August 2017 Health Newsletter

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» The Pleasured Life
» Quinoa Veggie Bake
» Benefits of Bone Broth
» Springtime Allergy Relief
» New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use
» More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

The Pleasured Life

 

With Allison McKee

During the month of February the Power Health team had the opportunity to attend a workshop lead by Allison McKee, the owner of The Pleasured Life.  Allison is a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and group fitness instructor. Allison lead a yoga workshop with us and challenged us to think about our goals, but not in the traditional sense. Thinking of the feeling desired after you have achieved a goal, not necessarily just completing the task. These are some of the take-aways from the workshop.

Hello! Julia here! During The Pleasured Life workshop I was really challenged in several areas in my life, and how I can change my lifestyle in order to feel peace in areas that cause me stress. A big thing that stood out to me was something that Allison really accented on, and that was setting goals based on how you want to FEEL once you’ve reached them. As a University student, I really realized that although it is hard to see past the goals I have set for myself, it is more important to feel at peace and joy during this journey that I am on right now. So, I have set out personal goals to focus more on feeling a certain way in every day life instead of just stressing about completing a goal before a deadline, and I can already feel success in all areas of my life due to it!

Hey it’s Jen! While at the workshop I was quick to realize that when I am setting my goals I shouldn’t just consider completing the task. So by thinking about the feeling I am wanting to accomplish makes a large change to the way I am goal setting. By going through a series of what different words mean, I was able to find out that the feeling I want to accomplish is Fearless. I want to be capable of doing what I want and not worry about what others might think, or what the future holds. I can‘t fear the future, so I will keep charging!

Hi FRIENDS! It’s Laura. Allison introduced me to this wonderful book called the Desire Map. The desire map is almost like holistic life-planning, the inner you connect the outer you. Your energy drives your goals.The purpose of the Desire Map is to show you your core desires and feelings. Ultimately, to help you remember your light, your true nature, your source. And finally to help you look at the positive aspects of life while honouring and not invalidating, the negative parts we seek to change.This book makes you feel GREAT! You start making a lot of awesome things happen in every area of your life!!!

                             

 

Author: Power Health
Source: March 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017


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Quinoa Veggie Bake

 

Full of healthy vegetables.  Serve as a complete meal or with your choice of salad.

 

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 tbsp. butter

1 cup diced onion

3 cups broccoli florets

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 cups sliced white button mushrooms

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 tsp. basil pesto

2 large eggs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 cheddar cheese (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray with cooking oil or grease a 9x13” casserole dish.

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 6 minutes.  Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.  Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until softened and opaque, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the broccoli, salt and 1-2 tbsp. of water to help cooking if necessary.  Sauté for 2 minutes, then add mushrooms, red pepper and pesto.  Cook until mushrooms are softened, 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in quinoa.

Beat eggs in a medium bowl and stir in cheddar cheese, ricotta and sour cream.  Mix well.  Season with pepper and fold into quinoa-veggie mixture.  Spread into the prepared casserole dish and top with shredded cheddar (if desired).  Bake on the centre oven rack for 30-35 minutes or until the centre is hot.  Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days.

©  Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming, Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood

 

 

 

Author: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming
Source: Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
Copyright: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming 2010


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Benefits of Bone Broth

 

Bone broth is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices.  It differs from stock you may have made for soup before in the length of time used to thoroughly extract nutrient from the bones, leaving a broth chalk full of easily digestible nutrition.

- Immunity boosting—many of the benefits from bone broth come from the plentiful amino acids such as arginine, glutamine and cysteine.

- Alleviate symptoms from common cold and bronchitis—a study in Chest (2000) found chicken bone broth cleared mucus and opened respiratory pathways.  The amino acid cysteine even chemically resembles a bronchitis prescription.

- Anti-inflammatory—The amino acid L-glutamine specifically, is very good at reducing gut inflammation.  Inflammation through the body is very taxing degenerative condition.

- Strengthen bones and teeth—supports osteogenesis by supplying necessary minerals and vitamins.

- Cultivate healthy gut flora—essential amino acids and reduced inflammation create environment conducive to beneficial gut bacteria.

- Hydration—the addition of electrolytes and important carbohydrates to water provide an excellent fluid for rehydration and restoration of exercise capacity.

- Tissue health—amino acids are the basis for muscle growth, repair, and maintenance.  Amino acids proline and glycine are especially vital for healthy connective tissue.

- Good mood—healthy microbiome in the guy influences the neurotransmitters released by brain to regulate mood.

