Facebook Live Chat Recap with Dr. Olivia Rose ND
Facebook Live Chat is a biweekly opportunity for our dedicated Vitarock followers and customers to have a conversation directly with Dr. Olivia Rose, ND, our in-house naturopathic doctor and product expert.
No question is off limits. Here is a snap shot of last Thursday’s questions and remember to join us between 10am and noon every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Dr. Rose will be ready to take your health questions on FB, under the ‘ask our naturopathic doctor’ image, via email: askUs@vitarock.com or on FB messenger. See you there!
Here's the Recap from our Last Chat
Q: What's a healthy way to decrease bloating in a short period of time, (this could be bloating caused by eating foods that we are intolerant to, period bloating and bloating from stress)?
A: Try to determine what the cause of your bloating is first. Are you eating too quickly or on the go? Are you aware of foods that you are intolerant to such as dairy or red meat but still trying to incorporate these foods into your diet?
If you are getting bloating during or right before your period, try taking a warm bath or applying a warm (not hot) bean bag or pack – if it’s too hot it can increase your bleeding slightly. To aid digestion you can try lemon juice in water, ginger tea, chamomile, peppermint or apple cider vinegar before meals. Also, try to slow down your eating and chew your food really well before swallowing.
Q: How do you know what probiotic is right for you?
A: It might be challenging to know without an assessment or more information on your health background. Basic probiotics will contain the lactobacillus species. Saccharomyces boulardii is a type of yeast which can also be found in probiotic supplements that I recommend for traveler’s diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Lactobacillus rhamnosus is helpful for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and Lactobacillus acidophilus is great for antibiotic associated diarrhea and yeast infections. Most products will contain a combination of the above plus other bacterial strains.
Q: Is there a "natural" way to whiten teeth?
A: To whiten teeth, I recommend oil pulling – an ayurvedic technique of swishing 1 tbsp of oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes each day to whiten your teeth and reduce bacteria levels. Sesame seed oil and coconut oil are the oils I like to use. It’s become quite popular so you’ll find a lot of information on it, online. I also recommend the use of a baking soda or calcium carbonate containing tooth paste.
Q: If you had to recommend daily supplement "must haves", what would they be?
A. A multivitamin, magnesium, vitamin D and fish oil. If I were to pick only 2, it’d be vitamin D and magnesium.
Q: Hi, my son is 7 years old and he has dry eyes all year long. We regularly use tears naturale eye drops but as soon as we get him off of the eye drops, dryness comes back and he keeps on rubbing his eyes and some days he would wake up with his eyes stuck and he complains that it hurts. He wears glasses since he was 4 years old and gets his regular checkups with the eye doctor. Doctor said its only the dryness but I’m really annoyed by the fact of continuous usage of the eyedrops. Please suggest.
A: Hi Navdeep, I’m sorry to hear your little one is dealing with this condition. Has his pediatrician ruled out autoimmune conditions such as scleroderma or Sjogren's syndrome?
How is his diet and digestion? Dry eyes can also be cause by a vitamin A deficiency. Foods that are high in vitamin A and beta carotene (the precursor) include calf liver; the orange foods such as carrots, sweet potato, apricots, squash and green foods including kale and spinach. Also, ensure that his intake of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids is optimal. Cod liver oil may be helpful as it contains vitamin A, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D all in one shot.
I definitely recommend checking in with his medical doctor and perhaps seeing a naturopathic doctor for support. Hope this provides some guidance!
Q: Michael C asks: Hi Dr. Rose, First time caller, longtime fan. First time caller, longtime fan.
Two questions for you:
1. What is a natural diaper rash cream that you recommend? I have a 2 month old daughter at home and nothing seems to work.
2. What are some good natural fat burners that I could take to enhance my workout?
A: Hi Michael! Thanks for the questions.
1. Congrats on your little one! Look for a diaper cream that is free from chemical additives such as synthetic dyes, fragrances and parabens. Vitarock.com has many options to consider. As for the active ingredients, consider products that contain coconut oil, and zinc. Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
The other thing to consider is the diaper brand that you are using. Avoid brands that use fragrances which can further aggravate the diaper rash.
2. Caffeine is one fat burner that I find my patients have success with. In studies it has been shown to temporarily boost metabolism and reduce appetite, especially in men. Optimal timing is to drink a cup of coffee 1 to 1.5 hours prior to your work out. Hope this helps! Dr. O