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February Herbal Class: Herbal Oxymels

Announcing our next herbal class Herbal Oxymels taught by herbalist Brianna Gallardo.

Tuesday February 26th 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Blossom Natural Health

What is an oxymel? Oxymels are a very classic, old medicine, with documented origins all the way back to 400 B.C.E. They consist of herbs, vinegar and honey. A simple and affordable way to make medicine and a great way to get the benefits of herbs without using alcohol for extraction. Not to mention, tasty!!
Cost is $30.00
If you are interested in attending please call at 360-834-2732 or email at office@blossomnaturalhealth.com

Herbal Tea Blending Class at Blossom

Our first herbal class of 2019 is coming soon! Mark your calendars. Herbalist Brianna Gallardo will be teaching an Herbal Tea Blending Class at Blossom on Tuesday January 29th from 6-7:30 PM.

This will be a fun evening, learning about the process of herbal tea blending. You will discuss the general mechanics of blending a tea, infusing vs. decocting, and where to purchase high quality dried herb material. You will make two tea blends to bring home. You will also sample teas in class.

The cost is $30. If you are interested in signing up please call Blossom Natural Health and Wellness at 360-834-2732 or email us at office@blossomnaturalhealth.com. You are also welcome to come in and visit us in person at 415 NE Birch St. Camas, WA 98607
We look forward to seeing you! Come have fun with us and blend some tea!

3 Tips To Doing Detox Right

 

 

 

 

Thinking about a detox? Now is a great time! Harness the energy of the new year, get off to a clean start. Read on for useful tips on how to do it right.

Here is a thoughtful blog post from Dr. Deanna Minich, an internationally recognized health expert and author with more than 20 years of experience in nutrition, mind-body health, and functional medicine.

Nowadays, detoxing is on everyone’s mind, especially when living in increasingly toxic environments and experiencing negative health effects.

If you think that a detox might be right for you, there’s a way to do it right and ensure you are safely achieving the results you are looking for.

Here are three easy tips to keep in mind to make the most out of your detox:

  1. Do it at least twice a year. Your body is always detoxing—nonstop, 24/7—but it may not be doing it in the most efficient way because of nutrient deficiencies, stress, and even genetic factors. Based on my experience, I believe people can benefit from doing a dedicated detox protocol twice per year at the change of seasons (typically in March/April and in September/October). These types of detoxes will be a bit more rigorous than a gentle daily detox and should involve dietary changes, as well as the inclusion of specific supplements and some lifestyle changes. They may also be 10 days long for those who are relatively healthy or 28 days for individuals who require a more thorough inner “reset.” In addition to the biannual detoxes, I also think it is helpful to do some daily detoxing by eating your best, taking supportive nutrients, and reducing your stress to the best of our ability.
  2. Ensure proper nutrient intake. There is a common misconception that a detox must be a stringent fasting regimen. Often, it is associated with intermittent or complete abstinence from food or the consumption of fresh juices in place of food. What many people do not realize is that proper detox is just the opposite—specific nutrients are required to effectively eliminate toxins.Most people, even when eating a healthy diet, undoubtedly have some degree of nutrient insufficiency or deficiency. The degree of detoxing required is limited by the required nutrient that is in the lowest amount. Therefore, it is essential to get a complex array of macronutrients—like protein, carbohydrates, and fats—as well as vitamin and mineral cofactors—not to mention the protective, antioxidant phytonutrients. Taking shortcuts to detox by not accounting for nutrition will only short-circuit your detox pathways, so it’s imperative that you are taking the right supplements in combination with a nutrient-dense diet.
  3. Choose a safe detox. There are a variety of so-called detox methods available—everything from the extreme fasts to juice fasts to eating specific foods and taking certain supplements. With so much on the market, it seems like everyone has a detox program to tout. But they are not all equal, and some may not be adequately, scientifically formulated to provide appropriate nutritional support for your body’s metabolic detoxification pathways. Some may even be unhealthy and lead to negative symptoms.With that in mind, an appropriate detox may also provoke some changes in the body that could lead to subtle symptoms, like causing a bit more tiredness or discomfort from caffeine withdrawal. Unfortunately, many detox programs haven’t been researched extensively. Just last year, Drs. Klein and Kiat published a review of detox diets in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.[i]Their findings suggest “there is very little evidence to support the use of these diets.”Fortunately, the Clear Change Program from Metagenics is based on researched protocols with actual human subjects. Some research studies on these protocols have even been published in the scientific literature.[ii] [iii] They are not only shown to be safe, but effective, too.

