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OPEN HOUSE – SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 – 10 AM – 3 PM

on August 20, 2018 by: admin 0 Comments

OPEN HOUSE - SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 - 10 AM - 3 PM

Join us as we celebrate an incredible 2 years with an open house!!!! As a thank you for the amazing support you have shown we are offering:

  • Free treatments by naturopathic doctor, massage therapist and acupuncturist.
  • There will be lots of chances to win great prizes, free services and gift baskets
  • Free product samples
  • Delicious Food
  • Henna artist for the whole family
  • Meet our team
    AND MUCH MORE
blue sky with some clouds and a sign that says CLEAN AIR

Breathe Smrt and Clear!

on August 9, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Breathe Smrt and Clear This Summer!

Wildfires. Vehicle emissions. Chemicals in the air. Smoking. Changes in the weather. So many different things affect our air quality daily that it’s hard to make sure you’re breathing in clean air. Which might leave you wondering how can you Breathe Smrt and Clear?

What is clean air?

Clean air is air free of harmful pollutants or free of dangerous levels of harmful pollutants. Even things you might not think were harmful can affect the air you’re breathing. Everything from car exhaust and cigarette smoke to dust and pet hair to wildfires happening provinces away – it all negatively contributes to your air quality. And we don’t always notice it!

When our air isn’t clean, it can do simple things like irritate your eyes, nose, or throat and cause shortness of breath. But the longer you’re exposed to poor air quality, the more likely it is to cause allergies and asthma. It can also contribute to things like cardiovascular disease.

Tips To Breathe Smrt and Clear!

There are plenty of ways to stay healthy, even when the air quality is poor. Our first tips to Breathe Smrt and Clear are specifically for when you’re indoors.

  • Double check your home. See if you have any air pollutants that might be affecting you and if you can do without them any of them. These include things like:
    • Cleaners and disinfectants
    • Bug repellants
    • Air fresheners
    • And more!
  • When it comes to a lot of the above, you can make some easy changes to your indoor air quality by switching to more natural cleaning products. We’ve got some examples below for you!
    • Water, vinegar, a hint of lemon juice, and a dash of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle makes for a very simple and more natural cleaning solution for your counters, sinks, tiles, and bathrooms.
    • Water and vinegar alone are great for cleaning windows without extra chemicals!
    • Have some stubborn, stuck on stains? Some water, vinegar, and castile soap (a soap made from vegetable oil. One popular brand is Dr. Bronner’s) will have those stains gone in no time.
    • Need to clean the oven? All you need is some filtered water, baking soda, and castile soap and your oven will be sparkling clean!
    • You can eve make your own bug spray with some essential oils, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, and water or vinegar! (Check out this recipe here for one that works wonders!)
    • If you have the money, an essential oil diffuser will quickly replace your need or want for an air freshener – plus, they smell better too! You can also invest in some potpourri or fresh plants to make your place smell lovely!

Plant the Seed for Healthy Breathing!

You can also boost the air quality in your home by adding some air cleaning house plants.

  • Air cleaning house plants are plants that do exactly what it says on the label: they help filter the air around them and keep it just a bit cleaner than it would have been without them.
  • Such plants include:
    • Boston Ferns
    • Spider Plants
    • Chinese Evergreens
    • Bamboo Palms
    • Weeping Figs
    • Peace Lillies
    • English Ivy
    • And many others!

IMPORTANT: Some of air cleaning house plants are known to be toxic to pets. Be sure to research the best plants for your home!

  • For those of you born without a green thumb, have no fear! Plants like the Cast Iron Plant, Janet Craig, and Mexican Ponytail are all low-maintenance air cleaning house plants!
  • You can also think about investing in a HEPA-certified Air Purifier to help you breathe Smrt and Clear!
    • HEPA-certified Air Purifiers are also especially good for times when forest fire smoke is at its worst!

Breathe Smrt and Clear While Out and About!

Of course, we can’t spend all our times indoors! What do you do when you’re out and about and the air quality is incredibly poor? Well, we’ve got a couple ideas for you below:

  • One key strategy for breathing Smrt and Clear is to exercise during “Off” hours. If you’re exercising outdoors, aim to exercise either in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid the heaviest pollutant hours.
  • Be sure to treat the symptoms of smoke exposure – this especially key during times when forest fires are raging at their peak.
    • If you’ve got a sore throat and are coughing, treat it with more natural things like hot water and lemon or homeopathic cough syrups.
      • Important: If you suspect more severe illness such as lung infections, always see a doctor ASAP!

