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  • The Brain On Social: 5 Red Flags In Your Social Life To Watch Out For

    Are you a social butterfly or more of the introverted type?

    As humans, we are social beings. Just as we have a basic need for food, water and shelter, we also have a basic need to form relationships in social settings. The desire to be in a loving relationship, to fit in with your friends, to feel cared for, to receive invites to important events… these are actually essential to our well-being.

    Let’s take the feeling of rejection, for example. When we’re rejected, whether it be a friendship, a job application, a romantic relationship and so on, it doesn’t feel good does it? When this happens, we tend to feel low, get down on ourselves and question everything from our abilities to our self-worth. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s acceptance. When we land that dream job, get that phone call back from a romantic interest, and are included on the guest list, it feels good. Leaving us feeling happy, confident and fulfilled.

    The connection between our social lives, our brain and our happiness

    In recent years, more and more research has found evidence of the brain’s inherently social nature. Anthropologist Robin Dunbar’s research showed that human beings have big brains to socialize, and that the most prominent indicator of brain size for any species is the size of it’s social group. This helps explain why human brains have evolved to be more complex and sophisticated than other mammals. Scientists predict that hominids (the homo heidelbergensis) with brains as big as humans today, first existed about 700,000 years ago in Africa. Strikingly, they were also the first to have a division of labor in their society as they hunted together and lived together, and they may have even been the first group to bury their dead.

    Renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman also researched the topic of social neuroscience and found that our need to connect with others is even MORE fundamental to our sense of self than our need for food. Pretty incredible, eh?

    6 Reg Flags To Look Out For In Your Relationships

    Since it’s evident that our social relationships play a central role in our psychological health and happiness, it’s important to choose them wisely. Think of being social like a “medication” – It can light us up, but it can also have detrimental side effects. When it comes to healthy social relationships that will contribute to optimal health, here are some red flags to look for and what you can do to foster positive change:

    1. Giving up personal goals to please others

    What to do: A sense of belonging is a huge part of lighting up the reward centre in our brain, but if we’re not careful, this can derail our health goals. Let’s say you have started a therapeutic diet with certain guidelines (such as avoiding alcohol) and then head out to a social event. Sometimes you don’t want to be “different” than everyone else, so you end up drinking anyways. It’s important to remind yourself that at the end of the day, we’re all bio-individuals, and it’s more than OK to have unique personal goals outside of our social circles.

    2. Feeling judged on what you eat

    What to do: If your friends or family judge you based on what you’re eating, it’s time to set some boundaries and make some changes. “Fitting in” is where our brain feels the most comfortable, so be the leader! Teach your social groups about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and make THEM want to be included and follow your lead. Going to a family party? Bring along a delicious dish that is something YOU can have – you’d be surprised how they’ll react when they love it!

    3. Being afraid of what others think

    What to do: We all tend to play a certain role in our family/friend circle. This is one that we see a lot in our patients at TMB. Here are a few common examples: “But my friends know I’m the person that will always order pasta at dinner, so if I don’t, they’ll think something is up”, or “But my friends know I’m the sugar queen, so they’re always questioning me when I don’t indulge”. Sound familiar? Trust us – people are treating you/expecting things of you because it’s how it has always been. At some point, in order to change it, you’ve got to break the patterns and teach them how to see you in a new light.

    4. Hanging around the same type of people

    What to do: If you find yourself around the same type of people from your friend circle, your family members, the parents at your children’s school groups and so on, it’s time to DIVERSIFY! We have a tendency to hang out with people we can relate to, but if everyone you’re surrounding yourself with has the same mindset, same opinions, same interests, same political views etc. as you, it can create a competitive environment because it’s easy to compare yourself to them, which is a recipe for feeling insecure and down on yourself. Seeing the world through another’s eyes/perspective can not only help you foster gratitude in your own life, but it can also take you away from tiny, non meaningful comparisons and help you zoom out to see the bigger picture. Plus, it can create challenges that can help your brain learn and grow!

    5. Developing unhealthy habits

    What to do: Did you know that if one of your best friends becomes obese, it nearly triples your chances of the same thing happening to you? How does that saying go again? …You are who you surround yourself with! Studies show that if we have friends who have healthy habits, like eating whole foods and exercising, we are much more likely to do the same thing. In contrast, if we have friends who eat fast food multiple times a week, binge drink and don’t have an established fitness routine, we’re much more likely to follow suit.

