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            At Ravita we thrive to educate and empower our community. Through workshops, yoga classes, group detoxes, and direct access to our Naturopathic Physicians at Divine Elements in Kitsilano, you will learn about yourself and how to live happy and healthy! Feel free to stop in and say hi, tell us your story, your successes and your struggles. We’re here to support you!

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            Live it to Lead it!

            Live it to Lead it!

            Drs Nicholas and Sonya Jensen ND of Divine Elements Family Wellness have teamed up with Bob Mehr, CEO of Pure Pharmacy to create Ravita Health, a unique vitamin store that carries only Medical Grade products. Their goal is to educate and empower the community about health and wellness. Through their own journey as a couple, parents, business partners, and Doctors they are constantly striving towards Mastery over health in all areas of their lives. Their two boys have been their greatest inspiration to create change in the world of health.

            From the blog

            • September 21, 2019 8 Tips for Better Sleep
              8 Tips for Better Sleep

              It’s not a mystery why proper sleep is important for your health. But what can we do about it when sleep evades us? 

              Here are some tips to help you get some shut eye: 

              1. Magnesium - Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep. It also helps the body relax. Magnesium increases GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Magnesium rich foods: green leafy vegetables, avocado, banana, legumes, brown rice, oats, dark chocolate (to name a few). We also carry some great magnesium supplements at Ravita.
              2. Melatonin - if magnesium alone isn’t cutting it, give melatonin a try. We have a great blend of magnesium, melatonin, and GABA that works on all levels. It relaxes your muscles, while calming the mind. I personally use this product and swear by it! 
              3. Turn off devices close to bedtime, or at least wear some blue light blocking glasses. There's also a great app for your computer called f.lux that adjusts the screen brightness (and adds a slight yellow hue, working similarly to blue light blocking glasses) depending on the time of day. 
              4. Yoga, meditation, and relaxation - Ever heard of ASMR? It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It can cause a tingling sensation that typically beings on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck. Some describe it as “low-grade euphoria”. There are different things that can trigger ASMR, such as whispering or tapping. I use this tool to fall asleep every night. 
              5. Acupuncture - this service is offered at Divine Elements. Call us for more information! 
              6. Or try EFT Acupressure - Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is sometimes called psychological acupressure. It’s based on the same meridians used in traditional acupuncture. It can help remove negative emotions, reduce food cravings, reduce or eliminate pain, and/ or implement positive goals. There are two basic things to learn: tapping locations and positive affirmations. Tap the points with the fingertips of your index and middle fingers. The tapping points in order are: top of head, eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, underarm, and wrists. It’s important to create a sentence that acknowledges the problem and creates self acceptance. An example of this sentence: “Even though I have this [blank], I deeply and completely accept myself." While you are tapping repeat this to yourself. 
              7. Lavender essential oil - aromatherapy is another great technique for promoting relaxation and sleep. Lavender oil may increase time spent in deep, slow-wave sleep. 
              8. Limit caffeine - that extra cup of coffee might sound like a good idea when you’re feeling that 3 p.m. slump, but it could be affecting your sleep. If you’re a caffeine drinker, try limiting caffeinated beverages to the morning only. 

              Recommended products from Ravita: 

              1. Mag-Matrix 
              2. Magnesium Sleep Matrix 
              3. Melatonin B6 - When melatonin is coupled with vitamin B6, melatonin biosynthesis, secretion and absorption is enhanced 
              4. Relax Matrix 
              5. Pascoflair 


              Alison Smink, R.H.N. 

            • September 07, 2019 The Benefits of Owning a Pet
              The Benefits of Owning a Pet

              After many years of yearning for a dog of my own, I finally took the plunge. You may have seen him before on Ravita’s Instagram or Facebook page. His name is Oliver and he’s a mini dachshund. He’s famous for his Product Picks #productpicksbyoli. In the short amount of time I’ve had him, I can already see the benefits of being a pet owner, and it turns out I'm not the only one. There have been multiple studies demonstrating this very thing!

