Divine Element’s 40 Day Detox Plan to a Better you!
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Digestion is the seed of our health. How we digest food is how we digest life. As Naturopathic Doctors we talk to each and every patient about the importance of their digestion and how this one system can affect the well being of the whole. If we are not absorbing our nutrients, the body isn’t receiving the nourishment it needs to not only heal but to live optimally. One of the ways you can assure your digestive system is working for you and not against you is through a detox program specific to your needs.
Detoxification is defined as the process of removing toxic substances and emotions. Throughout the day we are exposed to all sorts of toxins, physical, mental, and emotional. Ranging from the preservatives and pesticides in foods, environmental pollution, to a reactive and heated conversation with a partner. So how does the body deal with this toxic load? If we imagine our body to be a bucket, and the bucket fills because of chronic exposure to toxins, it would eventually spill over creating symptoms and discomfort. However, when the bucket has pathways of elimination it allows the bucket to empty itself as the toxins come in. These pathways are represented in the body as emunctories. The primary emunctories include the liver, kidneys, Intestines, stomach, pancreas, lymph and Lungs, and the secondary emunctories are the skin and mucous membranes. These pathways of elimination work together to create a nontoxic environment in the body. If any of these are not functioning optimally the body creates symptoms because the bucket is just too full.
When is the best time to detox and Why 40 days?
“Maintain a positive attitude with promoting Habits for 40 days and you can change your Destiny.” - Yogi Bhajan
Both Spring and Fall are optimal times to detoxify the body. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and Fall a time of preparation for the winter months. To create a new habit that supports our healing it takes 40 days to open new pathways of thinking and clear destructive subconscious programming. By committing to 40 days we are making a decision to empower ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are making a decision to take charge of our health and become an active part of our healing journey.
How Do I know what the best Detox is for my body?
Each of us is unique in how we live, eat, digest, and respond to life. We all may have the same systems with in the physical body, but our mental and emotional body is very unique and specific to us. When detoxifying we are working at the physical level, however, the other parts of us are involved as much if not more in this process of healing. We have all had different experiences in life that have shaped who we are today so to try and heal everyone the same wouldn’t be right or make sense.
Call today to sign up for your very own personalized Detox plan!
Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Pear Crisp
4 Sweet Gala Apples
1/2 teaspoon of grated orange zest
1 tsp of grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons of Freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
3/4 cup of gluten free all purpose flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1/4 cup of maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup of coconut butter
*can add another 1/2 cup of coconut sugar for more sweetness
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Cut the pears and apples into large chunks
Place the fruit, zests, and juices in a baking dish along with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Combine all topping ingredients in a separate bowl until there are large crumbles and sprinkle on top of fruit
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes and serve warm.
The Green Immune Soup by Dr. Light Miller
Serves 8 – 10
10 – 15 cups water
1/2 head broccoli, chopped well
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 celery root (celeriac), chopped
1/2 cup green onions (green tops only), chopped
6 large leaves and stems of curly kale, chopped
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 sheets kombu, cut in small pieces
1/2 bulb fennel, chopped (do not use the stalks for this soup, only the bulb)
1 thumb-size piece of turmeric root, chopped
1 thumb-size piece of ginger root, chopped
6 pieces of astragalus root (resembles tongue depressors)
8 medium size (about three inches)
sulfur-free ashwangandha root
Four-inch piece of burdock root, chopped
1 tablespoon ajwan seeds (if you cannot find ajwan, celery seeds can be substituted in a pinch but they are a different seed)
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons ghee (for a vegan soup, use one tablespoon coconut oil and one tablespoon sesame oil)
1 tablespoon miso (add this just at the end before serving so as not to destroy the enzymes in miso by cooking)
Add Bragg’s liquid aminos at the end to taste.
In a large soup pot, bring the pure water and hardy vegetables and herb roots (including astragalus, burdock, ashwagandha, ginger, and turmeric) to a boil and then turn to a simmer. Let these simmer together until they soften. Add lighter vegetables and seaweed. Saute the spice seeds in ghee or oil briefly and then add to the pot while cooking. Cook until all the vegetables are soft and flavors are merged. Puree as desired. Serve warm.
