We often hear about the dangers of eating too much sodium, but it’s possible that some of us may not be getting enough.
Salt, or more specifically the sodium component of sodium chloride, is often the target of health warnings about high blood pressure. With all of the messages to “‘lower your intake,” it’s easy to believe that salt falls into the same category as hydrogenated fats, or high fructose corn syrup, which should be eliminated from your diet because they do more harm than good. Remember, however, that sodium is an essential nutrient which is found in every cell of our bodies. It is used for many things, including the maintenance of our body’s water content, the transfer of electrical signals for muscle contractions and nerve signals, and the movement of other nutrients across cells. Salt is also important for the maintenance of proper blood pressure. Continue reading
We all live in the Okanagan for various reasons, but it’s safe to assume that most of us, if not all of us, love that we’re so close to water. Clean, warm, freshwater lakes are ours to enjoy, and hopefully protect, throughout the year. They play a key role in the environment, our culture, even in our economy as they attract people the world over to experience what we’re lucky enough to enjoy every day.
So take a moment to appreciate our lakes. Be good to them and keep them clean, respect them and understand their power, and most of all enjoy them–particularly on a warm summer day when they offer a cool and relaxing haven from the dry Okanagan heat. Continue reading
It’s summer in the Okanagan and at OHW Magazine we are overjoyed at its arrival! Like most locals, we’re looking forward to those warm summer days, balmy summer nights, and all those other wonderful things that are associated with summer in the Valley. Like the vast variety of outdoor activities that are just outside our doors, the loads of fresh produce available from our own gardens or the local farmers markets, the beautiful scenery that ranges from rolling farmland to dry desert beauty, and just an overall feeling of wellbeing.
I hear so often from people who want to improve their fitness but don’t want to join a gym and have myriad ‘reasons’ why they can’t work out at home. Ok so you may think you don’t have the space for it but hey, you’re only one body; you’ll be surprised at how little space you actually need. Here are some answers for those other ‘reasons’; Continue reading