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Happy Fall everyone! Here at Yaletown Integrative we are all very thankful for good gut health. How is your digestion? 

As we move into our busiest season, we want to help you get the tools you need to feel healthy and happy into the holidays. If you haven’t used up your benefits, book in now before appointments fill up.

 Dr. Emma Lee, ND is coming back from maternity leave this November for two half days a week. Booking is available online. Read about her new offering below. 

Dr Heidi Lescanec ND is offering a great course on gut health through eventbrite. If you missed the first one be sure to check out the next ones. Read the article below. Learn more about Gut-Minded  here.

Seasonal Update by Dr.Heidi Lescanec ND

As we round the corner into the fall, it is the ideal time to focus on the basic pillars that are key for maintaining our physical health and mental emotional wellbeing for the winter season ahead.  We focus on the “terrain” more than the “organism”.  What is so relevant at this time is  knowing that certain things make our body more inhospitable to becoming ill and some things make us more vulnerable.  We can strengthen our wellness and develop resilience in these ever-changing times by supporting one of the most fundamental pillars of health - our digestive system. 

We know that 70% of our immune system is in our gut!  If the gut is healthy, the immune system will be stronger.  If on the other hand our gut is not functioning optimally (see box below for red flags), it leads to increased levels of toxins in the body – which  lowers immunity,  elevates inflammation, contributing to other  health risks.

  Our body expends a significant amount of energy on digestion alone.  If our system is impaired or struggling then more energy is being spent dealing with that heavy load and less is available for our immune system.  


Problems showing up with our absorption or elimination can also have an impact on our brain and our nervous system.  The communication between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract is known as the “gut brain axis”.  The communication here is bi-directional, meaning if the brain is not working then you have an impaired GI tract, and if you have digestive dysfunction, then you will have impaired brain health. Currently we are in an unprecedented situation where we are all experiencing some increased levels of stress.   We know that prolonged stress elevations can trigger digestive symptoms in some people and bowel symptoms, in particular, often show up.

If you are having some issues with your digestive system, fall is an excellent time to focus on building up your resources and nourishing your resilience by scheduling a consultation with one of our naturopathic doctors. 

For more information on ways to support your digestive health, join Dr. Heidi Lescanec and guests for GUT-MINDED -  a  4-part series of group visits that explore the relationship between our mood, brain health and how the choices we make at least three times a day can either fuel or drain our resources.  

learn more about GUT- MINDED

Digestion is the job of our GI-tract. 

It is the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food into smaller particles that can be absorbed by the body.  The function of this system is to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.

ABSORPTION – this may not be functioning well if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Bloating – heaviness after meals
  • HeartburnGas or burping
  • Fatigue after meall
  • Low iron or vitamin B12 or other vitamin or mineral deficiencies on a blood test

ELIMINATION- how do we know if this is functioning well?  Here we look to our bowel movements:

  • Are they happening at least once a day - every day?
  • Does the stool pass easily, without straining? 
  • Is it well-formed & feel “complete”?
  • Do you see undigested food?
Hello! I’m Dr Alina ND, a Naturopathic Physician in Yaletown. I am excited to share my passion about skin health with you! In my 15+ years of experience as an Esthetician I was presented with many challenges, and I was frustrated that I could only come up with short term fixes for my client’s issues. This is why I became a Naturopathic Doctor.  My goal is to educate and improve your health on the inside, so you look great on the outside!

I offer 1:1 Naturopathic Skin Health Assessments. We work on identifying what is driving your symptoms and how to manage them effectively. This is a great place to start for people struggling to understand what is going on with their skin. 

I have created Acu-Lift treatments which include facial acupuncture, gua sha and facial cupping to minimize aging and stimulate collagen. Facial acupuncture is known to naturally lift and tone your facial muscles, reduce wrinkles, brighten skin and promote cell turnover. Find your skin refreshed with an improved tone and a relaxed healthy glow! 

Here is a link to book a free 15-minute Phone Consult with me, which will give more details on what I can do for you and if we are a good fit to be working together! 

To find more information about my practice, I invite you to visit my websites and
Product Feature:
DGL Chewables - Bioclinic Naturals

By Dr. Julie Moore ND

An amazing addition to every home medicine cabinet is DGL Chewable tablets by Bioclinic Naturals.

DGL is an extract of licorice root that is used to soothe the lining of the stomach and esophagus and even protects against ulcers.  The component of licorice that can be responsible for causing high blood pressure has been removed so DGL is safe for everyone.  

If you know someone who likes to pop over the counter antacids, DGL chewables are a perfect alternative that won’t inhibit the normal function of the digestive system.  As we move into the fall and Thanksgiving, it’s a time of year that we tend to overindulge and these delicious little tablets can really come in handy for heartburn!  This time of year we are also turning our furnaces on (make sure to change your filter!) making the indoor climate more arid.  

DGL Chewables are wonderful for soothing sore, dry throats and promote the healing of canker sores. Warning:  must enjoy the flavor of black licorice!

is now available at Yaletown Integrative Clinic!!

With Dr. Emma Lee ND returning in November on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, our patients will have access to cosmetic Botox treatments. Dr. Emma Lee ND is a fully licensed aesthetic injector who believes in aging gracefully - her light touch helps patients achieve natural-looking results. Book a consultation today. 

Recipe Feature: 
Raw Pumpkin Spice Pie 
By Dr Alexia Harris ND

Fall is here and that means it’s that time of year to cozy up with a cup of tea and your favorite “pumpkin spice” treat. This is a healthy and delicious no-bake version of pumpkin pie which is dairy free, egg-free, gluten free and guilt-free!
2 cups almonds
1 cup coconut flakes
1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates or raisins
2 Tbsp coconut oil
¼ tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla powder or extract
Pulse just the almonds first until broken down, almost into an almond meal with small bits. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until you reach a crumbly even texture that you can press and mold with your fingers. Spread a thin layer of the crust in the bottom of pie shells or pans and press down with fingers until compact and even. Place the crust in the refrigerator or freezer. This recipe can make 2-3 medium sized pies.

 3 cups cashews soaked in 4 cups carrot juice for at least 1 hour 
1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates
1 cup coconut oil (melted on low heat)
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 ½ Tbsp fresh ginger root
2 Tbsp pumpkin spice blend (see below)
¼ tsp sea salt
Pumpkin Spice Blend
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
½ Tbsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground clove
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground ginger
Begin by blending the cashews, carrot juice, dates, vanilla, ginger and spice blend until smooth and creamy and making sure the dates are completely blended. Add the melted coconut oil and blend until creamy smooth. Pour filling over crust just over 1 inch deep depending on desired thickness and smooth out top with a spatula. Place pies in the fridge to set overnight. In the morning cut the pies into desired portions and freeze the slices in an airtight container for storage. To serve, take slices out of the freezer and let stand for 10-20 minutes. Garnish with dairy free coconut whip cream.

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