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Our professional expert panel will do our best to provide you with
information, suggestions, and resources.

Please keep all questions reasonable short and we can not guarantee all question will be answered. Any inappropriate questions will result in removal of memberships. If your question is a time sensitive issue or if it is of a serious urgent matter, please seek medical attention immediately or contact your local doctors, naturopath, hospital, or walk-in clinic.

 

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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Questions:
I am interested in Breastfeeding my baby when born and I wondered what some of the reasons to consider breastfeeding?

Answer
There are many great reasons to breastfeed, if you are able to do so:

1. Mother's milk is the perfect nutritional food for newborns; your baby receives important nutrients from you.
2. Breastfeeding promotes a strong bond between mother and baby.
3. Breastfed babies have fewer serious infections of the ear and chest, and have fewer allergies.
4. Women who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
5. Breastfeeding causes the release of hormones that help the mother's body to lose weight more easily.
6. Children who were breast fed show a higher IQ than those given formula.
7. Being breastfed during infancy may reduce the risk of obesity in children up to age 6.
8. Breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of asthma and eczema, particularly in cases where there is a family history.
9. Breastfeeding can save a family more than C$1,140-$3,780 a year in formula costs.
10. Breastfeeding contributes to your baby's emotional and social development.
11. Breast milk provides a great balance of nutrients and antibodies for your baby.
12. Breastfeeding is environmentally friendly.
      January 29, 2020

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QUESTION:
Can you recommend any tools that will help me stay motivated to stay on my eating plan?

ANSWER:
These are a few that you might find quite helpful:

* Continue to remind yourself of the benefits of reaching your goal. It may be looking good in those summer shorts or having more energy to keep up with your kids. Put up notes to remind yourself if necessary.
Weigh yourself weekly and give yourself a NON-FOOD reward. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It could be giving yourself a candle-lit bubble bath or a back-rub from your spouse. Get creative.
* Continue to focus on health and wellness. Read books and articles that are motivating. Also, avoid environmental triggers that stir up your cravings such as watching food-related TV shows, meeting your friends at your favourite pastry shop, etc.
Keep graphic records of your accomplishments. Watching that line on your weight graph go down or the line on your exercise graph go up can be quite motivating!

Answered by Maxine Smith, RD, LD. Ms. Smith has more than 20 years of experience as a registered, clinical dietitian and currently works in the department of Nutrition Therapy.
      January 20, 2020

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QUESTION:
Can you recommend any tools that will help me stay motivated to stay on my eating plan?

ANSWER:
These are a few that you might find quite helpful:

* Continue to remind yourself of the benefits of reaching your goal. It may be looking good in those summer shorts or having more energy to keep up with your kids. Put up notes to remind yourself if necessary.
Weigh yourself weekly and give yourself a NON-FOOD reward. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It could be giving yourself a candle-lit bubble bath or a back-rub from your spouse. Get creative.
* Continue to focus on health and wellness. Read books and articles that are motivating. Also, avoid environmental triggers that stir up your cravings such as watching food-related TV shows, meeting your friends at your favourite pastry shop, etc.
Keep graphic records of your accomplishments. Watching that line on your weight graph go down or the line on your exercise graph go up can be quite motivating!

Answered by Maxine Smith, RD, LD. Ms. Smith has more than 20 years of experience as a registered, clinical dietitian and currently works in the department of Nutrition Therapy.
      January 20, 2020

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QUESTION:
Are Short Workouts Worth It?

ANSWER:
Yes. Longer is better, but you can get by with quick bouts of activity when that’s all you have time for. The CDC suggests 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week (like walking or biking at a medium-fast pace), plus two sessions of muscle-strengthening exercise. Several 10- minute bursts of exercise each day can get you to this goal and help keep you fit.
      December 2, 2019

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QUESTION:
Hello OK In Health,
I am a newcomer to the OKanagan area and just found out about your magazine at a health food store. Have you ever had articles about alkaline diets. I am pre-diabetic and trying to follow an alkaline diet to avoid taking pills. Thanks, Dee

ANSWER:
Hello Dee,
Welcome to the Okanagan. Yes we do have some articles such as:

The Acid/Alkaline Balancing Act By Lila Elliott
The body needs acid and alkaline in a careful balance. Most people don't know that the pH of the blood and tissue is the single most important measurement of the body.... http://okinhealth.com/articles/acid-alkaline-balance

What's Blood Got to Do with It? By Lila Elliott
In a word, EVERYTHING. Blood's central role in your health makes sense when you consider just how much of it your body contains.....
http://okinhealth.com/articles/whats-blood-got-to-do-with-it

