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Some Call it Magic!

Some call it magic while others simply call it water.  However – water is truly magical!

The Healthiest of Habits...

Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is one of the hardest but healthiest habits that we should be continuously working on.

More than 75% of the human body is water…making it truly essential.

Just think of what you need to survive; air, water and food being the top three with water coming in at number two…pretty important right?

Start at a Young Age!

Many people need daily reminders to drink enough water.  Parents of young children are often heard to say, “Not juice or milk right now – have some water.”

Teaching the importance of water at a young age is super important.  Lots of other choices may have more attractive tastes to children, but drinking water as water is a very important lesson to learn.

Here's How it Helps:

Drinking water helps to increase our energy and relieves fatigue.

It is also extremely important to our digestive system.  Our bowels need water to work properly.  Without enough water it’s possible to have digestion problems, constipation and too much gut acid.  This could lead to possible heartburn and the chance of stomach ulcers.

Drinking enough water also helps to reduce joint pain. Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to pain.

Some people are just like little micro-furnaces.  Drinking enough water will help to regulate body temperature – Water that is stored in the middle layers of the skin comes to the skin’s surface as sweat when the body heats up. As it evaporates, it cools the body.

And ...

This magical substance also flushes toxins from the body’s systems which are essential for the kidneys being able to regulate; it flushes out waste product and reduces risks of both Urinary Tract Infections and kidney stones.

Ridding the body of the toxins and staying well hydrated also contributes to healthy, smooth skin.

Water helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body.  This in turn helps us absorb nutrients and assists in with maintaining healthy blood pressure and heart health among others.

Even More Info...

Even our respiration system needs to be properly hydrated.   When we’re dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.

Another reason that water is so important is that when we think we’re hungry – we’re actually dehydrated and our body is asking for replenishing.  So we’re not hungry but thirsty – drinking water instead of snacking especially before a meal makes your stomach feel fuller and you’ll maintain a better weight.

H2O, as water is also known is a main component of saliva which includes small amounts of electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes.   This is essential for breaking down solid food and keeping your mouth healthy.

Last, but not least… drinking water can really help reduce the effects of a hangover as they are partly caused by dehydration.

Meet the Teacher...

Teaching the importance of water is what Alkaline John does best.  He takes the science of water and how it works within our bodies to a molecular level.  After doing extensive research on the alkalinity of various sources of water, he realized that the quality of the water we drink is as important as just drinking it.

Take a moment and find out more – send John an email today…


His research led him to Kangen Water Systems and the rest was history! 

Introducing Kangen

The Kangen system has the ability to change the molecular structure of water to match the job its doing.  If you’re busy cleaning the system can change the level of alkalinity to assist with that.  It can increase alkalinity for better skin care as well as hydration abilities.

There’s so much to learn about water that many of us simply don’t know, and Alkaline John is a great source of information!

Give him a call – learn even more about water – you’ll be glad you did!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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Recognizing a Brand!

With today’s new methods of doing business and the sharp learning curve that many business owners have been facing – promotional products have become even more important in helping consumers with recognizing a brand!

Dating Back
Thousands of Years:

The practice of healthcare or medicine dates back thousands of years to the ancient herbalists.

Legend has it that they would give samples of their remedies out to people in small leather pouches marked with their insignia to bring back followers.

Bold and Subtle Advertising:

In the past 2 decades in particular, the fitness lifestyle has grown enormously.  Once a program marketed to the wealthy, our society as a whole has come to understand the importance of bettering their health.  Much of this has come to pass by advertising both bold and subtle.

Insurance companies and healthcare providers all understand the financial benefits of promoting health and fitness to their clients.

Have You Been Given:

Maybe you’ve been at a healthcare show in the past and still use some of their giveaways!  Often first aid kits or pill dispensers were used.  Now it’s likely to be a face mask or hand sanitizer.

One of the most popular product giveaways for fitness is a pedometer – as a constant reminder of taking steps towards better health.   These promo products are used for a long time.

Whether you’re a small business owner or a large corporation, promotional giveaways or branded clothing make a unique and memorable way for people to recognize your business.

Anyone with a business in the wide array of services offered in health care or well being can choose from a myriad of products!

Think of These for Instance:

Health Care:

Clipboards                      Forehead thermometers

Stylus pens                 Measuring tapes                   Reusable masks                PPE Kits 

      Antibacterial Wipes                     Pens                       Lanyard clips                  Coffee Mugs   


Fitness Centers/Personal Trainers:

Jump ropes                      Exercise bands

Hydration bottles               stress balls                 Measuring tapes                 Reusable masks

Antibacterial Wipes                              Pocket Planners


Antibacterial Wipes                   Sunscreen

Lip Balms                    Moisturizers                        Emery boards                    Pens

Key rings                          Coffee Mugs                       Reusable masks                 Spa kits    

These are just a few of the most used and kept ideas for promotional giveaways.  Let’s not forget about staff clothing and day to day tools that are easy to brand with logos as well.  Everything that is branded is noticed – just remember that!

Call Sara Tito at 26 Plus Promotions for great ideas in Branding Your Business – Large or small!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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Talk Through your Troubles at Sweet Spot Family Counseling

Everyone experiences troubles or difficulties in their lives at one point or another.  Sometimes you’re experiencing a difficulty that can be talked over with a friend or mentor – other times it’s more traumatic and a bit of expert guidance might be well-deserved.

Introducing Samantha Barnes

Samantha Barnes at Sweet Spot Family Counseling suggests that we need to allow ourselves permission to reach out for support.

“Anytime is a good time for therapy; not just during a crisis.  Therapy can provide the emotional support and problem solving skills you need to help you “live your best life.”