              Here are just some benefits of owning a pet: 

              1. Decreases stress - one study found that people undertaking a stressful task felt less stress when their pets were with them, even more than when a spouse, family member, or close friend was nearby. 
              2. Lowers blood pressure - this ties back to reducing stress
              3. Eases pain - pets reduce anxiety, which translates to less pain. One study found that using therapy dogs after surgery reduced the amount of pain medication given to patients.
              4. Improves mood - this one is especially true for me, and I’ve noticed it in the clinic as well. When people spot Oli their faces brighten up! Pets are also great company, and can make you feel less lonely. 
              5. Helps people socialize - pet owners are a community. People will stop to talk to you about your pet, who can resist a puppy! It’s a great way to meet new people.
              6. Prevents allergies and improves immunity to colds and other mild illnesses - evidence shows that the dander in your pet’s fur might stop your child from developing allergies. Studies have also shown that babies who live with a dog tend to experience fewer infections than those who don’t. Introducing your child to a dog (or other pet) early can help promote a healthy immune system.
              7. Helps children develop - pets are a great way to teach your children how to be responsible, and they’ll also learn nurturing and empathy skills. 
              8. Active lifestyle - pet owners are often more active and spend more time outdoors with their pets! 

              Alison Smink R.H.N. 

              (I promise this article was not written by a kid trying to convince their parents to get a dog, although I was that kid at one point!)





            • August 17, 2019 10 Tips for Better Digestion
              10 Tips for Better Digestion
              1. Don’t drink large amounts of water with meals: You can sip on water with meals, but try not to consume large amounts of water 15-30 minutes before or after meals. The water dilutes your digestive juices, making digestion more difficult.
              2. As a natural digestive enzyme try 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar in a little water before meals.
              3. Supplements: If ACV isn’t cutting it, add a digestive enzyme before each meal (like Bio-Gest from Thorne or SpectraZyme Metagest from Metagenics). Other supplements at Ravita that could help - UltraGI Replenish to provide necessary prebiotics and heal the gut and probiotics to replenish the gut. 
              4. Targeted Probiotics: IBS - Pick up Ultra Flora IB, General digestion/ maintenance - Ultra Flora Balance, Coming off of antibiotics - Ultra Flora Restore. Stop on by Ravita for more information about the target specific probiotics we have in store!
              5. Warm/ room temperature water with lemon first thing in the morning jumpstarts your digestive system!
              6. Try cooked or steamed vegetables instead of raw: Raw vegetables can be hard on the digestive system, especially if you already have weak digestion. Lightly steam your vegetables before consuming to help your digestive system break down your food before you even consume it. 
              7. Remove food intolerances/ foods that cause inflammation: Food intolerance testing available at Divine Elements or try an elimination diet to rule out the suspected culprits. 
              8. Eat fruit away from meals: Food combining 101. Eat fruits away from meals and preferably with a fat (like almond butter) to slow the absorption of the carbs. 
              9. Eat in a relaxed environment: Your body can’t digest your food if it’s stressed. Take at least 3 cleansing deep breaths before meals.  
              10. Manage your stress: To go with the last point, stress plays a huge role in digestive function. If you’re struggling with stress or anxiety it’ll take a toll on your digestive system. Along with healing your gut, this needs to be a top priority! 

              If you have any questions please ask! 

              Alison Smink R.H.N. 

            • August 10, 2019 What I Eat in a Day - Holistic Nutritionist
              What I Eat in a Day - Holistic Nutritionist

              Hi there,

              I thought I would share with you all what I typically eat in a day. I find these types of posts very fascinating, and wanted to share my own food habits. Maybe this will even inspire some of you to share your own food journals or give some of these recipes a try! 

              I'm a holistic nutritionist and this is what I (typically) eat in a day:

              I like to Intermittent Fast (time restricted eating), so my first meal of the day isn’t normally until 12:30/1 p.m. However, I always have coffee in the morning with a splash of organic cream. Before my coffee I’ll have at least 1 glass of water, preferably room temperature. 


              Coffee with organic cream 

              Meal 1 - vegetarian cobb salad: romaine lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado, eggs, organic dressing 

              Meal 2 - smoothie or protein powder (like SynerClear or Ultra GI Replenish) + water (depending how hungry I am). The smoothie is often a combo of frozen blueberries, brown rice/ hemp protein powder, water or unsweetened almond milk, MCT oil, and spinach 

              Meal 3 - sweet potato baked in coconut oil, broccoli, salmon 

              I try not to snack, but I’m only human! If I feel like something sweet I often make peanut butter blondies with dark chocolate or whip up an Activate (from Harmonic Arts) hot chocolate. If it’s something salty I reach for hummus and rice crackers or organic popcorn made with coconut oil and sea salt.

              If you like this series let me know and I’ll put together more What I Eat in A Day from our team at Divine Elements. 

              Disclaimer: Everybody is different and what works for me might not work for you. It’s important to listen to your body. Let it guide you to make the best choices for you. 

              Alison Smink R.H.N.