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Health Tip of the Week: Benefits of Bone Broth

Here is a smattering of the latest health news from the last week.  Have you ever heard of bone broth.  It is the latest rage in nutritious foods.  A powerfully nourishing food, bone broth is easily digestible, heals the lining of your gut, and is loaded with valuable nutrients that promote healing. If you’re struggling with illness, looking for a way to add more nutrients in your meals, or just want a delicious complement to your usual meal, this is the way to go.

It basically involves boiling bones from organic meat sources for a long period of time.  I will purchase an organic whole chicken and boil the chicken.  Once the meat is done cooking, I cool the chicken (saving the chicken broth) and take the meat off of the bones. I then put the chicken bones back into the chicken broth, add a little apple cider vinegar and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, it simmers for a few hours.  Take all the bones out and what is left is a very nutritious broth that will boost your body’s immune system and promote overall health.  For more in-depth info on cooking instructions, Google Bone Broth Recipes.

Next up, added sugar in the diet. An astonishing 60 percent of the food Americans eat is ULTRA-processed, and these foods account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S.  Ultra –processed foods are typically the foods that are purchased at convenience stores. About 2 percent of the calories in processed foods come from added sugars. By definition, unprocessed or minimally processed contain none. Ultra-processed foods get 21 percent of their calories from added sugars.

The 2015 U.S. dietary guidelines recommend limiting sugar intake to a max of 10 percent of daily calories. Cutting down on ultra-processed foods is a simple way to reduce your added sugar intake.

Lastly, have you ever thought of not eating a meal at your scheduled time?  Fasting induces metabolic signaling that reduces your potential for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.  Fasting reduces the amount of free radicals in your body and renews your immune system through the regulation of stem cell production.

The newest form of fasting is called intermittent fasting.  This is when you have your last meal of the day and do not eat again till after 2pm the next day.  By doing this type of fast two to three days a week, not only will you be healthier, but you will lose weight.

Chiropractic Thought for the Week

According to a recent article in Prevention magazine, most people assume that chiropractors are good only for neck and back pain. And while they do treat a lot of that, there's plenty else they can do.

Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and how they affect the rest of the body. "Many people don't know that most chiropractors have postgraduate training and board certification in areas such as pediatrics, clinical nutrition, neurology, orthopedics, physical rehabilitation, sports/athletic injury, and acupuncture.

The article went on to list 6 things that chiropractors can be helpful with.  Low back pain, Neck Pain, Pregnancy, Digestive Issues, Headaches and Blood Pressure.


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