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EnviroMed’s Spring Cleanse 2018!

Mar 26, 2018 4:00 PM

EnviroMed's 2018 Spring Cleanse!
Two of the Most Effective Ways to Detoxify Your Body

(that if you’re not doing when cleansing, you’re not cleansing…)

Feeling sluggish, grey and tired after a long winter? Perhaps feeling you are ready to shake that winter pudge? Up for a major energy boosting, skin revitalizing re-set? If yes (who really would NOT be thinking YES?), we’re in full swing with our Spring Cleansing program at EnviroMed Clinic, and as many of you know, this is where we shine. A spring cleanse can help rid your body of toxins, boost your energy and get your skin glowing.

Cleanses come a dime a dozen, but the reality is good results happen when cleanses are customized for individual needs, medical conditions and goals. Many people try to do cleanses that come out of a box from a health food store, which can range from ineffective to dangerous, (oh the stories from patients I could tell you…..).

Professional medical cleanses are safe, and actually have the desired effect - detoxifying and rejuvenating your body with proper nutrients. You feel it, (oh you so feel it), and you may even become a committed fan. For the dedicated, we actually recommend doing them in the spring and fall.

I always recommend certain herbs and dietary restrictions as the foundation, but the two ways to get next level results are by combining colonic hydrotherapy and Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy. Both are effective individually to treat a range of symptoms and illnesses and aid with cleansing, but when combined - a complete powerhouse.

 

So how do they work??

What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?

Colonic hydrotherapy, also known as colonics or colonic irrigation, is a process in which water is used to remove accumulated fecal matter (and other toxic buildup) from the colon. The process is safe, respectful and extremely effective.

Clearing out all fecal build up from the colon not only eliminates the toxins stored in that fecal matter but also allow other toxins to move out of your body quicker. The quicker these toxins leave, the better you feel: your bowels function better, you look better, and you have increased levels of energy.

As crazy as this may sound, patients normally notice positive changes in their energy levels and attitudes after even just one colonic treatment.

The treatment has another benefit - it exercises the colon’s muscle tissue. This helps patients have cleaner and stronger colons, improving the colon's functioning as an organ for vital nutrient absorption and proper elimination, and helping fight the causes of chronic fatigue and brain fog.

What is Intravenous (IV) Nutrient Therapy?

Intravenous nutrient therapy, also known as IV Therapy, is a treatment in which vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are given to a patient intravenously.

By administering nutrients directly into the bloodstream, they are absorbed faster and at higher concentrations than in oral supplements, helping prevent illness, treat chronic health conditions or bring you back to your vibrant self more quickly and efficiently. For cleansing purposes we have an IV formula for this specific purpose called Remove & Clear.

Different nutrients are used to treat different symptoms (you can see a full list here), and but they all help restore your health by reintroducing vital nutrients into your body.

The Powerful Combination of Colonic Hydrotherapy And IV Therapy?

Evidence suggests that this combination can be of benefit in the following conditions:

  • Acute or Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Acute colds and flu
  • Acute muscle spasm and chronic muscle pain
  • Anxiety or fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic digestive concerns such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • And many more...

Our Spring Cleansing Deals for 2018:

(please note, for patients who would like a more comprehensive detoxification program that also includes diet and herbs, please book a consultation with me)

We have 2 special Cleansing Packages:

Colonics Only

This includes 4 colonic sessions for only $325 (normally $400)

Colonics & IV Treatments

This includes 4 colonic sessions and 2 spring IV Nutrient Therapy treatments (including detoxification nutrients and Glutathione) for $545 (regular price $680).

Call the clinic at (416) 929-0707 to book your sessions.

Happy spring!

 


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

8 Tips for Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Feb 21, 2018 8:00 PM

8 Tips for Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects up to 10% of women worldwide. When left untreated, it can cause health complications and uncomfortable symptoms, such as weight gain, hairloss, acne, irregular menstruation and sometimes, fertility challenges. While no cure exists for it yet, there are natural treatments that help decrease symptoms.

What Exactly Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Due to how very common Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is, it is something I treat every single day. The syndrome results in the ovaries producing higher than normal amounts of androgens (i.e testosterones), which interfere with egg production, increase blood sugar and can lead to various other health concerns.

