bliss, CNP,  ROHP  Nutritionalist   Maria Carr -
DSA, CCSRI
  Linda Buhler  -
Holistic Pet Practitoner
 Chad Genereux -
Cert. Fitness Trainer
  Joanne Gagane -
Cert. Fitness Trainer
Carole Fawcett -
Psychotherapist  & Counsellor
Barb DuTot -
Herbs and Herbal Remedies
Sonya Patrick - 
Cert. Fitness Trainer
  Sheila Kamaraus,  -
Cert. Fitness Trainer
  Michele Harshenin -   Beth Hynes -
Cert. Pilates, A.C.E
Nora Donovan-Ward -
Reflexologists                  
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QUESTION: What is Aloe Vera Used for?

ANSWER: Aloe Vera – This is one of the most healing of plants. Apply it to sunburns, burns of any other variety, scrapes, abrasions and any other skin condition that has been influenced by an outside source. Use the gel for topical (on the skin) applications and the juice for internal use (to assist with digestion and other digestive tract complaints.) Aloe Vera can also be used for our pets to provide a wide array of natural vitamins, enzymes and amino acids, which boosts your pet's immune system, relieves irritated skin and improves overall well-being. If someone receives a severe burn (as an example), and has seen aloe vera help renew healthy skin and put an end to any bacterial invasion, that is significant enough proof for many of us, to give it a try. Most of the time, Nature provides us with whatever we need, to get and/or remain healthy. For more info on Aloe Vera check this local Okanagan family run company's website. www.melissasaloe.com
      November 30, 2017

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Mold - What to do if I find mold on my cheese?

If you notice a spot of mold on a brick of hard cheese, such as cheddar, what should you do? To be on the safe side, trim off one inch of cheese under all moldy surfaces. The rest of the brick of cheese is usually okay to eat. If you see mold on a soft cheese, like cream cheese or cottage cheese, don't remove the mold - throw the soft cheese away.
      November 6, 2017

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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural healing art, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through applications of medium pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, and helps promote the natural function of related areas of the body. Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat specific conditions. Reflexology has been practiced in India, Egypt and China for over 5,000 years and continues to be widely used throughout the world today as a safe, effective and beneficial therapy. Essentially, Reflexology helps to balance the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your whole body.
      October 3, 2017

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QUESTION: What are a few ways I could be more environmentally friendly in my home.

REPLY: Some ways that you might consider are:

Turn off lights and equipment when a work area isn't being used
Even better, if you don ’t need them, don't turn the lights on in the first place. Natural light saves energy and is easier on your eyes. And a computer that runs 24 hours a day uses between $75 and $120 worth of electricity each year. You can save about $15 on your annual energy bill with an ENERGY STAR qualified computer in standby mode. Unplug chargers and any other appliance when not in use.

Turn down your water heater temperature
If you want to save energy and, therefore, money, turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. It takes less energy to heat water to a lower temperature and to maintain that temperature than it does to keep water extremely hot. Turning down your water heater from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F can shave 10 percent or more from your electric bill. With most water heaters, turning down the thermostat is a simple process, although the exact procedure varies slightly depending on the kind of water heater.

Install a low-flow showerhead
Install a low-flow showerhead with a shut-off lever. This do-it-yourself project takes only minutes. But it delivers big savings in water consumption and water heating, because it allows you to interrupt water flow. A low-flow showerhead uses 60% less water than standard fixtures.

      September 2, 2017

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QUESTION

Is there an effective way to prevent or get rid of athlete's foot? Particularly symptoms like itching, burning and skin irritation/peeling? Thanks! From Adam, Surrey, BC

REPLY

Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, develops in the moist areas between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the foot, as well. Please consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. He or she may suggest using an over-the-counter anti-fungal ointment, lotion, powder, or a prescribed oral medication (depending upon the severity of your case). Though some natural healing practitioners suggest using tea tree oil for treatment of athlete's foot, this oil has not been proven to cure all cases.

