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20% off Vitamin D Supplements this December

Vitamin D is naturally produced in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight.  In the Pacific Northwest, dark, overcast days cause many of us to become deficient in vitamin D during the winter months.   In this enviornment It is crucial that we supplement with vitamin D.
 
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency:  

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  • Fatigue

  • Generalized aches and pains

  • Sense of not feeling well

  • Weight gain

  • Slow recovery from colds or flus

  • Restless sleep

 
Benefits of Vitamin D:  

  • Preventing seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Strong bones and teeth

  • Healthy immune response to colds and flus

  • Supports healthy brain and nervous system

  • Supports lung and cardiovascular health

  • Deep sleep

 
We carry a high quality 5000 iu vitamin D pill.  We feel that 5000 ius of vitamin a day is a safe dosage to be used throughout the dark months of the year.  Please consult with one of our practitioners about supplementation of vitamin D.  

Cilantro Pesto For Detoxification

Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Heavy Metal Detox

It is important to use organic ingredients and to wash them well. This will avoid contamination with pesticides and herbicides.

Ingredients:

3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts or macadamia nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup parsley
2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
Big pinch of Celtic sea salt or whichever high quality salt you prefer

Directions

Soak the seeds and nuts overnight.
Shred the parsley, cilantro and olive oil in a blender or food processor until finely chopped.
Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt and lemon juice together.
Mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste.

Use the pesto fresh with a meal or store it in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Stinging Nettle Recipes

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Chickpea & Nettle Soup

This is a hearty and satisfying soup.  It is filling and warming, richly peppered with warm aromatic spices.  This soup is a lovely addition to a cool spring evening.  

Ingredients:
Two large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
A baking potato, peeled and diced
Two white onions, peeled and sliced
Garlic to your liking
Spices such as cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, or star anise
Lots of fresh nettle tops
A can of chickpeas
Vegetable stock, six cups

Making soup isn't particularly difficult. Experiment with these ingredients and have fun making this soup.  

Lightly fry the spices in the oil until they become aromatic. Don't overheat them, this will change their flavor.  Remove the spices and add the onion and fry in the oil until soft. Then throw in the potatoes.  Cook for a just a couple minutes before covering with stock. Heat to a simmer until the potatoes are cooked then blend the soup.

Wash the nettles removing any thick stems and any dirt. Wear gloves for this part of the process. Cook them in rapidly boiling salt water then drain them in a colander. Chop up the nettles and add them to the soup.  Pour in the can of drained chickpeas. Heat throughly and serve. 

Nettle Aloo

In Indian cuisine potato and spinach is a mainstay.  It is know as aloo saag, literally "potato and spinach". This recipe simply replaces the spinach with stinging nettles giving the dish a fresh and delicious flavor.  

Ingredients:
One large white onion, finely chopped
Three cloves of garlic, finely chopped
One teaspoon of mustard seeds
Two teaspoons black onion seeds
Two teaspoons fenugreek seeds
Salt and pepper
2-3 potatoes, depending on size, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
Nettles, lots.

Blanch the nettles in boiling water then drain in a colander. Finely chop them and set them to one side.

Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 10 minutes. Stop before they are fully cooked.

Fry the spices in oil, lower the heat then add the onion and cook until soft. Add in the garlic and then the potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are soft throughout then add the chopped nettles. Cook the greens down with a little water if necessary, season and serve with rice or another curry.

Thanks to Alex Rushmer for these lovely recipes!

Bone Broth Recipe

basic bone broth recipe

This recipe is a basic bone broth recipe.  It can be easily modified to suit your tastes and by what ingredients you have available in your home.  Of course it is recommended that you use organic meats and vegetable when possible to avoid contamination with hormones, antibiotics and chemical fertilizers.  

Ingredients:
3-4 pounds beef marrow, knuckle bones, or chicken carcasses
½ cup raw apple cider vinegar 
4 quarts filtered water 
3 celery stalks
3 carrots
3 quartered onions
1/2 cup of fresh parsley 
Sea salt 


Method:
Place the bones in your cooking pot or crockpot, add apple cider vinegar and water, and allow the broth to sit for 1 hour. The vinegar will leach minerals out of the bones and into the broth.  
Add the vegetables and bring to a boil.  After 5-10 minutes skim the thick layer from the top of the mixture and discard it. 
Reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 24-72 hours.  Crock pots are the safest way to cook continually overnight.  If you don't trust your stovetop it is okay to turn the broth off overnight and then resume cooking in the morning.  
When the broth is almost complete add the parsley for flavor and added minerals.  
After the broth has cooled strain out the bones and other material.  
Add sea salt for taste.
You can store the broth for up to a week in the fridge or 6 months in a freezer.

 

Health Benefits of Curcumin

Curcumin For Your Health

Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory with many beneficial secondary effects.  The research is so promising that Inner Gate Acupuncture has begun to carry highly potent and tightly regulated curcumin supplements.

Curcumin is an organic compound found in turmeric.  However, turmeric is only about 3% curcumin by weight and is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract.  Therefore, to fully receive the benefits of curcumin it is recommended to take as a potent supplement.

Benefits of Curcumin

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin acts on several portions of the inflammatory cascade. Because it blocks multiple steps of the inflammatory pathway it has been shown to be as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs without any side effects. It is believed that chronic low-level inflammation plays a role is many chronic degenerative diseases. Curcumin helps reduce this inflammation strongly limiting the impact of degenerative diseases.

  • Potent Antioxidant: Oxidative damage is one of the mechanisms behind disease and aging. Free radicles, highly reactive particles, cause oxidative damage and if left unaddressed, lead to disease. Curcumin is a free radicle scavenger. It destroys free radicles and stimulates the body's innate antioxidant system making it doubly effective in promoting health.

  • Neurological Health: In order for the brain to continue to generate new neurons a hormone called "brain derived neurotropic factor" is necessary. Many brain disorders have been associated with decreased levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer's disease. Curcumin has been shown to increase the brain's levels of brain derived neurotropic factor and it is thought to play a role in maintaining mental health.

  • Heart Disease: Heart disease affects millions of people in the United States. It turns out that curcumin may play a role in stunting several steps of the heart disease process. The lining of the blood vessels are important in regulating blood pressure, blood clotting and several other factors. Studies show that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial regulatory function. One study shows that it is as effective as exercise, while another shows that it works as well as the drug Atorvastatin, a popular cholesterol medication. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects discussed above also help promote overall heart health.

  • Alzheimer's: Alzheimer's is a leading cause of dementia affecting our population. The disease is characterized by brain degeneration and plaque formation in the brain. Curcumin has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier. Because of it's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, early research suggests that curcumin may play a promising role in the prevention of Alzheimer's, though more rigorous study needs to be performed to fully evaluate it's potential benefits.

  • Depression: Depression is a difficult disease to manage and many patients don't like how anti-depressants make them feel. Curcumin has performed well in a few small studies showing it may be as effective as some standard depression medications. Patients taking both curcumin and their regular medications experienced the best results.

  • Cancer: Cancer is a disease of uncontrolled growth of cells. Studies have begun to suggest that curcumin can affect several of the components of cancer's growth and spread. Curcumin can slow angiogenesis, the process of blood vessel growth that promotes tumor proliferation. It can prevent metastasis, the spread of cancerous cells to other parts of the body, and influence apoptosis, controlled cell death. Many of the initial studies performed have been very promising and researchers are now moving forward on studying human populations.

  • Arthritis: Arthritis is a disease of the joints. It involves inflammation and pain. Because curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory it can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis has been show to respond well to curcumin supplementation.