    6. Being passive on social media

    What to do: There’s a lot of discussion on the downside to social media platforms, like Instagram for example, but we want to highlight some of its benefits. Like we mentioned, being social is part of our inherent nature, so we recommend getting SOCIAL on SOCIAL! Instead of using it as a passive voyeur by scrolling through your feed silently just staring at images (We’ve all been down that rabbit hole!), dare we say actually become social (active) on social media! Comment on posts, tell your story, DM people, tag your friends, start conversations, reach out to others, and create actual connections! When we’re actually active on these platforms, that’s when we feel the benefits.

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    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • Our Top Supplement Picks For Heart Health

    Did you know that every day, our heart beats 100,000 times a day, and pumps 7,500 litres of blood through 96,000 kms of vessels? They are the powerhouses of our body and when it comes to our health, our heart plays an essential role. Its job includes supplying our tissues with necessary nutrients and oxygen by continuously pumping blood throughout body aka keeping us alive!

    Unfortunately, there are some chilling statistics about heart disease, stoke, and other heart-related illnesses as they’re becoming more and more prevalent in North America. Coronary heart disease (CHD) and heart attacks are the leading cause of death among adults and has been steadily increasing over the years. CHD is caused by the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, preventing our blood vessels from supplying blood and oxygen to the heart. Although “high cholesterol” is a contributing factor, the type and size of the particle, (two things that are not examined in a typical blood test) are actually what alert us of whether or not we’re at risk. You probably know from blood tests that LDL is our “bad” cholesterol and HDL is our “good” cholesterol, but there are many other factors that GP’s don’t consider, and oftentimes, patients are wrongfully prescribed statins because these very important components are overlooked.

    The down side of statins….

    Taking a statin (to lower cholesterol) blocks our body’s endogenous cholesterol synthesis. Well documented research shows that blocking that exact process also interferes with our body’s own production of CoQ10 which is an ESSENTIAL part of energy production in our mitochondria (the batteries of our cells). This explains why low energy and fatigue, headaches, body aches and pains are often a side effect of statin-usage, among other symptoms like weight gain, difficulty sleeping, abdominal pain, dizziness and vitamin deficiencies.

    The good side of cholesterol…

    Cholesterol tends to get a bad rap. but did you know that we actually require cholesterol to synthesize our hormones, Vitamin D and myelin (our nerves insulation)? All of our sex and adrenal hormones are synthesized from cholesterol, which means without it, our hormones can get out of whack and cause a spiral of other issues, including chronic stress from increased cortisol, weight gain, body aches and more. Moreover, saturated fats and cholesterol are what make cell membranes strong and sturdy so they can protect themselves from invasions, so when they’re compromised, we’re more susceptible to toxins and illness.

    Protect Your Heart With These Essential Nutrients!

    Whether you are currently on a statin to lower cholesterol or not, here are some of the top supplements and nutrients recommend for a healthy heart and to keep cholesterol levels on track. These are especially important to your health if you are on any statin medications in order to avoid the many side effects:

    1. Omega-3-Fatty Acids

    Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are found in foods like wild caught, fatty fish and flax seeds, are known to reduce inflammation, prevent blood clots and help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It’s also important to supplement with a high-quality fish oil daily – At TMB, we carry MonoPure 1300EC, which supports cardiovascular & heart health, helps with insulin metabolism and is one of Dr. Bhat’s supplement staples!

    2. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

    CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant and provides the cells in our body with energy – If you were to look anywhere in the body, our heart muscles actually contain the highest amounts of CoQ10! Just as our hearts are rich in CoQ10, so is the grass-fed beef heart. Unfortunately, many of us do not consume these organ meats and in the parts we do eat do not contain enough. We recommend taking CoQ10 in a supplement form, such as Q-Evail. Anyone on a statin should definitely be taking a CoQ10 supplement!

    3. Monounsaturated Fats

    These healthy fats can be found in things like avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Studies show that consuming these foods increases our protective HDL (aka our good cholesterol!) and lowers our LDL levels (bad cholesterol!) which is associated with heart disease. They also act as a source of energy for our cells so our body’s organs, like our heart, can perform their functions!

