Welcome Okanagan Health & Wellness Magazine Fall 2015 Issue

OHW Fall issue of MagazineWelcome to our fall issue. What a magical time of year this is! This excerpt from James Whitcomb Riley’s poem “When the Frost Is on the Punkin” describes it so well:

They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees
And the mumble of the hummin’-birds and buzzin’ of the bees
But the air’s so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.

For many of us, “coolin’ fall” can be a season of reflection, and perhaps more than any other part of the year, one of fresh starts or renewed activity. Whatever your take on the season, you’ll be sure to find, as always, an assortment of informative and educational topics. (On a fun note, this issue of OHW Magazine seems to have an unintended numbers theme, evidenced by “5 Signs You Need a Mental Health Day,” “6 Reasons You Don’t Do Yoga,” “My Top 7 Tips for Healthy Skin,” and “25 Essential Fall Fitness Tips.”)

Our nutrition features are perfect for these shorter, chillier days. Slow-simmered bone broth, packed with the goodness of minerals, collagen, and amino acids, provides so many benefits to our bodies. Likewise, liver is a nutritional powerhouse that helps build strong bones. And before you say you hate liver, check out the chili recipe for a way to sneak a little into your diet—you likely won’t even notice it!

Have you heard of moringa oleifera? Also called “the miracle tree,” this plant has over 90 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and proteins and is considered a complete superfood. Another incredible plant, the Boswellia tree, yields frankincense essential oil, which has remarkable therapeutic qualities and has been used for thousands of years to enhance physical, mental, and emotional states of wellbeing.

If you or any of your loved ones consistently wake up tired, and not simply because it’s still dark, you may want to check out “What You Should Know about Sleep Disorders” which examines one of the most disregarded of health concerns.

Other great reads explore the health benefits of interacting with animals, the practice of mindfulness, the transformational power of yoga, and the importance of understanding the impact of herbal supplements before and during surgery.

As always, we encourage you to review the Contributors page to learn more about the local experts who have generously submitted articles. Please support them when you can, as well as our advertisers. We are grateful to them all, as their involvement with us helps make this magazine possible.

Remember, we love to hear from our readers, so do contact us with your questions or comments.

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