Meet our new intern

Do you have a friend or family member who would benefit from seeing a naturopath but has limited funds? Now is the perfect opportunity to become a patient and get an individualized plan.

Francesca is joining our clinic this week for the next couple months to complete her naturopathic studies.

Her super powers: She’s a brilliant mom of 3 and has a special interest in fertility, pregnancy and babies. 

Francesca will be supervised by one of the naturopathic doctors at Rooted, so your friend or family member has the benefit of 2 people working on their plan.

Costs are reduced:

  • First Visit $60
  • Follow ups or Acupuncture $30

Contact the clinic or simply book online under “Student Intern”

See you soon!

Sleep and Weight Gain

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So many of our patients are concerned about their weight. While most of them are searching for a diet and exercise plan to follow, we are telling them to start with a good night’s sleep. Here’s why.

According to a study published in Annals of Medicine, short sleep duration has been associated with elevated BMI. There are other studies giving even more reasons to work on getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night:

  • Diabetes prevention: less than 7 hrs of sleep leads to insulin resistance and leptin reduction (that means poor sugar regulation and increased appetite)
  • Stress reduction: less than 7 rs of sleep leads to elevated cortisol
  • Dementia prevention: short sleep duration is associated with greater age-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline
  • Sounding smart: higher sleep continuity (staying asleep, regular sleep/wake times) leads to better performance, inhibitory control, memory recall and verbal fluency

How do you know if your sleep isn’t ideal?

  • you wake during the night to normal household sounds (like snoring, yes)
  • it takes you more than 20 minutes to fall asleep (or you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes)
  • you wake very early in the morning and cannot fall back to sleep

What can you do?

  1. Begin a mindfulness meditation program (read our previous blog here)
  2. Go to bed at the same time each night, preferably before 11 pm
  3. Keep your room pitch black to support melatonin production

If you aren’t getting 7-8 hours of continuous sleep, consider talking to one of our doctors during a free meet-the-doctor session. There are many effective natural solutions available.

Book online, or call the office 705-792-6717

Yours in Health,

Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND & Dr. Whitney Young ND

 

Natural treatment for insomnia

We often enquire about our patients sleep as it is integral to good health. Far too often, our patients report sleep disturbance or insomnia (either being unable to fall asleep or waking in the night). So when we came across this study published in JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Feb. we had to share.

meditate to sleep

This study compared Mindfulness Meditation to Sleep Hygiene Education (the implementation of proper sleep habits like dark rooms and no TV’s).

After one year, the meditation group had significant improvement in:

  • insomnia symptoms
  • depressive symptoms
  • fatigue
  • inflammatory markers

So how do you start? Check out some of these resources and begin your mindful journey to better sleep and better health.

If you are local to Barrie and looking for classes, check out:

There is also a free online program available.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND & Dr. Whitney Young ND

 

Pre-conception plan increases IVF success by 47%

For so many couples, naturally conceiving a child just isn’t in the cards.

While fertility clinics offer the hope of a child through IVF, there are things that IVF doesn’t offer.

IVF does not improve:

  • Chromosomes
  • Mitochondria
  • Children’s health outcomes
  • Pregnancy health

Foresight, the Association for Pre-conceptual healthcare in the UK shows that couples going through IVF are up to 47% more successful if they used a pre-conception healthcare plan prior to using ART.

At Rooted, we can help you prepare your body before IVF to help you get the most out of your experience.

705-792-6717

May Detox – What Goes In?

Many people decide to do a detox during the spring months but focusing on what’s going in your body is just as important as what’s going out of your body.

During a spring detox, you will most likely be looking at foods or herbs to help you with your detox. What about the other things that you intake? How about the air you breathe, the liquid you drink, and what you put on your skin?

spring detox

Quality of Air

Everything that comes into our body we must use or shuttle back out. During a detox (and really all the time) it’s another great opportunity to lessen your exposure to toxic chemicals and freshen your air naturally. We are exposed to many chemicals in our regular environment. Try starting at home by eliminating artificial air fresheners and chemical based cleaners. Try essential oils, home cooking, or good old baking soda to help freshen your air. There are also a multitude of green home cleaning suggestions and recipes you can find online.

More research is being conducted that shows us the connection between air pollution and conditions such as asthma, allergies, and even autism. Invest in a high quality air purifier for your home like Blue Air or IQ Air.

Quality of Liquid

During a detox you should still to liquids such as:

  • Purified water (not in small pastic bottles)
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Herbal teas

We know that too much pop and sugary drinks are not very nutritious or good for our health. Give your body a break from the junk and drink clean, pure liquids your body knows how to deal with.

The quality of your water is important too. There are different opinions on which type of water is best.

City Water Thoroughly tested and treated however contains things like bromine and chlorine which can cause some issues for some sensitive people. Buy a chlorine shower filter for your shower head.
Reverse Osmosis Nothing is left in the water. Very pure, clean tasting. However, some believe the water is “dead” as nothing is left in it.
Bottled water – 500ml etc Quality of water is questionable as they don’t have as strict standards. Plastic leaching into the water is a toxin for your body – drink water in glass, ceramic or stainless steel.
Alkaline water All toxins have been removed and then it is remineralized for your benefit. Some suggest starting slowly to incorporate this into your diet.

 

During your detox I would recommend you stick to reverse osmosis water or alkaline water. See your local water suppliers like Aquamart.

Quality of Food

Eat real food – this is a great mantra for your spring detox. Eat things that have one ingredient in the label. For example: carrots, quinoa, chicken. Avoid things in a box or can or prepared with preservatives or other chemicals. You can season your own food and start from scratch.

Should I go organic?

Every year the Environmental Working Group analyzes the fruits and vegetables available in the grocery store. They rank them from the most contaminated with pesticides to the least contaminated. Here are the top 12 aka “The Dirty Dozen of 2014.”

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes

Quality of Skin Care

Your skin absorbs the things you put on it. For a true detox, try to limit the products you use on a daily basis. Look at your moisturizers, makeup, shaving cream etc. Women put a multitude of products on our skin, hair, face and nails every day. Take an inventory of the number of products you use and you might be surprised the actual number and the ingredient lists on those containers.

For your detox try to limit what you normally use. Try coconut oil in your hair as a smooth finisher after blow-drying. How about olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil on your skin? If you can eat it, you can also put it on your skin. My personal favourite moisturizer is by Kiss My Face, which you can find at the health food store or in the health food section at big grocery stores.

So, when does your detox start?

Watch for more great tips here on our blog!

Rooted has a new PCOS tea blend

There are many different hormonal imbalances involved in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  (PCOS).  As such, different herbal blends work for different types of PCOS patients.

Dr. Whitney and Dr. Kerri show off their new PCOS tea at the Bridal Show.

Dr. Whitney and Dr. Kerri show off their new PCOS tea at the Bridal Show.

Our tea blend is geared to those women with high androgens (high testosterone and high DHEA) which is what often causes the acne and hair growth.

Spearmint tea helps lower the DHEA, the total testosterone and free testosterone.

Green tea helps to increase the sex hormone-binding globulin which helps to mop up the extra testosterone.  Green tea has also been linked to a two-fold increase in fertility.

The studies to reduce the hormones were done over two months so don’t expect to drink just one cup every once in a while to see the changes.  Two cups per day is required for this therapeutic effect.

That said, it’s a tasty tea that can be enjoyed by anybody anytime.

PCOS blend is available at Simply Tea and Chocolate downtown Barrie and at Rooted Naturopathic Clinic

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