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Pack it Light, Wear it Right

.Kids think it’s “cool” to strap on their backpacks and head out to school. But if they don’t know exactly how to choose, load, lift and wear them – these all-important accessories can be a pain in the back. Literally. Not to mention the neck, head, and shoulders. Backpacks can affect your children’s health. Carrying a heavy load that is unevenly or improperly distributed can result in poor posture; and even distort the spinal column, throwing it out of alignment. This can cause muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage.   Packing it properly:They’re not moving out! Make sure your children’s packs contain only what is needed for that day, and that the weight is…

Healthy lunch Alternative

Smashed White Bean, Basil, & Avocado Sandwich Photo Courtesy of Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Pumpkin and Peanut Butter’s Smashed White Bean, Basil, & Avocado Sandwich combines the flavors of hummus, guacamole, and pesto all in one. The only additional ingredients are salt and pepper, lemon, and dijon mustard. And you can also add whatever veggie sandwich fixings your heart desires. You could easily spoon the filling over a salad or in a veggie bowl. You could even mix with the vegan egg salad for an adventurous but healthy lunch.

Almonds Begin Because of Bees

Almonds’ sustainability story doesn’t end with water. For these nuts to grow, bees must pollinate each blossom. Almond orchards are the first natural food source of the year for many bees after winter hibernation. Bees store this food to start their pollination season. According to the Almond Board of California, almond pollen is nutritious, providing all 10 of the essential amino acids bees need. In total, California’s almond industry requires roughly 2 million hives — it’s the world’s largest managed pollination event. Almost all the bees are brought to the state from across the country. More than 70% of all commercial honey bee colonies in the United States are used to pollinate almond orchards. And in case you don’t know,…

Yoga for People with Low Back Pain
Posted on July 23rd, 2019

Yoga can be an effective and gentle tool to help manage your low back pain. Its many benefits include relief from pain, stress and anxiety – it’s also fun and challenging!  Yoga can help you reduce muscle tension, increase flexibility and strength while improving your balance. Warm up before trying yoga, as you want to help your back pain, not make it worse.   Here is a list of yoga poses that are great for beginners and can be done at home! Always listen to your body and do not continue a pose if it is painful. If you’re unsure if yoga is right for you or feel pain once you try it, talk to your chiropractor.   Downward Dog   This bending pose strengthens the shoulders, core, back and legs while promoting back flexibility.  

7 camping tips that will save your back this summer
Posted on July 9th, 2019

Summer weather is here! This means there are more opportunities to go outdoors and have fun. One activity that many of us look forward to in the summer months is camping. The fresh air, a well-lit campfire and a dip in the lake are difficult to resist. But preparing for camping is just as important as enjoying it. Be ready for the unexpected. Camp grounds and parks allow us to enjoy a large variety of recreational activities, which is what makes it a summer favorite. Preparing and organizing packing ahead of time can help you manage the unexpected and tackle challenges as they arise. We want to help out all our campers this summer with some useful tips to follow…

Cruciferous vegetables
Posted on June 25th, 2019

They include: Broccoli Cauliflower Kale Collard greens Mustard greens Arugula Radishes (all sorts) Bok choy Watercress What’s amazing about them: Support liver detoxification Clear “dirty” estrogens (that cause the symptoms) High in fiber (will help with BM – key in managing ED!) Anti-inflammatory (excess estrogen is inflammatory – so this helps) High in nutrient density (switch them for lettuce, zucchini or cucumbers) Safe for the thyroid!

Quote of the Day
Posted on June 11th, 2019

If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” ― Deepak Chopra

Avocado Health Benefits: The Skinny on This Healthy Fat Fruit
Posted on May 28th, 2019

Avocados offer an abundance of fiber, potassium (more than a banana!), and vitamins B6 and C. They’re also rich in folate, which can boost your mood! But any way you slice it, the nutrient avocados offer the most of is fat. In fact, one cup of avocado provides 21 grams of fat. The type of fat found in avocado, therefore, matters a great deal. And it’s mostly a mixture of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats are essential. This means they’re necessary for your body to function, but it can’t make them itself. Your body uses these fats to build cell membranes and the covering of nerves. And they’re also needed for blood clotting and muscle movement. Monounsaturated fats are…

Posted on May 14th, 2019

There is no prescription for finding moments of gratitude in every day; there is simply choice.   Gillian Deacon

Kombucha
Posted on May 1st, 2019

In a culture where caffeinated, sugar-laden and alcoholic drinks have been monopolizing the market it is refreshing to see a healthy, low-sugar, probiotic-rich powerhouse beverage gaining popularity among the masses. From energy drinks to coffee-latte-cold-brews, to high sugar sodas and the never-ending plethora of alcoholic beverages, it is time that we see these beverages for what they really are. Adrenal-zapping (read: energy-zapping), weight-gain promoting, anxiety-riddling drinks. That overall just do not make us feel good. A beverage that does the exact opposite in all these areas becoming more readily available is a huge sigh of relief. So what exactly is kombucha? Kombucha is a beverage that is made with sugar and tea and is fermented with a SCOBY. SCOBY stands…

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