    • Do you have asthma or other lung conditions? Ensure you have an up-to-date plan for dealing with these conditions. A majority of those with asthma should be taking some form of corticosteroid medication.
      • If you’ve got questions about dealing with your lung conditions, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor and with our naturopath, Dr. Stacey Richards, so you can build a plan that’s right for you and your lungs!
    • Irritated and dry eyes? Treat that issue with some simple saline eye drops.
      • For more chronic dry eyes, make an appointment with Dr. Stacey Richards and she’ll help you even more!

 

Breathe Smrt and Clear All Summer!

So, there’s some excellent ideas to keep you breathing smart and clear all summer long! If you’re worried about more in-depth health issues, especially regarding your breathing and air quality, be sure to book an appointment with Dr. Stacey Richards today!

Important: In the event of a medical emergency, be sure to go to the ER or to a doctor ASAP!

watermelon slices

Wickedly Wonderful Watermelon

on August 7, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments
watermelon slices

Wickedly Wonderful Watermelon

Wickedly wonderful watermelon delights and enriches your summer!

From seed-spitting contests to delicious treats, watermelons are the perfect addition to your summer picnic basket. Today we’re gonna dish on the healthy secrets of Wickedly Wonderful Watermelon.

Watermelon Nutritional Facts

One of the first things to know about watermelon is that they’re almost 92% water. So they can easily help you reach your water intake for the day and with wickedly wonderful watermelon flavour! The high water content give watermelon a low calorie count – about 30 calories per 100grams!

Watermelons have a ton of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. They’re also high in lycopene, antioxidants, and amino acids. 

What does that mean for your health? 

Quite simply, it means wickedly wonderful watermelon is a nutrient packed delight. But if we were to delve a little deeper, we can explore just what those nutrients do for your body and its health. 

We all know that vitamins do the body good. And when it comes to vitamin A, one of the best things it does for your body is help keep your skin and hair moisturized and healthy by encouraging collagen and elastin growth. A cup of watermelon has nearly a quarter of your recommended daily dose of vitamin A.

Vitamin C is also good for stellar skin and hair. But vitamin C also promotes your iron absorption, aids in the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth, and boosts your immune system. 

Another vitamin good for your skin is vitamin B6. Beyond that, though, vitamin B6 helps support eye health, improves cognitive function, and enhances blood vessel health. It’s also been shown to help detoxify the liver and relieve mood swings. So, the next time you’re feeling grumpy, reach for a bite of wickedly wonderful watermelon to help you smile! 

Beyond Vitamins

Lycopene is a naturally occurring nutrient usually found in fruits in vegetables. It reacts with the human body to “trigger” healthy reactions and gives the red colour to things like tomatoes and watermelons. 

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps with heart and bone health. It’s even been linked to prostate cancer prevention. 

In order to get the most lycopene (and other antioxidants in watermelon), be sure to let your watermelon fully ripen. The more red your watermelon is, the more nutrients are available in it.

Amino acids are, simply put, the building blocks of protein. Every bodily function uses protein, so eating foods high in amino acids are an excellent way to boost and maintain your healthy functions. 

Health Benefits

  • Wickedly wonderful watermelon has been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease as it can help improve blood flow. 
  • Lycopene is an anti-inflammatory and, so, watermelon might help reduce inflammation in your body. 
  • We already mentioned it, but it’s worth repeating: hydration. The high water content in watermelon means it will help you stay hydrated throughout the day. The juice is also full of good electrolytes and could possibly help prevent heat stroke on a hot day!
  • Fiber in watermelon means it can help boost your digestion. 
  • The abundance of antioxidants in watermelon means it may help prevent cancer. 

Are there risks?

There’s always risks in life. But the key with food – wickedly wonderful watermelon included – is moderation. Eaten in reasonable amounts, watermelon poses no real health risk for most people. 

However if you eat too much of it, you may find you’ve taken in too much lycopene or potassium (watermelon contains a small amount of potassium) which can cause things like nausea and indigestion. 

Another thing to be aware of is watermelon’s sugar content. Yes, it’s a naturally occurring sugar and therefore a “better” sugar, but sugar is still sugar and too much of it can be excessively bad for you. 

SMRT Health recommends eating watermelon in moderate amounts. Make sure to switch it up from day to day so you get a variety of fruits and vegetables! 

Wickedly Wonderful Watermelon Treats!

Now that we know all about how good watermelon is for us, let’s eat! Below you’ll find some of our top picks for healthy summer recipes. 

Wickedly Wonderful Wrap-Up

Watermelons are delicious, refreshing, and full of vital nutrients to get your healthy body through the summer heat. Be sure to eat watermelon in moderate amounts and soak up all the benefits that come with the vitamins and nutrients in each bite. 

Be sure to let us know if you try any of the above recipes – or if you’ve got your own recipes you’d like to share!