Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spring into Spring!

This is a time of transition and transformation. It is when we move from the slower, darker, quieter days of Winter into Spring, a time of fertility, renewal and fresh growth. Of course, we get some rains but that only helps Nature grow and it definitely makes us appreciate the sunny days so much more.  In the same way, as we each move forward on our journey through life, there will always be the bumps in the road. It is the knowing that with perseverance and commitment that we will continue to grow.  That being said, perhaps this is a good time of year to reflect on what your commitments to your self are in terms of your health. No matter how great the health challenge you may be facing, there is always something you can do for yourself and we are committed to helping you along the way.

Ask us about our PNC Signature Detoxification Program as Spring is an ideal time to do a Cleanse. This can stimulate your body to break down and eliminate stored toxins, jumpstart your metabolism and get you going with some new healthy habits.

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the addition of Ashley Giordano, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, to our team at Pacifica. Ashley joins us with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for helping you and your families with individualized meal plans, recipes and extensive nutritional support and information based on your dietary needs.

We are also excited to announce a few of our special clinics and seminar including our Fertility Workshop and a PAP Women’s Health Day.  For more information, please ask us.

Commit to yourself and take an active part in your transformation this Spring.

As always, we look forward to continuing our work together with you.

Happy Spring!
Dr Julie Durnan and Dr Nina Lange

 

 

 

 

Detoxing: Spring Cleaning for Your Body By Dr Nina Lange ND

Want to feel revitalized, energized, clear headed, calm and balanced??

No matter how healthy you are, taking the time to “cleanse” is essential to maintaining optimal vitality.

Stress, poor diet, food sensitivities, environmental pollutants, medications, lack of exercise, alcohol, caffeine and poor water quality all contribute to toxin accumulation in our bodies. Even if we try to do everything right we are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis.

Signs and Symptoms of Toxicity
Stress, anxiety
Bloating
Recurrent infections
Fatigue
Gas
Rashes
Headaches
Diarrhea, Constipation
Sinus congestion
Joint pains
Allergies
Nausea
Depression
Acne
PMS

Although the body is continually “detoxifying” (essentially a word to describe the breakdown of substances that are harmful to our bodies), Spring and Fall are transition times in the year when it is optimal to give your body a “Cleanse” or “Detoxification”. This is a time to make an intentional effort to support the body’s detoxification process. It is important to understand the value of undertaking these cleanses under supervision, especially if you are doing a more intensive detoxification. When you start to detoxify the system the main eliminatory organs of the body are burdened if they are not properly supported. These main organs are the skin, the bowels, the liver, the lungs, the lymphatics and the kidneys.

The liver, your main detoxification organ requires certain supportive vitamins and minerals in order for the 2 phases of the detoxification to function properly. Let’s take a moment to understand that process. In Phase 1 of the liver’s detoxification process toxic substances are broken down into intermediate metabolites. In Phase 2, these are further broken down and then eliminated. You can imagine now that if the liver is not functioning optimally, and Phase 1 does not efficiently break down the toxins, they will back up in the bloodstream. There are also a variety of substances that can slow Phase 1, again leading to toxin buildup in the blood and eventually the tissues. If Phase 1 is accelerated due to certain substances, the bottleneck of toxic intermediates between Phase 1 and 2 again leads to toxin accumulation. It is important that the Phase 1 and 2 are in proper balance to achieve optimum results. This means avoiding certain foods, adding certain supplements and foods and involving other supportive therapies.
Not only the liver, but also the kidneys, lymphatics, bowels, respiratory system, and skin need to be supported in order to achieve the full effect of a Cleanse. Of course, supporting these organs all the time with a healthy lifestyle is optimal, but when you are undertaking a Cleanse it is imperative that you support them so that you will safely experience the benefits. These benefits include increased energy, improved digestion, clearer mind, decreased anxiety and tension, decreased pain and improved sleep. Now who wouldn’t want that?!