Despite the name, ovarian cysts aren't necessary to make a diagnosis; sometimes they are there, sometimes they are not, but if the patient has a collection of a few of these symptoms listed below, they are likely to be diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Doctors are screening for the most common collection of signs and symptoms including weight gain, infrequent or irregular menstruation, hair loss, infertility and excess hair growth on the face, breasts, abdomen (called hirsutism). Additionally, there is blood work and imaging we can do that can also capture some of the hormonal perturbances that match the symptoms.

One of the core challenges with PCOS as mentioned above is that it causes escalating blood sugar levels due to causing insulin resistance, which means weight issues.  It’s the complex interplay between the sex hormones and the blood sugar imbalance that is ultimately responsible for the variety of symptoms women may experience.

If you imagine an orchestra pit being all of your hormones (insulin is a hormone too); you can then imagine that if one instrument is out of tune, everyone else starts having trouble and gets off key. Hormones operate in a similar manner; if one of them is off, others will follow and PCOS embodies this challenge. This is why it is often a multipronged approach addressing different hormones that ultimately gets PCOS under control.

While it is frustrating that no cure exists for PCOS yet, it is so encouraging that there are a number of successful natural treatments that help keep PCOS symptoms to a minimum. 

8 Tips for Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

There are many naturopathic treatment options and approaches for PCOS, but those need to be discussed in my office for because it must be individualized and based on your lab work, etc. HOWEVER, If you or anyone you know is living with PCOS, here are 8 things you can start doing right now to decrease symptoms.

8. BAD CARBS ARE BAD (REALLY BAD) FOR PCOS

Studies have shown repeatedly that one of the keys to living comfortably with PCOS is learning to manage insulin levels. Interestingly, even if you work really hard to suppress androgen production, if you don’t also address the malfunctioning insulin sensitivity, you will get absolutely nowhere with your case. This is the *everything* when treating this condition.

Abrupt changes in insulin levels (as a result of blood sugar swings) perpetuate the hormonal imbalance that produces the symptoms.

In order to manage blood sugar then, we naturally must embrace a diet that's low on bad quality carbohydrates. That's why women living with PCOS should avoid things like pop, candy (yes, that includes chocolate), dried fruits, high sugar fruits, juice, refined grains (any flour), and starchy carbohydrates.

The bottom line is, you can’t eat sugar, or things that convert into sugar if you have a sugar disease, and PCOS is very much a disordered blood sugar disease - the insulin spiking and dropping effects the androgens; which produces all the symptoms.

With my patients, I can’t work with them unless they can commit to working hard on their diet and exercise - because if they don’t, they simply won’t get results. Period.

7. DROP THE FLAT WHITE BULLET PROOF HALF SWEET DOUBLE SPECIAL FEELING COFFEE.

Sadly, it has to go. Bye bye lovely you.

Coffee and other stimulants also cause an increase in the production of insulin production and then later, a big blood sugar drop. That's why, if you are serious about controlling your insulin levels, you really need to consider giving up coffee, black teas, energy drinks, and pop. If your blood sugar is on a roller coaster ride, it’s awfully hard to lose weight.

6. FIBER FIBER FIBER

A high fiber diet is extremely important for women wanting to manage PCOS symptoms. Why? Fiber plays a valuable role in balancing blood sugar levels and aids in the removal of excess estrogen, which also can play a role in the unbalanced hormones of women living with PCOS. 

To ensure your diet is rich in fiber, include foods such as oats, brown rice, quinoa, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, celery, and brussel sprouts.

All these foods help to remove harmful estrogens from the body and fight hormonal imbalances. I routinely prescribe 2 heaping tbsps of ground flaxseeds daily to all my PCOS patients - there are even studies showing the hormone balancing effects.

5.  EMBRACE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Research has shown that women living with PCOS are more likely to experience depression and other mental health disorders, and this has also been my observation in clinical practice. Although these two conditions may not be physiologically related, it is clear that many women find themselves dealing with the emotional toll associated with PCOS. It can be really hard living with the symptoms, and often women struggle to find a treatment plant that works for them.

So why mindfulness? The honest truth is that I prescribe this many, many times a day. It is just a fact at this point (loads of research), that while we can take pharmaceutical or natural medicines for anxiety and depression - we aren’t really getting to the root of the problem.

Ultimately, calming and recalibrating our nervous system (and thus mood) is actually a learnable skill. Mindfulness meditation has been proven to help improve wellness and fight depression, calm anxiety, reduce chronic pain and improve sleep, energy, and focus.

