Monthly Archives: October 2020

3 Simple Tips to Keep You and Your Family Healthy This Winter

on October 26, 2020 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

3 Simple Tips to Keep You and Your Family Healthy This Winter

Are you ready for winter? Here are 3 simple tips that will keep you and your family healthy this winter.

 

Sure, you have your snow tires, windshield ice scraper, that great down filled coat and those boots built for life in Antarctica but what about your health. Those winter blues, feeling tired and fatigued, that horrid cough that is going around and should we mention the dreaded flu. Here are some preventative measures to help you skip all that this season.

 

 

    1.     Vitamin D

This sunshine vitamin is hands down the solution to many health concerns. One of the most important role for vitamin D is to keeping your immune system strong. Several studies show that it protects us from cold, bronchitis and pneumonia by fighting viruses and bacteria.

 

Another important role is the protection against Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Low Vitamin D levels are linked to depression. Your depressed mood or seasonal depression could very well be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency.

 

If you are feeling tired and fatigued as the winter months role on. Guess what? You could be vitamin D deficient. A large study found a connection between low vitamin D levels and fatigue. 

 

    2.     Immune support

We’ve all been there, everyone around you is sick and you are hoping and praying to the flu gods to please spare you this season. You have too much to do and getting sick is not an option. You wash your hands constantly, carry around wipes and hand sanitizers. You may even get the flu shot.

 

An immune system on high alert is your ticket to making it through the cold and flu season with little to no infections. There are many ways to support your immune system – rest, stress management, bone broth, clean healthy foods, vitamin C – but my favourite is a product call Pascoleucyn. Plain and simple it works for preventing colds/flus. It is the mainstay for my cold and flu prevention program because it supports the immune system very well. Not only is it an effective preventative measure but should you get a cold or flu it will minimize your symptoms and help you feel better faster.

 

    3.     Probiotics

These are the good bacteria that are in your yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut. They are not only in your gastrointestinal tract (GIT) for optimal digestion but play a pivotal role in your overall health – mental emotional health, immune function and disease prevention to name a few.  The importance of good bacteria is extremely important and cannot be overstated.

 

More specifically, 80% of your immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract, for this reason supporting the GIT means supporting the immune system. Probiotics are known to enhance immune function and reduce the risk of getting the cold.

 

 

We spend more than $300 million a year on over the counter cold and flu treatments and prescription for antibiotics, which only treat symptoms. Researchers concluded that preventative measure would reduce colds and flu and lower health care costs significantly.

Cold and Flu Season is Here!

on October 25, 2020 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

How do you and your family prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season?

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Did you know immune boosting strategies gives you the BEST protection against viral infections like the cold and flu? 

The fact is, the status of your immune system is the most powerful determinant of whether or not you’ll get sick this flu season… with flu or one of the hundreds of other flu-like illnesses going around.

SMRT Health is excited to offer a natural solution to cold and flu prevention. This boosts your bodies defences to help you fight all strains of the the flu virus as well as colds.

This product stands apart because:

  • it is well tolerated
  • help protect you against all the viruses and bacteria going around
  • been on the market for more than 60 years
  • increases recovery times from colds and flus
  • it is safe even for your youngest family members
  • highly effective even at the FIRST signs of feeling unwell
  • can also reduce the intensity and duration of your symptoms.
  • works even if you get the FLU SHOT 

The program includes:

  1. A 15 minute consultation with the Naturopathic Doctor
  2. An in office administered natural immune booster 
  3. A Cold and Flu information handout containing health tips and at home remedies

COST: $35

Helping Hormones | Healthy Hormone Successes!

on October 25, 2020 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Struggling with your Hormones?

Hormones are so important to our health that even the slightest change in them can impact us in ways we can’t always imagine. Sometimes we have to roll up our sleeves, do some heavy lifting, and get to helping hormones with outside assistance like the Healthy Hormone Program. 

I used to have so much energy and now Im dragging my feet.

“I cant sleep through the night.”

I feel like my brain is in a fog.

I have a shorter fuse then I used to and Im so easily irritated!

I cant seem to lose weight no matter what I do!” 