The tips below may prove useful for preventing athlete's foot and easing discomfort of symptoms:

•Wash your feet with mild disinfectant soap and hot water twice daily. Dry feet with a cotton towel.
•Keep your feet dry, especially the spaces between your toes.
•Wear cotton or wool socks, which draw moisture away from your feet. Avoid wearing nylon or synthetic socks.
•Change your socks twice daily and wash them in hot water with a disinfectant.
•Wear waterproof sandals in communal showers, pools, fitness centers and other public areas.
•Don't share shoes, socks, or nail clippers.
•Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a vitamin E cream and apply to feet before you go to bed. This will help to reduce itching and burning.
      July 18, 2017

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QUESTION

Is there an effective way to prevent or get rid of athlete's foot? Particularly symptoms like itching, burning and skin irritation/peeling? Thanks! From Adam, Surrey, BC

REPLY

Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, develops in the moist areas between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the foot, as well. Please consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. He or she may suggest using an over-the-counter anti-fungal ointment, lotion, powder, or a prescribed oral medication (depending upon the severity of your case). Though some natural healing practitioners suggest using tea tree oil for treatment of athlete's foot, this oil has not been proven to cure all cases.

The tips below may prove useful for preventing athlete's foot and easing discomfort of symptoms:

•Wash your feet with mild disinfectant soap and hot water twice daily. Dry feet with a cotton towel.
•Keep your feet dry, especially the spaces between your toes.
•Wear cotton or wool socks, which draw moisture away from your feet. Avoid wearing nylon or synthetic socks.
•Change your socks twice daily and wash them in hot water with a disinfectant.
•Wear waterproof sandals in communal showers, pools, fitness centers and other public areas.
•Don't share shoes, socks, or nail clippers.
•Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a vitamin E cream and apply to feet before you go to bed. This will help to reduce itching and burning.
      July 18, 2017

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QUESTION

Is there an effective way to prevent or get rid of athlete's foot? Particularly symptoms like itching, burning and skin irritation/peeling? Thanks! From Adam, Surrey, BC

REPLY

Athlete's foot, also called tinea pedis, develops in the moist areas between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the foot, as well. Please consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. He or she may suggest using an over-the-counter anti-fungal ointment, lotion, powder, or a prescribed oral medication (depending upon the severity of your case). Though some natural healing practitioners suggest using tea tree oil for treatment of athlete's foot, this oil has not been proven to cure all cases.

The tips below may prove useful for preventing athlete's foot and easing discomfort of symptoms:

•Wash your feet with mild disinfectant soap and hot water twice daily. Dry feet with a cotton towel.
•Keep your feet dry, especially the spaces between your toes.
•Wear cotton or wool socks, which draw moisture away from your feet. Avoid wearing nylon or synthetic socks.
•Change your socks twice daily and wash them in hot water with a disinfectant.
•Wear waterproof sandals in communal showers, pools, fitness centers and other public areas.
•Don't share shoes, socks, or nail clippers.
•Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a vitamin E cream and apply to feet before you go to bed. This will help to reduce itching and burning.
      July 18, 2017

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Question: What are some ways I can garden more naturally?

Answer: Here are a few tips and suggestions.

Composting and Natural Yard Care
Composting is as Easy as 1,2,3... Wouldn't you prefer to see your garden grow instead of local landfills? Composting can reduce your household waste by more than 30%. Composting not only helps to reduce the amount of waste going to local landfills, but by adding compost to your garden, flower beds, lawn and trees you improve soil fertility and texture and reduce watering. Best of all, your plants will love it!

Heirloom Seeds.
Many seed varieties available today have been developed for the commercial grower. They are bred for qualities such as uniformity and long shelf life; taste is usually the last consideration. Heirloom seeds have been passed down through the generations and are cherished for their outstanding characteristics, such as superior flavor, vibrant color, adaptability and vigorous growth. All the seed we offer is open pollinated, untreated and free of genetic engineering. Planting and seed saving instructions are provided. See your Local Health Stores or farmer markets.

Bat Houses
Did you know that one brown bat can catch 600 mosquitoes an hour? The Cedar Bat House provides a very specific roosting environment which attracts these misunderstood insect eaters.

Push Lawn Mower
Not like what your father had..! Today's push lawn mower is lightweight and easy to use. They're good for the environment and they're good for your yard, snipping the grass for a clean, quiet, precise cut.

Organic Lawn Care
Organic lawn care takes a holistic, preventative view rather than reacting to various problems using chemical pesticides or herbicides. By building healthy soil many of the problems with lawns are solved, eliminating the need for poisons and harsh reactionary measures.

Composting
Convert kitchen, yard and garden waste into soil-nourishing organic matter with our backyard tested compost bins and supplies. Decreasing household waste and building your soil has never been so easy!

