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6.13.2019

Favorite Nutritional Powder Supplements for Optimal Health

I’m frequently asked what my favorite dietary supplements are for smoothies. I always tell people that it’s preferable to get the majority of nutrients from actual whole foods, but supplements are great additions when we need an extra boost of specific nutrients. With that said, here are some of my favorites!

🌱Green powders: Love these to get more minerals, fiber, and plant-based protein in! Really helpful for folks wanting to transition into more of a plant-based lifestyle. It can be hard to just start eating a bunch of greens if that’s not something you’re accustomed to, so green powders help.
🌱Protein powders: This is what most folks are used to especially in the fitness realm. Really great for those wanting to build muscle mass or for those wanting to ensure they get enough dietary protein. There are a lot of thoughts about which types of proteins are best, and that varies on a case by case basis. While I personally prefer plant-based protein powders, there are benefits to non plant-based protein powders such as whey.
🌱Collagen powder: If you follow my IG stories, then you’ll know I’ve been having a huge collagen moment. Collagen is great for hair, skin, bone, joint, and nail health. Collagen goes pretty well in smoothies, but I like it best in my coffee, teas,&broths because it melts and blends uniformly. While there are a couple of plant-based collagen powders out there, I actually prefer the animal-based ones.
🌱Maca powder: Love maca for hormone balancing and overall female health.
🌱Turmeric powder: THE anti-inflammatory wonder of the world! Not the tastiest, but effective.
🌱Seeds: I’m a huge fan of hemp, flax, and chia seeds. Each one is a little different and offers different benefits. Love hemp for its diverse nutritional profile & taste. Love flax for hormone balancing. Love chia for its fiber + omega 3 content. Plus, it has this nice thickening effect when it sits in liquids for a period of time.

The list goes on! I have a TON more that I use regularly. But, hopefully these few shoutouts help! If you need guidance around brands, doses, or other powder options, schedule an appointment with me using the links below!


In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!

6.08.2019

Belly Breathing Tips

How often do you breathe using your belly?
I’ve spent the past few months diving deep into the practice of mindful breathwork & it has changed the game for me.



I’ve been recommending mindful breathwork to many of my current patients & they’ve been experiencing benefits for everything from anxiety & insomnia,to heartburn & migraines.

We know that breathing brings in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.While our lungs do the heavy lifting,several other muscles assist the overall breathing process, namely the diaphragm.Most of us are used to breathing in a relatively shallow & quick fashion.We just kind of go through the motions using our chest.Most of us are unaware that we can actually go deeper & make breathing a far more useful therapeutic tool.

With mindful breath,we invite radical presence,honesty, peace, calm, &more.We release stress,fear,negativity,suppression, stagnation, & more.The constant steady intentional inhale & exhale function as an energetic pump system that leaves you transformed, revitalized & most notably for me- clear.

I personally have enjoyed breathwork through various in-person experiences as well as apps &videos. All have supported me in going deeper & vibrating higher.

I frequently recommend simple mindful breathing exercises that folks can implement into their daily lives.

•MINDFULNESS: Square breathing: Take one deep breath in for 4 seconds.Hold at the top of the inhale for 4 seconds. Then exhale for a full 8 seconds.Pause.Repeat 4 times.
•GRATITUDE: When you wake up in the morning, place one hand on your heart and one hand on your abdomen. Breathe in for 8 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds.Make sure that you can feel both your chest and abdomen push up against your hands.
•STRESS-RELIEF: When entering situations that feel especially stressful (having a difficult conversation, opening a full email inbox, etc),take 3 long deep breaths right beforehand to ground yourself.
•DIGESTION: During your meals, try to eat in a relaxed environment, without distractions. Slow down by taking 3 deep breaths between each bite.


In health,
Dr. Naika

Schedule your session with me in Park Slope (Mondays) here:
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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!

5.13.2019

Dr. Naika's Feature on Green Beauty Love


I had the immense pleasure of being photographed and interviewed by Amanda of Green Beauty Love when I was in LA for work in March! We chatted about my inspiration, my journey, my skincare routine, and SO much more. She took some stunning shots of me and really captured my essence. I loved doing this interview and I'm excited to share it with you all.

Read the Interview here!


Check out @greenbeautylove for precious resources for living a beautiful, holistic, conscious life that is in alignment with your highest good.




In health,

Dr. Naika

Schedule your session with me in Park Slope (Mondays) here:
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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!

5.10.2019

May Community Acupuncture with Dr. Naika: 5.11 at Heal Haus

Peace Naika in Balance family!

The next round of my monthly community acupuncture workshop is happening on Saturday 5/11 from 2:30-4:30 at Heal Haus.

Community Acupuncture makes holistic healing much more affordable and accessible.
As a Workshop participant, you will share space in Heal Haus' community room, where you will listen to relaxing music, enjoy calming scents, and receive an Acupuncture treatment from yours truly
See you there!

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Schedule your session with me in Park Slope (Mondays) here:
https://squ.re/2MBOEzR
Schedule with me in Clinton Hill (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) here:

In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!

4.12.2019

April Community Acupuncture: 4.13 at Heal Haus

Peace Naika in Balance family!

The next round of my monthly community acupuncture workshop is happening on Saturday 4/13 from 2:30-4:30 at Heal Haus.

Community Acupuncture makes holistic healing much more affordable and accessible.
As a Workshop participant, you will share space in Heal Haus' community room, where you will listen to relaxing music, enjoy calming scents, and receive an Acupuncture treatment from yours truly
See you there!

SIGN UP HERE



SIGN UP HERE


Schedule your session with me in Park Slope (Mondays) here:
https://squ.re/2MBOEzR
Schedule with me in Clinton Hill (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) here:

In health,
Dr. Naika

Connect with me!

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!