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Dr. Ali Ghahary
Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca

Sleep is one of the most important things you can allow your body to do. It doesn’t just improve your mental health — it improves your physical health, too, and can significantly reduce your risk of developing serious illness. In fact, getting adequate amounts of sleep each night is just as important as ensuring you get regular exercise each day as well as have a healthy, well-balanced diet. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body will give off warning signs. For example, you might feel lethargic the next day, be unable to follow through on important tasks, an inability…

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists all over the world have been hard at work studying the virus, how it impacts individuals of all ages, races and genders, and creating vaccines to help prevent infection and transmission.

To date, Health Canada has approved the use of the following vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are what’s known as messenger RNA vaccines (also referred to as mRna.) These particular vaccines work by teaching our tells to create proteins which trigger an immune response. …

We all know that healthy eating is important. It has many benefits, such as reducing the risk of many commonly diagnosed conditions — including heart disease and diabetes, as well as can boost energy and improve mood, and of course help you maintain a healthy weight. When we eat healthy foods, we are feeding our bodies the essential nutrients that help us thrive. These nutrients include healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats, proteins, water, as well as vitamins and minerals.

Among some of the best foods that you can eat to get these essential nutrients are fruits and vegetables — and, according…

Aging isn’t usually something that people like to think about or discuss all that often. It is, however, part of the natural life cycle and something all of us will ultimately experience. As you get older, you will start to notice changes in your body. These changes that occur can be both physical and mental. For example, you might be feeling more fatigued than you used to, you may notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you might have more overall body aches and pains, trouble with your eyesight, or your memory may not be as sharp as it…

According to the World Health Organization, Canadians drink more alcohol per capita than the worldwide average. Alcohol is the ingredient found in different beverages, such as wine, beer, and spirits. When these (and other types of) alcoholic beverages are consumed, it goes from the blood stream through to the stomach and small intestine, and then travels to the brain. Once it reaches the brain, it acts as a mind-altering (or psychoactive) drug that can make one feel relaxed, but also alters the way one thinks and behaves. When consumed in smaller amounts, alcohol can make one feel more talkative…

When it comes to knowing what vitamins or supplements someone should take, this is a hard question to answer, as not only does everyone have a different opinion on the subject, but also, the types of vitamins and supplements that one individual may need might not be suitable for another. For example, you might need to increase your intake of vitamin C, while someone else may need more B vitamins. The types of vitamins and supplements you need to take will also typically depends on several different factors, such as:

• Your age
• Your gender
• Pre-existing health…

Any other year, Halloween would be a time for parties, paying visits to haunted houses, and going trick-or-treating with your friends. However, with Halloween just a few weeks away and COVID-19 still in our midst, many people are wondering exactly how they’re going to be able to safely go about navigating it without putting their health — or the health of others — at risk — and below you will find some helpful guidelines set out by the CDC.

Halloween Parties

First and foremost, you should skip attending a large Halloween party if you’re invited to one. Big indoor gatherings such as…

At the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, very little was known about the virus. What was known, however, was that it was a form of coronavirus (the same virus that causes the common cold, for example), which is a respiratory pathogen — and that it was much more serious and also had the potential to be fatal. As it began to rapidly spread on a global scale, countries had to make quick decisions on how they were going to address it head on and what their response would be, with some even having to implement strict lockdown measures in areas…

Now that we are entering into the fall season, you might find yourself wanting to indulge in some of your favourite fall-themed comfort foods and beverages; and while it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then, it’s important to remember not to over-indulge as that can lead to poor health (i.e. weight gain, diabetes.) Instead, below are some healthier, lighter versions of your favourite fall foods.

For some kids and teenagers, returning to school can also come along with a lot of stress and anxiety. In many cases, that back-to-school anxiety is often associated with things such as being away from parents or other family members (especially for younger children who are starting full-time school for the first time), or having to go to a brand new school (for example, transitioning from elementary school to high school, or moving to a new neighbourhood and having to go to a new school as a result.) There are also cases where children may be bullied in school in…

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