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Complementary CAASN Certification:

The Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition (CAASN) has been Academy of Sports Nutrition Canada China Forum 4 caasnactively involved with many health, sports and nutrition-related events. It was an honor to be invited to be among the Canadian delegation during the 2nd Canada-China Forum on Nutrition and Health Care, which was held in Ryerson university in Toronto on October 08, 2016.

The 2nd Canada-China Forum on Nutrition and Health Care at Ryerson university went well, and we were extremely happy that attendees liked the lecture presented by CAASN regarding "Practical Approach To Weight Management". The forum was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and academic findings between Canada and China.

After the Forum, Mrs Ping Li, deputy secretary general of China Health Care, personally invited CAASN to China to offer presentations and workshops about sports nutrition and weight management! This meant a lot to us! This meant that health officials and sports-governing bodies had started noticing our visions, missions and new approach to some global health concerns!



CAASN Sports Nutrition Certification:

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FODMAPs Diet for IBS:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional bowel disorder of the GI system with Irritable bowel syndrome Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasnunknown cause. It is usually characterized by recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort and changes in bowel habits. IBS affects women up to three times more than men.

The symptoms of IBS tend to come and go over time, and they include abdominal pain or discomfort, changes in bowel habits as alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea, bloating, belching, nausea, and heartburn. To be labelled with IBS, recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort should be present for at least 3 days in a month for at least 3 months. Abdominal pain or discomfort usually subsides with defecation.

Potential causative and contributing factors:

1) Disordered GI motility.

2) Increased sensitivity of the GI system.

3) Poor stress-managing mechanisms.

4) Infections.

5) Poor anxiety-controlling systems.

6) Overactive immune system.

7) Imbalances in normal flora (dysbiosis).

8) Dysregulation of serotonin in the GI system.

9) Food allergies.

10) Candida overgrowth.

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Exercise in Cold Weather:

Exercise in cold ambient air produces significant physiologic and psychological Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition Exercise in Cold Weather 1 caasnchallenges. The physiologic strain of exercise in cold weather depends on three factors: a) hydration level, b) body metabolism, and c) body fat. One of the functions of the upper airways is to warm and moisturize the inhaled air before reaching the bronchi.

Cold air does not usually damage the airways. Even in an extreme cold weather, the inhaled air usually warms to 27 - 32°C by the time it reaches the bronchi. When exercising in cold weather, you breathe large volume of cold, dry air. The respiratory passages have to warm and moisturize the air you inhale, which results in considerable loss of water and heat. Water loss from airways usually contributes to overall dehydration, dry mouth, burning sensation in the throat and irritation of the airways.

Cold-induced dry throat usually triggers cough during the recovery period. In people with asthma, the signs and symptoms may exacerbate (cold weather-induced asthma attack). Studies have confirmed that post-exercise coughing in cold weather relates directly to the overall respiratory water loss, not heat loss.

Another interesting fact is that the body shows remarkable flexibility in selecting fuel when exposed to cold. A response to cold is shivering, which serves an important role in maintaining core body temperature.

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Okra May Cause Infertility:

Okra is a green vegetable from mallow family and it is sometimes called “lady`s finger”. infertility 6 Canadian Academy of Sports Nutrition caasnThough it has many health benefits and contains some vitamins and phytonutrients, it may have downside as well. For the health benefits and nutritional value of okra, click here.

A unique substance in okra is “gossypol”. It is a polyphenolic compound that is mostly found in okra seeds. Gossypol is also found in other species of the mallow family, such as cotton and cacao, with cottonseeds containing the highest concentrations.

Gossypol inhibits sperm production and motility by blocking several enzymes that are highly important in energy metabolism in sperm and sperm - producing cells. It does not affect sex hormone levels or libido. Gossypol has been used as a male contraceptive in China for many years.

Few clinical researches were conducted regarding the effectiveness of gossypol in 1986 in China and in the mid 1990s in Brazil. The studies showed that gossypol lowered the number and motility of sperms and made small percentage of men infertile permanently. After publishing the clinical findings of these studies, world health organization (WHO) recommended to put an end to these researches.

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