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            WELCOME TO RAVITA

            At Ravita we thrive to educate and empower our community. Through workshops, yoga classes, group detoxes, and direct access to our Naturopathic Physicians at Divine Elements in Kitsilano, you will learn about yourself and how to live happy and healthy! Feel free to stop in and say hi, tell us your story, your successes and your struggles. We’re here to support you!

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            Live it to Lead it!

            Live it to Lead it!

            Drs Nicholas and Sonya Jensen ND of Divine Elements Family Wellness have teamed up with Bob Mehr, CEO of Pure Pharmacy to create Ravita Health, a unique vitamin store that carries only Medical Grade products. Their goal is to educate and empower the community about health and wellness. Through their own journey as a couple, parents, business partners, and Doctors they are constantly striving towards Mastery over health in all areas of their lives. Their two boys have been their greatest inspiration to create change in the world of health.

            From the blog

            • July 17, 2019 Detox + Clear Change 10-Day Program
              Detox + Clear Change 10-Day Program

              Detox. Cleanse. Diet. You’ve probably heard these terms before, and they may even connote a negative reaction, but I’m here to change the way you think about detoxes. 

              First things first -  Why is detoxing important? 

              We’re exposed to toxins everyday. They’re in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and in our food supply. When toxins build up in our bodies it’s harder for the processes of detoxification to eliminate all the bad stuff. Even if you’re doing everything right, there’s still areas that are out of your control adding to your toxic load. You can definitely minimize toxin exposure, but you can’t run away from it completely. Detoxing supports your channels of elimination (including the digestive system, liver, and kidneys). 

              There are many kinds of detoxes - from the infamous cabbage soup diet, to the recently popular juice cleanse - the market is saturated with the “best” program offering claims of overnight success. But, the truth is the best way to detox is slow and steady. You don’t want to overwhelm your detox systems. This can cause even more issues in the body, especially if the bad stuff gets recirculated instead of eliminated. It's important to have the right support (via supplements + other therapies) while detoxing. 

              When to Detox

              You can detox at any time, but it may be most helpful when you’re feeling a bit sluggish. It can also be beneficial to detox at the change of the seasons. 

              Here’s a great list (from this article) to help you decide if it’s time to detox: 

              1. You crave sugar often 
              2. You have digestive distress
              3. “Seasonal” allergies are a regular occurrence 
              4. You eat healthy but don’t feel healthy 
              5. Your skin isn’t clear 
              6. You are constantly fatigued 
              7. You feel foggy
              8. You are experiencing regular joint pain 
              9. You’re constantly stressed 
              10. The idea of a detox makes you want to cry 
              11. You are struggling with your weight 
              12. Your hormones are out of whack 
              13. You smell 
              14. Your sleep patterns are messed up 
              15. You are depressed and anxious 
              16. You get cold sores 

              Metagenics Clear Change 10-Day Detox Program 

              This Detox Program from Metagenics is recommenced by our team of Naturopathic Doctors 

              The Clear Change program from Metagenics helps to support your body’s natural detox systems. It provides fuel for both cleansing and other daily activities, providing energy and support for overall well-being. The program supports your body’s three main detoxification areas: the liver, kidneys, and intestines.

              This program offers metabolic detoxification, which is a multi-phase process that consists of three major detoxification pathways. Most toxins are fat-soluble and must go through a transformation into a more water-soluble form before they can be eliminated. This is where the three phase detoxification comes into play:

              Phase I - enzymes in the liver breakdown foreign chemical substances, which produces highly reactive, free radical molecules that can impact cellular function unless further processed

              Phase II - large molecules join together with modified foreign chemical substances to produce water-soluble substances that can be removed from the body 

              Phase III - During elimination, water-soluble substances are excreted mainly via the urine or stool

              What’s included? 

              UltraClear Renew - formulated to deliver advanced, specialized nutritional support for Phase I, II, and III detoxification, with enhanced support for the body’s natural alkalization and heavy metal metabolism processes

              AdvaClear - supports daily detoxification for optimal vitality and health 

              Shaker Cup

              Meal Plan/ Guide - provides sample meals and a recommended food list for each stage of the detoxification process 

              More support available at Ravita and Divine Elements: 

              IV Therapy - specifically the Detox IV and the Chelation IV (upon doctor’s approval) 

              Clear Change Daily Essentials - provides antioxidant support 

              LivCo - supports liver function and detoxification 

              SulforaClear - provides antioxidants against cellar damage 

               

              Alison Smink, R.H.N. 

               

              References 

              https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-27113/redefining-detox-5-questions-you-need-to-ask-before-starting-your-next-cleanse.html

              https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/16-signs-your-liver-is-overloaded-its-time-for-a-detox

              https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15063/5-things-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-detoxing-a-doctor-explains.html

              https://www.metagenics.com/clear-change-10-day-program-with-ultraclear-renew

              https://www.metagenics.com/detox

            • July 11, 2019 Anti-Inflammatory Diet
              Anti-Inflammatory Diet

              Inflammation is normal, until it’s not. Inflammation is the body’s response to heal wounds and fight infections. We need this, for example, when we cut ourselves or have the common cold. This is referred to as acute inflammation. But, when the process goes into overdrive we go into a state of chronic inflammation. Ongoing inflammation can lead to numerous conditions and states of disease. Inflammation is at the root cause of most diseases. 

