We’ve Got Injection Fever!

on June 18, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

It’s Injection Fever at SMRT Health!

No, none of us actually have a fever, promise! But we’ve do have Injection Fever! We’re super excited to talk about how our injections can help you maintain healthy and happy hormones. 

When a substance is pumped into the body via needle, it’s an injection. The injection may contain vitamins, nutrients, or even a diluted plant-based formula. 

Injections help to prep your body for a multitude of different health challenges.  Challenges can include things like flu or allergy prevention. Sometimes injections just give your immune system an added boost to power through the flu season. Injections can also help give you a bonus supply of certain vitamins or hormones that your body may not be producing enough of. 

But what kind of injections are there?

There’s many different kinds, but let’s just stick to what’s available here at SMRT Health. 

We’ve got: 

  • B12:  A solution full of all the B-12 your body needs to function at peak levels, improving your sleep, energy, mood, and metabolism all in one go.
  • ALLERGY BUSTER: This injection is full of vitamins and minerals that help your body prep and fight off allergies throughout the allergy season.
  • LIPO-B: An injection designed to increase your metabolism, boost energy, improve mood, and encourage weight loss.

And a few more! Be sure to book in with Dr. Stacey Richards today to get your cure for Injection Fever!

 

Helping Hormones | Healthy Hormone Successes!

on June 13, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Helping 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 dirty work, 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 Hormones have our clients regulate their periods. To take control of their metabolism so they can work on losing those extra few pounds. It can even help people on their journey towards pregnancy. 

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 foggy; memory poor. 

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 here periods regular, they were calmer. Gone was the angry uterus 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. 

 

 

Healthy Hormones, Healthy You

on June 11, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Healthy Hormones, Healthy You

They’re something we all have – little chemical messengers zipping around our systems to help maintain and control our bodies. These chemicals are called hormones and they play a key role in pretty much everything your body does. 

Feeling hungry? Whether your stomach feels like it’s going to eat itself if you don’t eat in the next two minutes or you just need a tiny little nibble to get you through the next little bit, it’s all your hormones working to keep you fed and full.

Can barely keep your eyes open? Body heavy and desperate to fall into bed for a good snooze? Once again, it’s your hormones! This time they’re reminding you that sleep is vital to your health.

Stressing out about that big project at work or an upcoming final? Bouncing with excitement because summer is here and you love the sun? Feel like crying because life has got you down?

Every single one of those things – and more – are because of your hormones! 

Some more specific examples of hormones that are in your body are things like: 

  • Cortisol: 
    • Produced in the Adrenal Cortex,
    • Helps to do things like regulate blood pressure, suppress the immune system, and regulate blood glucose.
  • Serotonin: 
    • Found in the digestive system, blood platelets, and the central nervous system,
    • Acts as a natural mood stabilizer and also helps with things healing wounds, simulating nausea to push toxic things from your body faster, and helping you sleep or wake up.
  • Vitamin D: 
    • Found in the small intestine, kidneys, and bone cells,
    • Encourages your body to absorb, maintain, and release calcium throughout the body.
  • Estrogen:
    • Produced in the breast and uterus,
    • Accelerates metabolism, promotes development of female sex characteristics, regulates menstrual cycles in the uterus, and assists in maintaining the maturation of sperm in the testes. 
  • Testosterone:
    • Produced in the testes or ovaries and, in small amounts, in the adrenal glands,
    • Works to regulate fertility, fat distribution, red cell production, and bone mass. 

Those are just a few of the hormones in your body. There’s countless others and they’re all working together to keep you going each and every day! 

So how can you keep your hormones happy and healthy in return? 

Keeping active, eating a balanced and healthy diet, sleeping regularly, drinking enough water. All of that will help keep you – and, by extension, your hormones – very happy indeed. 

Sometimes we need a bit of help, though, and that’s where our Healthy Hormone Program comes in. 

The Healthy Hormone Program is…

a program designed to help you take a deeper look at any imbalances that might exist within your body. Through saliva testing and blood testing, we can work to identify which nutritional/vitamin factors are missing and which hormones may be lacking.

Our goal is to help restore the function back to your tissues so that your body can carry out all its natural functions – smoothly and efficiently!

What does that mean for you? 

There’s so many different things it means. It means your hormones will finally be delivering the messages they were always meant to deliver throughout your body. 

It could mean you find yourself with more energy than you had before. You’ll be able to keep up with your kids again or run that marathon you’ve been dreaming about running or any number of fun things you felt you were missing out on.

Or that you’re happier and find yourself smiling more and more as you finally get the serotonin you’ve been missing. 

Maybe your period is finally back, or it’s finally regular and less painful. There’s so many possibilities when you take the steps towards happier, healthier hormones.

But there’s one thing we can say for sure: healthy hormones mean you’re able to achieve your optimal health…from the inside out.

Jump into summer with SMRT Health’s Healthy Summer Program!

on June 7, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

A SMRT Healthy Summer is here!

