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Time To Thrive!

Good morning!

Thank you for those who attended Time to Thrive! We recorded it, including Dr. Shahana’s talk on stress and anxiety. A summary of each talk found below.

Special note: we are opening the office for essential care this Monday and Wednesday. If you need it, we are here.

After the webinar, I was talking with Dr. Shabita Teja (also my sister in-law) about what drives us. Simply put, it is our past experiences that often fuel our passion for serving others. Whether it be Dr. Shabita whose history of chronic pain gave her the tenacity to complete her naturopathic degree and help patients with similar issues. Or Dr. Shahana whose history of postpartum anxiety now motivates her to speak on stress.

In my case it was years of struggling with back pain that made me empathize with how it feels to be in pain and now makes me motivated to show up every day to serve you. 

We want to help you through your challenges and prevent many more. 

Here is a summary of each talk below.

Dr. Khalid Alibhai – Move Well

  • Problem – Either our health is going up or down. This is the question we need to ask ourselves – “Can I be healthier next year than I am this year.” We don’t need to use this excuse that as we get older, we get unhealthier, we do have a choice.
  • *The number 1 disability* that affects our planet is lower back pain.
  • One of the biggest causes of this is sitting. The average number of hours we sit in a day is 11 hours. People who spend more than 6 hours a day sitting have a 71% increase in mortality rate.
  • How can we repair and maintain our body?
  • *Microbreaks* – those who get up every 30 minutes for 2 minutes reduce your risks by 33%. You are proven to live longer.
  • Other things we can do: Sit and play on the ground more, get your heart rate up, stretch and sit to stand.

Dr. Shabita Teja N.D – Eat Well

  • Stress and digestion are two essential issues of many individuals. What is your chief concern? This helps us get to the root cause which is often stress. Can you rate your stress from 0-10? What are your biggest stressors?
  • Digestion: What are your bowel movements like? What are you eating throughout the day? How are you eliminating? What are you doing at the time of your meals?
  • “Fight or flight” or “rest and digest.” We can either be in one or the other, not both. In flight or fight blood flow is directed to your limbs, nothing is directed to your core which means there is no rest and digest.
  • Leaky gut syndrome: When our body is exposed to food sensitivities, viruses, toxins, etc. the cells in our digestive system become less tightly knit, they become “leakier” and inflamed. The food particles seep through the cell lining into our blood stream which matters because our immune system reacts to what is in our bloodstream, which results in things such as autoimmunity, inflammation, malabsorption etc. By healing the gut we form a barrier to the outside assaults!
  • Tips for eliminating well:
  •  Diaphragmatic breathing to activate your vagus nerve to get us into “rest and digest”,
  • Drink water -We don’t absorb more than 2 cups at a time, separate it away from meals, and drink room temperature water
  • Daily bowel movements - 1-3 times a day is the goal, or after each meal. Once ever 3-4 days signals a problem. Use the Bristol Myers stool chart as a reference.
  • Healing the gut:
  • Remove irritants and food sensitivities, replace insufficient digestion (helping your digestive enzymes function optimally), reinoculate good flora (probiotic supplements or fermented foods), repair gut lining (L-glutamine, curcumin, omega-3s supplements) and relax to get into rest and digest.

Dr. Shahana Alibhai: Think Well

  • The foundation of optimal health is “healthy thinking” and “connecting deeply”
  • The COVID pandemic has created a sense of LOSS as well as a sense of UNCERTAINTY in the face of unpredictability
  • The power of CONNECTION is more important than ever as we try to mitigate loneliness and sometimes fine ourselves in close quarters with family members
  • Self awareness is really the DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONE of middle age; it allows us to understand and recognize our PATTERNS of coping
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT is fundamental to allow someone to be self aware
  • Acknowledging someone can be done in two simple ways; use the phrase “It sounds like” or use the “Fast Food Rule”

Be well and Be Great,

Your Surrey Chiropractor

Dr. Alibhai, Family and Team
Stuart Chiropractic
Appointments: (604) 581-3411
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