As many of you know, we were awarded a high honor this year in Georgia Straight’s 17th annual Best of Vancouver Awards, taking third place for best Naturopathic clinic. What a climb after just three years in the business! Since we opened our doors in 2009, we have had incredible success building awareness about Naturopathic medical approaches to healing and Ayurvedic lifestyle practices. We are true believers in these health remedies and have seen amazing results in our customer’s lives as well as our own. Our dedication and passion have taken us far, but in the end, our meteoric success would not be possible without you, our loyal customers, and from the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say thank you for making this possible. This is your award as much as it is ours.
We want to take this moment to announce an incredible new procedure that we are offering our customers: the Truebalance BHRT program. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy allows us to treat hormonal imbalances that can cause a number of ailments, everything from depression and fatigue to a loss of libido. BHRT optimizes the bodies hormonal levels, creating an environment that is more physiologicly and homeostaticly ideal. This in turn can prevent diseases, slow the ageing process, and improve your all-around quality of life. Dr. Ron Brown, the medical director of Truebalance, has seen stunning results from this kind of treatment, and we are excited to collaborate with him by offering the Truebalance program.
As we strive to find new and better ways to make Divine Elements Health Centre the best Naturopathic clinic in Vancouver, we know we can count our our loyal customers to take this exciting journey with us.
Sonya & Nicholas Jensen
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Before the holidays we look forward to spending time with those we love and getting together to eat fabulous meals while sharing stories from the year that has just passed. The excitement can sometimes be accompanied by an uneasy feeling of what side effects all that time with ones family will bring. As wonderful as our families are they can sometimes bring with them an underlying hum of stress. Whether it’s due to last minute shopping for gifts or the fear of old patterns creeping up when in their presence, this stress can create silent havoc in our bodies and mind.
So what is Stress and why does it have such a hold on us even in times of joy and giving. If you were to look up the meaning of stress there isn’t a very clear distinction as to whether it is the cause or the effect of the strain on the body or mind. Each of us perceive and receive information differently, therefore, our definition of stress will be different. Since there is no concrete answer to what stress is how does one deal with their perception and reaction to it. We can spend days and weeks in retreats and seminars to learn different stress busting strategies and feel amazing and clear right after, however, it isn’t until we are back in our “stress” environment where we can see if what we have learned can be put into practice. And what better test than the holidays!
Below are some stress busting tips on a physical and mental level that can help you respond with out reaction even in the middle of this season.
Ashwaganda: the “Indian Ginseng”, this Ayurvedic herb acts as an adaptogen and as a tonic herb increasing the ability of an organism to cope with stress. This herb works to support the adrenal medulla, the part of the adrenals that secretes the hormones adrenaline ( epinephrine) and nor adrenaline ( nor epinephrine), which are responsible for the rapid increase in nervous system and metabolic activity involved in the general adaptation system
Rhodiola: this is great adaptogenic herb that helps you cope with stress both physically and mentally.
Ginseng: Mediates through the pituitary gland to tune the adrenal cortex so that phase I of the general adaptation syndrome is more efficient. It increases the adrenals capacity to deal with stress.
Vitamin B5: the active form of B5, coenzyme A is involved in the Kreb Cycle in the production of ATP, which is required for proper functioning of the adrenal glands. It is also involved in the production of steroids from the adrenals.
Blueberries: Foods high in Vitamin C aids in steroid hormone synthesis, which is needed to cope with stress.
Brown Rice: Whole grains like Brown Rice and Buckwheat are high in B vitamins which help the adrenals, increase energy, and aid in stress management
Green Vegetables: nourish the body and create balance to help respond to stresses rather than react
Apricots: High in Magnesium. Magnesium has a very calming affect on the nervous system and can help you remain in a more parasympathetic state.
Sweet Potatoes: When under stress the body is depleted in minerals specifically in potassium. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium and are also a great substitute for that carbohydrate craving under times of stress.
