It's Naturopathic Medicine Week!
Each day you have the opportunity to enter a contest to win up to $150 towards your visit with a licensed Naturopathic Doctor! Every day presents a short informative video on a different health theme.
Entering is easy:
1. Watch the video
2. Answer a question
3. Enter the contest
Click here to enter the contest today!
DetailsEvery day, all eligible entrants who have successfully answered the daily quiz question will be entered in a draw. Each day, one entrant will win a $100 voucher for a visit to a naturopathic doctor in BC. There are seven prizes available, one for each day of Naturopathic Medicine Week. Everyone who enters (and didn’t win) is entered for an eighth draw, for a $150 grand prize.
Sugar is sugar is sugar, right? Well there are some subtle differences. And yes all sugar, no matter where it comes from, will spike blood sugar and cause a chain of events inside the body that ends in newly stored fat. However, I have not seen maple syrup as a culprit for the development of fatty liver disease, whereas high fructose corn syrup plays a huge factor in the development of that disease. Maple syrup and honey may actually have some antioxidant potential and honey has been used in various medicinal ways for thousands of years. Processed foods of any kind are really best avoided and here is just one more example of why something that has been processed this much should not be consumed, namely sugar. Obviously any sweeteners should be minimized, but my tip for you today is to pick the ones that require the least amount of processing.
Putting one foot in front of the other means you're moving forward!
Here's to spring and to new beginnings!
The power of natural medicine.
Overprescription of antibiotics has led to many new and dangerous antibiotic-resistant bugs. An example of one of these is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is considered a serious threat by the CDC, accounting for over 11,000 associated deaths each year. In the USA, it imposes an annual burden of $1.4-13.8 billion on society.
The article link below reviews research around tea tree essential oil in fighting these infections. One in vitro study found that “all strains of MRSA and MSSA were eradicated within 1 hour following exposure to a 5% tea tree oil solution”. Amazing!
While this is just one example, there are so many more powerful natural options available to use against bacteria, viruses, fungi, or yeast and I see them working in my practice all the time.
I'm not saying this is the answer to antibiotic-resistance, but naturopathic medicine can certainly be used as a first line therapeutic resource to hopefully decrease the necessity of using antibiotics as regularly.
I'm grateful for people who create this easy to follow declutter calendars! I am working on this one right now!
But what about the mess that our brains get into sometimes? How do we declutter our mental space? While a good place to start is by decluttering our environment, here are 5 tips to clean up the clutter that can sometimes build up in our minds.
1. Make decisions (more on this one below).
2. Write down thoughts on paper, or talk them through with another person.
3. Limit media consumption, as interesting as it all is.
4. Let go of unnecessary or unhelpful thoughts.
5. Take breaks, take a walk in nature, and/or take the amount of time it takes to unwind.
Not everyone struggles with decision making, but if you do, here is a practical way to get you from the start to the end of the process. But before I give you that tool, here are 3 things to remember about making decisions:
1. They do not need to be perfect decisions.
2. You need to be independent in your decision making process.
3. You need to give credit to your intuition and learn to trust it.
Ok, now here is that tool. It's very simple - 3 steps:
-Write down the decisions you are needing to make.
-Pick one that you have been putting off.
-Start a timer for 3 minutes and make the decision.
"Making the decision - any decision - will reduce your anxiety and let you move forward. The best antidote to feeling overwhelmed is forward momentum." - Peter Bregman
#declutter #decisions #mentalspace #minimalism #anxiety#overwhelmed #scatterbrain #busybrain #insomnia #mentalhealth#TuesdayMorningTidbit
For some people, “food becomes this primary source of self-worth and happiness and meaning.”
This is a problem when people are so preoccupied with what they can and can’t eat that they stop normal activities like attending family dinners or going to restaurants with their friends out of fear of eating the wrong thing, said Dr. Blake Woodside, medical director emeritus of Toronto General Hospital’s eating disorder program.
“There are things in life that are supposed to be pleasurable, and one of them is eating and enjoying eating,” he said. “And if you spend all your time worrying about what you’re eating, and anxious about it, and afraid of food, that deprives you of one of life’s important pleasures and reduces your quality of life.”
#cleaneating #healthyfood #eatingdisorder #lifessimplepleasures#balance #tuesdaymorningtidbit
"When I up, down, touch the ground
It puts me in the mood
Up, down, touch the ground
In the mood... for food
I am stout, round and I have found
I improve my appetite
When I exercise
I am short, fat, and proud of that
And so with all my might
I up, down, up-down
To my appetite's delight
While I up, down, touch the ground
I think of things to chew
(Mmm, like honey, milk, and chocolate)
With a hefty-happy appetite
I'm a hefty-happy Pooh"
When it comes to weight loss, 80% must come from diet changes and 20% from exercise.
#appetite #weightloss #exercise #healthylifestyle #weightmanagement
Most people at some point have learned about proper sleep hygiene habits.
The problem is often with the follow through.
For example, we have learned that keeping the lights low and turning off all screens 2 hours before bedtime will help our brain start to pump out enough melatonin to make us sleepy. However, even if we know this, many of us still have the lights on and are either on our computer, phone, or TV before going to bed. So if we’re unwilling to break these habits, what is the solution?
--> Blue light blocking glasses worn for the last 2 hours before bedtime.
A recent study (Shechter A. et al., Am J Psychiatry, 2017;96:196-202) found that the use of these types of glasses not only increased sleep quality, but also quality of life as well.
“For sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together” (Thomas Dekker).
The disclaimer is that sleep disruption has a multitude of causes, and this may or may not be one of the reasons for your type of sleep disruption. Please see your ND for your full individualized treatment plan.
#insomnia #sleep #countingsheep #bluelightblockingglasses#tuesdaymorningtidbit