Proper bone broth

I made some bone broth over the weekend.

Yes it is a labour of love; cheap to almost free to make until you count the man hours and electricity!! But oh so worth it to have the result of a broth that is so dense with healing amino acids that it solidifies in the fridge.

Ingredients

I kept mine simple. I also made a large volume of it to make use of the time I invested and so that I could freeze several batches for use later in soups, casseroles and stews. 

  • Bones from the local butcher – I used three knuckly joint bones that had an open end long bone with bone marrow at one end and a big joint at the other. The bones were large and messy (cartilage and fat and sinew) and this means you get the best results as they are full of soft tissue and ligaments that break down their nutrients into the broth. Hard clean long bones are great also but you will not get as much nutrition released from a solid bone no matter how long you boil it for. Bones just don’t disintegrate no matter what claims people make for adding vinegar (not unless the poor animal had osteoporosis!). It does all seem a bit yucky I can appreciate this, but this is also ethical eating where we use more of the animal and waste less.
  • Vinegar –  this can be cider or wine. I used 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar as it was the first one in reach in my cupboard.
  • 1 onion – roughly sliced
  • 1 carrot – peeled and roughly sliced
  • Optional diced fresh chili, ginger, garlic, and/ or fresh turmeric (this time I used a fresh red chili and a couple of cloves of garlic)
  • Mixed dried herbs
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
  • 1-2 tablespoons ground dried turmeric
  • Filtered water – a lot
  • Large stock pot with lid
  • Strainer/ sieve
  • Fat separating jug (I’ve spoken about this fantastic kitchen aid before; see here:https://andreacullenhealthsolutions.com/2013/08/15/bone-broth-for-healing-how-do-you-do-yours/)
  • Seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Gut microbiome resources

Hi all,

I have a long blog in the making to bring you up to speed with what I have been up to. This sums up a busy year.

I want to share with you some very helpful and informative resources regarding gastrointestinal health and the science emerging on the gut microbiome. This field fascinates me.

I always start every client evaluation and journey centred around gut health. If we need to test we do, if there are symptoms we find the cause, if the diet is lacking we make improvements and if there is imbalance we rebalance and heal. It is astounding but not surprising how many health conditions are linked to the gut and improve after investigation and healing.

The gut is the cornerstone to your whole health, well-being and emotional balance. 

If you have tummy symptoms, food intolerance, auto-immune or immune issues, emotional health or mental health problems or suspect that your gastro health isn’t optimal please do contact me as it is easily remedied. If you suffer with a condition such as IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, athlete gut issues, diverticulitis and so on please don’t take your consultants word for it when they say that there is no link to diet and that it cannot be significantly improved with attention to food and the microbiome balance: it can!

World Gastroenterology Organisation tools and resources

International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics page 

Gut Microbiota for health resources page

All the above have twitter feed and social media pages worth following for up to date and accurate advice.

Lots of love

Andrea

 

I can help YOU heal….

To heal complex health problems we must look at everything and this starts with the gut…

This will be a short post!

I deal with chronic and complex health problems almost daily in my clinic. To solve complex health problems such as fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, modern complex conditions such as Lyme’s disease and post-viral syndromes, auto-immune issues and functional issues that we are told to live with, requires getting to the bottom of everything to the core of what is really going on.

I can help!

THIS is what I am good at, and why is probably a function of a mixture of my nature (wanting to know why in every possible way!), my training (pharmacy, nutritional therapy, and functional medicine training all lead to the desire to get to the core of the issue and treat from there) and my passion (I want you to feel not only better but well in all that this means for you).

The internet and social media is where people turn to for answers and I wont even attempt to try to answer all your questions here about why you are unwell because this is so very complex and so highly individual that to attempt to will miss many factors unique to you.

Google will not diagnose nor treat your problems; you have to let go and start to trust someone who has the science, the knowledge, the wisdom and the passion to want to truly help empower you with the tools to heal. I may, or may not be that person; only you will know this.

So all I can offer really is this:

My word!

