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The Benefits of Rhubarb

Rhubarb is definitely in abundance this time of year.  Check out the many health benefits that are associated with this vegetable –

1. Eases Digestion

As a high-fiber food, rhubarb can help ease digestion. A study was conducted of burn patients at the Burn Treatment Center of Shanxi Province at Tisco General Hospital in China and how rhubarb can possibly ease abdominal discomfort and promote a healthy and normal digestion process. The study focused on the relief of bloated stomach and discomfort, while providing regularity.

Researchers concluded that rhubarb can help protect the intestinal wall through the increased secretion of gastrointestinal hormones while providing normal contraction of the muscles that mix the contents of gastrointestinal tract.

2. Strengthens Bones and Prevents Osteoporosis

Because rhubarb packs a good dose of vitamin K, it can provide useful benefits that include a role in bone metabolism and potential protection against osteoporosis. Vitamin K is required for osteocalcin to occur. This is when the metabolically active tissue of the bone undergoes continuous remodeling by the process of bone formation and bone resorption. These processes rely heavily on the performance of osteoclasts (resorption), osteoblasts (formation) and osteocytes (maintenance). Under normal conditions, bone resorption and formation work in tandem to make sure that the amount of bone removed is equal to the amount of bone that is newly formed.

Vitamin K is important because it helps ensure that all of these important steps work in continuous support of the bones. Conversely, vitamin K deficiency can negatively affect these processes and ultimately raise the risk for osteoporosis development.

Beyond that, vitamin K strengthens bones overall. Studies and clinical trials conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Department of Human Biology, Nutritional Sciences and published in Nutrition in Clinical Practice show that vitamin K has a “positive effect on bone mineral density and decreases fracture risk.”

3. Staves Off Brain Disorders

When someone suffers from oxidative stress caused by numerous of disorders, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the brain usually undergoes a great deal of trauma. This stress can lead to the formation of free radicals, which can cause neuronal apoptosis and the development of some types of chronic brain disease.

Research published in Molecular Medicine Reports evaluated the effects of varying concentrations of rhubarb extract on the neuronal damage caused by irradiation. Treatment with the extract significantly decreased irradiation-induced inflammation in the brain, which may prove the protective role of this extract against oxidative stress. This, in turn, potentially can help stave off brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, ALS and stroke, among others.

4. Fights Free Radicals

Rhubarb is a high-antioxidant food like the bilberry and the cranberry. It contains the powerful free-radical scavenger quercetin, among other potent antioxidants. Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that gives plants its color.

Research was conducted by the Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to study rhubarb seeds. A free radical-scavenging method was used as the marker to evaluate the total antioxidant capability of the extracts. Ten free radical scavengers from extracts of the seeds were screened, five of which were identified and quantitatively analyzed, including epicatechin, myricetin, hyperoside, quercitrin and quercetin. All can be regarded as the major potent antioxidants in rhubarb seeds due to representing most of the total free-radical scavenging activity.

Ultimately, this research published in the Journal of Chromatographic Science confirms the seeds’ effectiveness in fighting free radical damage.

5. Relieves Constipation and Diarrhea

Rhubarb is often referred to for its purgative properties, which are used to provide ease with bowel movements. It’s been known to help reduce strain during bowel movements and, in turn, can help ease the pain of hemorrhoids or tears in the skin lining of the anal canal, known as anal fissures.

As an herbal medicine, it can also help treat gastrointestinal discomfort that comes from constipation and diarrhea. This can be done through eating rhubarb, but it’s typically done through medicinal methods, such as tinctures, extracts and powders made from the roots and stalks of the plant. It’s crucial that you review these methods with your doctor since overconsumption can aggravate any ailment. If taken properly, however, it can help relieve constipation naturally along with diarrhea.

6. Lowers Inflammation

Rhubarb has long been used in Chinese medicine due to its anti-infection properties and is known to help promote healthy skin, mucous membranes, good vision and possibly as cancer protection. All of this is due to its role as an anti-inflammatory food.

A study was performed by the State Key Laboratory of Virology/Institute of Medical Virology at the Wuhan University School of Medicine in China to determine the antiviral effect of an extract from the roots and rhizoma. The results, published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, determined that the extract from rhubarb showed significant positive results in the healing of inflammatory cells when added after infection, confirming its anti-inflammatory properties.

