...and welcome to the Naturally Chiropractic September newsletter
Get out of the rat race...
one adjustment at a time

Let's face it, most of the time life is just one big whirlwind. From the moment we get out of bed until we go back, we rush: get the kids ready, get to work, go home again. Keeping on top of our careers, houses, even just getting to the supermarket... no wonder we all feel down sometimes.
But there are ways to counteract this. Bear with us while we do a bit of science: whenever something in your day interferes with your thought processes, it also acts on your nervous system and the next thing you know, your brain reacts to the "stress" and you start using energy at a much greater than normal rate. Your body recognizes this rapid depletion of energy and takes itself into survival mode, shutting down activities that are not necessary.
When your brain and body aren't communicating properly, chiropractors call this a subluxation. Stresses and imbalance in how things are moving cause the small muscles of our spine to kick the joints into place, and this further enhances the poor responses and feedback through the nervous system.
Apart from the obvious – like taking time for yourself and eating well – it's worth getting adjusted. Specific chiropractic adjustments can make a huge difference to your sense of wellbeing by gradually restoring neurological connections between your brain and your body. Taking you out of that cycle of feeling that everything is just too stressful can give surprising results. Your outlook changes and your health and vitality improves.
New schedules,
new mountains to climb...
Just to let you all know that our lovely Vanessa is no longer working on Fridays, but she will still be with us on Tuesdays. As always, appointments are available for all days, bookings via the link above or please call.
Last month, we mentioned that Kevin (Estelle's husband) will be supporting St Oswald’s Hospice by trekking up Jebel Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains in December. Talking of stress, he will no doubt be wishing for some muscle relief half way up! If you'd like to get involved, you can donate at the practice or go online to Justgiving.
Stress management
via chocolate

When times are tough, one of our favourite pastimes is to cook.
It gives your brain a different challenge and you get a great reward at the end.
What could be wrong with that?
This recipe is grain free, egg free,
nut free and dairy free (with dairy options listed). It's also untested so please let us know what you think.
Ingredients

400g very ripe bananas, peeled and broken into quarters
80g coconut flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp bicarbonate soda

60g cacao powder
100g honey (or maple syrup)
140g coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
280g coconut milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line two 20 cm round cake tins with baking paper and set aside. Place all ingredients into a mixer or blender and whizz until well blended. You might need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with spatula and blend again.

Bake for about one hour at 180ºC or until a skewer inserted into centre of cakes comes out clean. The cakes will be very moist and will fall apart easily at this stage. Set aside to cool, then place in fridge to become firm.

Once chilled, decorate with cakes melted chocolate or layer them together using a ganache... melt 100g of dark chocolate or raw cacao butter, then blend it with 50g raw cacao powder, 50g honey, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and 100g coconut cream. Chill then spread.

And many thanks to Claire for giving us permission to use the photo above.
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