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Does exercise time matter?

AM or PM? Differences in hormones, biological clocks and sleep-wake cycles between the sexes could all play a role in determining the best time of day to achieve optimum exercise results. Women interested in burning fat and reducing blood pressure should exercise in the morning, but women trying to improve muscle strength, mood and food intake should exercise in the evening. Men are less sensitive to the time of day, but evening exercise is ideal for men looking to improve heart, metabolic, and mental health.

Tips to help you fall asleep

Poor sleep can negatively affect parts of your brain responsible for learning, memory, mood, emotions, and various biological functions. If you struggle to fall asleep, give some of these tips a try:
Avoid naps during the day Try aromatherapy with lavender, rose or peppermint Turn off all electronics at bedtime • Try sleeping on your side Lower the temperature in your room.

Avoiding gluten? 

Many whole foods are naturally gluten-free, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, certain whole grains, dairy products, and oils, fresh meat, fish, and poultry. Beware of wheat, rye, and barley—the major foods that need to be avoided. Watch for it to be in processed foods, such as canned, frozen and boxed items too.

Little pebbles

Offering a thoughtful new way to honour a loved one, Parting Stone transforms ash remains into a collection of small pebbles to be displayed or carried, rather than hidden away. Each stone varies in shape, texture, and size, from the size of a thumbnail to that of your palm.

Rethink the drink 

Estimates suggest that 80% of Canadians consume alcohol, and of those who drink, nearly six million are considered heavy drinkers. The associated health risks are high including the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart and liver disease. Experts suggest void drinking on an empty stomach, drink slowly, have a glass of water between beverages, re-read warning labels medications, and try to limit yourself to 7 drinks per week.

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