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Nourish Your Spirit Spa Workshop at Le Nordik Spa

The Nourish Your Spirit Workshop is here!

Are you feeling run down? Tired of taking care of everybody else? It’s time to put yourself first and nourish your spirit!

The workshop includes:

Step by step guide to identify and clear out toxic sludge that is bringing you down. Both environmental and emotional toxins will be discussed.
Supercharged nutrition tips to give your body energy and recharge your batteries.
Practical tips to create your own spa experience at home so the pampering never stops!
Gentle relaxation exercises and a guided meditation to bring out your inner Zen.
FREE Same day admission to Le Nordik Spa!
Date: Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Time 10 am to 12 pm then we head to Le Nordik Spa for as long as you want!
Location: Meredith Centre, 23 Cecil Road, Chelsea, Quebec, J9B 0A5 in the Meeting Room.
Cost: $120 + HST

Register today! Space is limited.

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Good-bye period cramps!

When it comes to ‘that time of the month’ most women have experienced menstrual cramps at one point in their lives or another. Painful periods are often accompanied by other symptoms such as headaches, breast tenderness, heavy/clotty flow, low back pain, mood swings and food cravings.

All of these PMS symptoms are due to a hormone imbalance called ‘Estrogen dominance.’ This basically means that your body has an excess of estrogen in relation to progesterone.

Excess estrogen could be caused by:

  1. The build up of xenoestrogens in your body
  2. Liver Qi Stagnation: a Chinese medicine syndrome where your liver cannot process and eliminate the xenoestrogens fast enough so they build up in your body causing symptoms.
  3. Low progesterone: Your estrogen could be normal but if your progesterone is low it is not able to balance the effects of estrogen and creates a relative estrogen dominance picture.

How do you know if you have estrogen dominance?

  1. Your symptoms fall under the estrogen dominance category (see above)
  2. You do a blood test for estradiol and progesterone. Blood tests should ideally be done on day 5 and day 21 of the menstrual cycle.  Your hormones change throughout the cycle and this gives a more accurate picture of what is happening in the first half versus the second half of the cycle.
  3. Saliva hormone testing: This test is run through a private lab such as Rocky Mountain Analytical and is usually ordered by a naturopathic doctor. Here is more info on their Female Hormone Panel.

What are some treatment options for estrogen dominance?

  1. Minimize your exposure to xenoestrogens.
  2. Support your liver through diet, herbs and acupuncture so it can clear out excess estrogens.
  3. Boost your progesterone levels through diet, herbs and acupuncture. Or consider Bio-identical progesterone cream if indicated for your individual situation.

To learn more speak to your naturopathic doctor today!

Kick the flu bug 4 week ONLINE program!

Introducing our 4 week ONLINE Kick the Flu Bug program!

The cold and flu season is here! Do you wish to boost your immune system naturally and prevent getting sick this winter?

I’ve teamed up once again with one of the best holistic nutritionists I know, Sonia Turingia from Kick Ass Nutrition.

We are offering the Kick the Flu Bug program at a special introductory price of $98 + HST.

What you’ll get from our Kick the Flu Bug program:

4 weekly podcasts providing you with the info you need to know to prevent getting sick this winter:

  • Is the Flu shot right for you?
  • Identify what foods you need to ADD IN to keep you and your family healthy
  • Why you need FAT to fight a flu or cold
  • Eliminate food evils like excess sugar
  • Should I exercise when I’m sick?
  • What’s the difference between PRE and PRO biotics and why are so important for immune function?
  • The ancient healing wisdom or traditional Chinese medicine

FREE BONUS GIFTS! 

Register today and receive these awesome bonuses!

  • 72 hour sugar kick!
  • Magic Socks Treatment to reduce a fever
  • Homemade cough drops
  • How to use an onion to cure an ear infection!
  • Tasty, quick recipes that will fuel your busy life

I hope you enjoy the tips in this program as you work towards achieving optimal health!

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

Stay warm through the change of season with Chinese medicine

Autumn is the time of year when temperatures become cooler, the wind picks up and the air becomes dryer.  In Chinese medicine, autumn is the season of the Lung organ.  The Lung in Chinese medicine represents your breathing patterns, immune system function and your skin.

Has anyone every told you to wear a jacket and put on a hat or else you’ll catch a cold? If this has every happened to you it is because the Lungs  (ie your immune system) are  susceptible to being invaded by the external cold, dry and windy weather.

When you catch a cold, Chinese medicine classifies your symptoms as ‘Cold Wind Invasion of the Lung.” This pattern of imbalance characteristically manifests as fevers alternating with the chills, but the person is mostly chilly, headache, sneezing, scratchy throat, body aches, and stuffy nose with clear mucus.

In order to support the Lung during the fall season, it is important to incorporate seasonal warming foods into your diet.  The warmer your Lungs are the less susceptible they are to becoming cold by the exterior weather.

Here’s my list of the top 5 seasonal warming foods to include in your diet:

1. Pumpkin

2. Squash

3. Onions

4. Ginger

5. Sweet peppers

How about making a Pumpkin and Butternut Squash soup? Enjoy!

FREE health talk! Strategies to detoxify your body

This week I kick off a series of FREE health talks on ‘Strategies to detoxify your body.’

My goal is to increase your awareness of the negative health impact of toxin exposure.  I’ll provide  information on how to avoid environmental toxins in your home and work place.  You will learn practical tips on how to improve your body’s ability to detoxify using naturopathic medicine which includes clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and lifestyle changes.

These talks are part of the Ottawa Public Library Program guide.

Click HERE to register and find a library branch in your community.

Looking forward to sharing lots of great info with you!

Essentials for a Healthy Winter Season

Check out my latest article in Healthy Directions Magazine:

Essentials for a Healthy Winter Season.

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Have a happy winter!