Back to School, Back to Health!

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Back to School, Back to Health!

studentsIts hard to believe its already time for back to school. The summer was a great one. With the great weather, many Vancouverites enjoyed all that our beautiful city has to offer. Unfortunately, many of us may have tried to fit in too many things to enjoy summer, get work done and look after the kids. I am hearing a common complaint at this time of year. “I had such a great summer, but now I’m tired. I need the energy to tackle the start of Fall and back to school.”

I have some great suggestions that you can start to do now to increase your energy, improve your focus and memory, detoxify from the summer drinks and lose some weight. Keep reading!

If you are feeling tired in the morning, your energy is crashing around 2pm, you are craving carbs, gaining weight around your belly, or not sleeping well, your adrenal hormones may be out of balance from too much stress (or trying to do too much and getting overwhelmed). We offer at great test to check your adrenal hormones (Adrenocortex Stress Test) to see if you are getting burnt out. There are many great herbs that can help balance your adrenal hormones. My favorites include Rhodiola and Ashwaganda. Taken in combination, they can help improve your energy and reduce that belly fat that comes from too much stress. Both products are available at Vitalia Health Care.

To improve your memory, focus and mental alertness take a high quality fish oil supplement. Many of us are deficient in Omega 3 EFA’s, fish oil being the best source to boost brain power. A deficiency in EFA’s will also affect your hormones (think PMS), your skin (dull dry skin) and even cause hair loss.

Did you drink a few too many drinks over the summer? Most of us did 🙂 Fall is a great time to detoxify your body (especially your liver) from all the summer “indulgences”. One of the best detoxifiers I know of is Glutathione. It is known as the Master Antioxidant of our body. Take 1 tsp a day to improve your liver function, increase your immune system, reduce acne, give your skin that healthy glow and reverse sun damage to your skin.

Now, my nutrition tips to jumpstart weight loss. Many of us tend to make poor diet choices during the summer. BBQ’s, parties and travelling make it difficult to follow a healthy eating plan. Follow these simple guidelines to start losing fat pounds and improve your energy! Click here for Dr Alibhai’s healthy eating meal plan

To get a quick energy boost to help you get back on track I suggest coming in to Vitalia Health Care for a vitamin/mineral IV.

Yours in Health,

Dr Tasreen Alibhai, ND

Does the Rain Bring You Pain?

raining

For many cooler temperatures and increased rain makes chronic pain and arthritis worse. This phenomenon has been studied and the research shows that it may have to do with changes in barometric pressure. When it’s warmer and drier the pressure is high. The increased pressure acts like a wrapping on the body, keeping fluids in the tissue. When the pressure drops it’s like the “wrapping” has been loosened, allowing for expansion, or fluid to move out of tissue into joint spaces.

Individuals who have inflammation due to injury, arthritis, food allergies, or other inflammatory conditions will notice an increase in pain as Inflammation increases tissue fluids.

Treating the cause of inflammation is the best way to reduce pain in the colder, rainier months. At Vitalia health clinic we often recommend food allergy testing as a starting place. Food sensitivities will increase inflammation in the body and can be responsible for exacerbating a host of conditions from arthritis to elevated blood pressure.

Another step is to remove foods that are known to be inflammatory such as sugar animal fats and refined grains.
Adding in anti-inflammatory foods and herbs will also be beneficial. Ginger and Turmeric are at the top of the list to reduce inflammation and promote blood flow.

Supplements known to help with pain include Vitamin D and Vitamin C.
And for those that need extra help or have pain due to injury and arthritis, Acupuncture and Prolotherapy are great treatment options.

If you’ve got pain, we have solutions.
Yours in health,
Dr. Natalie Waller, BSc. Kin., ND – successfully treating pain and injuries for over ten years.

 

What are Uterine Fibroids?

uterineUterine fibroids affect approximately 30% of women between the ages of 18-55, most
commonly in women aged 30-50.  Symptoms include long, heavy periods often with painful cramps and a pressure sensation, urine frequency, constipation, bloating, fatigue and infertility.

