How to Soothe Your Child’s Eczema

How to Soothe Your Child’s Eczema

Alexis Reid

What is Eczema?

Eczema is not a whole lot of fun. It typically presents as a red, scaly itchy rash that likes to appear on the creases of the elbows, the backs of the knees, behind the ears, on the face, on the hands. Eczema is quite common in babies and can be found anywhere on the body. It is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin.

5 Foods That Can Make Eczema Worse

1) Dairy- The proteins found in dairy (casein and whey) are the triggers for eczema. It is not an issue with lactose (as in a lactose intolerance) and eating lactose free dairy does not help. Elimination of all dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter) for 3 weeks should lead to improvement

2) Eggs- Are the second most common food sensitivity in children under 4 and is associated with eczema. Eliminate egg whites and yolks for 3 weeks. Eggs are often hidden in a lot of foods. For a handout on hidden sources of eggs please send me email to alexis@ecochicmovement.com

3) Gluten- Also present in many foods in hidden forms. Eliminate for 3 weeks

4) Tomatoes-Can be very inflammatory to young children’s skin, especially if eaten frequently

5) Citrus- Has similar effects as tomatoes in young children

If you wish to have Food Sensitivity Testing done, instead of doing trial eliminations, book an appointment with Dr Alexis 

 

Tips To Calm The Itch

1) Oatmeal- Take 1 cup of NON quick cook oats and place in the foot of a pantyhose. Steep in approximately 1 L of boiling water for 5-10 min. Allow to cool, and add to bath. Bathing should be a infrequent as possible, and definitely not daily.

2) Oil- Add a few drops of our Baby Oil to bath water to help keep their skin hydrated

3) Quality Moisturizer- A natural moisturizer (petroleum free) should be applied to the affected areas. Ingredients to look for are: Shea Butter, Calendula and Aloe. Keeping the barrier of your child’s skin intact is very important. If the skin is raw and broken with eczema, proteins can pass into the bloodstream making the child more likely to develop food allergies. This phenomenon is known as “leaky skin”. It is a good idea to use a good barrier cream all over the body, like a Body Butter with Shea Butter, and to use our Skin Condition Cream for spot treating the eczema

5 Strategies To Reduce Eczema Flares

1) Food- Eliminate foods that can make eczema worse. Increase intake fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.

2) Vitamin D- Can be directly supplemented by the child.

3) Bacteria!- Pre and Probiotics! Research indicates that fructooligosaccharide is the most effective probiotic while Lactobacillus rhamnosus is the most effective probiotic. If mom is still breastfeeding, she will supplement.

4) Nature- Exposure to different bacteria in nature has been shown to reduce the severity of eczema. Exposure to farm animals and forest has been shown to be most beneficial.

5) Chemical Reduction- Chemical exposures from pesticides, skincare products, cleaning products can interact with proteins in the body, initiating an allergic response which can result in eczema.

 

Eczema can cause quite a bit of stress for parents. If you are suffering from eczema or having to watch your child suffer it is a good idea to see a naturopathic doctor and get a treatment plan tailored to you. Eczema is something that can be overcome usually with some fairly simple interventions. Please speak to your health care provider before starting any new medication or supplements

Any questions or comments, post below and I will be happy to address them

 

Dr Alexis

Dr Alexis practices in Kanata, and is currently accepting new patients.

Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended insurance benefits

 

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Natural Electrolyte Drink That is Great For Kids

Natural Electrolyte Drink That is Great For Kids

Alexis Reid

With this constantly changing weather knocking people down with colds, and flu season right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about how to manage the symptoms of these illnesses more naturally. As most of you probably already know, preventing dehydration is very important, especially with young children and pregnant women. Drinking water is a good way to help with this, but when people are vomiting and having diarrhea, they are not only losing water they are losing valuable electrolytes as well. Electrolytes are substances such as potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium. These electrolytes are essential to proper body functioning as they help send messages in the cells that keep your heart beating correctly, help your muscles to contract and maintain your blood pressure amongst other things.

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Is What You Are Eating Not Agreeing With Your Breastfed Baby?

Is What You Are Eating Not Agreeing With Your Breastfed Baby?

Alexis Reid

 

Something that I have been seeing in my practice a lot lately, that is not as well-known as I think it should be is the foods you eat while you are breastfeeding can cause food sensitivity reactions in your baby. Before I dive into this topic, I want to start by saying that obviously breast milk is the optimal food for babies, but what you eat does impact the quality and nutritional content of your milk.

