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FREE Event – Uncovering Anxiety: Natural Approaches To Stress And Worry In Children

We are excited to announce two exciting events coming up at our clinic in May!

2) Uncovering Anxiety: Natural Approaches To Stress And Worry In Children

When: Saturday, May 18 from 2:30-4pm

Where: A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic

Who: Dr. James R. Conway

What: For parents and children who would like to learn about how they can address stress and worry, and delve deeper into some of the underlying factors such as certain health conditions, nutrient deficiencies, digestive concerns, environmental influences, and social impacts. Learn about some practical approaches to help with mood balance and improve feelings of worry, overwhelm, and low motivation. There will be some short activities and time for discussion at the end.

Dr. James R. Conway, ND is one of the naturopathic doctors at A New Leaf and has a family practice that focuses on children’s, men’s, and cardiovascular health. He addresses all health concerns with a thorough approach that blends current medical research with traditional natural medicines. Dr. Conway has a keen interest in helping individuals—including children—who have mood and behavioral concerns, and utilizes a range of assessments and treatments to improve health and well-being. Dr. Conway and his wife live locally in Langley and have two young children.

Scientists Tracking Our Health Trends

What’s Happening – Tracking Health Trends👩🏼‍💻

A new machine learning tool, developed by University of Alberta Computing Scientists, sifts through millions of #Twitter posts to understand health and wellness trends across #Canada. “We use machine learning to determine the location tweets refer to, the dimension of health they are related to, and the emotions expressed in each tweet,” explains U of A Computing Scientist, Osmar Zaiane. By tracking health trends, scientists can get a better understanding of what it’s actually like to live in a particular place, in terms of health and wellness.

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

THE PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE 🌱🌞🌙🌼🍃🌻

1. The Healing Power Of Nature – Naturopathic physicians facilitate the healing process by removing obstacles to cure and identify treatments to enhance healing.

2. Identify And Treat The Cause – Treat the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms of disease.

3. First Do No Harm – A naturopathic treatment plan uses therapies that are gentle, non-invasive, and effective.

4. Doctor As Teacher – The Latino root of doctor is docere, which means “to teach.” The primary role of a naturopathic doctor is educating, empowering, and motivating patients to assume responsibility for their health and adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet.

5. Treat The Whole Person – It is the patient that is in need of treatment, not just the disease state or symptom.

6. Prevention – It’s far easier and cost effective to prevent a disease than to treat a disease. Naturopathic doctors uncover potential susceptibilities of future disease states in their patients and work on preventing them.

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.

Baby Brouwer

We have a Baby Brouwer!

Congratulations to our Dr. Johanna Brouwer, Dan, and big sister, Eden, on the arrival of their newest family member, Rowan.

We are all so happy for you and your new bundle of joy.

He was a water baby weighing 8 lbs 13 oz.

Mom and baby are doing great at home.

Reflux Relief

Oftentimes heartburn is caused by a lack of stomach acid, rather than too much. Antacids may provide temporary relief to an irritated digestive tract, but to correct the underlying cause usually more acid may be needed.

While digesting your meals, the stomach makes an extremely powerful acid known as hydrochloric acid. This acid is produced by healthy stomachs, and is able to turn tough, stringy pieces of meat into soup after digestion. When there is less acid in the stomach, it has to work harder to break down food. This can lead to an upset stomach and reflux.

As we age, if we start to develop indigestion, it’s highly likely that it is due to a weaker stomach, not a stronger one (a stomach making less acid.) The very word “indigestion” implies lack of digestion, not over-digestion. Maybe it’s time to fix our problem with acid. This is something that we see a lot in our practice and usually with some simple changes can get great results!

Mindfulness Tips

Make mindfulness a part of your everyday life with these simple tips & tricks!

  1. Increase your awareness. Engaging your senses can help you become more aware, which will also help you on your path to mindfulness. You can do this by giving yourself a hug, playing with a pet, smelling a flower, or taking a relaxing bath. If your mind and body feel really out of line, then choose to do something bigger such as swimming, going for a nature walk, or even touching something extremely cold to give yourself a jolt back into your body and out of your head.
  2. Make gratitude a part of your daily routine. Turn your Instagram feed into a visual gratitude diary, create a gratitude jar, or make a list of 10 things you are grateful for each morning (or night.) Practicing gratitude keeps you aware of what is making you happy and/or what you’re grateful for in that moment, which supports the idea of being present.
  3. Take 10 minutes to do nothing. Andy Puddicombe, meditation and mindfulness expert, explains the present moment as, “Not being lost in thought, not being distracted, not being overwhelmed by difficult emotions but instead learning how to be in the here and now; how to be mindful, how to be present. I think the present moment is so underrated. It sounds so ordinary and yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it’s anything but ordinary.” Give your brain a 10 minute timeout so you can refresh your mind and keep it working at its best.
  4. Check out the Headspace app, created by Andy Puddicombe. The app allows you to work mindfulness into your everyday life. Watch this short video for more information on Headspace. https://youtu.be/kEpOF7vUymc
  5. Watch the world go by. There’s something pleasant about people-watching; sitting in a cafe, watching people go by, imagining who they are, their hobbies, or what they do for a living. Taking time out of your day to people-watch is an activity rooted in mindfulness. You are taking a step outside of yourself to observe other people in that exact moment in time.
  6. Take control of your thoughts. Mindfulness means appreciating each second and giving yourself entirely to the exact moment you’re currently in. Experience each moment and enjoy it.

Information sourced from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/113549-7-tips-to-practice-mindfulness-reasons-why-you-should

Tips for a Safe Halloween!

With Halloween right around the corner, browse through these tips to ensure a fun (and safe!) Halloween for all.

  • Make or purchase costumes in a light material for better visibility.
  • Place strips of reflective tape on the front and back of costumes.
  • Dress for the weather, add layers if needed.
  • Bring a flashlight and cell phone.
  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for candy, and attach reflective tape as well.
  • Always travel in groups.
  • Use the sidewalk as much as possible.
  • Don’t eat any treats before you get home and can check them out in good lighting.
  • Leave on the outside lights for visitors.
  • Remember that some children have allergies; stickers are a great alternative!

Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix!

Adding pumpkin to just about anything screams “fall is here,” and trail mix is a great way to munch on the good-for-you squash. After you’ve whipped up this treat, divvy it into servings for a perfectly portable snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Sucanat or whole cane sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup unsalted whole almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsalted pecan halves
  • 1 cup roasted salted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp all-natural apple juice
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250°. Mix Sucanat, cinnamon, paprika, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl. Set aside. Place almonds, oats, pecans, pepitas, and walnuts in large bowl. Mix together pumpkin puree and apple juice; pour over nut mixture and toss until nuts are evenly coated. Sprinkle with spice mixture, tossing to coat well. Spread evenly on two baking pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time. Cool completely. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Store in airtight container. Delish!

Recipe via: https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/snacks/healthy/fall-snack-recipes/

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.