SATURDAY APRIL 24th
4 campuses. 1 Day. 2 Time zones.
416-386-0940 ET (Ontario)
604-558-4000 PT (British Columbia)
9:30-10:15 am PT / 12:30 – 1:15 pm ET
Therapeutic Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
With Jacqueline Steinert BA, CNP
On the ketogenic diet (keto for short), the body consumes high fats, adequate protein, and low carbohydrates. Cells prefer blood sugar from carbohydrates as fuel, but by restricting carbohydrates and depleting the body of sugar reserves, there is no longer circulating blood sugar from food and the liver breaks down stored fat into molecules and releases these ketone bodies into the blood stream. This process and the resulting metabolic state is deemed ketosis. Once you reach ketosis, most cells will use ketone bodies to generate energy. The body will transition from using circulating glucose to breaking down stored fat as a source of energy. Keto originated in the 1920s as an effective treatment for paediatric epileptic seizures and, in the 1970s, Dr. Atkins popularized his low carbohydrate diet for weight loss that started with a strict two week ketogenic phase. However, the benefits do not stop there.
Join this lecture to learn about all of the therapeutic benefits that the ketogenic diet yields. Consuming fewer food groups along with higher fat and protein foods results in feeling less hungry. It also results in a longer digestion time that ultimately supports weight loss. Besides weight loss, the keto diet more importantly has been effectively used to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in children and mitigate symptoms with progressive neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Since the keto diet reduces blood sugar, it can lower the risk of insulin complications and even supplement certain cancer treatments. Heart health (and cholesterol) as well as hormonal disorders such as PCOS have also benefited from a ketogenic diet. Lastly, endurance athletes and body builders also utilize the keto diet to trim fat in rapid time frames. By consuming healthful fats and sufficient proteins such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, grass fed meats and fatty fish, the body witnesses a wide array of therapeutic benefits from the ketogenic diet!
10:30-11:15 am PT / 1:30 – 2:15 pm ET
Herbal Applications for Spring Detoxification
With Dr. Fiona Smulders B.Kin, ND
Every Spring we are greeted with herbal allies that can help us to rejuvenate and energize our bodies. This is the best time of year to support our detoxification pathways by gently balancing our organs of elimination, and also the time when most of the detoxifying herbs become available for harvest. Join Naturopathic Doctor and IHN Herbal Medicine teacher, Fiona Smulders, for a fun and fascinating lecture on medicinal herbs and their healing properties. You will learn the best herbs to assist in detoxification, how to use them for your own healing, as well as how to identify these powerful herbs in the wild.
11:30-12:15 pm PT / 2:30 – 3:15 pm ET
Nutritional Symptomatology in Practice:
Nutritional Strategies for Gut Healing
With Jennifer Papaconstantinou CNP, NNCP
Getting to the core of digestive dysfunction can be a challenge. In today’s world there can be a multiplicity of root causes contributing to IBS, IBD and chronic digestive distress.
In this lecture you will learn strategies to navigate and troubleshoot common causes of gut-related dysfunction.
We will be discussing:
– items to consider that may be contributing to digestive complaints
– how to address and support varying aspects of digestion
– a step-by-step strategy to nutritional support for gut-related imbalances
– which dietary changes are recommended for optimal digestion
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