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October 17, 2018
Wake up with a flat stomach, but will bloat up as soon as I eat or drink anything…including green tea, water, etc. Sometimes I eat nothing and still get bloated. What gives?
Thank you for your question,
You may have what we call opportunistic yeast overgrowth, which means that there is an imbalance in your gut microbiome.
I would recommend seeing a Naturopathic Doctor to get a proper assessment and get to the bottom of why this is happening. There are tools that would allow you to get rid of the bloating, however, you will need to get a proper work-up first.
I hope this helps!
October 10, 2018
My family doctor wants to put me on anxiety pills, and I don’t want to do that. What natural alternatives can I try? I have tried ashwange, rodola, l-thenaine.
Anxiety can have many causes/aggravators/contributors, so a really important part of treating anxiety is getting to the root of what is causing your anxiety (which may be multi-factorial), and then treating accordingly. A very important part of this, for many, is starting to explore your anxiety with a specialist in mental health (such as a psychotherapist), and perhaps going through some counselling, one technique that many people find very helpful is cognitive behavioural therapy.
1) Seek help from a psychotherapist/psychologist/other mental health professional
Therapies such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) can be really helpful for those struggling with anxiety to help understand where their anxiety might be coming from and to help develop strategies to deal with those feelings of anxiety when they arise.
Try to get ensure good quality and quantity of sleep. Try to keep your bedtime and wake time relatively consistent (even on the weekends), and prioritize getting to sleep on time. Sleep in a dark, quiet room, in a comfortable bed that is used for ONLY sleep and sex. If insomnia is part of your anxiety picture, this should be a big focus of your treatment plan.
2) Minimize blood sugar fluctuations.
Many patients find that their anxiety is triggered by hypoglycaemia (decreased blood sugar levels). Eating every 3-4 hours (including a source of protein) can help to manage blood sugar levels and prevent the anxiety that can come as a symptom of low blood sugar.
3) Regular exercise
Brisk walking and short weight lifting sessions (maximum 20-30 minutes) are what I recommend most commonly for those with anxiety. Exercise should be regular, and you should aim to break a sweat every 48 hours. Walking can be done as often as you’d like, with more benefit thought to be seen from outdoor walking.
4) Avoid dietary triggers.
Caffeine and alcohol are common triggers that should be avoided or minimized. It is also worth exploring whether there are other foods/beverages that affect you individually. I typically help patients with this by helping to implement some sort of elimination diet, with a reintroduction phase where they will pay attention for symptoms that indicate they don’t tolerate any particular food well. Some patients find what they eat to seriously impact their mood and cognition, and I find it a valuable tool to help with not only mental health but other aspects of well-being.
5) Prioritize relaxing activities.
Try to find an activity that makes you feel relaxed, and takes you out of your head. This could be something like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, knitting or walking in nature. Explore options like this and pay attention to how you feel. Then try to prioritize doing something like this regularly (whether its daily or weekly), on a schedule that feels sustainable to you.
Some of my favourite supplements for anxiety:
**Find out if you have any specific vitamin/mineral deficiencies or other conditions that may be contributing to your anxiety, and then the following can sometimes be helpful**
2) Magnesium bisglycinate
4) Omega-3 Supplement
Hope this helps!
October 3, 2018
I developed peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. I am not diabetic and my endocrinologist recommended an anti-depressant to help with pain control and sleep. I read your article on Inflammation and I was wondering what I can take to cure this problem or at least cut down the symptoms. I also suffer from chronic bladder infections so I know my immune system is very weak. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I can’t take alpha lipoic acid because of acid reflux. Thanks for your assistance.
Thank you for sending us your question.
I am unable to give you an exact recommendation without taking your case thoroughly and without a detailed understanding or your medical history. However, here are a few examples of treatments that I’ve used successfully for peripheral neuropathy:
-N acetyl cysteine
-vitamin B12 at a therapeutic dose
-mushrooms such as lion’s mane
-ALA (I know you mentioned not being able to take this in your email) -curcumin -b vitamins -fish oils
We can definitely address inflammation naturopathically as well, which depending on the case, may help the neuropathy.
I would recommend going in to see a Naturopathic Doctor who would be able to take your case and give you the most indicated recommendations when it comes to treatment as well as dose.
I hope this helps!
September 25, 2018
QUESTION: I am almost 86 years old…love ice cream….is it so bad that a dish each night is out f the question? I usually have two glasses of red wine and a dish of ice cream…but I also have a meal of salmon or chicken with veggies.
Great question! Congratulations on being an 86 year old who likes to treat yourself. Sounds like you are doing everything right!
It is all about earning your indulgences – if you are of a healthy weight and body composition – which has most likely been achieved and maintained by exercising weekly (three times a week with strength training) and walks daily- and you consume the right amount of protein for your weight to prevent muscle loss – then you deserve these indulgences. The ice cream gets metabolized off – but the alcohol is certainly more safely consumed 2 days a week – and not 2 days in a row – for brain health.
However, if you are overweight or at risk of diabetes, not active, then the ice cream and the wine daily will be harmful! We recommend reducing both the wine and ice cream.
**Please keep in mind that our Naturopathic Doctors cannot prescribe a specific protocol for medical conditions here BUT they are available for appointments should you require a more individualized plan. Contact Us here to set up an appointment.**