    4. Polyphenols

    When you think “polyphenols” think of the word RAINBOW! Colourful foods like blueberries, leafy greens and green tea are loaded with these powerful antioxidants that are known to increase HDL levels, promote anti-inflammatory activity, help maintain healthy blood pressure and offer cardiovascular protection.

    5. Resveratrol

    You might’ve heard that resveratrol can be found in red wine and dark chocolate, but that doesn’t mean you should go nuts with the vino! Like magnesium and CoQ10, it’s best absorbed in supplement form. Resveratrol is a heart healthy nutrient that is full of antioxidants, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and also prevents blood clots!

    6. Magnesium

    We always recommend supplementing with magnesium glycinate, as most people are deficient in this essential mineral. Although it can be found it foods like leafy greens and walnuts, the body can get a much higher therapeutic dosage through a supplement. All of our organs, including our heart, rely on magnesium in order to function, and it’s also commonly prescribed to patients who have heart arrhythmia (aka an irregular heartbeat).

    Remember, heart disease and cholesterol issues are PREVENTABLE from a functional standpoint. In Dr. Bhat’s functional medicine program, the OmegaQuant can take a deep dive of your fatty acid profile which can show whether or not your body is in an inflammatory (higher in omega-6) or anti-inflammatory (higher in omega-3) state. Knowing the level of Omega 3’s (healthy fats) present in your body can help us find a strategy to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. There are also several other functional tests we can run to look at CoQ10 and the mitochondria, stress hormones, insulin resistance, liver detox pathways, nutrient deficiencies and gut inflammation, which can all throw off your cholesterol status! Want to learn more? Contact us today!

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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  • 6 REASONS WE LOVE FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE

     

    Hands up if you want to look good and feel good at the same time! We have a saying at TMB: vitality is the new vanity. To us, this means that although it’s more than okay to care about your physical appearance, what’s most important is feeling energized, vibrant and rejuvenated on the inside. Why? Because if that’s how you feel when you wake up in the morning, it’ll show!

    toronto facial rejuvenation acupunctureIt’s no secret that at The Movement Boutique, our signature facial provides a natural face lift without going under the knife. It incorporates facial rejuvenation acupuncture, fascial release of the face and scalp, and finishes with a lymphatic detox boost. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, also known as cosmetic acupuncture, is a 100% natural anti-aging treatment that targets the skin on a cellular level from the inside-out. Our experienced clinicians use ultra-thin, luxurious needles to synergistically address fine lines/wrinkles, age spots, discolouration, acne, dark circles, jowls, and create an overall sculpting and lifting of the face. We’re not the only ones who are obsessed – It’s also a fan favourite by many A-list celebrities like Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston.

    A Natural Approach

    Our skin is our largest and most porous organ, so it’s very important that we take care of it not only for aesthetic purposes, but to support our overall health.

    Although we can’t stop the clock, facial acupuncture treatments can definitely help slow down the aging process naturally! Here are some reasons we’re confident you’d love it:

    1. It’s a natural alternative to Botox

    We’re all for natural and holistic ways to move, feel and look better! If you want wrinkle-free, “fresh-faced” skin, look no further. Acupuncture has been shown to be ultra-effective when it comes to reducing signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, but without the chemicals/toxins attached to Botox. When needles are gently inserted, it breaks the skin’s barrier and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. With all the tiny micro-traumas that are created during the process, the body needs to repair what it thinks is ‘damage’. Opposite to Botox, this sends the signals to flood the area with fresh blood and new circulation. The results? Fresher, younger looking skin!

    2. It helps balance stress hormones

    Some people are skeptical when they hear the words “stress relieving” and needles in the same sentence. But our needles are so ultra-thin and high-quality, that any “pain” experienced during our facial acupuncture treatments is ULTRA mild – even less than a blackhead extraction during a regular spa facial, for example. Acupuncture helps to balance cortisol levels, our main stress hormone, putting us into our parasympathetic state (aka rest and digest mode). We also use myofascial “massage” techniques, calming essential oils and soothing meditative music to enhance the stress-relieving benefits of the whole experience.

