Thornhill Naturopathic Health Clinic

Thornhill Naturopathic Health Clinic We offer natural treatments including: acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, Bio-identical hormones,intravenous therapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and Reiki
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Welcome to Thornhill Naturopathic Health Clinic, a premier wellness center, located in the heart of historical Thornhill. Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care system that combines natural healing wisdom with modern scientific research to offer a holistic, safe and gentle approach to health care. We combine our passion for natural healing therapies with our expertise in environmental medicine to provide a unique approach to addressing your health concerns

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Figuring out what to do for your health concerns on your own can be a struggle. It can mean time and money spent on thin...
06/12/2021

Figuring out what to do for your health concerns on your own can be a struggle. It can mean time and money spent on things that may help, for the short term, yet may not be getting to the root cause.

If you keep finding yourself right back where you started, let us help! give us a call.
Getting to the root cause of imbalances is what we as Naturopathic Doctors are here to help guide you in with actionable steps and a truly educated plan of action.

You don’t have to go it alone and waste more time and money on short term solutions, call 905 707-2001 or email [email protected] and let’s get down to the root cause of your imbalances.

Figuring out what to do for your health concerns on your own can be a struggle. It can mean time and money spent on things that may help, for the short term, yet may not be getting to the root cause.

If you keep finding yourself right back where you started, let us help! give us a call.
Getting to the root cause of imbalances is what we as Naturopathic Doctors are here to help guide you in with actionable steps and a truly educated plan of action.

You don’t have to go it alone and waste more time and money on short term solutions, call 905 707-2001 or email [email protected] and let’s get down to the root cause of your imbalances.

Summer days are here and as much as we want to bask in all the warmth of those sunny rays it’s important to remember to ...
06/11/2021

Summer days are here and as much as we want to bask in all the warmth of those sunny rays it’s important to remember to stay safe while getting our daily dose of vitamin D!

Over time, too much exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin, hyperpigmentation and possibly even cancer.

While getting safe sun exposure during the summer months, try to wear a hat and bring something to cover up with if you know you’ll be out for long periods of time. Seek shade during the periods of strongest rays (between 10 am and 2 pm) as getting a sunburn is never fun.

Be sure to also choose your sunscreens wisely. Many conventional sunscreens include harmful chemicals (such as oxybenzone) that get absorbed into our bodies through the skin. Look for mineral based sunscreens made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which offer just as much protection and less risk.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Summer days are here and as much as we want to bask in all the warmth of those sunny rays it’s important to remember to stay safe while getting our daily dose of vitamin D!

Over time, too much exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin, hyperpigmentation and possibly even cancer.

While getting safe sun exposure during the summer months, try to wear a hat and bring something to cover up with if you know you’ll be out for long periods of time. Seek shade during the periods of strongest rays (between 10 am and 2 pm) as getting a sunburn is never fun.

Be sure to also choose your sunscreens wisely. Many conventional sunscreens include harmful chemicals (such as oxybenzone) that get absorbed into our bodies through the skin. Look for mineral based sunscreens made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which offer just as much protection and less risk.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Having a strong core means more than just a 6 pack! The core muscles are basically the body’s trunk - they help maintain...
06/11/2021

Having a strong core means more than just a 6 pack! The core muscles are basically the body’s trunk - they help maintain good posture, balance and protect the back from injury. Try incorporating these three easy core strengthening exercises into your routine:

Plank
Lay face down on the floor and lift up onto your forearms and toes. With your body in a straight line, keep your abdominals tight and contracted, and breathe. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 - 5 times. If you need to modify, drop your knees to the floor.

Superman
Lie on the floor on your stomach. Raise your arms, chest and legs off the ground. Hold and then carefully lower back down to the floor. Repeat 10 times. To modify, alternate raising one leg with the opposite arm, keeping your chest on the floor.

Double Side Leg Lift
Lying on your side, cross your arms over your chest and stack legs together, forming a straight line. Keep your feet and legs together as you raise your legs as high as you can off the ground.

Repeat 10 times.

