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Treating Signs of Aging Skin

Skin ages and becomes loose and less elastic as we grow older due to a reduction in fibroblast cells, which build the collagen proteins that keep our cells connected tightly. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a safe and chemical-free way to trigger new collagen production. A hand-controlled device with tiny, shallow needles punctures the outer layer of the skin at 1000 times per second to create mild damage that will stimulate your body to produce new collagen and elastin. This process can be used all over the body, not just on the face, to treat wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, and more!

Should I Test My VO2Max?

VO2Max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is the measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen a person can utilize during intense exercise. It is a common measurement used to establish the aerobic endurance of an athlete prior to or during the course of training. When testing your VO2Max, you will learn your optimal training zones to better guide your workouts. With summer in full swing, many athletes are preparing for the fall race season. If you have ever thought about having your VO2Max tested, now is the time to get your numbers in order to fine-tune your training.

What’s the Gender Tax?

Have you ever stood in front of a store display of razors and wondered why the ones for women cost more than the ones for men? This is just one example of the “gender tax”, which refers to the fact that women seem to have to pay more for certain items and services than men do. Women also tend to live longer than men, meaning their money must stretch farther. This is why it’s so important for women to make sound financial decisions. A knowledgeable investment advisor can assist with planning, executing, and tracking any major financial decisions you make.

Digestion and Gut Permeability

Gut permeability, or “leaky gut” (as it is sometimes called), occurs when tight junctions in the gut lining become loose. When tight junctions are working properly, they form a tight barrier to keep unwanted things like undigested food, toxins, and bacteria from getting to the bloodstream. Without proper function of this barrier, these unwanted “visitors” can cause problems in the digestive tract and even other areas of the body, including inflammation-related issues. Eating a healthier diet of nutritious, unprocessed foods and avoiding alcohol, processed foods, and foods high in sugar and saturated fat can ease inflammation and calm the gut.

Sitting is the new smoking!

Statistically, 70 percent of jobs are sitting based today. We sit when we work, when we eat, when driving, when we’re on our devices and when we watch TV. Unfortunately, it’s everywhere and we can’t really avoid it. Chiropractors have a specific interest in sitting because it can slowly damage the spine and surrounding soft tissues, eventually leading to neck and back pain. The posture of sitting changes the normal curvature of the spine so that our head is pushed forward and our low back curve flattens out. The lack of movement and change of posture strains and eventually damages soft tissues. Ask your Chiropractor how you can address pain and prevent possible damage to your spine!

Meet Your Practitioner

Dr. Shelin Tkatch earned her MD at the University of British Columbia and went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta. She opened her White Rock/South Surrey practice in 2000 and serves as the Medical Director for Grandview Gynecology and MD Wellness Solutions. In 2013, she earned a Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff University, Wales. This unique blend of education and experience allows her to deliver excellence in office-based cosmetic dermatology and women’s health procedures. Dr. Tkatch is backed by a team of professionals, including Dr. Ruth Abrahams, Sharon Vandecasteyen, RN, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, and certified medical aestheticians. Great skin – let us show you how.

Words to Live By

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Book Club: Why Can’t I Get Better?

Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease by Dr. Richard Horowitz. Lyme disease and its related conditions are incredibly complicated. Different patients can have completely different sets of symptoms. And treatments that work for some patients might not help others at all. Through his years of working with more than 12,000 Lyme disease patients—many of whom had failed several treatments before they even came to see him—Dr. Richard Horowitz has developed a new way of looking at the complex factors that embody this disease. LymeDisease.org

Words to Live By

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit and meditate for an hour.” Zen Proverb

Clean Eating: Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, 1/4 cup chia seeds (look for powdered chia seeds if you want a smooth texture), 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder, 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey, 1/2 cup cherries, pitted and sliced. DIRECTIONS: In a bowl, stir together milk, chia seeds, raw cacao and maple syrup and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, separate into 4 serving dishes, top with sliced cherries and garnish with raw cacao chips, dark chocolate shavings and extra whole cherries and enjoy! (Recipe adapted from Purella.com)

Living with Diabetes

Are you living with diabetes and struggling with low energy, numbness and tingling, low libido and poor blood sugar management? Is improving your HbA1C important to you? Did you know that better regulation of blood sugar, improved insulin sensitivity, balanced eating, and nutritional status can determine how well you live with diabetes? A Naturopathic approach includes proper diet and use of supplements, and sometimes IV nutrient therapy. These can play a role in managing symptoms, but the key is an individualized treatment plan that includes a thorough investigation of lab work, and possible use of specialized testing.