Dr. Justin Gallant ND
|Hamilton Naturopathic Doctor||
If you've never been burdened by listening to someone else's issues, they won't be burdened by listening to yours.
Dr. Justin Gallant ND
Whether it's sports, exams, relationships or cancer, your attitude is one of the most important tools that you have.
Here are some health strategies to try out as a New Year’s Resolution.
Cut this out, stick it to your fridge and cross the goals off as you conquer them:
1) Walk 5000 steps per day and 10000 steps each Sunday for 1 month
2) Avoid dairy for 1 month
3) Avoid grains for 1 month
4) Avoid sugar for 1 month
5) Make friends with 4 people in 1 month
6) Take a walk in nature 4 times in 1 month
7) Journal all of your thoughts, feelings, philosophies and ideas every day for 1 month
8) Track your nutrition for 1 month
9) Follow a whole foods, Paleolithic or Caveman diet for 1 month
10) Learn something new for 1 month
11) Avoid coffee for 1 month
12) Join a group activity like Yoga, boot camp, trivia or a sports team
Whichever accomplishments felt good for you and were sustainable try maintaining them!
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Most patients who walk through my door wake up around 1-3am. The most common reason for this is hypoglycemia. Once I get them eating a small snack with protein before bed their sleep-maintenance insomnia usually subsides.
There are several other reasons for waking up around this time but clinically I have seen low blood sugar as being the most common. If having a snack before bed doesn’t cut it and you’re still waking up in the middle of the night you should definitely talk to your Naturopath or Medical Doctor about it, especially if you're having other symptoms. Many people say eating before bed will cause you to gain weight but a small snack may actually help you lose weight as I discuss further down.
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This blog has been adapted from my recent publication in The Sherman Hub, a local newspaper of mine...
I'll start off with a quick list of ways to be healthy in the winter and if you're interested in the details click on read more.
1) Shovel safely
2) Vitamin D
3) Get Outside
4) Visit Friends and Family
6) Get a humidifier
7) Eat soups and stews
8) Drink warm herbal teas
9) Tips for diabetes or circulatory issues
10) Tips for breathing issues
11) Take immune boosters and antivirals
It’s great to be health-conscious but since good health is something we strive for, for almost a whole century, it’s better to take it a couple steps further and be health-empowered! When you’re conscious about something, you are aware of it and it’s possible to make a choice about it. When you are empowered, you have full control over it and can make quality, lasting changes.
Here's a list of steps you can take to become empowered over your health (click on Read More for the full blog)
1. Keep copies of your blood work and understand it
2. Know your family history
3. Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to your health, the earlier you find an issue, the easier it is to treat.
4. Seek professional healthcare, don’t peruse internet forums or medical websites to diagnose and treat yourself.
5. Don’t be ashamed or embarassed of whatever condition you have.
6. Understand your condition.
7. Be as open as you can about what’s going on, we have a lot to learn from each other.
8. Be open-minded!
9. Know correct doses for supplements
10. Read labels
11. Join health-empowering websites
12. Keep your health records organized
13. If you have a chronic health condition, keep a journal
14. Get a Doctor that you like and is open-minded
15. Have a team of healthcare practitioners looking after you.
16. Try avoiding the food you love for a month
17. Come see me!
(Warning… my imagination is running rampant right now)
Picture this! Say a collapse occurs, zombie apocalypse, more realistically government or economic collapse, something like a world war, nuclear bomb or another great depression. Naturopathic Doctors will still have all of the tools necessary to diagnose and treat patients.
Nine times out of ten an ND will be able to figure out what’s going on with your entire system after doing a thorough verbal intake and physical exam. Yes we love to order blood work but more often than not we could tell you which lab tests will be normal and which ones abnormal just based on the information you’ve given us, along with what we’ve gained from the physical exam.
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There are different approaches to health care in Canada, and each has its merits and challenges. There is the public health system, which focuses on the health promotion of the general population, for example stop smoking campaigns that are directed to the masses. Then there is the publicly funded medical system, which includes provision of conventional medical services through one-on-one patient-doctor relationships, nursing care, hospitals and other institutions. This constitutes much of what we know of medical care. However, an emerging and growing segment of the health care landscape is the role of the naturopathic doctor (ND).
Here is a brief summary, please click on the read more tab if you would like more information.
1) Streamlining and optimizing dietary, supplement and vitamin intake
2) Faster and proper diagnoses
3) Stress relief
4) Improving sleep
5) Less sick days
6) Improving ability to work
7) We can save you and the health care system money
10) Real-life scenario
Dr Justin Gallant ND
Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for teaching about health. Health detective, health guide, health ambassador and health educator.