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Kick Sugar Cravings!

Addicted to the sweet stuff? Kick sugar cravings aside with our top 10 tips! 🍬

1. Practice healthy habits such as hot lemon water in the morning to cleanse the liver and remove waste from the intestines. 🍋

2. Don’t make up for over eating at night by not eating in the morning, it will only encourage a late afternoon sweets binge. Keep healthy snacks on you at all times. 🍓

3. Exercise! Our dopamine receptors love sugar, therefore working out encourages dopamine production in the body. This typically leads our body to crave healthier foods after a sweat sesh. 🏋🏼‍♀️

4. Getting enough sleep will keep the hunger hormone (ghrelin) at bay! Sleep in a dark, cool room to boost the sleep hormone, melatonin, for a more restful night. 💤

5. Avoid artificial sweeteners; they create a surge in insulin which leads to stronger sugar cravings. Opt for replacing artificial sweeteners with Stevia, cinnamon, or honey. 🍯

6. Turn to the dark side. Dark chocolate will curb sugar cravings and increase serotonin, as well as give the body a boost of antioxidants and caffeine. 🍫

7. Stick to whole, unprocessed foods and limit simple carbohydrates, which are sugar in disguise. 🍲

8. Try eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir. These foods contribute to good gut bacteria, reducing the chance your sugar cravings are from an imbalance of yeast in the body. 

9. Incorporate acidic foods such as tomato sauce, which reduce blood sugar spikes. 🍅

10. Feel satisfied after meals by combining protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. This balanced combination helps release the PPY hormone, which signals that you are full and halts any cravings. 🥑

What’s Trending – Acupuncture for Menopause

What’s Trending – Acupuncture for Menopause👱🏻‍♀️💉

Recent studies conclude a relatively short course of acupuncture could significantly reduce some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, emotional symptoms, and skin/hair problems. One study revealed at the 6-week mark, 80% of women receiving acupuncture believed the sessions decreased menopause symptoms. Acupuncture can also reduce anxiety, pain, and restore overall hormone balance.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

THE PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE 🌱🌞🌙🌼🍃🌻

1. The Healing Power Of Nature – Naturopathic physicians facilitate the healing process by removing obstacles to cure and identify treatments to enhance healing.

2. Identify And Treat The Cause – Treat the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms of disease.

3. First Do No Harm – A naturopathic treatment plan uses therapies that are gentle, non-invasive, and effective.

4. Doctor As Teacher – The Latino root of doctor is docere, which means “to teach.” The primary role of a naturopathic doctor is educating, empowering, and motivating patients to assume responsibility for their health and adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet.

5. Treat The Whole Person – It is the patient that is in need of treatment, not just the disease state or symptom.

6. Prevention – It’s far easier and cost effective to prevent a disease than to treat a disease. Naturopathic doctors uncover potential susceptibilities of future disease states in their patients and work on preventing them.

Arthritis

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis of the knees.

At our clinic, we provide injections that work wonders for patients with osteoarthritis of the knees. Watch our YouTube video to learn more!

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak

Discover just how soothing this lemon and lavender salt soak is in a nice cozy, warm bath (especially on a chilly November day!)

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak – How To:

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds (or 5 drops lavender essential oil)
  • Zest from ½ lemon (or 5 drops lemon essential oil)

Combine Epsom salts with Himalayan salt, then carefully mix in the lavender flowers and/or essential oil.  

Zest the lemon into the salts (or add lemon essential oil), stir, and then let rest for about 20 minutes so the ingredients can mingle.

Store the salt soak in a sealed container, refrigerated, until ready to use. (Salt soak that contains only essential oils instead of fresh lavender and lemon zest doesn’t need to be refrigerated.) 

To use, add to warm-hot running bath water, and enjoy a relaxing and soothing soak!

Ways To Relax (5 minutes or less!)

Ways To Relax (in 5 minutes or less!)

  1. Sip green tea – Herbal green tea contains a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger.
  2. Meditate – All it takes is five minutes of peace to reap the benefits of meditation. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel your anxiety disappear.
  3. Remember your breathing – Slow, deep breaths can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Rub your feet over a golf ball – Get an impromptu foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball.
  5. Nosh on chocolate – A square of dark chocolate can help calm nerves, regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and stabilize the metabolism. (And it’s delicious.)
  6. Drip cold water on your wrists – When stress hits, head for the sink and drop cold water on your wrists & behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the entire body.
  7. Find the sun – If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits.
  8. Stretch – Take a few minutes to stand up for a quick stretch, which will help relieve muscle tension and relax your body during a busy work day.
  9. Write it down – Putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. Try journalling to get your thoughts out.
  10. Try aromatherapy – Drip some lavender, tea tree, or spearmint oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents help quiet anxiety and stress by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

 

Courtesy of: https://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less