The most common treatment recommendation up until recent times by medical doctors was surgical removal of the uterus, also known as a hysterectomy.  While surgery is still an option today, other minor surgical procedures are often attempted first.  Naturopathic physicians have a number of non-invasive therapies that target symptoms of fibroids and also some that can shrink or get rid of fibroids.

The main cause of fibroid formation is an imbalance of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone.  Estrogen naturally causes growth of tissue in the body and so when it is in excess amounts relative to progesterone, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts can form.  This is called estrogen dominance and is common in women with or without fibroids.  The main ways that high levels of estrogen accumulate are by a decreased liver clearance  of estrogen and by exposure to estrogen from external sources such as plastics.  Lifestyle measures such as swapping plastic food storage ware for glass or metal and not drinking from plastic water bottles are ways to decrease estrogen accumulation.  Dietary factors such as soy and soy products should also be reduced due to high levels of plant-based estrogens.

Liver detoxification and clearance of estrogen is achieved with the use of specific herbs and supplements.  Dandelion root, curcumin, milk thistle and burdock are all herbs that target the liver and can be taken in extracts, teas or tinctures that are custom blended.  Further treatment of fibroids includes hormone balancing in the form of bio-identical progesterone and is very effective.  Laboratory testing evaluates the specific hormone levels that need adjusting and individual treatment plans often include either oral or cream-based progesterone.

To manage the symptoms of heavy bleeding and abdominal pain of fibroids, acupuncture treatments are used at specific times during the menstrual cycle. Acupuncture addresses the full picture of health including physical and mental/emotional symptoms, especially those associated with PMS and hormone imbalance. As well, a custom-blended herbal tincture to stop heavy bleeding can be prescribed during menstruation when required which the body responds to quite quickly.

There are many different approaches to treating uterine fibroids without surgery including diet, lifestyle, herbs, acupuncture and hormone therapy.  Treatments are always based upon the individual needs of the patient determined by laboratory tests, family and personal history and current symptoms.

Yours In health,

Dr. Jennifer Luis, BSc, ND

Call us today for more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Luis!

Changing of the Seasons

autumnThe days are still warm and the sun is still shining, but nights are cooling down. After the summer season we have had, it is hard to imagine that winter, along with colds and flus, is looming. It is not quite time to pack away your favorite sandals, but it is time to start thinking about boosting your immune system so you are can breeze through cold and flu season.

  • Try and get 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is when we repair and rebuild. If we are not getting enough sleep, stress levels will rise and the ability to fight off infections will be impaired.
  • Limit sugar. This may be a tough one with Halloween around the bend, but sugar is known to increase inflammation and to suppress the immune system.
  • Balance your stress levels. Stress is very suppressive on the immune system, but if you are balancing it with exercise, mediation and/ or Yoga you will be giving yourself a fighting chance.
  • Eat a well balanced diet with lots of whole, real food, and vegetables to supply your body with a high amount of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals to stay strong.
  • Take in Vitamin D and C.
  • Keep your gut healthy with Probiotics. Most of your immune fighting tissue is in your gut, so if it’s not healthy, you will get sick.

Visit us at Vitalia Health Care to get your Naturopathic Immune Boosting shot for the adults or drops for the kids. Once a month is a general recommendation.

In health,

Dr. Natalie Waller, BSc. Kin., ND

Salad-Stuffed Avocado

avocadoStuck on ideas for what to have for lunch?  Try this simple, yet delicious and healthy recipe!

Source: POPSugar Fitness

Ingredients
Juice of one lime
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 pinch cayenne
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup baby tomatoes, sliced
3 radishes, diced
1 avocado, halved and seeded
1 tablespoon cotija cheese or goat cheese
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon scallion, chopped

Directions

  1. Combine lime juice, cayenne, and garlic in a small bowl. Add yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, and radishes to the bowl, and mix well.
  2. Set up your halved avocado on a plate, and scoop out extra flesh if necessary. Spoon your pepper and tomato salad mixture into the center of the avocado. Garnish with crumbled cotija cheese, scallions, and cilantro.

Sincerely,

The Team at Vitalia Health Care