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5 Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

5 Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

By: Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine

With the official start of summer just around the corner, many are ditching the gym and heading outdoors to exercise. After all, who wants to be inside surrounded by blank walls and stale air when you can take your workouts outside on a gorgeous day? Now that the warm weather is here, it’s the perfect time to swap the fitness centre for a dose of Mother Nature. Check out these 5 reasons why the great outdoors really is the perfect training ground. Plus, an extra tip on how to get rid of joint aches that might be stopping you from getting out to exercise.  Read more

Exercise Helps Body Detoxify

Exercise Helps Your Body Detoxify

It’s no surprise that regular exercise is one of the top things you can do for your body. The list of benefits is long, from building strong muscles, reducing body fat, and enhancing flexibility to boosting blood circulation, strengthening the heart and lungs, and improving mood—all great reasons to get off that couch and get moving. But what you might not know is that exercise also helps the body to detoxify.

Why detoxify?

You have likely heard people talking about doing a cleanse or detox to help them lose weight or simply get healthier. Read more

Daily Habits for Body Detoxification

5 Daily Habits to Help Detoxify Your Body

Spring has just arrived and even though it might not feel like it weather wise, it still marks the beginning of a fresh new season, warmer days and blooming flowers. Spring is a time of purification, healing and rejuvenation. Over the winter months, we tend to move less, indulge in one to many sweets and resort to staying indoors more than we would like. As we spring forward, many will implement a detox program to cleanse and embrace a new season. Some of these programs include fasting or drinking cold-pressed juices over a period of time.

But are these detox programs necessary?

Detoxification is the process of getting rid of toxins that may build up in the body. You are taking in toxins everyday through eating, drinking, breathing and consuming every day products. To rid of these toxins, your body is working hard every day to eliminate them through the skin, liver, intestine, lungs and kidneys. To maximize your body’s function and efficiency, there are a few daily habits you can implement. Read more

The Inside Out – How Decreasing Inflammation Can Help You Lose Weight and Improve Your Skin

Too much of a good thing. Yup, we’ve all heard that one before. But normally, we attach this ever so common expression to things like chocolate, wine, and yes, even exercise—not inflammation. It makes sense though, doesn’t it? Nobody really wants a second helping of swelling, tenderness, and redness.

All the same, inflammation is a vital part of your body’s natural defense system. This important function helps to fight off invading bacteria and viruses and support the healing of injuries by increasing blood flow and dispatching white blood cells, hormones, and nutrients to the affected area. Read more

Benefits of Eating More Vegetarian Meals

Benefits of Eating More Vegetarian Meals

You don’t have to be a strict vegetarian to experience better health. Believe it or not, cutting back on meat (even just a little) has a ton of great benefits. And if you think skipping the meat isle means you have to skimp on taste, you couldn’t be more wrong. Besides being amazing for your overall health, a plant-based diet, rich in veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds can be really delicious.

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Run, Faith, run! A SierraSilian takes on the Mississauga marathon

Every now and again you meet someone who defies ageing and serves as an inspiration to everyone around them just by the way they live life. Even rarer is getting to work side-by-side every day with a super masters athlete who ups the energy of the office staff half her age.

Meet Faith!

A Vancouver, BC, native, Faith is a member of the CPA’s of Canada and came to SierraSil late in her career to take over as controller in 2013.  If the way she runs our books is any indication of how she trains, you can be sure that no training run goes uncompleted and every target is met. Faith loves her work and is often the first one in the office and the last one out, making sure that not only all of our accounts are in order but that she’s had a chance to check in with everyone in the office and spread her joy around. Read more

Tips for Relieving Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Still feeling the burn after your workout? If you are into fitness, you’re certainly no stranger to the symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS— microscopic tears in muscle from intense or increased activity. For some, sore, achy muscles are a sign of a good workout. But for others, the pain that is associated from overdoing it at the gym can be intense, lasting for several days, and interfering with daily activities.

No matter which end of the spectrum you’re on, pushing yourself too hard and not taking the proper time to recover can wind up putting you on the sidelines. Don’t let DOMS keep you from your exercise regimen. If you’ve got that hit-by-a-truck feeling after a grueling workout, here are our top tips to speed up the healing process and reduce your risk of injury. Read more

Homemade SierraSil Hot Detox Drinks

With an increasing amount of pollutants making their way into our food supply, our environment and more products than we could possibly cut out of our lives – the need to detox is ever more important. Detoxing our bodies can have a positive effect on so many areas of our lives, including increased energy, better skin, increased immune function and help to naturally reduce inflammation. If when you think of a “detox” you think of fasting for days or buying expensive kits, we’d like to entice you with a different option, one made at home with ingredients you probably already have, and the addition of SierraSil.  Here are 4 recipes that will give you a gentle daily detox for a healthier you.

Drink #1 – The Canadian detox

  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • ½ Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 cup Warm water
  • 1 scoop (2gr.) SierraSil

Organic maple syrup is rich in antioxidants and full of vital minerals, plus it makes us feel patriotic. Lemon contains ascorbic acid, which helps to detoxify the body; it also aids digestion, keeps your skin glowing and provides vitamin C, which stimulates white blood cell production and boosts immune system function. Read more