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By Naturopathic Doctor, Dr Nikita Sander
Meet Dr Nikita Sander,
Dr Nikita Sander, our doctor of Naturopathic Medicine specializes in fertility naturopathic care and prenatal naturopathic care in Toronto.
Her mission is to make healthy living realistic and sustainable for busy mamas. She helps women to restore balance in their hormonal systems, improve their fertility, promote optimal wellness during pregnancy and increase their energy levels postpartum.
Most people are well aware of the importance of hydration and the immense health benefits it has on all of us. With our bodies being over 60% water, it's no secret that we need it to function properly. What most people are sometimes unaware of however, is how MUCH hydration we require not only in the warm months, but also in the cold months.
By simply upping the amount of H2O in your life, you will begin to notice a huge positive impact on your health and the way you feel. From better sleep to clearer skin the amount of benefits are endless. Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why hydration is so important in the colder weather.
1. To Keep Your Immune System Strong
Unfortunately flu season is a real thing-especially if you have little ones. Keep your immune system strong and healthy with water! When you are well hydrated, it is harder to get sick because your body is able to regenerate and rid itself of any potential virus.
2. To Counteract The Dry Air From The Heat
Ever wonder why your lips become chapped the instant you turn on the heat for the year? Unfortunately that comforting heat coming through your vents can also suck all of the humidity out of the air leaving your skin cracked and your body dehydrated. You can prevent these side effects by simply upping the H2O.
3. To Compensate For Less Fruits & Vegetables
In the winter we tend to consume less water based foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables as they are not as readily available to us. As a result we eat meals that are heartier and higher in sodium, such as soups and pastas. As a result our body retains water and makes us more susceptible to feeling bloated or lethargic. Another reason water plays a crucial role in feeling our best.
4. To Stay Warm
Cold is one of the most motivating factors, to help stay warm! Water helps to maintain your body temperature. Without enough fluids your body heat could drastically drop making you feel colder.
How do you encourage your little ones to drink more water?
On Friday December 6th, we held our first Holiday Social! It was such a lovely event. We hosted 2 sessions with 2 special pop-up vendors: The Urban Nursery and Genuine Health as well as 70 mamas and mamas-to-be!
Our guests were treated to hot chocolate, healthy and sweet treats and retail discounts! Plus we held a raffle for door prizes provided by our amazing sponsors: Fitness Connection and Pingo Apparel
We had an amazing photographer Tara Noelle running our baby photobooth. You can view some of these photos below.
We are so thankful to be apart of such an incredible community of beautiful Mamas and Mama-friends. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the holiday season with us. We hope you all enjoyed yourself and we look forward to seeing you again at our upcoming Winter Social.
Autumn—crimson leaves cover the ground and cool crisp air inspires us to don layers of knitted clothing. Flowers fade, trees go bare, animals and insects prepare to sleep. What a season of dramatic transformation for mother nature! As she says goodbye to the glory of summer by trimming away excess, she makes space for the peaceful slumber of winter. This time of year invites us to turn inwards in preparation for the cold months ahead, often spending more time in self-reflection.
Today we’re offering a special autumn meditation for mamas—an inspiring visualization exercise to help you connect with babe and harness the transformational power of the season. Not only are you preparing your little one for life beyond the womb, but you are also undergoing a sublime transformation into motherhood.
To get started, you’ll need to make yourself comfortable. Home should be a place of rest and ease as you begin to spend more time indoors this fall, so you might like to create a dedicated meditation corner which welcomes you to relax and feel extra cozy. Roll out your yoga mat and sit tall with your legs crossed; a pillow can be used to elevate your hips. Additionally, you can use pillows or rolled blankets to support your knees. Lastly, drape a luxurious blanket over your shoulders. The reading portion of this exercise will take about 5 minutes, but we encourage you to linger in meditation for as long as feels good to you! Feel free to lie down once the reading portion is complete, using your pillows and blanket to settle into complete ease for the duration of your meditation.
Take several warming breaths in and out. Let each breath greet your body with love. Welcome your body and mind into this moment. Here you are safe, supported, and at ease. (Pause) let the next several breaths greet your babe with love. Welcome your babe into this moment with you. Within your womb, babe is safe, supported, and at ease.
You are sitting amidst the swaying trees in a quiet leafy forest. Lifting your gaze, you marvel at the great branches stretched towards the sky. Towering oaks and mighty maples—their leaves blazing colors of gold, ginger, and red. Summer has been sweet and the sun’s energy now runs deep within the roots of the forest floor. A cool wind dances low between the trees, whisking up fallen leaves into turbulent swirls. You can feel your own body rooted to the earth, connected to this life-giving energy.
Each tree stands tall next to its sister. They welcome every season with confidence, knowing that together they are strong. You place your hands on your growing belly. Your journey into motherhood is wild and wondrous, but you do not stand alone. Your forest is filled with mighty women who have braved countless seasons of motherhood beside you. Their roots are your roots and like the oaks and maples, your body is wise. As you breath in and out you feel mighty in your motherhood—infinite and enduring.
When you are ready to wake up your mind and body bring your attention back to the space you are in. Wake up your muscles by opening and closing your hands, shrugging your shoulders, and wiggling your toes. Open your eyes and sit quietly for a moment. Remember that as a mama-to-be the transformational power of autumn is within you! Throughout your journey to motherhood, you may notice how often nature is a reflection of your changing body. Connecting with the rhythm of the seasons is a way to live in harmony with mother nature, and trust in the wisdom of your own body.