We are so excited to announce all of the local companies that are participating in our Earth Day give-away this month. For the last several years, we have celebrated Earth day by raffling off doantions from local businesses. This year, we have generously received donations from Save on Foods, Heringers, Raintree Wellness Spa & Tea, ChocXO, Wellspring Health, Ironwood Cleaners, Santevia, Cabin + Cub.
This is a friendly reminder that Brio Integrative Health Centre will be closed this Saturday October 11. We will resume regular office hours on Tuesday October 14th. We hope you all have a great Thanksgiving weekend shared with friends and family.
Happy Healthy Tummy Tips for this Thanksgiving
Dr.Dhiman has some great tips for keeping your tummy happy and healthy for the Thanksgiving meal ahead of us.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - a distressed stomach's best friend. One to two teaspoons in 1/2 a glass of water 15 minutes prior to meals. ACV will aid in digestion, decrease gastric reflux, decrease bloating and abdominal pain. Use as needed
2. Try to avoid Antacids - we have been programmed to think that symptoms of acid reflux is a result of too much stomach acid production, however, in our clinical observation, the problem is usually too little stomach acid production. Stomach acid production can decrease when the body is stressed. Overeating can absolutely be a stressor to the body. Again, ACV will normalize stomach acid levels.
3. Peppermint Tea - Peppermint (Mentha piperita) can calm a distressed tummy almost immediately. This can rid the body of symptoms of dyspepsia. If peppermint tea does not quite do the trick, Peppermint Oil Capsules are an excellent supplement as needed.
4. Fennel Seeds (Foeniculum vulgare) - Have you ever noticed at the end of a delicious Greek meal, you will often get a tiny bowl of fennel seed candy? This is not a random offering as fennel can ease abdominal pain, gas and bloating almost immediately. Simply chew on a small amount and swallow. The seeds can also be boiled in water to drink as a tea.
5. Try to avoid beverages with meals - Have you also noticed at most Asian restaurants you will not receive ice water with your meal unless it is requested? You will however, receive small cups of warm tea. Small amounts of warm tea aid digestion. Ice cold drinks place stress on the digestive system, dilute digestive enzymes and stomach acid levels. For optimal digestion, try to limit beverages to half an hour before or after meals. If you have a dog at home, watch how he/she has meals. Foods and liquids are always separate. This principle follows the laws of nature.
Join Dr.Carin Matsushita for this presentation to empower women looking for alternate solutions to support their health.
Location: Steveston Community Centre
Time: 6:30 pm
Date: Thursday November 6th *If you received our September Newsletter our day was incorrect, please note this has beeen updated.
Please call Steveston Community Centre to register.
Our Registered Massage Therapist, Linda Mc Laren has brought a new anti-inflammatory cream into Brio. This is a product she uses during her massages, to assist in pain management. We have two sizes for purchasing, a trial size 30 ml or 237 ml. We are offering 10% off the 237 ml size for this month.
Linda`s testimonial: I've been using P3 Cream for over two years now during my treatments as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory aid. I find it absorbs nicely and my clients like the gentle mint scent and cooling/warming sensation. I like the fact that it contains all natural active ingredients, is safe to use on just about everyone, and it`s made right here in BC! It was forumalted by a Registered Massage Therapist specifically for safety and effectivenes. The 3 P`s in P3 Cream stands for:
- Pain relief
In September, my wife and I will be traveling to Europe for a 3-week vacation to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary. We have been planning for this trip for several years and I can’t believe we are only a few days away! My patients have been truly excited for me, offering information, personal travel tips and links to useful websites. Others have asked: “What do you do (health-wise) to prepare for an extended vacation?” I thought I’d share my answers in this blog.
First off, the most important thing is to have a consistent sleep routine. It is very tempting to stay up late to research all the exciting places that we will be visiting, but I have kept a strict bedtime. My body and mind work the best when I get about 7.5 hours of sleep. I cannot emphasize enough how important sleep is in the regulation of our immune and nervous systems and in the repairing of our bodies.
I recently watched an excellent documentary on CBC’s Nature of Things on the topic of sleep. In this episode, David Suzuki examines the importance of sleep and, more specifically, how artificial light affects our quality of sleep. The documentary is called Light’s Out, and you can find it through this link: (http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Nature+of+Things/ID/2313199682/)
Boosting the Immune System
Traveling can put stress on the body and can expose you to pathogens from all around the world. As many of my patients know, I talk about the herb Astragalus all the time, especially around the fall season. Astragalus is an immune modulating herb that can strengthen a deficient immune system and regulate an overactive immune system. In preparation for my trip, I have been taking the formula Jade Windscreen on a regular basis. I will also be bringing this along on my travels. I have written several blogs in the past about this great herb. (link)
I love eating local foods when I travel. One of the ways I protect my digestive tract is by taking a high-quality probiotic (Pro = good, biotic = bacteria). Probiotics are healthy bacteria naturally found in our digestive systems. Healthy bacteria can protect you from traveler’s diarrhea and strengthen the immune system. My favourite probiotic for travel is HMF Intensive. I simply take 1 capsule a day and it comes in a convenient blister pack. I also take Phytogreens, a supplement that combines a variety of green vegetables (spinach, wheat grass, broccoli, etc.) with spirulina and chlorella. It is packed full of nutrients and enzymes.
