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10 Easy to Keep Healthy New Years Resolutions

Posted by on January 22nd, 2016

New-Years-ResolutionFailing to keep New Year’s Resolutions seems to be one resolution people seem to be able to keep. So, how do you keep your resolutions? Keep them simple, specific and not as grand. Resolving to “take the stairs more often” is much easier to follow through on than “lose 30 pounds”. With that in mind, here are 10 easy to follow, healthy resolutions for you to consider:

  1. Walk or ride your bike more often instead of driving.
  2. Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators to get daily exercise.
  3. Sign up for a dance or art class.
  4. You know it’s the most important meal of the day, so why skip it? Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to prepare and eat a good breakfast, like free run eggs, oatmeal or a green smoothie.
  5. Grow a simple garden: start with herbs that are easy to grow and maintain.
  6. Incorporate more vegetables in your meals.
  7. Listen to more of your favorite type of music. Music boosts spirits and helps reduce depression.
  8. Cut down your sodium intake by using spices and herbs to flavor your dishes instead of salt.
  9. Eat five new foods this year. Have you tried kale, quinoa, and coconut oil or almond butter yet?
  10. Preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables by learning how to can them. Bulk up on produce that is in season and on sale.

Product Alert – Herbal Products With No Herbs

Posted by on February 11th, 2015

In a shocking investigation, the New York state attorney general’s office has found conclusive evidence that many herbal products on the shelves of GNS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Target contain NONE of the ingredient promised on the label. In one sample test batch, 24 products were analyzed, with ONLY 5 of the products containing the herbs or product advertised. All others had unrecognizable plant matter not matching the listed ingredients.

Even more shocking “Additionally, five of the 24 contained wheat and two contained beans without identifying them on the labels — both substances are known to cause allergic reactions in some people.” So not only do the products (sold with high profit margins) not contain any of the main ingredient listed on the packaging, but they also contain potential dangerous allergens that could cause serious health effects in people with sensitivities to beans and wheat.

All of the companies listed above have received cease-and-desist letters.

This goes well beyond a case of buyer beware. This incident is just the tip of the iceberg in showcasing the unfortunately lax regulations regarding the production and sales of “herbal” products that are not classified as medicine.

We would urge people who have been using these products to talk to their doctors about alternative products and to share any side effects from taking these medications that may have been caused if you are known to have an allergy to beans or wheat.

Be safe. Be well. Be careful.

The original article disclosing more details on the investigation and case can be viewed here:

Picking The Right Sunscreen Is Not As Easy As It Used To Be

Posted by on June 24th, 2013

Sunscreen womanThe truth is that sun safety is always in season. Did you know that the sun’s rays are just as damaging in the winter and fall as they are in the summer? However with summer upon us it means that it’s time for picnics, losing weight to fit your favorite bathing suit, trips to the beach and increased chances of getting the dreaded sunburn. Several studies in the last 30 years have shown that exposure to the sun can cause damage to the skin and blood vessels and even lead to all three types of skin cancer.

Sunburn is a type of sun damage to the skin that is easily seen. This sun damage is caused by the invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation found within the sun’s rays. Avoiding direct sun when possible, covering up whatever you can, and using a sunscreen on those areas that are exposed to unavoidable sun offers the best protection. Getting the proper protection from those harmful rays is important and sunscreens are just one of many measures that you should use to get the best protection from the sun’s rays. Sunscreens should not be used to extend time in the sun.

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens 

Always choose a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection. Broad-spectrum protection means that it protects against all Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and most of the Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. While sunburns and skin cancer risks are usually blamed on UVB radiation, UVA radiation is also an important contributor to increased skin cancer risk. UVA radiation is also responsible for skin ageing and tuning down the human immune system.

SPF, or Suntan Protection Factor, only indicates the protection offered by the sunscreen’s ability to prevent tanning due to UVB radiation. SPF is a number used to describe the amount of protection offered by the sunscreen product against a suntan. Traditional narrow-band sunscreens with SPF that were greater than 60 did not demonstrate that they provided any additional protection compared to products with SPF values of 60. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) implemented new rules at the end of 2012 for all sunscreens and broad-spectrum products.

UVB wavelengths are from 280 to 320, UVA wavelengths are from 320 to 400, and the US FDA requires substantial protection from 280 through 370 to qualify for the ‘Broad Spectrum’ label.

Anthelios XL and Ombrelle Sunscreens Offer Protection 

Here at Canada Drugs we want you to enjoy the sun safely! Two of the leading broad-spectrum sunscreens recommended by dermatologists and pharmacists in Canada are Anthelios XL and Ombrelle. Both of these sunscreen products include the UVA filter Mexoryl SX and/or Mexoryl XL plus other effective sun protection agents.

Mexoryl SX has been available in popular sunscreens like Ombrelle in Canada for about 15 years and is an effective UVA and UVB filter and is water-soluble. Mexoryl XL was just recently approved by Health Canada and is an oil soluble form of Mexoryl that allows for formulations of sunscreen that are more water-resistant. Anthelios XL and other sunscreens with Mexoryl XL also protect against a broader spectrum of the UVA range, offering you greater protection against UVA rays. The result is sunscreens with ultimate sun protection.

