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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!

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/

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.

IBS or SIBO

It is thought that as many as 20% of the Canadians suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms can vary, but include gas, bloating, cramping, constipation and or diarrhea and mucous in stool. There is now evidence that supports that disturbances in the bacteria that populate the intestine play a role in IBS. Patients with SIBO, which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, show the same symptoms as those who suffer from IBS! Diagnosis of SIBO is done through a breath test where the presence of Hydrogen and or Methane gas in the breath is present form these bacteria. If found positive, a treatment plan will be made up to to eliminate the bad bacteria in the gut. This is commonly done with both herbs and or antibiotics.

The doctors at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Come see if your IBS is actually SIBO.