The key is to know which supportive therapies, foods, and supplements are required to make these systems most effective and functioning optimally. Acupuncture, saunas, hydrotherapy, supplementation with key support minerals and vitamins, dietary modifications and stress reduction can all benefit the process. Talk to your Naturopathic physician at PNC to set up a Detoxification Program that is designed for you personally!

Supplement in Focus: L-Glutamine for Sports Nutrition By Dr Nina Lange ND

So, what’s the big deal with l-glutamine supplementation? A little 101 on the benefits to encourage you to take it, especially for anyone who is training regularly or at higher intensities. Besides being an essential recovery aid, L-glutamine benefits the immune system by supporting the health of the intestines.

Glutamine is an essential amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein. Although the body can synthesize glutamine under “normal” conditions, it cannot meet the requirements under higher stress such as intense training, infection or other higher physical demands.

It is the most abundant amino acid found in the muscle and blood and is necessary for many key functions in the body:

Maintain muscle mass as it is fuel for muscle cells
Assists in glycogen storage (needed for your next workout!)
Helps produce the antioxidant glutathione
Maintains health of intestinal tract
Assists in balancing pH of the body
Maintains immune system health by preserving integrity in the intestinal walls, your major first line of defense against bacteria, viruses.

People who have any gastrointestinal problems, are training hard, suffering any muscle wasting, are experiencing poor recovery from workouts, are getting lots of flus, colds and other infections may be lacking adequate glutamine.

Depending on your body size and training levels, supplementing between 3-10g of L-glutamine daily to prevent muscle breakdown and ensure sufficient level for muscle building, is a general dosage. And, to help your body produce its own glutamine beside the supplement, take vitamins B3 and B6 as these are required for the synthesis.

Get the Glutamine advantage!

*Although it is a very safe and useful supplement for most people, please note that if you are on medications for or suffer from bipolar disorder or seizures or if you have a severe allergy to monosodium glutamate(MSG), please ask your naturopathic physician for advice*

 

 

Naturopathic Medicine for the Soul By Dr Nina Lange ND

The Heart is like a garden. It can grow fear, resentment, or love. What seeds will you plant there?
-Buddha

Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.
Anonymous

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.
-Unknown

And remember:
The grass is always greener where you water it.
So, plant your seeds, have faith that you can do it and acknowledge how far you have come with your commitment to reaching your goals in every aspect of your life. 

Cruciferous Crunch Salad By Ashley Giordano RHN

Spring is the season in which we naturally cleanse the body of the heavy foods ingested during the winter. This is the main season to attend to the liver, which is one of our primary detoxification organs. Foods such as young plants, fresh greens and sprouts mimic the expansive qualities of spring are a great addition to your daily meals.

I recommend Cruciferous vegetables to many of my clients to support hormone balance and liver health. This group includes cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, and collard greens.  Some of the amazing properties of Cruciferous vegetables include:

  • Detoxification of excess estrogens in the body and helping to balance the estrogen-progesterone ratio (imbalanced hormones can show up as PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, acne, menstrual cramps and bloating);
  • Stimulating the liver out of stagnancy, as well as supporting phase I and II liver detoxification;
  • A great source of Vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and fiber;
  • They contain powerful cancer-fighting compounds;
  • Their high mineral and vitamin content, liver-loving and hormone balancing properties make this group of veggies great for promoting gorgeous skin!

Aim to incorporate these into your diet at least 3-5 times per week. They are at their most beneficial when lightly steamed or eaten raw.

Here is a crunchy and tangy salad recipe to get your started!

Cruciferous Crunch Salad
1 cup grated beets
1 cup grated carrots
1 ½ cups finely sliced cabbage
1 medium head of broccoli (stalk grated and florets chopped)
Optional: white beans and/or almonds

Dressing
1/3 cup of cold-pressed unrefined olive oil
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dried mustard powder
1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of cayenne

Throw all of your grated and chopped ingredients into a big salad bowl and add optional white beans and/or almonds.
In a separate jar, whisk together dressing ingredients.  Pour dressing over salad and mix until well distributed.  Serve immediately or put in the fridge overnight for the flavors to meld together.