Recently, I have been growing my own microgreens and sprouts, incorporating more of them into my diet. Microgreens are baby plants and have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They also taste great! I’ll share more about microgreens in a future blog.
Bon voyage, Dr.Lee!
Please note: Dr.Lee will return to the office on Tuesday October 7th. Do not hesitate to contact the office for product refills, or appointments can be booked with Dr.Matsushita.
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For many of us, summer continues to be a busy time of “things to do” and although this to-do list may involve activities in the sun, they can build up stress and deplete our energy reserves just the same.
What about a holiday?
Where to go? How do we get there? How much time do we have? What’s our budget? What will I wear?! Will we have time to relax? If you’re like me, just planning a holiday can be stressful. Even if we go on holiday, we often return drained. So how do we reduce stress and build up our energy reserves? While we’re at home and on vacation?
Meditation and acupuncture are good options for switching the body to that relaxed (parasympathetic) state where our repair-and-recover systems kick-in. But enjoying coffee or dark chocolate are also great options for, what I like to call, soul-nourishing moments.
Steps for a Soul-Nourishing Moment with Coffee:
1. Pour hot coffee into your favourite mug and sit in a peaceful spot in your home – by the bay window, on the patio, etc.
2. Hold your warm mug with both hands and take a deep breath into your belly taking in the roasted aroma.
3. After some slow sips of coffee, lower the mug, let out a sigh or ‘aaah’ and notice the warmth of the coffee as it moves down your throat and to your belly. You may close your eyes or allow them to soften their focus.
In 10 seconds (and only two sips of coffee), stress hormone production decreases. This, in turn, improves stress tolerance, mood, energy, sleep, sex hormone balance, blood glucose levels and blood pressure.
Of course, this doesn’t have to be done with coffee. Bringing your focus to observing your body in the present moment makes a daily habit into a soul-nourishing moment. For your adrenal glands (stress tolerance organs) and nervous system, a soul-nourishing moment is like a rejuvenating trip to the spa.
If you’ve been ‘running on fumes’ or experiencing major stress recently, you’re adrenal glands and nervous system have been working on overdrive. Replenishing essential nutrients with adrenal support or B vitamin injections also help to improve stress tolerance and energy.
If you are traveling this summer, include soul-nourishing moments into your daily plans. I think you’ll find those moments will be the best memories of your vacation.
Whether you’re vacationing in Bora Bora or at home this summer, take advantage of daily soul-nourishing moments to reduce stress, optimize health and enjoy summer.
Dr.Carin Matsushita, ND, RAc.
After a long hard winter, Summer has absolutely arrived in Vancouver. It always amazes me how simply one day of Sun in Vancouver can vanish every trace memories of cold and rain from the season prior.
- require bending resulting in lower back strain
- they may result in dominant use of one side of the body more so than the other, creating an imbalance in the upper and lower back, and also the hamstrings
- can result in shoulder pain
- twisting and hip pain
- golfers elbow or repetitive strain on the wrists/forearms from twisting and pulling in the garden
- headaches and disrupted sleep
Live jazz music, speaking presentations including our very own Dr.Matsushita, and display booths on Health & Wellness with a focus on senior living!
Everyone is welcome!
Dr.Carin Matsushita will be talking from 3:30-4:00 pm on "Natural Solutions to Chronic Pain".
Come join us at Fraserview Care Lodge at 9580 Williams Road, Richmond BC on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 from 3-6pm. Ribbon cutting at 6-7pm!
Click HERE to read more about the event.
Dr Lee: Hello Mr. Steves, tell us a bit about your farming background:
I studied genetics at UBC and I am a practicing geneticist. Our family established the first seed company in BC in 1888. We are still growing, saving, improving, and selling seed from over 50 vegetable varieties adapted to the BC climate.
Dr. Lee: Tell me more about this picture of Victory Garden
That’s a picture of myself on the far left as a youngster. During WWII people still knew how to grow their own food. We dug up back yards, lanes and roadsides. We grew 42% of our food in Victory gardens. Everything was recycled. Manures and compost were returned to the land. Crops were rotated. Cow pasture was plowed under to grow vegetables, then oats cover crop, then legume hay to add nitrogen, then pastures again.
Dr. Lee: How has the city of Richmond responded to pesticides and GMO?
• Richmond banned cosmetic pesticides in 2009 and GMO’s on May 28, 2012
• After over 50 years of monoculture soils are depleted. It’s scientifically impossible to produce more food with minerals and microbes that no longer exist in the soil. Yet that is the GMO claim
• GMO’s do not produce more food to feed the world. GMO’s are designed to kill weeds with round-up or 2-4-D. That is all.
• To feed the world we need to maintain our genetic diversity, and replenish our soils.
Dr. Lee: What is an anaerobic digester and the compost trial?
Through the green can program, residential yard and food waste are taken to a facility on Westminster highway and put into these large tall structures called anaerobic digesters. These anaerobic digesters help turn the food waste into organic matter called compost.
Our compost has been tested and showed to be so clean that it can be used to put back into our organic farm soil and gardens to help nourish the soil. This is a very exciting project.
Dr. Lee: Are there other exciting projects that are happening in Richmond?
Yes, there are! You will soon hear some exciting news about the Garden City Lands and the proposed land use. Also, near the Brio clinic, the new development called The Gardens will also have community gardens and dedicated farm land that Kwantlen University students will be using to do research and learn more on organic farming practices.