Leigh Matthews

Articles by Leigh Matthews

6 Tips for a Healthy Feast

If you’re looking for inspiration for a healthier feast this year, you’re in the right place! 1. Choose Quality, Not Quantity A healthy family feast need not be devoid of taste and fun; all it takes is switching out a few of the high-calorie, low-nutrient foods for other delicious dishes that are lighter. For example, if more…

Top 5 Fall Foods

The days may be shorter, but farmers are still working hard to provide us with fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up your end of the bargain by checking out your local market and stocking up on these top 5 healthy foods for fall: 1. Leeks Part of the allium family that also includes onions and more…

Best Under the Weather Foods

Best Under the Weather Foods Coughs, colds, and flu are rife at this time of year, thanks to the sharing of germs at school, more time spent in close quarters indoors, and on packed public transit. When we’re sick it can be a real challenge to eat anything at all, but sticking to regular meal more…

5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin While a pumpkin spice latte is unlikely to do your health any favours this fall, fresh pumpkin is glowing with goodness. If you’re yet to be tempted to try the innards of that Jack-o’-lantern, here are 5 health benefits of pumpkin that might change your mind: 1. Source of Antioxidants more…

Kids: How Sleep Affects Eating Habits

Kids: How Sleep Affects Eating Habits According to a new study, kids who don’t get enough sleep have a harder time resisting the temptation to snack. Given that so many kids now have a TV in their bedroom, and/or a smartphone or other device to keep them from going to sleep at a reasonable hour, more…

Back to School: 5 Tips for Staying Healthy

Back to School: 5 Tips for Staying Healthy Most parents know that ‘back to school’ often equates to sneezes and sniffles as kids share more than just their summer adventures.  For many parents, the on-set of the new school year means hoping they can keep their kids (and themselves!) from getting sick. Here are 5 more…

4 Uses for Coconut Oil

Outrageous claims about the benefits of coconut oil abound on the internet, ranging from falsehoods about it being a cure for serious disease, to its ability to resurrect your dead dog (OK, so this was a tongue-in-cheek piece in a literary journal). There’s no doubt, though, that coconut oil does have some great health benefits.

5 Healthy Summer Activities

The summer sun can bring out our indulgent side, leading to weeks spent indulging in such activities as: beers on a breezy patio, ice creams by the ocean, and lounging in the garden with a cocktail or two. While your body may be busy synthesizing vitamin D while you’re lazily drinking up the sun, the temptation to be more sedentary during these months can have an impact on your health and fitness later on.

Exfoliation and Your Skin

The skin’s cells are in constant turnover, but the rate of replacement for dead and dysfunctional cells slows down with age. For someone in their twenties this process takes an average of 20 days. For someone in their mid-forties, the same cell turnover process takes about 40 days. As we age, it takes longer to more…

How to Make Sure You’re Drinking Enough Water

Staying properly hydrated is essential for good health, but keeping on top of hydration can be difficult, especially during the summer months. If you find yourself forgetting to drink enough water while it’s sunny out, take a look at these easy ways to stay hydrated.