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mofologoAs many of you have seen on our Facebook Page, Dr. Will is participating in Movember this year.  While we can’t be certain if his beard growing skills will be successful or remain a permanent part of his new style….the reason for Movember is an important one.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and rates are on the rise. By 2030 there’ll be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. It’s already killing hundreds of thousands of men each year, and those who survive face serious side effects.We can’t afford to let this continue.

The Movember Foundation is challenging all of us to take hold of our health, to spread the word about prostate cancer awareness and testicular cancer. In addition, the foundation’s motivation is to raise funds for research and to share ways to live a healthier lifestyle.  A lifestyle that includes getting moving and regular doctor visits.

So, while the mustache/beard is a fun way to raise awareness….there is more work ahead.  We encourage all of you to take a look at the Movember Site  and look for ways to help raise funds and help educate your loved ones !

Here is Dr. Will’s before picture (in case you missed it!) The office team will be sure to keep you updated with his progress…and if you are in the office you will likely hear some of Dr. Erin’s comments on his progress as well!


As we sign off today, we also gratefully acknowledge those Canadians who have worked so hard for our freedom here in Canada.  Today, we pause and give thanks for the sacrifice of freedom.  There are many great opportunities to remember today.  We sign off by sharing a video from Canadian Veterans Affairs:



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Fresh Start…September

We are just finishing up our first week of school! Lunches are still loved…but keeping on track will start to become harder and the “boring” element usually sets in by mid September.
In an attempt to pre-empt the boring lunch routine, we have rounded up a few more healthier snack ideas.

Get the kids involved this weekend to prep ahead some of the delicious snack ideas!  We always seem to have some extra bananas stored in our freezer, so we are sharing a couple of delicious banana recipes!

Bon Appetite and Happy First Week of School!

Dr. Will & Dr. Erin

Paleo Banana Bread (Grain, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Sugar Free)




Long Weekend Camping Pancakes…made EASY

The long weekend is coming!!! , and if you have camping plans, we are excited to share a healthy and make ahead recipe that will get your camping day off to a good start.
We are going to share an awesome family recipe for pancakes…and a fun little tip that will help you make pancakes over the fire with great ease and less mess.
Thanks to Pinterest for this time saving, mess saving idea!   Make your favorite pancake batter. Freeze it, pack it, and just cut the tip off when you are ready to cook!
Here is a pic that we found online – http://www.busybuthealthy.com
– 2 Tbsp. ghee or coconut oil, separatedWET INGREDIENTS
– 2 large eggs
– 1/4 cup raw honey
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 3/4 cup almond milk or waterDRY INGREDIENTS
– 1 cup blanched almond flour (only use Honeyville brand)
– 1/4 cup coconut flour
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt

– Fork or whisk
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Food processor
– Medium sized bowl
– Large Skillet
– Spatula

1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well with a fork or whisk
2. Add all wet ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds. Add in the dry ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth.
3. Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. of the ghee or coconut oil and coat the pan.
4. Pour about 1/4 cup (or less) of batter onto the skillet to make each pancake. The top of the pancakes will start to bubble slightly when it is time to flip them, usually after 2-3 minutes. Allow the other side to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes before removing from pan and placing on a plate. Coat the pan with the other 1 Tbsp. of ghee or coconut oiland cook the rest of the pancakes. Serve and enjoy!

If you are looking for a good source for coconut flour, we often purchase ours at Nature’s Best in Barrie.  We love the customer service there and appreciate the wide selection of choices.
Have a super #longweekend.  We hope that you will enjoy the outdoors and time together as a family.
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Bon Appetite!
Erin & Will

Good Posture and Better Health

Anne Harding from www.health.com suggests that good posture will do more to keep you looking youthful as the years go by than a face-lift or Botox. And the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin-deep.  So many of our recent posts have outlined the benefits of good posture and the positive impact that it has on your overall health and happiness.

Today, we share with you another article on the topic from www.health.com.  Anne Harding out lines the top 10 things that you can do to improve your posture.  Some of her suggestions are not complex, yet a great reminder that EVERY little bit helps…read further HERE

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At Johnston Health Center you health is of paramount importance to us.  Sign up for a free consultation and we can assess your posture and get you back on track to healthy living!  Simply fill out the form here or contact us at 705-728-3070 in Barrie or 705-476-9111.

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