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How to manage hypothyroidism during winter
Hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism. But because its symptoms can be subtle at first, you might not notice until they become severe. Winter, however, might just make the diagnostic process easier. That’s because the coldest season can amplify your underactive thyroid symptoms. Here’s how to manage your hypothyroidism during winter. What’s hypothyroidism, and what causes…

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Anxiety disorders: types, symptoms, causes, and treatment
Anxiety can transform a small hill into what seems like a mountain. Learn what anxiety is, what causes it, and how it can be managed.

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12 tips for eating healthy on a budget
With leftover bills piling up from the holidays, talks of a recession, and a noticeable increase in food prices, it can be tough to make healthy food choices at the grocery store. Fresh, healthy foods tend to cost more, yet opting for cheaper, processed foods can take a toll on your health. So why have…

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How to beat the winter blues and improve your mood
If the shorter days and cooler temperatures have you feeling down, you’re not alone. Wintertime can usher in the winter blues and even depression for many. Despite this, winter doesn’t have to mean guaranteed misery. Here’s how to improve your mood, no matter what the temperature is outside. What are the winter blues? The cold…

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How to talk to a doctor online, 24/7 for flu symptoms
It’s coming: the flu. Every year, like clockwork, Canadians start an epic battle with germs. Coughs, runny noses, and sneezing — they’re inevitable. But this year brings additional complications. Doctor shortages are affecting huge swaths of the country, hospitals are under pressure, and ER waiting times have skyrocketed. This has left many Canadians crowding into…

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8 ways to improve employee mental health in the new year
January isn’t exactly the brightest month of the year, and your employees are likely feeling that. With holiday bills piling up, colder, darker days, and summer vacation seeming far away, this time of year can take a toll on their mental health and workplace performance.  And don’t be surprised if, on Monday, January 16, you…

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Food and drink triggers for migraine headaches
Getting a migraine isn’t like getting a regular headache. While throbbing head pain is part of the package, migraines often come with sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, vomiting, and more. If you experience migraines, you know how intense the pain can be, so preventing them from coming on is key. Maple‘s a convenient way…

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8 tips to help manage winter psoriasis
There’s no doubt that the winter months can cause dry skin. But for a skin condition like psoriasis, winter can exacerbate its symptoms. Psoriasis is a long-term, autoimmune skin disorder that causes dry, thickened patches of skin that are often covered in silvery scales. Even though it affects people of all ages, it often appears…

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10 tips for a healthy new year
Every year we make New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves. For many, their New Year’s resolution is to eat healthy and exercise, especially after indulging in all those delicious yet unhealthy foods over the holidays. But sticking to a healthy eating regimen doesn’t always last for long — about 64% of people give up on…

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Can winter cause erectile dysfunction?
Let’s cut to the chase: plenty of Canadian men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) — 40% of Canadian men over 40 to be exact. Despite this, many men are too embarrassed to talk to their healthcare providers about it. But, not getting treatment is never the answer when something is affecting your day-to-day life. A number…

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10 tips to stay active during winter
Snowy weather isn’t exactly conducive to jumping out of bed and getting your sweat on. And frigid temperatures can make it tempting to avoid getting out and active during the winter. But, the risks of a sedentary lifestyle are real. Here’s how to overcome your winter urge to hibernate so you can stay active during…

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