4. OH DAIRY, HOW WE LOVE LOVE, AND SO HATE YOU….

Dairy has high levels of hormones that are naturally produced by cows.

While these hormones aren't unhealthy per se, it is worth repeating that PCOS is a hormonal imbalance, making it important to avoid adding any extra hormones to your body. It is also inflammatory and you don’t need that if you have acne. Additionally, weight management doesn’t exactly go hand in hand with gobbling dairy. Sigh.

3. EXERCISE. IT’S EVERYTHING.

Exercise is one of the best things you can do to manage your hormones and insulin levels. It helps the body stabilize blood sugar levels and helps you blow off stress hormones both of which mess with the hormones involved in PCOS.

Researchers have repeatedly found that exercising every day for a minimum of 30 minutes delivered excellent results for women living with PCOS. While doing this may not be possible for all women, adding a brisk walk or a quick workout to your daily routine can do much more for than you than you think. Trust me.

2. QUIT SMOKING. FULL STOP

We all know that smoking is bad for everyone's health for a zillion reasons...but researchers have recently found that it is especially bad if you have PCOS. So if you’re out there and still smoking and have PCOS stop getting in your own way and find a way to butt out. ASAP.

1. COME IN OR CALL IN FOR A COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION!!

Women living with PCOS can get a free 15-minute consultation (in the office or by phone) to discuss their unique situation with me. To set up this complimentary consultation, please call my reception staff at (416) 929-0707. 

 


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

What Is An Autoimmune Disease?

Jan 26, 2018 2:00 PM

What is an autoimmune disease

An Autoimmune Disease is a condition in which the immune system attacks a part of its own body.

This is an anomaly. Normally, the immune system is intelligent, vigilant and primed to protect the body as soon as it detects a foreign substance, abnormal cell, or tissues by producing an immune response. These responses vary depending on what our immune system detects, but generally, this involves plasma fighter cells creating antibodies, which specifically tag the foreign invaders so the rest of the immune system can identify it and then be able to fight it.

This battle usually results in inflammation which is the common denominator of all autoimmune conditions. It is also why so often it can take a long time to diagnose an autoimmune disease, as they can look like many other types of conditions as they are developing.

When our immune system is healthy, it can easily tell the difference between foreign cells or material, and our own cells. But when an autoimmune disease develops our immune system becomes misdirected and targets us, resulting in an inflammatory process involving one or various organ systems depending on the type of autoimmune condition.

Scientists have identified more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, all of which have different symptoms. In some of these diseases, like Type 1 Diabetes, the immune system targets a specific part of the body (in this case the pancreas). While in other conditions, like lupus, the whole body is affected.

What Causes Autoimmune Diseases?

Researchers aren't yet completely clear on the various potential triggers but they are making huge strides to determine who is most at risk of contracting autoimmune diseases.

One confirmed and unfortunate fact is that women are more than twice as likely to get an autoimmune disease than men, with prevalence rates reaching 6.4% of the population. Additionally, depending on the disease, autoimmune conditions tend to affect some ethnic groups more than others.

Below are a few scenarios which may potentially make us more vulnerable to developing an autoimmune condition (in particular if they happen in combination of course):

  • Emotional stress (i.e. death, divorce, etc.)
  • Physical stress (i.e. surgery, a big bout of viral or bacterial illness, a car accident, etc.)
  • Familial genetics (if others in your family have autoimmune condition, there is a higher chance you may develop one)
  • dysbiosis/ gut health. If you have an imbalance of good to bad bacteria that is significant enough, this can impact your immune system negatively.
  • Toxic burden. Many people are exposed to mold or other toxins that for them as individuals is more than their body can bear which will cause immune confusion. Thankfully now there are good genetic tests to screen for impaired detoxification pathways which make us more vulnerable to building up too many toxins in our bodies. Additionally, there are some excellent environmental toxin panels we can use to accurately assess exposures and toxic.

The 6 Most Common Autoimmune diseases

Medical researchers believe that there are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases. Their symptoms overlap, making them hard to diagnose and for many of them, and furthermore, we still don’t have the testing we need to diagnose many of them.Here are six most common ones.

1. Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, an organ that helps regulate blood sugar levels.

This damages blood vessels, and organs like the heart, kidneys, and eyes.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the joints, causing pain and stiffness.

3. Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to multiply too quickly. This causes red, scaly patches called scales to form on the skin. About one-third of the people who suffer from psoriasis also develop swelling, stiffness, and pain in their joints. This form of the disease is called psoriatic arthritis.

4. Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative autoimmune disease that damages something known as the myelin sheath, which is a protective coating that surrounds nerve cells. This damage affects the transmission of messages between the brain and the body and leads to numbness, weakness, balance issues, and eventually severe physical impairment.

5. Lupus

Lupus is a severe autoimmune disease that affects skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and heart

6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used to describe a series of autoimmune diseases that affect the lining of the intestines. These diseases include Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis, both of with affect parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

Other Autoimmune Diseases

Other autoimmune diseases include Addison’s disease, Graves’ diseaseSjögren’s syndrome and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Common Symptoms Of Autoimmune Diseases

The early symptoms of many autoimmune diseases are very similar, which is why they are so difficult to diagnose. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, consult a medical or naturopathic doctor immediately.

  • fatigue
  • achy muscles
  • swelling and redness
  • low-grade fever
  • trouble concentrating
  • numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • hair loss
  • skin rashes

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, definitely consider booking a

Naturopathic Consultation to assess what may be causing the issue or contributing to the condition in a negative way.

What is Naturopathic Treatment for Autoimmune Disease?

Of course this varies dramatically depending on the specific condition, but fortunately, Naturopathic Doctors truly do have a lot to offer in this area of medicine.

We have numerous ways of reducing inflammation through diet, through safe use of herbs, through proper assessment of lifestyle and appropriate lifestyles changes, sometimes with acupuncture, and by identifying if there are exposures that are contributing to the problem. Our holistic way of assessing and treating patients often bring benefit in these cases.

Additionally, NDs are experts at assessing and testing for gastrointestinal dysbiosis and rebuilding a robust gut microbiome. Understand that this is NOT an “either or” situation. NDs are working in adjunctive care capacities in most of these cases and that is the whole point: specialists play a vital role as do medications, but so do we.

Naturopathic doctors can help you reduce your pain, or help you reduce side effects of essential medications and often help you get more benefit from them. In some cases, patients experience so much symptom resolution that they can decrease their medications and some even get off of them completely. It is important to note however that people respond differently to treatment and the progression of each patient’s condition is individual.

NDs also take the time to teach their patients how to optimize their chances of getting into remission and how to mitigate having another flare up. The bottom line is, across Canada and the United States NDs are playing a much needed, vital role in this area of health care. If you’re concerned you have an autoimmune problem or are wanting to learn more about our type of care/testing/ medicine - please call to book a short complimentary consult as I would be happy to talk with you about it.

Dr. Smith, ND


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

Let’s Talk About Poop: The Downlow On IBS

Jan 4, 2018 11:00 PM

Although the topic of poop is cringe-worthy for most, our stools can tell us a lot about what is going on with our overall health and so, yes, it is in fact something I talk about with people often. And by that I mean Every. Single. Day.

 

Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut, and by God the man was probably right! Our stool is still a very useful tool that provides valuable if not critical clues about our digestive (and other) wellness or lack thereof.

 

The digestive tract contains more bacteria than there are cells in the entire body, so it’s important that this delicate microbiome environment is kept in balance, as it is here that we absorb nutrients and where we keep out toxins or germs that could potentially harm us.

 

Some of the most common digestive and gastrointestinal issues I see fall under the umbrella term of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (link to page). Most who suffer from IBS experience much milder symptoms than those with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) - ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease (link to page).

 

IBS tends to be a catch-all phrase with the primary symptom of “gastrointestinal disturbances”. This includes changes that occur in your bowel movements, differences in the frequency or consistency of stools, the presence of pain, bloating or cramping, etc.

 

Digestive disorders like lactose intolerance, diverticulosis, Crohn’s and colon cancer can have similar symptoms to IBS also. It is currently estimated that approximately 80% IBS is actually an infection or overgrowth of bad bacteria such as SIBO (LINK) or an imbalance of good to bad bacteria, or sometimes it is a food sensitivity.

 

The nuances of knowing how to interpret the signs and symptoms and then knowing what type of testing is indicated can be diagnostically tricky, so it is important to have a complete evaluation by your naturopathic doctor to determine if what you have is indeed IBS or if it worth ruling other possibilities out.

 

The status of our gut is always changing and can affect everything from our immune system and digestion all the way to how our mood is and how our brain functions. It can also let us know when the body is fighting an infection or dealing with a serious condition.

