Support For Children’s Stomach Pain (From Anxiety)

Q: What are some ways to support a child with tummy pain due to emotions, stress, and anxiety?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic sharing how the nervous system works and what happens when they’re out of balance in relation to our digestive system.

What’s Trending – Paddle Boarding

What’s Trending – #PaddleBoarding🏄🏼‍♀️

With spring and summer on the way, we’re sharing some of the awesome benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding (#SUP) as it’s growing with popularity. Not only is it fun, it can also enhance your health and well-being in numerous ways!

1. Increases Core Strength💪🏼 – Stand Up Paddle Boarding engages your core muscles and builds abdominal strength and lean muscle tone, while simultaneously strength of the arms, legs, back, and shoulders.

2. Builds Stamina💦 – Paddle Boarding is so enjoyable that you end up working out for hours before you realize you’ve been exerting yourself. Best of all, its low impact and provides a great alternative to injury-prone runners.

3. Vitamin D☀️ – Paddle Boarding gets you outside in the sunshine, letting your body produce Vitamin D which is crucial for calcium production and strong bones.

4. Enhances Joint Stability🏃🏼‍♀️ – Balancing on a SUP board activates the small muscles in the foot and lower leg in a way that mimics physical therapy used to treat certain foot ailments. It utilizes muscles critical for balance and joint support.

5. Reduces Stress😄 – The powerful combination of being out on the water, enjoying nature, and socializing with other paddlers is an amazing stress reducer!

Best Addition To Your Diet?

#WatchWednesday 🤓

Q: What is the best way addition to your diet?
A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing the best additions to diet , focusing on essential fatty acids.

5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

Ways To ReEnergize

Our Top 10 Ways To ReEnergize⚡️

1. Green Tea🍵 – Experience an increase in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with working memory, which we need for problem-solving and focus.

2. Cordyceps🌱 – Also known as “the ginseng of mushrooms”, cordyceps enhance stamina and strengthen the immune system. We recommend Four Sigmatic products.

3. Holy Basil✨ – Studies show Holy Basil alleviates stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems, and inflammation! It’s also a powerful antioxidant.

4. IV Therapy💦 – Our Myer’s Cocktail is a vitamin and mineral rich formula consisting of Magnesium, Calcium, B-Vitamins, and Vitamin C. IV Therapy brings you back to working speed quickly.

5. Vitamin C Drip🍊 – Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and powerful free radical scavenger. We offer a Vitamin C Drip to strengthen the immune system and provide pain relief.

6. Music🎧 – Your favourite tunes can stimulate the body and mind to use energy more efficiently. It also allows us to release stress and tension, and move quickly into a state of flow.

7. Snack Break🍏 – Give your blood sugar a kick. Eating an apple is healthier than a chocolate bar, and will give you a boost of energy.

8. Switch Gears🎨 – Shift from a logical task to a creative one. Switching up activities will use different parts of your brain and let others rest, while still being productive.

9. Vitamin B Shot☀️ – Our Vitamin B12 shot is great for boosting energy, and consists of B12 and Folic Acid.

10. Acupuncture🧘🏻‍♂️ – We offer acupuncture to stimulate healing, reduce anxiety, pain, and hormone balance.


The Benefits of Being Outside on Mental Health

A simple walk in the outdoors can do wonders for our mental health; leaving us calmer, more relaxed, and more focused. Time outside has been studied and proven to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Contact with nature has restorative properties, increases energy, and improves feelings of vitality and focus. It has been proven to reduce symptoms of ADHD, improve creativity, and restore capacity for concentration and attention. It can also improve sleep quality and help reset our circadian rhythm (by waking up to natural sunlight vs artificial light.) Nature can also help with the grief process by improving self-awareness and positively affecting our moods. Get outside and reap all of these amazing benefits! ☀️🌱🐻🌷🌊

Herbal Tinctures

What Are The Benefits Of Herbal Tinctures? 

🌱Fast way to deliver medicine throughout the body
🌱Very concentrated, so requires less amount of medicine to consume
🌱Quick and convenient
🌱One of the only ways to get fresh, herbal medicines
🌱Very potent when dealing with acute manifestation conditions such as pain or anxiety
🌱Easier to digest and breakdown compared to capsules or tablets
🌱Tinctures are long lasting and have a much longer shelf life than fresh or dried herbs

Best Way To Improve Memory?

Q: What is the best way to improve memory?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic sharing her favorite ways to improve memory and overall brain function.

Need A Boost During Exam Season?

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic suggesting her favorite ways to boost energy for students, especially during crunch time.