Session Three: Intention Meditation Workshop, Shifting Patterns.

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Session Three: Shifting Patterns – Through intention setting & visualization!
Our lives are busy. We are inundated with stimulation and yet despite the busyness we can feel alone and separate from the world. Feelings such as overwhelm, anxiety, irritability and sadness are often indications that we are out of alignment with our own innate wisdom.
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By |July 19th, 2018||0 Comments

Dr. Angelina Riopel’s Bioresonance Therapy

Q&A on BioResonance Therapy with Dr. Angelina Riopel

Over the past four years Dr. Riopel has begun working with BioResonace as a means to treat her patients. BioResonance is a unique therapy that is able to assess and treat the underlying causes of common health concerns. Specifically, Dr. Riopel practices with the MORA Nova, developed in Germany. Specifically, the MORA is able to identify the underlying cause of common health concerns such as allergies, digestive concerns and skin irritations.

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Meet Dr. Alexia Georgousis, Nautropathic Doctor

Q&A with Dr. Alexia Georgousis, Nautropathic Doctor

Dr. Alexia is joining the Innate Wellness Team in the Annex. She is a naturopathic veteran with 20 years of experience! Visit her bio to learn more about her experience and read our interview below to learn more about her style of practice!

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Eating for a Healthy Brain

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

North Americans are living longer than previous generations but as lifespan increases, the risk of chronic disease does as well.

Chronic inflammation is known to have a negative impact on ourhealth by accelerating the aging process and degeneration of various organs including the brain.  Healthy food choices, following an anti-inflammatory diet, like The Mediterranean Diet and maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, can help reduce inflammation, improve brain function and slowcognitive decline.  Research presented at the Alzheimer’s International conference in 2017 found that healthy older adults that followed Mediterranean Diet or a modified version, called the MIND diet reduced their risk of dementia by a third.

“Foods that keep blood pressure normal, provide us with antioxidants, and maintain healthy bacteria in our gut, or microbiome, will serve to help keep chronic inflammation in check in the brain and entire body,” ~ Rudolph Tanzi.

There are number of important difference between the Standard American Diet (aka. SAD diet) and The Mediterranean Diet.  Below is a brief comparison of the two diets:

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How to Get Enough Calcium

By: Andy De Santis, RD and Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Andy De Santis is a Registered Dietician practicing at Innate Wellness High Park. He focuses on creating diet plans for patients of Innate Wellness. If you are interested in having a customized nutrition program created for you, please call the High Park Clinic. 

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the human body. Most calcium is stored either in our bones or our teeth, leaving a small amount found in other tissues or circulating through our blood. The way our bodies use and absorb calcium depends on the presence of specific nutrients, such as Vitamin D, and specific hormones, such as parathyroid hormone and calcitonin. Calcium levels are also influenced by specific female hormones such as estrogen (which increases calcium absorption).

Declining levels of estrogen as women age, through menopause, after hysterectomy, or via estrogen reducing drugs such as Tamoxifen (post-breast cancer treatment) can dramatically affect calcium levels. Individuals who don’t consume dairy can also be at risk for calcium deficiency but they can obtain more than enough calcium from their diet if they know other calcium rich foods! What is most important to know is that supplementing with high levels of calcium can be unhealthy and even dangerous for the body. So if you are low in calcium or suffer from low bone density – you need a balance of diet and supplementation to achieve your daily intake.

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Bach Flower Essences for Children

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Bach Flower Essences are gentle yet very effective remedies to help support the stages of development and emotional difficulties with children. Flower Essences are prescribed based on the child’s state of mind, which may include their worries, fears and mood. They work on an emotional level, helping to balance these emotional states, which can help support their mood, behavior as well as physical symptoms.

“…the mood of the little one is the most sensitive guide to show what that particular patient needs” – Dr. Edward Bach

Children do not conceal their emotions and their behavior typically reflects their feelings, so determining which Flower Essence is needed can be quite simple. Physical symptoms such as illness or an injury can bring about a change in mood or disposition, and this mood is how we would determine which remedy is right for them at that time.

Flower Essences can be given as individually or in combination.   I love them and use them often in my practice. I make remedies in specific combinations based on the current emotional state, situation and constitution of the individual.

Flower Essences can be used in many different circumstances and are very helpful as support for new events like starting school, difficulties with others or fears. Here is a simple guide for using Flower Essences that is specific to Children.

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Juice VS Smoothie

Interview with Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

If you have been thinking about healthy eating choices than you probably have considered introducing a juice or smoothie to your daily routine. Not so hard these days with all the fresh juice and smoothie shops around. But is one better than the other? We asked Innate Wellness Naturopath, Dr. Angelina, to tell us a little more about the ‘how-to’ of juices vs. smoothies.

What is the difference between fresh juice and a smoothie?

A smoothie is a drink that is blended and typically contains a combination of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein and can generally be considered as a meal replacement.

Juicing is a process that extracts the only the juice from the fruit or vegetable, leaving the fibre behind. This is considered to be more of a nutrient boost as opposed to a meal. […]

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Naturopathic Travel Essentials

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

When travelling, the last thing you want to do is spend your vacation recovering from sleep deprivation, an injury or illness. With foreign destinations where first aid, herbs and drug accessibility may be limited, it’s wise to take along some first-aid basics, including band-aids, tweezers, Polysporin, hydrogen peroxide, anti-histamines, etc. Beyond the basics there are a number of naturopathic remedies I find indispensable when travelling.

The following are three common health concerns that many people will encounter while travelling and naturopathic remedies that are helpful in both prevention and treatment. […]

What is a ‘Natural Antibiotic’?

We hear a lot in the media about natural alternatives to the flu vaccine, natural antibiotics and immune boosters. Is this a thing? Do natural alternatives exist?

Yes, they do and they have for centuries!! Naturopathic doctors and herbalists call these herbal medicines ‘anti-microbial’ NOT ‘antibiotic’. Meaning that they are typically able to fight a combination of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. They are not as potent as conventional medications but when you are coming down with something these are a great place to start. Or if you have over-used conventional drugs and they just aren’t working – this is a great place to turn!

So, what are these ‘herbs’ and where can you find them? Some common anti-microbial herbs include:

Andrographis: Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. Especially helpful in acute infections.
Barberry: Anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic
Black Walnut: Anti-worm Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea: Immune enhancing, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic
Golden Seal: Anti-catarrhal (anti-cough & congestion), mucous membrane restorative, anti-bacterial
Holy Basil: Immune enhancing
Olive Leaf: Immune enhancing
Oregon Grape Root: Immune enhancing

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