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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)

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.

Cold Busting Soup Recipe

Cold Busting Soup Recipe🍜

With flu season still looming over us, we’re sharing this Cold Busting Soup Recipe. It’s packed with Vitamin C to help reduce symptoms and anti-inflammatory fatty acids. The perfect meal for a sick day.

Ingredients:
-1 cup basmati rice
-2 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil
-4 big handfuls of spinach
-1 cup frozen corn
-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-2 1/2 cups cooked, diced chicken (can used canned)
-5 cups water
-2 chicken bouillon cubes
-1/2 cup coconut milk

Instructions:
1. Cook basmati rice in a rice cooker, salt if desired
2. Sauté spinach on the stove top in garlic-infused olive oil until soft
3. Microwave frozen corn until defrosted
4. Pour regular olive oil in a large pot with cooked, diced chicken
5. Add the rice, spinach, and corn & cook on low
6. Boil water and add chicken bouillon cubes and coconut milk
7. Add the broth to the pot and cook on low for 10 minutes
8. Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies😋
Smoothies are a great way to add in extra nutrients (plus they’re quick and easy!) Our favorite trick is to replace ice with frozen fruit.

✨Berry Smoothie
Makes 5 cups
-1 cup cranberry juice
-1 cup coconut milk
-2 cups frozen berries
-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Green Smoothie
Makes 3-4 cups
-1 cup purple grapes
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 large handful of spinach
-1 cup water
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Tropical Smoothie
Makes about 6 cups
-2 cups canned, unsweetened pineapple chunks
-1 cup coconut milk
-3 cups frozen mango or peaches
-1 frozen banana
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

Chelation Therapy

Since February is Heart Health Month, Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic is explaining Chelation Therapy in relation to heart disease and heavy metals.

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Wear Red Tomorrow!

Wear red tomorrow as a symbol to support Heart Health Month! ❤️

All February we will be sharing Heart Health Facts to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease.

Thyroid Hormones

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of Thyroid Hormone Testing.

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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.

Sourced from: Grove and Grotto

The Stressed Out Student

Are you a stressed out student? Here are some hints to help boost energy, increase memory and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Firstly, start the day off right. This does not mean downing a cup of “Joe” after an all-nighter and expecting your body and brain to work up to snuff.

Start with a breakfast that includes protein. A herbal supplement called Rodiola has fantastic benefits for the stressed out student. It is not a stimulant, but will help your body better cope and help you avoid feeling burnt out. Another bonus – it improves memory.

We also recommend taking a good multi-vitamin and a B-complex. Many of the students that our clinic treats love B12 shots, which will increase their energy by providing the nutrients that their bodies crave during this stressful time.

Find some good study snacks – trail mix, hummus and veggies, popcorn with nutritional yeast. Don’t let yourself get drained in front of the books. Remember, your brain is getting a work out but your body still needs exercise as well. Get some fresh air and go for a run or to the gym. Or take a walk over to A New Leaf and we’ll find some simple solutions to minimize the midterm mayhem! Good luck as this semester wraps up!