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Make The Most Out Of Your Naturopathic Visit

Seeing us for the first time? Here are some tips to make the most out of your appointment. 🌱👩🏻‍⚕️

1) Write down your medical history before your appointment.

2) Identify any health concerns including digestive problems, sleep troubles, skin issues, or low energy.

3) Naturopaths will take the proper time to get to know you as an individual. Be ready to answer questions about your physical health, emotions, and well-being. This will typically include how much sleep you get per night, what you eat in a day, and how much caffeine and alcohol you consume.

4) Think about the biggest concern regarding your health and what key symptoms have bothered you over the past year.

What’s Trending – Mindfulness Apps

As mindfulness continues to grow with popularity, we’re sharing our favourite free apps for your smartphone! 🤓💭
The health benefits from mindfulness include reducing stress, managing anxiety, improving sleep quality, and sharpening concentration.

1. Headspace
2. Calm
3. Buddhify
4. Smiling Mind
5. Insight Timer
6. Aura

FREE Event – Keys To Obtaining A Healthy Weight

We are excited to announce two exciting events coming up at our clinic in May!

1) Keys To Obtaining A Healthy Weight

When: Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8pm

Where: A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic

Who: Dr. James R. Conway

What: An educational event that highlights some of the main factors that contribute to challenges with weight and how a healthy weight can be improved through various food and lifestyle changes. Dr. Conway will examine some of the current health trends and diets—discussing some of the pros and cons of fad diets. A general approach to weight balance will be offered with a focus on nutrition, lifestyle, and physical activity. There will be a sneak peek of A New Leaf’s new TARGET Weight Management Program with 10-minute free mini-consults after the event. Free mini consultations can also be booked on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 by calling A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic reception.

Dr. James R. Conway, ND is one of the naturopathic doctors at A New Leaf and has a family practice that focuses on children’s, men’s, and cardiovascular health. He addresses all health concerns with a thorough approach that blends current medical research with traditional natural medicines. Dr. Conway is interested in helping patients develop a healthy attitude towards food, emotions, and physical activity so that they can obtain a healthier weight. Dr. Conway and his wife live locally in Langley and have two young children.

Scientists Tracking Our Health Trends

What’s Happening – Tracking Health Trends👩🏼‍💻

A new machine learning tool, developed by University of Alberta Computing Scientists, sifts through millions of #Twitter posts to understand health and wellness trends across #Canada. “We use machine learning to determine the location tweets refer to, the dimension of health they are related to, and the emotions expressed in each tweet,” explains U of A Computing Scientist, Osmar Zaiane. By tracking health trends, scientists can get a better understanding of what it’s actually like to live in a particular place, in terms of health and wellness.

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.

Are You Stressed?

Dealing with stress? 🐶
#Stress is an inevitable part of life and affects everyone differently. Be aware of what triggers stress for you. Once you are able to recognize these triggers, you may be able to avoid some of them, or be better prepared to handle them when they arise. Also be aware of how you manage your stress. There are unhealthy and healthy stress management habits. Find a healthy way that works for you, or reach out to people who can help you create healthier habits. Talking to a Naturopathic Doctor is a great place to start.

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.

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)