Let’s get Going and Glowing with IV Therapy

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With IV treatments, nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream. This creates a concentration gradient that allows nutrients to be delivered to the cells passively, with little or no effort from the body.

IV treatments can be helpful for a variety of conditions. Here are a couple to let you know of for this month

Athletic Recovery and Performance
Spring has sprung and with that many of you will be hitting the road with running or biking or other fun outdoor activities.

Whether you are the weekend warrior or training for an Ironman, we have IV formulations designed to support the body and improve performance and recovery time with rehydration and tissue repair.

Healthy-Aging & Skin Rejuvenation
Another tried and true benefit for IV administration of nutrients, is to restore dry-skin, wrinkles, skin blemishes, dark spots and accelerated aging.  While we can’t stop the aging process, we can have optimal nutrition to allow for “Healthy Aging”. Topical products and creams work to hydrate your skin externally, hydrating from the inside out is even more effective for rejuvenating your outward appearance.  I focus on ensuring that your skin, your energy and your health goals all match. When it comes to treating skin it’s about more than just what’s on the outside that counts. 

If skin care is of interest for you, you are welcome to book with me for a Healthy Skin Consultation

613-798-1000

Help for Migraines – IV Magnesium

Do you or someone you know suffer from migraines?


Research shows that intravenous magnesium sulfate is an efficient, safe, and well-tolerated drug in the treatment of migraine attacks.
I have Intravenous Appointments 3 days a week.

Call us to find out more about this treatment. 613-798-1000

Here’s a research paper on the topic.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11251702?fbclid=IwAR17sBDosjBuxvfHS5xARFM5NLy6pi0rGpeyaIMggltYGhgADAqtBb4luP4

Natural Skin Care – Healthy Aging

I have loved helping people with skin care over the years. Naturopathic medicine and it’s foundation in nutrition and lifestyle advances is the best form of medicine for feeling and looking healthy from the inside and out. Building on that, I have taken advanced training on the topic of skin care in areas of injection therapy, herbal medicines, hormones, and prescribing therapeutic doses of key vitamins and minerals to support skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, acne, dullness and fine lines.

Often skin issues keep us form putting ourselves out there and this can affect our social and mental health too. While healing skin disorders we also improve overall health with improvements seen in energy and outlook as fabulous side effects!

A topic that comes up around skin health, is the aging process.

Some people shudder at “aging”. There is no magic wand to stop time, nor should we want to. I remind my clients that aging is a gift that not everyone gets to enjoy.
There is no way to stop them aging every minute, other than death and that’s not on the agenda any time soon, thank you! In this day and age, we get to have our cells in action for decades longer than many of our predecessors, so we are obliged to take care of our bodies for a lot longer.  That’s a substantial responsibility.

 

Why is it that aging affects the skin?

  • Cells divide more slowly as we age, and the inner layer of skin starts to thin.
  • This “slowing” down of the cells lessens the amount of skin that naturally sloughs off to reveal the new juicy cells underneath (hence the use of skin “peels” which chemically do that job for us.)
  • Oil secreting glands shrink, and this results in less of a “barrier” on the skin to keep all our fluids and plumpness in there.
  • Photo-aging from the sun (yes, it even happens in the winter) – UV light can damage both deep and outer skin layers. They also can cause the breakdown of collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and improves elasticity, reduces wrinkles and increases skin moisture)

 

Let’s talk about Healthy-Aging vs Anti-Aging.

Talk to me about healthy, fabulous aging skin and LOVE the conversation we will have. We can give our cells have the best opportunity to age appropriately and not too quickly. Ensuring that skin cells have all the antioxidants, hormones, collagen and all the other mighty nutrients that keep it smooth, free from blemishes and discoloration will be part of the plan in preventing skin deterioration

 

My fabulous Naturopathic tool kit for skin health
(check out our Facebook page in the coming while as I explain these in more details)

 

Topical antioxidant lotions
Dietary changes
Vitamin injections
Intravenous Glutathione for lightening appearance of dark skin spots (hyperpigmentation)
Reduction of acne scars
Therapeutic doses of key vitamin and nutrients for acne treatments
Amino acids to support collagen formation
Hormone balancing

 

Book your 30min Skin Care Consultation to talk about your steps into a healthy future, inside and out.

 

 

Sixty and Sexy? Of course!