 

If you have concerns about your digestive health, it is wise to pursue getting to the bottom of it due to how much potential there is for collateral damage and long-term health consequences.


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

5 Age Old Naturopathic Remedies For Bloating

Nov 21, 2017 12:00 AM

5 Age Old Naturopathic Remedies For Bloating

When we eat, our bodies produce enzymes that break down food and help us absorb nutrients.  

Bloating often occurs when we do not have enough enzymes to break those foods down. When that happens, the food sits in the stomach and ferments, producing gas that causes the stomach to bloat. The most common reason patients may not produce enough enzymes is directly due to stress (all secretions made in your gastrointestinal tract are decreased), but more serious causes can be gallstones, chornic or acute pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. However, it is quite common for people with a healthy gall bladder and a healthy pancreas to just not quite make enough enzymes to digest well.

Often bloating is in fact NOT caused by low pancreatic enzyme output but by a condition called SIBO or Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth. This is ruled out with a breath test and in fact it is estimated that approximately 80% of those diagnosed with IBS actually have sibo. IF you try some of the items from the list below and do NOT see improvement, see you Naturopathic Doctor to pursue SIBO testing.

If you've ever felt bloated before (and you most likely have!), don't fret: here are 5 natural remedies to cure that bloating.

But before going into those remedies, here are 9 ways to prevent bloating from occurring in the first place:

  1. Only eat when you're hungry, leaving at least three hours between meals
  2. Avoid unhealthy food combinations like cheeses, meats and breads
  3. Don’t eat fruit after meals
  4. Use digestion stimulating spices like black pepper, ginger, and cumin when cooking
  5. Take probiotics regularly
  6. Have a glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed in it every morning. Lemon juice increases digestive juices, cleanses the bowels and kickstarts the liver to detoxify your body.
  7. Pay attention to your body's reaction to dairy and wheat/flour. You may have to reduce your intake or remove them completely from your diet.
  8. Don’t drink anything cold while eating and up to 30 minutes after eating
  9. Reduce salt

5 Naturopathic Remedies To Bloating

Now that we know how to prevent the bloating, here are five things you can do right now if you are feeling bloated.

1. Have some (herbal) tea

Hot fennel tea is a great way to ease the bloating.

Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seed and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, and cover and steep it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Other herbal teas that improve digestion, and reduce bloating are chamomile, ginger, peppermint, and lemon.

2. Get Moving

If you're feeling bloated, go for a brisk 30 minute walk. At the end, do some jumping jacks. All of this helps increase blood circulation, which helps with digestion, and also helps release gas.

3. Try some herbal medicines

Herbal medicines can help improve digestion. Read up on how to consume Meadowsweet, Gentian, Dandelion, Cardamom, and Radish seed. All of these will help ease the pain and discomfort associated with bloating.

4. Consider supplements

Digestive enzyme supplements that contain papain and bromelain help the digestive system to properly break down foods and reduce bloating.

5. Decrease stress

Experts have found that there is correlation between bloating and stress. Doing light yoga or meditating after eating can help reduce stress, and put an end to that uncomfortable bloating.

Find The Root Of The Issue

If you are suffering from regular bloating, I recommend booking a Naturopathic Consultation to assess what is causing the issue. While treating the symptoms can provide relief, you can reduce the risk of long term health issues by addressing what is causing the bloating. Recall that with bloating SIBO must be ruled out.


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

The Power Of Pumpkin Seeds

Oct 31, 2017 3:00 AM

The power of pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are now consumed widely all over the world but are native to the Americas. The word "pepita" is consistent with this heritage, since it comes from Mexico, where the Spanish phrase "pepita de calabaza" means "little seed of squash." Pumpkin seeds were a celebrated food among many Indigenous/ First Nations tribes, who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties.
 

Pepitas truly pack the punch; these little seeds are antioxidant, antimicrobial and mineral powerhouses - which explains the valuable role they've played in natural medicine. Today Naturopathic Doctors use an evidence base to prescribe them as a part of treatment plans for conditions ranging from prostate issues, to testosterone deficiency, to parasitic infections, for skin health and frequently as whole foods based way of directly increasing mineral density in our patient's diets. 

Delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet:

  • Add pumpkin seeds to healthy sautéed vegetables.
  • Sprinkle on top of mixed green salads.
  • Grind with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
  • Add to your favorite hot or cold cereal.
  • Add to your oatmeal raisin cookie or granola recipe, or sprinkle on top of muffins.
  • Next time you make burgers, whether it be from vegetables, turkey or beef, add some ground pumpkin seeds.

Or try these these recipes to spice up the seeds for snacking.

Pumpkin Seed 7 ways

 


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

LIQUID GOLD: Gut-Healing & Mineral-Rich BONE BROTH

Mar 14, 2017 3:15 PM

Benefits of Bone Broth

If you haven’t already incorporated bone broth into your cooking routine, you’re missing out on the tremendous health benefits of this incredibly healing and nutritious powerhouse, and no, it’s not just a new food trend. Used for centuries around the globe, bone broth has long been incorporated into diets to stimulate healing and also provide a simple, yet very nutrient-dense food source.

The History of Bone Broth

Bone broth in it’s essence has been around for centuries. From hunter-gatherers to Chinese Medicine to your Grandmother's kitchen it stands the test of time. Unfortunately however, due to the advent of processed foods and the lack of time for traditional cooking in our modern society, real bone broth has been lost to many households.

The healing power of this broth is hard to beat, which is why I’m so pleased that it has come into the spotlight. There’s nothing like a warming bowl of broth to ‘fix’ you up when you’re a little under the whether this time of year, or anytime for that matter.

What are the Benefits of Bone Broth?

Chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul, a bone broth is a true powerhouse containing healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline all of which help to heal the gut lining. It is also packed with almost every mineral. Bone broth can aid in everything from digestion and gut-health to immunity, joint-health and even act as a beauty boost!

Top 3 Benefits:

1. Gut Health = Immune health. It is becoming more well known that gastrointestinal health is key to over-all health. It is, after all, where we absorb our nutrients. As mentioned above, many of the major substances found in this broth (glutamine, collagen, etc.) speed the healing of the gut lining, reduce inflammation and keep it in top form.

2. Stronger Joints & Bones. The mineral density in this broth means that it is a great way to get extra calcium into your diet, along with almost every other mineral! It is frankly a superior way of getting ALL minerals. Additionally, it contains substances well known to help keep joints lubricated - glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen - they all play a valuable role in maintaining joint integrity.

3. Skin, Hair & Nails. For all the same reasons that it is great for joint and bone health, it is a superior addition to your beauty routine….As all naturopathic doctors will say, you’ll get FAR more out of what you put IN your body than what you put ON it. This super food will do wonders for your skin, hair and nails, because it’s both packed with all the nutrients they need to be healthy and strong, but also because it keeps our gut lining healthy so we are properly absorbing what we consume.

So, How do You Make Bone Broth?

Bone broth is easily made by boiling bones, typically beef or chicken, although fish bones can be used. Combining water and an acid, such as apple cider vinegar, the bones can boil for as little as 4 hours or up to 48. The longer the broth simmers, the more minerals and nutrients are drawn out from the bones. For added nutrients and flavour most bone broths are made with vegetables and herbs such as carrots, celery, onion and fresh rosemary.

Keep in mind that store-bought broth is NOT a substitute for the real deal. There is no comparison with store-bought versions often containing MSG or other chemicals and lacking gelatin and some of the other health-boosting properties of homemade broth.

The base recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs organic, hormone-free bones (grass-fed beef or chicken)
  • 2tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion

Various herbs are optional such as parsley, garlic and sea salt but I strongly recommend using them as they bring out the flavour.

Instructions:

  1. It’s preferable to pre-roast your bones (especially beef). Place them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350.
  2. Place the bones into a large stock pot with water and vinegar. I like to let this sit for 20-30 mins before cooking as the acid allows the nutrients to become more available.
  3. Add in desired veggies and herbs
  4. Bring all of the ingredients to a vigorous boil then let simmer until done.
  5. Skim the top of your broth for foam and impurities that will rise to the top. This should be discarded.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled use a strainer to remove any bone or vegetable pieces. When cooled throughout, pour into glass containers for storage.

If you own a crockpot this can also be used and is super easy as you can walk away and come home at the end of the day and POW!!! It’s ready.  :)

Bone broth will stay for up to 5-6 days in the fridge, or can be frozen for later.

When to Use Bone Broth?

  • As a base for soups or stews
  • Just on it’s own as a warm drink
  • As a base for gravy and sauces
  • Used as a liquid to cook vegetables or quinoa/lentils to add extra nutrients
  • Add to mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash, cauliflower rice, etc.

