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The Curse of Morning Sickness

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015.

bellyNatural Effective Treatments for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Your Pregnant Hooray!

But wait, you feel Lousy…Nausea, Vomiting, Dizzy, Weak, Tired, the list goes on. You have the dreaded ~MORNING SICKNESS.

It’s more common than you might think; up to 80% of pregnant women suffer. Many women don’t share about it because it’s happening in the first trimester when the pregnancy is still under wraps.  

Let’s talk about Natural Effective Treatments for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy.

What makes it worse?

  • Low blood sugar

  • Waking up on an empty stomach

  • Low Vitamin B6 status prior to and during pregnancy

  • Diet high in refined carbs/sugar and low in protein

What makes it better?

  • Vitamin B6 30-100mg per day with food

  • Ginger 500mg up to three times a day

  • Stabilizing blood sugar with 5 small meals a day and LOTS of health protein sources

  • High protein snack before bed

  • Keep crackers or small snack beside bed for first thing in the morning

  • Do NOT take vitamins on an empty stomach

I’ve had patients whose morning sickness was so severe that they could not take any of the vitamins orally; in these cases we do vitamin IV infusions instead, which is incredibly effective with 100% absorption rate.

For more details, you can check out my original article here:

http://www.naturopathiccurrents.com/articles/morning-sickness-natural-effective-treatments-nausea-and-vomiting-pregnancy

Or contact the clinic to book a visit! 115 Hurontario Street - 705-444-5331

 

Beautiful Skin at Any Age

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014.

 How to Achieve Beautiful Skin at Any Age & The Scoop on Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture  

Sun damage, acne, dull, dry, sagging, puffy, blotchy skin; you name it, I’ve seen it. Skin is one of the most common reasons people come in to see me! I don’t prescribe $200 creams with 10 syllable words on the ingredient list; I recommend simple, clean, natural products that benefit your overall health and appearance.

The anti-aging protocol I offer works on all facets of health to get the greatest overall anti-aging benefit without going under the knife or botox needle to get it. You will receive a skin assessment and general health intake and then be put on a customized skin regimen that includes; facial rejuvenation acupuncture, natural anti-aging serums, cleansers, and moisturizers for your skin type. We are achieving great results!

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?Acupuncture

 

Also known as ‘Natural Botox’ or ‘Acupuncture face lift’. I am certified in this cutting edge technique and have completed hundreds of treatments. I have seen some incredible success stories!  The treatment uses tiny painless acupuncture needles to;

 

  • Improve muscle tone and dermal contraction of the face to decrease the tendency toward sagging and jowls

  • Increase collagen production to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Tighten pores

  • Reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes by increasing local circulation of blood and lymph to the face.

  • Even out skin tone & colour

Dr. Kendra’s Top 5 Tips for Beautiful Skin Health and Graceful Aging

 

  1. DRINK WATER minimum 2L /day. I also love unsweetened coconut water, herbal tea, and freshly juiced green juice.
  2. NATURAL SIMPLE products to cleanse and moisturize that don’t strip skin of its natural oils.
  3. BEAUTY SLEEP 7-9 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night & go to bed before 11pm.
  4. CLEAN FOOD good skin comes from a clean body. Avoid dairy such as cow’s milk, ice cream, and cheese, avoid processed foods with excess sodium and sugar.
  5. SWEAT! Get moving 30min each day minimum, this increases blood flow and promotes metabolism in that area, toxins will get flushed out and cells will heal and grow faster and this slows the aging process

 

For your complimentary 15 minute skin assessment and to find out how my Naturopathic Anti-Aging Protocol can work for you, call 705-444-5331 and ask to book with Dr. Kendra.

 

~ Accept your age and the changes in your beauty. A beautiful older woman is beautiful because her mind and spirit are wise and graceful

 

 

I'm addicted to what?

on Tuesday, 01 April 2014.

keep calmBeginning today, for the month of April, I am giving up my addiction! The first step is admitting what your addicted to;

           Do you get a headache if you skip that morning latte?

           Do you need that afternoon sugar fix to get you through your afternoon energy slump?

           Or how about that magical piece of technology glued to your hand…yes I’m talking about your IPhone.

