Dr Athanasia's Immune Boosting Gummy Recipe

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SOME OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF IMMUNE BOOSTING GUMMIES

  • It has a high collagen content from the gelatin

  • Gelatin is good for your hair, skin, nails, and also contains plenty of amino acids, which are essential for making protein and providing us with energy.

  • Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory

  • It boosts our immune system with the vitamin C from the lemons

  • It aids in maintaining a healthy gut’

  • Gelatin contains glycine, which helps to keep the mucosal lining of our intestinal system nice and healthy, making it a wonderful gut food.


RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:
- 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1 & 1/2 of grated ginger
- 3 tsp of honey 🍯
- 1/4 cup of grass-fed gelatin
- 2 cups of water
*Use organic, local and seasonal produce where possible

METHOD:

- Boil lemon juice & 1 cup of water together
- Once boiled, take off heat and add grated ginger for 5 mins to steep
- In a separate bowl, mix remaining 1 cup of water and grass-fed gelatin together to bloom
- Once ginger has infused, strain mixture into a bowl and add honey to sweeten (add more or less to your taste)
- Whisk in the gelatin to the lemon/ginger/honey mixture till dissolved completely
- Immediately pour into moulds and keep in refrigerator till set (minimum 2 hours, the longer they set the harder they will be)
- Once set, pop out of the moulds and ready to eat!

Yours in health,
Dr Athanasia Hasapis
Chiropractor
Blossom Family Chiropractic

5 THINGS DIGITAL SCREENS are doing to your health

What is DIGITAL EYE STRAIN?

Digital eye strain (also known as computer strain syndrome) consists of eye and vision problems that result from prolonged exposure to a computer screen, tablet, e-reader or mobile phone.

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Digital eye strain occurs from the BLUE LIGHT emitted from our screens.
This screen light can also cause the following issues:

  • dry, sore eyes

  • loss of focus

  • headaches

  • difficulty getting to sleep

  • blurred vision

What is BLUE LIGHT?

Blue light naturally occurs in sunlight so we are exposed to it regularly, more recently it has been used in artificial screens so we are also exposed to it through our digital devices. This means that we are being exposure to blue light at all hours, where our bodies are used to receiving this light only during the day. This is where digital eye strain begins.

FIVE facts you did not know about BLUE LIGHT & DIGITAL EYE STRAIN

  1. When your brain “sees” blue light at night, the mixed message can add up to serious health issues, due to the lack of sleep and excess stress.

  2. Blue light from digital screens may decrease the production of melatonin in humans. Melatonin production is needed to help us fall asleep and regulate the circadian rhythm.

  3. We can spend most of our waking hours staring at digital screens, whether it's the computer at work, mobile phone, iPad, PlayStation or TV. All this screen time can be hard on your eyes and can lead to eye strain.

  4. You can easily block some of the negative effects of blue light by wearing protective eye wear while using technology for long periods of time. eg during the work day

  5. Lack of sleep may increase stress on the body, impacting overall health, influencing our posture and causing more pain and discomfort throughout the body.

What can YOU do?

As chiropractors we are interested in taking care of the causes of your problems, not just the symptoms. We are finding more regularly patients presenting with headaches and postural strains from using technology daily.
We also recommend using 20-20-20 rule whenever you are on a digital screen. For every 20 minutes of screen time, look away for 20 seconds at least 20 feet (6m) away.
One of the other ways that may help with these symptoms are with blue light blocker glasses.
We love the Baxter Blue range of glasses, as they work wonders for blocking the blue light and they look stylish too. Each pair of glasses filter out 50% of harmful blue violet light and let the good blue light in, they have UV400 protection (99-100% UVA & UVB protection), they have an anti reflective and anti scratch coating and they are non-prescription so it can be worn by anyone, from children to adults!

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Yours in health,
Blossom Family Chiropractic

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5 Ways to Have Great Posture As You Get Older

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As the years go by, our spines and posture can start becoming more hunched and not as upright as we would like.

Here are a few tips on how to take care of your posture so it looks amazing for the years to come.

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  1. Stretch- we spend our days hunch in front of a computer, tablet or phone. It is important to get up every hour and stretch the legs, walk or stand.

    Try these 3 stretches to get some movement back into body and help the posture get out of the desk slump.

  2. Strengthen your core- The muscles around the abdomen and pelvic area form the foundation of good posture and keeping it strong is key in maintaining your posture as you age.

  3. Lift weights- An important part of our posture is the actual bones in the spine. It is imperative to take care of the bones by doing weight bearing exercises, either by using weights or your body weight to resist against. This may help prevent osteoporosis and keep the postural muscles strong to avoid the forward leaning hunch that can occur as age increases.

