Reishi Mushroom Coffee

How to Make Reishi Mushroom Coffee

Reishi Mushroom CoffeeA personal favorite of mine, I have been enjoying Fat Coffee, or Bulletproof Coffee, for 6+ months now (note: I only use ghee, as butter still contains the casein protein which can be suspect for digestive stress and opiate activation/addiction).  I have been adding reishi to my coffee on and off as a way to support additional stressors which come up in my life.

In my life stress comes in the form of less than 6 hours of sleep, changes in my sleep cycle (times), lack of quality sleep (I use an app called Sleep Cycle), poor dietary choices (yes, I too eat junk from time to time), alcohol consumption, travel, emotional distress via relationship changes, financial concerns, longing for a life I currently am not living (related to how busy I become without breath or slow down).

I rarely get sick but when I begin to feel less that 100%, I often use reishi as my tonic. There are a myriad of herbal adaptogens in the world and each has its own protective properties and supports different metabolic pathways.  Each patient I see often requires some form of adaptogen to maximize their nervous system’s response to stress. Here is a step-by-step for a delicious bulletproof coffee.

How to Make Reishi Mushroom Coffee:

  1. Add 1 tsp. of reishi mushroom powder and 32 oz. of purified water to a pot and boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Measure 5-10 tbsp. of ground coffee (according to preferred strength) and place in french press. Pour reishi water mix over coffee grounds and steep for 4 minutes.
  4. Return to pot and heat on medium-low. Add a healthy tbsp. of coconut oil and maybe some butter or ghee. Optional: add some almond milk or cream.
  5. Blend together using an immersion blender. Have a nice day!

 

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September Is Subluxation Awareness Month!

The first chiropractic adjustment for a subluxation was demonstrated on September 18th 1985. It was then that Chiropractic care started to develop into a legitimate and successful form of treatment for individuals with health ailments.

Subluxations are one of the most common reasons why people turn to chiropractic care.

When the motion or position of the spinal bones are compromised this can create absolute chaos within the body, not only affecting the spine but also causing stress, pain and discomfort to other areas of the body. Subluxations inhibit the body from operating properly in almost every way.

Incorrect positioning of the spine can and most likely, will irritate, compress or stretch nerve tissue, which is already extremely delicate. As the immune system weakens, strength and coordination are negatively affected and organs may cease to function normally.

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However, getting adjusted by a licensed chiropractor can increase your body’s white blood cell count by thirty percent! A raise in white blood cells means that your body can defend itself against the common cold, the flu and other contagious illnesses. Getting adjusted is not just for adults, children can also benefit from chiropractic care especially during that time of year when the common cold is most prominent. Having your child adjusted can help raise their immune systems to help fight against those nasty viruses.

Subluxations cause an increase in pain levels, pain consistency, as well as stiffness and fatigue. As if the physical symptoms weren’t enough, there could also be major affects to stress and our state of mind. It’s important to realize that subluxations are not just a tight wound, sore muscles in your back. They are silent killers which over time decreases the body’s immunity to disease. Think about subluxation this way, if you tie a piece of string around the tip of your finger very tightly and held it there, would you simply put hot water on it to decrease the tightness in your finger? No. Would you try and rub the tip of your finger to ease the tension of the string? Maybe, but the string is still tightly wound against the finger tip. The only way to ease the tension is to release the string from the finger. In essence, the only way to relive and treat subluxation is to release that damaging tension from the spine. This is accomplished through chiropractic adjustments.

So don’t wait! If you are looking for a Longmont Chiropractor, contact our office for a free consultation with Dr. John and find out how chiropractic can help benefit you and your family today.

