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New Leaf Members Website

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove sharing the EXCITING NEWS about our exclusive New Leaf Members website! This patient-friendly website features educational webinars, tips and tricks regarding treatment plans, nutritional recipes, promotions, and upcoming events.

Visit the website at: www.newleafmembers.com

Make The Most Out Of Your Naturopathic Visit

Seeing us for the first time? Here are some tips to make the most out of your appointment. 🌱👩🏻‍⚕️

1) Write down your medical history before your appointment.

2) Identify any health concerns including digestive problems, sleep troubles, skin issues, or low energy.

3) Naturopaths will take the proper time to get to know you as an individual. Be ready to answer questions about your physical health, emotions, and well-being. This will typically include how much sleep you get per night, what you eat in a day, and how much caffeine and alcohol you consume.

4) Think about the biggest concern regarding your health and what key symptoms have bothered you over the past year.

Healthy Eating Out Options

Healthy Eating Out Options🌱
With work, children (animal children included), social events, and staying active, life can get quite hectic. We’ve gathered our favourite eating out options that will keep your nutrition on track when you’re in a pinch for something to eat!

1) Chopped Leaf – Chopped Leaf provides delicious salads, wraps, soups, and sandwiches that are filled with high quality, nutritious ingredients so you feel good after you eat! Not only are they a quick meal option, they also offer customers to order and pre-pay online to save even more time. Our favourites are their Sunshine Salad with a salmon filet or their Southwest Salad with chicken. Chopped Leaf is a great choice for vegans and vegetarians as they allow you to completely customize your meals.

2) Freshii – Without compromising on flavour, Freshii offers a Nutritionist-designed menu filled with options to satisfy any dietary requirement including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan! They pride themselves in providing the optimum fuel to get you through a busy day. Our favourite Freshii items include the Metaboost Salad, Market Salad, Oaxaca Bowl, and Superfood Soup.

3) Booster Juice – We all know and love Booster Juice smoothies! Did you know Booster Juice also showcases their balanced, great-tasting meals packed with vitamins and nutrients so customers stay full. This includes energy bowls, chia pudding, grilled paninis, and protein wraps. All of their smoothies are nut-free, low in fat, and blended with 100% pure fruit juice. We love their Berry Cream Sensation Smoothie.

4) Sushi – Call your nearby sushi restaurant and place an order to-go when you’re hungry and on a busy schedule. Sushi is a great source of protein and nutrients. Stay away from the fried stuff, and choose from california rolls, raw sushi (nigiri, maki, sashimi) edamame beans, avocado rolls, or seaweed salad.

5) Local Grocery Store – Local grocery stores are great if you’re crunched for time but need something healthy on-the-go. Most offer pre-made salads filled with fresh vegetables and protein, as well as quick, nutritional snacks. For example, Save On always has ready-to-go chef salads, caeser salads, sausage, cheese, and cracker plates, cut-up veggies and dip, hummus cups, and fresh fruit cups.

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