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The Role of Water in Wellness & Staying Hydrated

The Role of Water in Wellness & Staying Hydrated

Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? If you’re like me, you’ll know that it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. By keeping our water levels normal, our body is better able to regulate temperature, protect and lubricate our joints, and keep the tissues in our body moist. Each day our body is working hard to keep everything working as it should, whilst it does this, it loses water through breathing, sweating, even digestion. To keep our bodies in peak condition, it is essential to drink lots of water and re hydrate the body. This can be done by drinking water and eating foods that have a high water content.

Here are our favourite ways to stay hydrated:

1. Infused Water

  • Mint, & Melon Refresher
    • For this recipe, all you need is:
      • 1 thinly sliced lime
      • 1 cup of diced honeydew melon
      • 1 minced mint sprig
      • 1/2 sliced cucumber
    • Place the ingredients in a pitcher with water and pour over ice to serve.

2. Fruit Slushies

  • “Pink” Lemonade
    • For this recipe, all you need is:
      • 1/16 cup of lemon juice
      • 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries
      • 1/4 cup of raspberries
      • 1/2 cup of watermelon
    • Place the ingredients in a blender with ice, serve in a chilled glass.

 

3. Steamed Vegetables

  • This one’s great to add as a side plate to any meal!
  • Simply, pick out your favourite veggies and place them in your steamer with the pot filled to the 2-inch mark with water.
  • You can add a seasoning of your choice to the veggies once they are cooked to your liking.

*Our favourites are potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower with a couple slices of lemon or lime for flavour.

4. Broth-based Soups

  • Butternut Squash and Lemon Chicken
    • For this recipe, you will need:
      • 5 cups of water
      • 1/4 onion diced
      • 4 tbspns of lemon juice
      • 1 knor cube
      • 3 slices of ginger
      • 1 1/2 cups of boneless chicken
      • 1 cup of steamed butternut squash
      • 2 stems of fresh cilantro
    • Bring the water, lemon juice, knor cube, ginger, and onion to a boil.
    • Place boneless chicken and butternut squash in boiling water.
    • Turn element to low for 10 minutes.
    • Pour into bowl and garnish with cilantro

Our services include:
Chiropractic Care & ART
Acupuncture & TCM
Class IV Laser Therapy
Counselling
Homeopathy
Naturopathy
Osteopathy
Physiotherapy
Registered Massage Therapy

To book in call (604) 980-4538 or access our online booking site here

 

Down with the flu?

Down with the flu?

North Shore Wellness Centre has some tips for this years cold season.

Here in Vancouver, it feels as if it is always raining and with the rain, most of us are caught with the flu. To stay at the top of your game this flu season, follow our wellness and prevention tips:

  1. Avoid people that are sick… and remember to wash your hands if you do encounter a not-so-well friend.
  2. Stay home when you are sick… it’s important to get lots of rest to allow your body time to heal itself.
  3. Take care of your body… in addition to getting lots of rest, eating and exercising will help your body stay happy and healthy.
  4. Wash your hands frequently… and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  5. Consume more Vitamin C… Vitamin C has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the intensity and duration of the common cold. Did you know you can get vitamin C from potatoes, broccoli, and lemons, in addition to oranges!
  6. Drink lots of water… Dehydration inhibits the immune system.
  7. Eat garlic Fresh garlic has powerful anti-viral and antibiotic properties to kick start your immune system.
  8. Avoid sugary foods… in addition to processing artificial sugars, your body’s immunol function can be decreased for up to 5 hours.
  9. Have a glass of wine… Studies show that those who drink one glass of red wine a day have a decreased risk of getting the flu by 20%
  10. Take a break… Those who work in high stress environments get sick more often than people that take time to relax
  11. Maintain Wellness… If you’re finding that each time you feel healthy and well, it only lasts briefly, it may be because you’re not maintaining your wellness. We recommend patients book in at least once a month, for maintenance appointments here at the North Shore Wellness Centre. This will maximize your health potential and keep you feeling your best. A healthy lifestyle starts with you!

Our services include:
Chiropractic Care & ART
Acupuncture & TCM
Class IV Laser Therapy
Counselling
Homeopathy
Naturopathy
Osteopathy
Physiotherapy
Registered Massage Therapy

To book in call (604) 980-4538 or access our online booking site here

 

Welcome Sarah Wilson – RCC, MA

Welcome Sarah Wilson – RCC, MA

Please welcome Sarah Wilson to the NSWC team! As of October the 12th, Sarah will be working with our family of practitioners to help bring the best care for our patients. As we know, sometimes our coping strategies are not supportive of our lifestyles and relationships. Counselling provides a healthy opportunity for self discovery and gives a safe space to explore habitual choices that we make and how they may negatively or positively affect our lives.

In her practice, Sarah uses a holistic and integrative approach, as well a she holds the belief that everyone has the capability for wellness.  She believes that the body holds immense wisdom and that there is a complex interplay of biopsychsocial factors influencing distress and well-being. Sarah trusts that health and wellness are not passive activities but rather extremely involved, and that what you are thinking is what you inevitably gravitate towards and become. Sarah aims to help her patients feel better by approaching issues with curiosity and openness.

Having obtained her Master’s Degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle, Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselors (BCACC). She completed her undergraduate at the University of British Columbia in Anthropology, where she focused on Eastern philosophies and perspectives.

In addition to being a RCC, Sarah is also a 500 hour yoga teacher and has received certification as a Trauma Informed Yoga Practitioner. This aids her in using the body as a resource in therapeutic treatment of individuals exposed to trauma.

Sarah’s training and experience has allowed her to work successfully with individuals or families in need of support with:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disordered eating
  • Family issues
  • Grief
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Stress management
  • Substance use issues
  • Trauma

Her personal experience with trauma has inspired her to explore many aspects of psychology, health and resilience. As a mother, daughter, wife and friend; Sarah knows the importance of relationships and self-care.