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Could Your Food be Making You Sick?
Happy Spring 2014
The Importance of an Epsom Salt Bath

Oakworks Boiance Face Rest Pillow
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April 2014

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Could Your Food be Making You Sick?

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Samantha RistimakiA patient came in suffering from migraines and chronic sinus infection. She felt constantly bloated and was frequently constipated. Her family doctor and gastrointestinal specialist had not been able to identify the cause of the problem and she was left dealing with the pain associated with her symptoms on a daily basis. Although she had been to an allergist, no allergies were identified.

Conventional skin prick allergy testing is most useful in identifying immediate onset environmental allergies that cause immediate reactions such as itching and hives. This testing is of no use if your body has a sensitivity or an intolerance to foods.

Symptoms of food intolerances can take up to 72 hours after exposure to present, making them tricky to pin point. Not only is the timing vague, but the symptoms are extremely varied and can include fatigue, headache, joint pain, congestion, breathing difficulty, hyperactivity, bowel disturbances, difficulty focusing, eczema, depression or weight gain. With so many possibilities, it becomes very difficult to identify the root problem.  

Like a food allergy, a food sensitivity triggers an immune response that calls upon a different immune reaction pathway that is typically delayed. When a person consumes a food that they may be sensitive to, the body sees that food as a foreign molecule and produces a molecule that attacks the food protein. This generates an inflammatory response within various organs in the body and is associated with a host of symptoms. Since these reactions often happen hours to days after eating a problem food, they are not easily determined.

If I suspect a patient has a food intolerance, I give the patient two options:

  1. Eliminate the most common foods to which people are sensitive;
  2. Get specialized blood testing to identify the specific food intolerances.

Earlier in my career, I suggested that most people try the elimination process to identify problem foods. As time went on, I found patients who elected to do blood testing had better results and were more compliant with a healing program.

Several years ago, during a period of high stress in my life, I elected to do my own blood work for food sensitivity testing. I was shocked by my own list of food intolerances. When I eliminated them, I could not believe the difference. Suddenly the mild arthritic joint pain I had been experiencing for years disappeared, my skin cleared up, digestion normalized and I felt happy and energetic. 

If you suspect that food may be a trigger for you, consider taking a deeper look. Since we all need to eat to survive, it’s best to determine what you should be eating to optimize your health and be your best self.

 

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Happy Spring 2014

Gabriella Tozser, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Gabriella Tozser RMTIt’s almost 'that' time of year again...when the warmer weather brings out the sports enthusiasts. And if you've been hibernating during this very long winter, just remember that along with the new sports gear comes the strain of overworked muscles.

As you get into your new routine of running, working out or whatever your favorite sports choice is, remember that having regular massage therapy afterwards will help reduce the delayed onset of muscle burn. Massage will also help improve your muscle effectiveness which can ultimately lead to a better sport performance. And of course...it feels great having a massage after a marathon.

See a Registered Massage Therapist regularly to keep your muscles loose until your next visit. We are Health Care Professionals and we are here to make you feel better. Doesn’t your body deserve the best?

 

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The Importance of an Epsom Salt Bath

Lisa J. Rutherford, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Lisa Rutherford RMTWhy does my massage therapist recommend an Epsom Salt bath after a massage?

A day after a massage treatment, you may feel soreness as though you have been working out. When you exercise for a long period of time, a toxin called lactic acid is released into the muscles. This increase of acidity is what causes fatigue and soreness. Your massage therapist is basically working your muscles in a similar manner, therefore releasing the same lactic acid into your body's system. It is very common for this to occur and will resolve itself with exercise, stretching and increasing your water consumption, or on it's own within 24 – 48 hours. 

Epsom salt is a magnesium compound, which, when added to your bath helps to draw out the lactic acid from the body. While you are increasing your core temperature in the hot water, your blood vessels are dilating, helping to increase circulation to all areas of the body. This assists in temporarily lowering blood pressure. 

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It is important to drink plenty of water during and after your Epsom Salt bath. This will keep you hydrated and will aid in diluting and flushing the body's toxic waste.

Instructions: Fill tub with warm to hot water. Poor 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts into the tub. Swish water to help dissolve salts. Soak for 20 minutes, set a timer so you don’t lose track of time. Drink 8 oz of water during your bath. A cool shower to rinse off the salt feels very invigorating and helps prevent dry skin. 

Caution: This bath is not recommended for clients with high blood pressure, diabetics or women who are pregnant. Consult your physician before having this bath if you have one of these conditions.

 

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