Can you tell us more about yourself and share your journey to wellness?
I am a naturopathic doctor practicing in Toronto, ON with additional training in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. I went into the health field because I had my own journey dealing with acne and gut issues growing up and I had a wonderful experience with a naturopathic doctor who used a holistic approach to treat the root cause of my issues.
When it comes to health and wellness, tell us more about the important work you're doing?
I love to help women feel their best! I think it's easy to let your health fall by the wayside when you are so busy and you are just trying to get through the day. However, I don't believe that is truly living! My goal is to optimize your health so you can live your best quality life full of energy and vitality. I use nutrition, lifestyle, and nutraceuticals to create an individualized treatment plan based on my patient's needs to achieve their health goals.
Wellness can mean so many different things to so many different people, what does it mean to you?
Making health a priority in your life. I believe treating your body well is a form of self-respect and when you are feeling your best you are more likely to excel in all aspects of life. I also think it's not just about caring for your physical health but your mental health is equally as important for overall wellness.
Can you share your top 3 wellness hacks that you believe will support people's journey towards happiness and greater well being?
- Getting outside and going for a 20-30 minute walk in nature everyday - studies show that this simple habit decreases anxiety, and improves mood.
- Striving to eat a variety of colourful vegetables and fruits everyday - vegetables and fruits are full of different phytonutrients that are vital for overall health and preventing chronic diseases. Vegetables should be in every meal and always be the star of the show on your plate.
- Mindful eating - eat your meals with no distractions and make sure to chew 20-30x each bite. This is important to shift your body into parasympathetic mode, which is your "rest and digest" state. When you're in this mode it allows your body to release digestive enzymes, gastric acid, and bile to help break down your food and to allow for proper digestion. You are not what you eat but what you absorb!
Where can we find you?
Instagram - @naturopathicdoc.to
Website - https://www.drnatashand.com/