It took me a couple of weeks to admit to myself that I SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON MY IPHONE. My excuse is pretty legit; I manage multiple social media sights, so it’s necessary work… right?

Guess what’s not necessary; checking Instagram 8 times a day or mindlessly scrolling through the Facebook news feed. These wonderful distractors can be major time wasters!

The 20min I spent girl crushing on surfer Lakey Peterson could have been spent going for a run or meditating to slow my mind down. My phone has sped my mind up; it has effectively shortened my attention span. Yikes, I need to get this under control!

For the month of April the team at Stonetree is avoiding the things in life we have become dependent on. I encourage you to take on this challenge too! Whether it’s; caffeine, sugar, complaining, alcohol, or your IPhone, I know you will learn something from the experience :)

Good luck!

 

Dr. Kendra, ND

Why have we become a Fat & Sick Population?

on Saturday, 25 January 2014.

IMG 1894Happy New Year Friends!

Why are we, as a population becoming Fat & Sick? What happened over the past few decades? I believe we have to ask this question in order to find a solution.

Today I am encouraging you all to take 15min and watch Naturopathic Doctor Jason Lee, as he discusses the impact of individual health on the state of global heath today. Dr. Jason also goes through simple steps we can each take to better our health.

It really is a 'Must See' TED Talk. I love his rant on how most 'kid food' is total garbage.

A few of my favorite quotes:

                               "If you can't understand an ingredient, neither can your body"

                               "Spend alot, Eat a little"

                               "The key to health, is doing the right thing, for a long time"

Watch Dr. Jason Lee's TEDx here

Comment below and let me know what you think! All the best in 2014 :)

Dr. Kendra, ND

Is Gluten making me Fat?

on Saturday, 07 December 2013.

We are an overweight/obese nation!

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Fact: many people cannot digest modern day wheat/gluten!

Improper digestion of gluten can affect our blood sugar and subsequently our weight; many of my patients who go off gluten do experience significant weight loss without making other changes.


 Fact: switching to 'gluten free' versions of bread, cookies, pasta, waffles ect is going to keep us fat or fatter!

The patients who lose weight off gluten usually do so because there decreasing there overall intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars. Gluten free products still contain sugar a lot of the time and can actually have higher glycemic index ratings than there glutinous friends. So beware!!


Solution: go gluten free but significantly decrease overall consumption of refined carbohydrates!
If you’re going to eat grains, stick to options like:

-       quinoa, wild/brown rice, sweet potato

Also, you should be eating lean protein at EVERY meal & eating 5-10 servings of vegetables/fruits each day!

That’s where smoothies come in: if you’re a patient of mine you know about my smoothie obsession. Its just the easiest way to pack in loads of veggies/fruits and even protein with the help of a vegan protein powder. In the winter I add warm water or green tea instead of ice and water.

I have had a green protein smoothie almost every single day for the past 5 years! Its my favorite healthy morning ritual!

The Reults Are IN!

on Wednesday, 20 November 2013.

My experience during our 28 day challenge (We're done this Friday; Celebration time!!!)

First of all, the 28 days flew by way faster than I expected! I feel great! This challenge has really pushed me to examine my day to day routine, and forced me to make realistic improvements that have significantly enhanced my energy, mood, skin, and overall health.

WATER

The water was a cake walk; I love water & herbal tea so there was no big changes needed there.

SUGAR

The sugar was sneaky…I began reading labels again, even routine items I get from the grocery store (Tiki Masala stir fry sauce was an unfortunate culprit). I’ve never been one to have a snickers bar but I did use ketchup, eeek and other dressings and sauces that I now avoid. Being able to put the odd tsp of honey in my tea, or maple syrup on my gluten free pancakes made this doable. Making one of my famous chocolate superfood smoothies after dinner also became a delicious sweet treat :)

EXERCISE

he exercise was surprisingly my most challenging. I found I had to create a schedule that I could follow to make this easier. So Monday mornings yoga, Thursday afternoons Spin class, and 30min walks the rest of the days. On these cold dark days I did not feel like going out for a walk but I always felt better after I got some blood pumping; I even found ideas and solutions to problems would come to me while I was exercising which was very cool.

