Advice for Life, January 11, 2018

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WhydoIhavetotakesupplements?” Because you don’t consume everything your body needs on a daily basis, very few people do. Although everyone differs with their consumption of vitamins and minerals, our five Building Blocks of Good Health should be the foundation of any supplementation program.

Fish Oil:

Taking fish oil daily can help with pain, inflammation, joint stiffness, lipid levels and even your mood. This supplement might actually be better than eating fish on a regular basis, as the fish used in the oil are small and don’t accumulate the toxins that the bigger fish do. Don’t favour fish? Many omega-3 supplements are now available in plant based supplements

Multivitamins or Greens:

The Canada Food Guide recommends 8-­10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and most of us fall far short of this. A good multi will provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help make up for skipped or rushed, unhealthy meal choices. Find a multi that targets your specific demographic – age, gender, or prenatal for expectant females.

Probiotic:

A maintenance dose of 11 billion CFU’s per day can improve nutrient absorption, waste elimination, protect your gut from digestive disturbances, and improve your overall immune system. Although some food sources contain probiotics, most have a much lower dose and do not contain the specific bacterial strains useful for many conditions. They are used to prevent gas, cramping, and unsavoury side effects of antibiotics.

Vitamin D:

One third of Canadians have Vitamin D levels below what is considered optimum for healthy bones. Current recommendations are a minimum dose of 1,000 IU during the summer months, and 3,000 IU during the winter. It can help with seasonal affective disorder, your immune system, bone deficiencies, diabetes, pains, and wound healing. Because Vitamin D is found in so few foods, our main source is sunshine. However in Canada our long winters limit exposure and unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun. A healthy oil based vitamin D allows it to be absorbed effectively.

Magnesium:

Magnesium might seem like a mundane mineral, but it is pretty miraculous. Some studies suggest it can lift energy levels, combat depression, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, reduce muscle pain, increase bone strength, help migraines, ease PMS symptoms, and aid in cardiovascular conditions and diabetes. As many as 80% of North Americans are magnesium deficient.

It is important to remember that some supplements may not be beneficial to you and could interact with certain medications or supplements. If in doubt consultation with your naturopath, physician, or pharmacist is recommended.

Product Spotlight November 23, 2017

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Most people don’t get enough magnesium including many who already take magnesium. The amount of magnesium required by the body is greater than people think and many magnesium capsules and tablets are not completely absorbed by the body. Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of stresses on the body including but not limited to lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin, cortisone, heavy exercise, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and too much calcium in the diet.

Natural Calm is the solution to both restoring a healthy magnesium level and balancing your calcium intake- the result of which is natural stress relief. Natural Calm is the best-selling magnesium supplement on the market for over three years in a row according to health food supermarket scanner reports. It features a proprietary formula developed by nutritional researcher Peter Gillham that provides a highly absorbable water-soluble magnesium in ionic form having molecular charge that allows the element to easily bond with water so it is ready to go to work right away. Natural Calm can gradually reduce accumulated calcium giving fast relief for many symptoms of magnesium depletion. Millions have experienced the stress relief and health benefits Natural Calm provides. Drink stress away naturally with The Anti-Stress Drink. You deserve the best. We want you to experience a new level of health.

Directions for use

  • Place powder in a glass or mug. 
  • Add 2-3 oz of hot water. Let it fizz, then stir until dissolved. 
  • Fill with warm or cold water and enjoy. 
  • You can also simply add Natural Calm to a glass or bottle of cold water. Use only as directed.
  • Divide your daily amount of Natural Calm into two servings, Natural Calm can be taken with or without food. When bowels are comfortably loose, this is the optimal amount.

Advice for Life, November 16, 2017

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By now, most of us are aware that many Canadians simply don’t get enough Vitamin D from their diets or through the sun. What you may not know is why exactly vitamin D is so important. In the warmer months, our skin is able to naturally make vitamin D with the help of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. That’s why vitamin D is commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” However, from about October to April, sunlight is not only limited, but its rays are too weak to produce vitamin D. 

This steroid hormone is essential in many of our body’s vital functions, but the most documented and researched is its role in maintaining bone health. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the digestive tract, and ensures that our bodies have enough reserves of these minerals to build bone tissue. When our bodies lack the necessary amounts of vitamin D, our natural response is to use calcium from our bones to maintain our blood levels, which can lead to osteoporosis and other serious disorders. Supplemental vitamin D has also been linked to a decreased risk of autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as improved muscle strength. Getting vitamin D from our diet isn’t easy as it only occurs naturally in certain foods like tuna and salmon, egg yolks and certain mushrooms. Unfortunately, you’ll be hard-pressed to eat a balanced diet of these foods and end up with enough vitamin D but not too much of other nutrients.

