Author Archives: Debbie McGauran

10 Effects of Chronic Stress on Your Health

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Your body’s fight or flight response to stress was designed to quickly mitigate any potential damage imposed by short term (acute) injury or illnesses. This can include physical illness or psychosocial problems such as poverty, job loss, death of a loved one, or ongoing abusive relationships. Your immune system responds by increasing the production of   …Continue Reading


12 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your mental and physical health. Research recommends adults get between six to eight hours of sleep per night. Anything less will begin to have an adverse effect on your health. Sleep deprivation negatively impacts your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to infection such as colds and   …Continue Reading


11 Tips to Keep Grocery Shopping Healthy and Economical

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If you are like most people, the money you spend to feed your family can quickly eat up a good chunk of your monthly income. For those struggling to make ends meet, this can pose an even bigger challenge. To make things even more difficult, a healthy diet in many cases can cost more money.   …Continue Reading


8 Facts on Safe Food Handling at Home

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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 12 million people become ill every year from foodborne bacteria. Children under the age of 5, seniors, and adults over age 60, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable. Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E.coli),   …Continue Reading


11 Tips for Helping Kids Eat Healthier

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Children can be notoriously picky eaters. Getting them to eat nutritious foods can be challenging. They need a well-balanced diet to grow and develop into healthy adults. As a parent there are several things that you can do to promote healthy eating habits in your children. Following these simple tips can make a positive difference   …Continue Reading


Overcoming Negativity: 9 Steps to Turn Your Life Around

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Many people whose lives seem to have spiralled out of control have no idea how to climb out of the pit of despair they find themselves in. They may feel that everything seems to go wrong and their situations get worse and worse. They lose their job, their marriage falls apart, and they may even   …Continue Reading


9 Need to Know Facts about Common Psychotropic Medications

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A psychotropic medication is any medication that alters the chemicals in the brain and consequently impacts emotions and behaviors.  The word, “psychotropic” comes from the Greek word psycho (mind) and tropic (turning), which in combination refer to the capability of turning the mind. These medications can be used to treat a variety of conditions including   …Continue Reading


8 Special Health Challenges for Aging Adults

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The world’s population is aging quickly. The number of adults over the age of 60 will double in the next three decades. Today approximately 12 percent of the population is comprised of persons over the age of 60, in 2050 that number will exceed 22 percent. This is an increase from 900 million to 2   …Continue Reading


11 Facts and Strategies for Food Allergy Sufferers

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Allergies of one type or another affect more than 50 million people at any given time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 5-percent of children and 4-percent of adults are affected by food allergies. Infants and children are at the greatest risk although an allergy can develop at any age, even   …Continue Reading


8 Facts on the Physical, Social, and Emotional Impacts of Hoarding

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Hoarding is the compulsive collection of possessions accompanied by difficulty parting with them. This behavior can negatively impact many areas of a person’s life causing serious physical, social, emotional, financial, and legal problems. These collected items can include objects such as newspapers, food, clothing, boxes, photographs, plastic bags, household supplies, magazines and animals. Let’s take   …Continue Reading