I also found that going for walks with my partner Evan is an amazing tool that increases our connection and communication; we are definitely going to stick with this new healthy habit.K riding - Copy

My relationship advice to anyone: Walk with your partner!

Another bonus of doing this challenge in November has been getting ready for ski/snowboard season. A day out on the slopes is always more fun (and more safe) if your fitness level is primed :)

28 Day Challenge

on Wednesday, 30 October 2013.

The 28 Day Challenge

So the team here at Stonetree Clinic have deceided to embark on a 28 day Challenge, were on day 5 currently and we encourage you to join along!exercise

What’s involved?

-                  - No refined sugar! (raw local honey, stevia, maple syrup ok)

-                   -Adequate water (half your weight in ounces each day)

-                   -30 minutes of exercise EVERY day

These are pretty simple changes that most people can implement into their daily routine safely.

Personally I’ve been finding the water easy, sugar is fine; but I have to be cognisant of label reading (Monday I ate a stir fry with Tiki Masala sauce and yup there was sugar in it), but the exercise has been my biggest challenge especially with the colder darker days.

Over the weekend I did indoor yoga and a series of sit ups and push ups, yesterday I went for a brisk walk around the block and tonight im going to spin class at the local YMCA.

I’m betting by the end of 28 days ill have more energy, increased lean muscle mass (we’re doing before and after BIA analysis), clearer skin and just overall feel better!

Join in the fun! Let me know how it goes

Veggie Garden Antics

on Friday, 21 June 2013.

My partner Evan and I decided it was time to enter the elite club of veggie gardeners. After a busy weekend of building, shoveling, and planting we were set. A beautiful and delicious variety of organic/non-GMO tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, kale, beets, carrots, and marigold flowers to help keep insects away.

We planted some seeds and some that were already small plants.

Rookie move #1 Not marking and segregating each type of seed…we now have a garden full of weeds/plants and cannot tell the difference between what we planted from seed and what may be a weed.

So we will let it continue to grow, and figure it out as we go along. I am having so much fun learning and watching the incredible process of nature and growth!

BEFORE (left) AFTER (right)                                                                          

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Childhood Obesity

on Friday, 15 February 2013.

I had a Fun Morning with 250 students at Admiral Elementary talking about Nutrition!

In 2007, Statistics Canada found that 29% of adolescents were overweight....
Here's the problem, most kids/adolescents do not outgrow this problem….in fact, many continue to gain excess weight

4 Steps to Prevent Childhood obesity !

1. 5 fruits & vegetables per day or more

2. 2 hours or less of screen time

3. 1 hour physical activity per day or more

4. 0 sugar sweetened beverages per day

“Currently children and youth average close to 8 hours of screen time per day

Why Should I Pay for Naturopathic Medicine?

on Tuesday, 08 January 2013.

A good friend and colleague of mine wrote this great blog recently, I thought I’d share. Check out his website for more information on Dr. Gallant!

Why Should I Pay for Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Justin Gallant, ND

A couple of people have told me that they have a hard time justifying paying to see a Naturopathic Doctor. kendrabio

Hopefully this analogy will help shift the mindset:

Scenario 1: You pick up a car for $500 to last you through the winter. You go to start it up and all of the sudden you hear a terrible noise coming out of the muffler. It’s just a beater so it’s reasonable to just patch up the hole. You’re going to get rid of it after the winter anyway right?

 

Scenario 2: You’ve saved up to buy that new car you’ve always wanted and a couple months later you hear that dreaded noise. You want this car to last at least the next 10 years. That hole is a just a small sign of things to come so it’s better to get a professional service to fix your car (i.e. mechanic or dealership) and get the whole part replaced. After spending hundreds of dollars on your car, your bank account isn’t happy but you won’t have to worry about the problem coming back for a long time.

 

Scenario 3: You’re born with a priceless body that scientists would not be able recreate with billions of dollars. Your body is not disposable; you want it to last a century. If you don’t want to patch up a decent car that you hope will last a decade I would hope that you would not want to just throw a patch on your body that has the potential to last 100 years. By the time you’re retired would you rather be driving around that car that you decided to patch up every time something went wrong or would you prefer to have that ol’ classic car that looks brand spankin’ new and everything runs perfectly. You’ll be the envy of all your peers. We don’t have the option to sell or trade our bodies so it’s important to seek professional services in order to keep them in optimal shape.