This is where supplementation is crucial. Vitamin D supplements are available in tablets, liquids, powders and gummies, making it easy to find one that works for you. When shopping for a supplement, be sure to look out for and choose vitamin D3. This form, called cholecalciferol, is the active form in the body that’s more easily absorbable. Research shows that the health benefits of vitamin D supplementation are more visible when taken daily. These supplements come in a variety of doses, and it’s important to check with your health care practitioner to see how much your body needs

Advice for Life, November 9, 2017

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The Canadian Diabetes Association is driving a campaign for diabetes awareness as the disease has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. With a staggering one in three Canadians already living with diabetes or prediabetes, including an estimated 1.5 million with undiagnosed diabetes, we must take action now to stop the growth and impact of this disease. Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day are times to shine a spotlight on diabetes, educate Canadians about the disease, and help all of us find out our level of risk for type 2 diabetes so we can take action.

As part of this effort, the CDA’s current awareness campaign encourages everyone to visit DiabetesTest.ca to take the online CANRISK test and learn their risk level for developing type 2 diabetes. The awareness campaign looks at the misconceptions people often have about type 2 diabetes and is a reminder that you may be at risk even if you don’t fit the stereotypical model of someone with type 2 diabetes.

Two products from One Touch make sure your levels are within an acceptable range. The OneTouch Verio Flex Blood Glucose Monitoring System with easy-to-read numbers and a color indicator, it is quick and simple to use. This Verio Flex meter is also small and compact for convenient portabilityand can be connected to other devices using USB or Bluetooth.
OneTouch Verio Flex Blood Glucose Monitoring System:

  • Takes the guesswork out of your numbers
  • ColorSure technology instantly shows when your blood sugar numbers are in or out of range
  • Syncs data seamlessly with the free OneTouch Reveal mobile app.
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Big, easy-to-read numbers
  • Compact and slim design
  • One-Touch Verio Flex glucometer features USB      and Bluetooth connectivity

The updated version of the One Touch Reveal App features:

  • New      timeline highlights your latest patterns with relevant blood sugar and      event data
  • Improved      look with additional day and week view that connect insulin, carbs,      exercise and blood sugar
  • Quick      glance bar on the Home screen provides convenient access to important data      with a single tap
  • Improved      pairing and syncing of a new meter with a step-by-step walkthrough

Advice for Life, November 2, 2017

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Travel is a lot of fun and can lead to a lifetime of memories for you and your family. However, did you know that travel related illnesses are common? Most travellers do not seek medical advice before travel and as a result end up contracting illnesses like yellow fever, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, travellers' diarrhea, and many more. We offer a full range of vaccination services (including yellow fever), prescriptions, and health advice for all of your travel needs to help keep you and your family safe. I have my certificate in travel health and have received international recognition by the ISTM (international society of travel medicine). Rest assured we will offer the best health advice for all of your travel needs. Don't hesitate to book your appointment before your travels and keep your family safe! As many vaccinations need to be done long before you travel now is the time to book your consultation if you are leaving this coming fall or winter. You can book travel consultations on line at www.twopharmacy.ca or call 403-932-2500. Of course flu vaccination clinics are in full swing and can be booked online or by phone to avoid any wait time. Walk ins are also welcome but may require waiting.

Product Spotlight October 26, 2017

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Travelers’ Probiotic is a unique therapeutic probiotic formula that crowds out the harmful bacteria that cause travelers’ sickness, neutralizes their toxins, and maintains healthy intestinal flora during travel abroad.

Travelers’ Probiotic is a side effect–free solution for the symptoms of travelers’ sickness, which include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and bloating. Extreme cases can cause fever, chills, and bloody stools.

Travelers’ Probiotic is a unique formula that populates the intestines with the therapeutic amount of 10 billion live cells of the beneficial yeast Saccharomyces boulardii. S. boulardii is a transient yeast which crowds out harmful bacteria that cause travelers’ sickness and neutralizes their toxins. This creates favorable conditions for the 11 billion colony-forming units of 11 scientifically proven probiotic strains to restore the balance of healthy intestinal flora.

The water-based PH5D natural enteric-coated vegetable capsule survives harsh stomach acids to deliver 100% of the therapeutic benefits of each capsule of Travelers’ Probiotic.

Children 6–12 years, adolescents, and adults: Take 1 capsule once or twice daily or as directed by your health-care practitioner. If you are taking antibiotics, take this product at least 2–3 hours before or after them. For travelers’ diarrhea risk reduction: Start 5 days prior to traveling and continue during the entire duration of the trip.

