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How to Prepare Healthy One-Pot Meals

How to Prepare Healthy One-Pot Meals  

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

Most of us love to eat, fewer of us love to cook, and none of us love to stare into a sink full of dirty dishes. One of the best ways to skimp on the mess without skimping on taste is with one-pot meals. They’re easy to prepare, super delicious, and good for you—with no major clean-up to worry about afterwards. Sounds too good to be true? Here’s a great guide to healthy one-pot meals that’ll help change the way you cook and eat, and get you back to loving your kitchen again. Read more

Benefits and Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities

Benefits and Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities

What is affordable, accessible and a form of preventative medicine? If you guessed Nature, you’re correct. Many studies show significant health gains for those in contact with nature. Spending time in nature can: Read more

Staying Healthy While Travelling

Staying Healthy While Travelling

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

If there’s one passion I share with Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s travelling. Packing my bags and venturing into the unknown is always exciting. Whether I’m heading out on a long overseas trip or a quick weekend getaway, nothing gives me a bigger rush than exploring somewhere new.

Sure, travelling is amazing, but it can also be detrimental to your health. If you are one of the lucky few who can jet-set across the globe and never get sick or hurt, count your blessings. For the rest of us, staying healthy during our travels can be challenging. Here are 5 tips to help keep you healthy while on the road.   Read more

How to use a tennis ball for myofascial release

How to Use a Tennis Ball for Myofascial Release

BY: Melanie Trepanier

A tennis ball is the perfect size tool to offer deep self-massage to just about any sore and tight muscle. Learning some of these exercises will mimic acupressure, reflexology and massage combined, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on treatment. What’s more is that they’re available to you anytime with something small enough to fit in a pocket and cheaper than your morning coffee (even the home brew kind!). So head to the dollar store if you don’t already have a tennis ball at home, preferably one that isn’t covered in dog slobber, and set aside 15 minutes a day for some myofascial release.

What’s commonly referred to as a “knot” is really a muscle spasm that can be willed into relaxation with the proper technique. Something that can make the tennis ball massage more effective is to start with a heat treatment before you begin rolling, put a hot water bottle on the area you plan to massage for 5-10 minutes, breathe deeply and intentionally into the areas that are tight and let any stress melt away. Next comes the “fun” part! The idea with any massage is to essential trap the tight muscle between your body and another spot which will apply pressure to trigger the release. The pressure should be enough to illicit a strong sensation but not so strong that you’d be wincing or gritting your teeth, keep it fun yeah?! Below are 6 exercises to target the most common areas of myofascial pain. Read more

9 fun ways to workout with your dog

9 Fun Ways to Workout with Your Dog

Dogs are owner’s best friend and make the best workout buddies. They’re always eager to get outdoors and play with their companion. One of the perks of having a dog, besides the unconditional love and greetings at the door, is that they keep you moving. Three times a day, if not more, you get up, play fetch and take a walk in the park.

However, having the same routine day in and day out can become mundane. With warmer days, this is a great opportunity to shake things up and try a new workout with your dog. There are many activities you can take part in and bring your dog along for the ride. This will allow you and your dog to stay active and strengthen your bond. Read more

Keeping our dogs healthy with SierraSiil

Keeping Our Dogs Healthy

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

What’s better than coming home to a bundle of furry joy, running to the door to cover you in sloppy kisses? Maybe two bundles of furry joy—I have two dogs, so I do believe this to be true. That’s why, when it comes to good health, we should consider more than human well-being.

If you’re like me, you love your dog, and you’d do just about anything under the sun to make sure your waggly-tailed buddy is healthy and happy. But with so much pet health information out there, it can be a real challenge to find the best advice. To guide you in the right direction, here are 5 basic tips to keep your lovable pooch on the path to wellness. Read more

Easing Aches and Stiffness, Naturally!

Easing Aches and Stiffness, Naturally!

Helping ease aches and stiffness is an important and growing subject to millions of North Americans according to Vitamin Retailer Magazine. Writer Hilary Daninhirsch took a deep dive into the myriad of natural joint health product options with input from many industry experts, including Michael Bentley of SierraSil, who was recently named one of Canada’s top 100 health influencers. There is growing opportunity from an industry perspective, and supplements aimed to reduce aches and stiffness and calm inflammation are the fastest growing segment in the specialty supplement category which has more than doubled in the last 5 years. The demand is driven not just by aches and stiffness from an aging populations from those on the better side of 50, but also those with sport or exercise related injury are increasingly looking for natural joint health care products to support their healing and prevent further damage. Read more

Dog Arthritis

3 simple steps to treating your dog’s arthritis, naturally.

By: Melanie Trepanier

Just like humans, dogs can be plagued by painful, swollen joints. They may not be able to tell you they’re sore, but the signs and symptoms are all too common. The joints could be warm to the touch, you may observe their difficulty going up and down stairs, no longer wanting to get in and out of the car, not wanting to go on those once loved and never long enough, long walks etc. The point is you know your dog best and when they start showing signs of ageing, the physical pain is palpable to you as an owner and you would do anything to stop the pain for them. The good news is, it can be done and without the use of harmful NSAIDS. Read more

Behind the Scenes with SierraSil’s Customer Service Associate

Behind the Scenes with SierraSil’s Customer Service Associate

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at SierraSil, Canada’s top selling natural joint health care product*? Curious what customers are really saying about SierraSil on our customer service line?

My name is Justyna and I’ve been with SierraSil for a year and half. I’m the one who greets you when you call, answers any questions you may have and puts through your orders so you don’t have to go through another day with aches and pains. Read more

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 pain that might be stopping you from getting out to exercise. Read more