25Mar

crepesLast Sunday morning my husband and I were craving Crêpes/pancakes for breakfast.  Unfortunately, many of the recipes and pre-made mixtures out there contain ingredients that I would not put into my family’s bodies.  So with a craving that would not subside, I decided to give my dear friend Annaliisa, from Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen, a call!  Being the amazing holistic chef that she is, I wasn’t at all surprised that she had a healthy gluten free Crêpes recipe up her sleeve!  

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15Feb

Thank you!

posted by Dr. Justyna Sommer

Sending a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for voting me “The Best Naturopath” in the White Rock, Surrey and North Delta areas again this year!  I am truly appreciative of all the support and confidence you have in my practice and look forward to many wonderful years of working together.

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17Jan

Introducing the newest member of my family

posted by Dr. Justyna Sommer

I would like to take a moment to introduce to you the newest member of my family.  Arianna Caitlin Sommer was born on January 8th 2015 at 5:59am.  She arrived in this world weighing 9 lbs and 2 oz and was 21.5 inches long.  My husband and I could not be more delighted and in love with our little miracle!  

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With the arrival of my little bundle of joy I will be taking a few months off and will be back in the office April 1st 2015.  In the meantime, I am happy to announce that Dr. Janine Mackenzie, ND will be taking care of your health and wellness needs.

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3Dec

coconut chicken stewIt’s time for another amazing recipe from Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen!  With the cold weather among us, it’s a great time to eat warm, nourishing foods that help support your digestive system.  This dish is hearty and dairy free and will leave you feeling all nice and cozy on the inside :)  Enjoy!

12Nov

roasted beet and fennel salad on greensWith fall in full swing, many of us are starting to stray away from salads.  However, this delicious Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad is hardy and will leave you feeling great.  As of now, I have made this salad at least a handful of times and every time I bring it with me to a party, people just can’t stop raving about how absolutely divine and full of flavour it is!  Of course, I can’t take the credit for this yummy invention (although, trust me, I wish I could)…the credit goes to a certain holistic nutritionist by the name of Annaliisa Kapp!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  Oh and ps – I typically double or triple the portion size and leave some of the beets mixture in my fridge to use later that week.  Enjoy!

5Nov

Liver Connection to Healthy SkinWhen a patient with unhealthy skin (acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc) walks through my door one of the first things that I do is assess their toxicity level.  In today’s world we are constantly exposed to numerous toxins.  In fact, there are 80,000 chemicals registered by the Environmental Protection Agency!  Even before we were born we were exposed to a variety of toxins.  In 2005 the Environmental Working Group did a neonatal toxicity study and randomly tested the umbilical cord blood from ten babies.  They found 287 chemicals and each baby averaged approximately 200 known toxins which included: pesticides, consumer product ingredients, wastes from coal burning, gasoline and garbage.  Add to this the daily load of pollution we get, the pesticide-ridden, nutrient-depleted food that we eat, the antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and birth control pills we take and our stressed out natures and it’s no wonder that so many of us out there are suffering from various diseases and toxicity related symptoms which include (amongst many others) rising skin problems.  

28Oct

Beauty Robbers sugarAn increasing number of teenagers and adults suffer from acne.  While there is no danger from the pimples themselves, severe acne can leave permanent scars and in many people (even if it is not severe) can lead to anxiety, low self-esteem, withdrawal from social situations and, even, depression.  

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Acne is the results of four major components: excess production of sebum (oil) by the skin, hyperproliferation (excess production) of skin cells, bacteria and inflammation.  A pimple forms when a pore in the skin gets clogged with dead skin cells.  Typically, these skin cells shed from the surface, however, when there is excess sebum production, the dead cells can stick together and become trapped inside the pores.  Bacteria can also play a role as they grow and multiply inside the pore and lead to an inflammatory response that gives the pimple its red inflamed appearance. 

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Certain hormones have been shown to affect the rate of sebum and skin cell production and, as such, can increase the severity of ones acne.  Two of these hormones are insulin and IGF-1 both of which increase in response to the intake of sugar and other high glycemic foods (foods that are absorbed into the blood stream quickly).

1Oct

Prepping food with Annaliisa from Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen!

With September almost over and everyone’s schedules in full swing, it can be difficult to find the time to eat healthy in between everyone’s activities.  It is this time in particular where fast and easy food prepping can save you time and, more importantly, protect your family’s health!  With that in mind, Annaliisa from Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen came and spend a few hours with me in my kitchen sharing some of her amazingly delicious recipes and prepping tips!  

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The prepping/cooking only took a couple of hours and by the time we were done, not only did my house smell absolutely delicious but, I had enough HEALTHY food prepped for dinners, lunches and snacks for the week ahead!  

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Since I’m so excited to share some of Annaliisa’s amazing recipes with you, I’ve decided to do a “Recipe of the Month” blog segment at the beginning of each month!  I hope you enjoy them as much as my ‘little bun in the oven’ and I do!  So without further ado, here is the first recipe.

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12Aug

5 Natural Solutions for Migraine Headaches

posted by Dr. Justyna Sommer

If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine headache you know how debilitating it can be.  And you are not alone, migraine headaches affect 25% – 30% of women and 15% – 20% of men. You’ve probably tried countless drugs to eliminate and reduce those pesky headaches so that you can live a more normal life with little or no improvement.  If you’re tired of popping those pills and are looking for some long lasting natural solutions, here are a few to try!

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1. Treat underlying food allergies and sensitivities

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Food allergies and sensitivities play a role in many cases.  Detection and removal of allergens and sensitivities eliminates or greatly reduces symptoms in the majority of patients.  A study by Grant, E Food Allergies and migraines found that when offending foods were avoided, all patients improved, with 85% of the patients becoming headache free. Foods most frequently causing symptoms were wheat, orange, egg, tea/coffee, chocolate, milk, beef, corn, cane sugar, yeast, mushrooms and peas.  To determine if food allergies or sensitivities play a role in your migraines a simple food sensitivity test and/or elimination/challenge can be performed.

12Jun

Choosing a Safe Sunscreen For Your Family

posted by Dr. Justyna Sommer

With summer just around the corner many families are lathering themselves up with sunscreen to prevent burning themselves while they have fun in the sun.  However, choosing the right sunscreen to put onto your family’s skin is just as important during those warm sunny days.

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The Environment Working Group (EWG) recently released its annual guide to sunscreen.  A whopping 2/3 of the sunscreens tested did not work well or contained hazardous ingredients such as: