Healthy glowing skin from the inside out

Hello! Lately I’ve had quite a few clients with skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. I personally have had acne and eczema and understand that horrible, itchy rash that won’t go away. Both were on my face too so that really didn’t help my self-confidence. I tried all those topical creams and ointments but nothing really worked until I discovered that skin issues are a manifestation of an internal imbalance, usually with your digestion, immune system or ability to detoxify.

Let’s talk about glowing healthy skin from the inside out!

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and one of your primary sources of detoxification. Many factors can influence the health of your skin:

  • Chemical toxins built up in your body that your skin is trying to eliminate
  • Food sensitivities and poor digestive tract function lead to excessive inflammation molecules that deposit in the skin. Poor digestion also leads to poor absorption of essential nutrients like zinc, selenium, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids which are vital in maintaining healthy skin
  • Since 80% of your immune system is in the lining of the digestive system, digestive issues cause immune system issues and your immune system may not be able to manage inflammation effectively leading to skin issues. It’s all interconnected!
  • Hormone imbalances like excess estrogen and testosterone lead to acne, or lowering levels of progesterone and estrogen can lead to dry itchy skin especially in menopause.
  • Stress! If your nervous system is under constant stress you will release more histamine which leads to the itchiness and discomfort

Often there is more than one factor influencing the health of your skin and it can be challenging to identify where you need the most support. If you experience acne, eczema, or psoriasis it’s time to consider treating your skin from the inside out with some natural options.

Book your healthy skin appointment today!

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

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!

The ABC’s of skin cancer prevention

Check out my latest blog post for the Ottawa Mommy Club:

The ABC’s of skin cancer prevention

Enjoy!

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Looking for natural, chemical free sunscreen this summer?

Are you looking for natural, chemical free sunscreen this summer?

Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Safer Sunscreens!

You can also check out my friend Amanda’s company Hali’s Essentials. Order online or visit her every Sunday at the Brewer Park Farmer’s Market.

Amanda’s sunscreen contains zinc oxide as the active ingredient to protect the skin from the sun. Her product is non-greasy and also smells delicious! I highly recommend it and supporting this local Ottawa business 🙂

Happy Summer!

 

Are your cosmetics harming your health?

I’ve been doing a series of health talks on how to detoxify your body and one of the facts that is most eye-opening to people is the fact that cosmetics contains harmful chemicals.

It is really great if your cosmetics company does not test on animals, is giving back to the environment or supporting a good cause every time you purchase their product.

However, despite their good deeds, the ingredients they are using may be harming your health.

Have you heard of the Environmental Working Group’sDirty Dozen‘ list of foods which contain the highest amount of pesticide residue?

Well, David Suzuki has come out with the ‘Dirty Dozen in Cosmetics‘.

Click on the image below to download his consumer shopping guide.

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If you want to find out what’s in your cosmetics and how hazardous they are to your health, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database!

How dirty are your cosmetics?

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!