Essential Herbs for Adrenal Health and Thyroid Healing.

Essential Herbs for Adrenal Health and Thyroid Healing.

Whats the biggest question I am asked with regards to thyroid? I’m on Synthroid and my doctor says its permanent, is it? First off let me start by saying if you are on Synthroid it does not have to be permanent. Many women are told that once they are on it it is for life and this simply is not the case. There is hope. Many have lost their libido, suffering from loss of concentration, depression and other debilitating symptoms. This was supposed to HELP you but instead it simply is not supporting your thyroid or your adrenals. That is what this article is for. When you compromise the health of your liver and your kidneys, you will need to support them in order to heal. That means supporting with diet, nutrition and herbs. Let me give you a little background. I started out with thyroid health and women hormones being my focus until I realized that the adrenals were the real issue. You see the symptoms are not due to a malfunctioning thyroid, they are letting you know there is something wrong deeper in the body, the whole system needs attention. When you look at the endocrine system you get a better insight as to what is going on. Two glands are important to look at. The adrenal glands and the thyroid glands. To often the adrenals are written off as a buzz word or trend by allopathic medicine, this is a big mistake. It should be a baseline for testing, as it is in my clinical practice. The pineal gland is another to peek at, it regulates...
Detox Bath

Detox Bath

I’ve been asked on numerous occasions how to properly do a detox bath so I decided it was time to put up a post.  Sweating is one of the ways your body naturally detoxifies, so it stands to reason working out in the gym, getting your sweat on by running or any physical activity is a sure bet to help that process out. But what about those who are simply not physically able at this point in their journey? Thats where a detox bath comes in handy. Not only do you eliminate some of the toxins, you also absorb much needed minerals and nutrients. You will want to do this before bed, as it will wipe your energy right out and you will sleep like a baby. Don’t rush the process though, take a good hour of “me” time. Step 1: prep your body Hydrate with 8 ounces of room temperature water prior to your bath. I also like to have a large glass beside the bath for when I get thirsty while relaxing. Step 2: Get your supplies ready You will need: Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) Sea Salt of Himalayan Salt Unprocessed, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar Your favourite essential oil if you like, lavender is a nice soothing one Dry Skin brush Step 3: dry brushing Your skin is the largest organ of the body, this means it absorbs everything we put on it, good and bad. We need to be taking better care of it. Most of you who are already a part of my program or have gone through my program in the...
Have Some Heart, Hemp Hearts.

Have Some Heart, Hemp Hearts.

So here I am sitting in a consultation with a patient chatting away regarding nutrition and nutritional deficiencies when I notice he is giving me a strangest look. Now this is not the first time this has happened and I knew right away what was on his mind. So I asked him, “you are wondering why I smell like pot, right?” He nervously laughed and replied with a solid yes. Being holistically minded does not mean I am a pot smoker, it does however mean I like hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) and when I decide to snack on them mid afternoon, by the handful I might add, my breath gives off the distinct aroma of weed. I’ve never been a pot smoker, just not my style, but the nutrition bang you get from snacking on the seeds just can’t be beat. So I often find myself explaining this to whoever is in my office at the time.  I really must remember not to snack during my clinical hours. Why do I love hemp seeds so much? Because they are PACKED with healthy fats, protein and many of the minerals our body requires for optimal health. They are so delicious and incredibly nutritious that they should be in everyones fridge (no not the pantry). Let’s look at the breakdown.  Hemp seeds contain more than 30% fat (the good kind). They are rich in two of the essential acids, linoleic acid which is Omega 6 and alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3).  They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which has some pretty good heart health benefits....
The Poop Baby Belly Bloat!

The Poop Baby Belly Bloat!

Why do I look 3 months pregnant when I know I am eating healthy foods? If kale is so healthy why is it that i could fly a hot air balloon after eating it? toot, toot! Let explain a few things about the foods we eat and how they affect us all very differently. First off, kale, broccoli, and cabbage are cruciferous vegetables, they contain something called raffinose which is a sugar that remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferment it. Sounds like no big deal, I mean you take your probiotics right? So you must have enough good bacteria to complete the task, except this produces gas which *drumroll* makes you bloat. Sorry. This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating healthy greens, it just means you need to alter the way you eat them. First off start with smaller portions until your body figures out what to do on it’s own. Digestive enzymes and proper probiotics will help. When we regularly eat nutrient dense food like veggies high in fiber, we end up having a stronger, healthier digestive system. You see fiber feeds the probiotics (that makes it a pre-biotic) Which in the end means less bloating… and less gas. Quick tip: try steaming your veggies just a little bit. This softens the fiber and gets rid of some to the water,it will take up less space in your GI tract, you aren’t going to eliminate the bloat 100%, it will simply make it easier to digest, but over time it will eventually happen. What about the obvious – beans and legumes: the musical fruit I...