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6.21.2019

Happy Summer Solstice! 4 Herbal Tonics for Summer 2019

Happy first day of summer loves!

I’m back at it with my top 4 herbal tonics for this summer that will support your vitality and wellness. Think cooling, calming, vibrational, and gently moving~

🌼Kava: Kava kava kava. The herb that gets us all lit with a natural high. To me, Kava’s vibrational pattern matches with summer. It’s sunny, happy, and warm. It has a very specific acquired taste and can be quite numbing to the tongue. Kava is very popular as a mocktail ingredient, but there isn’t enough conversation in the wellness world around what happens when you have too much kava. The research is well-documented that excessive kava is toxic to the liver. So reach for this herb in moderation to enjoy it safely.

🌼Linden is just so sweet energetically. Soothing to the heart chakra, linden invites us to tap into our heart’s desires, while providing us with sweet comfort along the way. Linden has a nice light flavor and blends with other herbs beautifully.

🌼Lemongrass: Think light, refreshing, and cooling. At my “Healing with Haitian Herbs” workshop, I talk about how lemongrass is THE cooling herb that Haitians use (frequently combined with hibiscus, another cooling herb). As the name suggests, lemongrass has a lovely citrus zing to it and is just so light. I like to make a lemongrass tea x lemonade situation in the summer months. The best.

🌼Calendula: Think gentle lymphatic movement and vibrancy. I mean look at that beautiful yellow! It reminds me of the summer sun. Patients tell me all the time that they get swollen and puffy in the summer with all the heat and humidity in the atmosphere. This is where lymph movement comes in and calendula has got your back! It’s a little bitter in taste but is light enough to still be really pleasant.

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I’m excited to play with these herbs and many more this summer. I’ve got a good feeling about Summer 2019. Stay bright.


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!

6.20.2019

Dr. Naika at POPSUGAR Playground x Samsung Soul Space

I’ve got some fun news friends!

This weekend, I’ll be providing my healing services at the POPSUGAR Playground Samsung Soul Space.

I’ll be focusing my holistic healing sessions on Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine therapies to optimize sleep hygiene and wellness. I’ll be serving up some Aromatherapy, Chinese cupping therapy to ease muscle tension, and jade stone facial massage to help ease your mind and decrease stress. We’ll also be chatting about diet, lifestyle, and herbal medicine tips to improve sleep. My goal is to provide you with easy and applicable tools that you can implement into your new and improved customized night-time routine. Looking forward to sharing the beauty of this medicine with this weekend’s attendees!

I've partnered with Wellness Official, an online marketplace that connects wellness practitioners and clients to make wellness accessible. Through Wellness Official, you can book mini sessions with me and some other incredible NY-based wellness practitioners to get your vibe right at the POPSUGAR Playground Samsung Soul Space!

Definitely head to popsugarplayground.com for more information! Stop by the Soul Space to power up, connect, and get your healing on alllll weekend long! SO EXCITED!

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!

6.13.2019

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



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!