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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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Heart Health Month February 2019

Heart Health Month is right around the corner! ❤️💗

Each day in February we will be sharing Heart Health Facts to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health, and what we can do to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.

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 Can Yoga Do For Your Body?

Yoga is an awesome tool to keep your body and mind healthy. Physical benefits include increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, maintaining a well-balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health, and protection from injuries. Mental benefits of yoga include managing stress, reaching a more positive outlook on life, providing mental clarity and calmness, body awareness, centers the mind, and sharpens concentration.

Enjoy this 30 minute morning yoga for flexibility when you’re in need of a full body yoga stretch.

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! 💋

Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

Easy, baked, gluten-free chicken strips. This recipe is crispy and delicious on its own, or dipped in a homemade sauce.
Kids (and adults) will absolutely love these healthy chicken strips!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rice flour
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • Splash non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups gluten-free rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Take out 3 shallow, flat-bottomed containers. (Rectangular glass Tupperware works great.)
  3. In the first bowl, add the rice flour.
  4. The eggs and non-dairy milk go in the second bowl. Whisk to combine well.
  5. In the bowl of a food processor, add the cereal and spices. Pulse multiple times until it resembles bread crumbs. Add this mixture to the third bowl.
  6. Take a chicken tender and dip into the rice flour, making sure it’s completely coated. Add the tender to the egg mixture and let any excess drip off into the container. Lastly, dip the tender into the cereal-herb mixture, making sure that is completely coated well with no bare spots at all.
  7. Transfer the covered chicken tender to the baking sheet, and repeat this process with the remaining chicken.
  8. If you have some sort of cooking spray, be sure to spray the top of the tenders. If you do not, don’t worry about it; it will just help them brown a bit more.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on the top rack. Turn the oven to a high broil for 3 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sourced from: https://themovementmenu.com/recipes/crispy-gluten-free-chicken-strips/

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Trim brussels sprouts and remove any yellow outer leaves. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add brussels sprouts, cover, and steam until tender (about 10 minutes.) Drain well. Toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Spread out evenly on baking sheet. Use a mason jar or other heavy object to press brussels sprouts into flat patties. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Cover with Parmesan cheese and broil until cheese starts to brown; about 2 minutes. Yum!

Recipe sourced from: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/268429/smashed-brussels-sprouts/

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.

Sourced from: The Know

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

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