  4. See a chiropractor- Keeping the mobility and alignment of your spine may help your bone movement and allow better function of the muscles. Make time to check in with your chiropractor to get checked and keep on top of any aches and pains - book here

  5. Get sunlight- Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health.
    Cancer Council Australia advises that Vitamin D is essential for bone health, and may help us maintain our muscles too. 
    The best source of vitamin D is UVB radiation from the sun. UV radiation levels vary depending on the location, time of year, time of day, cloud coverage and the environment.

    For most people, adequate vitamin D levels are reached through regular incidental exposure to the sun. When the UV Index is 3 or above (such as during summer), most people maintain adequate vitamin D levels just by spending a few minutes outdoors on most days of the week.

    In late autumn and winter in some southern parts of Australia, when the UV Index falls below 3, spend time outdoors in the middle of the day with some skin uncovered. You can also boost your vitamin D levels by being physically active (e.g. gardening or going for a brisk walk).

    Please note the sun in Australia is strong, and only a few minutes is required to get your vitamin D, it is important to then apply sun protection to avoid the risk of developing skin cancer.

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If you are concerned about your bone health or postural changes, make an appointment with our Chiropractors to get checked.

Yours in health,

Dr Diana Pakzamir

Blossom Family Chiropractic

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Sciatica during pregnancy

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Lower back pain can be a common symptom during pregnancy, sometimes it can be coupled with nasty shooting pain in your back. This may be caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, which is a nerve that starts in your back and run down the back of each leg. 

This symptom is most common in the last two trimesters of pregnancy which could be coming from the growing baby bump.

 


Some common questions:

Why does this pain occur during pregnancy?
This one is hard to determine, it may be due to the increase pressure in the area from the uterus growing or the change in the posture that occurs during pregnancy.

How do you know you have sciatica? Are there any tests?
Pain in the lower back and running down the legs is the most common presentation, however it is best to book in with your chiropractor to get formally checked and diagnosed. 

Will it affect my baby?
In most cases the baby is unaffected, just the poor mother! There are things we can do to help with the symptoms to accommodate the rapid changes occurring to the body that may be causing the pain, so have no fear!

What can I do to avoid sciatic pain during pregnancy?
While you may not be able to avoid it, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the pain and symptoms. See below.

What is the best way to help sciatica pain during pregnancy?
Avoiding staying on your feet for long periods may help decrease the pain.
A pregnancy pelvic girdle has helped some women.
Checking in with your chiropractor to assess your posture, alignment and muscles may help take pressure of your back. Chiropractors have gentle, effective methods to help deal with lower back pain during pregnancy. Most chiropractors have pregnancy tables to allow you to get treatment even with the growing belly.

If you are suffering from lower back pain or sciatica during your pregnancy, make an appointment with our chiropractors at Blossom. We have a special interest in helping pregnant women through all stages of pregnancy and managing the amazing changes in their bodies. 

Yours in health, 

Dr Diana Pakzamir
Blossom Family Chiropractic

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Lets talk- Text Neck. 4 tips to save your neck!

Neck Pain

Think of your day, how often are you looking down towards a device; at work, school and home? Now, while we are so blessed to live in a time where these wondrous technologies are at our fingertips, we need to be careful of our spines as the poor things are getting hurt. Ouch!

Text neck may aggravate chronic headaches, muscle tightness & strains, and neck pain, pain in the shoulders, down the arms, hands and wrists. It may even cause some numbness or tingling in these areas and that is just in the short term.

When we look down at our phones, our neck flexes forward, putting strain on our muscles and other structures in our bodies, our shoulders roll forward to compensate and can cause the ‘hump” or ‘kyphosis”. This can lead to postural issues which may affect a wide range of areas of our lives, including the spinal health of our discs and vertebrae.

Remember- For every inch you drop your head forward, you double the load on your muscles due to gravity.

  1. Keep Them Up! Raise the device you are on to eye level, so that you are looking forward. Stack some books under that laptop, lift your phone up to eye level. This is extremely important when working at a device for long periods of time, especially within your work space.
  2. Ahh now that the device is at the right level. SIT UP RIGHT, use your back muscles to pull your body up straight, look at your profile in the mirror and get your ears as aligned with your shoulders as possible. (more below)
  3. Make sure you get adequate breaks from the devices, go for a walk around, look at something at eye level further away.
  4. CORE CORE CORE- activate it! Imagine you are doing pilates! whenever we activate our core, it reminds us to keep straighten and align our posture. Do not underestimate the cores power. If you do not know how to engage it, invest into learning how to, as it is well worth it.

Exercises to do daily:

  • Chin tuck- You sit or stand up tall, your chin parallel to the floor and pull your chin back. Do not take it too far, it shouldn’t cause pain. Release and do it again.
  • Shoulder blades - imagine your shoulder blades squeezing together, this can be done at your desk or in your car. Sit up or stand straight, squeeze them back and hold for 10 secs and release and repeat.

Invest in your spine's health

Yours in Health, 

Dr Diana Pakzamir
Principal Chiropractor