      July 6, 2017

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Chronic Stress
The long-term effects of chronic stress can be physical, including headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. They can also be psychological such as depression and anxiety, or behavioural such as decreased work productivity, increased irritability, and impulsiveness. Don't take stress for granted. While some stress is normal, chronic, unresolved stress can be a serious health problem.

Hand Washing
Personal hygiene reduces the spread of various infections. In a recent study, the American Society of Microbiology found that only 67% of people actually wash their hands after using a public restroom. For better health, always wash your hands after using the restroom and before handling food.

Benefits of Water Exercise
It is reported that older, overweight, and/or mildly disabled people can benefit from water exercise. It places less stress on joints and can improve strength and flexibility while burning calories.

Danger! Over-hydration
Exercise-related over-hydration may occur during prolonged exercise or sports when fluid intake, including water and soda, exceeds fluid loss. If too much water dilutes the body's salts, it can cause brain cells to swell and push against the skull. For this reason, sports drinks often contain salt to balance the fluids. Over-hydrating can cause nausea, severe fatigue, disorientation, and vomiting. In the most severe cases it can also cause seizures, coma and even death. All endurance athletes who drink too much fluid, to quickly are at risk for over-hydration. Seek medical assistance if symptoms occur.

Flax
If you are interested in adding flax to your diet, nutrition experts recommend using flax seeds rather than flax oil. This allows the seeds to contribute additional benefits from the fiber and healthy chemicals they contain. Flax seeds must be ground in order to release these healthful chemicals. Look for flax seeds in your local supermarket or area health food store. You can grind them just prior to a meal and sprinkle on top of salads, pasta dishes, or cereals.

Caffeine
Besides making it hard to fall asleep, too much caffeine can cause stomach upset, muscle tension and nervousness. To find out how much caffeine you are getting, try keeping a journal. Moderate caffeine intake is about 3 cups of coffee (roughly 300 mg of caffeine) per day or a like amount from other drinks and foods. If you think you may be drinking too much caffeine, cut back by half a cup per day, not all at once. This usually avoids severe caffeine withdrawal headaches.
      June 14, 2017

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Fat Free Cookies
Don't be fooled by the term "fat free" on a food label. While there are a myriad of fat free products on the market today, many of them are loaded with calories and concentrated sugars. Many fat free versions of foods contain only a few less calories per serving than their fatty counterparts. Five fat free cookies at 50 calories each still adds up to a significant caloric intake. Be a smart shopper. Compare calorie and fat contents when choosing products and practice moderation when eating high sugar or high fat foods.

Five Blocks to Better Health
There are 336 30-minute blocks of time in one week. The American Heart Association recommends that you commit five or more "blocks" to exercise. In the time it takes you to watch five sit-coms you could be on your way to better health!

To Lighten Up the Sandwich
Looking for ways to lighten up your sandwiches? There are two easy approaches: cut unnecessary calories; and opt for healthy or at least healthier fats. Here are some examples. If you love mayo, ask for light; you can save 50 calories and 6 grams of fat per Tbsp. Better yet, use a little liquid oil & vinegar dressing. Cheese? Use reduced fat cheese to save 50 calories and 5 grams of saturated. To remove even more saturated fat, drop the cheese entirely.

Exercise Cool Down
Fitness experts recommend cooling down after a moderate to high intensity exercise session. This prevents sudden pooling of blood in the muscles. Slowly cooling down also prevents sudden drops in blood pressure that can lead to dizziness and falls. During the last 3-5 minutes of your workout, gradually decrease the exercise intensity. Gently approach your resting state before coming to a complete stop.

Turn down your water heater temperature
If you want to save energy and, therefore, money, turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. It takes less energy to heat water to a lower temperature and to maintain that temperature than it does to keep water extremely hot. Turning down your water heater from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F can shave 10 percent or more from your electric bill. With most water heaters, turning down the thermostat is a simple process, although the exact procedure varies slightly depending on the kind of water heater.

Install a low-flow showerhead
Install a low-flow showerhead with a shut-off lever. This do-it-yourself project takes only minutes. But it delivers big savings in water consumption and water heating, because it allows you to interrupt water flow. A low-flow showerhead uses 60% less water than standard fixtures.
      May 10, 2017
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