Healthy Tip: Eat for the Season

posted on August 2, 2011

Eating for the season can be beneficial for a number of reasons.  Consuming summer grown foods in the summer are more nutritious, have better taste and can lower your grocery bill.  For Canadians it is the best time to explore a nearby farmer’s market and eat locally.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, eating light and cooling foods will optimize your body’s functions as your body adapts to our hot summer weather.  Foods to enjoy this summer: fruits like strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears and plums; vegetables like summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower and corn; and herbs like peppermint and cilantro.

Taking Health Naturally - Why see an ND

posted on August 1, 2011

Ask yourself – “Do I feel healthy?” or “Can my health be improved?”

Many of us walk around with a clean bill of health or a ‘managed’ condition, yet still feel that something is not quite right.  From nagging colds, digestive discomfort to just feeling drained, there are subtle everyday occurrences that can wear us down and may even be a sign that something is starting to go wrong. 

This is where alternative healthcare can play a significant role in your health.  Naturopathic Medicine is one way to address your health from a comprehensive and natural perspective.  From acute to chronic symptoms, there are many natural ways to optimize your health and even prevent future conditions from arising.  

Naturopathic Doctors are primary care physicians that are extensively trained in a number of natural therapies.  These include: diet and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.  This allows you and your Naturopath to explore a number of options best suited for you.

With growing consumer demand of Naturopathic Medicine, many health insurance plans even cover the cost of visits.

Why see an ND to guide your self-care

Today, with an influx of media claims for the latest and greatest therapeutic food or nutritional supplement, living optimally and naturally can be overwhelming and confusing.  After a thorough health history intake, a Naturopathic Doctor can help you determine what will be of most benefit to your body and how to incorporate such things into your life.  This way you can approach your health from an informed point of view.  This emphasizes one of Naturopathy’s guiding principles, “Doctor as Teacher”.  

Beyond sorting through all the claims, this is also a matter of safety.  Due to various medication regimens and health conditions not all natural products or foods are for everyone.  Therefore, it is important to consult a professional before embarking on a new regimen – even if it seems like a healthy one.