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Toy Drive - Now Accepting Donations!
Beware of the Chair
Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Have You “Liked” Us?
Health & Wellness: Shop In-Store or Online!

December 2016

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Toy Drive - Now Accepting Donations!

Collecting new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at Wellness for the Body until December 15th

toy driveEach holiday season, our clinic invites staff and clients to support a local charitable organization as a way to give back to our local community. This year, we are collecting donations for the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive. The toys are gathered at each fire station and then distributed to local agencies including Kerr Street Ministries, Oakville Parent-Child Centre, The Children's Aid Society, The Salvation Army, Halton Women's Place, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton, Military Family Resource Centre, Halton Community Housing, and Safety Net Services.

We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at Wellness for the Body until Thursday, December 15th, and then we will drop them off at our local Bronte fire station. You can find a number of donation suggestions on the toy drive website: www.oakvillefirefighters.com/toy-drive

Last year, our toy drive collection box was overflowing when we dropped it off at the Bronte area fire station – let’s overfill it again this year!



Beware of the Chair

Dr. Caren Fortin, BHK, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr Caren Fortin DCDid you know that office jobs/sedentary work have increased 83% since 1960? 1 Of those individuals who work in sedentary jobs (i.e. jobs requiring sitting for most of the workday), they sit for approximately 80% of their day! Add the 6-9 hours of sleep at night to the time spent sitting at work, and there is not much time left in a day for standing or physical activity. Our sedentary lifestyles are a drastic change from the hunter/gatherer era where an individual would be walking for 12-14 miles in a day looking for food.

Now, consider your own day. Think of your commute to work: are you sitting on the GO train or sitting in a car? Think about what you do for socializing: do you go for a drink or go to the movies or a sports game? We need to stand up and move around, but we are sitting way too much.

Frequent breaks (every 30-60 minutes) are an absolute necessity if you are working in an office job. A break can be as simple as taking a few minutes to grab a drink of water or a quick walk to improve blood circulation and reset your eyes and brain. You can also try taking 5-10 breaths, adding arm movements overhead (similar to a snow angel, thumbs pointed out) with each one. Then, add five neck turns to each side (with ears over shoulders) before you sit down and resume your computer work. It’s tough to find time in your day to add in physical activity, but these quick breaks only take about two minutes, which we can all afford. Your body will thank you for those two minutes!

1. Cross­sectional examination of long­term access to sit­stand desks in a professional office setting, Lucas J. Carr et al., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.07.013, published online 1 October 2015. University of Iowa news release, accessed 4 October 2015.


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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Kristine Haemel, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Kristine Haemel RMTThe human body is made up of mostly water! The amount of water in an average adult is 60% for men and 55% for women. This difference is due to women naturally having more fatty tissue than men, which contains less water than lean tissue. So how much water should we be drinking to maintain our bodies? Studies suggest drinking 9-16 cups of water per day, but this amount depends on factors including your age, activity level, and the amount of water-rich vegetables and fruit you eat.

There are many positive effects and benefits of drinking enough water, including the following:

  • Helps control cravings and snacking on extra calories
  • Clearer skin by flushing out certain toxins that may cause clogged pores and acne
  • Increased kidney function to help clear away what we don’t need in the body
  • Boosting productivity and decreasing fatigue by helping people concentrate and stay alert
  • Pain prevention by helping aching joints, muscle cramps, and strains that may occur in dehydration

glass of waterHow can we make sure we get enough water? Here are my top three tips for staying hydrated:

  • Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up
  • Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before eating a big meal
  • Keep a water bottle on hand at all times!

Dr. Mike Roussell for Shape.com has several more tips to help you drink the right amount of water for your body:

1. Avoid being thirsty. If you are thirsty, then Dr. Roussell says you are already behind and need to drink a little extra to catch up. Pay attention to this is important feedback from your body!

2. Spread out your intake and don’t try to fill up on water. Don’t drink so much water at once that you feel full, this won’t help you eat less and can contribute to water toxicity (consuming large amounts of water in a short time). Instead, Dr. Roussell suggests sipping on water throughout the day so your kidneys have a chance to filter it.

3. Coffee counts. According to Dr. Roussell, coffee and caffeine are not diuretics, so you don’t have to drink extra water to make up for coffee or tea. Adding to this, I suggest you avoid sugary drinks and stick to clear liquids and regular old water whenever possible – it is the best way for your body to get hydration without added junk.

Source: www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/ask-diet-doctor-do-i-drink-too-much-water


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