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  • Fighting Unhealthy Food Cravings

    Fact: When we feel hungry, we eat. Also fact: We eat when we aren’t necessarily hungry but have certain cravings for foods, like salty potato chips or sugary sweets such as chocolate, cakes, and candy; and sometimes these temptations can be hard to resist. However, these food cravings are often an indicator that our bodies are missing something. Below are some of the most common reasons as to why we might experience food cravings, and what you can do to crush them and ultimately replace certain unhealthy foods with ones that are better for you. LACK OF WATER: Also known as dehydration, this can often manifest itself as hunger. Common reasons…

  • Understanding and Nurturing Mental Health

    Mental health, an integral component of our overall well-being, deserves as much attention and care as physical health. Its significance stems not only from the role it plays in our daily functioning but also in our ability to lead fulfilling lives. The Primary Types of Mental Health Focus Mental health encompasses several key areas, each contributing uniquely to our overall psychological well-being. Understanding these can help individuals and healthcare providers alike to foster a holistic approach to mental health care: Emotional Health: This pertains to managing and expressing feelings in a constructive manner. Emotional well-being involves coping with challenges, controlling stress, and remaining resilient in the face of adversity. Psychological…

  • Skin Cancer: Types and Prevention

    In Canada, each year sees the diagnosis of approximately 80,000 cases of skin cancer, a staggering figure that underscores the necessity of public awareness, particularly as we approach the summer months. The heightened exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays during this season significantly increases the risks associated with skin damage and subsequent cancerous conditions. It is crucial, therefore, to understand the different types of skin cancers that one might encounter, which include: Actinic Keratosis Basal Cell Carcinoma Squamous Cell Carcinoma  Malignant Melanoma Each type of skin cancer comes with its own set of causes, affected areas, and warning signs. Actinic Keratosis, primarily caused by chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation, frequently…

  • Primary Immunodeficiencies

    Primary immunodeficiencies, commonly abbreviated as PIs and also known as inborn errors of immunity (IEI), represent a complex array of over 450 recognized chronic conditions that impair the immune system’s ability to function effectively. These disorders are characterized by the absence or malfunctioning of components within the immune system, leading to a heightened susceptibility to infections that are recurrent, persistent, unusual, severe, and often familial in nature. Unlike more common immune system problems that might affect individuals sporadically and with mild symptoms, primary immunodeficiencies present a continuous challenge to those affected, demanding vigilant management and often complex medical treatment. The immune system, a network designed to be the body’s defence…

  • Healthier Alternatives for Late-Night Snacking

    As the clock ticks past midnight and the quiet of the evening settles in, many find themselves rummaging through the kitchen, seeking something to satiate their nocturnal cravings. This moment of weakness often leads to choices laden with excessive calories, unhealthy fats, and sugars that, while providing momentary satisfaction, can disrupt sleep patterns and negatively impact overall health. However, with a bit of planning and creativity, it is possible to transform these late-night forays into opportunities for nourishment and well-being. This article explores why these snacks can lean towards the unhealthy side and offers a variety of healthier alternatives that not only cater to those late-night hunger pangs, but also…

  • World Health Day

    On this day, April 7th, we come together globally to observe World Health Day, an annual recognition spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1950. This day serves not only as a reminder of the critical importance of maintaining and advocating for good health but also as an impetus for individuals, communities, and nations to reflect on health issues worldwide and to mobilize efforts to address them. In the Canadian context, where health is seen both as a personal responsibility and a societal commitment, World Health Day underscores the multifaceted approach needed to maintain and improve health for all. It is an opportune moment to delve into the significance…

  • Prioritizing Women’s Health

    On this International Women’s Day, as the world comes together to celebrate the achievements and progress of women in various spheres of life, it becomes imperative to shine a light on a critical aspect often sidelined in the hustle and bustle of daily commitments—health. The health of women, with its unique complexities and nuances, demands attention, understanding, and prioritization, not just as a matter of personal well-being but as a cornerstone of societal growth and sustainability. Women, inherently multifaceted in their roles as professionals, caretakers, educators, and leaders, find themselves navigating the challenging waters of balancing these responsibilities with their health needs, a task that, though daunting, is crucial for…

  • The Importance of Good Nutrition

    In the realm of maintaining optimal health and well-being, the significance of good nutrition cannot be overstated. It serves as the foundation upon which our bodies build strength, immunity, and overall vitality. This extensive article delves into the multifaceted benefits of good nutrition, outlines how it can profoundly impact our health, and provides examples of foods that epitomize healthy eating. Utilizing insights from nutritional science, we aim to elucidate how dietary choices can influence our physical and mental health, underscoring the importance of informed food selections in our daily lives. Understanding Good Nutrition Good nutrition involves the intake of a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats,…

  • Heart Disease in Women

    Heart disease, often perceived as a health concern predominantly affecting men, has emerged as the paramount killer of women globally, usurping lives with a stealth akin to the most insidious of diseases. In Canada, this condition not only stands as the principal cause of premature mortality among women but also serves as a clarion call to the medical community and society at large, urging a reevaluation of gendered health perspectives and a more inclusive approach to cardiovascular care. The insidious nature of heart disease in women, characterized by its often subtle and disregarded symptoms, belies the urgency and severity of this health crisis. It necessitates a paradigm shift in both…

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During Winter

    As the winter season deepens, Vancouver Coastal Health is intensifying its efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. This colourless, odourless gas poses a significant risk to health, particularly during the colder months (although it can occur at any time if careful steps aren’t taken.) This is why understanding the signs, symptoms, and preventive measures of carbon monoxide poisoning is crucial for ensuring the safety of individuals and families. Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon monoxide is notoriously difficult to detect without having proper equipment due to its lack of colour and odour. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to a wide…