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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.

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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!

October Don’t Get Sick Challenge

Don’t Get Sick Challenge

Happy October 1st! For the month of October, join us in our Don’t Get Sick Challenge. We will be posting daily tips and reminders to avoid getting sick as we head into the colder weather. Keep healthy with us, as our Naturopathic Clinic staff will be participating as well.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Get moving! Your immune system responds to exercise by producing more of the blood cells that attack bacterial invaders. And the more regularly you exercise, the more long-lasting the changes become. Research shows that people who exercise moderately 5 or 6 days a week catch half as many colds and sore throats as people who don’t.
  • Stay away from sugar! Just 10 teaspoons of sugar, the amount in two 12-ounce cans of pop, impairs the ability of white blood cells to deactivate or kill bacteria. Instead opt for a natural sweetener, such as one made from the stevia plant to boost the immune system.
  • Make room for mushrooms!  Experts explain the rare Reishi mushroom fungus stimulates the production of T-cells, white blood cells involved in protecting the body from infection. It increases levels of substances that strengthen the immune response. It also promotes sleep and reduces stress by suppressing the production of the stimulant hormone, adrenaline.