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Senior Times - January 2019Page 17DOWN & EXHAUSTED?NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVING YOUR GUT’S HEALTH ARE:Gut Healer #1: Bone BrothYou might know bone broth by its more common name of stock. Stock, or bone broth, is commonly made of water with bones of meat, poultry, or fish, simmered with seasonings and vege- tables like carrots, celery, and onion. Bone broth is high in L-Glutamine, which helps heal a leaky gut. The gel- atin in the bone broth, which is found in the knuckles, feet, and other jointsof the bones, helps seal up holes in the intestines. This helps cure chronic diar- rhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances, all uncomfortable symp- toms that embarrass us and sap our energy as well! Try making your own bone broth after making your protein source for the week, such as using the bones from a chicken carcass.Gut Healer #2: Ginger RootGinger root has long been used asa “gut healer” and is useful for myriad gut ailments from nausea to morning sickness when pregnant to indigestion. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative, a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas, and intestinal spasmo- lytic, a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger tea is an easy way to bring ginger into your diet. Another idea is add ginger into glazes, sauces and stir-fries in chopped form to add a healthy kick.Oysters are beneficial to the stom- ach and digestive system due to their high zinc content; in fact, oysters are the most concentrated source of zinc known. The high zinc content helps heal the fragile gut lining. Oysters can be eaten raw or cooked and make sure to buy them from a fresh seafood mar- ket. Cleaning oysters is half the battle to learning how to cook them! Make sure you clean them thoroughly prior to eating.referred to as the adrenals.The adrenals are responsible forthe release of adrenaline and cortisol, the hormones that are released when our body goes into a fight or flight response. However, we used to need the fight or flight response to flee from a predator, which is why adrenaline and cortisol were so useful. In modern times though, our body hasn’t changed in its flight or fight response except now the adrenaline and cortisol are released when you get a bad phone call from a friend or when you fight with your spouse.NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR OVERACTIVE ADRENAL GLANDS ARE:Adrenal Booster #1: Sea SaltTry 1/4 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt or pink Himalaya salt in a glassof water first thing in the morning to help boost your adrenals. Yes, con- ventional salt is bad for you. Do not use conventional salt as it's filled with chemicals, including aluminum, as perhaps you have heard. You know that too much salt is bad but new research shows that too little salt is bad too and unrefined sea salt or pink Himalaya salt is healthy when used in the right amounts. Anything, from salt to broc- coli to grilled chicken breast, is “bad” in excessive quantities. Regardingsalt specifically, refined salt is bad. Refined salt is the iodine-laden pro- cessed salt-shaker salt that is thinner than sand. However, unrefined salt is very important in the right dosage and this amount of unrefined sea salt or pink Himalaya salt can help boost your adrenals.This overload of stress hormones causes the body to build up belly fat in order to protect its inner organs from the adrenaline and cortisol, which are never “used up” since we don’t need to run from a predator these days. The more frazzled and stressed out you and your adrenals get, the more belly fat that builds up, and a vicious cycle begins.900 Territorial Road W, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015 Call 269-968-0300 or lakeviewmgr@gmail.comAn apartment community for seniors 55 and older(Between Capital Avenue and 20th Street)New Year’s Greetings From Our Home To Yours!Co-Owners:Wishing you & your family a Happy New Year! Aide & Companion Service Medication Set-Up Supervision  Housekeeping Transportation Nursing Services Dementia Capable Trained Staff All Employees Screened & BondedThomas J. Unger, ACSW Patricia D. 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