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What’s Trending – Acupuncture for Menopause

What’s Trending – Acupuncture for Menopause👱🏻‍♀️💉

Recent studies conclude a relatively short course of acupuncture could significantly reduce some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, emotional symptoms, and skin/hair problems. One study revealed at the 6-week mark, 80% of women receiving acupuncture believed the sessions decreased menopause symptoms. Acupuncture can also reduce anxiety, pain, and restore overall hormone balance.

Are You Stressed?

Dealing with stress? 🐶
#Stress is an inevitable part of life and affects everyone differently. Be aware of what triggers stress for you. Once you are able to recognize these triggers, you may be able to avoid some of them, or be better prepared to handle them when they arise. Also be aware of how you manage your stress. There are unhealthy and healthy stress management habits. Find a healthy way that works for you, or reach out to people who can help you create healthier habits. Talking to a Naturopathic Doctor is a great place to start.

Do You Take Biotin?

Health Canada🇨🇦 recently shared that if you have a higher risk for cardiovascular events (such as a heart attack) to be cautious of taking Biotin. Biotin can majorly effect lab results surrounding cardiovascular and thyroid health. The recommended dosage is 300mcg.

Visit the article below from CBC News📝
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/biotin-can-interfere-with-lab-tests-study-says-1.5051992

5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Four Sigmatic

Four Sigmatic specializes in super foods, functional mushrooms, and adaptogenic herbs. This brand makes drinking mushrooms delicious and easy to do with their wide variety of super food beverages! From Mushroom Coffees, to Matchas and Hot Cacao with multi-mushroom blends, Four Sigmatic covers all of your warm beverage needs. Our favorite products include their Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi. This hot chocolate is organic, vegan, paleo, and decaf. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day with its special reishi mushroom blend. An upgrade on guilt-free hot chocolate, this product also supports occasional stress and restful sleeps. Check out their website for more awesome (and tasty) products.

https://us.foursigmatic.com/

What’s Trending – Essential Oils

If your beauty sleep is in need of a serious overhaul, we’ve compiled a list of the best essential oils to catch up on some extra Z’s. Not only do essential oils promote a restful sleep, they can also diminish anxiety, relieve stress, and provide a sense of relaxation. Our favourite way to utilize essential oils is through a diffuser. We’ve included a link to Saje’s diffuser, or a more affordable option from Amazon. 

Saje Diffuser – https://www.saje.com/ca/diffusers/aromaom-AROMCA01.html?cgid=diffusers&dwvar_AROMCA01_color=WHITE#start=2&cgid=diffusers

Amazon Diffuser – https://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Essential-Diffuser-Ultrasonic-Waterless/dp/B07DPC723Z/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1546971945&sr=8-19&keywords=diffuser

We recommend Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Chamomile, and Marjoram. These essential oils can be found at your local health food store, at Saje Natural Wellness, or even online through Amazon.

Lavender is well-known for its calming effects on the body and is safe to use on all-ages. It’s also a great way to freshen up your laundry. Ylang Ylang helps balance male and female energies, supports focus, and restores peace within. Cedarwood supports healthy function of the pineal gland which releases melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone. Chamomile is perfect for restlessness and anxious feelings, and has been used for centuries by mothers to help calm their children. Marjoram is extremely soothing and relaxes nerves. It’s been known as, “the herb of happiness.” Cheers to catching some extra Z’s and sleeping in!

Sourced from: https://thethirty.byrdie.com/best-essential-oils-for-sleep

https://themilitarywifeandmom.com/essential-oils-for-sleep/

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

Thyroid Hormones

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of Thyroid Hormone Testing.

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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/

No Sugar January – Sneaky Sugar Filled Foods

We are nine days in to our No Sugar January Challenge!

Our team has compiled a list of foods you may not realize can be high in sneaky sugars. 🚫🍰

-Fruit flavored yogurt
-Sauces and condiments
-Instant food
-Salad dressing
-Fruit juices
-Digestive biscuits
-“Fat-free” foods
-Granola bars
-Sports drinks
-Frozen yogurt
-Tomato sauce