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 and discovering how to work with it to ease issues, especially when chronic health conditions are at play. As a homeopathic doctor, I team up with natural bodily functions 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 mechanisms 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-CellsThese cells are the drivers and coordinators of immune defense. They activate B-Cells and Killer T-Cells.Killer T-CellsThese cells specialize in attacking and killing cells infected by viruses and possibly bacteria.B-CellsThese 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 virusesFever FightersA 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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Creating a Personalized Supplement Program

March 21, 2017 | Uncategorized

Why take vitamins to supplement our diets? Isn’t it enough just to eat properly? We’d like to think so, but the unpleasant truth is that the nutritional value of our food supply has been seriously compromised. Reasons for this include:Use of pesticides, herbicides and GMO’sInferior diets fed to livestockFood processingNon-sustainable farming practices which over time depletes soil nutrientsCreating a well-rounded supplement program has become imperative to maintaining optimal health.  A high quality, broad spectrum multi-vitamin can go a long way in replacing vital nutrients which likely are not being obtained from your diet.Due to our current toxic load, it’s also a great idea to take an antioxidant.  Some of these can be obtained in a multi-vitamin such as vitamins C & E but there are many other types. For maximum effect, find a supplement which provides a combination of things. PhytoMulti, contains a broad spectrum of plant based antioxidants such as … Continued

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Stress Relief and Better Sleep – 6 Tips

February 22, 2017 | Stress Relief

The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. Many times this chronic stress leads to insomnia. Here are some tips to help you manage your stress and enjoy a better nights sleep. 1) No TV or other electronics for 1 hour before bed- instead read positive books 2) Make sure bedroom is dark to help your body make melatonin (sleep hormone). Don’t use bright clocks. 3) Lay on your right side- this makes the left nostril more dominant for breathing and supports your calming nervous system. If you are cold first lay on your left side as that supports more right-side nostril breathing and brings heat to the body. 4) Extended exhale breathing-focus on making your exhales longer than your inhales. This supports our parasympathetic nervous system (calming). 5) Body scan-Bring your awareness to your … Continued

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