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Is BMI still a reliable indicator of healthy weight?

Body mass index (BMI) was developed in the 1840s and has since been widely used by health professionals to give people an indication of their health. It is determined by the relationship between your height and weight and divides people into four categories: 1) Underweight – a score of less than 18.5 2) Normal weight – a score between 18.5 and 24.9 3) Overweight – a score between 25 and 25.9 4) Obese – a score of 30 or greater Typically, the higher your [...]

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Get Rid of Snoring Problem for Good – If You Follow This Simple Plan

Here are 6 natural ways that you can put snoring to rest: 1) Adjust your sleep position A lot people are not aware that when we lie down on our back, the base of our tongue and the soft palate collapse to the back wall of our throat. Hence causing the rattling sound when we inhale and exhale during our sleep. By changing the position we sleep in, we could easily resolve our snoring problem. Sleeping on your side can prevent [...]

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Does your partner snore?

Snoring is probably the most annoying health problem ever known to mankind. Majority of us usually not aware that we suffer from it until we become the butt of jokes at friends’ or family gatherings. Snoring is more common than you think with 45% of us snoring at least occasionally and 25% being habitual snorers. Snoring can be embarrassing. It keeps your spouse from a good night’s sleep and in the long term could create tension in a marriage. Why do [...]

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Top 10 Tips to Help Keep Your Cholesterol in Check

Our pharmacists’ top 10 tips to help keep your cholesterol in check: 1) Only drink alcohol in moderation. 2) Exercise regularly – take up a sport or add active habits to your days like afternoon walk or gym session. 3) Avoid/quit smoking. 4) Eat less saturated fat – choose lean meat (chicken breasts over thighs), reduced fat dairy products and limit other foods that are high in saturated fat (e.g cakes, fast food & processed food). 5) Eat carbohydrates with low GI index – [...]

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Good vs Bad Cholesterol

Everyone knows cholesterol can be harmful to our body but do you know that our body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to keep us healthy? I get asked by customers frequently about the difference between good and bad cholesterol. The difference between good and bad cholesterol is that bad cholesterol (LDL) can accumulate in our arteries and blood vessels and eventually damage the heart. However, good cholesterol (HDL) is responsible for transporting excess bad cholesterol from the blood back to the [...]

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

As winter approaches, I personally believe the flu vaccine is still the best way to protect me from getting the flu. According to the Centres for Disease Control & Precention (CDC), the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of flu illness by 50% to 60%. In some years the efficacy can be as high as 70%. Although the flu vaccine this season is not as effective as compared to previous years, it  can still help reduce the severity and [...]

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Cold vs Flu – Know The Facts

Imagine yourself waking up one day sneezing, coughing, shivering, aching with a feeling in your throat like swallowing sand paper. How do you know if you have a cold or the flu? I do get asked this by patients and customers a lot during the winter season and I believe it’s important to know the difference between cold and flu symptoms. Some people think that a cold is less severe and is caused by bacteria, while others think that a [...]

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Welcome to our first winter wellness series!

Cold and flu occur all year round but they are especially common during the winter months. People tend to be more susceptible to getting sick during this time of year and sequentially have more days off work or school. So what exactly is it about the winter that gives us congestion and snottiness. Is winter chills the culprit? In this post we have asked one of our pharmacists- Chris to explain the myth of winter chills. Can cold weather make [...]

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