Dr. Alexina Mehta works with adults, kids, teens, seniors and families. Virtually all acute conditions and chronic conditions may benefit from Naturopathic Medicine.
Answer: Life is filled with opportunities for growth. Whether you lose your keys and you need to deal with getting a new key set, you get diagnosed with a condition that you least expected, you get into an accident from out of the blue or lose a loved one...upsetting and challenging situations happen to everyone and what determines how one will react is based on a key factor: RESILIENCE.
How can you build resilience as an innate quality to be able to have the strength to cultivate an unshakable and unwavering faith in yourself?
My answer: DAILY PRACTICE to connect to the part of you that will never die.
Let's face it- it is easy to get into a comfort zone in life and stay there. Then, inevitably as life would have it, something shakes us out of our comfort zones because human beings are designed to GROW.
Rather then fight this reality, I encourage you to accept it ..because it will make your life less complicated.
Rather then struggle to keep the status quo, consider cultivating skills and tools to learn how to GO WITH THE FLOW, as they say :)
A daily practice helps. When you develop a practice of meditation, breathing consciously in nature, lighting a candle or fire and simply reflecting, you begin to tap into the realm of the sacred that exists in silence.
In silence, there is an opportunity to feel our connection with something greater than ourselves and relax into that connection which provides a sense of peace.
So, as the new year begins, consider making time for yourself to be quiet and peaceful a priority and a part of your overall RESILIENCE game plan. In this space, you may begin to tap into the light that is you, and feel the strength that is inherent in that light.
Wishing you all the best for 2015!
Dr. Alexina Mehta
Doctor: Great question! I have seen tons of irritable bowel syndrome over the years. Whether you have a combination of cramping pains, gas, bloating after you eat certain foods, constipation alternating with diarrhea and anything in between, it can be fear-striking to wonder when irritable bowel symptoms will hit next. If you are driving and having to immediately pull over, scrambling to look for a bathroom, or weary of spending the whole day out and about, then you need to keep reading!
Often a diagnosis of irritable bowel means exactly what it says:
An irritable bowel...nothing more, nothing less.
So what to do?
There are 4 main areas I focus on when treating irritable bowel syndrome:
1. Diet: food sensitivities often need to be avoided for a period of time and any irritating foods to the bowels. Also, there are certain foods known to irritate the bowel more then others, and avoiding those for a period of time while the gut heals is often a good idea.
2. Stressors: both internal and external can be looked at. Try modalities such as acupuncture, biofeedback, craniosacral therapy, lifestyle counselling, mind-body awareness techniques, exercise etc.
3. Supplements: many are available and work beautifully to create more harmonious digestive systems.
4. Deep breathing exercises and body control techniques. (Learn how to relax the gut and prevent spasms through visualization and calming techniques).
So, yes there is hope to change! It is worth the effort to try another strategy and sometimes, you just need a fresh perspective on things to re-invigorate you and your body`s ability to heal itself.
Best In Health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta
Hair thinning is a common issue that I see among both men and women. It's not pleasant to see what used to be a full head of vibrant hair begin to fall out and/or lose it's lustre. The hair on your head is part of what you see everyday when you look in the mirror. It is part of the impression you see as you.
What I have come to learn about health is that there are so many factors to take into account when understanding the body and how different parts are connected. Wholistic medicine is common sense medicine. We must look at how different systems in the body are relating to each other, and also take into account the mind-body connection as we cannot separate the mind from the body when we seek healing.
The first step in stimulating hair growth is understanding why your hair is thinning to begin with. This is critical in being able to come up with a plan of action that is more likely to produce results. How do you do this? Get assessed.
There are many things to take into account: diet (especially protein, mineral and vitamin status), hormone health (including stress hormones and sex hormones), digestive health (ie. rule out gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, candida or leaky gut syndrome for example) and immune health, for example.
Hair loss is often a sign something else is going on, and it's smart to figure out what that is.
Here are some of my favorite remedies to help:
1. Massage your hair with cold-pressed castor oil. Since it has a high viscosity, it coats the hair which can help prevent it from falling out. Since it is also high in vitamin E and fatty acids, it also stimulates the growth of hair.
2. Take your vitamins (or better yet, eat them!).
Vitamin deficiencies can cause hair loss and a lack of hair growth. You may be deficient in the following:
-zinc, selenium, magnesium, iron, calcium, biotic, B6, B12, B2, vitamin A, vitamin D (just to name a few!)
Testing your vitamin and mineral status is worthwhile.
3. Boost your protein:
I review a lot of diets and more often then not, more so in female patients I see protein deficiencies. Knowing your weight, activity level and health status can determine an appropriate amount of protein for you to ensure your body is functioning optimally.
This blog post gives you a taste of some areas of focus that can help you in understanding how to grow thicker, healthier hair.
In the name of your best health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta
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