When most mom’s think of a food they are eating causing irritation to their baby the first thing that comes to mind is colic. Colic is defined as repeated bouts of excessive crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy. Colic is very common with 28% of infants between the ages of 0-4 months experiencing it. Just because it is common, does not mean it is normal. The exact cause of colic is unknown at this point in time, but many people hypothesize that it could be related to food sensitivities. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics from 2005 showed that mom eating a low allergen diet, one that excluded diary, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and fish resulted in a “reduction in distressed behavior among breastfed infants with colic presenting in the first 6 weeks of life”. In addition to removing allergenic foods from your diet, a study from the Journal of Family Medicine in 2011 showed that supplementing baby with probiotics, specifically the strain Lactobacillus reuteri significantly reduced daily crying time in infants with colic.

However, colic is not the only sign that your baby maybe reacting to something that you are eating

4 Signs Your Breastfed Baby May Be Reacting To a Food You Are Eating

  • Reflux- Some amount of “spitting up” is normal (1/2 of all 3 month old babies spit up once a day) and it usually occurs right after eating. If spitting up is more frequent it can be a sign of a food sensitivity. The most common offender is dairy
  • Constipation- This is usually seen once the baby starts solids and can be an indication that they are sensitive to a food that they have been given
  • Diaper Rash- Persistent diaper rash is a common sign of a food sensitivity. Common offenders are: dairy, eggs, tomatoes and citrus
  • Eczema- Common symptom of a food sensitivity in both babies and older children. Usually caused by: dairy, eggs or gluten

Most Common Foods Known to Cause Food Sensitivities in Infants

  • Dairy- This means all dairy: milk, cheese, and yogurt. Buying lactose-free does not make a difference as the sensitivity is to the proteins whey and casein.
  • Soy- Many people who are sensitive to dairy are also sensitive to soy
  • Eggs- Can be an inflammatory food, usually presents as skin reactions (eczema and diaper rash)

Foods That Can Cause Gas in Infants

  • Chocolate- usually OK in small amounts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Onion
  • Garlic

In addition to removing the offending foods from your diet and giving your baby probiotics, you can drink a tea with herbs that help to reduce gas like ginger and fennel. A tummy massage can be helpful to keep things moving along in the intestines. To do a tummy massage on your baby stand at baby’s feet and rub a penny sized amount of castor oil in the clockwise direction on the tummy.

Did your baby suffer from colic?

Talk Soon,

Dr Alexis

Dr Alexis practices in Kanata and is accepting new patients. To book an appointment, click here.

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What To Do When You Are Pregnant And Have A Cold Or Flu

What To Do When You Are Pregnant And Have A Cold Or Flu

Alexis Reid

This is an appropriate post for today, as we are experiencing one of our coldest days this fall here in Ottawa. The change of season is a common time for people to get a cold or flu as the body is under extra stress from the outside environment. In today’s blog I will cover natural ways to reduce your risk of colds/flus and how to get feeling better quickly if you are under the weather. While these tips are directed at pregnant women, many of them apply to the whole family.

One of the things many women don’t think about before they are pregnant is, what they are going to do when they get any number of their “normal” complaints, colds, flus, headaches, allergies etc. I am calling them “normal” because it is not normal to be getting multiple colds and flus anytime and indicates that your immune system could use some TLC. Don’t worry, I will cover ways you can work to support your immune system today. When you are pregnant, you can’t simply reach for your favorite over the counter medication, which leaves many people feeling stranded and desperate. Pregnancy is a time when you are forced to look for alternatives and you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find!

As always, the best medicine is prevention and this is no different when it comes to colds and flus.

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flus While Pregnant

  • Hand Washing- This should be a no-brainer as it has been hammered home since childhood. Reducing the amount of bacteria/viruses on your hands, reduces your risk of becoming sick. Do not use antibacterial soaps. A natural, castile based soap and water, washing for 20 seconds is just as effective.
  • Reduce Stress- Stress is well known to lower your immune response, making you more susceptible to colds and flus. Incorporate deep belly breathing, 10 breaths 3 times a day into your day. You can also use pregnancy as a time to start delegating tasks and lightening your load before baby arrives.
  • Sleep- Similarly to stress, lack of sleep lowers the immune system. You may have read on my blog post on adrenals that the most restorative sleep happens between 10 pm and midnight. Aiming to be sleep by 10 pm helps to support your immune system.
  • Fruits and Vegetables- Yes fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, which can help reduce the duration of colds and flus, but they contain phytochemicals beyond just their vitamin and mineral content that can help keep you healthy. Soups and smoothies are a good way to get plenty of fruits and vegetables into the diet.
  • Vitamin D- Not only does it reduce your baby’s risk of eczema and food sensitivities, it has been shown to help keep your immune system functioning optimally

Top 5 Ways to Naturally Manage Colds and Flus

  • Reduce Your Sugar Intake- Sugar substantially reduces the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses. At the first sign of illness, take a sugar hiatus
  • Probiotics- Probiotics have been shown to boost your body’s white blood cell response to invaders. Probiotics can also help reduce your risk of yeast infections
  • Garlic and Ginger- Both have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Add raw garlic to your food, and make yourself a ginger tea. Ginger tea can also help with nausea
  • Honey and Onions- You are going to smell great! Just kidding, the onions actually don’t smell as they are masked by the honey. Take raw honey, preferably one from a farmer’s market so that it is local to you, and cut up a white onion. Cover the onion with honey and keep in the fridge. You can take a tablespoon of this mixture over the course of the day up to 5 times. Both onions and honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties. This is helpful for sore throats as well. Raw honey is safe for use during pregnancy, as adults have the bacteria in their intestine to neutralize the botulism toxin. Raw honey is not safe for infants under 1, as their bacteria are not mature
  • Echinacea- Can help to reduce the duration of colds/flus when taken immediately at the first sign of symptoms. Research on Echinacea has not shown any adverse effects during pregnancy, but the research is still limited. Motherisk is a great resource for what is safe during pregnancy.

As always, it is a good idea to talk to your health care practitioner if you have any questions or concerns about what is safe to take when you are pregnant.

You may have noticed that I have left vitamin C off of the list. Vitamin C in the amount you would get from food or from a prenatal vitamin has been shown to be safe. At higher levels (2000-3000 mg) there have been studies that show it can increase the risk of premature rupture of the membranes. Other studies have not shown this correlation. Until the research is more definitive it is a good idea to avoid high dose vitamin C during pregnancy.

Did you have a cold or flu when you were pregnant? How did you manage?

Talk Soon,

Dr Alexis

Dr Alexis practices in Kanata and is accepting new patients. To schedule your appointment, click here. 

 

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Natural Cough and Cold Remedies for Children

Natural Cough and Cold Remedies for Children

Alexis Reid

 

Did you know that Health Canada advises NOT to give cough and cold medications to children under 6? Cough and cold meds are also out for pregnant mommas. If you didn’t know this (or even if you did!) you are probably panicking and thinking “so now what I am going to do when my 2 year old is up coughing ALL night for the 3rd night in a row!” I have put together my favorite natural cough and cold remedies so you can be well armed for those long nights.

Health Canada Recommendations 

 

 Here are my top Natural Cough and Cold Remedies for Children

 

  • Eliminate Dairy- Dairy is a damp and phlegm forming food. Not a good combination if you or your child has a wet cough or is stuffed up. Taking out dairy for the duration of your illness will help you to make less secretions.

 

  • Saline Rinse or a NoseFrida- Speaking of secretions…a saline rinse in an older child or a NoseFrida for a baby can help to physically get the secretions out

 

  • Cool Mist Humdifier- Helps to moisten the nasal passages and loosens secretions. We are talking a lot of about secretions, the joys of having children! Change the water in the humidifier daily to avoid the growth of any pathogens.

 

  • Honey and Onions- Dice a white onion, place in a glass storage container and cover the onion with raw unpasteurized, preferably local, honey. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can spoon out a teaspoon of the honey syrup at a time and give to your child/yourself every 4-6 hours. Both the honey and the onion have antibacterial and antiviral properties and the onion helps to “open” the airways. Local honey is preferred because if there is an allergic component to the cough, those bees are exposed to the same pollen that you may be reacting too and help to provide their allergy protection against those pollens. Raw honey is not for use for babies under 1 year of age.

