Vegan, Vegetarian or Pescatarian, which is best?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston July 10, 2022 0 Comments
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  As human beings, we are lucky to be able to select the foods we consume. With plant-based diets on the rise, there has been an ever-growing development of titles that cater for certain diets. Vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian are three diet patterns focused on reducing your intake of meat. People choose to adopt these diets for a multitude of reasons. One of these reasons is all three eating patterns have been associated with a variety of health and environmental benefits. This may ha... Read More

Benefits Of Hiking

By Alexandra Lily Swanston June 26, 2022 1 Comment
A photo of a person hiking.

The sound of the wind rushing through the trees, the warm sunshine on your face and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots. Not only are these experiences enjoyable to have, but they’re good for you too. Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature. Hiking is a great way to get outside, move your body, and explore new places. It’s also relatively accessible compared to many sports. Hikers... Read More

What’s Happening to The Honey Bees?

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 22, 2022 0 Comments
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Honey bees, both domestic and wild, perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops- which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition- are pollinated by bees. So, believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat! Unfortunately, bees are dying off at an... Read More

Homelessness, Substance Use, Mental Illness: What We Can Do to Help

By Alexandra Lily Swanston May 19, 2022 0 Comments
A photo of a homeless camp.

Many of us have an idea of who is homeless and why they become homeless. These ideas can come from a variety of places, including our own experiences, those of family or friends, or through the things we read or see on TV. These different sources of information shape our ideas about who we think a typical homeless person is, but in the end may or may not be accurate. The reality is that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ homeless person and the population is incredibly diverse. No one is absolutely safe from experiencing homelessness. Very few people choose to be homeless and it can happen to anyone. Homelessness is not just a big city problem, as the causes of it can affec... Read More

Water – Drinking for Your Health

By Alexandra Lily Swanston April 24, 2022 0 Comments
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You know you need water to survive and you feel better when you drink it regularly, but what’s really at play in the body when you drink H2O? Our body weight is actually about 60 percent water.  Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion; it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors. The climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or hav... Read More

Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

By Alexandra Lily Swanston April 10, 2022 0 Comments
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When you feel down, it’s amazing what a walk in the park can do. That’s because when we get in touch with nature, we improve our wellbeing. Studies show time spent outside in green areas can reduce our mental fatigue, increase relaxation, etc. However, we actually spend a considerable amount of our time indoors instead-around 90%. That is where indoor plants come in handy. Although they are not a substitute for the great outdoors, indoor plants can provide similar benefits. Many houseplants absorb... Read More

Pets Are Good For Our Health

By Alexandra Lily Swanston April 2, 2022 0 Comments
A photo of elderly couple with their dogs.

Most pet owners can agree there is immediate joy that comes with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of being with a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Pets have evolved to become attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, our tone of voice, body language and gestures. Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, ease loneliness and depression, encourage exercise/playfulness and even impro... Read More

Healthier Alternatives for Personal Care and Beauty Products

By Alexandra Lily Swanston March 24, 2022 0 Comments
A photo of a person with white makeup on their face.

If you like making healthier choices about what products you use to clean your house but haven’t yet replaced your chemical-laden personal care and beauty products, its time to find healthier alternatives. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs the creams, sprays, powders and lotions we put on it. Around 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are pesticides, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, plasticizers (chemicals t... Read More

Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes and Why They are Safer for Your Family

By Alexandra Lily Swanston March 12, 2022 0 Comments
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Do you find that you dread cleaning or doing laundry because the cleaners and detergents sting your eyes, make you wheeze or give you a headache? There are a lot of chemical products on the market that can be harmful to your health and that of your family. Over 1.5 million human poisonings are reported each year to poison control centers and over 90% of the poisonings take place in the home. So, when choosing a cleaning product, ask yourself, is my family going to be in contact with dangero... Read More

How The Body Heals Itself

By Alexandra Lily Swanston February 22, 2022 0 Comments
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Your body has an incredible capacity to heal itself. If you are injured or become ill your body should quickly and efficiently deal with the problem and restore itself to health. Why then, if our  bodies are so well designed, are many Americans dealing with chronic pain and chronic diseases? The answer is in part due to the limits of our current knowledge. We know and understand some of the ways our bodies heal themselves quite well, scientists are just beginning to discover and understand others, and there are probably still more healing methods we have yet to find. For many decades, scientific research and medical treatments have focused on treating the symptoms, usually with medic... Read More