In summary, if you feel tempted to try out the latest detox program, keep this checklist in mind. It’s designed to help you know how often to do a detox, the importance of targeted nutrients, and, most of all, how to ensure your chosen detox is safe and based on good science.

[i]Klein AV, Kiat H. Detox diets for toxin elimination and weight management: a critical review of the evidence. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2015 Dec;28(6):675-86. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12286. Epub 2014 Dec 18.

[ii]Lamb JJ, Konda VR, Quig DW, Desai A, Minich DM, Bouillon L, Chang JL, Hsi A, Lerman RH, Kornberg J, Bland JS, Tripp ML. Altern Ther Health Med. 2011 Mar-Apr;17(2):36-44.

[iii]Bland JS, Barrager E, Reedy RG, Bland K. Altern Ther Health Med. 1995 Nov 1;1(5):62-71.

What Is Metabolic Detoxification?

The body is designed to naturally process and excrete chemical compounds, but an abundance of environmental agents combined with poor diet and nutrition can lead to an overburdened system. Now is a great time to start thinking about, and planning for, implementing a targeted program designed to support energy, metabolism, and to enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process.

 

 

A Guide to the Scientifically Based, Functional Medicine Approach

People either swoon or cringe when they hear the word “detox.” Those who stand behind it claim it gets rid of their symptoms—everything from brain fog to joint pain and fatigue—while others strongly assert there is no need to detox, and it is just marketing hype. Why such polarized views?

“Detox” used to mean many things, which may be part of the reason for the discrepancy. To some, it might simply be drinking lemon juice in water, sitting in a sauna, or maybe doing a juice fast. However, within Functional Medicine, detox has a specific definition: it is the process of reducing the body’s toxic load by lessening exposure to harmful chemicals we are taking in, while simultaneously implementing nutrition and lifestyle strategies to promote efficient elimination of toxins from the body1.

The first step of detoxification can be done, in part, by lessening the immune system load by removing reactive foods from the diet. The gold standard for this removal is the aptly named “elimination diet”, which is a simplified list of foods to eat and foods to exclude as part of a detox program.

Typically, common allergenic foods and beverages containing corn, soy, wheat/gluten, eggs, dairy, shellfish, and peanuts are omitted from the daily diet in conjunction with caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and red meat for 10 to 28 days, depending on the duration of the program. In scientific literature, using an elimination diet in various formats has historically been used to address various conditions2,3,4,5,6 with differing levels of success.

In Functional Medicine, the elimination diet is often used as the first line of therapy for immune and gastrointestinal issues since it can help with reducing toxic load and cooling down any immune reactivity to foods.

In conjunction with removal of foods, it’s best to take a complementary approach to bolstering the body with specific nutrients to help fortify its pathways of detoxification in the liver, so toxins can be easily removed. For example, it is well known that certain vitamins and minerals—like B vitamins and iron—are required to assist in the activity of these enzymes7.  Coupling nutrients together with an elimination diet (through their inclusion as whole, plant-based foods and as scientifically formulated dietary supplements) is perhaps the most robust protocol for a medical detoxification regimen.

In support of this approach, Lamb et al8. showed that a 4-week elimination diet?  together with nutrient supplementation ?  was helpful in reducing symptoms in women with fibromyalgia.

