Dr. Alexina Mehta works with adults, kids, teens, seniors and families. Virtually all acute conditions and chronic conditions may benefit from Naturopathic Medicine.

Please read on for a list of conditions that Dr. Mehta treats.




Talk to Your Nature Doc: How do I minimize the effects of Jetlag?

Dear Doc, 

I often get jet lag. What can help that is natural?

Doc:

 Follow these tips to minimize jet lag and maximize your time away!

Love to travel? Jet lag can take away from the precious time you have reserved for your trip. The result is fatigue, dizziness, nausea and feeling like you're "hung over."

Fortunately, Naturopathic medicine has some solutions to make your life easier!

Lets start with what to do before you you fly:

-eat 2 garlic cloves (and maybe some peppermint tea afterwards! ;)
-take vitamin C and some other immune supporting herbs- see your Naturopathic doctor with respect to what herbs are suitable for you
-ensure you are hydrated

Hydration is important:

-drink 1 cup of water every hour and add electrolyes like Emergen-C 
-avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol and sweet drinks
-use a saline spray to keep your nasal passages moist 
Circulation

-walk as much as you can during the flight
-exercise in your seat every hour or more - ie. stretches, moving your feet, hands and shoulders, flex your ankles

Grounding exercises

-the fact you are up in the air and not on the ground may contribute to jetlag according to some
-line each shoe with a piece of brown paper 
-visualize your feet and tailbone grounding to the earth and your roots are connecting to the earth

Regulating Sleep-Wake Cycles

-set your watch to your new time as soon as you board the plane
-aim to get as much sunshine as you can once you arrive at your destination
-sleep only when it is dark 
-to reset the pineal gland there are some remedies that work well, consult your naturopathic doctor for which one is suitable for you

NO Jetlag Homeopathic Remedy

I love this remedy! It works for many of my patients. Take it when you take off and then every 2 hours after on the flight if you can. You can purchase at various health food stores.
Try these tools and give us a call for  a more customized approach.  And of course, best wishes on your travels!

Best in health,
Dr. Alexina Mehta

www.dralexinamehta.com
604-731-7789


What does it mean to be empowered ?

We hear the word empowered a lot these days. But what does it really mean ?

Many of us have experienced dis-empowering situations in life that leave us feeling defeated, disconnected and scared. 

However, empowered experiences have a completely different feel to them.

The best way that I can illustrate the meaning is by sharing what I have found in a process of self discovery and what I have witnessed in working with thousands of people.

I have learned THREE things:

1. A life experience that leaves one empowered allows a person to stand more confidently on their own two feet. This alludes to the fact that true empowerment comes from a yearning within your  heart to be free to be your true self. 

2. An empowering experience often has some kind of an initiatic quality in that one receives an invitation to walk through the fire in every sense in order to reap the benefits. Feel the fear and walk anyways. It feels like you are entering some new territory that is unknown and the unknown can be unnerving. However, the benefits of stepping up to the plate allow one to access a great jewel:  wisdom.

2. More wisdom means there is more love, patience, kindness, compassion, inner peace, tolerance, care, hope, faith in oneself, faith in others and faith in the miraculous gift of life. Humility, Compassion and Gratitude naturally emerge when one is empowered. The result is a greater longing to help our fellow humanity and alleviate suffering. When we walk through the fire in life we deepen our connection to the reservoir of RESILIENCE that lives within which is infinite. Resilience literally means: to spring back into shape after being compressed. 

Empowerment is worth striving for. Live for something greater. Honor that which gives you life and feel the freedom in your heart that naturally emerges.

Wishing you all the best in your empowered journey,
Best in Health and Happiness,
Dr. Alexina Mehta
www.dralexinamehta.com

Talk to Your Nature Doc Question of the day: How can I get stronger from the inside so I can face all the challenges that come my way in life?

Patient: How can I get stronger from the inside so I can deal with the challenges that come into my life?

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
www.dralexinamehta.com



"Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness."
-unknown


Talk to Your Nature Doc: I have had irritable bowel syndrome for years. Is there any hope for me for this to change?

Patient: I have had irritable bowel syndrome for years. Is there any hope for me for this to change?

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
www.dralexinamehta.com