TLC for a Healthy, Happy Gut

November 27, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

The digestive system is the power center of the body. There are more organs in this system than any other system. It keeps things moving in the right direction. Regular bowel movements are the cornerstone of good health as can ensure proper detoxification and absorption of nutrients. Anything interfering with these processes interferes with energy, sleep, mood, immune function and more. Therefore chronic constipation may lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, yeast overgrowth (candida), migraines and allergies. As a naturopathic doctor, chronic constipation is a common issue that I help address. After each meal, you should produce a bowel movement. Although it is very common, finding the underlying cause can be complex and differ from person to person.  Blanket treatments such as laxatives often do not address the true issue and long term use can come with side effects. The body is very complex and the root issue must be found for overall health.   Constipation is usually a symptom of other issues caused … Continued

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Homeopathy for Your Family During Cold & Flu Season

October 22, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

 Everyday in my practice, I help adults and children to address chronic conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances.  A major part of addressing health concerns is dealing with the little flus and viruses that come and go.As a Naturopathic doctor who practices homeopathy, I team up with natural bodily functions in order to help the body’s innate ability to heal itself, which is the cornerstone belief of homeopathy.  According to homeopathic medicine, symptoms can be alleviated by small doses of substances which produce similar symptoms in healthy people.  What is Homeopathy?The word homeopathy is a Greek term that means means “like disease.”  Homeopathy can be traced back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates.  It was the German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who tested and refined homeopathic practices and remedies.  Homeopathic medicine is founded on two major principles: that “like cures like” and “law of minimum does.”Like … Continued

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NAET for Children’s Top 7 Icks & Aches

October 11, 2018 | NAET

Kids are always running.  Running in the kitchen, to the car, on the playground, into your arms.  One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching your child play and laugh.  But while they are running from one place to the other, it seems there is a seemingly constant battle with runny noses, tummy aches, and sleep problems.  A box of tissues in every room is a crucial staple to your home’s decor. Many over-the-counter medications offered to children come with undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, and they only provide short bursts of relief.  Especially for children with severe allergies, drowsiness effects their school, social, and play time.  There’s no time to be sick when there is fun to be had!  As a Naturopathic doctor, I use homeopathic and natural remedies to help children through icky symptoms and to build strong immune systems.  One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  NAET … Continued

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Micronutrient Support for Overworked Adrenals

August 24, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Supporting every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional body is always important.  It’s especially important to be intentional with supporting your adrenal function when going through difficult times. Emotional and mental stress can become so burdensome that your body takes over the responsibility of coping in an effort to give your tired mind and heart a break.  This is something to be thankful for.  Overtime, however, this can result in overworked adrenals, as well as other physical issues.Without proper balance between cortisol (aka the stress hormone) and DHEA (the hormone that balances cortisol), cortisol becomes a burden on the body. If left untreated, this can result in adrenal fatigue.  Supporting the adrenals with targeted nutrition and supplementation can make a big difference in coping with unavoidable stresses.  Here are some micronutrients that can relieve overworked adrenals:Vitamin C: Vitamin C depletion is very common in adrenal fatigue.  It supports adrenals and … Continued

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Are Allergies Causing You Anxiety?

June 1, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Is your sleep disturbed?  Are you tossing and turning, or maybe having a hard time falling and staying asleep?  Are you feeling more stressed out than normal? Do you feel depressed but don’t know why? There are many factors that cause insomnia, depression and anxiety, but one of the most overlooked causes is allergies.  While taking an antihistamine can treat runny nose and itchy eyes, long term use can exaggerate sleep disturbances and mood issues. What are histamines? Histamines are stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamine circulating, which helps control energy levels, motivation, and the sleep-wake cycle. Histamine is an important neurotransmitter but when it increases due to a toxin or insect bite, other neurotransmitters such as epinephrine (adrenaline) may be affected.  Epinephrine helps lower large increases of histamine.  While allergies often present as itchy eyes or sinus congestion, anxiety and insomnia are also common symptoms due to the increase … Continued