    3. It can be a preventative treatment

    Not only can it help reduce wrinkles, it can also prevent them from ever forming in the first place and can also help keep breakouts and acne at bay. Since it works on more than just the superficial layer of the skin (remember, inside-out!) it can help influence the health of our skin for years to come. It also stimulates an increase in blood flow to the face, improving the delivery of oxygen & nutrients, which in turn can help create an overall enhanced “glow”.

    4. It can enhance sleep quality

    They call it beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep is essential not only for the health of our skin, but is also important when it comes to memory, focus, stress levels, mood and so much more – Hello, vitality! Since acupuncture puts us into our nervous system into parasympathetic mode, many patients use it to help promote deeper sleep. Some of our patients have even coined the term “acu-stoned” after feeling a sense of extreme “zen” following their facial acupuncture treatments!

    5. It boosts collagen production

    You might have heard that supplementing with collagen powder is great when it comes to having healthy hair, skin and nails. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture takes it to a whole new level – the cellular level, to be exact! Collagen is an important protein our body naturally produces and it’s one of the primary proteins that give skin its structure and elasticity. When it starts to deplete (which happens as we age), signs of aging in our skin show up. Through giving us an internal collagen boost, facial acupuncture can give us that bright, smooth and vibrant skin we’re all looking for.

    6. It addresses the deep layers of our fascia

    Since we make the same expressions over and over, it’s important to inhibit overworked areas and wake up underworked areas to optimize our skin. Although there are other natural methods out there that help with this, like facial massages, Gua Sha, and even jade rollers, none of these options work the deeper layers of our fascia and facial nerves the way acupuncture does. At TMB, we work with the fascia to release any blockages and address deep nerves and circulatory system to get to the root cause of your skin concerns, release tension and create symmetry & balance within the face and body.

     

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • HOW TO SPOT GREENWASHING

    how to spot greenwashingPicture this – you’re at a health food store looking for a new laundry detergent, and you find one that looks good enough for you to pick up off the shelf. You think to yourself “This looks promising!”. It seems to have “health” written all over it. Non GMO? Check. Green? Check. Eco-friendly? Check. So it must be an ok product to use in your house, right? Think again!

    What Is Greenwashing?

    Greenwashing refers to when companies use advertising and marketing tactics to falsely brand their products as “green” in an effort to trick consumers into thinking their products are healthier, not harmful to the environment and safe to use. Companies often use vague, misleading and confusing terms and images to brand things like food, cleaning and personal care products a certain way.

    It’s crazy what companies can get away with when it comes to not disclosing the truth of their products, which means as consumers, we have to be vigilant when it comes to purchasing these products. Now that you’re more familiar with what greenwashing is, we want to help you identify greenwashed products during your next shop:

    1. Always read labels

    The only way to tell whether or not a product is “healthy” is by carefully reading the label! Whether it’s food or a beauty product, companies will slap on whatever they can to give their product a “healthy” or “eco-friendly” appeal, whether or not it actually IS what they say it is. Marketers will use slogans and branding traps to trick you. For example, just because there are a certain number of “natural ingredients” added to a product, doesn’t make it clean and non-toxic. Reading an ingredients list fully is essential to making the best choices!

    2. Know the difference between non-GMO and organic

    Non-GMO is great, but it also creates a false sense of trust in the consumer as some will assume this gives a product the green light. In reality, non-GMO products are deceiving as they can still actually be highly glyphosated and toxic. This label tricks consumers into thinking what they are buying is natural, and it gives it that “organic” vibe without actually being organic. For this reason, it’s best to buy organic products as ALL organic products are ALL non-GMO, so it’s best to stick with these. I mean, what’s the point of buying a product that’s “non-GMO” if it’s still loaded with toxins?

    3. Don’t fall for branding traps

    Can you believe marketers will go as far as using “fake” symbols to try to deceive us? Marketers are mimicking third-party environmental certifications on their products to entice consumers to make purchases. We bet you’ve seen products with a symbol like a green circle with a check-mark through it, making it APPEAR “green” when in reality it could be far from it.

    4. Don’t always trust slogans

    Ever see a product that paints the words “all-natural” on it’s label? Well, take a closer look at the ingredients list! Although a company can’t blatantly claim to be an all-natural product if it’s full of chemicals, there’s a loop hole. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate the term (“all natural”), there are no official rules and regulations. This means that marketers can use the term as a slogan, which is very misleading! In many cases, products that appear to be natural will contain ingredients with plant compounds in combination with synthesized chemicals.