Guest author credit: Kaitlin Lamarre

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Community of Life

Community

 

Without COMMUNITY we would not survive!  Our society is built on culture, and connection to others.  A well known story from a WWII hospital orphanage sadly discovered that babies who are not held will die, even if well fed.  An article just came out about a mother, whose baby was pronounced dead at birth.  She held him to say goodbye, and after two hours the baby came back to life!  This wonderfully illustrates how vital sharing the life force with each other is.  Without contact we do not grow to speak, think or act to our potential.  Communities provide our friends, our families, our support and our health. They provide outlets for our creativity, and exposure to new ideas, people and places. Many studies have demonstrated that people who are involved in their communities tend to live longer and happier lives.  Connection is the key the success of our species, and ironically, modern culture has ingrained the importance of self reliance, sole solidity, and independence above all morals.

The definitions given in the dictionary all fall short of what a real community offers.  Its a home, a friend, a deep and lasting connection with people that may share a locale or interest, but most importantly share love.  Love for a place, love for each other, love for humanity or earth or another interest.  Community is the people you see everyday, the people you intentionally gather with, the people you share your wins and losses with, the places that inspire you and the people that go there with you. Community is so much more than just people! People don’t exist without the community of plants, animals, water and air. Have you ever gone a day without air? Without air there are no plants, without water there are no plants, or animals. We are a deeply interconnected community on Earth, of all living things. We live in the precious balance and harmony by respecting other beings rights to be here, and ultimately, provide for us humans!

Here are some things you can do to strengthen your experience of community. Think of it like gardening your friends.  Plant seeds, water, weed and celebrate the harvest!

 

Get Outside!

Talk and Smile at strangers

Introduce friends

Offer to help a neighbor

Bake extra cookies to share

Find reasons to celebrate

Trade skills

Learn and instrument

Make room to PLAY!

Start a project with a friend

Share your gifts

Ask for help

Ask questions

Be POSITIVE

Leave your phone at home

 

    There are so many more ways to connect with each other.  We hope that you have made connections that are valuable, and lasting in your life. We want to overcome the walls that we have put up to health and community. The health and wellness of just one person drastically impacts the health and wellness of us all. One healthy, happy person can brighten all of the interactions they have during the course of a day. We hope that we can create a centered community with the goal of healing, and joyously celebrating living together!  Lets support each other! Change for the better, overall, must come from us all.

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Sciatica

Sciatica

The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, and they run down the back of each leg. It is when the nerves are irritated or are affected by inflammation of soft tissue that doctors refer to this as sciatica. This most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve.

With Sciatica, pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. As with all pain, causes can be chemical, physical or emotional. Symptoms of a flare up can result in lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness that could radiate into the thigh, legs, ankles and even the feet and toes.  Pain could also be limited to various points along the nerve, such as the buttocks, knee and calf.

Research shows that when treated with chiropractic, sciatic has an 8-9% greater rate of recovery than if patients use therapy or standard medical care.  We can also help with exercises to do at home to decrease the  pain, and align yourself for best functionality.

As a health problem that relates to the spine, chiropractic care can cause this issue to improve dramatically. Restoration in the spine can improve nerve function throughout the body, including decreased pain.

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Frequent Headaches?

Headaches are so common that people sometimes think that its just a normal part of life!  No way! Pain is not normal, it is a signal from your body that something needs attention.  Stress, toxic fumes, food allergies, preservatives, and dehydration are common culprits of frequent headaches.

Some would estimate that 25% of the population has a headache RIGHT NOW!?!  It has been reported that 10 million Americans suffer from moderate to severe headaches regularly. That is a lot of pain!  We weren’t born with headaches, and we can live without them.  Loss of normal spine curve is a common cause of many types of headaches.

When the spinal bones in the neck and upper back lose their normal position and motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected.  With spinal nerves and tissue stretched and irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches.  Medication will only cover the warning signs, and will never correct the underlying cause. Frequently, people experience correction and relief through chiropractic care.
Spinal joint dysfunction can be created by the myriad of chemical, emotional and physical stresses in our lives. Chiropractic care can help align all of these systems. One of the biggest benefits of chiropractic care is the opportunity to create well being and be drug free! We want to help you TODAY!

