Author: Amber McKenzie

Bone Broth is a Synergy of Ancient Nourishing Traditions

by Lise Takashina Winter is the ideal season for nourishing the kidneys, and bone broth is a tasty, healthful way to do just that. This ancient food is easily assimilated and digested, and packed full of vital minerals, amino acids and micronutrients in which North Americans tend to be deficient. Bone broth has been shown to improve liver, heart and brain health, skin, bones and joints, immune and gut function, digestion, mood and sleep. There is a trend in the food world of returning to our ancestral roots, and bone broth is no exception. In Japan, umami means “good...

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Hospice Support for Family Caregivers

by Denna Grangaard   Hospice of North Idaho has been the community’s trusted nonprofit hospice for 36 years, currently serving families in Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties. In 2016, 1,041 families trusted Hospice to support their journey alongside their loved one. It’s unique, comprehensive approach begins with caregiver support. Hospice of North Idaho provides guidance and education for those entering a caregiving role or considering that task. Many caregivers are a family member or a close friend that do not know what to expect during the end-of-life journey. Hospice’s care ensures that the caregiver feels supported in their role....

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Yoga is the Inner Gymnasium of the Mind

by Danielle Cannon Although practiced for centuries, yoga has experienced a resurgence, offering a way to “work in” rather than “work out” in the gym to counter our often hectic lifestyle. Instead of always needing to be with our smartphones and computers, yoga teaches us to take time out to reacquaint ourselves with who we really are. Yoga still suffers from a few misconceptions—we must be able to touch our toes—it’s only for those that can afford cute yoga pants and mats—it is for women—it’s not really a workout. In truth, yoga exists to help everyone by gaining freedom...

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Drop and Give Me Zen

I used to hate yoga. There, I said it. My idea of exercise was amping up my heart rate, sweating as much as possible and listening to loud music with a good beat as I bounced, lunged and worked it. Yoga did not fit into this framework, and seemed like an ‘activity’ for thin, flexible, spiritual types or celebrities—definitely not for me. That paradigm shifted when I attended my first real yoga class. It was spring 2014, and I was in Rochester, Minnesota (of all places!) with my sister and mom, who was prepping for her second open-heart surgery...

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Pain and Migraine Free Thanks to Upper Cervical Care

Teresa Hodapp is no stranger to physical labor. Over the course of a 40-year career, she has been drawn to jobs that require heavy lifting. “I was 90 pounds working in a bakery throwing around 50 pounds of flour like it was nothing,” she says with a laugh. Despite having scoliosis, hip and back pain, arthritis throughout her body, migraine headaches for more than 40 years and chronic torticollis, a painful neurological disorder causing pain in her neck and shoulder, Hodapp kept on working. She was committed to dealing with her ailments naturally through supplements and chiropractic. “Instead of...

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