Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CranioSacral Therapy and Stress

The Christmas season is often a very stressful time of year for everyone.  With all the late nights, overindulging, and running around getting ready we often do not have or make enough time for ourselves.  CranioSacral therapy is a wonderful idea to help yourself distress in the middle or even after all the stress of the holidays. 

When most people think about CranioSacral therapy they think about helping headaches, chronic pain, or birth trauma.  But it can be used for so much more.  Often we just need time to relax and take some time for ourselves.  The bonus with CranioSacral therapy is that not only does it relax us but it also helps our body to heal itself as well.  CranioSacral therapy gets our parasympathetic system working.  Most of us spend most of our time in our sympathetic system (or fight and flight system).  This makes our body work that much more every day and stresses our whole body.  One or two CranioSacral treatments can help get your body work more effectively and at the same time relieve much of your stress.  We all deserve to take some time for ourselves.  Our bodies will thank us for it.    

Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bone Broth

Did you know Bone Broth is so easy to make?

Bone broth is so easy to make and has amazing benefits on our gut health.
Here are my few tricks and recipe for a delicious bone broth.
I typically use organic grass-fed beef bones or organic free-range chickens when making bone broth. However, you can use any bones as the health benefits are amazing. Here is how to make a healthy tasty broth.

·         When I cut veggies for other suppers or lunches, as well as the peels and tops I put them in a Ziploc and throw them in the freezer to use in my bone broth later.
·         I usually roast the beef bones before I add it to the water to make the broth, I will use the cooked bones from a roast chicken after we have carved it.
·         Place bones in a pot or a crockpot, add apple cider vinegar and cover with water, and let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can leach the mineral out of the bones.
·         Add the chopped/peel vegetables from the freezer and bring to a boil. A scum may form so skim it from the top and discard.
·         Optional – add liver or other organ meats to the broth
·         Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 24-72 hours (if you're not comfortable leaving the pot to simmer overnight, turn off the heat and let it sit overnight. I will then turn it back on and allow the broth to simmer all day the next day) or put it on low in a large crockpot for 24-27 hours.
·         Let the broth cool and strain it, making sure all marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth.
·         Add sea salt to taste and drink the broth, you may store in fridge up to 5 to 7 days or freezer up to 6 months for use in soups, stews, cooking stir fry, or rice, just use your imagination!
Try bone broth as one of your child's first foods!

Our three boys love to have soup from the ‘special pot.' 

Bone broth is a staple in the GAPS diet and assists in healing a leaky gut. I love to drink it for its health benefits.
If your gut is leaky or permeable, partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast, and bacteria have the opportunity to pass through your intestine and access your bloodstream; this is a leaky gut. Leaky gut is the root of many allergies and autoimmune disorders, for example. When combined with toxic overload, you have a perfect storm that can lead to neurological disorders like autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
Bone broth is a great staple food to include in your diet. Benefits of bone broth include the following:

·         The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid that attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion and healthy hair and nails.
·         Bone broth reduces joint pain and inflammation courtesy of chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage
·         Contains glycosaminoglycans GAGs
·         Amino acids such as glycine, proline, glutamine, and arginine in bone broth all have anti-inflammatory effects
·         Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an essential role in healthy bone formation.
·         Reduces joint pain and inflammation
·         Inhibits infection and boost immunity

Dr. Joelle Johnson is a mother of three beautiful boys and practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, 142 Erickson drive, Red Deer www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261