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What Can Yoga Do For Your Body?

Yoga is an awesome tool to keep your body and mind healthy. Physical benefits include increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, maintaining a well-balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health, and protection from injuries. Mental benefits of yoga include managing stress, reaching a more positive outlook on life, providing mental clarity and calmness, body awareness, centers the mind, and sharpens concentration.

Enjoy this 30 minute morning yoga for flexibility when you’re in need of a full body yoga stretch.

Busy Moms and Dads

Busy Moms and Dads have a lot to juggle! Ensuring you’re energized and feeling your best will help keep things running smoothly. We’ve all heard it before, but you really do have to care for yourself to be able to care for those you love. 👩🏼🧔🏻🌿

PMS Got You Down?

Irregular cycles, PMS, acne, or painful cramps… while these are incredibly common they are not normal. In fact, they are signs of hormonal imbalances. Often, midol or birth control seem like the only solution, but we can do better than that. Let’s get your hormones in check and kiss PMS goodbye! 💋

What’s Trending – Jade Rolling

Jade Rolling has hit the spotlight as a popular skin-care tool by depuffing your face within seconds. The beauty world has found a new love for this Chinese skincare routine that’s been around since the 7th century. Jade rolling is believed to have healing and protective properties. The handheld roller is usually dual-ended with two jade (or rose quartz) stone heads that help boost blood circulation, reduce swelling, and help your skin-care products penetrate deeper into your skin. They’re a quick fix for daily skin struggles such as dark under-eye circles and puffiness from fatigue. We love the Rose Quartz Rollers from local brand, K’Pure Naturals. (There are also some awesome options on Amazon!)

Rose Quartz Roller – https://kpurenaturals.com/products/jade-facial-roller

Sourced from: https://www.instyle.com/beauty/skin/jade-roller-facial-massage-benefits

What’s Trending – NutMeg Mylk

Located in Vancouver, BC, this handcrafted Nut Mylk is made from raw, organic, and nutrient-rich ingredients. This dairy-free substitute shares a delicious taste and additional health benefits. NutMeg Mylk carefully sources their high quality ingredients and chooses local whenever possible. This wholesome and healthy option replaces store-bought preservatives and chemicals.

Their menu includes Vanilla Brazil Almond Mylk, Lavender Honey Mylk, Walnut Mylk, Maca Cacao Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Mylk, Original Almond Mylk, Turmeric Golden Almond Mylk, and Blue Majik Mylk. NutMeg Mylk is the perfect treat option while still remaining dairy-free!

https://www.nutmegmylk.com/

Growing Family

Do you have a growing family on the brain? Interested in preparing your body for pregnancy? Or have you been trying to become pregnant without success? We are here to support you in this process. 👶🏼

Call our clinic at (604) 514-8555 to book an initial appointment.

Grain-Free Holiday Gingersnap Cookies

These grain-free Gingersnap Cookies are the perfect holiday treat! With a delicious ginger flavor and delightful “crunch”, they make a great gift or dessert to bring to a holiday party! 🎁

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup tapioca starch
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp ginger spices (ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and allspice – mixed together for 1 tbsp total)
1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter at room temperature
3/4 cup coconut sugar (or maple sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp molasses
1 large egg

Instructions:
Whisk together almond flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and allspice.
In a separate bowl cream the butter and coconut sugar, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
Add molasses and egg to sugar mixture, and blend until creamy.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture a little bit at a time, blending after each addition of flour, until you have a well combined cookie dough. The dough should firm enough that it can be rolled into small balls at this point.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes so that it can be easily rolled into small balls for baking.
Preheat the oven to bake at 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the chilled dough from the fridge, and roll into small balls.
Place the balls of dough onto your parchment lined baking sheet, spaced a couple inches apart. These cookies spread a lot, so give them room!
Bake the cookies at 350 (middle rack) in the center of the oven for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Sourced from: Primal Palate

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak

Discover just how soothing this lemon and lavender salt soak is in a nice cozy, warm bath (especially on a chilly November day!)

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak – How To:

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds (or 5 drops lavender essential oil)
  • Zest from ½ lemon (or 5 drops lemon essential oil)

Combine Epsom salts with Himalayan salt, then carefully mix in the lavender flowers and/or essential oil.  

Zest the lemon into the salts (or add lemon essential oil), stir, and then let rest for about 20 minutes so the ingredients can mingle.

Store the salt soak in a sealed container, refrigerated, until ready to use. (Salt soak that contains only essential oils instead of fresh lavender and lemon zest doesn’t need to be refrigerated.) 

To use, add to warm-hot running bath water, and enjoy a relaxing and soothing soak!

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!