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The Myth of the Eight Hour Sleep

Here is our Walnut Creek Chiropractic Weekly Health Alert:

A growing body of evidence, garnered from both science and history, is beginning to suggest that the eight-hour sleep cycle may not be most natural arrangement for humans after all.  One experiment conducted in the 1990s, for example, seemed to indicate that when completely left to their own devices, people would sleep for four hours, then wake for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.

More recently, historians have uncovered a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct segments, including diaries, court records, medical books and literature.  The historically recent change to this pattern could be the root of a condition called sleep maintenance insomnia, where people wake during the night and have trouble getting back to sleep

According to BBC News:

“… [R]eferences to the first and second sleep started to disappear during the late 17th Century. This started among the urban upper classes in northern Europe and over the course of the next 200 years filtered down to the rest of Western society … In 1667, Paris became the first city in the world to light its streets … [B]y the end of the century, more than 50 of Europe’s major towns and cities were lit at night.  Night became fashionable and spending hours lying in bed was considered a waste of time. “

Sources:

BBC News February 22, 2012

 

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“When You’re Feeling Dim…”

Chiropractor Walnut Creek Weekly Sticky:

Ever have one of those days where you just don’t feel as bright as you should?  Your diet’s good, you’re getting enough exercise but for some reason you still feel drained and unproductive.  Maybe it’s time for a trip to the Chiropractor…

Think of your Nerve System as electrical wires and your body a 100 watt light bulb connected to it.  When the wires are clear and electricity flows freely, your bulb glows to 100 watts. But if power is restricted in the wires, your bulb dims.  Chiropractors call it being Subluxated or in a ‘state of less light/less energy.’  And the only thing that can ‘light you up’ again is a specific, loving Chiropractic Adjustment.

Eating properly and getting enough exercise is important, but you’ll never shine to your full potential if you’re Subluxated… and you can’t afford that.  The world needs you beaming at 100 watts.  So don’t wait until your light’s completely out.  Get adjusted and shine bright with regular Chiropractic care!

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Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry

Here is our weekly healthy recipe, this week it is from: Simply Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry

Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord as he shares a lip-smacking recipe for mushroom stir-fry he recreated from one he enjoyed in China. ~Elise

During a recent trip through China I ate a lot of life changing food. Sichuan stir-fried duck tongues, homemade noodles in beef sauce, spicy lotus root with ginger, Sandouping-style boiled peanuts, curried yak with butter, deep fried river shrimp with garlic… Oh! The list goes on! You can believe that I was taking plenty of notes so that I could recreate these dishes back in the States.

While in Beijing and Xi’an I noticed that much of the food there was sweeter than the rest of China. One particular dish we had quite a few times was a simple mushroom stir-fry. It was spicy, but not too much. Just enough to make the tongue tingle a bit. It was also quite sweet, but not sickeningly so. When I asked one of the cooks what made it sweet he pulled down a jar of practically-black honey whose musky fragrance, even with the lid firmly closed, dominated a kitchen packed with garlic and scallions. I was smitten.

I went back to my dish and began to pick it apart; chilies, garlic, ginger, and glazed mushrooms of all kinds… I was so keen on how the cook had achieved such flavor with such simple ingredients that I was determined to figure it out.

After a bit of playing I’ve re-created the recipe and I think it’s rather spot on. Composed of a lightly sweet glaze, a carefree sauce, and ingredients you likely have at home or can easily find at any grocery store it’s a light, savory, and honeyed recipe you’ll quickly add to your cold weather repertoire.

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Sweet and Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe

Any clear honey will do, the darker the better.

Ingredients

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock (use vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if cooking gluten-free)

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock (use vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if cooking gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing cooking wine or cooking sherry
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Stir-Fry

  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2-5 dried red chilies, roughly chopped OR 1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoons sesame, grapeseed, or other high smoke-point oil
  • 2 lbs. of mixed mushrooms (oyster, crimini, button, shitake, enoki, whathaveyou…), roughly chopped or quartered (you want bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cups of snow peas or snap peas, de-stringed
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Method

1 Make the glaze by whisking together the stock, honey, and soy sauce in a bowl and set aside. Make the sauce by whisking together the stock, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, cooking wine or sherry, and the corn starch in a bowl and set that aside as well.

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2 Place 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or a wok over high heat. When the oil is glistening and a bead of water evaporates in under a second add the mushrooms and toss. Allow the mushrooms to cook for a few minutes until they start to squeak and give up their water (you’ll see their water in the pan). When they do add the glaze. Allow the glaze to boil off, stirring occasionally, about 5-6 minutes. When barely any more liquid remains take the mushrooms off the heat and set them aside in a bowl. There may be bits of sugar caramelized to the side of the pan, don’t fret about it.