    5. Don’t let “green” images fool you

    Another trap marketers and advertisers use is to use images of nature on their products. Studies in Europe show that people respond favourably to products that have a photo of nature associated with them. When you think about it, this makes sense. Even having a picture of nature as your desktop or phone background is said to have health benefits like lowered blood pressure, improved mood and reduced stress. That same part of our brain is being triggered when we see a product associated with photo of nature. It invokes a “feel good”, relaxing feeling.

    PRO TIP: Use EWG’s Database

    The Environmental Working Group is a great tool when it comes to identifying whether cleaning products, like floor cleaners, kitchen sprays, laundry detergents and so on are green or not. EWG’s guide to healthy cleaning, helps you to decode labels, find great products for household needs and even uses the latest research/science to rate them for you based on toxicity levels.
    https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

     

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • 5 THINGS ABOUT DAIRY YOU SHOULD KNOW

    myths about dairyWhat’s the deal with dairy? Should we eat it? Is it really unhealthy? What are the best alternatives? There’s a lot of confusion surrounding whether or not you should keep dairy in your diet, so let’s dive in!  Dairy is one of the top inflammatory trigger foods, alongside gluten, corn, soy, and sugar. In many people, it causes an inflammatory response, often leading to digestive problems like bloating, gas, constipation, and even skin issues like acne, dry skin and eczema.

    The Ugly Truth

    Believe it or not, less than 40% of people around the world can consume dairy products without showing some kind of symptom. This is in large part due to current (horrible) commercial farming practices worldwide, that only seem to get worse with time. In other words, it’s important to recognize that milk today is totally different than what your grandparents grew up drinking.

    So, as you navigate whether or not dairy is appropriate for your own personal diet, here are some facts we thought you should know:

    1. Dairy cows are injected with hormones and antibiotics

    Unfortunately, similar to other conventionally raised animals, most cows in North America are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics that consequently end up the in dairy we buy at grocery stores. Moreover, they live in terrible conditions and are fed GMO corn and grains that are covered in glyphosate (toxic pesticide), rather than grass that they would naturally eat in the wild. We recommend that if you’re having dairy, choose dairy that is 100% grass-fed and organic. These cows are drug-free and have been fed organic (pesticide-free) grass. OR, choose alternatives, like coconut yogurt and nut milk!

    2. Dairy is highly processed

    Raw dairy is a living food that contains beneficial enzymes and antibodies. For those who tend to feel bloated, raw dairy is often a better option as it’s generally better tolerated in the digestive tract. You can find raw cheeses from your local cheese shop. Unfortunately, most of the dairy we buy at the grocery store has been pasteurized and processed to kill germs, also killing off its nutrients. Don’t even get us started on other dairy items, like yogurt and pre-shredded cheese. Shredded cheese contains cellulose to keep the shreds sticking together, which comes from particle board or cotton (FYI cotton is one of the most highly pesticided crops). Yogurt is often loaded with added sugars, artificial sugars, colours and flavouring agents!

    PRO TIP: For those of you who are prone to bloating after consuming cheese, stay away from “newer” cheese like mozzarella, ricotta, cream cheese and whipped cream and stick to aged cheese such as fresh Parmesan (not the processed shakers off the shelf!).

    3. There are alternative foods just as high in calcium

    Calcium is essential not only for bone and dental health, but also plays a part in maintaining healthy blood pressure, heart health, body weight and more. For a long time, marketers and even doctors lead us to believe that milk was the best source of calcium we could get our hands on. The truth is, there are many other natural sources of calcium out there! Some examples you could add to your diet are almonds, almond milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, coconut milk, and sesame seeds.

     

    4. Dairy consumption can cause respiratory issues

    Consuming milk and other dairy products has long been associated with an increase in mucous production and asthma. Studies show that A1 milk stimulates the gut glands and respiratory tract glands to produce excess phlegm, irritating the back of the throat. The research and opinions here are mixed, but these respiratory symptoms are often reported by those with dairy allergies/sensitivities, so it’s best to avoid dairy altogether for these groups.