In conclusion, detox has a very specific and science-based definition within Functional Medicine.  In practice, Functional Medicine programs that modify dietary intake and supplement nutritional co-factors that support the body’s endogenous detoxification pathways can mitigate toxic burden to reduce incoming toxic exposures, and, at the same time, equip the body with nutrients known to support the body’s natural capacity to shuttle toxins out.

To learn more about detox, click here

 

Fall Herbal Foods and Herbal Skin Care Classes at Blossom with Herbalist Brianna

Herbalist Brianna (Ford) Gallardo will be teaching a series of Fall herbal classes at Blossom Natural Health and Wellness! We will start with a common kitchen herbs series. There will be 3 different classes and Brianna will be offering each one twice. You can come to one or all, whatever works best for you!

 

Fire Cider Class:
Tuesday, November 13 – 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, November 14 – 6:30-7:30pm
Herbal Syrups Class:
Tuesday, November 27 – 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, November 28 – 6:30-7:30pm
Herbal Electuaries Class:
Tuesday, December 11 – 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, December 12 – 6:30-7:30pm
Herbal Tea Blending Class:
Coming in January 2019
Some other information to note….
We will be capping the class at 12 people per class in order to keep us comfortable in our space. Hopefully with offering two nights for each class everyone that is interested in coming can be included. The cost of each class this year will be $30. If you are interested in signing up please call Blossom Natural Health and Wellness at 360-834-2732 or email us at office@blossomnaturalhealth.com. You are also welcome to come in and visit us in person at 415 NE Birch St. Camas, WA 98607
We look forward to seeing you!

SunSip Bone Broth now available at Blossom

Sip some sun. SunSip Bone Broth is made with local, pasture raised, 100% soy and GMO free bones.

Bone broth is the ultimate healing food! Most cultures throughout history have used bone broth, in one form or another, to improve health and support a healthy immune system.  Our ancestors knew best. Drinking bone broth gives us a convenient way to obtain an abundance of minerals and proteins.

 

“Let food be thy medicine….”

 

Here are just six of the benefits of bone broth:

1. Supports healthy digestive (gut) function.

2. Supports immune system and healthy inflammation response.

3. Aids in nutrient metabolism.

4. Protects joints.

5. Maintains healthy skin.

6. Boosts Detoxification.

Why SunSip?

Better Bones

Locally Sourced and Organic Vegetables

We Use Glass

Locally made, with love and care, SunSip Bone Broth is now available at Blossom Natural Health in 32 oz glass jars. For more info call Blossom at 360-834-2732 or visit https://sunsipbroth.com/

 

Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression

This is a guest post written by Priscilla Gilbert, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Camas, WA. She specializes in supporting people through perinatal and postpartum distress, grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and identity enrichment. You can contact Priscilla by email priscilla@lacamascounseling.com, phone 360-975-0512, or through the website at https://lacamascounseling.com/counselors/priscilla-gilbert-lmhc/

Baby Blues is a common experience among 80% of moms and parents. There is a normal pattern of adjustment after the birth of the baby that includes times of sadness, tears, disrupted sleeping, and difficulty thinking and concentrating. Baby Blues symptoms will naturally subside after the first two weeks postpartum (after the birth of the baby). Many moms and dads experience a normal level of distress as they transition to caring for the life of a new baby in their house.

Postpartum Depression is also a common experience, affecting 15 to 20% of moms and 10% of dads. Postpartum depression is a reference to more significant levels of sadness and anxiety that disrupt normal aspects of functioning in work, home, and relationships. Symptoms can include: depression, tearfulness, anxiety, panic, fear, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, irritability, anger, inability to sleep, constant fatigue, noticeable changes in eating, intrusive memories and thoughts, obsessions, worry, compulsions and ritual behaviors, lethargy, apathy, lack of care or interest, thoughts of escaping or leaving, or thoughts of harm to yourself or others.

