After all the rain, the cold winds, and dark gloomy days comes the anticipation and excitement of spring. For some, the thought of spring involves blooming flowers and longer days filled with sunshine, for others spring is a reminder of their itchy watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and sneezing fits that completely drain your energy. As allergy season surrounds us lets take a look at why we have them and what we can do to prevent and treat them.
As with all conditions we need to look at allergies from each level of manifestation, the physical, the mental, and the deeper levels of consciousness that create our beliefs and perceptions around such conditions. In Ayurveda, allergies are known to be a result of weakness in ahamkara’s (a Sanskrit word referring to the power with in ourselves that reminds us of who we are, “the I”) self identification. Not being able to express one’s true self creates disharmony in both body and mind. This disharmony leads to imbalances in the two most important systems for creating health, the immune and digestive.
The immune system, the warrior and protector of ahamkara, fulfills its duties through its ability to recognize what is self and what is not. When an external stressor (an antigen/foreign molecule) enters the body, its first reaction is to trigger the immune system, the immune system then creates an antibody to bind, neutralize and rid the body of the foreign invader. However, if the immune system is compromised in any way and is unable to fulfill this function there is a buildup of ama (Sanskrit for toxins).
Ama can come into our lives in various different forms, the leader of them all, stress: Chemical stress from various products and food; Environmental stress from dust and pollen; Radiation stress from cell phones, telephone wires, microwaves, transformers etc; Mental or Emotional stress from finances, relationships, careers, the list can go on and on. As our “bucket” fills up with ama everyday we need ways to eliminate this build up of toxic load. Without this elimination we are led down a road of hypersensitivity. Our bodies become so sensitive that just one more drop into the bucket will create a flood of symptoms.
The digestive system is directly linked to the immune system and can directly influence its function. A chronic inability to digest, absorb, eliminate and maintain a healthy gut sensitizes the immune system to react in the form of allergy. As a hypersensitive being we can become allergic to absolutely everything. From the foods we eat to the sun the we crave. When there is a stimulus, the already stored ama is mobilized from its stored tissues and circulates throughout the system trying to find its way out. Leading to symptoms of sneezing, stuffiness, coughing, sweating and scratchy eyes.
Like us, ama too needs an outlet, by supporting and expressing who we are, we can work on emptying our bucket of ama. Naturopaths use various modalities to help support the body and mind to clear us from this toxic load that leads to these allergy symptoms.
Divine Elements Tips For This Allergy Season:
1. FOODS THAT HELP FIGHT ALLERGIES:
High Vitamin C Containing foods: cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts, kiwis, leafy greens, guavas, bell peppers, red and green chili peppers
High in Bioflavonoids: all fruits and vegetables, red beans
High in Quercitin: onions, kale, broccoli, apples, grapes, blueberries, blackberries and cherries
2. HERBS FOR ALLERGIES:
Stinging Nettle: Helps reduce the histamine response and contains high content of bioflavonoids
Albizia: Reduces mast cell degranulation therefore reducing the histamine response. This herb is also recommended other allergic conditions such as Asthma and Eczema.
Elderberry : Helps to reduce congestion and modulates the immune system for support
The use of acupuncture has shown to be very effective in not only preventing but also treating allergies. With in the first treatment you will feel an opening in the airways and less congestion.
4. YOGA AND MEDITATION TO REDUCE STRESS AND UP REGULATE IMMUNITY:
When suffering from allergies there is excess inflammation and bronchiole constriction, this leads to breathing difficulties. Breath, Prana, which is our life force is the most important factor in healing. It is what gives us life, it is what feeds our cells and mobilizes all of our nutrients. Through yoga and meditation you can expand your capacity for breath and your ability to heal.
Spinach and Onion Soup
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 30 mins
8 Onions (sliced) use a mixture of red and white
1 tablespoon EV Olive Oil
6 cups Vegetable Broth
½ cup Kalamata Olives (in some cheesecloth)
1 clove Garlic
1 teaspoon Mustard
2 cups fresh Spinach (chopped)
In a large pot add the onions and oil
Cook until the onions brown, about 10 minutes
Add the veggie broth, olives, and garlic
Boil until the olive flavor infuses into the broth, about 10-20 minutes
Remove the olives and discard
Stir in the mustard and spinach
Serve and enjoy!!!!