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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel

Repetitive hand and wrist motion recieve micro traumas to their hands and wrists daily.  Think clerks, receivers, shipment, keyboard operators, cell phone use, musicians, assembly line workers, waitstaff, baristas and many others. Vibration and repetitive motion can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.  When combined with other spinal problems and joint dysfunction it worsens symptoms of this disorder.  Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and loss of strength in the hands.

The carpal tunnel is a path way through your wrist that gets compressed during certain strenuous or repetitive activity, and it blocks blood flow and nerve signal to the hand.  Specific chiropractic adjustments can help return malfunctioning joints to a more normal motion and position.

The major nerve controlling the thumb, index and parts of the middle and ring finger is called the median nerve.  It travels from the tip of your fingers through the wrist, up the arm and to your spinal cord.  Problems can develop in any of these areas. The carpal tunnel is formed by bones in the wrists, and the median nerve, tendons and blood pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming in this tunnel should collapse, inflammation, nerve pressure, and pain can result.

Problems can also develop as a result of the spinal column being misaligned at the point in which the nerves connect to the spine. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, you can experience problems in the fingers and wrist.

With adjustments specific to this syndrome, chiropractic can help normalize the structure and reduce nerve irritation.  When given time, chiropractic has had excellent results helping people with carpal tunnel syndrome without drugs or surgery!

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Sports Injuries Can Happen to Anyone

Sports Injuries

Fall is around the corner, and with the days cooling off it is likely that you are trying to spend as much time as possible outside before the cold sets in.  Sports injuries can occur through gym workouts, marathon training, lifting babies, raking leaves, carrying a backpack, getting tackled, or gardening.  Chiropractic can help with injuries to any of the bones or joints, not just in backs and necks. Pain, swelling, loss of motion and function can all be results of overdoing it, no matter what the sport. Repetitive motion, slips, falls, over exertion, and accidents can all result in tennis elbow, runner’s knee, frozen shoulder, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Conventional treatment of these issues includes splinting, medications, steroid injections and possibly surgery. These are all costly,  invasive, and violent to your body.  Checking out all injuries with a chiropractor can save you lots of time, money, toxins and is a much gentler form of injury therapy.  Long term problems related to injuries can result in calcium buildup and scar tissue, which can be more difficult to remove.

Its best to deal with injuries as soon as they happen, but much can be done with chiropractic for old injuries as well.  Old injuries may be rearing their heads as the weather cools and dampens, and can still be corrected.

Chiropractic can also be helpful to prevent injuries! By having proper alignment when you go out there to thrash around the world, you can prevent many future injuries from developing.  Pinched nerves and thrown out backs can happen at any moment, and the better aligned you are the less likely you are to experience this painful hassle.
Contact us today for help with past and future injuries!

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Overwhelm and Stress

How is Stress affecting you?

Emotional stress, physical stress, and spiritual stress can all contribute to leaving you feeling overwhelmed, and spent. Stress is an ever evolving system response to the changing stimulus of our environment.  We can feel stressed by our jobs, personal conflicts, project deadlines, demands of time or money. It may surprise you that the feelings of stress may have nothing to do with the stress in your life.  Poor posture, prolonged sitting, and accident, or an old injury can all lead to spinal stress. Chronic pain and muscle tension can cause you to experience nervousness and irritability,or nervousness and irritability can cause chronic pain and muscle tension.  We can help you unravel this catch 22.

Chiropractic care can help give your nervous system a greater capacity to adapt to stress. Like a vacation, in just a 15 minute appointment.  Chiropractic can be similar to exercise by reducing tension in the nervous system, improving your ability to tolerate and adapt to the stresses of modern life. We seem to exhibit stress and strain in the weakest area of our bodies. That area will be the first to go, like the weakest link in a chain. Finding the weak links in your spine and helping restore better function, can make a profound difference in your response to stress. Stress can show up as an upset stomach, recurring headaches, back pain, or muscle stiffness. Others may have nervous twitches, allergic reactions, or chemical sensitivities. Regardless of how your body responds to stress, your nervous system is involved, which is why chiropractic is such an important adjunct to your busy life.

