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What’s Trending – Essential Oils

If your beauty sleep is in need of a serious overhaul, we’ve compiled a list of the best essential oils to catch up on some extra Z’s. Not only do essential oils promote a restful sleep, they can also diminish anxiety, relieve stress, and provide a sense of relaxation. Our favourite way to utilize essential oils is through a diffuser. We’ve included a link to Saje’s diffuser, or a more affordable option from Amazon. 

Saje Diffuser – https://www.saje.com/ca/diffusers/aromaom-AROMCA01.html?cgid=diffusers&dwvar_AROMCA01_color=WHITE#start=2&cgid=diffusers

Amazon Diffuser – https://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Essential-Diffuser-Ultrasonic-Waterless/dp/B07DPC723Z/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1546971945&sr=8-19&keywords=diffuser

We recommend Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Chamomile, and Marjoram. These essential oils can be found at your local health food store, at Saje Natural Wellness, or even online through Amazon.

Lavender is well-known for its calming effects on the body and is safe to use on all-ages. It’s also a great way to freshen up your laundry. Ylang Ylang helps balance male and female energies, supports focus, and restores peace within. Cedarwood supports healthy function of the pineal gland which releases melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone. Chamomile is perfect for restlessness and anxious feelings, and has been used for centuries by mothers to help calm their children. Marjoram is extremely soothing and relaxes nerves. It’s been known as, “the herb of happiness.” Cheers to catching some extra Z’s and sleeping in!

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Individualized Nutrition Plans

Did you know Naturopathic Doctors are extensively trained in nutrition?

Diet is a foundational aspect of health so we incorporate it into most of our treatment plans. And don’t worry, we’re not all kale and kombucha. We’ll create an individualized plan just for you! 💪🏼🍏

What’s Trending – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar🍎 has been growing as the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community for great reasons. Many of its benefits are supported with science including aiding in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, killing bacteria, and promoting clear skin. Several studies show that the vinegar provides increased feelings of fullness, resulting in eating fewer calories per day. It also can lead to metabolic changes that support weight loss and curb your sweet tooth! 🍬

ACV lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the efficiency of insulin in breaking down sugar, even during a higher carb meal. The vinegar has powerful antibacterial properties that can kill harmful viruses and even improve facial and body acne. We recommend 1-2 tbsp daily.

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Busy Moms and Dads

Busy Moms and Dads have a lot to juggle! Ensuring you’re energized and feeling your best will help keep things running smoothly. We’ve all heard it before, but you really do have to care for yourself to be able to care for those you love. 👩🏼🧔🏻🌿

PMS Got You Down?

Irregular cycles, PMS, acne, or painful cramps… while these are incredibly common they are not normal. In fact, they are signs of hormonal imbalances. Often, midol or birth control seem like the only solution, but we can do better than that. Let’s get your hormones in check and kiss PMS goodbye! 💋

What’s Trending – Jade Rolling

Jade Rolling has hit the spotlight as a popular skin-care tool by depuffing your face within seconds. The beauty world has found a new love for this Chinese skincare routine that’s been around since the 7th century. Jade rolling is believed to have healing and protective properties. The handheld roller is usually dual-ended with two jade (or rose quartz) stone heads that help boost blood circulation, reduce swelling, and help your skin-care products penetrate deeper into your skin. They’re a quick fix for daily skin struggles such as dark under-eye circles and puffiness from fatigue. We love the Rose Quartz Rollers from local brand, K’Pure Naturals. (There are also some awesome options on Amazon!)

Rose Quartz Roller – https://kpurenaturals.com/products/jade-facial-roller

Sourced from: https://www.instyle.com/beauty/skin/jade-roller-facial-massage-benefits

No Sugar January Challenge

Join our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic for our January No Sugar Challenge. 🚫🍰🍭

Our staff will be avoiding all added sugars (honey and fruit are allowed!) Benefits include increased immune function, decreased inflammation, can help regulate hormones, and less brain fog.

What’s Trending – Kombucha

Kombucha is a mixture of bacteria, sugar, and fermented black or green tea. Kombucha is made by introducing a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) into brewed tea and sugar. This mixture is then left to ferment for anywhere between a week and a month. Fruit, herbs, and spices can be added for additional flavor. The tea dates back 2000 years to ancient China, where it was regularly consumed to remedy inflammatory ailments. Benefits of drinking kombucha include being a rich source of probiotics and antioxidants, can kill bacteria, and aids in better gut health. It is also full of Vitamin-B, which helps with energy and clarity. Local kombucha companies that we recommend trying out include Oddity Kombucha, August Market, O5 Rare Tea + Kombucha Bar, and local grocery stores including Whole Foods and Save On.

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Healthy New Years Resolutions

We’re sharing some of our favourite New Years Resolutions as we head into 2019! 🥂

1. Wear sunscreen every time you go outside. Your skin will thank us later.

2. Maintain (and attend) primary care appointments. We know that life can get busy, but it’s important to put your health first.

3. Set an alcohol and caffeine curfew for yourself. As they can deeply effect your sleep, set a goal to avoid caffeine after 5pm and only have 1 small alcoholic beverage, if any.

4. Find an outlet for your stress that you can rely on when things feel a little “out of control.” This can range from hot yoga, boxing classes, painting, or just having a relaxing bath with no digital distractions.

5. Establish a “before bed” sleep ritual! This will help create a consistent sleep pattern. Some rituals include putting your phone away, creating a dimly lit bedroom, using aromatherapy such as a diffuser with lavender oil, reading a book in bed, or sipping on calming tea.

6. Exercise during the day. Even just 20 minutes of physical activity in the morning will help reset the body’s natural alarm clock, increasing daytime alertness and sleepiness at night.

What are your 2019 Resolutions? 🙏🏼

What’s Trending – Worry Stones

Our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic will be featuring a “What’s Trending” section, covering the latest and greatest trends within the naturopathic and holistic healing community. This week we will touch on Worry Stones.

Worry Stones, also known as Stress Pebbles, are smooth gem stones that are the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation.

These stones are used to soothe stress and anxiety, while being a versatile aid for self-calming and meditation. Worry Stones are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb, and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. Rub the stone when you feel worried or stressed.

Worry stones have the power to help soothe frazzled nerves. They are discreet, inexpensive, and all-natural. People who use worry stones report that they help ease creeping anxiety and other negative feelings. Research has shown that physical activity, even slight touch or movement, interrupts the brain from playing negative thoughts. While it may not solve your problems, it can diminish the intensity of the worry and help you move towards positive solutions.

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