Consider an investment in Travelers’ Probiotic for the prevention and treatment of travelers’ sickness as a way of safeguarding your dream vacation from becoming a nightmare. If you are travelling this fall or winter a single travel clinic appointment can help ensure a safe trip. Book online at www.twopharmacy.ca or call 403-932-2500.

Advice for Life, October 12, 2017

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We live in a fast paced, toxic world eating processed foods, breathing polluted air, and drinking treated water. Chemicals from factories, vehicles, and pesticides are entering our bodies at alarming rates. Each year, air pollution prematurely kills nearly 6000 Canadians and recent studies indicate almost 8% of all non-traumatic mortality in Canadian cities is due to pollution. While this may sound overwhelming there are ways to fight the over abundance of toxins that enter our bodies on a regular basis. You can regain and maintain good health regardless of your age. There is H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. is the basic foundation for good health and consists of four elements we need daily to ensure that the digestive system and other body functions are working at optimum levels. These 4 elements when taken daily will increase your energy, reduce the chance of chronic disease, and improve your health.

  • High Fibre – Sufficient fibre intake of 30-40 grams per day is vital for good health, however the average person only consumes 10 grams. Fibre improves bowel function, optimizes nutrient absorption, gathers toxins for elimination, lowers cholesterol, and stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Oils – Essential Fatty Acids are not produced by the body and must be consumed from food sources such as raw nuts, seeds, and cold water fish. EFA’s play an important role in many key functions including brain function, cellular reproduction, healthy skin and hair, hormone production, lubrication of the colon, nerve transmission, and reducing inflammation.
  • Probiotics – The term probiotic means supporting life and they are beneficial bacteria that the body requires. These bacteria are normal inhabitants of the large and small intestines. There are both “good” and “bad” bacteria and they must be a balance of them for good health to be possible
  • Enzymes – Digestive enzymes are required to break down and utilize nutrients in food. Proper breakdown is essential for absorption of nutrients and also to ensure by-products from food are properly eliminated. When this does not occur food sits in the body and ferments, producing toxic material that enters the body through the bloodstream. These toxins cause damage to all areas of the body and are a leading cause of chronic diseases. As we age our natural enzyme production decreases and leads to declining energy, gas, bloating, heartburn, food allergies, inflammation, bone loss, indigestion, poor liver function, and poor nutrient absorption.

TWO Pharmacy carries the complete line of Renew Life which can provide all 4 elements of H.O.P.E. for you. Come in today and talk to us about digestive care and cleansing and get your body on the road to better health.

Product Spotlight, October 5, 2017

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CurcuminRich Theracurmin unlocks the medicinal power of curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric (Curcuma longa). Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and is the principal spice used in curry. In India turmeric root has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammatory conditions and is a powerful antioxidant.

When it comes to curcumin, it’s not how much you take, but how much you absorb, that matters. Early clinical studies found that large quantities of curcumin had to be consumed because the absorption (bioavailability) of regular curcumin is quite poor. Curcumin is relatively insoluble in water and is rapidly transformed and excreted from the body.

Theracurmin is an advanced formulation that uses proprietary dispersion technology to create microscopic particles dispersed in a colloidal suspension for better absorption. Theracurmin is more bioavailable than regular curcumin powder, ensuring a therapeutically effective level in the blood. Published studies comparing blood levels of curcumin using leading brands confirm that on a milligram-to-milligram basis, Theracurmin is the best-absorbed curcumin product on the market. Scientific scrutiny revealed that Theracurmin was more bioavailable on a milligram-to-milligram basis than other leading enhanced and regular forms of curcumin. Theracurmin represents a major scientific breakthrough in curcumin pharmacology, with both animal and human studies showing no side effects and significantly better results than other curcumin preparations. The first step in manufacturing Theracurmin is solubilizing it within a vegetable gum known as gum ghatti. The next step is grinding the curcumin mixture using a wet-grinding mill to produce microscopic particles that are 100 times smaller than regular curcumin powder. A homogenizer then disperses these particles to create a colloidal suspension that readily mixes with water. The combination of reduced particle size and improved solubility ensures that a therapeutically effective level of curcumin is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it lasts for hours.

