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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.

Sourced from: Rd.com

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. 👩🏼🧔🏻🌿

Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

These delicious and simple (dairy and gluten-free!) pancakes are best enjoyed right after cooking. With no added sugar, these pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast option. Serve them with maple syrup, yogurt, or ricotta cheese to add in some protein.

Ingredients:

-2 large eggs

-1 medium banana

Instructions:

Puree eggs and banana in a blender until smooth. Lightly oil a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Using 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, drop 4 mounds of batter into the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry, (2 to 4 minutes.) Using a thin spatula, gently flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the bottom, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a plate. Lightly oil the skillet again and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with your choice of toppings; we recommend vanilla Greek yogurt and raspberries!

Sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/268783/two-ingredient-banana-pancakes/

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

Growing Family

Do you have a growing family on the brain? Interested in preparing your body for pregnancy? Or have you been trying to become pregnant without success? We are here to support you in this process. 👶🏼

Call our clinic at (604) 514-8555 to book an initial appointment.

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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Check out our YouTube video covering the Causes of Fatigue 😴

Subscribe to our channel for weekly videos covering a range of topics, including Q+A with The Doctors! Our channel will feature the conditions we treat, symptoms, how to treat the condition, and ways to live proactively to prevent future conditions. Our doctors are excited to share their knowledge and educate current and future patients on their journey with health and wellness.

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!

Benefits of Nature Walks

A busy life can benefit greatly from the sweet outdoors and spending time in nature. Our nervous systems can easily become over-saturated by the bombardment of sights, sounds, smells, and the speed of modern life (especially a life lived in the city.) Our jobs and lives may have become juggling acts, with demands of our time and having the ability to multitask. The peace and tranquility provided by nature can give us a break from this stress. Below we’ve included our favorite benefits reaped from nature walks!

  1. The chance to go somewhere quiet, like the woods or a walk along the river, provides us the reprieve from the noises that daily tax our sensitive nerves.
  2. When we spend time alone we are rewarded with the peace of only our own thoughts for company. Solitude is not selfish, it’s a basic necessity, as much as food and water. It’s something we can restore our energy levels with, such as going for a stroll along a wooded path or park area.
  3. Natural elements such as plants, trees, water, and sunlight have been said to absorb negative energy. Perhaps we feel calmer around them simply because they are part of the living world, therefore we feel connected to them, and yet they do not make any demands on us except to appreciate them. Take a walk in a quiet forest or on a country path, notice the beauty all around you and feel stress and tension evaporate.
  4. Nature walks can boost your immune system. The cell activity related to the health effects of a forest will help boost your immunity. Research shows that the natural environment benefits the function of a human being’s immune system and thus, healthier, longer lives.
  5. Nature has positive effects on mental health as well, therefore boosting longevity and overall health. The improved air quality, encouragement of physical activity, and recovery from attention, stress, and fatigue all add up to a much better quality of life.
  6. Walking provides a significant benefit because it helps to relieve stress. Brisk walks boost endorphins, the feel-good hormone that improves your mood, and can lower stress along with mild depression. Walking can also give you more energy which will help improve positive feelings.
  7. According to recent studies, walking through nature can put the brain into an actual meditative state, allowing you to pay attention to the world around you, while creating the calmness needed for reflection. It’s within this calm, quiet, reflective state that our creativity flourishes.

Both sensitivity and creativity blossom best when we give ourselves the time to walk around in the natural world, breathe in its refreshing air, and appreciate each moment as it passes by.

 

Sourced by: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sense-and-sensitivity/201404/5-ways-walking-in-nature-benefits-sensitive-people

http://www.whollyhealthyblog.com/fitness/exercises/hiking-health-5-benefits-taking-nature-walk/

Ways To Get A More Restful Sleep!

Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in the quality of your life. Follow these sleep practices on a consistent basis to achieve a more restful sleep!

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This will help regulate your body’s natural alarm clock, and has also been shown to help you fall asleep (and stay asleep) throughout the night.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing pre-bedtime routine will help allow your body to wind down and welcome in the time for rest. This routine can include staying away from bright lighting and opting for a rock salt lamp or dim lamp instead, turning on a diffuser with lavender-scented essential oil, a warm bath, reading a good book in bed, or a cup of cozy chamomile tea.
  3. If you have trouble falling asleep, avoid naps! Power napping may help you get through the day, but can deter you from falling asleep at nighttime and throw off your natural sleep schedule/internal clock.
  4. Exercise daily for a more restful sleep. Exercising will help you expend any extra energy and allows you to release any built-up negative thoughts in a positive outlet, leaving you in a more relaxed state. If cardio and weight-lifting aren’t your style, try yoga classes. A deep-stretch or flow class would be perfect to get your body relaxed before bed.
  5. Check the temperature and noise in your room. Studies show sleeping in a cool room provides for a better night’s rest. Temperatures between 60 – 67 degrees are optimum for the best sleeping conditions. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep (this includes your partner’s snoring.) Consider ear plugs, humidifiers, fans, or “white noise” machines.
  6. Keep it dark! Block out light with black out curtains and an eye mask.
  7. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and use a comfortable pillow. Make sure your mattress is supportive; mattress life expectancy is about 9 – 10 years. It’s important to invest in a good mattress, since you’ll be using it nightly!

Sources: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips