Dr. Natasha Zajmalowski
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Natasha Zajmalowski ND emphasizes a Proactive Healthcare regime—allowing you to make positive and direct changes in the areas of your health over which you have control. Given that many medical conditions are preventable and controllable, every health care interaction with Dr. Natasha Zajmalowski ND includes support that addresses this simple fact: you can greatly affect your own health.
Dr. Rena Citron DC
Originally from Windsor, Dr. Citron began her post-secondary education at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with an Honours degree in Physiology. She received her designation of Doctor of Chiropractic in 2003 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. She is a certified Active Release Technique (soft tissue therapy) provider for the spine, upper extremity, lower extremity and nerve entrapments. In addition to adjustments and ART, Dr. Citron also performs Spidertaping and custom orthotic casting. She accepts work injury and car accident claims. As a past member of the UWO varsity cross country and track and field teams, Dr. Citron has a deep understanding of athletic injuries. She maintains a regular yoga practice and acknowledges that it is an excellent way to maintain spinal health.
Dr. Vincenza Rotulo ND
Prior to starting her naturopathic practice, Vincenza kept active by biking and hiking the world as a trip planner and guide with the luxury travel company Butterfield & Robinson. This unique experience established her belief that a sense of adventure, keeping active and eating nutritious foods sets the foundation for optimal mental, emotional and physical well-being. As a naturopath, Dr. Vincenza uses an individualized approach to treat health concerns using natural therapies such as lifestyle counseling, nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine and hydrotherapy. Her goal is to educate and empower patients to be active participants in healthcare in order to live full, healthy and happy lives.
Cheryl Putt RMT
Cheryl is a licensed massage therapist registered with the Massage Therapist Association of Ontario. Because she loves people and learning about health and the body, she makes an exceptional RMT. Being no stranger to sport injuries, health ailments and stressors in life, she believes therapeutic hands on massage, exercise and healthy eating habits are essential for mind, body and spirit. Cheryl is committed to expanding her education and has recently added hot stone massage to her skill set. She is currently learning about aromatherapy, which will be followed by reflexology.
The understanding of “Food as Medicine” has always had its passionate advocates, and with the emergence of Epigenetics, cutting edge science is helping to explain the cellular effects food has on our bodies. For instance, we now know that fresh foods that are local, seasonal and organic can help reduce our risk of some forms of cancer. With this knowledge comes the opportunity to make nutritional choices that impact all of your cells and leave you feeling better, as well as choices that positively impact our community and local farmers. Veggie stir-fry anyone?
This prescription from the “farm”acy will give you the most health benefits for your effort.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water daily. Add lemon juice to your water first thing in the morning to increase bile production. Bile is a natural laxative.
- Try to consume 3 cups of green tea daily. Some studies show it can prevent breast cancer recurrence by up to 64%.
- Add 2 tbsp of ground flaxseeds to your meals in smoothies, salads, soups, or mixed with veggies.
- Include at least 1 portion/day of Cruciferous vegetables daily which include watercress, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, radish, daikon, and Bok Choy. These assist your liver in detoxification.
- Add veggies like spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, parsley or fresh mint to your smoothies.
- Eat at least 1 organic apple a day.
- Include 1 serving/day of sulphur rich foods such as cabbage, garlic, onions, and beans which also help liver function.
- Eat 1/2 cup of beans like lentils, chickpeas, black beans, adzuki, mung, pinto or navy every day If you were ever stuck on a desert island, you would be lucky to have beans to eat because of their nutritional value.
- Include glutathione-containing food such asparagus, avocados and walnuts. Glutathione is the most potent antioxidant in your liver.
- Include antioxidant rich foods such as berries, grapes (always organic), beets, cooked tomatoes, pomegranate and organic green tea to prevent free radical damage.
- Include liberal amounts of turmeric, cilantro and walnuts in your diet.
- Eat a total of at least 3 cups of vegetables daily.
- Limit coffee, alcohol, grapefruit juice, stomach acid blockers and antihistamines. If you are a regular coffee reduce to 1 cup/day and try to drink only organic coffee.
- Avoid all artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose, Splenda, and acesulfame potassium. These are found in all diet products, many yogurts, gum, mints, most flavoured water and many protein bars.
- Avoid “White” food like white bread, white pasta, white rice, and white sugar.
- Avoid fried foods.
- Only consume dairy that is organic.
- Avoid MSG.