The chiropractic approach to stress is to help normalize the function of your nervous system by removing interferences caused by spinal joint dysfunction.

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Biodynamic!

Biodynamic farming is a subset of permaculture, both which offer solutions to the problems of modern agriculture. A short list of these issues includes; monoculture, deforestation, biodiversity desecration, toxic chemical use, soil depletion, job loss, habitat pollution and loss of culture. All of these problems are fundamental issues that have a chain of ramifications, like deteriorating health and lowered function in society.

Permaculture is based on the idea of creating a “permanent culture.”  This implies farming, building and lifestyle practices that can be sustained throughout generations of human life.  This is contrary to the way that society is currently functioning, but it is completely essential for our future.

Biodynamic practices live within permaculture.  The word bio comes from latin and means life, dynamic can be defined as a force that stimulates change or progress within a system.  In this way, Biodynamic farming practices are sustainable resource management, and resource growth that benefits all systems.  There are a lot of vineyards that operate within biodynamic principles, because using this system feeds better grapes, making better wines. It is sensible for a farmer to look to the long term effects of their practices to sustain their land as long as possible.  To do this a farmer must nourish the soil, the land surrounding their farm, and the people that support the farm.  The first developer of biodynamic farming believed that supporting ourselves in this ethical way allowed our spiritual connection to grow.

 

So what does that equate to?

 

Biodynamic permaculture is the process of building a sustainable and evolving culture that is supportive to all life.

 

Why do I care?

 

We are all interconnected in this life.  Everything we do affects another being.  If I eat well, take care of my body and choose to be happy those around me will be positively affected.  When you smile at another person, or talk with a stranger instead of being on your smartphone, you are positively affecting your world.  Choosing food from farmers in your neighborhood is more ethically sustainable because you are supporting a person in the community, making a connection, and providing better quality food for yourself.   Biodynamic living is a way to improve your connection to food, improve your connection to community, and ultimately take better care of yourself and our future.

 

We here at Life Chiropractic are passionate about sharing and developing this kind of community within our world.  We want to support you to reach out and make healthy connections, and develop a lifestyle that supports all of our well beings!

Call 303.678.1979 to schedule an appointment today or sign up for one of our free community events to see us in action.

Clarity

Clarity!

    We recently spoke about the word ‘Light’.  When we focus on lighting up our lives through health, wellness, truth and love, the life changing results are CLARITY!

When you have clarity, you possess a clearness of mind, free from obscurity and easy to understand. It means clearness, like water fresh from the mountain spring.  Adding light to your inner mixture, allowed you to identify where you were cloudy, and where darkness was lurking.  Through the light, we can foster clarity by being centered and grounded in the present moment, knowing what our goals are, and having open and honest communication with ourselves, primarily, in addition to our families and community.

    Use journaling to discover what drives you, and where you are going.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself to discover and create clarity:

 

    What are my biggest accomplishments?

    What are my biggest stumbling blocks?

 

        These questions will give you a sense of what your values are.  When you have a clear idea of what values most to you, you can align your habits to those values, and from there, develop goals.

 

Make a list of your values.

    List 3 goals that you consider to be vital

        You have now done some wonderful inner searching, and just from this can get connected with yourself, which always helps you feel good.  Take it to the next level:

 

MAKE A GAME PLAN!

 

        Underneath each goal, make a list of how you can get there with as much detail as you can muster.  Some people find this easier by working backwards and imagining what it would take to get to where you are going.  Do you need to start a savings account, get a gym membership, get nutrition counseling?  In your game plan list 3 people for each goal that you can call on. One to ask for help, another keep you accountable, and another to be your cheerleader.

    At Life Wellness we want to help you achieve these goals, whatever they are!  Chiropractic alignment, NET and QN Light Therapy will help with gaining clarity.  We can also check beliefs and clear the negative beliefs that are preventing you from achieving your goals. We can help align your body, mind and spirit for success!

For a free consultation call us at 303.678.1979 or register for one of our free community events.