 

Regarding your health,

     While those temporary patches are important while you work on finding a solution, they shouldn’t be depended on for life. It might be necessary to apply a patch until you can find the right person to fix your problem or until you can get the money to pay them but the mindset of, “That’s good enough” shouldn’t suffice. Most of us get one chance with our body and our health is what will maintain it so we can enjoy it for as long as possible.

     If you’re willing to spend over $20 000 on a vehicle and dish out hundreds of dollars at a time to keep it tuned up or to repair it, you should not be afraid to treat your health the same way. You’re more important than your car.  

     Our bodies are miraculous machines, they can enable us to do so many things or they can literally be the death of us. We have to cherish and invest in our irreplaceable bodies rather than the replaceable material things in life. We have to look at our bodies as if they are the vehicle that will get us through the next 100 years and treat it as such.

 

A couple of other things to keep in mind:

•The less a Doctor is paid per patient, the more patients that Doctor will try to see

•Aside from the advanced education, research and experience your ND utilizes to help improve your health, most ND's spend a lot of out-of-office time working on each patient's individual case. It's better to treat the price you pay as if it's "per health" rather than "per hour" because you might sit down with your ND for an hour but they could spend a whole day working up your case.

•If money is an issue, just like most other professions, most ND's will be able to work something reasonable out for you.

•If you have benefits, depending on the company you could get the first 4 visits for free or 80% off of all of your visits.

•Most people you talk to who have been to an ND have no problem paying for the service, these people realize how valuable their health is because the majority of them have realized how severely poor health can affect their life.

http://www.drjustingallantnd.com/blog.html

10 Secrets to Beautiful Skin

on Wednesday, 12 December 2012.

Age Beautifully from the Inside Out

Beautiful Skin From the Inside Out

I believe the word "health" is synonymous with the word "beauty". I define health and beauty as deep, magnetic joy or contentment and confidence that glows from the inside out.

Confidence is tremendously important in life; it helps us be better, do better, give more of ourselves to others. I am so lucky to be able to help people achieve this confidence on a daily basis by offering my custom clinical Anti-Aging Protocol.

The foundation of Naturopathic Medicine is to get to the root cause of the disease/condition and not too cover up or mask symptoms. Dull, sagging, puffy, blotchy skin can be a symptom of poor underlying diet/digestion/health etc, not a sign that your $100 wrinkle cream isn’t working.

The anti-aging protocol we offer is working on all facets of health to get the greatest overall anti-aging benefit without going under the knife or botox needle to get it. Our goal is even skin tone, plumper moisturized skin, reduced pore size, increased collagen production, minimized fine wrinkles, decreased bags & sags, increased energy and immune function, optimal custom diet, and hormone balance, all stemming from the inside out.

When it comes to health & beauty does Dr. Kendra follow her Top 10 tips to slow and reverse the Aging Process?

As a rule of thumb I drink minimum 2L water/day. I also love unsweetened coconut water, herbal/green tea, and freshly juiced green vegetable juice.k - Copy

I cleanse and moisturize with all natural simple products that don’t strip my skin of its natural oils.

I practice daily self-facial massage with special skin oil, at night to prevent wrinkles and keep skin tight, soft and supple.

I get my beauty sleep; 8-9 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night & go to bed before 11pm.

I do not smoke period.

When it comes to alcohol I try not to overindulge, and I avoid beer altogether.

I wear natural sunscreen, yes even in winter and on cloudy days (ok I’m not so good at this one all the time)

Diet; good skin comes from a clean body. I avoid dairy such as cow’s milk, ice cream, and cheese, I also avoid processed foods with excess sodium and sugar. In traditional Chinese medicine these foods create dampness in the body which show up on the body as double chin, sagging jowls, and puffiness around the eyes

I barely ever wear makeup, I know this is not for everyone, but caking on foundation will pollute and weigh down the skin and block pores, let your inner beauty shine through!

