Cold and Flu Season is Here!

How do you and your family prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season?

Did you know immune boosting strategies gives you the BEST protection against viral infections like the cold and flu?

The fact is, the status of your immune system is the most powerful determinant of whether or not you’ll get sick this flu season… with flu or one of the hundreds of other flu-like illnesses going around.

SMRT Health is excited to offer a natural solution to cold and flu prevention. This boosts your bodies defences to help you fight all strains of the the flu virus as well as colds.

This product stands apart because:

  • it is well tolerated
  • help protect you against all the viruses and bacteria going around
  • been on the market for more than 60 years
  • increases recovery times from colds and flus
  • it is safe even for your youngest family members
  • highly effective even at the FIRST signs of feeling unwell
  • can also reduce the intensity and duration of your symptoms.
  • works even if you get the FLU SHOT

The program includes:

  1. A 15 minute consultation with the Naturopathic Doctor
  2. An in office administered natural immune booster
  3. A Cold and Flu information handout containing health tips and at home remedies

COST: $35

We’ve Got Injection Fever!

It’s Injection Fever at SMRT Health!

No, none of us actually have a fever, promise! But we’ve do have Injection Fever! We’re super excited to talk about how our injections can help you maintain healthy and happy hormones. 

When a substance is pumped into the body via needle, it’s an injection. The injection may contain vitamins, nutrients, or even a diluted plant-based formula. 

Injections help to prep your body for a multitude of different health challenges.  Challenges can include things like flu or allergy prevention. Sometimes injections just give your immune system an added boost to power through the flu season. Injections can also help give you a bonus supply of certain vitamins or hormones (vitamin D)  that your body may not be producing enough of. 

But what kind of injections are there?

There’s many different kinds, but let’s just stick to what’s available here at SMRT Health. 

We’ve got: 

  • B12:  A solution full of all the B-12 your body needs to function at peak levels, improving your sleep, energy, mood, and metabolism all in one go.
  • ALLERGY BUSTER: This injection is full of vitamins and minerals that help your body prep and fight off allergies throughout the allergy season.
  • LIPO-B: An injection designed to increase your metabolism, boost energy, improve mood, and encourage weight loss.

And a few more! Be sure to book in with Dr. Stacey Richards today to get a customized blend of the right formula for you!

Healthy Hormones, Healthy You

They’re something we all have – little chemical messengers zipping around our systems to help maintain and control our bodies. These chemicals are called hormones and they play a key role in pretty much everything your body does.

Feeling hungry? Whether your stomach feels like it’s going to eat itself if you don’t eat in the next two minutes or you just need a tiny little nibble to get you through the next little bit, it’s all your hormones working to keep you fed and full.

Can barely keep your eyes open? Body heavy and desperate to fall into bed for a good snooze? Once again, it’s your hormones! This time they’re reminding you that sleep is vital to your health.

Stressing out about that big project at work or an upcoming final? Bouncing with excitement because summer is here and you love the sun? Feel like crying because life has got you down?

Every single one of those things – and more – are because of your hormones!

Some more specific examples of hormones that are in your body are things like:

  • Cortisol:
    • Produced in the Adrenal Cortex,
    • Helps to do things like regulate blood pressure, suppress the immune system, and regulate blood glucose.
  • Serotonin:
    • Found in the digestive system, blood platelets, and the central nervous system,
    • Acts as a natural mood stabilizer and also helps with things healing wounds, simulating nausea to push toxic things from your body faster, and helping you sleep or wake up.
  • Vitamin D: 
    • Found in the small intestine, kidneys, and bone cells,
    • Encourages your body to absorb, maintain, and release calcium throughout the body.
  • Estrogen:
    • Produced in the breast and uterus,
    • Accelerates metabolism, promotes development of female sex characteristics, regulates menstrual cycles in the uterus, and assists in maintaining the maturation of sperm in the testes.
  • Testosterone:
    • Produced in the testes or ovaries and, in small amounts, in the adrenal glands,
    • Works to regulate fertility, fat distribution, red cell production, and bone mass.

Those are just a few of the hormones in your body. There’s countless others and they’re all working together to keep you going each and every day!

So how can you keep your hormones happy and healthy in return?

Keeping active, eating a balanced and healthy diet, sleeping regularly, drinking enough water. All of that will help keep you – and, by extension, your hormones – very happy indeed.

Sometimes we need a bit of help, though, and that’s where our Healthy Hormone Program comes in.

The Healthy Hormone Program is…

a program designed to help you take a deeper look at any imbalances that might exist within your body. Through saliva testing and blood testing, we can work to identify which nutritional/vitamin factors are missing and which hormones may be lacking.

Our goal is to help restore the function back to your tissues so that your body can carry out all its natural functions – smoothly and efficiently!

What does that mean for you?

There’s so many different things it means. It means your hormones will finally be delivering the messages they were always meant to deliver throughout your body.

It could mean you find yourself with more energy than you had before. You’ll be able to keep up with your kids again or run that marathon you’ve been dreaming about running or any number of fun things you felt you were missing out on.

Or that you’re happier and find yourself smiling more and more as you finally get the serotonin you’ve been missing.

Maybe your period is finally back, or it’s finally regular and less painful. There’s so many possibilities when you take the steps towards happier, healthier hormones.

But there’s one thing we can say for sure: healthy hormones mean you’re able to achieve your optimal health…from the inside out.

Spring (And Pollen) Are In The Air

Spring (and pollen) are in the air (and summer is on its way)

…which means it’s the perfect time to talk about allergies! Especially seasonal allergies.

An allergy is the damaging response an immune system has to an allergen such as dust or pollen. There are many different kinds of allergies. For the spring season, we’re going to focus on seasonal allergies and what you can do to combat them.