Sun Safety Tips 

Spending time in the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To reduce this risk, we recommend that you regularly use sun protection measures including:

  • Use sunscreens with broad-spectrum SPF values like Ombrelle or Anthelios XL and contain titanium oxide regularly and as directed.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Daylight Saving Time), when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun; for example, long-sleeved shirts and, pants. Hold them up to the sun – if you can see the sun through them, the sun can see you. You will likely need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen under sheer materials.
  • Wear big sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Ball caps are not really hats, and will not protect your ears. Consider wearing a neck-protector on the back of your hat.

Celebrate National Healthy Weight Week

Posted by on January 23rd, 2013

health_weight_weekCelebrate National Healthy Weight Week (January 20 to 26) by dropping the diet and picking up a few healthy habits instead. People who diet the first week of January binge the second and are ready for better living by the third week. Healthy Weight Week is this week. This is a week to promote healthy lifestyle habits that last a lifetime and prevent weight and eating problems.

The American Dietician Association uses this week to promote positive weight loss changes such as the ones below:

  • Start the day with breakfast. Breakfast eaters are more likely to be a healthy weight and less likely to re-gain lost weight. Include a source of protein (such as an egg or baked beans) and a low glycogenic index (GI) choice (like wholegrain toast or low-fat yoghurt). Protein-rich foods and lower GI carbohydrates provide important nutrients and also help keep you fuller for longer.
  • Choose low calorie, high nutrient foods. Wholegrain breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables, lean meat, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, and lower fat dairy foods fit the bill.
  • Rediscover home cooking. By learning to cook at home using healthy ingredients you’ll boost your nutrient intake. And studies have shown that cooking stir-fries, roasts and casseroles including protein foods like beef and lamb means you’ll put more vegetables onto the plate as well. You only need 15 minutes to make a tasty, healthy meal.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables. Build up to the recommended five serves of vegetables (around three cups) and two serves of fruit every day. Fill half your dinner plate with vegetables(which is easy when you cook at home) and eat fruit as a snack.
  • Be portion aware. Over the past 30 years, the amount of food on our plates has increased –as have our waistlines. Shrinking portion sizes at every meal is a sure-fire way to lower calories.
  • Enjoy treats – in moderation. Many young women report sugary treats and take-aways as a weakness, making it more difficult to eat well. You don’t have to cut out any food, as long as you moderate your intake. Everyone’s different – so cutting back to a square or two of chocolate a day or a take-away once a week may be a step in the right direction for you.
  • Choose healthier drinks. Water is the best choice – so have a glass, bottle or jug of water close by at all times. Too much alcohol can lead to excess kilojoules and poorer food choices, both of which contribute to weight gain. If drinking, try a wine spritzer (wine diluted with plain mineral water) or a light beer, or ask for a smaller glass when drinking.
  • Write down everything you eat and drink. This will help you become more aware of what you’re eating and drinking, and where any problem areas are. Research suggests this is one of the best ways to change your eating habits and lose weight.
  • Be a mindful eater. Pay attention to hunger levels and how much you’re eating. Turn the television off and instead concentrate on the taste of food, as well as how full you feel.

Recruit a support team. Everyone needs support to maintain healthy habits. Find at least one person (friend, family member, work colleague, or health professional – such as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian) who will support and cheer you on.

Have a Healthy Resolution for 2013? Here are 5 easy to Keep ones.

Posted by on December 27th, 2012

resolutionsHard to believe it’s almost the end of another year! Everyone here at is excited for what the New Year is going to bring. Besides reflecting on what happened over the previous 12 months, this is also a time that a lot of us make resolutions about the future, and one of the most common ones are about living a more healthy life.

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If you’re looking at some simple lifestyle changes in 2013 here are 5 resolutions that are easy to keep and will make a big difference.

  1. Cut the calories you drink. Juices, pop, fancy coffees, and especially alcohol pack a lot of hidden calories. Cut the number of calories you drink and try to add more water, and healthy beverages like caffeine-free green tea into your diet for an easy change that will make a big difference.
  2. Get more sleep. The scientific evidence is piling up that society’s sleep deficit is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Study after study shows a link between too little sleep and weight gain. So try a lot harder in 2013 to get an extra hour of sleep a night and you’ll see major positive results in your overall health.
  3. Assess the liveability of your approach. You may make a sudden change and drop 25 pounds over the next three months, or totally cut out all sugar from your diet. But can you keep this up for life? Probably not. Changes that stick are ones that you can stick with for life, so make small changes that you can stick too.
  4.  Set realistic goals. Don’t be let down when you can’t reach unattainable goals right away. Make small, realistic goals.
  5. Focus on behaviours, not pounds.  Don’t obsess over the scale. Instead focus on how great the changes you are making, make you feel. Not everyone loses weight easily, but making healthy choices will add years to your life, even if you can’t drop that last 10 pounds.

Happy New Year from Everyone at!