Glycemic Index By Brad King
A new meal planning tool called the Glycemic Index is talked about a lot these days. But there is also a lot of misunderstanding about the GI, which has actually been around for more than 20 years ....
http://okinhealth.com/articles/glycemic-index

Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, and Elevated Blood Glucose by Dr. Tamara Browne
Disorders of blood glucose are reaching epic proportions and account for a great number of chronic degenerative diseases. Elevated blood glucose is toxic to organs, especially the heart, kidney, and eyes.....
http://okinhealth.com/articles/diabetes-insulin-resistance-and-elevated-blood-glucose

We also have a section on our recipe page for Diabetic recipes... http://okinhealth.com/domains-okinhealth.com/recipes/index/diabetic

Yours In Health
From OK In Health eMagazine
      October 22, 2019

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Weight Loss Question:
Can I drink as much diet soda as I want? Or is the 0 calories on the can misleading?

Weight Loss Answer:

In terms of calories, it is true that diet sodas do not contain any. However, the major issue with diet sodas is not the calories but the artificial sweeteners used in these products. Nearly 10 years ago, studies revealed that artificial sweeteners can:

• Stimulate your appetite (spike insulin levels which will increase hunger very shortly after eating).
• Increase carbohydrate cravings (consuming sweeteners will cause your sweet tooth to actually get worse).
• Stimulate fat storage and weight gain (increase in insulin levels cause you to get hungry and eat more).

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (NutraSweet®) and sucralose (Splenda®) can contribute to many additional side effects. Sucralose, the sweetening agent in Splenda®, is actually made from sugar (sucrose). The advertising campaigns for Splenda® never cover how chemists then add three chlorine molecules to these sugar molecules to create the final product.

In many animal studies, its been revealed that sucralose may cause:
• Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40 percent shrinkage)
• Enlarged liver and kidneys
• Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
• Reduced growth rate
• Decreased red blood cell count
• Diarrhea

The results of multiple studies have shown complaints and testimonials that aspartame may trigger or worsen the following diseases:
• Brain tumors
• Multiple sclerosis
• Epilepsy
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Parkinson's disease
• Alzheimer's disease
• Mental retardation
• Lymphoma
• Birth defects
• Fibromyalgia
• Diabetes

The bottom line is to research the use of aspartame and artificial sweeteners on your own and decide for yourself if you want to continue consuming these products. I would highly recommend switching from these diet sodas to good clean drinking water. Water is your best choice to hydrate your body and also help in weight loss.
      September 3, 2019

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QUESTION:
What is Permaculture

ANSWER: Permaculture? You’ve Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It? The permaculture creed is perhaps best captured in the Mollisonian mantras of “working with, rather than against, nature” and of engaging in “protracted and thoughtful observation, rather than protracted and thoughtless labor.” On a practical basis, these ideas are carried out with things like chicken tractors, where the natural scratching and bug-hunting behavior of hens is harnessed to clear an area of pests and weeds in preparation for planting – or simply planting mashua under your locust trees. Locust trees are known for adding nitrogen to the soil, while mashua, a vining, shade tolerant root crop from the Andes, needs a support structure to grow on. Thus, the natural attributes of the locust eliminate the need to bother with fertilizer or building a trellis, while providing shade, serving as a nectar source for bees and looking pretty. By letting nature do the work of farming and gardening for you, one achieves another of Mollison’s famous maxims: “maximizing hammock time.”

More info: http://www.okinhealth.com/articles/permaculture
      July 6, 2019

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QUESTION:
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?

ANSWER:
The summer solstice is upon us: June 21 is the longest day of 2019 for anyone living north of the equator. If ancient rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the solstice is still pretty neat.
Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, or 23.5° north latitude.
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?
Okay, most people know this one. Earth orbits around the sun on a tilted axis.
So between March and September, Earth’s Northern Hemisphere gets more exposure to direct sunlight over the course of a day. The rest of the year, the Southern Hemisphere gets more. It’s why we have seasons.
In the Northern Hemisphere, “peak” sunlight usually occurs on June 20, 21, or 22 of any given year. That’s the summer solstice. By contrast, the Southern Hemisphere reaches peak sunlight on December 21, 22, or 23 and the north hits peak darkness — that’s our winter solstice.
People around the world observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and celebrations.
Happy solstice!
      May 28, 2019

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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.
      May 1, 2019

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Here is a fun Wellness and Anti Aging Quiz to try out.

Question:
What are some things you can do to help support your brain health?

https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/quiz/health-and-wellness-quiz
      January 30, 2019
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