5 secret signs you’re stressed (1/6)

Sleepless nights, panic attacks, irritability. Most of us are familiar with the typical signs of stress - but would you recognize under-the-radar symptoms, too? Watch out for these secretive signs you're stressed

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Itchy skin

A 2012 poll of by the British Association of Dermatologists found that doctors were blaming recent economic stresses for the increase in patients suffering from itchy skin conditions. When our bodies release histamine during stressful situations, our skin often reacts with the appearance of itchy hives. Eczema, psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions can flare when stress runs high, too.

The fix: Dr. Jonathan Kerr, a Belleville, Ontario family physician, discourages itchy skin sufferers from treating this problem on their own. Over-the-counter preparations can be too weak to adequately deal with serious skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. “[These ailments] are treated differently, so consult with your doctor to find the best cream for you,” he says. Less serious irritations such as hives often respond to an antihistamine and cream combination. Your doctor can suggest the best products for you.

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Nutrition: Eat breakfast with your bones in mind

November (yes, it’s just around the corner) is slated as osteoporosis month, and Osteoporosis Canada has been spreading the word about easy ways to incorporate more calcium into the diet. Last week, the not-for-profit organization had a "Breakfast for Your Bones" press event’featuring celebrity chef Christian Pritchard’highlighting breakfast foods to help load you up on […]

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Oil-free Agave Mustard

Use this mustard as a sauce to dress salads or marinate meats’or tofu. This condiment packs plenty of flavour and virtually no fat