Enough cannot be said about how yoga and meditation can help you in times of stress. By incorporating a daily practice you can create an automatic response that will engage your parasympathetic rather than your sympathetic nervous system. This can keep you calm through any storm and help elevate others around you to.
Choose what works for you and incorporate a practice into your holiday routine, your body and mind will thank you for it!
As a culture we have filled our lives with busy schedules full of meetings, activities, shopping for the holidays, and always “doing”. Our body allows us to experience this life and all the systems within the body work together to create balance and strength so we can complete our day to day tasks. When we don’t give our body a chance to properly rest following periods of vigorous activity or stress (i.e. A normal day!), our immune system in particular has to work extra hard to stay balanced. You may have noticed after a set of exams or any big event in your life, the minute it is completed you begin to feel sick. This is the body’s way of communicating that it just needs a break. Now in the midst of the flu season it is even more important for us to listen to our bodies and boost our immunity to prevent that crash from happening. A Homeopathic flu shot is just one of those ways you can help boost your immunity.
Based on the principals of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician (1755-1843), homeopathy is a medical science where the law of similar states, like cures like. This is where symptoms that may occur in a healthy individual can be cured by taking a dilution of a remedy that would trigger those same symptoms. In classical homeopathy a remedy is found for an individual according to their picture as a whole. That remedy would cover several symptoms that person may be experiencing in both their physical and mental bodies. In Combination Homeopathy, remedies of similar nature are combined based on their synergy to treat common triggers and symptoms such as colds and flus.
Engystol and Gripp are two examples of such combination homeopathy remedies which have been scientifically proven to reduce the severity of symptoms during a viral infection such as the flu as well as provide protection from recurring infections. In 2010, The Journal of Immune Based Therapies and Vaccines reported that both Engystol and Gripp were able to inhibit a variety of viral infections from manifesting. Both remedies stimulate type I Interferon, a protein made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. This then triggers an immune response for protection and elimination of the pathogens.
These two remedies can be taken together in the form of a Homeopathic Flu shot which can act to strengthen your immune system to beat any virus that you may come in contact with.
The Homeopathic Flu shot is give on a bi- weekly schedule for up to six injections to fully induce this immune protective response. It is suitable for all ages and is a simple and very effective way to enhance your body’s natural defence system. Consider the Homeopathic flu shot as an alternative to the conventional flu shot.
Below are Divine Elements top 5 ways to boost your immune system this season….
1. Food as Medicine
2. Immune Boosting Herbal Teas: Echinacea, Thyme, Licorice Root, Lemon Grass, Cleavers, Rose Hips, Peppermint, and Elder Flower
3. Stress reduction and gaining tools to manage stress : yoga and meditation, walking, finding something you connect with and love to do.
4. Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Therapy: which includes all of the above nutrients, Vitamins C, E, Selenium, Zinc, and B Vitamins.
5. Homeopathic Flu Shots
These immune boosting tips will help optimize you and your health so you can live a vital life full of energy and balance.
New to Divine Elements Health Centre:
We are excited to announce that we are now offering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Divine Elements. In order to meet your health goals Divine Elements is now teaming up Truebalance, the premier Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) clinic in Canada. We are very excited to work with Doctor Ron Brown OBGYN and medical director of Truebalance to bring his BHRT model to Vancouver. Find your True Balance with Bioidentical Hormones.
The goal of BHRT is to improve quality of life, balance the symptoms of aging and most importantly prevent disease. Naturally hormones begin to decline in individuals around the age of 25. We are seeing this process accelerate due to high stress, overwork, xenoestrogens and other toxins in the environment and the food we eat… and the list goes on.. The purpose of this program is to bring people back to physiologic and homeostatic levels using “Human identical” hormones when an imbalance is indicated.