Having a strong core means more than just a 6 pack! The core muscles are basically the body’s trunk - they help maintain good posture, balance and protect the back from injury. Try incorporating these three easy core strengthening exercises into your routine:

Plank
Lay face down on the floor and lift up onto your forearms and toes. With your body in a straight line, keep your abdominals tight and contracted, and breathe. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 - 5 times. If you need to modify, drop your knees to the floor.

Superman
Lie on the floor on your stomach. Raise your arms, chest and legs off the ground. Hold and then carefully lower back down to the floor. Repeat 10 times. To modify, alternate raising one leg with the opposite arm, keeping your chest on the floor.

Double Side Leg Lift
Lying on your side, cross your arms over your chest and stack legs together, forming a straight line. Keep your feet and legs together as you raise your legs as high as you can off the ground.

Repeat 10 times.

Ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it - Sheryl Sandberg
06/09/2021

Ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it - Sheryl Sandberg

Ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it - Sheryl Sandberg

Fibromyalgia can manifest in many different ways and includes such a wide range of symptoms that it is often times misdi...
06/07/2021

Fibromyalgia can manifest in many different ways and includes such a wide range of symptoms that it is often times misdiagnosed for years.

Here are a few supplements and herbs that have been researched for their ability to help ease some of these symptoms:

Magnesium citrate: Supplementation has been found to reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Melatonin: Can improve sleep quality, which in turn helps you cope with symptoms.

Omega 3 and fish oil: The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil can also help reduce pain.

Vitamin D: Studies have found a possible connection between Vitamin D deficiency and fibromyalgia, so make sure you are getting enough, particularly during the winter.

Curcumin: A component of turmeric which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve pain.

Learn more about natural ways to help fibromyalgia in our latest email!

Fibromyalgia can manifest in many different ways and includes such a wide range of symptoms that it is often times misdiagnosed for years.

Here are a few supplements and herbs that have been researched for their ability to help ease some of these symptoms:

Magnesium citrate: Supplementation has been found to reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Melatonin: Can improve sleep quality, which in turn helps you cope with symptoms.

Omega 3 and fish oil: The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil can also help reduce pain.

Vitamin D: Studies have found a possible connection between Vitamin D deficiency and fibromyalgia, so make sure you are getting enough, particularly during the winter.

Curcumin: A component of turmeric which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve pain.

Learn more about natural ways to help fibromyalgia in our latest email!

Chew your food well - what’s the rush?When you chew your food you’re starting the digestive process as carbohydrates beg...
06/04/2021

Chew your food well - what’s the rush?

When you chew your food you’re starting the digestive process as carbohydrates begin to break down in the mouth. The more you chew the more you are thoroughly breaking down your food.

This takes some stress off the rest of your digestive tract to further break down foods for nutrient absorption, improving gut health and reducing symptoms of bloat or discomfort. Plus, chewing slowly helps you to focus on your food and, in turn, reduces stress.

Aim to chew your food 20 - 30 times before swallowing to aid the digestive process.

Chew your food well - what’s the rush?

When you chew your food you’re starting the digestive process as carbohydrates begin to break down in the mouth. The more you chew the more you are thoroughly breaking down your food.

This takes some stress off the rest of your digestive tract to further break down foods for nutrient absorption, improving gut health and reducing symptoms of bloat or discomfort. Plus, chewing slowly helps you to focus on your food and, in turn, reduces stress.

Aim to chew your food 20 - 30 times before swallowing to aid the digestive process.

Do you know how to really listen to your body?The body is constantly communicating with us. Except we are never taught t...
06/03/2021

Do you know how to really listen to your body?

The body is constantly communicating with us. Except we are never taught to properly listen or even to understand its language (aside from being able to interpret tummy growls!)

We truly aren't trained at hearing the whispers.

At our clinic we often have patients who will say "I feel healthy", but when we get talking about their health history, it turns out they don’t sleep well, they’re constipated, complain of achy/tight muscles, and/or headaches, often skip meals (cause they 'aren't hungry'), can't quite shake a bit of weight they used to be able to lose and are stressed, low mood and/or fatigued often.

Then we run their functional diagnostic tests, and sure enough, the results show that the body WAS signaling to them over and over, they just didn’t pick up on it!

Let us help you tune into what your body is actually trying to communicate to you - call us at (905) 707 2001 or email [email protected]

Do you know how to really listen to your body?

The body is constantly communicating with us. Except we are never taught to properly listen or even to understand its language (aside from being able to interpret tummy growls!)

We truly aren't trained at hearing the whispers.

At our clinic we often have patients who will say "I feel healthy", but when we get talking about their health history, it turns out they don’t sleep well, they’re constipated, complain of achy/tight muscles, and/or headaches, often skip meals (cause they 'aren't hungry'), can't quite shake a bit of weight they used to be able to lose and are stressed, low mood and/or fatigued often.

Then we run their functional diagnostic tests, and sure enough, the results show that the body WAS signaling to them over and over, they just didn’t pick up on it!

Let us help you tune into what your body is actually trying to communicate to you - call us at (905) 707 2001 or email [email protected]

Cherry season is here!Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium which is great for heart health...
06/01/2021

Cherry season is here!

Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium which is great for heart health. They’re full of antioxidants, protecting the body from oxidative stress, and also include anti-inflammatory compounds and melatonin which can help promote restful sleep.

If you’re an athlete - listen up. Due to their anti-inflammatory compounds, cherries, specifically tart cherry juice or powder, have been shown to aid in muscle recovery and even enhance athletic performance making it a great addition post-workout!

Take advantage and snack on fresh cherries while they're in season, or purchase frozen cherries to include in your smoothies or baked goods.

Cherry season is here!

Cherries are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium which is great for heart health. They’re full of antioxidants, protecting the body from oxidative stress, and also include anti-inflammatory compounds and melatonin which can help promote restful sleep.

If you’re an athlete - listen up. Due to their anti-inflammatory compounds, cherries, specifically tart cherry juice or powder, have been shown to aid in muscle recovery and even enhance athletic performance making it a great addition post-workout!

Take advantage and snack on fresh cherries while they're in season, or purchase frozen cherries to include in your smoothies or baked goods.

Happy Memorial Day!
05/31/2021

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Now that the weather is warming up and spring is in full bloom, take advantage and spend time in nature as much as you c...
05/30/2021

Now that the weather is warming up and spring is in full bloom, take advantage and spend time in nature as much as you can - it can be great for your immune health!

The term "forest bathing" originates from a Japanese practice that has been used for centuries to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Forest bathing has been gaining popularity as more studies being done have shown the therapeutic effects forest bathing can have on the immune system. Researchers have determined that spending time in nature helps improve immune response by increasing natural T cell production.

Get out in nature, take your shoes off and walk around while breathing in nature's benefits as often as you can!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/t-magazine/forest-bathing-beauty.html

Now that the weather is warming up and spring is in full bloom, take advantage and spend time in nature as much as you can - it can be great for your immune health!

The term "forest bathing" originates from a Japanese practice that has been used for centuries to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Forest bathing has been gaining popularity as more studies being done have shown the therapeutic effects forest bathing can have on the immune system. Researchers have determined that spending time in nature helps improve immune response by increasing natural T cell production.

Get out in nature, take your shoes off and walk around while breathing in nature's benefits as often as you can!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/t-magazine/forest-bathing-beauty.html

05/28/2021
Fibromayalgia

Many patients suffering with fibromyalgia find an anti-inflammatory diet helps ease their symptoms. In particular, a diet that is low in FODMAPs is often effective.

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols, but in simpler terms, FODMAPs are fermentable carbs.

Common high-FODMAP foods include:
- Wheat
- Onions
- Garlic
- Beans
- Many fruits, including apples, figs, mangos, peaches, and nectarines, are high in FODMAPs, and should be avoided. Fruits that are lower, such as strawberries, blueberries, and oranges, should be restricted to one serving per meal.
- Some vegetables, particularly asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower
- Many sweeteners, particularly honey, high-fructose corn syrup, and agave nectar
- Dairy products that contain lactose

As you can see, FODMAPs are found in a lot of foods, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients by swapping for nutritious foods lower in FODMAPs. The goal isn’t to eliminate FODMAPs forever, but to find an amount that works for you.

Learn more about fibromyalgia and what you can do to ease symptoms in our latest email!

Brain Teaser - If I am holding a bee, what do I have in my eye?
05/28/2021

Brain Teaser - If I am holding a bee, what do I have in my eye?

Brain Teaser - If I am holding a bee, what do I have in my eye?

It’s estimated that close to 90% of Americans actually don’t have enough stomach acid, production of which is inhibited ...
05/27/2021

It’s estimated that close to 90% of Americans actually don’t have enough stomach acid, production of which is inhibited by stress, processed food, and excess alcohol consumption. This lack of stomach acid can cause common digestive complaints such as gas and bloating.

Taking digestive bitters can help ease unpleasant symptoms by stimulating the production of stomach acid, enzymes and bile, resulting in better food breakdown and nutrient absorption.

Studies have shown the positive impact of bitter foods and herbs on liver, kidney, immune system and detoxification functions, yet our modern diet is lacking in bitter foods.

If your meals feel as though they're sitting in your stomach for too long, adding digestive bitters may help give you digestion the extra kick it needs.

It’s estimated that close to 90% of Americans actually don’t have enough stomach acid, production of which is inhibited by stress, processed food, and excess alcohol consumption. This lack of stomach acid can cause common digestive complaints such as gas and bloating.

Taking digestive bitters can help ease unpleasant symptoms by stimulating the production of stomach acid, enzymes and bile, resulting in better food breakdown and nutrient absorption.

Studies have shown the positive impact of bitter foods and herbs on liver, kidney, immune system and detoxification functions, yet our modern diet is lacking in bitter foods.

If your meals feel as though they're sitting in your stomach for too long, adding digestive bitters may help give you digestion the extra kick it needs.

Cherry Chia Overnight OatsFor the Healthy Overnight Oats:3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats1/4 cup plant-based vanilla prot...
05/26/2021

Cherry Chia Overnight Oats

For the Healthy Overnight Oats:
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup plant-based vanilla protein powder of choice
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut yogurt (or greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (depending on preferred sweetness)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon almond butter

Cherry Chia Jam:
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a small bowl add the cherries and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, mash with a fork or masher until cherries are broken apart into small pieces and there is an ample amount of juice from the cherries in the bowl.
Stir in the chia seeds, pure maple syrup and vanilla and set in the fridge to thicken.
In a large bowl add the oats, protein powder, almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and stir to combine.
To a mason jar (or split between two jars for smaller servings) add 1/2 of the oats, then layer with 1/2 of the cherry chia jam, then add in the other half of the oats, top with the rest of the cherry jam and the almond butter.
Close the jar and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, remove from the fridge and sprinkle with slivered almonds or hemp seeds and enjoy cold or warm up in the microwave.

https://nutritioninthekitch.com/cherry-chia-overnight-oats/

Cherry Chia Overnight Oats

For the Healthy Overnight Oats:
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup plant-based vanilla protein powder of choice
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut yogurt (or greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (depending on preferred sweetness)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon almond butter

Cherry Chia Jam:
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a small bowl add the cherries and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, mash with a fork or masher until cherries are broken apart into small pieces and there is an ample amount of juice from the cherries in the bowl.
Stir in the chia seeds, pure maple syrup and vanilla and set in the fridge to thicken.
In a large bowl add the oats, protein powder, almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and stir to combine.
To a mason jar (or split between two jars for smaller servings) add 1/2 of the oats, then layer with 1/2 of the cherry chia jam, then add in the other half of the oats, top with the rest of the cherry jam and the almond butter.
Close the jar and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, remove from the fridge and sprinkle with slivered almonds or hemp seeds and enjoy cold or warm up in the microwave.

https://nutritioninthekitch.com/cherry-chia-overnight-oats/

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12 A Centre Street
Markham, ON
L4J 1E9

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

905 707 2001

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