    5. Skim milk is not a healthy choice

    From skinny lattes to low fat yogurt to half and half creamers, skim milk is a popular choice for some health and weight conscious people. But it’s not as healthy as you might think! Not only is skim milk the higher sugar choice, but it’s also highly processed and doesn’t contain any nutritional value. The vitamins found in milk (A, D, E + K) are fat soluble, meaning they need fat to be present to have any positive effect on our body. If you’re going to put cream in your coffee, for example, use a small amount of full fat cream. The skim versions (even half and half creamers) contain things like carrageenan and skim milk powder which are bad for our health!

    If you’re someone who experiences negative symptoms after dairy consumption, it’s worth looking into and taking it out of your diet. Optimizing digestion is one of Dr. Bhat’s favourite topics, especially as she herself has suffered from digestion woes! If you or someone you know is suffering, check out our 21-Day Clean Gut Detox program where she goes in depth with all her tips and tricks on bio-hacking digestion!

     

    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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  • BUG OFF: 7 Natural Bug Prevention Strategies!

    In the height of summer, many of us will be spending more time outdoors on patios, in backyards or up at the cottage. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But, don’t forget about our summertime friend: The mosquito! These pesky bugs can be a real BUZZ-kill when it comes to enjoying outdoor activities. Especially if you’re prone to getting “eaten alive”! Here we dive into these “skeeters” and discuss ways to avoid bites naturally as well as highlight the caution with which conventional bug repellents should be used.

    Pass (or pass on) the bug spray?

    In an effort to avoid mosquito bites, many people turn to conventional bug sprays, which contain toxic chemical-based ingredients, like DEET. DEET is widely available and might be considered the king when it comes to mosquito repellents, but it has a major downfall. Many studies show that it has harmful effects not only on our health but especially our children’s health. Studies show it can contribute to leaky gut, add to our toxic burden, and can irritate our skin and eyes.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of prevention strategies and natural alternatives to keep mosquitoes away that don’t involve ingesting and absorbing harsh chemicals into your body:

    1. Wear light coloured clothing:

    Light coloured, loose fitting clothing offer the greatest protection. Not only are mosquitoes more attracted to dark/bright colours, but tight clothing is also easier for them to bite through. Cue, more itchy bug bites!

    2. Stay indoors at dawn and dusk:

    Mosquitoes are most active at these times, so avoid being outdoors if you can. If you are going to bite the bullet, just make sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, pants and socks to protect your skin.

    3. Keep in mind that bugs are attracted to sweat:

    There’s a chemical in our skin that’s released when we perspire that these bugs seem to be drawn to, so avoid exercising or doing any strenuous physical activity when mosquitoes are most active.

    4. Drain any stagnant water:

    Mosquitoes require water to breed, so make sure to drain any sources of standing water around your house like pet bowls, gutters, garbage bins, bird baths and so on. Plus, stay away from ponds, fountains etc.

    5. Try a wearable:

    There are wearable repellents on the market like patches, bracelets and even stickers made with natural essential oils. At least with the patches, you wear them on a piece of clothing, so you’re not touching it. Another (totally not cute) wearable… a bug jacket made of a thin netting material.

    6. Change the air:

    Turn on a fan! When a fan is on pretty high, the mosquitoes can’t fly toward you! You can also try something like a natural citronella candle, a scent they don’t like!

    7. Try an all natural bug-spray:

    Try an all natural bug-spray:
    In combination with the above prevention strategies – try looking for bug sprays made with natural ingredients like essential oils, witch hazel, aloe etc. If you can’t find one in your area, try making one. There are plenty of natural “DIY” bug repellant recipes online. Who needs toxic chemicals when there are plenty of essential oils and plant-based ingredients that do the trick?

     


    About The Movement Boutique in Toronto – Pilates, Chiropractic, Functional Medicine

    TMB The Movement Boutique

    Located on Yonge Street in Toronto, The Movement Boutique serves the areas of Summerhill, Rosedale and Yorkdale with Pilates classes and much more. Our philosophy is centred on a holistic, multimodal approach to health, grounded in the latest therapeutic techniques and clinical research. Our approach: Optimal health cannot be attained through a single therapeutic lens; injuries are often the result of a constellation of lifestyle issues, including dysfunctional movement patterns, trauma, nutritional deficiencies or destructive habits of mind.

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