• Recognizing the Signs of Dehydration

    Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the body loses more fluids than it takes in, resulting in an inadequate amount of water and other fluids necessary for normal bodily functions. Water is essential for a variety of physiological processes, including maintaining cellular structure, regulating body temperature, and enabling the transportation of nutrients and waste products. Given that the human body is composed of approximately 60% water, the significance of maintaining adequate hydration levels cannot be overstated. In this comprehensive article, we will explore the various signs of dehydration, the physiological mechanisms underlying this condition, and its potential impact on health. By understanding the signs of dehydration and the importance…

  • Health Lessons Learned from 2021 Heat Dome

    The heat dome that struck British Columbia in June and July of 2021 was a catastrophic event that claimed the lives of 619 people, a stark reminder of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events due to climate change. This phenomenon, which is characterised by a high-pressure system that traps warm air underneath it, led to unprecedented temperatures, with some areas recording highs of nearly 50 degrees Celsius. The consequences were devastating, not only in terms of human lives lost but also in the strain placed on healthcare services, infrastructure, and the environment. Heat-related illnesses can range from mild conditions like heat exhaustion to severe, life-threatening conditions such…

  • Summer’s Heat: Health Risks and Impacts

    The human body is remarkably adept at regulating its internal temperature, but extreme heat can overwhelm these mechanisms, leading to a range of health issues. When ambient temperatures rise, our bodies respond by increasing blood flow to the skin and producing sweat to facilitate evaporative cooling. However, these processes can be compromised in certain conditions, such as high humidity or dehydration, potentially resulting in heat-related illnesses. One of the most common heat-related health concerns is heat exhaustion. This condition occurs when the body loses excessive amounts of water and salt through sweating. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, and muscle cramps. If left untreated, heat…

  • Common Summer Health Hazards

    Warmer weather can be a nice break from all the rain we’re used to getting in Vancouver, but there are also certain hazards that come along with the summer and heat. Find out what some of those are below, along with what precautions you should take to protect yourself. Dehydration Staying hydrated is important. Not just during the summer months, but all the time. Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated and helps regulate body temperature, but it also increases energy levels and helps with muscle performance. Unfortunately, summer is a season where it’s not uncommon for physicians to see patients presenting with symptoms of dehydration – usually due to…

  • Healthy Foods to Eat in the Summer

    When it’s warm out, the last thing anyone wants to do is stand over a hot oven or stove cooking – and the warmer the weather, the more tempting it can be to want to grab something quick and easy, which might not always be the healthiest. For example, getting something from a fast food restaurant, which could be loaded with grease, bad carbohydrates and sugar – all things you want to avoid to ensure optimal health and reduce the risk of potential health problems like weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Before we dive into the topic of food, it’s a good time to remind everyone about the importance…

  • Sleeping Comfortably in the Summer

    For those who suffer from insomnia, you know how hard falling asleep (and staying asleep!) can be. For those of you who don’t suffer from insomnia, getting a good night’s rest can still be difficult – especially on nights as hot as the ones we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver lately. So what do you do if you’re finding it too uncomfortable to get that desperately needed shut-eye? Check out some helpful tips and tricks below. Air Conditioning If you’re looking for a quick cool-down, crank up the A/C. Of course this is the obvious answer, but unfortunately not everyone has (or can afford) an air conditioning unit; while others who…

  • Protecting Your Health in a Heat Wave

    Environment Canada recently issued a Special Weather Statement warning about a heat wave expected to affect various regions of British Columbia, with temperatures forecasted to soar up to a staggering 39 degrees Celsius in certain areas. This prolonged period of extreme heat is anticipated to extend through to next week, posing significant health risks, especially to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions. As the mercury rises, it becomes crucial to adopt preventive measures to safeguard one’s health and well-being. This article aims to provide comprehensive guidelines on how to navigate this scorching weather safely, highlighting essential tips and reminders to ensure you remain…

  • Comprehensive Guide on Injury Prevention

    Injuries affect millions of people worldwide each year. They can occur in various settings – at home, work, during recreational activities, or on the road. While some injuries are unavoidable, many can be prevented through awareness, proper precautions, and lifestyle modifications. This comprehensive guide aims to provide you with the knowledge and strategies necessary to reduce your risk of injury and maintain optimal health and well-being. In this article, we will explore the most common types of injuries, discuss general principles of injury prevention, and delve into specific strategies for avoiding particular injuries. We’ll also examine how injury prevention needs vary across different age groups and consider environmental and lifestyle…

  • Common Causes of Fatigue

    Close to 4 million Canadians suffer from insomnia – a common type of sleep disorder that can make it difficult for one to fall (or stay) asleep at night, in addition to contributing to other symptoms including difficulty focusing, agitation, and daytime fatigue. The good news is, when it is identified, insomnia is something that can usually be easily treated – and sometimes all it takes is making a few small changes to your sleep hygiene habits, such as: • Sticking to a regular sleep schedule each day • Establishing a relaxing routine (reading a book, taking a warm shower/bath) • Going to bed when you feel tired, not forcing…

  • Nuts: Nutritional Powerhouses for Health

    Nuts are considered to be nutritional powerhouses, as they are packed with heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and proteins (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and more.) They will also help you feel full and suppress the appetite, which will prevent you from overeating. However, some nuts are also high in calories, so while they’re certainly a better snack to indulge in than that chocolate bar or bag of potato chips, they should still be consumed in moderation. When it comes to nuts, some are healthier than others – with almonds, cashews and pistachios being some of the healthiest, especially if you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight. The lowest-calorie nut is…