Hello Blogosphere!

Well, it’s taken over 35 years, but I’ve finally made it to the blogosphere! I feel great and I am very excited about sharing my insights, thoughts, knowledge and experiences with you. I have many goals for the blog: I hope to inspire and motivate you to achieve a healthy lifestyle, to help you obtain a more fulfilling lifestyle, and maybe even be the one that gives you that extra push that can sometimes make the difference in overcoming obstacles and achieving your own personal goals. I will share health tips as it relates to diet, exercise, treatment/prevention of ailments and injuries, my general thoughts on life, and the things that interest me. Other members of my talented team will be chiming in every once in a while on this blog to share their thoughts and expertise around health and wellness. I think you’ll enjoy their insights on the topics they will choose to write about.

When I take a moment to reflect, I am proud of my accomplishments, not just because I am fortunate to help patients with their health on a daily basis, or because I work with some of the top professional athletes in the world, or because, I am surrounded by so many amazing people. Most important to me, is the adversity I overcame to get to where I am today. I dealt with an insurmountable life shattering loss at a very young age. Just over seven years ago, my beautiful wife Brenda lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 28 and full of love and life. That day my world, as I had known it, stopped.

A lot has happened since then and it’s hard to describe in words what I went through. Brenda taught me so much about love and living and showed me so many things that have allowed me today to be at peace with who I am and to be happy once again. Trust me when I say, the obstacles I had to deal with appeared to be insurmountable, but through some very powerful principles, continued perseverance, hope, faith, and belief, and with the love of others, I overcame them. The fortunate thing in life is that you don’t always have to go at it alone. In my case, I am extremely grateful to have found love again in the heart and soul of my fiancee Julie. She has taught me that the sun is always behind the clouds. You just have to believe it’s there and it will eventually break through.

Over time, in addition to the health and wellness tips I will share on this blog, I hope to use my personal experiences to inspire, support and help others help themselves and the people they care about. I do so as a tribute to my late wife. So whether it’s health, wellness, performance or the principles of life that allows you to succeed and make a difference, I hope my blog is something you look forward to reading and sharing with others. Let’s get started!

Are you drinking enough water?

It’s amazing how many of my patients, active or not, are not drinking enough water! The importance of drinking water and staying hydrated can’t be emphasized enough…
It is estimated that your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Your blood, muscles, lungs and brain all contain a lot of water. Water is needed to regulate your body temperature, help nutrients get to your organs, oxygen to your cells, remove waste from your body, protect your joints, help your immune system and improve your digestive system…do I need to say more?
Remember, you lose water through urination, respiration and by sweating.
So the more active you are the more you need to drink!

Dr. G’s Tips:
• Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning – it’s a great way to start the day and get a head start on hydration!
• Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go
• Wait until your glass/bottle is empty before refilling; this can help you monitor your water intake
• Keep a bottle of water on your desk at work (it’s easy to forget to drink! Having a bottle on your desk will remind you to stay hydrated)
• When you drink is also important. If you’re going to practice, a game, or just working out or playing hard, drink water before, during, and after playing.
• If you are waiting till you’re thirsty to drink, you are waiting too long!!
• Where possible, substitute water for all other beverages… if flavour is an issue add lemon or cucumber to your water…hey they do it at spa’s so it must be good!
• Try to avoid drinks with sugar or sweetener as they contain additional calories and can cause other potential health hazards.
• Read the labels, know what you’re drinking, it will help you achieve your goals

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