 

Your kids are gone, you have the house to yourselves. Freedom Finally! Time to have some FUN. Right?

But you’re not feeling it. You’re not in the mood. Have you lost your mojo? While it is normal to have hormones decline as early as 40 years of age, many women are declining far more quickly than they would like.

They are also wanting so much more for the years to come, and to that I say, “Why not?”

All too often I hear, “I just want to be myself again”. They clarify, “I’m not asking for the 20-year-old self, I don’t want to be her. But even me 5 years ago would be good.”

So, what about you and what you want?

You remember how fun things used to be. You’ve imagined how fun things could be, but you have zero libido and can sometimes barely muster enough energy to wash your face. Perhaps you are noticing that your hair and skin have lost some of their luster? You don’t have to settle for a lack of shine in those areas either.

You can find solutions to feelings of fatigue, irritability, low sex drive, insomnia, memory loss, and dozens of other symptoms associated with unbalanced hormones.

Contact Dr. Vivienne who can help you get back to you…or even a more relaxed, more joyful version of you.

Things to talk about.

Hormones to help with sleep.
Creams for comfort.
Herbal medicines to support your nerves.
Eliminating hot flashes.
Increasing libido. Taming the rage.
Prescription creams for fine lines and wrinkles.
And so much more…..

Call today!
613-798-1000
or email dr@drguynd.com

Have you heard of lectins and what they may be doing to your health? Love Them or Leave Them?

 

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We’re all familiar with that schoolyard rhyme: “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart….” As adults we roll our eyes, but have you ever wondered where the rest of that rhyme came from, or why foods like legumes are so tough to digest?

Turns out that most of our foods contain certain compounds that, by nature, are difficult on our digestive systems – because they’re not really meant for our digestive systems at all! Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t tolerate them but more and more research is helping us learn the reasons why some foods can be tough on our systems, and what the implications are of consuming them. In the case of beans and legumes, amongst other foods, the main culprit we’re learning more about is lectins.

Lectins are a kind of protein that’s found in a variety of plant- and animal-based foods. In fact, almost all plant and animal substances contain them in small amounts!

We know proteins are the building blocks of muscles and are critical to our health so the question for most of us is: if lectins are just proteins, how could they be bad for us?

Simply put, lectins bind cells together, and in particular, they bind to sugars. Their ability to lessen the body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients puts lectins in a special category known as ‘antinutrients’. Because we can’t digest lectins, they tend to pass through our systems unnoticed which, for most people, means antinutrients like lectins don’t pose much of a problem at all! In fact, in small amounts, lectins can have numerous health benefits. They’ve been shown to have an important role in immune function, cell growth, and might even be helpful in cancer therapy.

However, lectins can wreak havoc for people who consume a diet with lots of high lectin foods and for those who suffer from GI disorders or immune deficiencies. In more severe instances where GI disorders and immunity dysfunction are at play, lectins can have quite a serious effect on the gut lining and tight junctions that keep the intestines functioning well.

 

 

If they’re not meant to be digested, what purpose do lectins serve? Lectins have a distinct and important purpose in nature – it’s just that the purpose is for the organism’s survival, and not for human consumption! The most important function lectins have in the plant world is to act as a natural insecticide, protecting plants, grains, and legumes from natural predators. And they’re great at it too! When predatory insects come in contact with them, the lectins completely disrupt insect metabolism, preventing invasions and attacks on the plants. Part of a plant’s defense mechanisms, lectins are a natural way to strengthen crops against common pests!

To update that schoolyard rhyme: the more lectins you consume the more discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, and importantly, malabsorption of nutrients you might experience.

If these sound like familiar symptoms, that could be because the 30% of foods that have high levels of lectins are ones we commonly eat such as dairy, nightshades (like tomatoes and peppers), whole grains, seeds, GMO foods, and yes – beans and legumes!

Some experts have suggested that removing all lectins from your diet can help the gut to recover from antinutrient-caused distress and that this could be critical to treating GI and immunity disorders. Still, many others have pointed to the various preparation techniques that people have used around the globe to help weaken and eliminate lectin proteins, making these staple foods much easier to enjoy!

I caution against removing whole categories of foods unless truly necessary, especially because foods high in lectins also have other essential benefits such as fibre and minerals, that our bodies need. Instead, we want to provide you with a variety of methods you can use to prepare high lectins foods that are centuries old, and globally trusted to make these foods easier to digest.

