eVitality Voices: The Blog
It is well known that vitamins are critical components of healthy nutrition, many of which are essential nutrients that the body cannot produce on its own. While some vitamin deficiencies are well known, less is known about the deficiencies and importance of the B vitamins.
As the leading cause of death of both men and women, responsible for one third of all deaths, prevention of coronary artery disease is crucially important. Our Health Expert, Candice Griffin advises on modifying lifestyle risk factors with 5 Lifestyle Habits that can help to keep your heart healthy.
Entering into the New Year, many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions and many of these resolutions may revolve around losing weight. There is continuous pressure by society and the media propagating unrealistic standards of beauty that often fuels our desire to be thin or lose weight, and in recent years there has subsequently been a strong push back in the right direction to accept all definitions of beauty and all body shapes or sizes. With that in mind, there is an additional lens to view weight loss through, however, and this involves the impacts that being overweight can have on an individual’s health and wellbeing.
While there is no prevention for Type I diabetes, healthy diet and exercise can have extremely positive effects on warding off the onset of Type II diabetes in susceptible individuals, a growing epidemic in North America. Learn more about Diabetes with our Health Expert, Candice Griffin.
Completely changing the direction of your life, wiping the slate clean, and starting over can be an exhilarating yet terrifying experience. It means completely jumping out of your comfort zone and getting used to feeling entirely out of your depth in almost every new situation. What I didn’t realize when I first decided to embark on the journey of going to medical school, is that it would also mean that I would have to go back to high school in order to proceed with what I wanted to do. High school! At the time high school was over ten years ago for me, and I assumed that the day I graduated was the last day I would ever have to see the inside of that institution. The last thing I wanted to do to move forward was to have to take ten steps backward first.
With the summer Olympics upon us, the world watches as the absolute best athletes from every country compete for the coveted gold medals in some of the most grueling sports. While natural ability is important to being successful, the athletes also have to dedicate countless hours to training their bodies and minds, maximizing their fitness, and becoming as lean and strong as possible. But what actually happens in the body when someone begins to physically train? What does it really mean to ‘get in shape’?
Where smoking is concerned, there is good news and bad news. The good news is smoking rates are at an all-time low in Canada. The bad news is there are still 4.2 million people in Canada (about 14.2% of the population) who still smoke, with the majority of smokers being between ages 20 and 35. This means that people are picking up the habit all the while knowing the highly advertised health-related dangers associated with tobacco use...
If someone told me 10 years ago that I would one day become a physician I would have most likely laughed out loud in incredulity. Yet here I am at 32 years of age finishing up my first year of medical school. It’s interesting how life twists and turns, and how the person you are at one point in time can transform into someone very different along the way...