There are Often Misconceptions

Samantha realizes that the world has lots of misconceptions around mental health.  Everyone has the perception that therapy is a long-time process.

Often if there’s something in life you’re just stuck on short-term therapy works very well (3-6 sessions).

Person-Centered Approach...

Sam opened Sweet Spot Family Counseling 3 years ago after working many years in the public sector. She offers family counseling and support for women, children and teens.  She has a “Person-centered” approach where “you are the expert of your own life.”  Samantha recently added a new associate, Arthi Bala who is helping couples reconnect and work through their relationship struggles.

With true talk therapy one of the best things that happen is simple conversation.  Samantha makes that even easier when her best therapist gets involved.

Samantha's Best Therapist!

Charlie the Therapy Dog is a loveable Shitzhu who “wags” his way right into your heart.

It seems that on 1st visits its Sam people come to chat with; after that it’s Charlie – all the way!

As the weather warms up again there will be “walk and talks”, workshops and other outdoor programs.

Sweet Spot offers virtual, phone and in person appointments to meet everyone’s needs.

“My hope is that the women and children that come to see me recognize their own strength and self worth and walk away feeling whole and complete.”

-Samantha Barnes, Registered Psychotherapist

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Come Back to Basics -Natural Essentials

“Come back to the basics” is a mantra you’ll hear from Donna Vaillancourt time and time again.

Taking the Time...

Everyone knows something about eating healthy.  We’re all taught the Canada Food Guide as children; we all see and hear tidbits of information on a constant basis.

However, with time constraints, affordability and ease of pre-packaged food – most of us fail to a degree with food as a good lifestyle choice.

Taking our health back to the basics means feeding mind, body and soul – not just our stomachs!

Just a Few Steps to Take...

There are a few steps that are a bit easier to take with feeding the body.

  1. Shop local farmers when possible.
  2. Purchase foods that aren’t genetically modified.
  3. Try to eat “clean” food – the least amount of “pre-prep” possible.
  4. Buy organic or Non GMO foods whenever possible
  5.  Explore new spices and plant based meals.

Donna Can Help!

Taking these few steps may seem over-whelming at first, but Donna can help you make easy changes that will impact your daily life.

Keeping our body healthy becomes easier once we make healthier subtle changes.

There are so many plant-based alternatives to use now – for both skin care as well as health care.

Even these items should be as simplistic as possible!  We should try to know what exactly we’re applying to and/or ingesting into our bodies – and how many people have handled it!

Meet Donna Vaillancourt of Natural Essentials

Donna has healed past health issues with plant based medicine and her mission is to continue to be an active educator in her community.

Empowering people with knowledge on how to come back to basics is what she is all about.

With her focus on helping people she also creates a wonderful array of products as affordably priced as possible.  These are products she created during her own health journey and still uses daily.

With a wonderful skin care line and salves with extra healing properties Donna has much to teach us.

Natural Essentials

The Natural Essentials lines contain all non-chemical ingredients; organic and natural and includes a cannabis line.

Donna also has a variety of recipes that both she and her clients have used successfully in overcoming some very serious health issues.

Connecting for More Info:

You might join her for an information circle @ Sunnidale Park, once the world re-opens again or at Jeevanaya Wellness Center at one of her presentations – or at another venue in the community.

Follow Donna, Wellness Educator & Cannabis Consultant, at Natural Essentials on Facebook or email Donna at [email protected].

Donna can also accept texts at 705 309 4281.

Such knowledge is a formidable asset to getting back to the basics.

Ask Donna – She’s a Survivor!!

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Dance Your Way to Happiness @High Vibrations

Ever have a day where you just want to climb back into bed, cover your head and shut the world DOWN?

Over the past year it’s been very difficult for people to understand their energy levels and feelings.

Many people have turned to Yoga or Meditation to regain their inner peace, yet it all seems difficult.

Introducing Sam Persaud

 Sam Persaud of High Vibrations offers a multitude of healing practices to assist us.

New to our area, Sam hails from San Jose, California.  It was there that Sam recognized and trained her spiritual self.

Having credentials in Dance, Reiki Healing, Meditation, Law of Attraction and more only allows us to visualize what Sam is able to do.

Speaking with her, you feel who she is.  You feel the joy, the love of life, her spirituality.

Realigning Your Energy!

Now imagine that “back to bed” feeling – yet you force yourself out the door; head to the High Vibrations Studio for a dance class.

Beginning the session the weight of the day sits heavy on your shoulders.

The unimaginable happens!  Music creeps into your mind, and then your body feels it and finally your soul.  You are surrounded by a divine vibrational love – in the music.  You feel lighter.  Your mood changes.  You feel a collective community around you.  Thoughts enter and pass through your mind.  There is a peace felt – a calming within.  You are healing from the “heaviness” of the day!

Many Communities to Enjoy!

Sharing our spirituality within a group can really help to heal our daily struggles and understand them.

Sam’s mission in life is to assist us on a journey of endless possibilities as a spiritual guide and mentor.

High Vibrations offers many communities under one roof to help you begin your own journey.

There is guided meditation to assist with the cleansing of your mind; allowing peace and calm to enter.

Think about Reiki Energy Healing where the strength of Sam’s belief is enough to share her energy with you; allowing healing treatment for mind, body and spirit.

Begin Your Journey...

Maybe joining a Spiritual Mentorship Program would answer some of your questions and free your hesitations.

High Vibrations is certainly a place to begin your experience.

Reach out to Sam, feel her energy, join the community and begin your journey!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

Are you a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint?  Let us know!  We can help get you Uncovered!