 

  • Vitamin D- Sufficient Vitamin D levels help to keep the immune system strong so it is definitely one to supplement when you are sick. Children can take 400 IU/day and adults 1000 IU. If you or your child are sick in the nicer weather, get outside and get 10-15 minutes of sunshine as well.

 

  • Warming Socks- Here is an old naturopathic trick for congestion. I was skeptical, but trust me…it really works! Take a pair of cotton socks and run them under cold water, wring out then place on feet. Cover with wool socks and go to bed. The socks will warm by morning, and helping to move a lot of blood to your feet can help ease congestion. Practical tip: honestly it feels bad when you put on the cold/wet cotton socks, but that feeling mostly goes away as soon as the wool socks are on. It is one that is worth toughing out!

 

  • Chest Rub- An essential oil and herbal infusion chest rub is a good way to help get congestion moving, soothe muscles that may be sore from coughing, and provide anti-viral and anti-bacterial support. Please not that although eucalyptus oil is often one that comes to mind, it should not be used in children under 6 years of age as it can cause kidney damage. Eco Chic Movement's chest rub does not contain any of the essential oils that are not safe for use in children.

  

I hope that you learned some new tools to help you manage your little one’s coughs and cold.

 

As always, feel free to leave any questions or comments below

Talk Soon,

Dr Alexis

Dr Alexis in Kanata and is currently accepting patients. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended health insurance benefits

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Help Manage Postpartum Anxiety Using Foods, Vitamins and Herbs

How to Help Manage Postpartum Anxiety Using Foods, Vitamins and Herbs

Alexis Reid2 comments

In my last post we went over what the symptoms of postpartum anxiety are and what factors make someone more likely to suffer from it. In today’s post I am going to discuss ways to help manage postpartum anxiety naturally. As you have seen, anxiety can have multiple different causes and present in many different ways, making the proper treatment of anxiety very individualized. You should always consult with a naturopathic doctor before starting any vitamin/mineral or herbal regime to insure that you are taking safe and therapeutic doses, there are no interactions with any other supplements or medications that you may be taking, and that what you are taking is safe while breast feeding. Just because something is natural, does not automatically mean that it is safe.

It was discussed that increased cortisol was one of the major physiological factors for postpartum anxiety. As you will see, many of the suggestions are aimed at normalizing cortisol levels

  • Diet

What you are eating on a daily basis is the single biggest factor in helping to manage your anxiety.

  1. Blood Sugar Regulation- when blood sugar is going up and down and not remaining stable it can cause symptoms of anxiety (racing heart, palpitations, dizziness, nausea). Eating too many carbs and sugar without enough protein and fat can put your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. Remember to eat regularly and to have healthy proteins and fats at every meal. The body sees this up and down in blood sugar as a physiological stress and it causes cortisol to increase further
  2. Coffee- too much coffee, more than 2 cups a day, can have negative impact on both blood sugar regulation and cortisol, leaving you feeling jittery, increasing heart rate, and creating sleeping problems. Coffee should only be consumed before noon
  3. Green Tea- I get it, you need some caffeine!! Try substituting some of that coffee for green tea. Green tea also contains caffeine, but it also is high in theanine, which helps lower cortisol
  4. Fruits and Vegetables- eating a wide variety helps to correct nutrient deficiencies

 

  • Lifestyle/Self-Care
  1. Making time for me time- Even if is it only 10 min/day. Find small segments of time to do what you enjoy
  2. Get Outside- Many studies have shown that mood is lifted and anxiety is decreased with exposure to fresh air. Bonus, it can also make you and your baby sleep better
  3. Get Moving- Exercise releases endorphins which naturally make you feel better and less anxious…but don’t over do it. Too much exercise can increase cortisol. Aim for 30 min of moderate exercise (walking, yoga, strength training) 3-5 days a week.
  4. Breathe- Deep breathing physiologically lowers cortisol, and it’s easy to do! When you are feeling anxious try taking 10 deep breaths where your belly moves out and your chest stays in
  5. Get Help- If you do not have family or friends around who are helpful and supportive consider hiring a postpartum doula

 

  • Sleep
  1. No Coffee After Noon. Coffee has a half-life (how long it takes half of it to leave your system) of up to 12 hours so that coffee you drank at noon can be keeping you up at midnight
  2. Keep Your Room Cool and Dark- helps you get a deeper sleep
  3. Embrace Naps
  4. Keep Lights Dim When Up During the Night. Cortisol and the sleep hormone melatonin work opposite to each other. At night cortisol should be low and melatonin should be high. Exposure to light at night can throw off this balance

 

  • Hormonal Balance

Managing cortisol levels allow for more pregnenolone (the precursor hormone) to be available for the production of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Cortisol also has a love hate relationship with oxytocin. Oxytocin one of the hormones that controls lactation and is necessary for proper bonding. When cortisol is high, it causes oxytocin to be lower. So how can we manage cortisol levels?

  1. Magnesium and Vitamin B6- these two nutrients help take pregnenolone (precursor hormone) and get it to make progesterone instead of cortisol.
  2. Ashwaganda- increases dopamine (a feel good hormone that helps support lactation) receptors in the brain while reducing the anxiety producing effects of norepinephrine. It is also an Adaptogenic herb, which helps combat the effects of stress
  3. Nettle- high in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Helps support thyroid function and the adrenal glands
  4. Passionflower- helps to lower cortisol, reduce anxiety and increase GABA
  5. GABA- is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It helps to calm the excitement of the nervous system (the fight or flight response) and helps reduce cortisol
  6. Acupuncture- has a calming effect on the nervous system, has been shown to reduce cortisol and can help with hormonal balance

 

  • Nutrient Deficiencies

Your pregnancy has most likely left you with a few key nutrient deficiencies.

  1. Vitamin B6- The birth control pill is well known to deplete vitamin B6. If you were on the pill prior to conception you have a high risk of being deficient. Another symptom of deficiency is morning sickness. If you experienced this it is also quite probable that you are deficient
  2. Magnesium- Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body and gets used up more rapidly when you are under stress. Magnesium can help reduce anxiety symptoms and help you sleep better
  3. Vitamin D- If you live in a climate with 4 seasons, the sun is not at a proper angle for you to make vitamin D via the skin from Oct-May. Deficiency can have a negative impact on mood
  4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Help reduce cortisol levels, increase mood, and are great for babies brain development

There have been studies showing supplementation with a good quality multivitamin helps improve psychological wellbeing. In my practice, I generally recommend that moms either continue taking their prenatal vitamin or a good quality multivitamin for 3-4 months postpartum.

As I said previously, these are general suggestions for ways to help manage anxiety naturally. All supplementation should be monitored by your Naturopathic Doctor to make sure they are being used in a safe and effective manner.

I hope you found those suggestions helpful. Have you had something help your anxiety? Please post it in the comments below

 

Talk Soon, 

Dr Alexis

 

Dr Alexis practices in Kanata, and is accepting new patients. To book your appointment click here.

 

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Postpartum Anxiety, More Common and Less Talked About Than Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Anxiety, More Common and Less Talked About Than Postpartum Depression

Alexis Reid

It can start innocently enough. You worry about the baby catching the virus your toddler brought home, that the visitors coming over may not wash their hands properly and transfer germs to your baby, people in the grocery store may touch without asking. Then it starts escalating, you find yourself constantly checking your baby to make sure they don’t have a fever, you google all the potential illnesses your baby may be susceptible to because they are so young, you start not wanting to leave the house to keep them safe from the germs of the outside world.

This is one example of how postpartum anxiety may progress. One of the problems with diagnosing postpartum anxiety is it presents so differently from person to person, leaving a lot of women alone to suffer in silence. Postpartum anxiety is more prevalent than postpartum depression yet there is much less education on the symptoms and what to do if you think you are experiencing it. A study of 1123 new moms from the Penn State College of Medicine revealed that out of 1123 new moms studied, 17% were experiencing postpartum anxiety and 6% postpartum depression. Another study in the Journal Archives of Women’s Mental Health concluded that amongst Canadian perinatal women referred for psychiatric care, the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder was more prevalent than major depressive disorder (49.5% versus 38.5%).

Many mother’s feel that they can’t be anxious because they should be experiencing “the best time in their lives?” That is what society tells us isn’t it. Many mothers also feel a lot of pressure to “just know” how to do everything, which also serves to increase anxiety.

So what is anxiety? Anxiety comes from your sympathetic nervous system being in in overdrive.  Your sympathetic nervous system is responsible for your “fight or flight response”.  If the body is exposed to long bouts of stress, the stress hormone cortisol gets elevated along with epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine and reduces the body’s ability to calm itself, resulting in anxiety.