February is hearth month and today’s newsletter is focused on ways to keep the heart healthy and strong. We are all familiar with hypertension, probably one of the biggest contributors to diminished heart health. According to Hypertension Canada Statistics, one quarter of the Canadian population is living with hypertension, a condition they are now referring to as the “silent killer”.
Hypertension is defined as high blood pressure, as our heart beats, blood is pumped out to the rest of the body carrying oxygen and nutrients through the arteries. The pressure or the force that is pushed against the walls of the arteries as the blood flows through them is blood pressure, when this pressure is too high it is an indication of disharmony and resistance in the blood vessels which can lead to damage in the blood vessels. This damage along with restrictive flow of blood towards the organs the arteries are supplying can increase risk for myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), strokes, erectile dysfunction, and kidney disease just to name a few.
Inflammation is a big contributor to over all dis harmony in the body especially in relation to the blood vessels. This inflammation is a result of stress, poor lifestyle and dietary choices, high cholesterol and even a side effect of various medications.
1. Top 5 foods for the Heart
Oatmeal: steel cut oats are high in omega 3, folate and potassium. They are full of great fiber and help lower the “bad cholesterol”, LDL. This is a great way to start your day.
Blueberries: these great antioxidant rich berries contain a compound called pterostilbene, which is known to activate a cell receptor PPAR-alpha to lower cholesterol. The anthocyanins in blueberries dilate vessels.
Avacados: high in mono unsaturated fats this food is protective of HDL, our “good cholesterol”. They also contain about 1200mg of potassium which is critical in controlling high blood pressure.
Almonds: a handful of almonds is a good source of antioxidants and magnesium which work to lower blood pressure and protect vessel walls from damage.
Ground Flax seeds: high in omega 3, antioxidants, and fiber, these seeds are great at lowering inflammation and blood pressure.
2. Vitamins for the Heart
CoQ10: deficient in most hypertensive patients, this supplement is essential in lowering resistance in vessel walls and protecting peripheral vasculature. It is a potent antioxidant and helps convert food into usable energy in the body.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: both Fish and Flaxseed oil are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. They aid in lowering high blood pressure and inflammation. It is important that you take in a good high quality no mercury source of fish oil for it to be effective.
Magnesium: Potassium and Magnesium interact with one another in many body systems. Magnesium is able to activate the cell membrane Na/K pump which then pumps Na ( sodium) out of cells and K (potassium) in. It reduces vascular resistance, blood pressure and increases the efficiency if the heart.
B6, Folate, and B12: this combination of B vitamins are involved in several functions in the body, most importantly in lowering homocysteine. High homocysteine levels have been linked to increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
3. Herbs for the Heart
Hawthorne: Cardioprotective, improves heart function and lowers blood pressure by acting as a peripheral vasodilator.
Cayenne: Stimulates and balances the circulation.
Garlic: reduces blood pressure and decreases LDL. Improves circulation in the vessels.
4. Heart Rate Variability
Heart Rate Variability is a great screening tool used to assess the sympathetic nervous system and it’s effects on the breath and heart rate. There have been over 2000 studies done on the effectiveness of this tool in predicting and preventing future cardiac episodes. It can be used to lower blood pressure and teach the body to stay in a parasympathetic response. Using this tool to learn about your own breath and heart rate can empower you to prevent and treat various risk factors that effect heart health.
5. Stress and the Heart
It’s no secret that stress has a huge impact on our health, especially the heart. When we are stressed we are in a sympathetic dominant state; in flight or flight. This increases stress hormones such as cortisol, which when increased on a continual basis can increase inflammation and disease in the body. Find what helps you respond and not react to stress. Tools such as yoga and meditation can help you bring the body into a relaxed parasympathetic state.
makes about 2 servings
6-8 ounces of rice/quinoa/buckwheat pasta
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup spinach
3 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 tsp mixed curry powder
cilantro to garnish
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted ( use sea salt/himalayan salt or olive oil) boiling water. Drain when finished and pour into large bowl.
Pit and slice avocado and roughly chop garlic. Place avocado, spinach, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper, curry powder into blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Pour sauce onto pasta and mix until sauce coats the pasta. Top with fresh ground pepper and cilantro
1. Sit in easy pose (Crossed legged) with a straight spine, close the eyes or look straight ahead and leave the eyes 1/10th open.
2. Place the left hand palm down on your heart center. Bend the right arm resting the elbow against the side of the body, and hold the right hand in gyan mudra (thumb and pointer finger meeting with the other fingers extended) at the level of the shoulder.
3. Inhale deeply and retain the breath as long as you comfortably can.
4. Then, exhale slowly and hold the breath out as long as you comfortably can.
5. Continue for 3-5 minutes.
Note: Do not hold the breath in or out so long that you’re gasping or in distress. You may need to experiment a bit. Holding the breath out is more difficult than holding the breath in. It can be frightening because there is no breath, and some even start to feel panicked. This is an opportunity to confront and move beyond fears.
Metabolism is defined as the chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. In metabolism some substances are broken down to yield energy for vital processes while other substances, necessary for life, are synthesized.
There are two processes called Catabolism and Anabolism through which Metabolism occurs:
Catabolism refers to the breakdown of food components (such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats) into their simpler forms, which can then be used to create energy. This system produces the energy required for all activity in the cells. In this process, cells break down carbohydrates and fats to release energy and fuel all anabolic reactions, such as heating the body, giving the muscles power to contract and the body to move. As substances are broken down, the waste products released in the process of catabolism are removed from the body through the skin, kidneys, lungs, and intestines, also known as our emunctories (refer to previous newsletter on Detoxification)
Anabolism is all about building and storing. All anabolic processes support the growth of new cells, the maintenance of body tissues, and the storage of energy for use in the future.
Metabolism is governed by the Hormonal and Nervous system. The Pituitary Gland, which is also known as the Master Gland, is located in the brain and governs hormonal health in the body. In relation to metabolism the Pituitary will secrete TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to signal the Thyroid to release T4, which is then converted into the usable form of T3. T3 regulates metabolism, energy and growth in the body.
Metabolism itself is the fuel that feeds the body. With out optimal metabolism we are susceptible to several disease states, such as Diabetes, hypothyroidism and Heart Disease.
Divine Element Metabolism Boosting Tips:
1. Thyroid Support
Selenium: Foods such as Brazil Nuts contain Selenium a vital nutrient in the conversion of T4 to T3 and preserves the integrity of the Thyroid through its ability to decrease oxidative damage to the cells
Zinc: Pumpkin Seeds are a great source of Zinc. Zinc also plays an important role in converting T4 to T3
Iodine: Sea Vegetables such as Nori and Dulse are great sources of Iodine, which is needed for proper hormonal development.
2. B Vitamins: these vitamins help improve metabolism by working on essential pathways that give our cells energy and support
3. Herbs and Spices to Boost Metabolism
Capsicum annum, also known as Cayenne is a circulatory and metabolic stimulant.
Fucoxanthin from Brown Seaweed encourages resting energy expenditure and thermogenesis
4. Eat Breakfast! It really is the most important meal of the day!
There have been several studies done indicating the importance of eating breakfast. Breakfast sets up your metabolism for the next 24 hours. Those who skip are more likely to gain weight faster than those who eat a balanced meal first thing in the morning.
Eating 30 grams of protein from a good quality protein can increase metabolism and burn fat as if you have just spent one hour in the gym!
Increasing muscle mass can increase your resting metabolic rate. This will allow your body to burn more calories even when you are resting.
Kelp, Carrot and Cashew Soup
By Chef Michael Williams
Ingredients- serves 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup red onion (sliced thin)
1 cup carrot (grated)
2 tablespoons garlic (minced)
1 cup raw cashews (chopped)
2 teaspoons paprika
1 liter vegetable stock
1 cup dried kelp (cut into small pieces)
Salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat a large pot on medium heat.
Add the red onions and saute until beginning to brown.
Add the carrot, garlic, cashews and paprika and saute for one minute more.
Now pour in the stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and add kelp. Simmer for 5 minutes, season to your taste preference with salt and pepper and serve.
Divine Element’s 40 Day Detox Plan to a Better you!
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The plan includes:
Digestion is the seed of our health. How we digest food is how we digest life. As Naturopathic Doctors we talk to each and every patient about the importance of their digestion and how this one system can affect the well being of the whole. If we are not absorbing our nutrients, the body isn’t receiving the nourishment it needs to not only heal but to live optimally. One of the ways you can assure your digestive system is working for you and not against you is through a detox program specific to your needs.