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Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

Dr. Smith’s Naturopathic Remedies for the Dreaded Holiday Hangover

Dec 12, 2016 7:00 PM

The season of gluttony is upon us. During the holidays we tend to forego our well-balanced diets and will power, to indulge and often times, over-consume. And while gathering with friends and family with food and drink in-hand may be the very thing we look forward to most, the overload on our poor bodies can make for wicked hangovers.

The most common culprits tend to be sugar, alcohol and as always, stress.

These can leave us experiencing a range of symptoms from gastrointestinal, to headaches and malaise, to mental and emotional. Here’s some of my favourite go-to cures for treating holiday (and other!) hangovers:

B-Complex with Food

Whether taken before or after you’ve indulged this can help get the essential b vitamins back into your system, which will perk you up. Always take B vitamins with food otherwise you’ll get an upset stomach and feel worse!

Intravenous Vitamin Therapy

Vitamin Infusion Therapy (IV Therapy) provides the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your body needs, in the most efficient and effective way, powerfully igniting the healing process at a cellular level. In particular, the classic Myer’s Cocktail is the way to go to rid yourself of a hangover - jam packed with B vitamins and of course a bit of saline, and you’ll feel better within the time it infuses (which is 30 minutes).

Chelidonium Plex by Genestra 

This stuff is amazing. Full stop. It’s a blend of herbal ingredients that detoxify the body by stimulating your organs in charge of elimination: liver, kidneys and intestines. Take 15-25 drops under the tongue before or after you are over served and you’ll be feeling better for it in the morning.

Plan C 

Plan C is a custom blend of electrolytes, ginger, antioxidants, vitamins and more created by my classmate. This hangover formula, which has helped so many recover quickly from a big night out. Definitely worth having on hand!

Exercise

Even a brisk 20 minute walk has tremendous benefits such as aiding digestion, combating fatigue and improving your mood, but it also just gets things moving so that you can clear them faster.

6 Bonus Tips To Reduce Holiday Hangovers

Small efforts can really reduce the stress on your body during the holidays. Here are some shifts you can make that still allow you to be in the holiday spirit (read: party), without completely overloading your system and then paying for it.

1. Stay hydrated - drink water in between alcoholic drinks or at least a few glasses before you go to sleep.

2. Moderate or really cut your sugar intake - this makes a huge difference as this is what gives us profound FOOD hangovers and will really amplify an alcohol hangover.

3. Swap some cocktails for mocktails - try these healing hot chocolates

4. Include some salt in your food before or after to help you stay hydrated.

5. Sleep it off! Sleep is when our liver works to digest and breakdown everything we’ve consumed - it helps a lot to allow yourself to sleep it off and give it time to handle the influx.

6. Do NOT reach for coffee immediately upon waking...alcohol is dehydrating and SO is coffee, hydrate before you dehydrate (again)!


Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

5 Healthy Hot Chocolate Hacks to Boost Naturopathic Healing

Nov 22, 2016 9:00 AM

 

When I think of hot chocolate, I think of drinking it after skating and skiing when I was young to get warm. Unfortunately, it was always super sugary powdered mix that makes my teeth hurt just thinking about it.

Thankfully, you can have the best of both worlds. The warming treat of hot chocolate, with healing properties to make it the perfect thing to enjoy on a cold winter day.

Cocoa or Cacao?

Easily confused, yet the difference in healing potential and flavour is immense and lies in how they are processed.

Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat.

Cocoa looks the same is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Unfortunately, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cocoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.

The good news is that cacao has some tremendous health benefits such as a very high antioxidant value that can:

  • Lower insulin resistance
  • Lower your risk of stroke
  • Protect your nerve cells
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Boost your mood
  • Provide minerals such as magnesium (often those craving chocolate are actually needing this often deficient mineral)

With the chilly weather here to stay for the next many months, the best way to keep warm and support healthy immune function is with a warming drinks, soups and stews.

I’ve put together 5 hot chocolate hacks that support naturopathic healing. They harness the benefits of botanicals we commonly employ in naturopathic medicine to support optimal immune response so that you can warm up, and deliver some valuable nutrients and support to your body at the same time. A lovely win win.

5 Healthy Hot Chocolate Hack To Boost Naturopathic Healing

 

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Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

  

 

 

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