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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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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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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Relaxation 101: A Blog for Busy People

March 23, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

How busy are you?  Are you too busy to realize how busy you really are?  Take this quick quiz: Do you eat in the car or at your desk? Do you forget to eat or skip meals altogether?Do you take your supplements/medicine with you because you are too busy to take them in the morning?Do you think of your hair and your make-up as a waste of time? Do you bring a change of clothes with you for the variety of different activities you do?Do you online shop because going to the store is too time consuming? Do you start work before going in to work? Do you continue working after going home? Many adults will answer yes to the majority of these questions.  We are often busy with good things: busy at work, busy at home, busy with kids, busy with social lives and family obligations.  Being busy isn’t wrong in itself, but it can … 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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4 Breathing Practices for Deep Sleep

November 16, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

Our breath is intimately connected to our nervous system in a feedback loop.  In yoga, breath control is known as Pranayama. Pranayama comes from two Sanskrit words: “prana”, meaning breath or life force, and “yama” meaning to control. “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.”~Thích Nhất HạnhThree part breathing (also known as abdominal breath or yogic breathing) is a great place to start with pranayama.  Due to stress and computer work, we tend to breathe shallow which supports the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system stimulates “fight, flight, freeze or freak out.”  This may cause more stress or the feeling of “wired but tired.”Three Part Breathing: Inhaling from the bottom up. Deep full slow breath, filling the three parts sequentially. Belly opens forwardRib cage expands in all directionsThe upper chest, shoulders and throat fill. Exhaling smoothly from the top to the bottom:Chest … Continued

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Treating Allergies May Aid Insomnia

October 6, 2016 | Allergies

When most people think of allergies they think of itchy eyes or sinus congestion. But did you know that allergies can also cause your brain to be overstimulated leading to insomnia, anxiety or stress?  Histamines, which are typically responsible for allergy symptoms, are also stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamine circulating but when a foreign substance such as a toxin or insect bite is introduced the body may produce large amounts of histamine.Histamine is an important neurotransmitter but when it increases other neurotransmitters may be affected. With an increase of histamine the body produces epinephrine (adrenaline) to help lower histamine. This extra epinephrine may lead to anxiety or insomnia and over time adrenal fatigue.Classical anti-histamine medicines cause drowsiness as they are blocking the influx of histamines. Long term use of allergy medications also comes with potential side effects such as fatigue. Histamine is not only involved in … Continued

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