3 Health Strategies to Improve your Work Productivity

3 Health Strategies to Improve your Work Productivity

It is not about working harder... it is about working smarter. I do not love the emphasis around working 10-16 hour days 5-7 days a week. It affects all areas of health as the weeks turn into months turn into years. As a busy professional you want to be as productive yourself as well as your employees. 

Here are a few statistics from an article by Aleksandar Dimovski(1) :

  • The average employee is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes per day.
  • Engaged employees are more productive, resulting in a 21% increase in profits.
  • 41% of stressed employees state that stress negatively affects productivity.

The numbers are staggering ... no wonder some employers push their employees to work longer days .. they may get a full 4 hours out of them! 

 

There are many reasons why a working professional would not work to their full potential :

  • Too tired (not enough restful sleep)
  • Too high stress that is not...
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Inflammation and Dairy : How it is affecting your Energy

Inflammation and Dairy : How it is affecting your Energy 

 

Inspired by Mind Body Green(1)

Dairy is a food group that many of us a lot in our diet. However, did you know that American dairy causes harmful inflammation to the body, preventing proper nutrition absorption or fat loss from occurring, and for some people causing energy crashes? These are only a few side effects that affects so much of the American population.

 

Why are so many people sensitive? Two reasons. Number 1: It’s because of the sugars in milk, better known as lactose! The sugar in general is inflammatory but many people do not have enough of the enzyme lactase to break down lactose into an absorbable form. After the age of 4 our bodies naturally get rid of lactase as it is an age where the majority of kids have stopped breastfeeding for a while.

Number 2: the processing and pasteurization process creates a safer, yet refined (processed) version, that of which the body can...

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So What’s the Truth Behind Buying “Organic”?

This is an ongoing popular topic. The Question: Should we buy organic, or not? Many people have the assumption that organic is a waste of money or think it’s just too expensive. Then there are the people who will only buy organic fruits and vegetables. So what’s the truth about organic? Let’s dig deeper on the meaning of “organic”.

What does organic mean?

The definition of organic is “relating to or derived from living matter”. In terms of food, organic generally means the farming that avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, any use of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones in livestock, feed additives, and no GMOs (genetically modified organisms). 

However, organic can mean different things depending on the country - the term ORGANIC may not even be regulated. Fortunately, Canada has very strict guidelines and regulations on what can be labelled as “Organic”.

 

Organic farming in Canada...

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How to. Make Healthy Hot Cocoa

There is nothing better than a warm cup of hot cocoa on a winter day – especially leading up to the holidays! While this beverage can be enjoyed while gift shopping, on long wintery walks or just sitting by the fire it also packs a serious calorie and sugar punch. The following are some of the most popular hot chocolate beverages that are consumed this time of year:

 

Tim Horton’s Medium Hot Chocolate: 300 calories with 49 grams sugar (that’s over 12 teaspoons!)

 

Starbucks Grande Peppermint Hot Chocolate: 420 calories with 61 grams sugar (that’s over 15 teaspoons!)

 

McDonalds Deluxe Medium Hot Chocolate: 400 calories with 55 grams sugar (that’s over 13 teaspoons!)

 

Nestle Hot Chocolate Mix with Milk: 325 calories with 21 grams sugar (that’s over 5 teaspoons!)

 

Too much sugar consumption ultimately means too much energy for your body to handle. The excess, unused energy will be stored as fat for “later”....

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