To pee or not to pee?

It’s very common to speak to women who have experienced childbirth and even some who haven’t about this exciting time in their life of ….peeing their pants!  Yup, as fun as that sounds, it happens.  Urine incontinence happens to just about every female you may know!  It is too bad this subject seems to be so misunderstood and so hush hush!

Speak loud and proud girlfriends!  You should not have to suffer through the anxiety of hoping you won’t pee your pants when you cough, sneeze, jump or run!  There is help!

Pelvic floor and inner unit strengthening is a must!  Realizing how the pelvic floor muscles function can save you from this anxiety!  What is your Inner Unit and how should you train it?

Paul Chek is an expert in the fields of corrective exercise and high performance conditioning and is the founder of the C.H.E.K lnstitute in San Diego, California.   He recommends the concept of “The Inner Unit”, which is a term describing the functional synergy between specific abdominal muscle groups.  The Pelvic floor has their role in this!

Creating a stable environment through these Core muscles will help during these uncomfortable times.   Tools like rebounders, skipping, agility drills are ways to improve pelvic floor function BUT you must also address these muscles in a way that you can increase neuromuscular function and start training from the ground up! 

You need to search out a qualified health professional who can help you in this type of training!  Don’t go it alone!  Learn what to do and how to do it and get educated on the importance of Pelvic Core function!

Vitamin D

Here is a great little article from Dr. Shelby Entner.  A member of Lifefit!
Yup, its winter again…Some of us are celebrating the ski season, hockey and being outside in the snow. For most Canadians, winter also means shorter days and dark and foggy conditions. Waking up in the dark and driving home from work in the dark can start to have a real physical and emotional impact on our health. Lack of sunshine means that our bodies stop making vitamin D in the winter months. A low level of vitamin D is correlated with many diseases and treatable conditions.

With the media panic over H1N1, people are looking for other ways to protect themselves from getting sick. The importance of vitamin D levels and the incidence of H1N1 will be studied by Health Canada after the flu season to see the coorelation between suspectibility and low levels of the vitamin. It is been extensively researched that vitamin D can help strengthen the immune system, prevent cancer and even turn off the gene for developing autoimmune conditions like diabetes. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or the winter blues, can also be alleviated by vitamin D. With so much evidence and the implication of how low levels can affect your immune system, it seems obvious to start taking vitamin D!

As with all vitamins, care must be taken when chosing a source and knowing a proper dose. I’m recommending to my patients to take 4000 IU/day for adults and 1000 IU/day or every second day for children (depending on weight). The quality of the vitamin is important since it is fat soluble and needs to be properly manufactured. We carry an excellent version for children (with stevia for sweetness) and adults (with sesame oil) that is simple to dose, just one to four drops a day! Having your blood levels measured is also an important step to evaluate what your needs would be. I was very surprised to see how low I was when I tested two years ago, all those years of sunscreen!

Vitamin D is an easy and inexpensive way to really support your immune system and help to prevent future illnesses. For more info, feel free to contact

Okanagan Natural Medicine
Vernon, BC
Dr. Shelby Entner, N.D.