The symptoms can be distressing and alarming, especially when the parent already feels taxed from the pregnancy, birthing, and parenting process. Many moms and dads experiencing these unexpected symptoms feel shame or frustration; choosing to remain quiet for fear of being judged by family, friends, or medical professionals.

If the symptoms are left untreated then postpartum depression can continue for several years. However, the symptoms can be treated and relief is possible.

Immediate recommendations for someone experiencing distress is to contact their doctor and connect with a counselor; both of these professionals will create specific strategies for symptom relief.

Other supporting recommendations include: asking friends and family for help, hiring help, drinking lots of water, eating appropriate meals and snacks, exercising, connecting with supportive friends and family, participating in parent groups, practicing assertive communication, taking time outs for personal self-care, letting go of standards of perfection, laughter, doing any previous normal activity or routine, journaling, deep breathing, and personal reminders. Personal reminders include phrases like: I’m doing the best I can, this won’t last forever, everybody experiences difficult days, it’s ok that I don’t know, and I will feel like myself again.

The transition into parenting is an adjustment, and all adjustments (good and bad) come with stress in learning new skills and creating new routines. Amongst the new skills and routines and complicated decisions related to feeding, diapering, and sleeping, there is also a heightened amount of urgency to keep the baby alive.

Parents can prepare for the distress of postpartum depression by knowing their own predispositions. Predispositions include: sensitivity to hormonal changes in premenstrual cycle (PMS), any personal or

family history of postpartum depression, any personal or family history of mental illness, tendency towards perfectionism or excessive worry, limited social support, difficult marriage or partnership, a difficult pregnancy, or other significant stressful experiences like moving, death, illness, financial hardship, or job changes.

Some preparation is possible, and it’s also important to remember that we are all doing the best we can with what we know.

 

Herbal Skin Care Class Tuesday 6/19/18

Join Herbalist Brianna Ford for her next informative and fun botanical medicine class. Gain a good knowledge of herbal skin care options. This class will cover types of herbal skin care – lotions and creams, appropriate plants for herbal skin care, and equipment needed for making products. Participants will try herbal skin care products in class and make 2 products to take home. Students pay the instructor a $5.00 materials fee at class.

Washougal Community Education Class #: 3005-18
Date: 6/19/2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Washougal H.S. – Staff Lounge:
Instructor: Brianna Ford
Price: $20.00

Register https://washougal.revtrak.net/Community-Education/#/list

How Do Naturopathic Doctors Help Address Men’s Health?

***June is Men’s Health Month!***

Five key lifestyle changes can add up to 12 years to a man’s life, according to a new Harvard study. But unhealthy lifestyle habits, less frequent screening, and late treatment for preventable chronic diseases all result in men dying at greater rates than women from causes including heart disease, diabetes, accidents, and cancer. Naturopathic doctors can help, with a unique, accessible approach to men’s health. They focus on natural, non-prescription therapies, patient education, and lifestyle changes. Here is new information that will help your readers understand how naturopathic doctors help address men’s health.

Naturopathic Medicine: 100 Frequently Asked Questions. A NEW series covering everything you want and need to know about naturopathic doctors and naturopathic medicine. This FAQ series is helping to educate and inform patients, consumers, and build awareness and credibility for the profession.

Thanks to INM Institute for Natural Medicine and AANP The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians  for this content.

Why is “Doctor As Teacher” a Principle of Naturopathic Medicine?

Good communication with your doctor is better for your health! Naturopathic doctors prioritize empathy, connection, and sharing of relevant information. Learn more in this new FAQ.

Having a clear understanding of a treatment plan and strategy leads to better compliance. Studies show that non-compliance to doctor recommendations is epidemic, and it can lead to ineffective treatment or further health concerns.

Questions about naturopathic medicine? Fins answers here: “Naturopathic Medicine: 100 Frequently Asked Questions” is a series of facts covering everything you want and need to know about naturopathic doctors and naturopathic medicine. This is a service provided by  The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Institute for Natural Medicine.