Detoxification is defined as the process of removing toxic substances and emotions. Throughout the day we are exposed to all sorts of toxins, physical, mental, and emotional. Ranging from the preservatives and pesticides in foods, environmental pollution, to a reactive and heated conversation with a partner. So how does the body deal with this toxic load? If we imagine our body to be a bucket, and the bucket fills because of chronic exposure to toxins, it would eventually spill over creating symptoms and discomfort. However, when the bucket has pathways of elimination it allows the bucket to empty itself as the toxins come in. These pathways are represented in the body as emunctories. The primary emunctories include the liver, kidneys, Intestines, stomach, pancreas, lymph and Lungs, and the secondary emunctories are the skin and mucous membranes. These pathways of elimination work together to create a nontoxic environment in the body. If any of these are not functioning optimally the body creates symptoms because the bucket is just too full.
When is the best time to detox and Why 40 days?
“Maintain a positive attitude with promoting Habits for 40 days and you can change your Destiny.” - Yogi Bhajan
Both Spring and Fall are optimal times to detoxify the body. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and Fall a time of preparation for the winter months. To create a new habit that supports our healing it takes 40 days to open new pathways of thinking and clear destructive subconscious programming. By committing to 40 days we are making a decision to empower ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are making a decision to take charge of our health and become an active part of our healing journey.
How Do I know what the best Detox is for my body?
Each of us is unique in how we live, eat, digest, and respond to life. We all may have the same systems with in the physical body, but our mental and emotional body is very unique and specific to us. When detoxifying we are working at the physical level, however, the other parts of us are involved as much if not more in this process of healing. We have all had different experiences in life that have shaped who we are today so to try and heal everyone the same wouldn’t be right or make sense.
Call today to sign up for your very own personalized Detox plan!
Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Pear Crisp
4 Sweet Gala Apples
1/2 teaspoon of grated orange zest
1 tsp of grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons of Freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
3/4 cup of gluten free all purpose flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup of maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup of coconut butter
*can add another 1/2 cup of coconut sugar for more sweetness
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Cut the pears and apples into large chunks
Place the fruit, zests, and juices in a baking dish along with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Combine all topping ingredients in a separate bowl until there are large crumbles and sprinkle on top of fruit
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes and serve warm.
The Green Immune Soup by Dr. Light Miller
Serves 8 – 10
10 – 15 cups water
1/2 head broccoli, chopped well
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 celery root (celeriac), chopped
1/2 cup green onions (green tops only), chopped
6 large leaves and stems of curly kale, chopped
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 sheets kombu, cut in small pieces
1/2 bulb fennel, chopped (do not use the stalks for this soup, only the bulb)
1 thumb-size piece of turmeric root, chopped
1 thumb-size piece of ginger root, chopped
6 pieces of astragalus root (resembles tongue depressors)
8 medium size (about three inches)
sulfur-free ashwangandha root
Four-inch piece of burdock root, chopped
1 tablespoon ajwan seeds (if you cannot find ajwan, celery seeds can be substituted in a pinch but they are a different seed)
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons ghee (for a vegan soup, use one tablespoon coconut oil and one tablespoon sesame oil)
1 tablespoon miso (add this just at the end before serving so as not to destroy the enzymes in miso by cooking)
Add Bragg’s liquid aminos at the end to taste.
In a large soup pot, bring the pure water and hardy vegetables and herb roots (including astragalus, burdock, ashwagandha, ginger, and turmeric) to a boil and then turn to a simmer. Let these simmer together until they soften. Add lighter vegetables and seaweed. Saute the spice seeds in ghee or oil briefly and then add to the pot while cooking. Cook until all the vegetables are soft and flavors are merged. Puree as desired. Serve warm.
As many of you know, we were awarded a high honor this year in Georgia Straight’s 17th annual Best of Vancouver Awards, taking third place for best Naturopathic clinic. What a climb after just three years in the business! Since we opened our doors in 2009, we have had incredible success building awareness about Naturopathic medical approaches to healing and Ayurvedic lifestyle practices. We are true believers in these health remedies and have seen amazing results in our customer’s lives as well as our own. Our dedication and passion have taken us far, but in the end, our meteoric success would not be possible without you, our loyal customers, and from the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say thank you for making this possible. This is your award as much as it is ours.
