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Happy almost Spring time!!! New things happening at the clinic this season - Saturday visits, skin health and SLIT testing.

Did you know we are offering Saturday appointments? Dr. Emma Lee, ND and Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, ND are both adding Saturdays to their schedule. If you are looking for a Saturday appointment you can book online.  

Coming out of winter, our skin often isn’t looking its best. Dr. Alina Vasilescu, ND does 1-1 Naturopathic Skin Health Assessments to help you get to the root of your needs and help you radiate health from the inside out. Book your appointment today to refresh dull, tired skin, work on addressing the root cause of rashes or irritations and learn how to support your skin health. 

It is allergy season in Vancouver, do you have watery eyes, stuffy nose, hives or itchy skin. SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy) is an in-office skin prick test that will identify what is causing your allergy symptoms. The treatment is a personalized oral prescription that over time will reduce your reaction to allergens. Great for people with multiple allergies, as we can treat many at one time.  Learn more about it here.
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Seasonal Update
by Dr. Simone Baum, ND

Spring is just around the corner and although the trees aren’t quite in bloom yet, the first signs of spring…for the hay fever-prone, can look more like congestion and persistent red, watery, itchy eyes. 

Here are a few things you can do to optimize your health and prevent your seasonal allergies from flaring up this spring. For more in depth and individualized care for seasonal allergy treatments and prevention, please contact the Naturopathic Doctors at Yaletown Integrative Clinic.

Food is medicine.  All processes of our body are fuelled by the food we eat.  Getting the adequate macro and micronutrients from food is important to all aspects of health, especially for your immune system.  Here are a few things you to do to ensure you are getting proper nutrition.

1. Eat or increase your intake of  grass fed, organic and/or free range meats, dairy, vegetables and fruit
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2. Eat low mercury fish (Wild Salmon, anchovy, char, herring) and increase fish intake to 3 times a week.


3. Eat the rainbow.  Eating more colours at each meal allows for more micronutrients in your diet.

4. Also make sure you are having adequate protein at every meal including snacks.  Protein helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels and keeps your mind sharp.

5. Drink water throughout the day to help nourish your body and decrease fatigue. 


Exercise helps stabilize blood sugar levels, increases immunity, calms anxiety and boosts mood.

1. Try to add in 30-60 min of some form of exercise daily.

2. Get active in things that make you happy.  HIIT classes, pilates, yoga, Lagree, The Class, boxing, hiking, biking, tai chi, walking.


Try to prioritize quality sleep.  Sleep allows your body and mind to heal.  It allows you to think clearer, increases immunity and energy.  Here are a few suggestions to help you sleep better:

1. Turn all electronics off for one hour before bed. 

2. Read a non-stimulating book or journal. 

3. Writing in a gratitude journal can leave you with positive thoughts and a calm nervous system before bed. 

4. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your pillow can also ease your nervous system. 

Stress relief helps increase your immune system and balance your nervous and endocrine systems. Taking small breaks throughout the day positively affects your nervous system and health. Take 5 a few times in the day!

1. Meditation
2. Abdominal breathing
3. Forest bathing 
4. Dry brushing
5. Sauna/sweat
Feature Doctor
Dr. Simone BaumDr. Heidi is a Naturopathic Physician with 20 years of experience blending the latest scientific research with natural, clinically proven forms of medicine. 

Dr. Heidi’s approach to health is to see it as a positive state where all systems are functioning optimally as a whole — mind, body and spirit.  Her goal is to help you not only feel better, but also gain an understanding of how your body functions - so you can wisely take care of it and make well-informed choices every day.

If you’re looking for practical advice about how to understand your unique body, improve your health, get “back on track”, eat nutritiously and deliciously, and feel your sustainable best in the long run, Dr. Heidi would love to be your guide. 

You can feel confident in her recommendations, as a primary care naturopathic physician, long time chef and experienced human who has gone through many challenging transitions in life, she has the training and expertise  to translate science into actionable and sustainable terms.

Her main areas of focus are hormone health: fatigue, thyroid conditions, insomnia, menstrual irregularities, menopause,  insomnia, mood issues (anxiety and depression), fertility and pre-conception care; and digestive issues: SIBO, IBS, IBD, reflux and food sensitivities. She is also a passionate whole foods chef and  brings her extensive culinary experience and knowledge of food-as-medicine into her clinical practice through culinary nutrition counselling. Dr. Heidi has been a regular writer and recipe creator with EcoParent magazine and has a cookbook magazine coming out this May with this publication- look out for it!
Product Feature:
EMIQ®Activated Quercetin (Bioclinic Naturals)

By Dr. Alexia Harris, ND

When your seasonal allergies flare up, do you rely on antihistamine medications to get you through the day? Although these medications work to reduce symptoms, they can often leave you feeling edgy and dehydrated. The good news is there are many natural alternatives for treating seasonal allergy symptoms without the unwanted side effects. One example is flavonoids which are plant-derived, phytonutrient compounds found in many fruits, vegetables and teas. 

One type of supplement prescribed by many Naturopathic Physicians to help patients manage their seasonal allergies is quercetin which is a type of flavonoid known for its potent antioxidant properties, which has also been shown to act as a natural antihistamine by inhibiting histamine release and suppressing the body's allergic response.

Research shows that quercetin's supportive functions appear to be limited by its poor absorption by the body. An alternative product which we love at Yaletown Integrative Clinic is EMIQ® Activated Quercetin by Bioclinic Naturals. This enzymatically modified formula contains a mixture of quercetin monoglucoside and its alpha-oligoglucosides and studies have shown that EMIQ®  is up to 40% more bioavailable than regular quercetin. This also means that you can reach a therapeutic effect at a much lower dose than many other available types of quercetin supplements.

As we are entering allergy season, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor if you are interested in exploring natural options such as EMIQ® Activated Quercetin to combat your seasonal allergy symptoms.

Recipe Feature:
Seedy Everything Brittle


By Dr. Emma Lee, ND

A little sweet, a little spicy, this savoury brittle is perfect as a stand-alone afternoon treat or as a crunchy topping sprinkled on soups, salads, and lunch bowls. This was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s Sunflower Brittle, from her most recent cookbook Super Natural Simple. Seeing as we’re entering hay fever season, I wanted to create a version with immune-balancing effects to hopefully help ease some of those pesky congestive and itchy symptoms. Zinc-rich pumpkin, copper-rich black sesame seeds, and anti-inflammatory turmeric help to regulate immune function, while lemon peel provides quercetin, which specifically decreases histamine release.

  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • Some freshly ground black pepper
  • Zest of 1 organic lemon

Preheat oven to 325F with rack in the centre. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until seeds are completely coated. Pour mixture into the prepared baking sheet and use a spoon or rubber spatula to press it into an even ¼-inch-thick layer. 

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are deeply golden brown. Remove from the oven and let brittle cool completely before breaking into shards and transferring to an airtight container. It will keep for up to a month, but I doubt it’ll last that long!

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