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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.

Sourced from: Grove and Grotto

Q+A with The Doctors

Our team is excited to announce our “Q+A with The Doctors” 👩🏻‍⚕️👨🏼‍⚕️🌱

Each week we will ask which topics you’d like The Doctors to address in our next YouTube video. Start brainstorming your questions for our Naturopathic Physicians! 🧠

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The 5 Great R’s

Great gut health starts with proper digestion. Many people suffer from poor digestion and gut related conditions. When treating the digestive tract, we keep these 5R’s in mind.

REMOVE – Remove all food sensitivities.

REPLACE – In order for your digestion to work you may need to replace your digestive juices. These may include digestive enzymes and stomach acid.

REINTRODUCE – Your digestive tract is filled with friendly intestinal bacteria. Poor intestinal flora can lead to many digestive symptoms as well as yeast infections, canker sores and diarrhea. Good bacteria help to keep yeast and harmful bacteria out of our systems. Anyone who takes antibiotics should be using probiotics to replenish their gut.

REGENERATE – Part of having a finely tuned digestive tract is having healthy cells that line the tract. Demulcent herbs such as marshmallow root and slippery elm can help to soothe an irritated tract. L-glutamine is an important amino acid to nourish the cells in your gut. Whether your gut-related problems have you just a little uncomfortable or doubled over in pain, practicing the four R’s will help you achieve the fifth: RECOVERY! Visit A New Leaf and we’ll help you heal your digestive tract.

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!

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential Oil Benefits

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Because of their calming, antiviral, stimulating, detoxifying, and antibacterial properties, essential oils are gaining popularity as a safe, natural, and cost-effective way to aid in a number of different health concerns.

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including flowers, leaves, barks, roots, resin, and peels. The distillation process separates the oil and water based compounds of a plant through steaming. Essential oils are then produced, which are highly concentrated and give off a strong aroma.

There are many great benefits of essential oils. Here are our top six.

  • Balance Hormones – Clary sage, geranium, and thyme help balance out estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.
  • Boost Immunity and Fight Infections – Many oils have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Some of the best oils for immunity include oregano, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus, frankincense, peppermint, and cinnamon.
  • Support Digestion – Aid digestion by using ginger or peppermint oil. Ginger oil promotes digestive health by easing indigestion and relieving gas. Peppermint oil has been shown to provide rapid relief of IBS symptoms.
  • Boost Energy Levels – Some oils have stimulating effects and can actually increase oxygen levels to your brain, which will leave you feeling refreshed, refocused, and energized. Great essential oils to help boost energy levels include peppermint, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, and rosemary oils.
  • Reduce Anxiety – Lavender, chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, and orange essential oils can reduce stress and anxiety. These oils contain sedative properties and induce a calm, peaceful, and relaxed feeling.
  • Relieve Headaches – Essential oils work as a natural headache reliever because they effectively treat the trigger, addressing the root of the problem instead of masking it like painkillers do. Using oils for headaches can provide pain relief, improve circulation, and reduce stress, which can be major causes of headaches. Try using lavender and peppermint oil.

 

Sourced from: https://draxe.com/essential-oil-uses-benefits/

Ways To Relax (5 minutes or less!)

Ways To Relax (in 5 minutes or less!)

  1. Sip green tea – Herbal green tea contains a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger.
  2. Meditate – All it takes is five minutes of peace to reap the benefits of meditation. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel your anxiety disappear.
  3. Remember your breathing – Slow, deep breaths can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Rub your feet over a golf ball – Get an impromptu foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball.
  5. Nosh on chocolate – A square of dark chocolate can help calm nerves, regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and stabilize the metabolism. (And it’s delicious.)
  6. Drip cold water on your wrists – When stress hits, head for the sink and drop cold water on your wrists & behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the entire body.
  7. Find the sun – If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits.
  8. Stretch – Take a few minutes to stand up for a quick stretch, which will help relieve muscle tension and relax your body during a busy work day.
  9. Write it down – Putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. Try journalling to get your thoughts out.
  10. Try aromatherapy – Drip some lavender, tea tree, or spearmint oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents help quiet anxiety and stress by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

 

Courtesy of: https://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less