Some worry and hypervigilance is biological as an evolutionary mechanism to make sure your baby is safe and thrives. Anxiety BC has a great infographic that helps to explain what is normal and what is problematic when it comes to anxiety. It labels normal everyday worries in the green zone, yellow zone when it is starting to take over your everyday normal functioning and the red zone.

http://www.anxietybc.com/parents/new-moms/feeling-anxious/how-much-anxiety-too-much/your-anxiety-reaching-red-zone

Anxiety rarely presents the same in two mothers. There are a wide host of symptoms that can be related to postpartum anxiety

-constant worrying about your baby and your abilities as a parent

-feeling like your heart is racing, that you are more aware of the beats, or that it occasionally skips a beat

-feeling hot and sweaty frequently

-irritability or restlessness

-inability to sleep, yet being exhausted

-dizziness

-nausea

-diarrhea

 

If you have previously suffered from anxiety, had difficulty pregnancies, a previous miscarriage, a traumatic birth experience you are more at risk for postpartum anxiety. Anxiety can also present for the first time postpartum as it is caused by a number of physiological factors

  • Hormones

Huge hormonal shifts happen during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  During pregnancy estrogen and progesterone are quite high and suddenly drop within 24 hours of delivery, leaving you susceptible to an emotional rollercoaster. Compounding this is the gravity of your life being turned upside down by this new baby. I remember a patient who had adopted her first as a newborn and then given birth to her second telling me she couldn’t believe the anxiety and how it hit the second time. She felt she would deal much the same as she did the first time, probably even better given her parenting experience, but the anxiety was crippling and definitely felt physiological. Progesterone is a natural anti-anxiety hormone and its plummeting amount postpartum can be a trigger to physiological anxiety. Cortisol, the stress hormone is closely related to estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA.

 Adrenal Fatigue and the Steroid Hormone Pathway http://www.one2onenutrition.co.uk/Newsletter-2008/Adrenal-fatigue-function.htm

 

The main precursor hormone is pregnenolone. When stress is high, cortisol gets elevated via the fight or flight response. Most of the pregnenolone gets pushed towards cortisol, called the pregnenolone steal, leaving little left over to make estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. This can cause a whole host of symptoms including anxiety.

 

  • Sleep Deprivation

I am sure many of you remember before you had children that if you went on a streak of not sleeping well, be it for exams, work or partying, that you were more irritable, anxious and had less energy to deal with life. Post-baby this is your new normal! It is physiologically normal for the body to not be able to regulate cortisol (stress hormone) as well when we are sleep deprived. For many people this results in anxiety. 

 

  • Nutrient Deficiencies

Postpartum nutrient deficiencies are VERY common. Why does this happen? Your baby is essentially a parasite….I know, not nice, but it is true. Your baby will take whatever nutrients they need from you in order to fuel their proper growth. If you were low in a certain vitamin or mineral before becoming pregnant, there is a good chance that you will be deficient in it postpartum.

 

  • Self Care (or lack there of)

New babies are all consuming and that doesn’t change a whole lot in their first year of life. You may no longer have time to do those things you used to do to recharge be it time with friends, yoga, date nights, or your coffee break at work. You are now “on the job” 24/7, which increases cortisol and can lead to anxiety

 

You may be thinking that all or most of the above applies to you. Finding out what is causing the problem is the best place to start. As a Naturopathic Doctor, my goal is to figure out why your symptoms, in this case anxiety, are happening and what we can do to fix of the CAUSE of those symptoms. In my next post I will be discussing natural ways to balance hormones, help mitigate sleep deprivation (because let’s face it some degree of sleep deprivation is unavoidable), figure out which nutrients may be deficient, and learn how to easily incorporate self care into your daily life.

 

If any of this sounds familiar for you please share your story in the comments below

 

 

Talk Soon,

Dr Alexis  

Practicing at Life Therapies in Westboro. To book your appointment please visit www.lifetherapies.ca or call 613.422.8939

 

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The Use Of Sunscreen In Babies Under 6 Months

Alexis Reid

 

Are natural sunscreens safe in babies under the age of 6 months? Join Dr Alexis Reid, chemical engineer, toxicologist and naturopathic doctor as she explains the reasons why a zinc oxide based sunscreen can be used in babies under six months 


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http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm309136.htm

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