My Soda Replacement = Kombucha

I love Coca-Cola. I love the fizzle and every completely non-healthy thing about it. However, there really is not one healthy thing about a soda so I have not had one in months. The thing about sugar in general is it makes you crave more sugar! Once sugar is removed you will be amazed at how your cravings vanish. I have not even craved a soda since I started drinking Kombucha. When I crave fizzy this is what I turn to and it has a ton of health benefits!

Kombucha has many benefits for your gut. Gut health is very important since 80% of your immune system is located in your gut! Kombucha is fermented black tea and sugar. It contains a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) that acts as a probiotic food. During the fermentation process, Kombucha becomes carbonated and produces vinegar, vitamins, and probiotics.

Kombucha contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. Antioxidants fight free radicals which can damage our cells.

Acetic acid is also produced during the fermentation process (also found in vinegar). Acetic acid is able to kill harmful microorganisms. In the gut, Kombucha helps balance and restore good bacteria. The B vitamins in Kombucha help increase energy levels.

One study completed on rats found that in just 30 days Kombucha improved their LDL and HDL markers (1).

Kombucha does contain some sugar content. You can make your own Kombucha at home and reduce the sugar content. If you do make your own at home it is important to prepare it properly and reduce the risk of contamination.

The key when trying to restore good bacteria to your gut is variety! There are many great fermented food options to add to your diet.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

On the weekends I like to try something new. I meal prep during the week so it is nice to have something different on the weekends. This week I have been craving mac and cheese. I have not had macaroni and cheese in years! So, I tried a healthier version and it turned out amazing! It is very easy to make too.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of grass fed butter
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Roast cauliflower on 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. While that is in the oven place remaining ingredients in a pot and heat. Once cauliflower is finished mix and enjoy! If you try it let me know how you like it 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Boosting Your Immune System

According to the CDC this seasons influenza activity has been increased than in years past. There are steps you can take to boost your immune system and defend yourself against infections including the flu. Research is showing that optimizing your vitamin D levels may be far more effective in protecting against the flu than the flu shot.

Dr. John Cannell, introduced the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be the reason for someone contracting the flu. One study showed that in individuals who had significant vitamin D deficiency and began taking a vitamin D supplement they reduced their risk of respiratory infections such as the flu by 50%! Individuals who already had high vitamin D levels still reduced their risk of the flu by 10%.

There are blood tests that can be ordered to see where your vitamin D levels are.

Vitamin C  and Zinc are also important in boosting your immune system. There are also some great essential oils that help combat cold symptoms. Oregano and Frankincense are great to keep on hand!

This article is a great read! I encourage everyone to take some time to read through it. Educating yourself is so important to protect yourself and your family. Doctors are wonderful, educated individuals but they are also human. Research information for yourself in order to make a decision.

https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/1281.cfm

Whipped Body Butter!

I recently starting making my own body butter and it has done wonders for my skin! I’m all for using more natural ingredients but only if it doesn’t require a long list and all day to make. When I started looking at all the additives in common lotions it made me think twice about applying it to my skin. Luckily this body butter does not require a long list of ingredients, it is not time-consuming, and it is healthy for your skin! You can use this base recipe and substitute any essential oil you would like!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw shea butter
  • 1/8 cup jojoba oil
  • 20-30 drops essential oils, I mixed geranium, frankincense, and lavender

Jojoba oil has many benefits for healthy skin. It is rich in vitamin B and E. Jojoba oil along with coconut oil and shea butter are great moisturizers. Frankincense contains Boswellia that is an anti-inflammatory compound. Lavender is very calming and helps reduce stress. Geranium is great at helping relieve skin irritation and can also tone! You can switch these oils out to create a different scent in the lotion.

You will add your coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil into a glass container and place inside a pot filled with water. Heat until mixture melts. Now place into the refrigerator until solid (usually 1-2 hours). Remove from refrigerator, add essential oils, and use a mixer to blend all ingredients together. Now enjoy and feel the difference in your skin!

 

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Essential Oils

I recently received my essential oils in the mail! It is like Christmas day again. I also ordered some all-natural organic face cream. I have used it for two days and can already tell a notable difference in how soft my skin is.

You can use essential oils for so many things. You can use them as chemical free cleaning products; diffuse them; skincare; hair care; and natural remedies etc.

For example, Geranium, Frankincense, and Lavender are wonderful for the skin. Frankincense is the most referenced oil in the bible. It is great at helping boost the immune system. Frankincense contains Boswellia which is an anti-inflammatory compound.

Lemon oil is great for cleaning, natural detoxification, and can even be used with raw honey to sooth sore throats.

Lavender is great to help reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. Just add a couple of drops in a diffuser and place it close by.

Essential oils are 10-70x more concentrated than when in the plant form. This means that 15 ml bottle of lavender oil is equivalent to 150 lbs of flowers! You do have to do some research to make sure the brand you are using is organic therapeutic grade oils.

Do you use essential oils?! If so, what are some of your favorite ways to use them?

Did you know chiropractors are primary care providers?

Chiropractic approaches health by relying on the body’s natural healing ability. We believe that the relationship between the spine and nervous system contribute to many disease processes. Doctors of chiropractic are physicians who see the body as a whole and give special attention to: spinal mechanics, musculoskeletal, vascular, neurological, and nutritional connections.

 

A chiropractic physician is considered a primary health care provider and also a portal of entry to the health care system. Chiropractic physicians appreciate the demand for intervention with doctors in a different specialty, when needed. If a patient’s condition needs an allopathic physician then a referral is made.

 

Chiropractic physicians must pass four national board exams and a physical therapy exam in order to be eligible to sit for state board examinations. Training between doctors of chiropractic and medical doctors are very similar in regards to basic science course work. Where the training differs is with chiropractors having nutritional classes and spinal adjusting whereas medical doctors have pharmacology.

 

Chiropractic
Class Hours
Subject Medical
Class Hours
520 Anatomy-Embryology 508
420 Physiology 326
271 Pathology-Geriatrics-Pediatrics 335
300 Chemistry 325
114 Microbiology/Bacteriology 130
370 Diagnosis 374
320 Neurology 112
217 Radiology 148
65 Psychology/Psychiatry 144
65 Obstetrics-Gynecology 198
225 Orthopedics 156
2,887 TOTAL HOURS 2,756
1,598 Specialty Courses 1,492
4,485 Total Class Hours 4,248

NOTE:   Adapted from: Chapman-Smith, D. The Chiropractic Profession. NCMIC Group Inc. 2000.