Hangover Helper

By: Jennifer Boake, R.H.N

The holidays are around the corner and for many of us this means overindulging in food and alcohol. Tis the season of celebration and socializing! Here are some handy & healthy tips to speed your recovery.

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Transition Challenges of Going Back to School

By: Geraldine Del Monaco, Energy Healer & Intuitive Practitioner

Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting kindergarten. This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family! Prior to the first day of school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have temper tantrums, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw, and become sullen or irritable.

Worries are common. Anxious children and teens worry about many different school-related issues, such as teachers, friends, fitting in, and/or being away from their parents.

Also as parents, we often have high expectation and when they are not met, we can unconsciously transmit our frustration to our kids.

The following are a list of physical and emotional signs of anxiety that parents can watch for:

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By |September 4th, 2018|Anxiety, Relationships, Self Care, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Synergy Acu-facial

By Evelyn Cho, Registered Acupuncturist

Facial acupuncture has been gained popularity over the past few years as a natural way to slow the aging process. Although much of the treatment is targeted to the face and jaw, it is truly a revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. Specific points are chosen to address underlying imbalances and/or root causes that accelerate the aging process. Ultimately, the whole body is restored to a state of harmony to bring out the innate radiance of an individual.

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By |July 30th, 2018|Acupuncture, Self Care|0 Comments

Kaitlyn Wengler, RMT’s NEW Lymphatic Massage

Q&A with Kaitlyn Wengler, Registered Massage Therapist

Q1: Kaitlyn, what exactly is Manual Lymphatic Drainage and who can it help?

Manual Lymph Drainage (also known as MLD) is a very gentle manual technique that is used to help drain the excess fluid from the body and improve the overall function of the lymphatic system.  As the lymphatic system is our “cleaning system” of the body, it is very important to maintain a healthy lymphatic and immune system. When MLD is applied to a patient whose lymphatic system may be sluggish or compromised, it can have a great effect on the body.

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Meet Dr. Keara Taylor, Nautropathic Doctor

Q&A with Dr. Keara Taylor

Dr. Keara is joining the Innate Wellness Team in High Park. She is a High Park local and a new mom with a general family practice. She will be taking over Dr. Regan’s maternity leave and staying on to build her practice at Innate. Learn more about her style of practice!
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How to Build Mental Wellness in Kids

Q&A with Melody Leung, Psychotherapist

Q1. What comes to mind when you think of mental wellness for children’?

Just like physical wellness, everyone needs to work towards mental wellness too.  Unfortunately, mental wellness isn’t always discussed openly so children haven’t had as much opportunity to learn how to take care of their mental health.

Mental wellness represents how we are feeling mentally.  Children who are feeling mentally well are often those that feel confident, are resilient, and satisfied with their lives. […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Mental Wellness and Self-Care

By Lindsey Danisch, RSW & Provider of Psychotherapy

The phrase “self-care” was one of 2017’s mental health buzz terms, and for good reasons. As a society, we are working more hours, hooked into our technical devices longer, creating endless piles of to-do lists, and in a constant social media race of comparison and acceptance. It’s exhausting. To combat this reality, the term self-care pops up as a possible remedy.

Between friends or colleagues, casual discussions of wine and Netflix binges are the beginner’s version of self-help. Perhaps the goal for 2018 is to take the concept of self-care to a new level.

Let’s be clear, there is no right or wrong way to engage in self-care.  But what if the new challenge is to engage in self-care that isn’t just for immediate release but a step towards meeting a larger need. For example: instead of always choosing a Netflix binge, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Instead of always choosing a glass of wine or pour of bourbon, go to bed early, so you can wake in time for a morning run.

The idea is that self-care takes on a deeper meaning, and can challenge us to engage in behaviours that aren’t just for immediate relief, but to help our overall mental wellness become more sustainable. This can be accomplished in many areas on life. Yes, this is harder than it sounds. Yes, I struggle with this the same as everyone else. […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Mental Clarity, Mind Body Medicine, Self Care|0 Comments

Important Tips for Cold & Flu Prevention

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

This is the time of year that many of my patients ask about cold & flu prevention. With the holidays on the horizon the pace of life, pressure and late nights are increasing, which can increase your chances of getting sick. There is a lot that you can do to help defend yourself from getting sick and if you do get sick, help to lessen the duration and severity of the symptoms.

There are two categories to address when it comes to cold’s & flu’s:

1) Prevention is the stage that we keep the immune system strong in order to prevent getting sick.

2) Acute Care is the stage that you have the opportunity to nip it in the bud and avoid a long, drawn-out illness! We begin treatment at the first sign of getting sick. […]

By |November 14th, 2017|Cold and Flu Season, ND Editorial, Self Care|0 Comments

Blocked Ducts: A Common Breastfeeding Challenge

By: Taya Griffin, IBCLC – Taya Griffin is a Toronto Based International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She prepares mothers for their breastfeeding journey in the prenatal period and provides in- home and hospital postpartum breastfeeding support. She can be reached at www.tayagriffin.com. 

The breastfeeding breast is amazing!  Indications of the first changes it will go through begin as early as weeks into pregnancy. Breasts can feel tender and sore, the areola may darken and the Montgomery tubercles around the areola may become more raised. Many mothers also begin to see a crust-like formation on the nipples. This crusting is a minute amount of colostrum which is seeping out ever so slowly and drying on the tip of the nipple.

Milk production doesn’t truly begin until the placenta is delivered. The progesterone and estrogen levels drop and milk production begins. After the milk has transitioned from colostrum to more mature milk, in and around the seventy two hour mark, one of the most common issues with breastfeeding breasts that I see as a Lactation Consultant (after sore nipples and low milk supply of course!) is blocked ducts.  […]

By |October 17th, 2017|Post Natal Care, Self Care, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

Self-Breast Examination

By: Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Self-breast examinations are a very important part of self-care, as women need to know what normal is so they can detect changes in the quality of their breast tissue.

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

John Hopkins medical center

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

“Normal” breast tissue will vary between women and change throughout the month due to the menstrual cycle. Note what your breast tissue feels like during the different stages of your cycle, as breast tissue is sensitive to hormonal fluctuations and can lead to breast tissue changes.

Important changes to note and if any of the following are observed please seek medical evaluation:

New lumps. Most breast lumps are not cancerous but should be examined by a medical professional for evaluation.
Changes, irritation or redness in the breast tissue, skin and nipple
Dimpling or thickening of the breast skin
Discharge from the nipple

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