These are my favourite four ways of preparing legumes, grains, and seeds so you can keep them in your diet without worrying about the negative effects of lectin protein. Prepare them mindfully, and with the help of a few tried and true techniques to get the most out of them:

1. Soak Beans (canned or dried) in particular benefit from soaking, as do many harder grains and pseudograins like oats, rye, barley, wheat, and quinoa. Soaking and rinsing legumes and grains help to shake free starches, acids, and proteins, making minerals more bioavailable as well as make them easier to digest. Put yours in a larger bowl and cover with water by about 2 inches. Allow them to soak for a few hours up to overnight. Drain fully and rinse again until the water runs clear. As an extra tip: we like to add a 1” piece of kombu or dulse seaweed to the water when soaking beans – it further helps to break down lectins and make beans easier to digest!

2.Sprout For most beans and seeds sprouting deactivates lectins completely. Why? Because you’re no longer eating them in their contained form. Rather, since they’ve begun the initial stages of germination, they’ve evolved from that seed state. The nutrients are even more available when you sprout, and it’s a lot of fun for the family when you have a hand in ‘growing’ your own food. This works for almost all legumes except for alfalfa in which, interestingly, lectins increase when sprouted!

3. Boil or Pressure Cook It seems obvious that if you were going to eat legumes or grains that you would boil or pressure cook them first – but these techniques actually have many benefits and ridding beans of lectins is one of them. Studies show that boiling soybeans, red beans, and many others at 212°F/ 100°C for a minimum of 10 minutes reduces lectins to negligible amounts.

4. Ferment Fermenting foods is the act of allowing good bacteria to grow in the food. The new good bacteria break down and convert would-be harmful proteins including lectins. This is an ancient and common approach across many cultures to consuming foods that are otherwise difficult to digest. In fact, fermented foods are great for you for many reasons because that good bacteria is also known as probiotics – one of the most important factors in overall gut health. Just think of tofu, tempeh, miso, kefir, and natto as great examples of fermented foods that would contain high levels of lectins prior to fermentation and you can see why this technique is so far-reaching!

In my practice I want to see you and your family on a path towards your optimal health, and I have the tools to help make that journey clearer and easier. If you’re curious to learn more about how reducing or removing lectins from your diet could be beneficial to you, please call or email me at dr@drguynd.com and I will be happy to have a detailed consultation with you.

Yours in good health,
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Dr. Vivienne Guy, ND

References:

 

Rhodes, Jonathan M. Genetically modified foods and the Pusztai affair. BMJ. 1999 May 8; 318(7193): 1284.

Miyake K, Tanaka T, McNeil PL, 2007 Lectin-Based Food Poisoning: A New Mechanism of Protein Toxicity. PLoS ONE 2(8): e687. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000687

DeMarco, Vincent G., et al. Glutamine and Barrier Function in Cultured Caco-2 Epithelial Cell Monolayers. J. Nutr. July 1, 2003 vol. 133 no. 7 2176-2179.

5 Ways to Reduce or Remove Lectins From Your Favorite Foods

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/lectins-phytates-autoimmune-disease-separating-fact-fiction

 

How to avoid getting sick on holiday

vacWith winter in full swing now is the time our minds wander to warmer climates – and the opportunity to travel to them isn’t far behind! While we often seek out sunny destinations for a brief reprieve during these colder months, some aspects of travel can cause a pause in the fun. While we look forward to being whisked away to somewhere new, we often forget that drastic shifts in climate can open us up to attacks on our immune systems, new environments hold a variety of unexpected flora and fauna, and experimenting with local cuisines can play roulette with our digestive systems.

 

In spite of all of this, I love to travel too! That’s why I’ve developed a list of the most important precautions to take prior to taking off for your next exotic destination so you can get the most out of your upcoming vacations!

 

Pre-Travel Vitamins

Taking a daily multivitamin to ensure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health is always a good idea, but it’s extra important when you’re preparing for a trip that could include flying and staying in various accommodations. Be sure to include Zinc, B-complex, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D3 to strengthen your immune system before and after your trip.

 

I provide personalized intravenous vitamin treatments that I customize specifically to your needs. Not only will I be sure to include the potent vitamins you need, but I do so in a saline solution that bolsters your hydration levels – one of the most important factors in maintaining optimal health during travel.