Signs and Symptoms of
|Irregular menstrual cycle/PMS/Breast Tenderness||Depressed/Flat Mood|
|Depressed mood/Decreased Concentration||Diminished Well being|
|Agitation/Anxiety||Loss of drive/excitement for life|
|Weight Gain||Loss of libido|
|Achy joints||Lack of desire to be intimate|
|Poor memory/foggy thinking||Weight Gain|
|Decreased libido||Loss of muscle mass|
|Poor sleep/hot flashes/night sweats||Hair loss|
|Vaginal Dryness||Prostate inflammation|
|Hair loss/gain||Blood Sugar problems|
|Bone loss||Bone loss|
Establishing an optimal hormone balance in individuals is necessary to keep people feeling young, productive and vital for as long as possible. For the most part, the general population isn’t aware that hormonal imbalance can be a precursor for the majority of serious conditions that show up in peoples lives.
Many of these diseases top the list for Mortality charts across North America including: Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions including Osteoporosis, Depression, Cognitive decline etc. The reason BHRT is so far reaching is because it works specifically on three fronts: improving Anabolic/Catabolic ratio (helping maintain muscle mass among other things), decreasing Inflammation, and Neuroprotection (helping maintain memory, cognition among other things). Each of these areas are critical in establishing and maintaining health which we’ll get into more detail in upcoming newsletters.
As you know from visiting us, the goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to create balance in all systems of the body. Blending the Truebalance program together with traditional Naturopathic philosophy and care creates a powerful combination to take you to greater depths of healing and balance.
For more information on the program for yourself, family member or friend, please contact Divine Elements Health Centre.
As the summer fades away and transitions into the fall, people all over are getting ready for a new season of work, school, growth and change. Through this transition we begin to see longer nights, darker days, increase in stress, and most importantly a decrease in energy and immunity. So how can we make sure we are ready for these changes and opportunistic bugs that will be lurking around the office, the schools, and our homes.
First we need to address the factors that can decrease our immunity. Our last article emphasized the importance of adrenal health and the influence stress, specifically cortisol, can have on our immune system. Our every day actions and activities have a tremendous role on how our body will cope with the on coming fall bugs. Students are staying up late to finish last minute assignments, parents are coping with the new schedules of school, sports and activities, and those at work are fitting as much as they can into a days work….all these actions influence our sleep patterns, our eating patterns, our stress coping mechanisms and in turn our immunity.
This stress that influences our internal environment can come in all different forms. What we eat, how we exercise, how many hours we sleep, how we communicate, and how we choose to support and nurture our selves, all play a role.
When creating an optimal environment of health in the body, start with the basics. Eat a diet rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, and whole grains, while cutting out sugar, processed foods and any known allergens. Sleep before eleven pm making sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours a night. Wash your hands. Exercise daily, drink sugar free fluids, and do something you love everyday.
More specifically, taking daily supplements such as Vitamin C ( 2-3000mg/day), Vitamin D ( 3000 IU/day), and super foods such as garlic and a green supplement containing spirulina and chlorella can help boost your immune system and energy.
At Divine Elements Health Centre we offer a series of immune boosting protocols including Homeopathic Flu shots, Intravenous Vitamin and Mineral Therapy, supplements and herbs, and a meal plan specific to your bodies needs while considering the change in season and levels of stress to get you ready for the coming season.
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Most people have probably heard the phrase your team is only as good as your weakest link. Therefore, you are limited by the performance of everyone/every component involved. Well, in our bodies and in life, we can apply the same philosophy. We can only function as optimally as our level of awareness of our body. If we have limited awareness on what it means to be healthy, what it feels like, and what’s involved to sustain and create health, then our performance is greatly impeded. Most of us go about life unbeknownst that each day we choose to avoid our body’s signals, we further detach from what health means and feels like. Each time we do so, we create a new “set point” for what it is to be healthy. It’s like desensitizing our body to disharmony.
In our busy lives we typically override these signals our bodies are trying to give us. We over-medicate, over-indulge, or over-distract ourselves with things outside instead of taking time to look inside.
As we create the space to turn our attention inwards, we experience that we are no longer “trying” to live to be healthy. We become balance, we are harmony, we become vitality and we are abundance.
Join us as we look inside the body to explore the elements, expand our awareness and reconstitute the healed body blueprint…