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New Years Resolutions Goal Setting Guide Free Download

Happy New Year!

2018 is going to bring new changes and challenges, and luckily the team here at the Toronto Wellness Centre is here to help!

If your resolution is to get more Me-Time, our Registered Massage Therapists Nick and Almarielsa are the best place to start.

If back, knee, or neck pain is standing in the way of your fitness goals, book your chiropractic appointment with Dr. Cartile today!

And if your resolution is weight loss, increased fertility, lower stress, better skin, more energy, quitting smoking, or a more balanced diet that puts your health first, Dr. Kate McLaird ND is ready to meet you!

 

Whatever your resolutions are this year, you’ll find our free downloadable Goal Setting Guide is a great asset to get you on your way. Download it here: NYE resolution handout

 

Call 416-920-2722 or book online to get started on your 2018 wellness journey!

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Banish the Holiday Bloat! Tips from the Toronto Wellness Centre’s Naturopath Dr. Kate!

We have all been there, with an endless supply of wine and cheeses, family members encouraging thirds of Christmas dinner, or the cornucopia of decadent desserts, eventually your digestion system will tell you “enough is enough” and make it known its not too happy with what you are putting it through. Despite the endorphin release from indulging in your favourite foods, bloating, flatulence, excess abdominal fat and indigestion often ensue to help steer you towards more health conscious choices.

Here are few of the main culprits that can be behind your bloated belly and a few tips to help your body cope:

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Toronto Wellness Centre’s Healthy Happy Holidays 2017 Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for giving! If you’re looking for a gift that will benefit your loved ones well into the New Year, you’ve come to the right place! The Toronto Wellness Centre’s Healthy Happy Holidays 2017 Gift Guide is here to help you choose the best present for the wellness focused on your list!

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Activated Charcoal: Setting the Facts Straight About the Charcoal Trend

With each year, certain health products surge in popularity, and activated charcoal is one of the top hits in 2017. It has even started to be incorporated into food items around the world including Ikea hot dogs in Japan, Ice cream in Toronto, and cold-pressed charcoal juices in the UK, to name a few.

First and foremost, it’s important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue! Barbecue charcoal is packed with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed. Activated charcoal is available as a supplement within a health food store that has be manufactured from coconut shells and ideally does not have added sorbitol which can cause diarrhea.
How does Activated Charcoal work?

The charcoal is considered “activated” due to its electromagnetic charge, which will stimulate a binding-reaction to drugs, chemicals, supplements, and even bacteria of the opposite charge. Due to the substance being bound to the charcoal, absorption into the body is diminished.

This “new detox ingredient” has actually been used since the 1800’s, within emergency rooms to stop certain cases of acute poisonings or overdoses! This speaks to the fact that activated charcoal can be dangerous if used inappropriately and should be used in certain contexts under the supervision of a naturopathic and/or medical professional.

Natural is not necessarily safe.

One of the main concerns is the high likelihood of drug interaction when taken together – since the charcoal may bind to the drug decreasing the dose received by the body. There have been several drugs proven in research to interact with activated charcoal; however, if you do not see a certain medication on this list, I would still remain cautious.

Interactions may also depend on the amount of activated charcoal consumed, but I would always ensure a time buffer of 2 hours before and after medication avoid interaction possibility. This would include common prescriptions such as the birth control pill, iron supplements and anti-histamines – until further research can solidify safety.

Activated charcoal can also bind compounds from your food!

When charcoal is being incorporated into “black ninja hot dogs” as seen in Japan, this may be a positive benefit since it will help to bind the nitrates; however, unfortunately this does not counteract the carcinogenic effects of hot dogs (for those looking for an excuse to justify hotdogs!). On the other hand, adding activated charcoal to a healthy juice, for instance, may prevent the absorption of the beneficial vitamins and mineral content.

On a more positive note, despite the important considerations you need to make when using activated charcoal, it does in fact have several health benefits. I would recommend you seek professional guidance in order to ensure accurate timing, duration and dosing to achieve your health goals without any side effects.

Some of these health benefits include: oral health, gas & bloating discomfort, “hangover help”, ameliorates detoxification withdrawal symptoms, and topically to aid in acne treatment. I commonly use activated charcoal in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment plan to address the root causes of my patient’s ailments.
If you have any questions further about activated charcoal or how naturopathic medicine can help improve your health, please do not hesitate to contact me! I would love to meet you.

Kindly,

Dr. Kate.

 

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