Sweat! I am active 30min each day minimum, this increases blood flow and promotes metabolism in that area, toxins will get flushed out and cells will heal and grow faster and this slows the aging process

For your complimentary 15 minute skin assessment and to find out how our Naturopathic Anti-Aging Protocol can work for you, call 705-444-5331 and ask to book with Kendra.

 

~ Accept your age and the changes in your beauty. A beautiful older woman is beautiful because her mind and spirit are wise and graceful

5 Ways to Feel Great this Cold/Flu Season

on Wednesday, 10 October 2012.

5 Ways to Feel Great this Cold/Flu Season

Does the change of season have you feeling robbed of energy, like you might catch a cold at the drop of a hat?

Follow these easy steps to feel healthy and energized this fall season!

1. Sleep Restoration: Your immune system needs time to re-charge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; you probably need more sleep then you’re getting. The days are getting shorter and we all need our own version of hibernation at times. Hours before midnight are super restorative; your best bet for sleep restoration is from 10pm-7am. Keep your room cool and dark.

2. Sneeze etiquette: Please for the sake of all bystanders use proper sneeze and cough etiquette. Meaning, cough into your elbow; you don’t open doors or shake hands with your elbow do you? Exactly.

3. Vitamin Revitalization: Vitamins such as D3 and C are essential. Are you getting them in the right doses? These nutrients help support immune function on various levels.

4. Mineral Support: Zinc has been shown to increase the number of WBC’s your body produces and this strengthens immunity and keep us feeling great. Ask your Naturopath about other important minerals and what dose is right for you.

5. Wash your Hands: Studies show that regular hand washing, even with non-anti-bacterial soap, is a vital step in reducing the spread of germs and keeping illness at bay. Use warm water and remember to get the backs of your hands and in between your fingers.

If you would like details on nutrient dosing, a custom immune program, immune shots, or help for your little one book an appointment to see me at my clinic!

February 2011- Tales of a Nicaragua Medical Brigade

on Sunday, 09 September 2012. Posted in Kendra's Blog

327232 388646877867644 1183729544 oLife changing would be an understatement of how I would describe my ten day medical brigade to the small island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. Seventeen female CCNM students on the adventure of a lifetime travelling to Central America to work with Natural Doctors International; living with local families, treating local patients. We raised over $21 000 for the non-profit organization/clinic and treated over 191 patients. The culture shock and witnessing the extreme poverty first hand was just a preview to the devastating health conditions we saw working in the clinic. The sometimes seemingly impossible language barrier was challenging at first but we learned small talk and medical terms quickly. The little clinic we worked in served as the walk in clinic, family general practitioner’s office, women’s health clinic, and even emergency services. Here’s a preview of what we treated in our time there;

-        Septic dog bite to the foot, severe infection, potential rabies (patient needed immediate tetanus and rabies vaccinations and anti-biotics)

-        8 yr old boy who cut the tip of his thumb off while opening a coconut with a machete

-        12 yr old boy with chemical burns to the face; his family put strong pesticide on their dog and it shook and splashed the chemical all over the boys face and in his eyes

-        Female with pelvic inflammatory disease and possible Chlamydia or gonorrhoea (we did a gynaecological exam, sent out labs and prescribed anti-biotics, botanical tincture etc)

-        Spider in the ear on the ear drum….the ears Oh the ears!! Every other person I did an otoscopic exam on had either a fungal infection in the external ear canal, an insect in the ear, impacted cerumen (ear wax), or scarring of the ear drum from previous infections

Resistance to pharmaceutical medications is becoming a widespread problem in Nicaragua due to non compliance and incorrect self dosing; you can by any pharmaceutical drug without prescription from the corner store! As a result, the patients we treated responded very well to botanical medicine, nutritional supplements, homeopathy and acupuncture. Most just needed multi vitamins and protein powder due to severe malnutrition, diarrhea and parasitic infections.  Naturopathic doctors have full scope of practice down there to prescribe pharmaceuticals and there were definitely some cases where drugs were indicated as well.

It was so rewarding on so many different levels to help patients in the NDI clinic. The people of Ometepe are such loving, giving, happy people! The family I stayed with who took such great care of me and all of the locals I got to know taught me about the simplicity of life and being at peace.

“The things that you own end up owning you” unknown author

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