The Healthy View
Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.
During the rainy days, you can do housework, read that book you have been meaning to, or follow the trend by making banana bread. Now, with better weather coming this week, we can take advantage by going outside for a walk or bike ride (or hopefully, soon, a round of golf).
Introducing the Theragun 4th Generation
The Theragun 4th generation devices are now here – and are exclusively available at the Sport Medicine Clinic. With a personalized app experience, the Theragun’s renowned deep muscle treatment is tailored to your body's real-time needs like never before.
For pricing and more information, contact the Clinic here.
Medicinal Mushrooms 101
by Dr. Melissa Cugliari, Naturopathic Doctor, Sport Medicine Clinic
Medicinal mushrooms have been a mainstay in Herbal Medical traditions across the world for centuries and are gaining popularity in North America for their incredible therapeutic benefits. More and more research is emerging, revealing the immune boosting, gut balancing, neuroprotective, and overall health promoting qualities of these wonderful remedies. Certain medicinal mushrooms have also been shown to enhance athletic performance, improve focus, and delay cellular aging.
Mushrooms themselves do not fall within the 'plant' or 'animal' families; they are considered Fungi. Medicinal mushrooms are distinct from mushrooms you may commonly cook with. While button, portobello, and other culinary mushrooms have nutritional benefit, medicinal mushrooms are used as medicine. They are extracted in a very specific way for them to have a medicinal effect on human physiology. Mushrooms with some of the most researched medicinal benefit include Reishi, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail, Chaga, Agaricus, and Maitake.
Medicinal mushrooms are also distinct from 'psychedelic mushrooms' -- medicinal mushrooms do not have psychoactive components.
Based on scientific evidence, medicinal mushrooms are considered 'immunomodulators' which means that they interact with the human immune system by up- and down-regulating certain aspects of immune function simultaneously. They upregulate the number of immune cells in the body and enhance these cells' ability to identify and fight infection. On the other hand, these mushrooms downregulate inflammation; inflammation, when left unchecked, is the root cause of many chronic diseases.
Another benefit of certain medicinal mushrooms is their ability to protect the body from stress. Reishi and Cordyceps in particular, are excellent at balancing the body's stress response and therefore mitigating the negative effects of chronic stress. They also help to promote better sleep and better energy levels. Lion's Mane is another medicinal mushroom that assists in this way, and is helpful in improving mental clarity.
It is important to note that while medicinal mushrooms are sold in a variety of forms -- powders, teas, tinctures, extracts -- quality varies dramatically. The medicinal component of these mushrooms lies in their Beta Glucan content, which is a family of molecules that are buried deep within the cell walls of these Fungi. In order to extract these medicinal molecules, the Fungi must be processed in very specific ways (namely, hot water and/or alcohol extracted), otherwise benefit will not be achieved. It is always best to speak to a licensed Naturopathic Doctor or Herbalist for best recommendations around brand and dosage to achieve the desired result.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Melissa directly.
Last week we informed you of the upcoming webinar led by Joanne Ukposidolo.
The Stress and Diaphragmatic Breathing webinar will guide you through proper breathing techniques that can help reduce stress in these challenging times.
Join us on Friday, May 22nd at 2:00pm to learn how you can relieve stress through diaphragmatic breathing.
Click here to register.
To Orthotic or Not to Orthotic
by Peter Charbonneau, Pedorthist, Sport Medicine Clinic
Warmer weather means many of us are taking our workouts outside. We want to ensure we are doing so safely – starting with our gear. Peter and other orthotic experts are featured in this article, discussing how a runner chooses the best shoe to wear with or without orthotics. Your running shoe should provide you with support and stability, so you do not have to worry about foot pain during your run or workout.
Contact Peter directly if you have any questions.
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