 

Hydration

Making sure you’re well hydrated is critical preparation for trips as dehydration is a major factor in travel. Since travel generally includes conditions such as travelling in un-humidified airplanes, being in hot or arid climates, or exerting more energy than usual; we need to ensure that our hydration levels are optimized to support changes in bodily functions. When the airline attendant asks for your beverage order take it as a signal to have a glass of water and avoid those cups of coffee or glasses of wine. And – never be shy to ask for refills. If anyone knows in-flight dehydration, it’s the cabin crew!

Travel Supplements

It’s not just fun to experience new places, travel can be so exciting that it can send your body into high gear. Think for a moment about your last vacation. How many new situations, thrilling moments, and unexpected occurrences did you experience? While you worked through each of them, your body’s coping mechanisms were in full effect, helping you to experience joy, exhilaration, and stress – all heightened by brand new circumstances. When you consider it that way, it’s clear that everything including your digestive system, immunity, circadian rhythm, and even your adrenal glands are on active duty. Help your body to manage these ups and downs with natural supplements:

Adaptogens like reishi, ashwagandha, and holy basil can help fight stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Begin taking your preferred adaptogen at least a week before you travel. Natural supplements take time to build in order to reach peak efficacy.

Antimicrobials are proven pathogen killers that can assist your digestive and immune systems in warding off new strains of bacteria to which your body might not be accustomed. Sometimes our best efforts to avoid foods like washed salads and raw vegetables that cause common stomach bugs still don’t keep us safe. In that case it’s good to know you can start early and ward off traveller’s tummy and diarrhea with antimicrobials like oil of oregano, grapefruit seed extract and colloidal silver.

Melatonin helps your body rebalance its circadian rhythm, or find homeostasis in its wake and sleep cycle. This is the supplement of choice for fighting jet lag! Most melatonin supplements suggest taking the dose before going to bed in your new destination, and to do for a couple of days until you feel you’ve adapted.

Probiotics we talk about the benefits of these good bacteria often – and for good reasons! Keeping your gut flora nice and strong is of extra importance when travelling since there are many instances when you could encounter new or different foods and beverages. Even a seemingly innocent salad could harbour a surprise when eaten in a foreign land, since bacteria in water differ greatly around the world, as do food care standards! Help your gut to be as healthy as possible prior to and during your trip by supplementing with a great probiotic.

Ginger is world renown for easing nausea, stomach upset, indigestion, and even motion sickness. Sometimes there’s no need to try over-the-counter medications when a good natural supplement can also do an effective job. Keep some natural ginger chews with you at all times for when those unforeseen moments strike.

First Aid Kit

A classic first aid kit is always welcome when going away. You can purchase a travel sized one at any pharmacy or make your own. I always include:

  • Adhesive bandages (multiple sizes)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser (like alcohol or iodine pads)
  • Blister pads or moleskin
  • Gauze
  • Safety pins and scissors

 

Suncare

Whether you’re going surfing or snowboarding or something in between, you always need to protect your skin from sun exposure. The reflective glare from sea and snow can make your skin more prone to burns which not only make your trip less enjoyable but it can also be dangerous in the long run. Look for natural ingredients such as zinc oxide which is a mineral used to create a physical block from the sun. Additional ingredients such as vitamin E or C are also nice ways of giving your skin a nice boost of topical antioxidants.

Prescriptions

If you’re taking any prescription medication, please be sure to have enough for the duration of your trip, plus a couple of extra doses, in case of unanticipated travel changes. Always make sure that your prescriptions are in labelled bottles and that you also have a doctor’s note if necessary, as some medications might not be universally understood or accepted in different countries. You might also consider bringing a valid prescription for a refill of your medication as a just in case measure.

Travel is exciting and has so many benefits from providing a well-deserved break from routine to exploring history and learning about different cultures to taking on new challenges and building new skills. We want you to get the very most out of your adventures, no matter how relaxed or extreme they might be.

If you’re travelling soon and want to review how to best prepare you and your family before heading away, please call or email me at dr@drguynd.com and book an appointment. Together we can make sure that you’re ready for all the excitement that lies ahead in good health!

Here’s to your next adventure!

Dr.Vivienne Guy, ND

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