Tomorrow is Pumpkin Day at Johnston Health Center

Happy Monday Morning Everyone!

For our Monday Morning Make-Over Series we will be chatting about the health benefits of pumpkins.  Pumpkin season is in full force already, with Thanksgiving just behind us and Halloween just a head of us.

Tomorrow is Pumpkin Day (squash out subluxations) Our office will be sharing a bunch of pumpkin facts, pumpkin tasting of different foods, and pumpkin decorating contest.  Stop by our office and we have mini pumpkins for kids to decorate in the office or they can take a pic of their pumpkin carving at home and post it to our facebook page to win a prize.

Pumpkin Facts 

  • High zinc content, which is important for prostate health
  • A good source of plant based Omega-3
  • Pumpkins can boost your immune system
  • Used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites
  • Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices, and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the original Pumpkin pie
  • Did you know? …Pumpkins are Fruit!
  • Pumpkin seeds can help prevent kidney stones
  • Pumpkin seed oil can help decrease:
  • Blood pressure
  • Hot flashes
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Pumpkin oil has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Help improve insulin regulation
  • 1 cup of cooked pumpkin has more potassium (564mg) to a bananas (422mg) which is important in production of serotonin
  • 1 cup of pumpkin contains 49 calories & 2 grams of protein
  • Pumpkins are 90% water
  • 1 cup of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber & 12 mg of vitamin C
  • Aid in weight loss keeping you feeling full for longer on fewer calories
  • Pumpkin seeds can help your heart and reduce cholesterol
  • Pumpkins keep your eye sight sharp


Pumpkin Fluff Dip


16 oz of cool whip or whipped cream

1 sm pkg of instant vanilla

1 can of pumpkin

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • Serve with fruit, crackers, or pretzels



Easiest Pumpkin Soup

1 med Onion

29 oz Pumpkin

14.5 oz Chicken broth

½ cup Heavy cream

1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • Cook onion in sauce pan, stir in pumpkin chicken broth, pumpkin pie spice, cream and salt & pepper to taste.


Pumpkin Brownies

1 Box brownie mix

1 can pumpkin

  • Cook at 350°C for 25-30 minutes


Pumpkin Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana

1 cup vanilla Almond milk

1 cup Pumpkin

½ tsp Cinnamon

¼ tsp Ground Ginger

¼ tsp All spice

¼ tsp Nutmeg

Raw Honey to taste

Blend until smooth & creamy

Happy Pumpkin Day Everyone!  We look forward to seeing you at the office tomorrow.

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Why Kids Need A Check-Up From Your Chiropractor

iStock_000006324078_ExtraSmall (2)You may visit your doctor of chiropractic for a variety of reasons. Maybe he or she helps you get relief from a painful or bothersome problem. Maybe you find that chiropractic care improves your quality of life, or that your chiropractor has a specialty in nutrition, or sports, or family care.

Family care? Yes, even though many children don’t have painful symptoms, their brains, nerve systems and spines may start to show wear and tear early in life.  Remember, children go through the trauma of being born – then they get jostled around in car seats, they’re thrown up in the air and caught abruptly by well-meaning grown-ups, and they fall hundreds of times while learning to walk. Children have plenty of reasons to need a check-up, even if they seem to feel well.

At any age, a chiropractic exam makes sense – for example, middle school kids have to deal with their maturing bodies and the stresses of impending adulthood. High schoolers have peer pressure, sports injuries and we all know they don’t eat as well as they should. And all of these things cause stress, which shows up in the spine and nerve system, and needs to be handled early, before it does too much damage.

The more you establish good health and wellness habits with your kids, the more likely they grow up to be healthy adults, and regular chiropractic exams and adjustments when necessary is part if it. Reduce your child’s stress – get a chiropractic check-up.

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Does Your Child Eat Too Much Salt?

photo (2)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that nine out of ten American children have too much salt in their diet, making it more likely that they will suffer from circulatory disease as adults.

Authors of the study used information from over 2000 kids who participated in the CDC’s 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Survey.

Ileana Arias, Deputy Principal Director of the CDC, said “These high salt consumption levels are already affecting kids’ health. One in six children already has raised blood pressure, which can result in high blood pressure in adulthood, as we know a major cause of heart disease and stroke.”

The study shows that almost half of the dietary salt comes from the ten most popular foods kids eat — pizza, bread, sliced and cured meats, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties and nuggets, pasta, Mexican food and soups.

Dr. Erica Brody, a pediatrician at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in New York City, said, “The foods our children eat now affect the choices they will go on to make as adults. This includes excessive sugars, fats and, of course, salt as well.”

It’s important for parents to note that most of the salt is already in the food when the child gets it. Parents can help their children by carefully reading the labels on products they buy, and by requesting nutritional information at restaurants. Paying attention and making a few simple decisions can reduce your child’s salt intake significantly.

That’s one reason it’s better to prepare food at home whenever possible – you can moderate the amount of sugar and salt you use, as well as the quantities your family eats. Serving more fresh fruits and vegetables improves overall nutrition, and tastes great, too.

Major restaurant chains like Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A have committed to reducing salt in their food, in response to the call from government agencies and officials. Companies like these will be rewarded for their responsiveness, since the people who have decided to eat better will be their best customers.

School cafeterias will be required to observe new national standards, dropping the salt in school meals by 25-50% over the next decade. And the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is already reducing salt content of foods they provide to schools, according to Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.  Two-thirds of the products offered through the USDA Foods now to schools have no salt added in their formulations,” he said.

Schools are also being encouraged to put lower sodium alternatives in their vending machines and school stores.  It’s easy to see that it will take parents and schools working together to guide the children toward better food choices. They are constantly bombarded by marketing designed by experts to get them to eat salty and sugary snacks – you can look out for them by not buying these foods too often, and eating them in moderation when you do buy them.

Your kids’ future health may depend on the habits you establish with them at the present time – take responsibility, be a good role model and help them to be healthier starting right now.

Monday Morning Make-Over – Repost – Health Benefits of Nature

iStock_000004892431_Medium (2)This morning, as the fresh cool air of Fall settles in, we thought it would be a timely idea to re-post an article that we shared on our Facebook page a few weeks ago.

Research has shown that early-morning cardio in a fasted state can burn up to 20 percent more calories; however hitting the grass versus the treadmill provides a number of further benefits that may just surprise you. Fitting in some nature, or vitamin N, may just be the secret to unlocking a better mood, faster metabolism and stronger memory.  Author and Naturopathic Doctor, Natasha Turner, shares the benefits of taking to the outdoors in an article from  Chatelaine READ FURTHER

Time to get out there and enjoy the Fall season and see the increased health benefits when you do!

Don’t forget that we are accepting gently used coats, hats and mittens for our Thanksgiving Coat Drive.  Donations can be make until Oct 10/14


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Today is the last day to sign up for a free Laser Therapy Demonstration at Johnston Health Center


Johnston Health Center can HELP!

One in six Canadians suffers from arthritic pain. Arthritis costs the Canadian economy more than $33 billion annually. Laser therapy is a safe, effective and painless therapy that reduces pain, increases joint mobility, reduces inflammation around the joints, and regenerates new cartilage. Read more about the benefits of laser therapy below.  Contact our office for a complementary consultation or submit your contact information below.  Offer expires on October 3rd.

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