We want to take this moment to announce an incredible new procedure that we are offering our customers: the Truebalance BHRT program. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy allows us to treat hormonal imbalances that can cause a number of ailments, everything from depression and fatigue to a loss of libido. BHRT optimizes the bodies hormonal levels, creating an environment that is more physiologicly and homeostaticly ideal. This in turn can prevent diseases, slow the ageing process, and improve your all-around quality of life. Dr. Ron Brown, the medical director of Truebalance, has seen stunning results from this kind of treatment, and we are excited to collaborate with him by offering the Truebalance program.
As we strive to find new and better ways to make Divine Elements Health Centre the best Naturopathic clinic in Vancouver, we know we can count our our loyal customers to take this exciting journey with us.
Sonya & Nicholas Jensen
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Before the holidays we look forward to spending time with those we love and getting together to eat fabulous meals while sharing stories from the year that has just passed. The excitement can sometimes be accompanied by an uneasy feeling of what side effects all that time with ones family will bring. As wonderful as our families are they can sometimes bring with them an underlying hum of stress. Whether it’s due to last minute shopping for gifts or the fear of old patterns creeping up when in their presence, this stress can create silent havoc in our bodies and mind.
So what is Stress and why does it have such a hold on us even in times of joy and giving. If you were to look up the meaning of stress there isn’t a very clear distinction as to whether it is the cause or the effect of the strain on the body or mind. Each of us perceive and receive information differently, therefore, our definition of stress will be different. Since there is no concrete answer to what stress is how does one deal with their perception and reaction to it. We can spend days and weeks in retreats and seminars to learn different stress busting strategies and feel amazing and clear right after, however, it isn’t until we are back in our “stress” environment where we can see if what we have learned can be put into practice. And what better test than the holidays!
Below are some stress busting tips on a physical and mental level that can help you respond with out reaction even in the middle of this season.
Ashwaganda: the “Indian Ginseng”, this Ayurvedic herb acts as an adaptogen and as a tonic herb increasing the ability of an organism to cope with stress. This herb works to support the adrenal medulla, the part of the adrenals that secretes the hormones adrenaline ( epinephrine) and nor adrenaline ( nor epinephrine), which are responsible for the rapid increase in nervous system and metabolic activity involved in the general adaptation system
Rhodiola: this is great adaptogenic herb that helps you cope with stress both physically and mentally.
Ginseng: Mediates through the pituitary gland to tune the adrenal cortex so that phase I of the general adaptation syndrome is more efficient. It increases the adrenals capacity to deal with stress.
Vitamin B5: the active form of B5, coenzyme A is involved in the Kreb Cycle in the production of ATP, which is required for proper functioning of the adrenal glands. It is also involved in the production of steroids from the adrenals.
Blueberries: Foods high in Vitamin C aids in steroid hormone synthesis, which is needed to cope with stress.
Brown Rice: Whole grains like Brown Rice and Buckwheat are high in B vitamins which help the adrenals, increase energy, and aid in stress management
Green Vegetables: nourish the body and create balance to help respond to stresses rather than react
Apricots: High in Magnesium. Magnesium has a very calming affect on the nervous system and can help you remain in a more parasympathetic state.
Sweet Potatoes: When under stress the body is depleted in minerals specifically in potassium. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium and are also a great substitute for that carbohydrate craving under times of stress.
Enough cannot be said about how yoga and meditation can help you in times of stress. By incorporating a daily practice you can create an automatic response that will engage your parasympathetic rather than your sympathetic nervous system. This can keep you calm through any storm and help elevate others around you to.
Choose what works for you and incorporate a practice into your holiday routine, your body and mind will thank you for it!
As a culture we have filled our lives with busy schedules full of meetings, activities, shopping for the holidays, and always “doing”. Our body allows us to experience this life and all the systems within the body work together to create balance and strength so we can complete our day to day tasks. When we don’t give our body a chance to properly rest following periods of vigorous activity or stress (i.e. A normal day!), our immune system in particular has to work extra hard to stay balanced. You may have noticed after a set of exams or any big event in your life, the minute it is completed you begin to feel sick. This is the body’s way of communicating that it just needs a break. Now in the midst of the flu season it is even more important for us to listen to our bodies and boost our immunity to prevent that crash from happening. A Homeopathic flu shot is just one of those ways you can help boost your immunity.
