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Always Choose Organic for These 12 Foods

healthy dietChoosing organic produce is not always cost effective, and when you are on a budget, you want to make the best choices when it comes to diet.

Buying organic produce local and in season usually garners the best prices.

Even then, it can be difficult when the price difference between conventional and organic prices vary by so much.

Pesticide contamination is a real concern, especially when these powerful pesticides continue to linger in food (and inside of you) for a long time. Workers that handle pesticides for conventional growing can experience acute side effects, like dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and skin and eye issues. Some pesticides utilize heavy metals which are toxic to the body.

Some products remain contaminated for longer periods of times than others. Some products get natural protection from thick or hard skins.

So when does organic matter the most? Here is a list of 12 products to always get organic (in order from most contaminated):

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes

Here’s 15 produce items that are the least contaminated with pesticides that you don’t have to buy organic (in order of least contaminated):

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Sweet Potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms

If you’re concerned with pesticide contamination or heavy metal intoxication, please talk to one of our Naturopath’s.

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8 Reasons to Change Your Diet Now!

chronic health issuesWith chronic health issues, the reasons might elude you because of how long they’ve been occurring. Many chronic issues stem from diet because food and beverages are a daily constant in our lives.

When you have chronic health issues, one of the first things our Naturopaths look at is the diet. The effects of unhealthy eating habits can literally weigh on you and be the result of years of nutritional neglect.

Changing your diet has immediate effects, and a long term lifestyle change with a commitment to healthy eating can have dramatic changes, even eliminating chronic health issues.

Here are 8 reasons to change your diet now:

  1. Whether you experience seasonal allergies or all year around, allergies are a sign that your body is hyper sensitive. Allergies can appear as respiratory issues, watery eyes and/or skin issues like eczema. Identifying allergens can help to ease and even eliminate allergy symptoms.
  2. Digestive Issues. Chronic constipation or diarrhea? Acid reflux or indigestion? Digestive issues are commonly relieved by a change in diet, and the changes can usually be felt quickly.
  3. Body Odour. Changes in body odour can be a result of an unhealthy diet. Fungus like candida, or yeast, thrives in diets with high sugar and gluten. So do the bacteria that cause body odour.
  4. Lack of Energy. Can you sleep for hours but still wake up feeling tired, sluggish or exhausted? Toxic build up from an unhealthy diet can keep you from being effectively using the energy in your body. Changes in diet can rev up your engine again.
  5. Sleep Issues. Without a balanced diet, your body might have issues managing your energy requirements properly. You might wake up at night due to hunger or late/difficult digestion.
  6. Depression/Mood Issues. Food acts as a fuel for your body, supplying it with the necessary items like vitamins, proteins and minerals to run efficiently. Without proper diet, your body could be missing key elements to keep your nervous system stabilized. Being deficient in certain vitamins can affect your hormones and even your mood.
  7. Chronic Pain. An unhealthy diet could be causing you pain. Certain foods can be deadly for joints. Frequent headaches are commonly associated with issues with diet.
  8. It isn’t just about calories! A balanced and healthy diet takes into account everything your body needs to run properly, including healthy fats. If you’re eating a healthy diet and you still aren’t losing weight, you might actually be missing something vital, or a seemingly healthy food might be disastrous for your unique needs.

To jumpstart a change in diet, a cleanse or detox might be beneficial.

Colon hydrotherapy can help to quickly ease some of the above chronic health issues, along with a change in diet.

Never attempt a cleanse or detox without advice from your physician.

Ready to feel better? Ask our Naturopath’s how you can change your diet now.

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6 Reasons to LOVE Mint

naturopath love mintA wonderful perennial herb that is so easy to grow, it grows like a weed! As a part of a healthy diet, mint has a variety of health benefits, from promoting digestion to clearing skin and easing pain.

Our Naturopath’s love mint. Here are 6 reasons why you’ll love mint too:

1. Aids digestion. Soothes the stomach and promotes enzymes to help you digest your meal. It calms and relaxes the smooth muscles of the stomach and reduces flatulence. Try a cup of mint tea or a few drops of peppermint oil rubbed into the belly.

2. Helps oral health. Mint freshens your breath by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Chew a few mint leaves after your meals.

3. Eases cold symptoms. Mint is a natural expectorant and can help to remove mucous from the airways. Try a few drops in a humidifier, bath, or on the chest and sinuses.

4. Skin cleanser. Although peppermint oil is too strong for your skin, fresh mint leaves applied to the skin regularly is an effective way to combat acne. It is naturally antibacterial. Try crushing a few mint leaves with purified water and apply to the skin for 1 minute before rinsing thoroughly.

5. Eases pain. Mint has analgesic properties due to it’s cooling effects when applied directly and is used in many topical pain creams. Peppermint oil can even ease headaches. Try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a warm bath and breathing deeply.

6. It’s cooling. Mint helps to cool down the body, which is why it makes a great summer time treat. Try adding mint to your favourite summer time drinks, like lemonade.

Talk to one of our Surrey Naturopath’s, to learn more about a healthy diet.

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Tired of Feeling Tired: Natural Treatments for Fatigue

bio pictureDr. Brian Gluvic will be speaking at the Aging Gracefully Lifestyle Show on June 27 2015.

