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7 Weight Loss Tips

(that have nothing to do with counting calories or weighing your food) Weight loss can be a touchy subject. As women (and men) we’re bombarded with messages in the media about how we’re supposed to look, and what beauty is, however unrealistic they might be. Sometimes, when we shift our focus, we can achieve our goals in a healthier way. It’s my hope that this article can help you learn something new, and may help you look at weight loss in a different way. These tips are in no particular order. 1) Uncover Food sensitivities A food sensitivity is different from …

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The Health Benefits of Walking for 30 minutes a Day

The following information is provided for educational purposes only. Before making any changes please speak with your healthcare provider for individualized advice. Walking is a simple form of exercise that you can enjoy at your own pace. It also has a number of health benefits! Exercise should be something you enjoy, and making a habit of it can make it easier to incorporate into your daily routine. Bone Density and Bone Mass Walking can help maintain bone density and has been linked to a decreased risk of hip fracture. Any weight-bearing exercise involves support from our bones and helps to …

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7 Simple Tricks for New Year’s Resolutions that Stick

A big part of what I do as a Naturopathic Doctor involves helping people make changes in their daily lives that have a long-term impact on their health. Setting goals, making new habits and letting go of old ones can be tricky business. Here are some tips to help you move forward. 1) Have a Vision and Keep it POSITIVE! See the bigger picture. Why are you doing this? What is the ultimate purpose? Paint a mental image of what the future will or could be like and keep it positive. Let it feel real to you. If it doesn’t …

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Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Over 50% of Canadian households have at least one pet. Many consider pets as members of their family. People of all incomes and ages have pets; including as many as 25% of homeless persons. Many hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement residences have programs that encourage interaction with pets. Interacting with pets can positively affect our physical and emotional health, and encourage us to engage with the world around us. Pets can also offer us companionship, protection and a feeling of responsibility. Pets and Our Physical Health Pets affect our physical health in many different ways. As infants and children, pets …

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Food Sensitivity Testing

By Katrina Traikov ND Naturopathic Doctor What’s the difference between a food intolerance, a food allergy and a food sensitivity? Food Intolerance A food intolerance is typically any adverse reaction or perceived adverse reaction to a food that is not a true food allergy (i.e. not mediated by IgE antibodies). Food Allergy Food allergies involve IgE antibodies and histamine. The skin prick test in an allergist’s office tests for this type of antibody (IgE). Allergic reactions typically come on suddenly. Common symptoms of food allergies include itching and hives, and in severe cases, swelling of the lips, face, tongue and …

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Mild Depression

Given that drug treatments for depression are typically most effective in severe depression, and that January and February can be challenging months in terms of mental health, we thought it fitting to review a number of non-drug therapies for mild to moderate depression. Before making any changes, consult a health care provider for direct and individualized advice. Also note that in seniors and the elderly the symptoms of depression can be a bit different. Click the link for more information. Social Interaction, Phone Call, Social Support Social support is vital to us as human beings. We are social creatures, and …

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The Mediterranean diet in a nutshell

The Mediterranean diet is well researched. It’s linked with many health benefits; including a lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke even without losing any weight! It can also boost your good cholesterol, lower your bad cholesterol and your triglycerides; and help balance your blood sugar. It can also help lower your blood pressure! Let’s take a look at the components of this dietary pattern. 1) Lots of Veggies (and Fruits) Remember the food guide? Picture the fruits and veggies as the foundation, at the bottom of the pyramid. They’re an important part of our health. The Mediterranean diet involves eating 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Fresh vegetables and fruits are a great source of antioxidants; as well as vitamins, minerals, water, and …

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19 simple tips for sound sleep, naturally

Good quality sleep is so important for our mental and physical health. It allows our bodies and minds to rest and restore, and it allows our immune system to keep us healthy and strong. These tips can be helpful to promote restful and restorative sleep, but so can discussing any sleep issues with your healthcare provider. 1) Decrease or avoid screen time 2-3 hours before bed eg. cell phones, TV, tablets. Anything with blue light will decrease your melatonin levels – the body’s sleep hormone. Some phones or screens also have a “night mode”. You can also try using daylight bulbs …

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Mental health and addiction – naturopathic approaches

There are many different approaches that Naturopaths can offer their patients with mental health and addiction issues. These include short term relief of cravings or symptoms, and long-lasting skills and more helpful coping mechanisms that can allow you to “kick the habit” or resolve your symptoms for good. Naturopathic approaches to mental health and addiction issues include Ear acupressure / ear seeds – little seeds taped at various locations on the ears. In traditional chinese medicine (TCM) the ear is considered a map of the body. Stimulating specific points can be helpful to help with mental health and / or …

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The Power of Yoga

Yoga has been studied in terms of many health conditions and has a host of benefits including: stress relief, pain relief, better breathing, increased flexibility and strength, weight management, improved circulation and healing, and better mental focus and presence to the world around us. Yoga has been shown to help decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and even chronic pain. Yoga also can help normalize heart rate and rhythm, increase our resilience to everyday stresses. Yoga or gentle, mindful stretching can also help us to connect to our bodies on a daily basis and give us insight …

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    Katrina enjoys speaking on a variety of health topics. Her talks are fun and engaging. From stress management and relaxation, to eating for heart health, to healthy aging, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Click here to request Katrina as a guest speaker at your next community group, support group, or office meeting today!

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    Any information presented here is provided for educational purposes only and is general in nature. It is not intended to be health advice for any individual. Please speak to your health provider before making any changes – dietary, lifestyle or otherwise - for direct and individualized advice. As information changes constantly, the accuracy and completeness of any information presented here cannot be guaranteed. Access of the information presented is solely at your own risk. It will be assumed that access indemnifies Valley Naturopath and any person involved in the preparation of the information presented here from any and all injury or damage arising from such use.