These are just a few of the things people say when they’re struggling with their hormones. Feelings like that and others can lead to us feeling helpless, at the mercy of our own bodies. 

Not all is lost! 

Things like our Healthy Hormone Program have a history of success in improving hormonal balance and health in our patients.

Healthy Hormone Program supports:

  1. healthy and happy periods.
  2. those on their journey towards pregnancy. 
  3. our bodies metabolism so we can work on losing those extra few pounds.
  4. those who want support a comfortable and healthy peri-menopause and menopause transition.

The results speak for themselves!

One of SMRT Health’s most successful Healthy Hormone Success stories is about a thirty five year old female with painful periods. A working mother of two, she would suffer from clots and an obscenely heavy flow. Acne would return with a nasty vengeance each time her period came up. She was moody. Her brain fog; and poor memory were becoming a nuisance. 

And all of those lovely PMS symptoms would begin up to ten (10!) days before her period flow ever started!

She came to SMRT Health to try the Healthy Hormone program and after meeting with Dr. Stacey Richards, she began treatment right away.

The First Month

Within a month of starting her treatment, improvements were already being made. For starters, her acne wasn’t as severe. Perhaps most notable at first was that her PMS symptoms began much closer to the start of her period flow. No more ten days of pre-period suffering! 

Three Months Later

Fast forward several weeks and suddenly her periods were nowhere near as heavy. She didn’t get clots anymore. The dreaded PMS was now almost non-existent.

Her moods were so much better, so much more stable, that even her co-workers had taken notice and were telling her to keep up whatever she was doing. She was practically a new person.

However, she was still feeling fatigued. She would still wake up exhausted beyond belief. While that was less than ideal, she also noticed that, as time went on, the exhaustion and fatigue started to get less and less as well. 

Six Months Later

By the time she hit the six month mark, her brain fog had started to lift and dissipate. Her memory and mind were clearer; she could remember things easier and retain them for longer. Acne still appeared, but it was minimal, barely noticeable. Her moods were still stable and she was generally happier.

One Year Later

When the one year anniversary of when she began treatment, she was almost a brand new person. 

Not only were her periods regular, they were calmer. Gone were the imbalanced hormones that would cause her intolerable pain each month – now, her periods were just simple things she had to have each month. Her acne was gone except for a few minimal break outs from time to time.

Her brain fog was gone; she could finally think and see straight again. She could remember what her kids told her about their days, while still remembering what groceries she needed to pick up on the way home at the same time. Her focus and concentration had improved by 90%.

She was a changed woman.

She was not only happier, she was healthier. 

And you can be too. 

 

 

Vitamin D Injections

on October 25, 2020 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Are you VITAMIN D Deficient?

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Click to get information on Vitamin D testing.

Vitamin D Is one the most essential vitamins you need. Learn more about its benefits here

 

 

WHY INJECTION VS ORAL:

Both are safe and effective. A study done earlier this year found that Vitamin D injections lasts longer and has bigger response than weekly oral supplementation. But, with that said, it does depend on the patients choice and lifestyle.

 

Injections may be better suited for you if:

  1. Skin Tone is dark or pale
  2. You are not consistent with the oral supplements
  3. You have mild to moderate mood changes in winter but only started taking Vitamin D supplements in August or later. (It takes about 6 month to get levels to optimal – taking close to 4000IUS a day)
  4. You suffer from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder –  or depression in winter.

 

 

WHAT IS INJECTED?

Vitamin D3. The best form of vitamin D.

 

 

IS IT PAINFUL?

No

 

 

WHO SHOULD GET THE INJECTION? Those WHO:

  1. Are Vitamin D deficient
  2. Skin Tone is dark or pale
  3. Do not get a lot of sunshine especially in winter
  4. Are not consistent with the vitamin D supplement
  5. Are not taking enough vitamin D supplement
  6. Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  7. Have poor GI absorption of nutrients
  8. Are Worried about bone health
  9. Women: Bones degrade faster then male counterparts
  10. Menopause: Bone loss speeds up and vitamin D protects your bones from calcium loss

 

If you would like to get your vitamin D levels checked in a stress free clinic or home environment find out more here.