- Digestive health—amino acid glycine aids digestion by regulating synthesis of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. 

- The gelatin in bone broth contributes to strong, healthy nails, cellular health, joint health, and blood sugar regulation.

If you haven’t tried bone broth before, it may be just the thing to help your body heal and thrive.  It is very simple to make, and a delicious warming way to nourish yourself. 

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017


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Springtime Allergy Relief

 

It’s that time of year that many allergies start to rear their heads.  Instead of reaching for typical decongestants, steroids, and antihistamines which have very drying effects on the mucosal membranes, consider why your body might be reacting.  Well nourished bodies that are not inflamed or burdened by toxins are less likely to be hyper-responsive.  Paying attention to your diet, and care are great strategies to becoming less reactive instead of focusing on acute care:

  • Eye wash cups and neti pots can remove reactive particles from sensitive mucus membranes of your eyes, nose, and sinuses.
  • Some individuals may find dairy, wheat, corn and soy inflammatory  and allergy provoking.
  • Eat a diet of whole foods, clean protein, and lots of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
  • Take supplements that reduce inflammation like chlorella and fish oil.
  • Maintain optimal vitamin D levels, this has shown to be very helpful especially for infants.
  • Local honey may be helpful and contains local pollens processed by bees.
  • Bromelain, plentiful in pineapple can reduce sinus swelling and inflammation.

 

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017


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New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use

As you have probably heard, the country is currently in the grips of a massive opioid epidemic. In 2010, 16,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. That was four times as many as in 1999. By 2015, that number had nearly tripled to 52,000 deaths. The death toll continues to rise. This problem is formally recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services. This past March, the governor of Maryland even went so far as to declare a State of Emergency because of the problemís severity. While the epidemic is full of complexity, one factor certainly playing a role in its growth is that these powerful medications are prescribed to many patients after only minor operations.†

Factors That May Lead to Opioid Abuse

According to a recent study, patients are equally likely to become chronic opioid users after minor operations as they are following major ones. Among people who are prescribed opioids for reasons unrelated to surgery, only 0.4% will develop a problem. After a major surgery, the rate is 6.5%. However, that is only slightly higher than the rate for patients who have had minor operations, which is 5.9%. A better identifier for who will become a chronic user seems to be the personís history with chronic pain. Those who became addicted to opioids after any type of surgery were 50% more likely to have previously suffered from arthritis or chronic back pain. Smoking also played a role. Smokers were 34% more likely to abuse opioids they were prescribed following surgery. For those who had preexisting substance or alcohol use problems, the odds of becoming addicted were also 34% higher.† These factors have led many experts to call for better screening practices before opioids are prescribed.††

Donít Risk Becoming a Victim of the Opioid Epidemic

No one plans to become addicted to opioids, but when you combine the strength of these drugs and the pain people are often in when they begin taking them, itís not hard to see how we got to a crisis. It also shouldnít come as too much of a surprise that people with chronic back pain are especially susceptible to becoming addicted. The pain can be so severe that patients will accept just about any fate if it means some kind of relief. Fortunately, if you experience pain, your local chiropractor may be able to help. Their noninvasive treatments can be quick, are often highly effective, and importantly donít involve the use of prescription medications. In fact, some patients feel better than they have in years after just one adjustment. Call your local chiropractor today if youíre suffering from pain that wonít seem to go away.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Surgery, online April 12, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

How can you boost brain power? Itís an important question to ask, especially with the rise of dementia and Alzheimerís diseases. Is there really anything that can be done to achieve optimal brain health in an effort to ward off these debilitating diseases? Indeed there is! Reuters recently reported on a study that found more and more physical exercises are proving useful for brain health. Tai Chi seems to dominate the cognitive function category. But theyíre definitely not alone Ė which is great news for people who like activities that are more energetic. A variety of strength training and aerobic exercises have been shown to slow cognitive decline in adults over the age of 50. Neurons in the brain fire whenever people are engaged in a form of physical activity. Even something like walking regularly can have a profound effect on brain function. The neurons in the brain fire whenever people have to balance and contract their muscles. Not only does the rapid firing help the body to perform these functions even better, they keep the brain active and healthy. The Harvard Health Blog recommends walking at the very least. If people arenít into that, they can try:

  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Tennis
  • Aerobics Classes

 

And even hiring a personal trainer. The goal here is not so much what type of physical activity a person engages in, but the regularity in which they do it. Exercising at least three days a week is a good start for achieving optimal brain health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 24, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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