That I care and will do everything I know to help you on your journey back to health.

That I am continually studying to ensure that I am up to date on all relevant and important research in all these fields.

That I understand your concerns, anxiety and at times inability to trust that we can do this because I know just how overwhelming it feels when chronic ill-health strikes.

That although what I may ask you to do seems simple and easy it is based on a lot of research, study, and expense on my behalf to ensure that I am doing the very best job possible.

That I want to listen to you; how you describe your journey with your health is of crucial important.

That I am here 100% to support you.

Chronic health issues suck, and happen as a result of many complex and intertwining factors that start as far back as before our birth, to the antibiotics we received as a child, the stress that we suffered at times in our lives, the appendix or tonsils surgery, to that gastritis bug we suffered on holidays or the accident we had, and on and on. Then add to this our lifestyle and diet choices, ongoing stress, our genetic weak sports, where we live and we start to see that things are complex.

My job is to make it simple. You effectively employ me to be your health detective, and then your advisor and guide, and from there hopefully your friend and support system.

Have a think about the following triggers and if you feel that I can help using a combination of the skills that I am fortunate to have (science, medicine, nutrition and herbs, healing and a giant heart) then please do contact me.

Love,

Andrea

 

Essential Oils to Heal and Seal the Gut

Here is a lovely article from Jodi of Vibrant Blue Oils on the use of aromatherapy oils to assist the healing of the gut and support optimal function. I highly recommend adding aromatherapy to other approaches that we use in the clinic when treating gastrointestinal issues.

I stock all these oils for clients to use as part of their consultation; so you can see and experience these oils before purchasing for yourself.

Please click here to read

Essential Oils to Heal and Seal the Gut

METAPHYSICAL CAUSES OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

This is a must read for sufferers of gastro problems.

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*It’s only been recently discovered by Dr. Habba, that gallbladder problems could mimic the causes of IBS.  People who experience violent diarrhea immediately after or during a meal, (especially fatty foods) may be suffering from Habba Syndrome caused by an ‘irritable’ gallbladder.

Metaphysically, little annoyances, emotions or attitudes can irritate and create an imbalance in the gallbladder.  People affected most are those who don’t like changes, especially to their daily habits and those who are overly stressed by tests and exams.  You could say their great anxiety ‘wrenches’ their bowels.

The liver is the organ that produces bile salts when you eat (bile salts help to digest fat) but when the gallbladder’s upset it doesn’t process bile well, causing the body to work feverishly to dilute the bile by adding water in the intestinal tract – the reaction – violent trots.

Manic depressive people (bi-polar) could characterize this….another article to…

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You can heal your body

A very important video detailing how to start healing ourselves. Enjoy x

Journeys in Healing

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Andrea’s recommended Mind-Body exercises and some thoughts on how to switch between disconnection from our bodies into greater connection and appreciation of our body’s state of health and also how to gain perspective and awareness when we become overly concerned and hypervigilent in our bodies.

We tend to flit between the two when we are struggling with health problems of a chronic nature.

Please practice this exercise often with whatever tweaks feel right to you.

Much love

Andrea.

PS if you are struggling with health problems and would like some assistance with your return to health, and a professional to help determine the core imbalance beneath all your symptoms; please contact me on andreacullenhealthsolutions@gmail.com

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Personalised diets based on computer algorithms and gene or gut microbiome tests?

Hi folks,
I am not going to over-write in this little blog. I merely want to prompt you into some deep thinking about the following while I highlight some cool research that has been in the news:
and more here on the personalised nutrition project
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In a nutshell we can if we like soon look to science and technology to tell us what to do when it comes to food…. and hope and trust that it knows more than Momma Nature and the innate healing wisdom within.
I am not dismissing this research for one moment, I think the more we can learn the more awesome this journey is for all of us; however I also believe that we are far smarter than we think at learning what works for us in health and wellness….. once encouraged, empowered and educated to get us started along this health adventure.
I want to ask you to pause a moment and ask yourself some questions:

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