Seasonal allergies

…are specific to things that only pop up during certain times of the year. Spring, for example, is when the trees burst back into life with new leaves. As much as we all love a lovely spring breeze, every time it passes through the trees, it brings a fresh wave of new pollen just itching to irritate your seasonal allergies.

Another springtime allergy culprit

…is snow mold, especially in places where snow runs rampant in the winter. Snow mold is a sneaky little thing that hides under the snow for the majority of winter, only to become active and aggressive as soon as the soil beneath it gets moist as the snow melts away.

“Tip: some ways to try and prevent snow mold is to avoid mulching your lawn in the fall, raking up fallen leaves before snowfall, and keeping your grass cut shorter.”

People walking over the grass, breezes, and more can cause the snow mold spores to be released into the air and trigger seasonal allergy symptoms.

When summer hits

…you’re in for another round of completely different pollens floating through the air. This fresh flight of pollen is typically caused by grasses and weeds, making an escape from seasonal allergens nearly impossible.

People with seasonal allergies can expect to experience a variety of symptoms, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Sneezing,
  • Itchy and/or watering eyes,
  • Itchy throat, sinus, and/or ears,
  • Runny/stuffy nose,
  • Ear congestion,
  • Postnasal drip.

Some people with seasonal allergies even experience things like wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Seasonal allergies can also trigger asthma attacks for people with asthma.

What can you do to lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

One surefire method is to just avoid all the possible allergens – keep your windows and doors shut, avoid outdoor activities, etc. 

But where’s the spring and summer fun in that?

There’s also antihistamines – always a good idea (or necessity) for people with more severe allergies. Keeping a clean house – i.e. dusting and sweeping multiple times a week – will also help cut down on your allergy symptoms. 

But what about those times you’re outside, soaking up the sun or tending to your garden? Or those days on the beach, carefree and fun? When you’re at your child’s ball game, where all the running kids are kicking up pollen and other allergens with every move? When you’re camping in the mountains and surrounded by all kinds of allergens you can’t even see?

What do you do to curb your Seasonal Allergy symptoms then?

It’s time to give our Allergy Buster Injection a shot at relieving those pesky allergy symptoms!

The Allergy Buster Injection

…is administered via needle by Dr. Stacey Richards and is a saline substance that is chock full of nutrients and plant-based formulas. Everything in the Allergy Buster Injection is designed to help relieve and ease your Seasonal Allergy symptoms.

Smell the blooming flowers without sneezing; go for a morning jog without a wheeze in your lungs; and experience a summer where your biggest concern is when to have your next ice cold glass of lemonade.

Book in for your Allergy Buster Injection today!

4 Tips to Healthy Glowing Skin

I admit it. I love skin. It’s such an important part marker of your overall health. Your skin is the window to your  gastrointestinal, hormonal and nutritional health. Being the largest organ in the body it has some big responsibilities.

  • Elimination and detox
  • Making vitamin D
  • Protecting our body

Good Nutrition is the foundation of healthy skin

Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Skin is the window to your general health. No matter how much you spend on expensive skin products  if your overall health is not addressed you will not get the results you want.  I can tell a lot about a person by looking at their skin. There are many factors involved in getting a healthy skin with good nutrition being the foundation . Here they are:

  • Diet
  • Water
  • Stress
  • Rest

With the essential cherry on top:

  • Skin care products
  • Sun protection

1. Eat Foods Your Skin Loves

These are the power house  of nutrient rich foods. All the ones with bright beautiful colours, anti oxidant rich and full of all the good stuff your skin will love.

  1. All leafy greens – kale, Rapini, Spinach, Collard greens, Swiss chard, Arugula
  2. Berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
  3. Yellow-orange fruits and vegetables – Bell Peppers, Lemon, Pumpkin, Squash, Carrots, Sweet potatoes
  4. Fish – the fattier the better – Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel
  5. Nuts and seeds –  Almonds, Walnuts, Sunflower seeds
  6. Clean proteins – Chicken, fish, turkey, eggs

2. Drink Water…lots of it

Water deserves it’s own full page post but I will keep it short here. We are all made of water. How much of our bodies? 55% for women and 60%  for men to be exact. We need to maintain that balance for our brain and body to function well. Dehydrated skin will appear dry, flaky and be more prone to wrinkles. Yet drinking water is one of the most difficult habits to maintain.

How much should you be drinking? It depends, but my general rule of thumb is if your pee is yellow (and you are not taking B vitamin) you need to drink more.

I recommend 1.5 litres or 6 cups daily. If you lead an active lifestyle then 2 litres or more a day.

3. Cope better with Stress

Who doesn’t deal with this? It is inevitable – unless you live on a mountain top with clean air and food and not a care in the world – but the differentiator for how our body will handle a stressor is how well we cope with it. Your mom could misplace her keys and freak out to the point where no one wants to be around her unless there is security or a life coach. Whereas, you could lose a friend or family member and cope so well everyone is wondering what you are on and wants some of it. Either way, the stressors  exist but the stress hormones vary from each person. Stress hormone  – Cortisol – is not kind to our skin. Cortisol causes dryness, wrinkles, acne, redness and tired looking skin.

Coping mechanisms can drastically turn things around: Walking, Exercise, Yoga, Meditation, Sleep and whatever healthy lifestyle habit that gets you focused on the present moment, remind you to be your grateful and to be kind yourself.

4. Get Rest

Insomnia has got to be one of the top 3 complaints I see in my office. We all need sleep but it eludes many of us.  Certainly, sleep disturbance is a complex issue since there are many reasons that can cause sleepless nights.

A great place to start is making sure you have good sleep hygiene, clean diet with good quality protein, avoid any foods you may be sensitive to, no caffeine after 3pm and meditate at bedtime.

What is your routine to healthy skin?