              Symptoms of chronic inflammation: 
              • Fatigue or loss of energy
              • Digestive problems 
              • Skin problems 
              • Allergies 
              • Brain fog 
              • Depression, or anxiety 
              • High blood glucose levels 
              • Excess fat around abdomen 
              Top Five INFLAMMATORY Foods 
              1. Sugar in all of its forms (including “healthy” sugars like maple syrup, honey, etc.) 
              2. Refined carbs like white flour products
              3. Trans fatty acids found in fast foods and other fried products, processed snack foods, cookies, donuts, crackers, etc. 
              4. High omega 6 oils and products like safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, vegetable, and corn oil 
              5. Alcohol
              Reduce/ eliminate 
              Animal products - esp. red meat 
              Dairy 
              Refined, processed, and fast foods 
              Vegetable + canola oil 
              Alcohol 
              Caffeine - limit to 1-2 cups per day

              This is where the Anti-Inflammatory Diet comes into play. By decreasing or eliminating foods that cause inflammation and increasing anti-inflammatory foods, we can reduce the amount of inflammation in our bodies and kickstart detoxification. Essentially, “Eat more good, less bad.”

              Top Five ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Foods
              1. Leafy Greens - high in antioxidants that restore cellular health  
              2. Blueberries - low in sugar, and a powerful antioxidant high in the anti-inflammatory flavonoid quercetin  
              3. Coconut oil - anti bacterial and anti inflammatory 
              4. Turmeric - curcumin, turmeric’s primary compound, is a powerful anti-inflammatory 
              5. Salmon - source of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, which are known to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases 

              Also Include: 
              Beets
              Broccoli 
              Celery 
              Pineapple 
              Organic fruits/ vegetables - nourish your body with phytonutrients; rainbow assortment of fibre and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables (buy organic as much as possible to avoid chemicals which can cause even more inflammation) 
              Whole grains - brown rice, oatmeal, sprouted wheat, quinoa, etc.  
              Fermented foods (which are rich in probiotics) like sauerkraut and kimchi 
              Bone broth 
              Other healthy fats rich in omega-3s - avocado, olive oil, nuts/ seeds (walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds, chia seeds) 
              Beans/ legumes as protein sources (soaked/ rinsed if trouble with digestion) 
              Spices and herbs - some great anti-inflammatory options: ginger, garlic, cinnamon

              Sample Day of Eating to Decrease Inflammation 

              In the morning sip on herbal or green tea and water

              Breakfast 
              Blueberry smoothie:
              1/2 - 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (depending on thickness add water to thin it out) 
              1/2 cup frozen blueberries
              1 scoop protein powder (Pea protein and paleo protein + more available at Ravita)
              1 tablespoon almond butter
              1-2 cups spinach
              Optional: For more antioxidant power try adding a greens powder (like Greens First) 

              Lunch 
              Chickpea salad: 
              1 can chickpeas 
              1 avocado 
              1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard 
              1 clove garlic, minced 
              2 teaspoons minced fresh dill 
              1/4 cup diced celery 
              1/4 cup diced red bell pepper 
              1 or 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
              Pinch of sea salt and black pepper 
              1 tablespoon roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (optional) 

              Serve on lettuce wraps or sprouted bread with tomato! 
              https://ohsheglows.com/2015/07/21/chickpea-salad/ - adapted from this recipe 

              Dinner 
              Salmon 
              Broccoli 
              Sweet potato baked in coconut oil 

              Sometimes, simple is best - I love putting together different combos of vegetables, a source of protein, and a healthy carb for an easy and healthy dinner option! 

              Snacks (if you’re hungry; try to limit snacking)
              Apple with handful of walnuts 
              Avocado mousse (avocado, cocoa powder, coconut cream, stevia, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt) https://sugarfreelondoner.com/chocolate-avocado-mousse/
              Celery with hummus (homemade is best!) 

              +STAY HYDRATED 
              Drink lots of water

              Supplements for support (available at Ravita!): 
              Anti-Inflammation - UltraInflamX Plus 360, Curcummatrix, Curcum-Evail, Inflavonoid, Inflavonoid IC, Greens First, ACES + Zinc  
              Detox - Clear Change 10 Day Program, Ultra Clear Renew, AdvaClear 

              Disclaimer - EveryBODY is different. What works for some, may not work for others. It’s important to listen to your body and its reaction when changing eating habits. 

              Alison Smink, R.H.N. 


              References: 
              https://draxe.com/inflammation-at-the-root-of-most-diseases/
              https://draxe.com/anti-inflammatory-foods/
              https://www.hsonline.ca/managing-hs/nutrition/the-anti-inflammatory-diet.html
              https://draxe.com/anti-inflammatory-diet-helped-reverse-chronic-health-conditions/
              https://rootandrevel.com/what-is-an-anti-inflammatory-diet/

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