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According to statistics around the world the number of seniors 65 years and older is expected to increase. This groups includes my parents which is why this topic is so important to me.  If you are like me, I want to make sure they are enjoying their later years, and pay attention to how they can maintain healthy and active lives.

Here are some tips for healthy living:

1) Keep them active

Encouraging our parents to stay active provides numerous benefits such as reducing the impact of illness and disease, improving mobility, flexibility and balance. An active lifestyle can also improve their sleep, reduce stress and encourage social interactions with likeminded people.

The social support from staying active can enhance their health status greatly. By joining a walking, dancing or biking group they can increase their social network.  It is beneficial to have friends and not only with people their age. It is important to interact with younger people too.  This has a positive effect by discouraging social isolation. Social isolation has been known to a risk factor for poorer general health.

You can also play a role in being active with your parents. It can be a round of golf, a walk around the block, or even dancing/playing a game like they used do for us when we were kids.

2) Healthy Foods

We all know that with age, the body changes. Appetites may decline and absorption of certain nutrients may also decrease. To adapt to changes in our parents it is important they consume a balance of healthy foods.

Encourage our parents to include in their diets:
- Healthy fats - from nuts, avocados, and fatty fish; for the maintenance of good health.
- Fibre and vitamins - from vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These will support digestion and cardiovascular health
- Protein - from beans, eggs, nuts, seeds, and chicken. Protein is needed for muscle and bone support.
-Water -plenty of water and other non-caffeinated beverages.

3) Support with natural products

Speak with you parents and/or their doctors about the changes in your parents health. Some products can benefit their health concerns related to cardivascular system the brain, the joints and the eyes.

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils are needed for the maintenance of good health, and also help support cardiovascular and brain health. These essential fatty acids have been shown to reduce serum triglycerides, promote healthy mood balance, and may be used in conjunction with conventional therapy, to help reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in adults [1].

Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant needed for the maintenance of good health and helps maintain and/or support cardiovascular health [2].

Calcium supplementation, in combination with sufficient vitamin D intake, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise [3].

Glucosamine helps relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. It also helps protect against the deterioration of cartilage [4].

Lutein and zeaxanthin help reduce the risk of developing cataracts. They also maintain eyesight in conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration [5].

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4) Regular checkups

Have your parents see their health care practitioner or doctor regularly to have check-ups. Early detection of health issues is so important in prevention and treatments of diseases.

5) Keep their minds sharp

Ask our them what they used to enjoy when they were young and (if safe) do it again!  Whether it's going to a concert, travelling, painting, or dancing, enjoy the excitment.  Or else try something new, whether it is learning a new language or improving computer skills, ongoing education is a great way to keep their minds sharp.

We all want our parents to live healthy and vibrant lives!

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[1]Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Fish Oil. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[2] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Coenzyme Q10. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[3] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Vitamin D. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[4] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Glucosamine sulfate. Retrieved August 9, 2016 from
[5] Health Canada. Natural Health Product – Marigold Extract and Isolates (Lutein and Zeaxanthin). Retrieved August 9, 2016 from

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IVO – International Verified Omega-3 is an independent not-for-profit organization whose goal is to increase consumer confidence in omega-3 oils while supporting marine stewardship and the long term sustainability of the fish and marine oil industries. IVO provides a certification program for omega-3s sourced from fish and marine oils that adheres to the highest standards for purity and potency. Visit to learn more about IVO certification.
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All IVO certified Omega-3s come from naturally sourced clean, cold-water ocean fish, and other marine oils. The IVO seal is awarded only to manufacturers that are vertically integrated from catch to bottling. IVO certified products must not just meet U.S. and Canadian government standards for food and pharmaceuticals, IVO Omega-3s must also pass multiple purity tests for environmental toxins including molecular analysis using mass spectrometry. Don’t settle for less than IVO proven purity.




Does my dog need digestive enzymes?

Enzymes are responsible for every metabolic reaction that takes place in your body.  Of course this also applies to your dog.  Our bodies use enzymes to digest and use food.  There are two sources of these enzymes:  enzymes in the food itself and enzymes that our bodies produce.

But what happens to the enzymes when the food is heavily processed?  Unfortunately, the heating and processing often destroys the naturally occurring enzymes in food.   This is one of the many reasons why eating fresh natural foods is a good thing.  If our food lacks enzymes our bodies will try to make more but this process puts more stress on the body to produce these necessary enzymes.

Now think of your typical pet food.  Most pet foods are heavily processed.   Therefore most dogs –even raw fed - can benefit from digestive enzyme supplements.  If your pet is eating processed food, they could be missing important enzymes.   Having the proper amount of digestive enzymes can provide a better immune health, skin, coat, joints and teeth.

Symptoms of Digestive Enzyme Deficiency in Pets include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Foul smelling stool
  • Undigested food in your pet’s stool
  • Bad breath
  • Belching and gas
  • Vomiting undigested food (3-4hours post meal)

What can you do?

If possible transition to more raw foods (species appropriate) diets.  This will help return the natural enzymes to your pet’s diet.  Supplement your pet’s diet with Good Shepherd Can-Addase.

Can-Addase is a high quality digestive supplement for dogs.  Can-Addase contains protease, lipase and amylase enzymes which aid in the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates respectively. In addition to these enzymes, Can-Addase also contains a uniquely formulated quality of pure lactobacilli that are bacteria naturally found in the intestine and that play an important role in nutrition by maintaining the intestinal degree of acidity.

Can-Addase is a product of Canada.  



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