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Homeopathic Fever Fighters

January 19, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

 The human body is amazing.  I love learning about it, discovering how to work with it to ease issues that come along with especially chronic health conditions.  As a homeopathic doctor, I team up with natural bodily functions in order to increase healthy responses and decrease symptoms associated with illness.A natural survival technique that Homeopathic doctors consider to be one of the most important natural defense mechanism against viruses is a fever.  During a fever, interferon, an antiviral chemical, is released and T-cells and B-cells increase. How Do T-Cells and B-Cells Fight Fevers?Helper T-Cells: These cells are the drivers and the coordinators of the immune defense. They activate B-Cells and Killer T-Cells.Killer T-Cells: Specialize in attacking and killing cells infected by viruses and possibly bacteria.B-cells: Search for substances called antigens that have stimulated the immune response; B-cells divide and produce antibodies that will directly: Destroy antigensNeutralize toxins Incapacitate virusesA fever is a call … Continued

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3 Hydrosols from Veriditas and How to Use Them

December 8, 2017 | Hydrosol

What is a hydrosol? A true aromatic hydrosol contains the active properties of pure plant essences suspended in water from the steam distillation process. Hydrosols provide botanical hydration and toning with healing benefits for face, skin and hair. Veriditas hydrosols include micro filtering and UV filtering for an extended shelf life. Due to their delicate nature, please store in a cool, dry place.How to use: Mist liberally on clean skin before moisturizing in your daily AM/PM skincare routine. Revitalize and mist throughout each day. Excellent as hydrating facial toners, they may also be used as a body and haircare product. Gentle and safe, always. Blend hydrosol with your choice of Virgin Plant Oil, Rose Regenerative Facial Oil, Skin Clarity, or other essential oils for added benefits.FrankincenseFrankincense has a resinous, bright, citrus aroma with lasting earthy undertones. This complex essential oil is a base to middle note and blends well with other … Continued

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Top 10 Most Useful Essential Oils from Veriditas

July 21, 2017 | Essential Oils

Whenever ailments pop up, essential oils can help.  From upset tummy to grogginess, there is an essential oil or blend of oils you can use.  Here are our top 10 essential oils for every day uses.  For your skin: Calm Skin DroppsSoothing relief for dry, itchy, patchy skin while gently bringing skin back to its natural balance. Application: apply to affected area 2-3 times per day. If dry, use olive oil, shea or a healing salve after application. Use daily for 1-3 months to help balance ongoing itching, irritation, flaking or redness. A gentle and effective remedy for children and elderly folks.

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Liposomal Glutathione: Your Body’s Favorite Antioxidant 

July 14, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

Liposomal Glutathione is an antioxidant formula that uses liposomal technology (more on that later) for delivery and absorption of nutrients to cells.  Liposomal Glutathione may benefit those with insufficient amino acid status due to inadequate protein intake, digestive dysfunction, lifestyle factors or conditions affecting proper function of the stomach, pancreas, liver or small intestine. Liposomal Glutathione is taken by mouth and held for 30 seconds before swallowing for most effective absorption.  It is convenient for those who prefer to swallow fewer pills and tastes like lemon and peppermint.GlutathioneGlutathione (GSH) is the single most protective antioxidant produced by the body and is therefore the most important one.  Chronic illness as well as age depletes stores of GSH and inhibits its production.  Glutathione has amazing impacts upon your body such as: Protects cells against oxidative stress (the burden of free radicals caused by dietary and environmental factors that can result in age-related diseases, type … Continued

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Fields of Flowers – a natural remedy for depression, anxiety, and stress relief

May 17, 2017 | Stress Relief

Fields of Flowers is a homeopathic remedy made from 38 different kinds of flowers, including Star of Bethlehem (above), honeysuckle, white chestnut and willow and is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, and a host of other negative emotions.   Homeopathic philosophy is based upon “like cures like.”  If the energy or essence matches the essence of an herb or flower, then they are able to work together to create harmony in mind, body, and spirit. With this in mind, Fields of Flowers was developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s.  It is believed that Dr. Bach suffered from anxiety and Asperger’s and had become discontented with mainstream medical practices.  As someone who understood these emotional suffering, he was able to address it in a different and unique way than other doctors. After observing similarities between people and flowers, which led him to believe that he could treat emotional pain with a … Continued

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