By Dr. Quinn Rivet, ND
What if there was something that was free, you could carry with you 24 hours a day, you can turn on anytime, uses little electricity, doesn’t come in a bottle, it’s good for your brain by increasing circulation to the hippocampus, stimulates the reward centers of the brain, decreases aches, pains and inflammatory markers in the blood, can help your will-power, is able to decrease depression and helps give an optimistic outlook on life, and did I mention it was free? Would you be interested? Continue reading
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Summer is just around the corner and with it comes weddings, bbqs, beaches and patios.
We want to help you have fun in the sun and sparkle at all your events. Continue reading
March 2016 Issue
Vitalia Health Care March Promotions:
Test Your Gut Health!
Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Most cases of IBS are due to an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. A simple breath test can diagnose if you have an overgrowth of bacteria, causing your symptoms of gas, bloating and diarrhea. Our small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) test is available this month at $260 (regular price $400). Call us today for more information! Continue reading
January 2016 Issue
Does your New Years Resolution include weight loss?
Vitalia Health Care can help. Our Weight Loss program is designed to kick start your metabolism, help you lose those unwanted pounds and improve your overall health.
Don’t forget to RSVP to our Launch Party on November 21st for Eternal Youth, the Medical Aestheics and Anti-Aging division at Vitalia!
What you need to know to get ready for summer…naturally!
Summer is just around the corner. We are all looking forward to the sunshine and sun-tanning. But it is easy to forget about the harmful effects of the sun. The same rays that tan us also age our skin, including wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. There is also the increased risk of skin cancer. Continue reading
Hormonal Changes and Age
Both men and women experience changes in hormone production starting anywhere from mid-thirties to late forties and beyond. Menopause aka “the change” is well-know and expected for women surrounding the age of 50. However more and more information and research is being done regarding the change in men’s hormone productions, specifically testosterone, and has been named andropause. Androgens are the male-associated hormones testosterone and DHEA primarily. it is important for both men and women to know that you don’t have to suffer! Hormones can be balanced, increased and decreased with diet, lifestyle, supplements and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
For men, testosterone levels can vary throughout life at different ages. Confidence, drive, sexuality, skin appearance, hair line (or hair loss), prostate health and cardiovascular health are all aspects that testosterone influences. When levels of testosterone or it’s derivatives are low, many aspects can be affected. Sometimes test results will show that there is an excess of hormone conversion (eg. to estrogen or DHT). Urinary or salivary male hormone profiles give the complete picture and identifies hormonal deficiencies which can be corrected with diet, lifestyle and supplementation.
For women, peri-menopause signifies the decline of fertility and thus fluctuations in hormone levels. Periods may become irregular, lighter or heavier and can be accompanied by new or worsening of symptoms such as cramping, breast tenderness and mood changes. It is not until 1 year has passed without a period that the term menopause is used. However, during the peri-menopausal phase, women can begin to get hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, depression, weight gain, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, fatigue etc. Considering that this could be a 10-year or more journey, diet and lifestyle should work towards optimal health which will reduce hormonal symptoms. For example, we know that excess hormones such as estrogen are broken-down in the liver and excreted through the bowels. As estrogen levels rise, symptoms such as heavy periods with short cycles and painful cramps can dominate. In order to help the body rid itself of these excess hormones, these dietary and lifestyle tips can help:
- Remove any known allergies or sensitivities from the diet (or consider doing a food sensitivity test). Good gut health will enable excess hormones to be excreted
- Take a good-quality probiotic for the same reason as above. Multi-strained, human micro flora at least 10-15 billion per day is a good place to start
- Exercise for at least 30-45 minutes 3 times per week. Fat cells store extra hormones so often weight loss can lead to a decrease in symptoms. A mixture of cardio and weight in the form of interval training is recommended
- Reduce stress in your life. High cortisol which is our active stress hormone will influence sex hormone production. Cortisol levels have a huge role in the body’s intricate hormone balancing system
- Reduce refined sugar, high carb meals, alcohol. Increase healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds and coconut oil which contribute to hormone synthesis
Supplements and cleanses can improve the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. The best cleanses are food-based, those that reduce the “unhealthy foods” and focus on the highest quality options. A 3-week liver tune-up cleanse coupled with a few potent liver herbs and supplements can make a big difference. Individualized treatments and post-cleanse protocols will help further balance and are developed based on test results and symptoms.
Yours In health,
Dr. Jennifer Luis, BSc, ND
Call us today for more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Luis to talk about your hormones!
Summer is Time for Berries!
With summer fast approaching so will be amazing BC berries. The latest research in most medical sciences have come to the general conclusion that inflammation plays a huge role in most disease processes; including heart, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, brain disorders, skin, lungs, you name it and most likely inflammation plays a role.
Berries contain many great elements that can help decrease inflammation, and as I have written before, the polyphenolics in berries can do some pretty amazing things, like increase neurogenesis or brain growth!
What are polyphenolics anyway? Polyphenolics all have the same basic structure. They differ however when different oxygen or hydrogen molecules are placed on the basic structure at different points. Depending on where the different oxygens or hydrogens are placed, will give the phenolic its name and action in the body.
Phenolics synthesize in plants to help protect them from viruses and fungal infections and they can do the same in humans. They are very strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and can even influence our genetics to help stop the manufacturing of inflammatory chemicals. Phenolics can help strengthen blood vessels, protect the skin from sun damage and protect different organs from inflammation, like the pancreas, kidneys and liver and may help with depression….wow lots of good stuff.
So which berries are the best? Basically any berry that is red, blue or black contain these amazing molecules. How much should you eat? 1-2 servings through the day seems to be good, they are not very well absorbed so more is not better, in fact, eating small amounts throughout the day looks to keep your levels up consistently.
So make sure you have at least 1 serving (1/2 cup) of berries per day to help protect your skin, vessels, organs and brain.
Oh and dark chocolate has phenolics in it too !!
Yours In Health,
Dr. Quinn Rivet, ND
Dr. Rivet is a naturopathic doctor and is currently accepting new patients at Vitalia Health Care.
The Team at Vitalia Health Care