WHERE:  Shannon Hall (Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Fairgrounds)
6050-176 St (Cloverdale Fairgrounds), Surrey
Corner of 176th Street and 60th Ave, Cloverdale

TOPIC: Tired of Feeling Tired: Natural Treatments for Fatigue

Do you feel really tired late morning or mid afternoon? Are you dependent on sugar and caffeine to make it through the day? Do you often wake in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep? Fatigue and sleep issues are often an accepted part of aging.

Fortunately, these issues do not have to dominate our lives as we grow older. Learn how simple dietary changes and nutrition can improve your energy and sleep and help you feel younger.

Dr. Brian Gluvic is a Naturopathic Physician at the Village Health Clinic. He provides family medical care with an emphasis on dietary and nutritional therapies, lifestyle counseling, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. He completed his medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and received additional training in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. Dr. Gluvic is an adjunct professor (Pediatrics) at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.

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Medicinal Plant Walk

homeopathy-stockexhngLearn how to treat common conditions with the pharmacy in your own back yard. On Sunday, May 31st at 6 pm, Dr. Brian Gluvic will discuss medicinal uses and pharmacology of local plants on a walk through Crescent Park.

To register, please call the office at 604-575-7275 or email reception@villagehealthclinic.ca.

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Trying to Get Pregnant?

UnknownAt the Village Health Clinic, we have helped many women and men with fertility issues. We use evidence based nutritional and diet therapies, herbal medicines, acupuncture and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies to create a customized treatment plan to restore hormone balance, optimize ovarian and uterine function, and ultimately increase fertility. We offer effective treatment options for conditions that interfere with fertility: endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, low ovarian reserve, early menopause, autoimmunity, luteal phase defects, hypothyroidisms, recurrent miscarriage, and male infertility. And, we tailor treatment plans to support and improve the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies (in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination).

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Five Ways to Help your Children Prevent the Cold or Flu, Naturally

1)   Sleep. The research is fairly clear – reduced sleep results in impaired immune function. Sleep is the body’s way of maintaining and repairing the body and its functions, in particular the immune system. Because of their high metabolic rates, children are even more sensitive to the negative effects of sleep deprivation. During cold and flu season, stick to a regular routine and limit activities in the evening to allow children a reasonable bedtime.

2)   Fluids.  The body is made up of 70% water. Our tissues, including our immune system, depend on it to function. Fluid intake also helps the kidneys to filter out the toxic byproducts of infections from the body.

3)   Limit sugars.  The amount of sugar found in 2 cans of soda has been shown to significantly impair our immune cells’ ability to kill bacteria and viruses. Sugar’s negative effect on the immune system start within 30 minutes and last for up to 24 hours after consumption. Limit added sugars in your foods to <10 grams per serving and limit fruit juice consumption to less than one cup/day.  Ideally, eat fruit rather than drink it and consume more complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and vegetables.

4)   Nutrition. There are numerous studies showing vitamin C and zinc can reduce the severity and duration of cold/flu symptoms. Increase consumption of vitamin C with fruits and veggies and zinc with nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. For children, consider a 500 mg chewable vitamin C and a 10 mg chewable zinc lozenge per day. Adults can easily double or triple these doses. Omega 3 fats such those found in fish and nuts and vitamin D from sunshine and fortified foods are also important for proper immune function. If you don’t think your children are getting enough of these fats, consider a chewable or liquid fish oil supplement with at least 500 mg of EPA and DHA daily. With Vitamin D, most of children and adults in our temperate climate do not get enough so consider giving your children 600 – 1000 IU day and 2000 IU for adults during the winter cold and flu season.

5)   Probiotics.  Recent studies on children have shown that beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus Acidophillus not only reduces the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms but also prevent infection. This beneficial effect is likely only achieved in higher dosed preparations containing billions of bacteria per dose. For children, consider a powdered probiotic supplement as this can easily be added to beverages, cereals or smoothies with little change to no change in the flavour.

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How to Get Children to Eat a Healthy Diet

Join Dr. Brian Gluvic to learn more about Building Healthy Kids, specifically looking at how to get children to eat a healthy diet!

Date: Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm

Overview: Dr. Brian Gluvic and Nutritionist Sonia Reed will discuss the current epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes and its contributing dietary factors. The components of a healthy diet for children will be presented along with strategies to improve children’s dietary intake of healthy foods.

Location: Choices Markets South Surrey, 3248 King George Boulevard, South Surrey, BC

Registration: Please call 604-541-3902, Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, or visit the customer service counter at our South Surrey store. $5 will be collected at the door with net proceeds going to charity.

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Results in Greater Weight Loss than Low-Fat Diet

In a recent study, 150 obese adults were directed to either consume a low-fat (<30% calories from fat) or a low-carbohydrate (<40 grams per day) diet. All participants were provided with recipes, dietary counseling, and meal-replacement shakes/bars to ensure that they adhered to the diet. After 12 months, the low-carb group had lost about 8 pounds more than the low-fat group even though the caloric intake was the same between the groups. The low-carb group also saw the greatest improvement in body composition (body fat percent), cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers.

At the Village Health Clinic, we specialize in helping people lose stubborn extra weight. Utilizing a comprehensive approach, we identify the underlying medical, dietary, and nutritional factors that interfere with weight loss. We create a complete dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle plan specific for you that leads to not only dramatic short term weight loss but long term maintenance without feeling deprived. If necessary, we incorporate more aggressive strategies involving nutritional protocols, vitamin injections or hormone therapy (HCG or thyroid support) to facilitate weight loss. Ultimately, your new diet and nutritional plan lead not only to weight loss but more energy and well being – and a new you.


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