Water for Life

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Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us alive, and the human adult body is made up of at least 60% water. Be sure to hydrate daily, between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs, drink between 64 and 80 ounces (0.67% x 120 lbs) per day.

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist

Qi Is Real

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The purpose of acupuncture is to adjust the flow of qi (energy) in the body. Researchers at the NYU school of medicine have recently discovered that much of the connective tissues in our bodies is made up of interconnected, fluid-filled compartments. According to one of the authors of a recent study: “the protein bundles seen in the space are likely to generate electrical current as they bend with the movements of organs and muscles, and may play a role in techniques like acupuncture.” It’s no coincidence that most acupuncture points are located in these interstitial areas. It’s great to see Western science catching up with ancient wisdom!

Stephanie Doerksen, RAc / Acupuncturist
 

Happy Belly, Happy Brain

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What we put in our bellies has a significant impact on how our whole body functions, especially our brain. Healthy protein and fats are the most important brain nutrients, and insufficient amounts of these in your morning meal can impact mood, focus, concentration, and energy for your whole day. Are you getting enough? 

— Dr. Jessica Eastman, ND / Naturopath

Touch As Medicine without the Side Effects

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The same hormone that causes mother and child to bond, Oxytocin, is also released in our bodies when we touch or hug a loved one for at least 20 seconds, also lowering our heart rate and cortisol levels (stress hormone). Hugs also stimulate the brain to release dopamine, our pleasure hormone! What's not to love about therapeutic touch and hugs.

— Linda Lalande, RMT / Massage Therapist