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Safe Halloween Tips

Halloween Safety Tips From The Canadian Red Cross

With October 31st right around the corner, we are excited to share these helpful tips from The Canadian Red Cross! It’s important to be mindful while preparing our children and families for a safe and enjoyable night of trick-or-treating.

  • Costumes should be light-colored and flame resistant, with reflective strips so that children are easily seen at night. (And remember to attach reflective tape to skateboards, bikes, and even brooms, too!)
  • Costumes should be short enough to avoid from tripping.
  • Remind children to stay away from open fires, fireworks, and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover their eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on the sidewalk – not on the street.
  • Explain to children to stick to one side of the street for trick-or-treating, and then cross over with an adult (at a safe cross-walk) to trick-or-treat on the other. This will prevent running across the street numerous times.
  • Remind children to always look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms!
  • Make sure to bring a flashlight, to see better and to be better seen.
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route and share it with family and friends ahead of time.
  • Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of at least 4 or 5. Groups with small children should always have an adult accompany them.
  • Visit homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Make sure children know to accept treats only at the front door; they must not get into vehicles, or enter the homes of strangers.
  • Avoid eating any candy until your group has arrived safely at home, and an adult can check through it in brighter lighting. Candy with opened packaging should be thrown out. And a reminder that small, hard pieces can be a choking hazard to young children.
  • If there are Block Parents on your street, make sure your children know where they are located.
  • Set agreed-to boundaries with your Trick or Treating group. Explain the importance to your children of staying within these boundaries and being home on time.

Sourced from: http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/first-aid-tips-and-resources/first-aid-tips/halloween-safety

Navigating Halloween Treats

Navigating Halloween Treats for the Low FODMAPer

Happy Halloween! As you know, Halloween is celebrated with a surplus of candy and spooky celebrations. Many of these popular treats don’t sit right with a SIBO diagnosis. Kate, from A Digestive Peace of Mind, has put together some low FODMAP options for everyone to enjoy! Halloween should be less about the trickery and more about the treats. Below are some suggestions to help guide you through October 31st. Please keep in mind, every body is different. If you know treats will wreak digestive havoc, we encourage you to stick to your SIBO diet. If keeping all the candy at bay isn’t an option, these are simple suggestions to help you pick the less evil options.

A few tips:

  1. Always check the nutrition labels: Look for green lighted (ie low FODMAP ingredients) such as corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, soy lecithin, and confectioner’s glaze. Beware of high FODMAP ingredients such as: lactose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sorbitol, apple juice concentrate, and glycerin.
  2. Enjoy low FODMAP treats in moderation! No one feels great after a candy overload… so limit yourself to a few pieces of fun-size candy or treats at a time.
  3. If you plan on going to a Halloween party, get creative!  Find Halloween-themed recipes that are suitable on a low FODMAP diet.

Types of candy that might work for you and your sensitive tummy. Everyone is different, so enjoy to your personal tolerance.

  1. Dum Dums
  2. Haribo Gold Bears
  3. Jolly Ranchers
  4. Junior Mints
  5. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  6. Marshmallows (made without high fructose corn syrup)
  7. Mounds
  8. Nerds
  9. Peeps (pumpkin, ghosts, you name it)
  10. Swedish Fish
  11. Sweet Tarts
  12. Sour Patch Kids
  13. Smarties

Information sourced from: http://blog.katescarlata.com/2016/10/27/halloween-treats-fodmaper/

October 2018 BCNA Conference

We spent an awesome weekend at the BCNA Conference from October 12 – 14th, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre!

Our team at SIBO Canada thoroughly enjoyed enhancing relationships and connecting with our ND Community.

SIBO Canada provides the Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test Kits, as well as over the phone advice and consultations with our Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove.

We were also excited to giveaway an Eminence Organic Skin Care Prize Basket, valued at $420.00! Congratulations to our prize winner, Dr. Adella Gerry, ND.

Recurring SIBO? 5 Mistakes You May Be Making

Dealing with recurring SIBO? Here are 5 mistakes you might be overlooking.

  1. You’re stressed out – It’s no secret that mental and emotional stress have an impact on physical health. What’s fascinating is that stress can even affect the microbes living in your gut. For example, stress hormones can interfere with digestion, reducing stomach acid and inhibiting the wave-like motion of the intestines. The end result? Microbes that grow where they’re not supposed to. To make matters worse, stress is pro-inflammatory and weakens your immune system. This means that if you’re stressed out, your SIBO treatment might not be working. And chances are higher that you’re more likely to be faced with an infection, along with another round of antibiotics.
  2. You’re eating a bunch of processed carbs – You don’t have to stick to a rigid SIBO diet forever. But if your SIBO treatment isn’t working, or has stopped working, check in with your diet. Are you snacking on processed foods? Have refined carbs wiggled their way back into your diet?
  3. You’re not taking probiotics – With too many microbes in your small intestine, why would you even dream of taking more? Well, as nutritionist Angela Pifer explains, in most cases of SIBO, probiotics are not the sort to cause trouble. In fact, they’re the sort to do good things like: reduce inflammation, maintain a healthy gut pH, battle it out with the “bad guys”, and repopulate your colon with healthy tribes of microbes after antibiotic therapy.
  4. Your stomach acid needs some muscle – By muscle, we mean the very thing that enables your stomach acid to do its job – a low pH. If your stomach acid is too alkaline, it has a hard time breaking down food and killing stray, pathogenic bugs that might find their way into your gut. The problem with undigested food is that it’s fodder for microbes. And when microbes eat, they produce gas and painful cramps – ouch! Beef up your stomach acid and your SIBO treatment by: getting rid of any antacids you’re taking, chewing your food well, taking a moment to relax before sitting down to eat, and sipping on a glass of water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before your meal – some folks swear by this!
  5. Your intestines are injured –  In the case of recurring SIBO, oftentimes the intestines have lost their ability to fully sweep away bacteria and food particles. Leaving said bacteria and food particles to ferment and grow in the small intestine. This sweeping motion is part of your migrating motor complex (MMC). You can help out your MMC and your current SIBO treatment by following these tips: avoid snacking or eating too often (this gives your intestines plenty of time to flush out food), get enough sleep – nighttime is when your MMC really shines, and take a supplement that stimulates movement.

 

Courtesy of: http://holisticsquid.com/sibo-treatment-hacks/