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3 Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic, ginger, and chilies and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the snow peas and green onions and toss for about 30 more seconds.

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4 Increase heat to high. Add the sauce and allow the mixture to come to a boil. The sauce will thicken considerably. Add the mushrooms back to the mixture and cook for about 20 more seconds. Take off the heat. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds if using.

Yield: Serves 4.

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12 Top Food Choices for a Healthy Heart

Walnut Creek Chiropractic Weekly Health Alert


(NaturalNews) When it comes to eating for good health, choosing foods for heart health should be at the top of the list. The heart is the organ that literally keeps us going – delivering nutrients, oxygen and disease fighters throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease also happens to be the leading cause of death in the U.S., ranking just ahead of cancer.

There are several foods which can help give us a healthy heart and cardiovascular system – especially if they are chosen in their healthiest whole food forms. Instead of processed foods found on grocers’ shelves, choose fresh whole foods which you can eat with little or no processing and cooking. Certified organic whole foods are the best choice of all.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne has been called “the king of herbs” for good reason, and that is especially true when it comes to heart health. It is loaded with antioxidants and other valuable compounds which help protect the heart and arteries.

As the famed herbal healer Dr. Shulze said, “If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.”

Spinach

Popeye’s favorite vegetable is a delicious, nutritious fighting machine when it comes to heart health. Included among the many heart-healthy compounds in spinach are: potassium, folate, calcium, betaine, antioxidant carotenoid lutein and nitrate. Spinach is also one of only two plant sources of co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) which is vital for heart and muscle health.

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of our most powerful disease-fighting foods. They get their dark blue color from the powerful antioxidant anthocyanins and they are packed with heart-healthy fiber and vitamin C.

Salmon

This cold-water fish is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is also a great source of protein. You can also get plenty of omega-3s from pollock, tuna, herring, mackerel and swordfish.

Legumes

Legumes, including beans, are full of protein, are virtually fat-free and are loaded with fiber, iron, calcium and potassium.

Fresh beans may take longer to soak and cook than canned ones, but they taste better, aren’t packed with sodium and preservatives and they’re less expensive.

Nuts

Nuts are a great source of healthful proteins, vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats raise good cholesterol levels and escorts bad cholesterol to the liver, where it’s filtered from your body.

Oats

Grandma referred to fiber as “roughage” and we need plenty of it each day. Oats are a good way to get it. Oats are a great source of fiber as well as vitamins and minerals. Oatmeal topped with blueberries gives you a super heart-healthy breakfast.

Broccoli

This green super-veggie gives you vitamins C and E, calcium, folate, fiber and beta-carotene. Along with spinach, broccoli is a rare natural source of CoQ10. Broccoli is healthiest if eaten raw or lightly steamed.

Asparagus

Asparagus is another supremely healthy vegetable. It contains significant amounts of folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and beta-carotene. Try lightly steaming asparagus in butter and lemon juice along with minced garlic and perhaps a touch of sea salt.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed has loads of fiber, omega-3s and other beneficial nutrients. Not normally eaten by itself, flaxseed goes great as a salad topper and in muffins, cereal and cookies.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are delicious (especially when mashed) and are a great source of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamins A, C and E.

Garlic

Garlic helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps prevent atherosclerosis. Garlic is healthiest when fresh or freshly crushed, as well as in fermented form and garlic oil.

Sources for this article included:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

http://www.tbyil.com/cayenne_pepper.htm

http://health.howstuffworks.com

http://www.spinachwords.com/heart_health.shtml

http://homecooking.about.com

 

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“Remember to Check Your Eggs”

Chiropractor Walnut Creek Weekly Sticky

How many times have you had a minor fender-bender, or a slip on the ice and never gave it a second thought? Maybe your ego was bruised, but you didn’t notice any outward signs of in- jury. What happened to you on the inside could be a different story.

After a trauma, things may appear fine on the outside, but it doesn’t mean they’re OK on the inside. That’s why we open egg cartons and check the contents for hidden damage before we buy them. The same goes for your spine after any jolt. What may seem like a minor bump from the outside, could actually create SUBLUXATIONS on the inside. (Misaligned vertebrae that interfere with nerve function, and silently diminish health)

The solution? Get your spine checked for SUBLUXATIONS after any trauma, no matter how big or small. If your kid takes a tumble down the stairs – get them checked. If your spouse backs the car into a fence post – get them checked. If you tripped over the dog on the way to the refrigerator last night – get yourself checked too. Life’s tough enough without having to live it SUBLUXATED.

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