Cambration January 2012 Newsletter
Happy New Year!
2012… another new year is upon us. With each new year comes new hope, inspiration, goals, dreams and a new opportunity to make them happen. Whatever your new year entails, Cambrian Pharmacy is here to help you be healthy and strong along the way.
Cambrian Pharmacy is also starting off 2012 with a new beginning, new goals and new inspiration. Rob and the team are very excited to announce that it will be starting a renovation project in January 2012. The store will remain open regular hours during the entire process. The project is scheduled to last for approximately 3 months culminating in a very exciting grand opening in April. Cambrian Pharmacy will be getting a new updated fresh look. There will be new paint, fixtures, lighting, and layout along with a new logo and sign.
Customers will be able to find out more information and follow the continuous updates throughout the project on our website. You will be able to follow the progress through pictures, information timelines, and ‘sneak peaks’ at new products coming into the store. Watch for our promotional ‘Renovation Rewards’ during construction also.
There will be lots of exciting news and happenings in the upcoming months at Cambrian Pharmacy. Be sure to stay in touch and come into the store to see all the exciting developments.
Detoxification – Rejuvenation for the New Year
The human body is exposed to more and more toxic compounds in our air, water, food and general environment. Our ability to detoxify these harmful substances is essential to disease prevention, health optimization and increased vitality. The holiday season, with all its get-togethers and family dinners, can leave the body feeling depleted, tired and toxic. Signs and symptoms of toxicity can include headaches, low energy and fatigue, body aches and pains, acne, bloating and digestion problems.
The New Year is a great time to do a detox, and kick start a new health regime for the year. It is important to remember that not all detoxes are created equally, and consulting with a naturopathic doctor, dietitian, herbalist or other health care professional is essential to effective and safe detoxification.
WHAT DOES DETOXIFICATION MEAN?
Detoxification of stored toxins involves three stages. Our main detoxifying organ is the liver, it processes and packages toxins, making them ready for elimination. The first two stages of detoxification is broken down into the processing of phase-1 enzyme system, and packaging of phase -2 enzyme systems of the liver. A detoxification that is centered about optimizing liver function is the most powerful approach to decreasing overall toxicity. The third step of detoxification is excretion; gastrointestinal and urinary health and function are cornerstones of proper elimination of the packaged toxins from the body.
DO’S AND DON’TS OF DETOXIFICATION
Effective, safe and healthy detoxification requires nutrients, rest and supplementation. Prolonged fasting or laxative-based detoxes can cause more harm than good, leaving the body more depleted and weakened. Specific vitamin, mineral and botanical combinations encourages the body’s detox pathways, up-regulating the liver’s detox enzymatic systems, assuring optimal kidney and intestinal function, and support the body through the process.
Detoxification programs should begin with elimination of major toxin intake. Avoiding packaged, processed and refined foods, as well as any food sensitivities, and switching to a whole foods diet with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables is the first step.
Drinking adequate daily water intake is essential for elimination of toxins. Supplementing with specific vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, N-acetylcysteine, and amino acids, optimize liver function and allow for processing and packaging of toxins. Fiber, probiotics, and specific herbal combinations can encourage digestive elimination and liver function.
Detoxes are important for everyone to incorporate into general health, but need to be individualized for unique health concerns and health goals. Consult with a Naturopathic Doctor, dietitian, or other licensed complementary health care provider to build a detox perfect for you!
Dr. Carrie Mitchell is a Naturopathic Doctor at Grassroots Naturopathic Medicine. She studied Biochemistry at the University of Calgary. She is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she was active in perinatal and pediatrics health promotion and volunteer programs. Her family practice focuses on pediatric, women health, perinatal health and wellness, weight loss, detoxification and general health optimization. Dr. Carrie’s treatment approach is centered around foundational health; education surrounding balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, along with the utilization of botanical medicine, traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture, and homeopathy to regain balance in the body system.
She is offering a 4-part health workshop “New Year, New You”, focusing on detoxification, digestive health, weight loss, and hormonal health. Call Grassroots Naturopathic Medicine at 403-217-8898 for more information and registration.
Self-care and your Health
Would you be surprised to know that more than 80 per cent of all health care is self-care? It's true. Every time you make a decision about how you will address your own health and well-being, and that of your family, you are practicing self-care.
The range of decisions available is broad and varied. Self-care can include choosing to do things that prevent illnesses, such as eating a nutritional diet, engaging in physical activities, practicing good daily hygiene, and taking nutritional supplements. When you or a loved one has an ailment, self-care can include using consumer health products to gain relief from the ailment. Self-care can also include deciding that the best course of action for you is to see a health professional; it may also be to do nothing.
People across Canada have expressed an eagerness to take a more active role in their personal health. Through initiative and education of the benefits of informed self-care, you and millions of other Canadians can play an important role in improving your own well-being and that of your family.
Value of supporting and practicing self-care:
Studies in many industrialized countries show the same thing: many patients are visiting doctors for self-treatable conditions. The United Kingdom has the most recent statistics: one in five of the annual 290 million visits to General Practitioners involve minor ailments and 18 per cent of all GP consultations are for minor ailments only.
Consumer surveys conducted in Canada suggest that the burden of self-treatable illness on the Canadian healthcare system is likely to be similar.
There is broad recognition in Canada and abroad that arming consumers with better information on how to manage their own health can improve outcomes and contribute to more efficient use of healthcare resources.
Consumer Health Products Canada estimates that if only 10 per cent of people who currently seek formal care as a first step in treating a self-treatable illness were to practice self-care instead, an additional 240,000 Canadians could gain access to a primary care physician. (Referenced from www.chpcanada.ca)
This is where Cambrian Pharmacy can help you. Our team of staff include pharmacists, compounding techs, master herbalist, and holistic nutritionist all working together for you. Come in and take advantage of the expert staff and become educated to improve your health.
Cambrian Pharmacy is your trusted source for integrative health solutions.
Better Butter Recipe
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 pound butter (softened)
Beat with a hand mixer or whisk until thoroughly mixed. Place in an airtight container (a margarine container works well) and refrigerate. Better Butter will remain soft and spreadable.
It’s a nice combination of the healthy nutrients found in butter (Vitamin A, lecithin, selenium, iodine) with the added benefit of lowering the saturated fat content by adding olive oil’s heart healthy monounsaturated fat (Omega-9 oleic fatty acids). The olive oil contains anti-inflammatory polyphenol antioxidants, and reduces the total cholesterol content of the spread by 50%.
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