Based on the principals of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician (1755-1843), homeopathy is a medical science where the law of similar states, like cures like. This is where symptoms that may occur in a healthy individual can be cured by taking a dilution of a remedy that would trigger those same symptoms. In classical homeopathy a remedy is found for an individual according to their picture as a whole. That remedy would cover several symptoms that person may be experiencing in both their physical and mental bodies. In Combination Homeopathy, remedies of similar nature are combined based on their synergy to treat common triggers and symptoms such as colds and flus.
Engystol and Gripp are two examples of such combination homeopathy remedies which have been scientifically proven to reduce the severity of symptoms during a viral infection such as the flu as well as provide protection from recurring infections. In 2010, The Journal of Immune Based Therapies and Vaccines reported that both Engystol and Gripp were able to inhibit a variety of viral infections from manifesting. Both remedies stimulate type I Interferon, a protein made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. This then triggers an immune response for protection and elimination of the pathogens.
These two remedies can be taken together in the form of a Homeopathic Flu shot which can act to strengthen your immune system to beat any virus that you may come in contact with.
The Homeopathic Flu shot is give on a bi- weekly schedule for up to six injections to fully induce this immune protective response. It is suitable for all ages and is a simple and very effective way to enhance your body’s natural defence system. Consider the Homeopathic flu shot as an alternative to the conventional flu shot.
Below are Divine Elements top 5 ways to boost your immune system this season….
1. Food as Medicine
2. Immune Boosting Herbal Teas: Echinacea, Thyme, Licorice Root, Lemon Grass, Cleavers, Rose Hips, Peppermint, and Elder Flower
3. Stress reduction and gaining tools to manage stress : yoga and meditation, walking, finding something you connect with and love to do.
4. Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Therapy: which includes all of the above nutrients, Vitamins C, E, Selenium, Zinc, and B Vitamins.
5. Homeopathic Flu Shots
These immune boosting tips will help optimize you and your health so you can live a vital life full of energy and balance.
New to Divine Elements Health Centre:
We are excited to announce that we are now offering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Divine Elements. In order to meet your health goals Divine Elements is now teaming up Truebalance, the premier Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) clinic in Canada. We are very excited to work with Doctor Ron Brown OBGYN and medical director of Truebalance to bring his BHRT model to Vancouver. Find your True Balance with Bioidentical Hormones.
The goal of BHRT is to improve quality of life, balance the symptoms of aging and most importantly prevent disease. Naturally hormones begin to decline in individuals around the age of 25. We are seeing this process accelerate due to high stress, overwork, xenoestrogens and other toxins in the environment and the food we eat… and the list goes on.. The purpose of this program is to bring people back to physiologic and homeostatic levels using “Human identical” hormones when an imbalance is indicated.
Signs and Symptoms of
|Irregular menstrual cycle/PMS/Breast Tenderness||Depressed/Flat Mood|
|Depressed mood/Decreased Concentration||Diminished Well being|
|Agitation/Anxiety||Loss of drive/excitement for life|
|Weight Gain||Loss of libido|
|Achy joints||Lack of desire to be intimate|
|Poor memory/foggy thinking||Weight Gain|
|Decreased libido||Loss of muscle mass|
|Poor sleep/hot flashes/night sweats||Hair loss|
|Vaginal Dryness||Prostate inflammation|
|Hair loss/gain||Blood Sugar problems|
|Bone loss||Bone loss|
Establishing an optimal hormone balance in individuals is necessary to keep people feeling young, productive and vital for as long as possible. For the most part, the general population isn’t aware that hormonal imbalance can be a precursor for the majority of serious conditions that show up in peoples lives.
Many of these diseases top the list for Mortality charts across North America including: Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions including Osteoporosis, Depression, Cognitive decline etc. The reason BHRT is so far reaching is because it works specifically on three fronts: improving Anabolic/Catabolic ratio (helping maintain muscle mass among other things), decreasing Inflammation, and Neuroprotection (helping maintain memory, cognition among other things). Each of these areas are critical in establishing and maintaining health which we’ll get into more detail in upcoming newsletters.
As you know from visiting us, the goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to create balance in all systems of the body. Blending the Truebalance program together with traditional Naturopathic philosophy and care creates a powerful combination to take you to greater depths of healing and balance.
For more information on the program for yourself, family member or friend, please contact Divine Elements Health Centre.