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3 Good Fats You Need Right Now!

you need healthy fats to lose weightFats have long been cast as evil and deadly, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. But no all fats are created equal. Your body really needs fats to survive, function, and thrive. Diets that restrict fat intake to lose weight can be dangerous to your health.

Eliminating fat from your diet to lose weight is harmful as certain beneficial fats are essential for your body to function properly.

For example, fats are critical for brain and nervous system function because the myelin (a sheath around nerve fibers that that electrical impulses are transmitted) is made of essential fatty acids.

Fats are also needed for producing hormones, blood clotting, skin and hair, as well as maintaining proper thyroid and adrenal function, and weight. Low fat diets that restrict fat to lose weight can actually slow down your metabolism as the body tries to hang onto calories and energy.

As a part of a healthy diet, these fats pack a nutritional punch by feeding your brain and your body, help you maintain a healthy weight, and keeping you feeling fuller longer.

  1. Flaxseeds or flax oil. Flax is a high source of one of the fatty acids the body does not synthesize on its own. Omega-3 fatty acids are not as readily absorbed as Omega-6 fatty acids, so getting more of this fat in your diet is necessary. Try flax oil in your homemade dressing and add flax seeds to your salad. A tablespoon or more of flaxseed in most baked goods increases this fat and fiber with little change to the end product. Add it to your smoothie, cereal, or oatmeal for a great way to start your morning.
  2. Walnuts are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a rich source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats and l-arginine the amino acids. These awesome nuts also contain polyphenol antioxidants to prevent damage to cells. Try walnut oil in place of olive oil as a finishing oil because it doesn’t tolerate heat very well and can get bitter. Eating walnuts whole is the best way to obtain the antioxidants as they are mostly contained in the skin. Try adding them to salad, smoothies, parfaits, as well as in a granola mix for a snack.
  3. Avocados are a great source of a carotenoid, lutein, which protects your eyes from getting cataracts or macular degeneration. One of the reasons might be that carotenoids need fat to maximize absorption. Leafy greens and orange colored foods are high in carotenoids, but their absorption is greatly reduced without consuming them with a fat. Avocados are also high in fibre.

Good fats are as vital to a healthy body as protein and vitamins. The key is to balance these, as they are all necessary for healthy function.

If you’re struggling to lose weight and you’re not sure why, our Naturopathic Physician can help you discover the reason for your challenges. Whether you’re fed up that nothing is working, or just need some guidance, our clinic can get you on the right track. Contact us today for more information.

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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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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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What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) involves the treatment of hormone deficiencies using hormones that are identical to those naturally produced in the body. Conventional hormone therapy, on the other hand, are hormones that have been chemically altered so that they can be patented and sold as a drug. It is this chemically altered drug form of hormone therapy that has received much negative attention regarding the side effects associated with hormone therapy.

The goal of Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) is to achieve a natural hormone balance in the body resulting in symptom relief and improved well being without the side effects. BHRT is used to treat a variety of hormone deficiencies such as menopause, peri-menopause, andropause, hypothyroidism, and adrenal deficiencies. It can also be used to facilitate weight loss and treat infertility, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual cramping, premenstrual syndrome, low libido, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Bioidentical hormones are made using natural ingredients and available by prescription from local pharmacies.

Dr. Brian Gluvic has over 14 years of experience using BHRT. Your appointment with Dr. Brian Gluvic will involve a comprehensive consultation, lab work and physical exam. He will present dietary, nutritional and lifestyle options that will help you achieve hormone balance in the long term and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy options to provide more immediate results.

To find out more about biodentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), schedule an appointment with a Village Health Clinic doctor.

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HCG Weight Loss Program Spring Special $450!!

The HCG Weight Loss Diet is a weight-loss program that utilizes a hormone, called HCG. This hormone is naturally present in small amounts in both males and females and in larger amounts during pregnancy. This hormone plays an important role in the metabolism of fat stores. Injecting small amounts of this hormone on a daily basis along with a specific low-calorie diet results in dramatic weight loss without losing muscle mass. Patients lose an average of a half to one pound a day while feeling energetic and without feeling deprived. To find out more about the HCG Weight Loss Diet and other approaches to improving your health, please schedule a consultation with a Village Health Clinic physician*.

*New patients to the HCG program and clinic require an initial consultation with a Village Health Clinic physician. Covered by most extended health plans.

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Physician Supervised 15 day Cleanse

Join us at the Village Health Clinic for a customized Detox Program!

Physician supervised cleanse involving customized nutritional and dietary plans and colon hydrotherapy. You will experience rapid weight loss (half to one pound per day or more) and relief from bloating, indigestion, irritable bowels, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, muscle and joint aches. We will also discuss long term dietary and nutritional management so that you can maintain your weight loss and achieve improved health without feeling deprived. Call the Village Health Clinic at 604-575-7275 to schedule an appointment and start feeling better!

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15 Day Detox: Cleanse and Feel Healthier than ever

Physician supervised cleanse involving customized nutritional and dietary plans and colon hydrotherapy. You will experience rapid weight loss (half to one pound per day or more) and relief from bloating, indigestion, irritable bowels, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, muscle and joint aches. We will also discuss long term dietary and nutritional management so that you can maintain your weight loss and improved health without feeling deprived. Call the Village Health Clinic to schedule an appointment and start feeling better.

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Cleanse and feel healthier than ever: Colon Hydrotherapy

Your colon, or large bowel/intestine, is the sight of fluid and electrolyte absorption from intestinal material. Over 400 species of human bacterial species reside in the colon, using undigested food particles as fuel for growth. The beneficial bacteria play an important role in our health, manufacturing short-chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate, propionate), which are the preferred fuel of our intestinal cells and contribute to a healthy bowel pH level. These bacteria also inhibit the overgrowth of yeast, parasites, and pathogenic bacteria. Chronic constipation, digestive problems, food allergies, poor diet, and medications such as antibiotics and steroid medications often contribute to poor colon health, which may lead to many other chronic illnesses.

Colon hydrotherapy is a session, or series of sessions, using gentle “flow” of water to flush out intestinal material from the bowels. Unlike enemas, which only cleanse the last 12-18 inches of the 5-foot bowel, colon hydrotherapy directs water flow through the entire length. Such a method is used to treat various causes of constipation by stimulating normal peristalsis – the movement of the bowels. Spastic or atonic constipation can be treated using different methods of water flow such as contrasting the temperature of the water. Together with proper diet, exercise, and supplementation, constipation of various types can be effectively resolved.

Colon hydrotherapy may also be used as part of a cleansing or detoxification protocol. Colon hydrotherapy promotes the effective elimination of toxins and helps rectify digestive dysfunction. Implantations of restorative nutrients such as lactobacillus acidophilus, butyric acid, or chlorophyll can help promote proper bowel pH, provide fuel for the colon cells and beneficial bowel bacteria, and promote detoxification. These particular therapies are indicated for various autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis), immune dysfunctions (allergies, eczema), chronic pain syndromes (chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia), intestinal infections (candida, parasites, worms, pathogenic bacteria), irritable bowel syndrome and a multitude of other conditions.

Colon hydrotherapy sessions last about 45-minutes on average. A certified colon hydrotherapist performs the treatments under the supervision of a Naturopathic physician. Patients are receive on average three to seven sessions, depending on the goal of treatment and condition being treated. A screening visit with a Village Health Clinic physician is required before the initial colon hydrotherapy treatment. Ask one of the Village Health Clinic physicians if colon hydrotherapy is appropriate for you.