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Staying Active During the Winter
Reducing Inflammation in the Body

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January 2017

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Staying Active During the Winter

Dr. Caren Fortin, BHK, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr Caren Fortin DCMake 2017 a year that you try something new. Maybe cold weather activities are not something that you gravitate to (I can relate); however, if you dress for the cold, being outdoors in this weather can be just as fun as the warmer months!

Here are some ideas to keep active during the winter season:

  • Offer to shovel a neighbour’s driveway. Shoveling is a great way to work up a sweat. Just be sure to shovel safely and lift with your knees – your back and your chiropractor thank you!
  • Bundle up and head for the hiking trails. We are blessed in the Halton region with many trail options and beautiful landscapes. Be sure to wear boots with good grips and take some walking poles with you to sturdy yourself on possible icy areas.
  • Head to the hills and downhill ski – a great way to have fun and get your heart pumping.
  • Stay on flat ground and get a great workout in by x-country skiing or snowshoeing. If you’re a beginner, try searching online to find an outdoor enthusiast group/club that can help you get started. There are also places where you can take lessons and rent equipment.
  • Look up the community centres in your area. Get a group of friends together and enjoy an afternoon of recreational skating. There are also a few outdoor rinks that are around the Oakville area.
  • Put on your snowpants and boots and head outside to build a snowman with your kids!

Besides an amazing invigorating feeling, the best part of these activities is the hot cocoa or drink of choice afterwards! Have fun!

If you need some guidance choosing an activity that is best suited for your body’s specific needs, consult with one of our Chiropractors, Dr. Caren or Dr. Tara. They can also help you plan and prepare to prevent injury when trying a new activity.

 

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Reducing Inflammation in the Body

Andrea Nederveen, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Andrea Nederveen RMTInflammation is a natural, and sometimes necessary, response in the body. It can be beneficial, for example, when the body is injured. After an injury, inflammation helps remove harmful stimuli, pathogens, damaged cells, and irritants in order to begin the natural healing process. Unfortunately, there are many other times when inflammation is problematic and negatively affects overall health. For example, inflammation has been associated with health problems such as stress, chronic disease, heart disease, and liver disease. It can also show up and cause pain because of bacteria or a virus in the body.

How to fight inflammation:

  • Exercise is the number one natural thing to prevent and reduce inflammation in the body. It promotes lower levels of the C-reactive protein, which is an inflammation marker.
  • You can also take vitamins such as Vitamin A, B6, C, D, E, and K, whether you get that through diet, or in the form of a supplement. Check in with our Naturopath, Dr. John, for help getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
  • Try to add spices like ginger and turmeric to your meals or tea as they contain anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Get a massage! Massage therapy reduces inflammation on a cellular level as it promotes growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell since they take in nutrients, break them down, and create energy rich molecules.

As we start a new year, be mindful of your body and how it feels. Pay attention to what you do daily that affects your body, and start with a few modifications like the ones listed above. In no time, inflammation will decrease in your body, and you will be on your way to a healthier you.

 

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