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Category: Naturopathic Tip of the Month

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Antibiotics…Effective or Not?

  With flu season approaching, it’s very common for antibiotics to be prescribed to clear up infections of all sorts. But how do antibiotics effect the functioning of our immune systems and how can we protect ourselves from the complications that can occur from frequent antibiotic use? Antibiotic Facts: When taken, antibiotics destroy approximately one hundred, thousand BILLION beneficial bacteria Once an antibiotic round has been completed, it often takes months for the ‘good’ bacteria to replenish creating an opportunity for fungi and bacteria to proliferate and/or a secondary infection to take hold Antibiotic Side Effects: Diarrhea, fungal infections, yeast infections, gastritis and illness due to a lowered immune system While antibiotics are sometimes the only way to deal with…

Fruits and Veggies: To Buy Local or Organic?

  This dilemma will spark discussion among all of us who love to eat fresh, wholesome foods for our bodies – especially in the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are abundant. So, what’s the best choice? Below are some facts to help you make more of an informed decision. Local – most often refers to produce within 100-150 miles (approx 240 km). Eating local produce means you’re eating seasonal and fresh (remember those yummy cucumbers from your grandmother’s garden?), supporting our local farmers and reducing our carbon footprint. Food for thought: in a society that loves the ease of eating a variety of foods all year round, eating local greatly decreases our options of produce availability. Organic –…

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Suffering From Allergies?

If spring and fall send your seasonal allergies into a spin, or you suffer from allergies in general, naturopathic medicine can provide relief and/or prevent allergies from occurring. Allergies are not a something that you have to grin and bear, and relief doesn’t just have to be drugstore counter medications. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakenly reacts to a foreign substance that is not normally harmful to the body such as pollen or pet dander. This causes a release of histamines leading to inflammation in the body, resulting in symptoms such as difficulty breathing, light headedness, rashes, nausea, vomiting, red/itchy eyes, stuffy/runny nose, and headaches. Naturopathic medicine can help treat allergies by first helping to identify and address underlying…

Baking Tip for Wheat Flour Alternatives

Wheat (which contains gluten) is an acidic food that is over consumed in today’s Western diet. Below are a few alternatives to decrease your intake of gluten in order to avoid certain digestive upsets and illness in your future. Flour Comments Nutritional Qualities Flour equivalent to 1 cup white/ whole wheat flour *Amaranth flour •strong, distinctive flavour •best combined w/ other flours that contain gluten or have more cohesion (arrowroot, tapioca, bean) •add to baked goods, pancakes/waffle recipes gluten-free 1 cup *Brown rice flour •yields a sweeter, smoother bread •use w/ other flours, use 20% of brown rice flour in recipe gluten-free Buckwheat flour •makes a dark, heavy bread •use w/ rice flour the kernels contain an outer hull which…

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Juicing

Juicing is a great way to stimulate and encourage your entire body system to eliminate toxins and to supply your body with potent, easy to use nutrients (including antioxidants that fight disease). The powerful nutrient boost fresh juices provide make juicing on a regular basis an excellent part of any health routine. Aim to consume your fresh juice within ½ hour of making – once the juice is exposed to air it begins to lose its beneficial effects due to oxidization. Try making your own ‘greens’ drink to start your summer mornings off on the right foot; Greens Drink (taken from Michael Murray N.D., Therapeutic Juices) •Handful of parsley/wheatgrass •2 kale leaves •2 Granny Smith apples (cut into wedges) •Handful…

Juicing

Juicing is a great way to stimulate and encourage your entire body system to eliminate toxins and to supply your body with potent, easy to use nutrients (including antioxidants that fight disease). The powerful nutrient boost fresh juices provide make juicing on a regular basis an excellent part of any health routine. Aim to consume your fresh juice within ½ hour of making – once the juice is exposed to air it begins to lose its beneficial effects due to oxidization. Try making your own ‘greens’ drink to start your summer mornings off on the right foot; Greens Drink (taken from Michael Murray N.D., Therapeutic Juices) •Handful of parsley/wheatgrass •2 kale leaves •2 Granny Smith apples (cut into wedges) •Handful…

Do you suffer from allergies?

Spring is finally upon us! While we all welcome the warm weather, for many of us, spring also brings itchy eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, coughs, and stuffed up sinuses. Pharmaceutical commercials promise relief and clarity – but are they the only solution? Far from it! From a naturopathic perspective, allergic symptoms are caused by an abnormal immune reaction to something that is normally harmless. This triggers a production of inflammation in the body which leads to allergic symptoms. With this in mind, we can then prevent and/or manage allergies by reducing inflammation in the body and balancing the immune system through changes in diet, and nutritional and herbal supplements. Contact King West Chiropractic’s naturopath, Dr. Cristina Allen, ND for…

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Understanding ‘Essential Fatty Acids’

“Good fats” can be separated into monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which come from whole grains, green vegetables, nuts/seeds, algae and seafood (esp cold water fish). Polyunsaturated fats can be further broken down into two particularly beneficial forms; omega 3 and omega 6 = ‘essential fatty acids’ or EFA’s. They are considered essential because of their importance in our health yet they cannot be manufactured by the body and thus we must get them from our diets. Benefits of EFA’s include: reducing one’s risk for heart disease through lowering cholesterol & blood pressure, anti-inflammatory properties useful in conditions such as autoimmune disease, MS and learning disorders, as well as being shown to decrease the incidence of certain types of cancer. Foods…

Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Back to School

Does your child suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder? ADHD is the fastest growing childhood disorder in North America and can cause a variety of learning disorders and behavioral problems. Try the following basic Naturopathic suggestions to start this school year off right. A good quality multi-vitamin to ensure your child is getting the nutrients he/she needs. Send your child off to school with snacks to ensure their blood sugar levels are steady throughout the day (Fresh Fruits, Vegetables with Hummus, Complex Carbohydrates (whole grain sandwiches) For dinner try Brown Rice with Fish, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an essential fatty acid vital for brain development. Limit added sugars. Remove dairy for a trial period to determine if this is affecting…

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