Our bodies contain more than one type of fat. The type of fat that stores energy is ‘white fat’ (this is the type of fat we want to lose). There is also ‘brown fat’, which is found in the neck, back and heart regions. Its colour comes from the high density of mitochondria (the energy producing cells). Brown fat burns energy to produce heat. As infants we have a high proportion of brown fat. As we age, our brown fat turns to beige, which is less metabolically active. The good news though – when we exercise, our muscles produce a hormone called irisin, which converts this beige fat back to metabolically active brown fat. Exposure to cold does the same thing. Exercise in the cold and the benefits double! Even better news…calorie-burning brown fat has the potential to reduce white fat!
So if there’s an upside to this cold and blustery winter with lots of snow to shovel, this may be it!
One of the many interesting tidbits shared by Dr. Sylvia Tara in her book “The Secret Life of Fat”
Julia Fountain ND
Elapromed microcurrent treatments provide non-invasive treatments for skin conditions. Small electronic micro-impulses pass through a stylus and roller to increase the permeability of the cell membrane, allowing for the uptake of up to 70ml of botanical and nutrient compounds directly into the skin. This process, known as electroporation, goes beyond ‘scratching the surface’ to allow skin permeability for around 2 minutes before the stratum cornea’s natural protection properties reinstate. Electroporation can be an effective delivery system for nutrients such as hylauronic acid (to improve skin hydration and elasticity), magnesium chloride (to relax muscles of face and body), niacinamide (to decrease redness, inflammation, acne), gingko (to improve circulation to the skin and scalp) and numerous other nutrients and botanicals that nourish the skin, scalp and body.
Elapromed microcurrent treatments are indicated for:
Dehydrated or mature skin that needs TLC
Stimulating scalp circulation and healthy hair growth
It is a safe treatment for adults and teens. It is not recommended for pregnant women.
How many sessions are required?
Some individuals will notice the feel and appearance of their skin improves after just one treatment. However, significant lasting results usually occur after 3-6 weekly treatments. The effects can be maintained with regular maintenance treatments or as needed depending on the skin condition being treated.
How do I schedule treatments?
Treatments are 45 minutes in length, are non-invasive and relaxing. Existing naturopathic clients can schedule their ‘elapro skin treatment’ by email or online . New naturopathic clients would start with the initial consultation/assessment.
These treatments may be reimbursable through extended health benefits for naturopathic care.
Julia Fountain ND
For most people exercising moderately in hot weather, electrolyte replacement drinks are not necessary. Plain, simple water is the best hydrator, especially for children. However, with more intense and sustained exercise, work and sports in hot weather, electrolyte replacement can be helpful. There are 5 electrolytes we consider: calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, chloride. They’re lost through sweat and they work to prevent muscle cramping, dizziness, fatigue and they regulate pH.
So here’s a look at 4 strategies to replace electrolytes:
Gatorade G2 (8 oz) – has 50 calories, 100 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 14 grams carbohydrate (mainly from high fructose corn syrup and glucose syrup), artificial flavours and colours.
V8 (8 oz) – has 50 calories, 640 mg sodium (low sodium version has 140 mg), 470 mg potassium, 40 mg calcium, 10 grams carbohydrate (naturally occurring in the vegetables)
Coconut water (8 oz) – has 46 calories, 252 mg sodium, 600 mg potassium, 60 mg calcium and 12 grams carbohydrate (naturally occurring in the coconut water) and usually natural flavours added
Bio-Steel (1 scoop added to 8 oz water) – has 5 calories, 140 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 1 gram carbohydrate, 12.5 mg calcium,5.5 mg magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, amino acids, stevia, and naturally coloured with beet juice
So how do you decide? If you’re watching carbohydrates, Bio-Steel is the best option. However I don’t recommend it for kids or teens without a dose titration based on age and size. Bio-Steel relies on amino acid fueling vs glucose fueling made popular by traditional electrolyte replacement drinks such as Gatorade. A healthier alternative for kids is coconut water – a small portion – even 1/2 cup (4 oz) provides carbohydrate, and generous potassium levels. V8 can also be used for potassium repletion, but it comes with a high sodium level (low sodium V8 could be used). Unfortunately the ingredient quality in Gatorade leaves much to be desired – too many artificial colours and refined sugars, though in a pinch and on occasion it can get the job done.