Monthly Archives: March 2016

Time for Spring Cleaning!

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Has the long winter left you feeling weighed down?

A gentle spring cleanse is a great way to boost your energy and metabolism so you can get out and enjoy the season. Cleaning is simple, easy to do and with rejuvenate your body and mind.

When considering a cleanse, make sure you are targeting all your organs of elimination: liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, skin and colon. Many health food store detox programs focus heavily on colon cleansing and can be quite harsh.

Bigger is not better: a cleanse does not need to be uncomfortable to be effective. Our bodies our continually detoxifying. A seasonal cleanse simply helps to set up optimal conditions for your body’s natural detoxifying capabilities. It is common to feel sluggish or slightly under-the-weather in the beginning of a cleanse. This is a natural reaction to the release of toxins from your body’s tissues. However, don’t be alarmed if you feel wonderful during your entire cleanse!

Here are a few of our favourite at-home basics for a gentle cleanse

  1. Clean up your diet and increase your water intake.
  2. Start the day with a glass of warm water with 1/2 a lemon squeezed in it. This will get your liver and gallbladder working first thing in the morning.
  3. Swap out your coffee for organic rooibos or rosehip tea. They are high in vital antioxidants and will keep you well hydrated.
  4. Incorporate flax into your diet
    • 2 tbsp ground flax each day will boost your fibre intake, helping keep your digestion regular and binding up any toxins and excess hormones that may be in your digestive tract.
    • Flax can be sprinkled on top of yogurt, added to smoothies or mixed with water.
    • Be sure to buy organic whole flax seeds and grind them yourself in your blender or coffee grinder. The healthy oils inside the flax seed are very susceptible to oxidation so the less time they are in contact with oxygen, the better. It is fine to grind enough for 3-4 days and keep it chilled in the fridge.
    • Make sure you drink plenty of water when increasing your fibre intake
  5. Breathe deeply
  6. Take at least 5 each day to take deep breaths into your belly. To increase awareness, it can help to place a heavy book on your belly.
  7. Dry skin brushing
    • To help kick-start your skin detoxification and lymph flow, take a natural bristled brush and make gentle circular motions, working your way upwards from your feet, then from your hands to your shoulders and the rest of your body.
    • Direct all strokes towards your heart. This traces the major pathways of lymph flow.

If you feel you are ready to take your cleanse to the next level, book an appointment with Dr. Lange or Dr. Rolfsen to learn about PNC Signature Detox. Our program will be customized, with your unique health goals in mind, to help you nourish your body while helping to support your detox organs.

Vitamin Injections – A Boost for your Whole System

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Multi-vitamin injections are a springtime favourite with Pacifica’s patients, young and old. They’re a great way to jump-start your immune system, boost your body’s natural energy reserves and promote detox.  Vitamin injections from Pacifica will be tailored specifically to you to meet your body’s needs.

Increased absorption of Vitamins
Intravenous injection allows for vitamins, minerals and specific amino acids, homeopathics or trace minerals to be infused straight into the bloodstream so they get right to the cells and organs where they are needed

Higher doses of nutrients
Higher doses of anti inflammatory, antioxidant, immune boosting supplements can be given this route than through the digestive tract. This is great for people whose needs for nutrients are higher (see recommendations below).

A boost for your whole system
Intravenous vitamins have been shown to dramatically improve overall energy, sleep, nervous system health and athletic performance.  Most people can get these injections and notice results immediately, although for most people it is the combined effect with other supplements, healthy diet and lifestyle factors that result in improved performance, recovery and sense of wellbeing.

When are Vitamin Injections recommended

  • Athletes
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic illness
  • Before and after travel
  • During times of high stress
  • Cold & flu season
  • Weight loss
  • Poor absorption/digestive issues

Benefits you may notice

  • Increased energy
  • Stronger immune system
  • Sharper focus
  • Healthier hair, skin & nails
  • Improved mood
  • Improved physical performance and recovery

Salted Freezer Caramels

These sweet little treats are oh so yummy and take just minutes to make. You won’t believe they’re dairy, gluten, refined sugar and nut free.

I sincerely apologize for not including a photo of the finished product. I forgot to take photos as soon as I took these out of the mold and by the time I realized they were all gone.

All you need to make these is coconut oil, honey, any seed or nut butter, vanilla and salt. If you have a silicone candy or ice cube mold, great! If not, a regular loaf pan lined in parchment paper will work just as well.

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Recipe:

1/2 cup sunflower butter (or any other nut/seed butter you have on hand)

1/2 cup coconut oil

just less than 1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

coarse salt to taste

 

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Instructions:

  1. Pour nut/seed butter, coconut oil and honey in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat

IMG_46452. Stir or whisk together until everything is melted together

3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and a bit of salt (optional)

IMG_46494. Pour mixture into an un-greased silicone ice cube tray or small parchment-lined pan (a standard bread pan is the perfect size)

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5.  Sprinkle a bit of coarse salt over the top of the caramels

6.  Now is the time to let your freezer do all the work. Place pan as level as possible in your freezer and allow to solidify for 1-2 hours.

7.  Pop the caramels out of the pan and enjoy! These become very soft if left at room temperature so make sure to store them in your freezer

 

We hope you love this recipe!

If you’d like to start planning for our summer recipe you can start shopping a popsicle mold. This one is our favourite for children!