Advice for Life, September 28, 2017

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Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant and one of the best researched nutrients. Most mammals can produce vitamin C as they need it but the human system evolved without this ability, therefore we must ensure an adequate daily intake to stay healthy. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables, but it is easily destroyed by heat, cooking, processing, and storage, and rapidly eliminated from our system in the urine. Inadequate levels of vitamin C may be seen in cases of physical and mental stress, older people and those with chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis, age-related eye disease, and certain cancers. Vitamin C is best known for strengthening the immune system by supporting and improving white blood cell function. It is also essential for the proper formation of collagen, the building block of many tissues and a crucial component in skin rejuvenation. It aids the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C also helps to reduce histamine release in the body, thereby alleviating allergy symptoms. There are numerous forms of vitamin C with ascorbic acid being the most basic. People wanting a clinically-proven form that is easier on the system than ascorbic acid should choose Ester-C brand calcium ascorbate.

Advice for Life, September 21, 2017

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Today we look at 2 great herbal products from New Chapter treat inflammation, pain, and soreness.

Turmeric Force uses whole-food Turmeric sourced from its natural habitat including the tropics in India. Turmeric is one of the most studied botanicals in modern science. Turmeric Force helps your body to maintain healthy inflammation responses. The extracts in Turmeric Force also support your cardiovascular health, as well as cognitive function and working memory. The 100% vegetarian capsule dissolves quickly so your body can absorb the pure and potent herbs. Turmeric Force is different because it delivers hundreds of remarkable compounds just like whole Turmeric, complete with Curcumin as well as Turmerones.

Zyflamend Whole Body is a best-selling herbal approach to pain relief. It is a potent 10-herb blend including Rosemary, Turmeric, and Green Tea. Full-spectrum Ginger helps relieve minor pain or soreness. Zyflamend Whole Body helps keep you moving! Whether it’s after a brisk workout or a light walk, this multi-herbal formula helps relieve minor pain or soreness so you can stay active. This herbal pain reliever helps to balance your body's natural, healthy inflammation response. The blend makes all the difference. In preclinical lab work, Zyflamend's 10 herbs showed a powerful synergy when tested as a whole blend, compared with testing activity of the 10 herbs separately. The formula is greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Chinese Skullcap - Time-honored tonic that promotes health and well-being.

Chinese Skullcap is one of ten herbs in Zyflamend™ Whole Body that have been traditionally used to support health and well-being.* Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) possesses a slightly cooling energy and is believed in traditional herbal systems to equalize chi, the vital principle and life force.

  • Ginger - “King of herbs” supports occasional pain relief after exercise.

Ginger is featured in over 20 New Chapter vitamins and supplements including Ginger Force™. Supercritical Ginger supports cardio and intestinal health.* Known as jiang meaning “defend” in traditional Chinese medicine and vishwabhesaj meaning “universal medicine” in Ayurveda, Ginger has been used for thousands of years in the most revered traditional herbal systems.

  • Green Tea - Promotes healthy aging, vitality, and cardiovascular health.

Green & White Tea Force™ delivers a full-spectrum extract that supports healthy aging, longevity, vitality, cardiovascular health and cellular protection.* Zen monks recommended chewing green tea leaves to maintain alertness and expand awareness during meditation.

  • Turmeric - Nature's powerful ally for healthy inflammation response.

New Product Spotlight, September 14, 2017

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How to Get 7 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables into Your Kid or Teen Easily

Does your kid or teen eat fruits and vegetables like there’s no tomorrow? If they are like most kids, the answer is a resounding NO! According to Health Canada, kids and teens aged 4-18 need anywhere from 4 to 7 full servings of fruits and vegetables, yet research show the majority of kids barely meet 50% of these values.

So the question is; how can you tell your kids or teens to eat their fruits and veggies when a study from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association shows that grown adults are struggling to get between 3.5 and 4.3 servings a day? Isn’t that like telling your kids to go outside to get exercise while you’re channel surfing on your couch?

This is one of the reasons Samuraw Nutrition Inc., created the world’s first organic food-derived multi vitamin/mineral/probiotic formula, designed exclusively for kids and teens. Samuraw Organic Complete delivers 24 nutrients sourced entirely from 25 real organic, non-GMO superfood fruits and vegetables, and contains the most clinically researched probiotic with over 1,000 studies.

If this wasn’t reason enough to give it to your young ones, the product also delivers the nutrient-equivalent of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per serving, contains no sweeteners or flavors, and mixes instantly with any juice without changing the flavor.

Brad King, M.S., MFS

Brad King is a highly sought after authority on nutrition, obesity, longevity and men’s health who holds a masters in nutritional science, and is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a master of fitness science. He is the author of 12 books and has been featured on thousands of television and radio programs as well as both magazine and newspaper articles throughout North America as a leading health expert. A world-class professional speaker, Brad has been touted as one of the most influential health mentors of our time. TWO Pharmacy thanks Brad for his informative article concerning this exciting new product – Samuraw Organic Complete.

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