We’ve got you covered for all the fun in the sun you can handle! As we head into summer, we’ll be talking about ways you can stay healthy and happy during the heat and outdoor fun ahead. Our SMRT Healthy Summer is your ticket to an amazing summer ride!

June Joy:

June is the start of summer and the perfect time to start talking about: 

  • Acupuncture and how it can help you with your allergies;
  • Hormones and the benefits of a happy and balanced hormonal system;
  • Men’s Health and how naturopathy can help you live happier, healthier, and longer.

Jumping July:

Summer gets its grip on you as we head into July, so be sure to tune in as SMRT Health’s SMRT Healthy Campaign braves the heat to share all our tips for a healthy and fun summer! We’ll be talking: 

  • Summer Skincare: Learn all the best ways to stay safe and soak up the summer rays;
  • SMRT Health’s Picnic Basket: Peek into our Picnic Baskets for some Healthy Summer Recipes (including plenty of Gluten-Free and/or Vegan options!);
  • Swimming Summer: There’s so much to do outside, let us help you figure out what summer activities are right for you!

Awesome August: 

Summer may be coming to an end this August, but at SMRT Health, we’re gonna milk every last moment of fun in the sun we can! Stay with us as we talk about: 

  • August Air: Air Quality and how you can stay healthy even when the air around you isn’t!;
  • Kids In The Sun: We’ll touch on ways Naturopathy can help your children grow into healthier adults!
  • School Done Healthy: Tips and Tricks to ensure your kids head back to school healthy and ready to learn!

And that’s not all!

We’ve got plenty of other fun topics coming your way this summer. Be sure to stick with SMRT Health and have a SMRT Healthy Happy Summer! 

Spring (And Pollen) Are In The Air

on May 31, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Spring (and pollen) are in the air (and summer is on its way)

 

…which means it’s the perfect time to talk about allergies! Especially seasonal allergies.

An allergy is the damaging response an immune system has to an allergen such as dust or pollen. There are many different kinds of allergies. For the spring season, we’re going to focus on seasonal allergies and what you can do to combat them.

 

Seasonal allergies

 

…are specific to things that only pop up during certain times of the year. Spring, for example, is when the trees burst back into life with new leaves. As much as we all love a lovely spring breeze, every time it passes through the trees, it brings a fresh wave of new pollen just itching to irritate your seasonal allergies.

 

Another springtime allergy culprit

 

…is snow mold, especially in places where snow runs rampant in the winter. Snow mold is a sneaky little thing that hides under the snow for the majority of winter, only to become active and aggressive as soon as the soil beneath it gets moist as the snow melts away.

(Tip: some ways to try and prevent snow mold is to avoid mulching your lawn in the fall, raking up fallen leaves before snowfall, and keeping your grass cut shorter.)

People walking over the grass, breezes, and more can cause the snow mold spores to be released into the air and trigger seasonal allergy symptoms.

 

When summer hits

 

…you’re in for another round of completely different pollens floating through the air. This fresh flight of pollen is typically caused by grasses and weeds, making an escape from seasonal allergens nearly impossible.

 

People with seasonal allergies can expect to experience a variety of symptoms, including (but not limited to) the following:

 

  • Sneezing,
  • Itchy and/or watering eyes,
  • Itchy throat, sinus, and/or ears,
  • Runny/stuffy nose,
  • Ear congestion,
  • Postnasal drip.

 

Some people with seasonal allergies even experience things like wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Seasonal allergies can also trigger asthma attacks for people with asthma.

 

What can you do to lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

 

One surefire method is to just avoid all the possible allergens – keep your windows and doors shut, avoid outdoor activities, etc. 

 

But where’s the spring and summer fun in that?

 

There’s also antihistamines – always a good idea (or necessity) for people with more severe allergies. Keeping a clean house – i.e. dusting and sweeping multiple times a week – will also help cut down on your allergy symptoms. 

 

But what about those times you’re outside, soaking up the sun or tending to your garden? Or those days on the beach, carefree and fun? When you’re at your child’s ball game, where all the running kids are kicking up pollen and other allergens with every move? When you’re camping in the mountains and surrounded by all kinds of allergens you can’t even see?

 

What do you do to curb your Seasonal Allergy symptoms then?

 

It’s time to give our Allergy Buster Injection a shot at relieving those pesky allergy symptoms!

 

The Allergy Buster Injection

 

…is administered via needle by Dr. Stacey Richards and is a saline substance that is chock full of nutrients and plant-based formulas. Everything in the Allergy Buster Injection is designed to help relieve and ease your Seasonal Allergy symptoms.

 

Smell the blooming flowers without sneezing; go for a morning jog without a wheeze in your lungs; and experience a summer where your biggest concern is when to have your next ice cold glass of lemonade.

 

Book in for your Allergy Buster Injection today!

Vitamin D Injections

on November 6, 2017 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Are you VITAMIN D Deficient?

Vitamin D offering

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.