Dr. Alexina Mehta works with adults, kids, teens, seniors and families. Virtually all acute conditions and chronic conditions may benefit from Naturopathic Medicine.
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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Doctor: Great Question! Thank you for asking. Your question has provoked this blog post, which probably will turn into a video blog soon enough!
Feeling blue or depressed is a very real for many people, however, you are not your condition. You could be having an experience of a "condition" - but that is very different.
So who are you then ?
Many people believe that their health status defines them. Often times I hear the following statement, "I am <substitute the health condition here>. Beyond this, many people believe that the house they live in, the car they drive, the kinds of friends they have, the places they have traveled to, or the number of degrees they have defines who they are.
Who you are is much more then what you have, where you have been, or what your credentials are.
I'd like to share a story with you that changed everything for me.
Several years ago, I was driving down one of Vancouver's beautiful tree lined streets, and it hit me: "Every single person I will ever know and meet in this life will die one day."
I was flabbergasted on some level...how could this be that I had little or no understanding of the greater vision of life?
This thought initially provoked fear within me. The thought of life lost was too much to bear. Then, I realized, I needed to learn more about this journey of life. I needed to understand how it worked, what was behind it and how I could step into my life more fully and presently.
Remembering that there is a bigger picture everyday helps in seeing the parts of life in context within a larger map. Reminding yourself that you are on a journey which has some twists and turns, rest stops and periods of intense endurance can be helpful.
Meditation is a tool I highly recommend for all my patients to cultivate a feeling of inspiration. I am not talking about sitting an hour each day, although it can look like that. I am referring to becoming more present daily, in more moments throughout the day. Pinching oneself to become more present, looking up at the sky for a moment to see past your immediate situation, stopping to take deep breaths all brings us to the present moment. The present moment is where the possibility to change inhabits.
Remember the last time you felt wind blow on your face when you were feeling overheated? The wind brought a welcome spontaneous change and relief. Bringing yourself to the present moment does the same thing. There is a sense of relief that happens when we can feel that life lives in the now, and your sense of being alive awakens.
I believe human beings are seeking experiences in feeling alive. Inspiration lives in the breath, and breath gives us life. Life is to be present and to feel the love that exists within your heart. When I was studying death and dying several years back, I came across Dr. Kuhl's book called "What Dying People Want." In reading the book, I came to realize that a life well lived is one built on meaningful relationships, meaningful actions and feelings of love.
So, who are you?
You are that which is eternal within you.
You are that which is indestructible within you.
You are that which is free from pain and suffering within you.
You are that which radiates the light of the creator that allows you to be here now.
You are sacred.
Everything else will fall away.
So can you be inspired by that which is you forever?
I dare you to try...
Wishing you peace, love and freedom in your journey, now and always.
Dr. Alexina Mehta
So one of our audience members asks me, "Doc, How long till I feel better?"
I'm going to deconstruct this statement so you can understand the greater dynamics involved in feeling better in an acute situation and how you can translate this into the bigger picture of your life journey.
What's the drive to feel better? Think of the last time you got the cold or flu and you could not feel "your energy" to be able to do the things you love, let alone complete your daily tasks like take care of the kids, go to work, develop your business etc.
When the body is "effected" our attention moves towards the effected part. So, if you have a sore throat, all of a sudden your awareness goes there, so as to solve the problem..(hopefully!). Sometimes when we are suffering in the body and we do not pay attention right away, what happens is that it typically gets worse...but more on this later!
What I recommend is the following:
In order to "feel better" as fast as possible, seek guidance from a trusted health professional on understanding the nature of what is going on if you are not certain yourself.
Then begin a process of self inquiry, where you ask "what is my body trying to tell me right now?"
Don't be alarmed if you do not receive answers immediately. Sometimes it takes some time before you know what is going on. But be clear inside yourself that you want to learn the lesson associated with whatever discomfort you are experiencing so you can be smarter and wiser. In my experience, it is important to make this clear to your body. The body and mind are not always on the same page- as an example- would you consciously make yourself catch a flu? I don't think so.
So, back to the question: How long till I feel better?
One thing I have learned, is that finding peace and calm in the discomfort goes a long way. When our bodies are trying to work something out, adding mental anxiety to the recipe doesn't help. So do what you need to do to find peace and calm in the midst of the storm. Get guidance from a seasoned practitioner, read books, listen to inspiring music, repeat mantras that mean something to you, connect to the divine or talk to a friend who you love and trust.
A dear friend of mine once said to me that when a huge boulder sits on the side of the mountain, winds come, rains come, squirrels come, and little by little the boulder shifts in where it sits. But then, all of a sudden, another slight movement can cause the boulder to move quickly down the mountain. Every action that you take to better yourself- mind, body and spirit, has the potential to move mountains in your life. We can not always predict when, but when things move, they really move.
Feeling better is a journey. Every small action you take contributes to the greater journey of being the best you can be in your life. So, commit to choosing love, life and peace and watch the flowers in the garden of your life blossom. That's another point...how can your life become a garden? In creating a garden, care must be made in choosing what we plant. I urge you to plant love and peace. These energies are healing, and are also your natural state. You make the choice- and life supports this choice.
Light and Blessings for a Powerful and Profound Journey,
Dr. Alexina Mehta